Sunday, December 11, 2011

Oh Christmas Tree

Good morning friends! It is warmer out there this morning and I for one am grateful for that fact. I'd like to take a moment to thank all of you that have left comments.They have all been read and I am so sorry that I have failed to respond lately. Things have been hectic to say the least and on top of that I have been dealing with a stomach bug the last few days.A big old welcome shout goes out to all of my new followers ,I am so glad to have you along for the ride. I am blessed to have so many wonderful friends in my life.

This morning seemed like a perfect time to share one of my Christmas trees with you all.It  is my largest tree and it is in my living room.It is not really prim but it holds lots of memories. It took me longer to get started decorating this year and I have cut my decorating way back but it still took several days for me to finish it.On this tree most of the ornaments have been hand made by myself or else they were gifts from others. 

The snowman topper is one that I made using a gourd,his nose lights up.
The two little kitties are favorites of mine! I made them from gourds and paper clay.If you look closely the first one is having a mouse sandwich and the next one is having an orange soda.

The mail cart is from a gourd and the Santa is a small light bulb.
This gourd was a perfect shape to paint into a strawberry.

I have two of the antique pink reindeer,that I just sit on the branches.This Santa is a gourd that I used paper clay to sculpt the face and then painted.The longer faced Santa is one that is done on a light bulb ,I used puff paint for the beard.

The Elves's Cookie Factory is painted on a tiny canteen gourd.

The socks that my son wore home from the hospital .Gosh they look so tiny but I remember that they were far to large for his tiny little feet. 

He was wearing these little shoes when he took his first steps.If you were here in person, looking at my tree you would find a few of his favorite pacifiers.An egg that came from a chicken his fourth grade class hatched and he brought home.I will never forget how huge the box was that he was toting this one little chick home in either.It was all he could do to reach around it to hold it securely. It took me forever to get him to let me take the chicken outside ,I am talking months! 

You would also find oodles of these penguins that are made from recycled light bulbs.Almost all the penguins tell a little story,notice the clay soda and hotdog.I have mailmen,baseball players,stitchers, punk rockers, get the picture I am sure.Hubby always said that I went into another world when I was working on them ,to the point of conversing with them.LOL! I never claimed to be sane.

This is what I have displayed on my coffee table at the moment.I love the rusty can candle ,the rusty cookie cutters with the greenery and  snowballs.

Well I hope that I haven't bored you to tears with my little tour of some the memories that my Christmas tree holds for my family.I have much more to share and even a few new needle punch projects.I would like to thank our very special  Raggedy Angie for the lovely Christmas card she sent. Thanks hon , it was like getting a big old hug .It is my wish that you all have a lovely day and that your hearts are filled with happiness.


Deppen homestead 1862 said...

the tree is so pretty~ wonderful job decorating~

Shirlee said...

Wonderful things ... but not as wonderful as the memories they all hold : ) Blessings, Shirlee

Hillcresthome Prims said...

You tree is beautiful. You are so talented and I love the display on the coffee table. You really have a great knack for decorating and painting!

Raggedy Creations said...

You have some wonderful ornaments Jen. So many wonderful memories



Your tree and table decorations are beautiful. Those gourd ornies are fantastic, you do such a great ,painting is something that I could never do.

Tam said...

Amazing paint jobs on everything so envious, I have all I can do to stencil

Trace4J said...

BEAUTIFUL TREE Friend filled with such love!
Hugs Trace

TheCrankyCrow said...

What a wonderful memory tree - your painting is amazing - but I love the little socks and shoes (and egg story!) - wish I would have thought to save those treasures.....Wishing you a great week ahead....Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Lois--Huckleberry Lady said...

Hi Jen, Love your tree. Yes, what wonderful memories. Never thought either to save those baby things!!!! :( Hope your feeling better.

bettyj said...

All I can say is WOW! You have really created some beautiful things. Love the memories that go along with them.

Morning Glory Vintage & Prims said...

Congrats Jennifer you won on my blog! Come visit me.

lilraggedyangie said...

That HUG was so big I didnt think I d ever get the envelope to seal:0) I love that tree prim or not its special and full of memories and thats what makes the holidays special! I love all your painting ! have a great week hugs lilraggedyangie

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Your tree is lovely!
I like it that you have so many memories to share on the tree as well. What a great idea to put all your sons precious items on the trees!
Thanks for sharing your memories.
Prim Blessings

acorn hollow said...

Your tree is lovely and so special to you.

Angie Berry said...

Love the details in your painting, you are so talented!! Those gourds are adorable! How neat for you to have a tree full of fun stuff and memories like that, I think that is awesome!

Have a delightful Christmas, my friend~

Robyn ♥ said...

Your painting is amazing! You really have talent! Love your tree! TFS! Have a wonderful Christmas!!!

BumbleBeeLane said...

So many special memories on that tree! Love the little shoes that your son took his first steps in.Warm Blessings!~Amy

Janet-Olde Crow Primitives said...

What a great job you have done decorating.
Have a wonderful day.

Jennifer Gail said...

Oh I love it all but the baby shoes almost made me cry. Merry Christmas friend.

Barb said...

Hi Jen,
Your tree and all the ornaments just look fabulous!!
Love your rusty items too!
Enjoy your Holidays!!