Monday, December 1, 2008

OH CHRISTMAS TREE!


I finished decorating the tree in my den tonight. I don't know why this picture is not clear but I'll try and get a better one later. It sure takes a lot of time to put all the decorations out. I don't have any other Christmas done in that room....I'm still undecided about my mantle. That's always the hardest part of the room for me....maybe it's because I know that it is the focal point and I really want it to look good. I'm looking at all your blogs trying to get some ideas but know that my time is running out. It'll have to be done this week. When I was putting this tree up (and the decorations on it are just a mixture of things collected through the years) I came across two ornaments that one of my co-teachers made for me several years ago. I wanted to share them with you because I know that so many of you are so creative and you would be able to do the same. The first one is made from a shotgun shell casing (I think that's what it's called).

She just painted a Santa face on the shell and glued a little greenery and ribbon to hang it from the tree limb. I have had it for years and it is still one of my favorites.



This Santa ornament is made from a light bulb. It was spray painted red and then the details were added. It, too, has a thin red ribbon glued at the top to hang from the tree. It's been fun remembering who gave all these ornaments to me over the years. Now....if I can decide what to do to my mantle!!!

20 comments:

Stephanie said...

Very clever ornies there!! I really like the bow on top of the tree, thats so pretty !!

Lorrie said...

Sue I love both the ornaments-what clever ideas they both are and yet so simple. My favorite Christmas ornaments here at home are the ones that I've been given because they usually have some fun or sentimental memories that come with them. Each year when I open my ornament box it's a trip down memory lane...

Janene said...

Your tree looks amazing!
I absolutely love homemade ornaments! It makes them that more special!

Nana said...

Sue, I still have the ornament that Josh made while in your class. Obviously I have a ton of ornaments they brought me from school, but (unless I'm completely crazy) I only remember specifically which class that one is from :)

Linda said...

The tree looks gorgeous and what clever ornaments!!

Rambling Girl said...

Love the neat handmade ornaments! I still have all my decor on my tables lined up adn trying to figure where to put them at.

Picket said...

Morning Sue! Beautiful tree girl and I love those hand made ornaments! That shell casing is so cute! lol Maybe I need to tell the Burly Boys to save me some of their casings! lol Gosh girl I loved the pic of all y'all in the car covered with shopping bags and presents! lol Hope you have a great day today!

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Seriously Sue,
I think you could make a Santa out of just about anything! AND they are so cute!
Love your tree!
Robin~♥

Sharon said...

Love your tree and the ornaments we collect through the years are the best. I don't have anything on mine except ornaments that people have given us through the years, or ornaments that the kids made as they grew up. I call it my heratige tree and wouldn't change it for the world! As I decorate my tree, I re-live a lot of good times! Hope you have a great week.

Angie said...

Your tree looks great and those ornaments are so cute! I agree with you on how hard it seems to decorate the mantel. I have to try different things before I am satisfied.

Picket said...

Sue don't make me come over there and smack you girl! lol You know good & well anything you touch turns out ten times better than what I could ever do! lol Your table will be gorgeous like everything else in your home! Thanks for coming by though and for the sweet comment! Have a great night girl!

April said...

Sue,

I love your gorgeous tree and your pretty decorations...especially the one made out of a shell casing...how unique!!! Good luck on decorating your mantle...to me, that's the hardest part.

Happy Wednesday!

Ashley Waldrop said...

Your tree is beautiful! I love trees with lots of lights and ornaments! The more the better!!

Gran said...

Sue, look at the cover of Cobblestone Farms. Your mantle would look beautiful with all those things and I know what you have...be sure and post pictures of it for me to see early!

Holly

FourOf5zs said...

The tree looks beautiful! Love the ornaments.

aims said...

Your tree is beautiful! Who'da ever thought of making santas out of shells and lightbulbs? I have no skills when it comes to such.

I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving! Y'all take care!

Debi said...

Sue dear,
I am ohhhhhhhhhing and ahhhhhhhhhhhing over those ornies!! How adorable!! I may have to try out the shotgun shells one... for hubby tree!! (He is dear hunting already this season!!) So very fitting!!
And those light bulbs... I will definitely have to try with the grands!! Or maybe get Scoti to try!!
ANd I LOVE YOUR MANTLE TOO!!!! HOW CUTE!!

I hope your having a greatly blessed day!!

Kath said...

Your tree looks just wonderful!!!
Those are some clever little ornies! so cute!


hugs-Kath

Kele said...

Love the lightbulb ornament, how clever!!

Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

You and those ornaments! I still can't get over okra Santas ... and now shot gun shell casings?? Wonderful!

Your tree is delightful! Oh I really need to get going. We've had many delays and my little house still doesn't feel like Christmas yet.

Smiles,
Lea