The Living Room tree is the biggest.
It displays a variety of ornaments... some handmade, some purchased, some rather old, many are gifts.
The oldest is Grandma's beaded ornament.
One of the newest is by my friend Beth, part of a collaged ornament exchange. She did this using a photo I'd posted on the blog of me and my first dog, Major.
I have to say that everything on this tree is a hodgepodge. Lately on morning shows while getting ready for work, I keep hearing "pick one or two colors and work with that." This tree has everything. Stimpy's collar. My Barbie doll (holding down the back of the tree as ballast, since I didn't have enough kitty litter boxes to anchor the legs). Poor childhood art. Framed photos over the years. Ornaments picked up on trips to Canada, Japan, and all over the US. Things my friends have made so thoughtfully and beautifully. Stuff I bought because I loved it. Lots of cats...
My big tree is my life story in ornaments.
Generally, I have a tree that is the Winter White tree -- maybe a few Santas, but mostly snowflakes, snow-people. It stays up through February.
This year I decided to feature some of my antique postcards.
But I did leave a few Santas and ornaments!
This is the Solstice Tree -- suns, moons and stars.
The ATC tree is in my art room -- all ATCs from various swaps. It's a wonderful tribute to original art in miniature.
Gypsy always gets a tree, but this time it's on the kitchen counter! I'm hoping he doesn't visit it!
In my bedroom, there are two trees. The Snowpeople Tree has wee snowfolks.
Dad's memorial tree includes ornaments related to fishing, nature and the lake.
In the family room is "Mom's Tree." This has ornaments she collected, as well as old favorites from our family tree like this "winter wonderland ball," which was always the first ornament on the tree! (I'm hoping to later post a children's story illustrated with her storybook ornaments, so I'll save those for another time. Probably May.)
And here is a tree not at all my own -- it belongs to my friends Mark and Jan. It's enormous and simply breathtaking. No photo can bring its magic into clear focus. And it is my favorite!
Here's my blogaversary drawing item -- felted bag, big enough for a small craft project or a book.