Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Our Tree...

Happy Hump Day...
we're battening down our hatches for another round of fridgid cold, snow and ice here in good old Southern Indiana, so I thought I'd take a moment to share with you our Christmas Tree.

On Monday...
I found a package in my mailbox from the sweet Amy and when I opened it I found two lovely special things to put on my tree! First:

Amy's Ornie to Me

And then this:
Amy's Angel Ornie to Me

Thank you Amy!!! I admired them on your blog without knowing they would soon join me :) Love them bunches!

Since I pulled....
the camera out, I thought I'd share with you our tree. So here it is (picture heavy). Our tree contains 99% handmade ornaments from our children, family and friends - with just a few personal family ornaments that are not handmade but have been given to us because of the birth of our children or some special event marking our lives.

Angel

Our Tree 1

Our Tree 2

Notice the orange star twirling ornament both right above and below in these pictures...this ornament is probably over 60 years old. From my grandparent's tree.

Our Tree 3

Our Tree 4

Our Tree 5

The paper Rudolph  and a ruler (?) appeared on my tree recently....see them near the bottom - that is Ellie's handiwork :)

Our Tree 6

Our Tree 7

Our Tree 8

Our Tree 9

See the big white stamped cookie? It's a salt dough ornament that Katie made in the 1st grade. And the snowy pinecone ornament close by on the left from one of the twins preschool days.

Our Tree 10

The little house in the middle of this picture is painted ceramic and made by my Granny.

Our Tree 11

Looking through the pictures you'll notice these handpainted ball ornaments all dipicting a biblical scene and a bible verse....these are my most cherished ornaments and made by the talented hands of my sister-in-law, Susan.

Painted

As a bride, setting up the tree the first year of our marriage, my mother-in-law gave me a box of ornaments from Keith's childhood. Imagine my surprise when I pulled out this red pretzel thing. What is this? I asked looking at Keith - who told me it was a scouts Christmas activity that he made as a young cub scout...now Christmas just isn't Christmas without the Christmas pretzel! :)
Christmas Pretzel

And our marriage was meant to be, when I found that I had made a clothes pin ballerina ornament as a young child and Keith had made a clothes pin hiker man ornament as a young child....now they hang together every Christmas season and during the off season they are stored together - it was destiny!
Ballerina and Hiker

And our very first married Christmas together I purchased this Lady and the Tramp ornament because it is my favorite Disney movie and little did I know that one day....I'd have 4 rascals myself - just like Lady and her Tramp....

Lady and the Tramp

Thanks for allowing me to share my tree and treasured ornaments with you!

Until next time...
I'll be keeping my hands to work and heart to God!
Hugs and love,
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76 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing your wonderful Christmas tree with us! Wish you and your family all the best for Christmas!

    Cathi

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  2. Gorgeous, gorgeous tree, Vonna! You have me tearing up at your wonderful and precious memories! Your handmade ornaments are just amazing - the ones made as children by you and your husband, your own childrens, the stitched, the ones by your Granny and those beautiful hand-painted Christmas balls! Wow - I'm in awe! Enjoy every minute of your tree this Christmas!!

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  3. Your tree is so special, Vonna! I love how all the ornaments have a special meaning. And how wonderful is that that you and your hubbie both made clothes pin figures of yourselves as children! Definitely meant to be! Have a wonderful Christmas!

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  4. Vonna I love your tree! You have so many beautiful cross stitch ornaments, and your handmade childrens ornaments are just treasures!!

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  5. First off: what a wonderful wintry picture of the kids in your header and my how they've grown!!
    Amy's gifts are so pretty... *sigh*... Don't you just love handmade ornaments... all the memories that go with them!!

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  6. Lovely ornaments Vonna! I love going through all our ornaments with the kids and remembering every year.

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  7. Beautiful gifties. That stitchery angel is so cute!

    Looks like you'll need 2 trees soon! Marvelous collection and a really heart-warming display.

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  8. Thanks for sharing pictures of your tree - it is definitely full of memories for you and your family.

    I love the little clothespin ornaments - you were meant to be!

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  9. I would love to come over and look at your tree! There are many, many treasures!!!! Just gorgeous!

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  10. Oh Vonna, how lovely...thank you so very much for sharing your tree and all it's memories. It is all so beautiful.

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  11. I love the ongoing family history of ornaments on the tree. We add to ours evey year and I hope to keep that tradition going.

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  12. No tree could be more beautiful nor more reflective of those who have lovingly come together to share the holiday than that of your family. It was such a pleasures to see the photos and read of the memories. Happy holidays.

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  13. Your tree is wonderful, one of those trees that I could literally spent hours looking at. May you have a blessed Christmas season!

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  14. What beautiful treasures to adorn your home at this special time of year. Thanks for sharing them with us, Vonna. God Bless you and yours this Christmas. Cathryn

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  15. Vonna, what a beautiful tree and all those little treasures.
    The kids in the banner pic look like they are looking so mature, how time flies, huh?
    I wish you and your family a healthy and blessed Christmas

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  16. Your tree is stunning. Loved reading the special stories.

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  17. You have a lot of nice hand stitched pieces. Very pretty tree.

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  18. Thankyou for sharing your tree, it is truly lovely

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  19. Vonna, Thank you for sharing your beautiful tree and all the memories your ornaments have. May you and your family have a blessed Christmas.

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  20. Lovely stitching you received and great additions to your beautiful tree!

    Merry Christmas to all of you!

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  21. How wonderful your tree looks! And all of the memories too!

    Merry Christmas!

    Happy Stitching!

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  22. Gorgeous tree. So many wonderful memories for you:)))

    Thanks for sharing

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  23. Your tree is wonderful!!! Mine is much the same...so many mementos from my childrens schoool days. Crocheted ornaments made by my mother many, many years ago. Ornaments given to me by my husband every year...his favorite..a Mommy bear asleep in her chair...says it looks just like me at the end of the day when my boys were young. So MANY good memories...thanks for sharing yours.

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  24. What a beautiful Christmas tree!!! Just gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing pictures of it! I almost feel like I'm there enjoying it with you!

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  25. Beautiful ornaments - they make a tree so special

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  26. Your tree is stunning! I love the stories that go with all the ornaments - especially the clothes peg ornaments you both made - truly a match meant to be! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous Christmas tree.

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  27. Your tree is gorgeous, Vonna! What memories to have and to share! What fantastic ornaments to be gifted by Amy!

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  28. Your tree is so very pretty. I love the ornaments and the stories behind so many of them. I have collected ornaments for years and like yours, so many have their own stories. That only makes them special. For me most of my Christmas decorations hold those special Christmas once a year memories to be taken out, dusted off, and held close to your heart.

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  29. Gorgeous tree Vonna! Christmas ornaments house such sweet memories, don't they? Love your gifts from Amy, her stitching is so pretty. Gotta say I love the pic of your children in your header - so cute!

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  30. One of my trees, is my "family" tree, and like you, no 2 ornaments are the same. Although you do have me beat in the stitched ornament contest!! Your old ones that are made have really held up. Lots of the ones my kids made with dough or whatever have spoiled!

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  31. Fabulous tree Vonna! Your ornaments are beautiful and I loved reading the stories behind some of the special ones. I love the ornaments you got from Amy too :)

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  32. What great gifties from Amy! And your tree is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing and the stories behind some of the ornies. I really like the clothespin Vonna and DH. :)

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  33. I LOVE your Christmas tree Vonna, it's so beautiful with all the hand made ornaments. I love all my kids ornaments too :) My Son brought home 2 more that he made yesterday at school!

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  34. Your tree is very very beatiful!!!
    Fabrizia

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  35. Vonna, your tree is divine, love the stitchy ornaments, there are so many. Then there are the kids homemade ornaments they just say home. Hopefully I will have a tree full of homemade ornaments... next year. Merry Christmas, and a safe, wonderful happy festive season to you and yours.
    LiBBie in Oz

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  36. I always love reading your posts Vonna~~~ Not only do I LOVE the photos, but you have the best commentary! Amy is a dear, isn't she?? The ornaments from her are too cute!! And, all of your decorations are just beautiful!

    Thanks for your visits and nice comments and here's hoping your family has the best Christmas ever~~

    Always, Faye

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  37. Your tree is perfect. It's a great thing to be able to pull out the treasures, and the memories that come with them, every year.

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  38. I just love your tree, it so personal with special memories.

    Thanks for sharing your photos x

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  39. Awww...aren't those handmade ornaments from the kids early years the best! I just love pulling my sons' creations out each year and smiling as I see each one.

    Your tree is so pretty, Vonna, and I loved hearing the history of those very special ornaments :)

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  40. What a wonderful tree! Truly a work of love! Thanks for sharing with us!

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  41. Aww....what a special tree. It truly tells the story of your life. Thanks for sharing it with us.
    Merry Christmas!

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  42. Wonderful Tree! My favorite parts are the PS Santas and the Clothespin Couple. :)

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  43. Vonna, what a great tree! So many handmade treasures. The one that stood out for me was the red felt stocking.

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  44. Lovely tree!!

    Tanya :)

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  45. Oh, what yummy eye candy! Love your tree! I laughed out loud at the Cub scout pretzel, because we had one of those on the tree when I was little, too! I think my mom still has it.

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  46. Vonna your tree is beautiful and what lovely memories you have to go along with all the pretty ornaments. We have a kids tree with mostly handmade ornaments and ornaments that they have been given but it didn't get put up this year. Thanks so much for sharing yours!

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  47. Vonna, what treasures you have on your tree. I love the clothes pin ornaments.

    My favorite part of putting up the tree is unpacking the ornaments and remembering all the wonderful memories attached to them.

    I hope you and your family have a very merry and blessed christmas!

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  48. Vonna, the tree is awesome! I love all your ornaments. I would love to have so many handmade ornaments on my tree, but alas, the new kitten "Naughty Nikkos" runs up the trunk and bats ornaments off. I have had to replace all of the glass balls with shatterproof balls. So needless to say, all my pretties are safely tucked away until he gets some manners!

    Thank you for sharing with us. I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy Happy New Year!

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  49. I love your tree! Precious! Im so enjoying making Christmassy things with my boy....happy memories for the future

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  50. What a beautiful tree! Those ornaments made in childhood are so wonderful!

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  51. Beautiful tree - Thank you for sharing the photos
    Merry Christmas to you and your family :)

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  52. What a lovely tree filled with love and special memories. I loved the stories behind them.
    My treasures are also the handmade ones from family and friends.
    Merry Christmas, Vonna!

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  53. Anonymous9:51 AM

    Hi Von,
    The tree looks beautiful. Even the one in the dining room shining through the doorway. When you are at home I need to give you an angel ornament that you made in 1st grade. You were quite the artist back then. When I put it on the tree this year I had to laugh and remember how proud you were of the ornament. It deserves a special place on your hall of fame tree. I also need to give you an ornament from Ben's collection we never want to forget the mark he made on our lives. See you Friday night.
    Be safe coming home!
    Love, Mom

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  54. Vonna, I LOVE your tree!!! Such wonderful ornaments!! Simply awesome.
    Have a great holidays :)

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  55. Oh Vonna...I really, really loved this! Such a lovely tree, with lovely memories, one of my most favorite things of Christmas time!! Each ornament is so special..I love Ellie's contributions too!!

    May your Christmas be blessed with every good thing!!

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  56. Vonna,

    Your tree is truly loaded with precious treasures! Thanks for sharing it with us through your beautiful pictures and inspired prose.

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  57. Love looking at other people's trees. Beautiful ornaments.

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  58. Vonna, thank you for sharing your christmas decorations & your memories. Our Advent ornaments come out each year to be hung on their own 'Advent' tree; mine, DH's, my sons & now my grandson. Memories are always in the heart.
    Bless you & your family.

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  59. Very sweet gifts from Amy!! We have twin ornaments!! :)

    I love your tree - it's just gorgeous! Merry Christmas Vonna! :)

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  60. So many sweet memories on your tree Vonna - and so many beautiful hand crafted and stitched ornaments - I love the stories - thanks for sharing Melody

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  61. Your tree is beautiful but all the more special by the ornaments on it that have their own story or personal meaning.

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  62. Lovely new ornies and your tree is beautiful!

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  63. Puts me in the mood for the holiday just looking at your sweet tree!! May you have much love, joy and laughter around your tree this year! I'm sure your children will be making wonderful memories of their own!! Priceless!!! :)

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  64. It's a lot of fun to go through the pictures and look at all the wonderful stitched ornaments. Gorgeous.

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  65. Your tree is just amazing Vonna!

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  66. Vonna I loved this post! I so much enjoyed all the lovely photos of your tree and ornaments. All those stitched ornaments are amazing!! Someday I hope to have enough stitched ornaments to fill our tree this way. And I loved the precious ornaments made by your family. These are the most special of all!!
    Now sit back and relax as you enjoy so many memories.
    Thank you for sharing them with us.

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  67. This is simply the most gorgeous tree I have ever seen. It makes me want to do nothing but stitch ornaments, LOL. I rarely stitch anything small, my projects are always huge....but you may be changing my mind :)

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  68. Oh wow, Vonna, your tree is absolutely beautiful!

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  69. Ornaments are certainly fun when they tell a story that is passed on year after year! Thanks for showing us your beautiful tree.

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  70. You received two lovely ornies.
    Your tree looks gorgeous, such beautiful ornies on it and so many wonderful memories. Our tree is the same, lots of special memories.

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  71. Thanks for showing your tree! It is perfect!
    Our tree also has personal ornaments on it - many of them are store-bought since we all get a new Hallmark ornament every year, but there are many that the kids made in school etc. One day - when the kids have their own trees - I'll give the kids their ornaments (then I will have a nekkid tree)
    Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

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  72. Your tree is gorgeous, thanks for sharing it.

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  73. Wow, what an absolutely breathtaking tree. If find the trees that share our family history are the most special. I have ornaments on my tree that have been on their since my children were little and are now grown men. I have ornaments from my grandparents etc. I think they help us to stay connected.
    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful treasure and love and hugs to the whole Pfeiffer clan
    Merry Christmas one and all.

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  74. Vonna, you have a gorgeous tree of memories. Thanks for the peak into your world.

    Happy New Year

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  75. Vonna,
    What a pleasure it was seeing all your beautiful ornaments and sharing in your lovely memories. The little clothes pin couple are adorable and must have been the seeds that grew into a fruitful union :>) And the Lady and the Tramp ornament was obviously the next chapter :>)
    I still have some of the ornaments that decorated the tree when I was a little girl and they are very precious. I also have the little Bakelite fairy that went on top of our tree. Her tissue skirt is in pieces but still in the box and her silver cardboard wings are there too. I keep meaning to try and put her back together. She must be about 50 years old but still keeps her youthful looks :>)
    How lovely of your mum to still have things to pass on to you, maybe next year we'll see the little angel you made in 1st grade and Ben's ornament too.
    Blessings to your and yours for a happy, healthy and peaceful New year and thank you for the help you've given me over some of your tutorials during the year :>)
    Angela xx

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  76. Your christmas tree is realy wonderful !!
    Good day from France.

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