Thursday, December 4, 2008

These are a Few of my Favorite Things:




Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick had a Mr Linky party for us to show some of our favorite things. I saw this actually over at Valarie's Blog. You can still join the party if you want, or you can just go look at everyone else's favorite things.

These are a few of my favorite things....
Christmas ornaments!

Everyone of them is sentimental in some way, or has a story.
I have many that are handmade by my kids.....


I collect glass ornaments. Here are a few of the Santa's on my tree ( of which my kids did not make):
This one is full of glitter!


This one was given to me by a student, when I taught preschool.


And you KNOW I have to have some "island" on my tree...



And a little nod to Jimmy Buffett. I will bet he has this one on his tree!


I also love ornaments that relate to the nativity. This one in particular, is one of my favorites. I got it at Bombay Company.



I also love vintage ornaments. At one antique store I came upon a large stash for next to nothing. I was soooo excited! I love all the cracks in the glass. It adds to it's character.

And I have a couple of ornaments that I got when I attended a private Open House at the Governors Mansion. I am still trying to figure out how I got that invite. But it was fun! The Governor, I call him "Bob" (I didnt really) and his wife were so gracious and kind. And, They gave great party favors!


This one from the White House collection. I am still waiting on that invite! HA!


More islands.....mermaids. Sister Sledge was originally a mermaid. Not really, but that was her name before SS. She was on the swim team, swimming like a fish at four. Her swim coach called her mermaid and it stuck. Also because she had a great fascination with them. Ok, She and I both.

Oh and yes! That is Sister Sledge in the photo. My tree has lots of photos. And if you happen to send me a Christmas picture , it does go on my tree. I save all the pictures, year after year.
Another love, birds. They remind me of my aunts. They gave me a birds nest with a tiny (fake)cardinal one year. Attached was a card telling of having a birds nest in a tree was good luck. I always loved it. That ornament is at my Moms, although it may come up missing this year.....




A Christopher Radco ornament that I got for $5.00 after Christmas one year. I bought four of them.


And a vintage look ornament that says, "Peace".


A group collection....
Let me mention a great idea. I wanted something different for a tree skirt and couldn't find what I wanted. I didn't want to spend a bunch, so being the Thrifter that I am, headed to the thrift store. I began looking at ladies skirts, and found this. It's a perfect tree skirt!

It is hand embroidered and has tiny little beads on it. Kinda "bedazzled", but not to extreme. I like it. And at $2.88, I can change it and not feel bad, should I come across another skirt I like better.
Another idea I had, when shopping in World Market (import store), I have always loved the paper lanterns, so I bought three strings when they were on sale ($5.00 each) and put those on my tree. It adds just a punch of color to my white lights. I love it!
And those, are a few of my favorite things!

8 comments:

Nicolle said...

I love all of your ornaments. My favorite of course is your one in honor of Buffett! And I love the mermaid. I collect mermaids, but don't have an ornament. I must get one! Your tree skirt idea is so original and I love it!

HEWY said...

I love the christmas trees where every part is special and has memories!

Sandi McBride said...

Ornaments..my favorites, as well. We have a family tradition of "sharing" in that if someone admires a particular ornament and it's a true "gotta have it or I'll cry" devotion, it is handed over with a smile to go live on another tree...which is why I've been known to buy several of any that I love that dearly...loved this post!
Sandi

Leigh said...

Thanks Nicole! Try Hobby Lobby, if you have one, they seem to have quite a collection. I will bet you can find a mermaid there!

Thanks, Hewy! I love it because I sit and stare at the tree and it conjures up such fond memories.

Sandi- You are so nice! There are some on my tree I wouldnt part with. You are nicer than I am. LOL! But that is nice, to share, especially in the spirit of Christmas!

Nicolle said...

That is so funny, I was dreaming of Hobby Lobby last night. We have a new one, like 2 miles from my house! I will go today!!

Thanks for catching up with me and all of your sweet comments on my blog. I totally understand how you can get busy and bogged down with work.

Have a WONDERFUL weekend!! :)

Sarah @ ThriftyDecorChick said...

First of all, love your header picture. Second, the ornaments are great, I especially love the gittery Santas! Third, that skirt is AWESOME!! What a great idea!! I use fabric, but this is even better!! Do you mind if I highlight this? I'm finding so many fun ideas through this post, and I'd love to share it! Let me know.

Susan in the Psych Ward said...

Lovely! We're decorating the tree tonight... can't wait!! Lizzie and I will put the ornament on and Steve will be in his chair telling us it looks great without looking at it... ahhhhh! memories!!!!

Keetha said...

That tree skirt idea was a dandy. You are SO clever, not cleaver - - - that is a sharp knife!!!

:-)