Saturday, December 12, 2009

Sights of Christmas - Part 2

No updates on my brother-in-law. I doubt anything will be done today or tomorrow (he is still on life support) since they are waiting for their youngest daughter to arrive from Georgia. I will be going to the hospital later today to spend time with Bonnie.

I love it that you all like my tree on the porch. It was originally a Goodwill tree that I paid just a few dollars for but I didn't want to throw it away. So... I thought of that corner of the porch where the garage meets the house... behind the old rocking chair.

There is no glitz or glamour on the porch since we live at the edge of a forest. I walked to the car yesterday morning while it was still dark and the "hoot" of an owl echoing from the forest was the only sound. For some reason, owls make me think of Pooh and the Thousand Acre Woods. :)

I sliced and dried only two oranges for the outside tree. I already had plenty of old cinnamon and applesauce to make the stars. If you do a web search of "cinnamon ornaments or cinnamon-applesauce ornaments" you will find a lot of recipes and good tips on making them.

Here are a few more Christmas decorations...

This bear stays out all year but I gave her a Christmas message. Some years she goes on top of the tree. :)

I have an aversion to creches with a blond Jesus. However, it was $6.95 at the thrift store... so I got over it. I loved everything else about it.



This long strand of poinsettias was really, really cheap originally (plastic with silk flowers) and I found it on clearance last year for a quarter. However, it looks "uptown" when wound around the chandelier.

I have three tree angels I rotate. This angel on top of the tree is one I made in the 1990s. Can we say... country? Last year when I draped the gold colored beads on the tree, I set my Victorian girlie-girlie angel with gold lame' wings on the tree.

Not exactly Biblical versions of angels but what do we want... good theology or cute? Don't answer that son-in-law of mine. :)

I usually fill a silver bowl with beautiful Christmas bulbs but I didn't unpack those this year. So... the autumnal apple centerpiece became the Christmas centerpiece. Hey, they're red aren't they? Don't they look real?


With all the red accessories in my kitchen, all I had to do was throw in a few baubles and we had... Christmas glitz and glitter.

ANSWER: The laptop was on a chair in yesterday's picture. It wasn't until I had published the post yesterday that I noticed it there. :)

11 comments:

Suze said...

With a brown Sharpie marker, Jesus can get dark brown hair in a hurry - no more silly blond hair for the Supreme Jewish God/Man.

Martina said...

Dear Brenda
thank you for suggesting to do a web search on cinnamon ornaments! As I didn't know how they are called, I didn't know where to begin... I read the other comments on Part 1 - this porch tree seems to be the favourite! I like your apple centerpiece also. Your home is truly beautiful! Thanks for your answer!
I am sorry you and your sister have to go through such sad times right befor christmas. Blessings and best wishes to all of you from Germany! Martina

Heather L. said...

Thought of you while decorating our tree last night as I said to the children, "hang the silver balls back into the tree instead of on the edge." Thanks for that great tip!

carla said...

Your dining room is so lovely.

You are really blessed with such a nice home. Honestly.

Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to you in this difficult time for your sister and family. May HE be with you in all of this during this time. Glad you can go to be with your sister too.
Blessings, Elizabeth

Pen Pen said...

Girl, slap some paint on the Jesus' head! LOL Now I've got to go check out my own nativity that I've had for 25 years to see what color baby Jesus' hair is!

scrappy quilter said...

I love your dining room too. It looks so warm and inviting. Hugs

matty said...

How very pretty! I agree; paint Jesus' hair to suit you! Black, I think, don't you? :)

Would you come decorate my house? I am just not in the mood...

Lynn said...

Everything looks so pretty at your place. I love the dried oranges on the tree :) And the Christmas creche is beautiful.

Jan said...

Love your blog...

L.L. Barkat said...

I loved this little line tucked in...

"we live at the edge of a forest".

I can see that. Hear it.

(Came over through Nancy, who celebrated you in the 12 Day Celebration. :)