Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Sentimentally Ornamental

For the first time in many years, we managed this year to get our Christmas tree up during the Thanksgiving break.  Last year, I think I kind of boycotted Christmas.  Our tree is 9 ft tall and weighs at least 87654 pounds.  Wrestling its three sections downstairs by myself then trudging back upstairs to get the ornaments out of the oven-like attic, then decorating it myself isn't my idea of a good time When I asked the family to help, they were less than enthusiastic.  So, last year, we had a 3 ft tree that weighs about 3 pounds and comes in a box that fits under the guest bed.  It worked out just fine.  This year, everyone was more amenable to getting the big tree down and set up. (We've decided to ditch the ginormous tree when the trees go on sale.)

 Tree is bigger than it appears.

I actually do love decorating the tree.  I like an eclectic tree full of ornaments that have been collected from travels, family and friends.  Those partial to satinized matching balls and color coordinated ribbons would hate my tree.  I love seeing all kinds of colors, all kinds of shapes, mismatched and homemade and full of memories.

In this post, I'm going to share a few of my favorites.

My kiddos

The essential AOL CD ornaments

Love the Heartwood Creek by Jim Shore

My sister-in-law  makes beautiful ornaments for the family every year. This is one of my favorites.

From a fun trip to Lake Tahoe many years ago and a heart one of the kids made after 9/11.

Inherited from my husband's sweet grandfather, Baba.  We used to visit him every Sunday afternoon and eat snacks and play cards and laugh and laugh.  I miss that silly old man.

 One of my daughter's angel ornaments we've been collecting for her for years.

I got this adorable fellow from my friend Kathy May at Kathy May Designs.  She's in the midst of reworking her website.  Love Love Love her stuff.

I even made an ornament this year.

As I was walking through JC Penney today, I took a look at their ornaments and made a commitment in my head.  From now on, I'm going to make every effort to buy handmade ornaments as our family ornament and our travel ornament.  There are too many great artists and artisans hand making great ornaments to waste my money on any more Made in China things.  

Here are some of my arty friends who have some ornaments available for purchase. There are many, many others, as well.  Buy handmade this Christmas.

Flutter Before You on Etsy has these adorable little "Captured Fairies" ornaments. There are several to choose from:

Jill at Jill's Dream has some really cute little mini canvas ornaments in her shop.  I'm loving that little pink and turquoise bedecked snowman:

Melanie at Sunshine Girl Designs has so many cute ornaments.  She had mini canvases, as well as hand sculpted ornaments.  I love this one:

Please visit these shops or search in "handmade" for "ornaments" on Etsy.  Made by hand. Made in America.  Perfect!

My friend Kim at 3 Wishes Studio posted an awesome giveaway  on her facebook page on Monday.  She'll be your secret Santa for someone who you think could use a special treat this season.  All you do is leave a comment on that post or send her a message that you have someone in mind.  On December 14, she'll pick winners and contact them for the name and mailing address of their nominee.  She has great art.  Go like her page and let her know if you'd like her to spread some Christmas cheer secretly on your behalf.  Here's a sample of her beautiful fused glass:

Now that I've been wandering around the Christmas aisle at Etsy, I'm going to have to get our family ornaments, too!!  Yea!

May the good Lord bless you today with light weight trees, cooperative helpers and sweet memories to flood your Christmas season with love.

<3 Lori

PS: If you are an artist who has Christmas ornaments available for sale, feel free to add your links in the comments.  It'll go in the spam folder, but I'll check them and publish them as soon as possible.


  1. Makes me want to put up our tree! Well, almost. :)

  2. This is the ones you showcased! Just sold a bunch of my ornaments at a Craft Fair this past weekend :)...only have a few left! :)


  3. My tree is much like yours. (It doesn't weigh as much though). An eclectic collection of ornaments. My kids wanted to set it up Nov. 1st. I held them off to Thanksgiving weekend. Thanks for sharing everyone's ornaments. S fun!

  4. Lori I love that gianormous millon pound tree and all the special ornaments. This is a great post and I love seeing all the work of fellow artist. Thank you so much for sharing. Wishing you many blessings! xok

  5. Hi Lori...I have a few of my aluminum (and weatherproof!) ornaments in my Etsy shop, as well as a set of the 12 Days of Christmas. Here you go:

  6. Wonderful post! Thank You so much for sharing my etsy link. Your tree looks amazing! Isn't it fun to see all the ornaments from years past, and the memories they hold? Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas, full of magic and wonder...Xo

  7. wonderful and love Flutter Before You !!

  8. I really loved this post Lori! I lived seeing your special ornaments from years past - the ones from meaningful times are always the best! We're putting up our tree this weekend and I think I'm even going to bring up my ornament box today just to peek at some of my favorites! Thanks for the inspiration.

  9. I loved this post, Lori. My own ornaments, many passed down from my mom, mean so much to me. I love the stories behind these and getting a peek at your family tree! :-)


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