Saturday, January 14, 2012

Pictures of Christmas

Aha! Didn't find the battery charger yet, but did find a package of AA batteries tucked back in a drawer.

I know you're all way past Christmas and have everything down and packed away, but here are some lingering reminders....

I don't know why my computer will not save this image correctly. I keep getting an error message. But it did hang vertically, not horizontally, from one of the bedroom doors.  (!)

I finally got the stuffed candy canes made this year. Five of them were sent to Mightymom, who generously sent yardage of red and white fabric last year. I have 4 more that need to be finished off, but these were so much fun and have so much potential (ribbons, bells, springs of holly, etc.), that I plan to make more this year.

  This is a punched copper tree topper (rhymes!) I bought off Etsy this year. I tried to buy only American-made gifts and decorations this year, and some of my gifts were handmade and/or bought off Etsy.

I love to hang lights inside my windows, under the curtains, in all the rooms. When  the room lights are off, you get a lovely, colorful glow.

Above my sink is a soffitt, that runs the length of the wall. I have all my antique kerosene lamps up there (filled with lamp oil), and all but one are in working condition. This year, I ran a string of red lights behind them. It wasn't until I turned the light on that I realized how dusty and grimy they'd gotten, so after numerous trips up and down the stepladder, all the lamps were clean and sparkling in front of a red glow.

Along the front walk, where the tipsy pots once stood, I placed 2 upside-down tomato cages and wrapped them with artificial pine garland. I cut up a couple of  dollar-store poinsettias and stuck tthe individual blooms in the garlands, then wrapped them all in lights. They were festive by day and by night.

I was fortunate to have 4 days off at Christmas. Neither Jack nor I could remember the last time I was off Christmas Eve AND Christmas Day. Such is nursing. DD unfortunately couldn't come until Sat. afternoon and had to go back Mon. morning, so we enjoyed every minute we spent together.

I hope you all made some lovely memories, too.


AnnieO said...

LOVE the tomato cage tree idea, Stephanie! Clever you. The candy canes are terrific too. Great that you had that time off at the holiday--I had the whole week off after Christmas(well, from Job #2 anyway) but did work Christmas Eve, Christmas morning, and day after Christmas. All the doctors dictated to get people home for the holiday, so there I was, transcribing on Christmas morning. At least I was in my jammies while I worked :)

Lynda said...

I too thought the tomato cage idea was a great one! Your home looks so festive and happy. Your snowman filled with candy canes is really cute. We are always busy at work the two weeks of school vacation too with everyone trying to get their surgeries during the break so they don't miss school. I had 5 days off too with family here so we had lots of fun too.

Cathi said...

Your Christmas decorations are gorgeous!! Love the idea of putting the lights behind the sheers -- what a lovely effect!

Karen said...

Beautiful pictures Stephanie. I'm glad all your lamps got cleaned :)

Karen said...

PS I like your punched copper tree topper - had to come back for another look!