Thursday, December 3, 2009

just a little more glitter....

We had an amazingly warm day here - a record setter.  The only two places in the US that were warmer today were Florida and Hawaii!  I took advantage of the great day to do some more outdoor decorating.  We already have the candles in the windows (if you live in New England I think this is required by the deed to your house). 

We don't have a large evergreen in the front yard but we do have a maple tree.  I used to wrap the entire tree, branch by branch, with strands of white lights.  One year I had 2100 lights on the tree!  My neighbors were entertained by the sight of me climbing the tree to do this.

Last January, I bumped into a clearance price on large outdoor ornaments and decided to try them out (and save some electricity as well as wear and tear on me).  I still had to use ladders and do some climbing but it was fun to try something new.

 There are 24 onion shaped ornaments - six each of red, blue, silver and gold.  It seemed like so many when I bought them but I probably could have added another dozen. 

 They are hung with wire and I hope the winds don't loosen them before the end of the season.  I think I will need to add a couple of spotlights to make them sparkle after dark.

I didn't remember exactly what they looked like and I was happy to see that they have bands of glitter - I am really having a lot of glitter fun this week!  Several people have asked me about holiday decorations - we put things up gradually throughout December so I certainly do not have it all up yet.  If you are new to my blog and didn't see the last holiday season here is a LINK to the December posts.  The first one shows some decorations and there are also some posts with files you might enjoy.

I found these ornaments in the attic when I went to get the outdoor decorations.  These are jolly old elves from my childhood.  I may try to make some more with modern materials - these are definitely worse for wear but they bring back a lot of memories.

These little houses and the bird would be fun to recreate.  I am sure I can use my Cricut and Design Studio to help in this project.

These two are slightly scary!  I am not sure if I will try to reproduce them....

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  1. OH MY GOSH!! I have the same elf, house and bird ornaments! When I get them out, I'll take photos too. It doesn't matter how bedraggled they are, I could never part with them. wonderful memories.

  2. Goodness, this brings back memories! I don't have the same ornaments, but I remember similar ones. I also remember my Mom and her years of "theme" Christmas trees, one year all Polish ornaments from Pier one imports. :) they were basically angels made out of raffia. Thanks Diane for reminding me of such wonderful memories of my Mom and Christmas' past.

    I love the bulbs you have in your tree, just adorable!

    God Bless,
    Lisa Sturgill

  3. Your tree looks wonderful and I just love those little elves :) How cute! Hmmm, in live in a pine forest, anybody need cones?!
    No decorating here today, it is minus 5 degrees outside (F) ....

  4. I love your house and the tree ornaments. My inside tree has only antique ornaments which I have collected over the years. They are so pretty and different, but we are in a new subdivision and my trees are not large enough to decorate. I must look for large ornaments for when they grow some.

  5. Oh those type of old ornaments bring a warm fuzzy feeling to me. I have some. Also some from my grandmothers childhood that were totally made of pipe cleaners and paper. It was all they had back then if you didn't have lots of money.

  6. I like your idea of hanging ornaments outside on the tree. I may have to borrow that but we wont need as many as you as our tree is still in the growing stage and only about 7 feet tall.

    Isn't it fun to go through your christmas boxes and find treasures from the past. As my son is now 19 I have found some ornaments and things he made as a kid and it made me smile.


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