Hi everyone! If you are visiting via Elizabeth's T Stands For Tuesday blog link, welcome to my Christmas Tour! As you walk in the door, the first site is the Tree.
Due to the location it is nearly impossible to get a photo of the whole tree. Most of the ornaments are handmade, gifts, or were purchased while on vacation as souvenirs.
I made the tree skirt many years ago from a kit. It is all appliqued felt embellished with sequins, bells, and other bits.
In this close-up you can see two beaded ornaments I made--the red one on the right and the blue/yellow one on the left. Those are little ceramic elephant beads on the dangles. The two foxes in the log was the first ornament we bought the year we were engaged. The flag one was also my favorite ornament as a kid--it is over 50 years old now!
Moving along...Santa greets us with a bag of goodies. This I also made about 20 years ago out of a log and some wood. His face, if I remember correctly, is wall paper paste molded by hand and then painted.
Right above Santa is the reindeer corner.
Here is the snowman corner--two of them are music boxes.
This soldier keeps the snowman corner safe!
Over to the right, the fireplace is all decked out, too. Our fireplace doesn't have a mantle but rather a step up from the floor. The cowboy Santa fits right in with my Southwestern Living Room motif. Do you see the Elvis Santa to the right? The first needlepoint stocking was nearly completed when I went into labor with my daughter. All it lacked was the name since we didn't know who we were going to be blessed with!
This is the wall of the fireplace--a mixture of new, vintage & kitsch! The head was a plain paper mache one that I painted. The Santa on the left and the Santa Sleigh on the right are very old, from my husband's family.
Shall we step into the Dining Room? No surface gets away without some decoration. By Christmas, the two side panels of the china closet will be covered with the photo Christmas cards we receive. Just to the left you can see a snipped of holly that goes around the doorway that leads to the kitchen. A kissing ball hangs there, too. Mr. Moose is standing in his usual spot between the china closet and the buffet:
Thank you if you stuck with me to the end of this post. Sit down and have a cup of tea--you've earned it!