Thursday, December 16, 2010

a Christmas collection

i love collecting items to decorate my house for the Christmas season.

people know i love it too.

so most years i get gifts of Christmas decor for Christmas or for my birthday, which is in november. i love it. i usually spend my birthday money on guess what? Christmas decorations. i love going after Christmas and getting items 75 - 90% off at target.

like i said. i love decorating for Christmas!

so here is a quick tour of my Christmas collection.

the reindeer, a birthday gift to myself. the mercury glass tree in cloche, a birthday gift from my sister. the reindeer painting, a gift from my super talented sister in law.

the skates, my sister's growing up.

the fake mercury glass trees, $1 each at walmart after Christmas. the lanterns, from my brother's wedding 12 years ago.

the reindeer, a gift from my sister in law. the tree, a white elephant gift this year {i got lucky on that one. some people ended up with used wrestling singlets as their gift!}.

the ribbon, from a gift from my sister. the greenery, i buy more and more each year.

the picture, one of my favorites of me and my dad. the glass stars, a gift card and coupon spent at bed bath and beyond. the pine cones, collected on walks with my daughters.

the birchwood skis, on clearance at tjmaxx.

the fake tree, found on the side of the road with a sign saying "free". the ornaments, greens, golds, reds and whites collected slowly through the years.

the real tree, decorated with ornaments bought throughout the years as well as snowflakes from my daughter's first birthday party.

the stockings, a big birthday money splurge. even though i only need 4, i got 6. just in case. the letters, $.50 each at hobby lobby

the table runner, another birthday splurge. the candle, balsam and cedar from yankee candle. a staple at our house all winter long.

the presents, wrapped with love. i buy one new roll of wrapping paper each year. i also collect ribbons throughout the year and save them from year to year. my attempt to be green {thrifty too}.


Elizabeth M. said...

Yours is the prettiest home in the world, me'thinks. I love your colors, creativity and thriftiness! I adore the silver trees the most...I wonder if they'll be on sale this year??
And, because of you I bought brown paper and ribbon...cause bags just don't cut it since I have seen your work (I made gift tags in October!!)

Connecticut Gal said...

Love all your beautiful touches! Especially the skates & skiis. I have my old ice skates hanging up this winter too! Great job!