Everywhere I visit on Blogland I see people's beautiful holiday decorations and lovely trees. Meanwhile, I'm still working on it!
But I thought I'd offer a bit of a progress report! I'm getting Christmas up, one tree at a time, one Santa at a time.
The timing could have been better. Between Rick's mom's visit, kid sitting and my bug, I haven't exactly been spot on in November. But the calendar doesn't wait for us, does it?
This is one of my favorite trees -- the woodland tree. This year I decided to move it (it generally sits behind and atop the television). I rearranged the living room furniture into two "talking areas" and moved a small coffee table (it was part of my grandparents' wedding furniture). Now the tree is visible from both sides.
I love all the ornaments on this tree and I keep it up well into winter.
Underneath, a bit of a vignette with greens and two new little sheep I found this year.
This jolly fellow belongs there, too, even though he's partially hidden behind some of the branches.
Because it's a bit more rustic than formal, I chose two rustic Father Christmas fellows to sit atop the china cabinet. (I've since moved that star, which is temporarily atop the big Christmas tree, but that's for another post.)
Sitting next to the tree, on my puzzle table, is Rex. This jolly elf belonged to my friend Lisa's dad and I purchased him at the estate sale after he died.
Isn't the face fabulous? Lisa's dad was one of the best Christmas elves ever and it's nice to have his spirit in my holiday house!
Here's a look at some of the Father Christmas fellows hanging out in the cabinet! I'd keep the doors open all the time, except that they would block the doorway from the family room! These fellows came from trips to Stockbridge, MA and Flagstaff, AZ.
The other half of the room will have my big tree (still to come) and my Happy Tree. I found this flocked tree after the holiday a few years ago. Pretty much everything on it is felt, with a couple of exceptions, including some I've made myself.
Even Lizzie has her place here!
I bought these two from our blog friend Lidy of French Garden House. She had some wonderful mice in her current collection.
A trio of poinsettias, some greenery and pine cones rest on a basket.
There is more to come -- the kitchen, family room and big tree. So, I'd better get busy!