|The tree I now use inside was my "porch tree" a few years ago. Photo from approx. 2011?|
It has been so cloudy that I haven't been able to take photos of Christmas decorations this week. However, I did take some for Instagram with the iPad and those photos can be filtered to make them brighter.
All the decorations are up, I finished the porch a couple days ago. It no longer has a Christmas tree but I think it looks nice. A "My World" post will follow next week, after we (finally) have enough sunshine that I don't have to use a flash.
Those who follow on Instagram will have seen these already... @coffeeteabooksandme.
The Christmas reading has begun by taking two favorite Christmas related Elizabeth Goudge books off the shelf. They are A City of Bells and the sequel called The Sister of the Angels.
The buffet absolutely sparkles this year. Everything there came from Goodwill, garage sales, or the thrift shops over the years. Except the "sprig" of an aluminum tree branch and the Merry Christmas banner. Both came from my favorite primitive country shop, the banner was purchased on clearance after Christmas last year.
This vintage look aluminum tree was purchased on clearance this year for $10.00 It had been $35.00! I don't know why it was already marked down (I suspect the seller needed space for smaller items) but when I walked in my favorite store and saw this, I bought it immediately (and I had $10.00!).
The photo doesn't do it justice at all. It really sparkles in the lamplight. It reminds me of the Christmas trees that were so popular in the 50s and 60s when I was a child. This appears to be my year for sparkling.
These decorations are all from a previous favorite primitive country store that is no longer in business (in our town). I believe all were purchased during after Christmas sales. Usually the way I get most non-thrifted decorations (hmmm... is that a word?).