Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Snowy Day Inside and Out

Since we got more snow last night I thought it might be time to share my snowman decorations.  I love to decorate my home, so when I put away Christmas decorations the snowmen come out.  Soon I will decorate for spring and Easter.  But for now.....
 The mantle is flanked by the Frozen tree for the grandkids, and several evergreens, along with snowmen.
The snowman quilt that I made hangs above the couch.
The bar between the living room and kitchen is full of snowmen.  Some I made, some gifts, and some purchased.

The snowman tree is still gracing the sunroom along with a few other snowmen.

The many snowmen greet you as you step into the foyer.

And the dining room has a few wintery things, but I really ran out of steam on the table centerpiece.  That's on my list to fix for next year!

Can't leave out the bathroom!

 Only a couple of snowmen hanging out in the kitchen.

And then just a few miscellaneous things around.
Yes, there were several little peeks of Valentine's.  I don't really decorate 
for it, but I have a couple of things out.

And now soon I will put them all away again for another year.  
Maybe if I put them away this weekend spring with sprout sooner!
One can always hope!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

My Talented Hubby Makes Christmas Gifts

    As I work away in my sewing room Bud works away in his wood shop.  Last fall he made several benches for sitting around  our fire pit.  It was nice to always have them there instead of dragging out the lawn chairs as we had been doing each time we lit a fire.  This Christmas he make each of our kids one.  He personalized each one with their interests in mind.

    Trilby and Mikes' had the tailgate of his old Ford pickup, The High Roller, as the back.

    Travis and Kerry's has the silhouette of an Angus show calf on the back of it.
Tasha and Kyle's has a Ford tailgate with the Capper Ford emblem on it, which is where Kyle works.

And Trina and Tanner's has a Cubs emblem on the back of it.  Tanner is a huge Cubs fan and so is Trina by default!
He really enjoys working with wood.  It may run in his blood as his uncle was an excellent woodworker.  He also spent time helping my dad with many projects.  
 Hopefully the kids enjoy what he made them.
He also made several grandkids Christmas gifts, but that will wait for another post.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Christmas Decorating

It seems I didn't get time to enjoy Christmas BEFORE Christmas, so I'm catching up now.  I love, love, love my house all decorated for Christmas.  It seemed I didn't have it decorated very long this year.  I'd like to share some of my Christmas decorations with you......(Picture heavy post with pictures not so great.)

I decided to change up a few things this year starting with the mantle.  Usually the stockings are hung here.
On the mantle this year is the ceramic nativity set made by my grandma in the 70's.
It is beautiful although several animals have lost their ears, and some of the ornate jewelry she used has come off.
I also have the Willow Tree Nativity that sits on the shelf with my other Willow Tree angels.

                                               The stockings were hung here this year:

I love Christmas trees.  I try to put at least one tree in each room of the house. They are various sizes.
The tree on the left is the only real live tree in the house.  It is our main tree.  I changed the decorations on it this year.  After years of the girls complaining about how I decorated the tree they told me the liked the old way better. (sigh)  The tree on the right is a 4 foot tree.  It is our "Frozen" tree, decorated with Frozen ribbon, tags, and snowflakes.  The four/five year old grandkids helped me decorate it.
The snowman tree is my new tree this year.  It is 7 1/2 feet tall and I put him in the sunroom.  He will stay up with my snowman decorations for the winter months.  The tree on the right is our family Christmas photo tree.  It is about 5 feet tall and sets in the foyer.
 The photo on the left really doesn't do this tree justice.  It is a 7 foot tall frosted pencil tree.  This year it held our beloved ornaments and had it's home in the downstairs bedroom.  The tree on the right is a small tree that sits on the counter between the kitchen and the living room.  We made and decorated the box many moons ago.
 The tree on the left is my prim tree.  The ornaments are homemade cinnamon ornaments, homemade tags, and wooden candy canes.  It sits in the dining room.  And the bathroom gets its own small tree too!
 Upstairs we have a 4 foot tree in our bedroom decorated simply with red and gold ornaments and gold garland.  The first landing on the steps hold the bubble light tree.  It is actually a trio of trees.  The bubble lights are a favorite of Bud's.  The tree on the right is my Christmas plaid tree.  It is decorated with plaid ribbon and red and gold ornaments.  It sets in the guest bedroom.
The basement also has trees, but I only got a photo of one--the Hawkeye tree in the Man Cave. It is decorated with multi colored lights which Bud prefers, black and gold ornaments, black beads, and some Hawkeye memorabilia.

Below are a few of our beloved ornaments.  The one on the left was made by my grandmother in the late 60s as she was spending time at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.  On the right are two examples of ornaments that we pick up when we travel.
 I also collect santas!  I have a few.....The one on the left stands next to our main tree. He is the tallest at a little over 5 feet.  He has such a sweet smile!  The top right santa wins the prize for biggest beard.  He stands just a little over 2 feet tall.  The bottom right Santa will greet you just inside the foyer/  He is my woodsman santa and is about 3 1/2 feet tall.
This santa will sing you a Christmas song as you pass by.  He stands about 5 feet tall and graced the front porch the night of our Christmas party.  The top and bottom right are my quilt santas, and the middle santa is my Polar Express santa.
This is a gorgeous photo of Santa given to me by my sister.  Whoops!  There's a tree I missed.  This one is ceramic and made by my grandma.  The base has cracked, but I handle it with kids gloves and hope one of my kids will cherish it someday.  The top santa is my glitzy santa.  He is only about 14" tall.  The bottom santa is a favorite with the grandkids.  If they push a button he snores loudly and his tummy goes up and down.  They think he sounds like grandpa!
Even the beds get decorated.  (But I only got one photo.)

 And various other places to put decorations...........antique paper decorations.....
 on the sewing machine......
 top of the hutch......
 top of the fridge.....(More ceramics made by grandma)
 And my favorite Christmas books......
I hope you've enjoyed the little tour of the inside of our home all decorated for Christmas.  Sadly it is all put away now, but the snowman decorations are now up to enjoy.

Until Christmas 2015.........