Monday, December 20, 2010

Finally The Tree Is Up

Real trees are the best but this year I'm really thankful that we have a tree-in-a-box.  Put 3 parts together, plug it in and add ornies. You'd think I'd have had it done weeks ago. Nope. Just wasn't feeling it.  Tonight it had to be done.  Here's where I started.
 My favorite vintage ornaments live in the suitcases.
Each year I wrap them carefully and tuck them away.
The first things I spotted were two hanging cards.
They were from my grandparents when I was very young.
They've been on every tree that I can remember.
This little red bell is not valuable, but it is priceless.
It's from our family tree and I
can still hear my Dad's voice saying that he liked this one.
(This will be his 30th Christmas in heaven...)
 Most of the rest of my vintage ornaments are from 
estate sales and auctions.
I love their simple charm.
This dog always brings a smile to my face.
 And the infant is sweet. 
This is one of the earliest.
See the angel? 
She's perched on a blown glass stem
that's about 6" long. 
It's amazing that it survived.
The blown glass icicles are most at
risk when little ones are present.
They're fascinating and irresistible.
By the time I was finished
I wondered why I'd waited so long to get to 
the tree. Seeing the old ornaments 
was like getting together with old friends.
I'm sorry I waited so long to see them!


  1. Sounds like you have a lot of memories on your tree. It looks so lovely. Thanks for all the beautiful pictures.

  2. You are so right. Our trees are the gathering place for memories and maybe a few tears (but good ones, right?).
    BTW...your comment was a hoot. Why didn't I think of that!!

  3. Oh what a sweet post showing your beautiful vintage ornaments! I have been doing vintage ornaments for the past several years and love the look and atmosphere it creates. I guess it brings back a lot of fond childhood memories. Your idea to store them in old suitcases is a great one--might have to start that tradition since I have plenty of vintage cases around the house looking for a purpose!
    Merry Christmas and All the Best for 2011!

  4. I feel the SAME WAY now that my Christmas Vignette is up... LOVE your "suitcase" packing containers too... - Great Idea!!!
    Happy Holidays Jan...
    Jeanine, ChiPPy!-SHaBBy!

  5. I LOVE that you are just now putting up your tree!!! I am a two week only ho-ho-ho person. None of this November stuff for me!
    Love your tree. Love your awesome suticases... Good place to store them!
    Have a great Christmas!

  6. I love your vintage ornaments. Lovely tree~!

  7. Those suitcases are the bomb!! love them...what a wonderful tree full of memories.

  8. Absolutely beautiful!!! Merry Christmas!

  9. Merry Christmas my friend..your ornaments are simply beautiful! xo

  10. Love the suitcases love the tree love the memories. Thanks for sharing

    Hope you have a VERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS


  11. Your tree looks beautiful and I love to hear the stories behind your ornaments. Especially sweet is the one about your dad's favorite. Have a wonderful Christmas!


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