Monday, December 21


A pretty, festive bow hung on the chain of a chandelier makes a lovely addition to your Christmas decor. It is especially effective if you have high ceilings and a long chain. I hung a gold one in my dining room about six years ago, and it is still there.

Christmas Past: a swag hung over a mirror behind a love seat. The colors of the ribbon blend with the upholstery and the tassels add a festive touch.

This is the crazy gingerbread house at the Governor's Mansion this year. Made by Donna of Sweet Memories Bakery, it is a real treat to see! Click to enlarge.

One of the few trees in my yard that still has leaves on it; the red really stands out in a forest of gray trunks and branches. We thought it was going to be dusted with snow, but all we got was sleet, which knocked all those pretty red leaves off!

Another tree from Christmas Past; I did this one a few years back. It has about 1800 lights on it and approximately 350 sterling silver and cut crystal ornaments on it, including crystal icicles. The people who hired me to do this tree discovered the morning I was to arrive that their tree stand was broken. The gentleman jury-rigged it and it appeared to be sturdy. Just as I hung the last ornament on the tree, it toppled over on me. No harm was done, nothing broke and not one ornament fell off the tree! I was so very glad I had hung them all using silver chenille stems.


Jo said...

That tree is exquisite...!

I love the little crooked gingerbread house too. :-)

"There was a crooked man and he walked a crooked mile,
He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile.
He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse.
And they all lived together in a little crooked house."

Pat said...

I've got two chandeliers and that is a great idea- I just have to find the energy and the ladder to do it - and the bows;)

Kay Dennison said...

Fabulous photos!!!!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

That tree that fell is Exquisite, Judy! I would have loved to see it 'in person'..And also to take some pictures of it, too!
It is amazing that nothing broke or fell off!

Cute Gingerbread house!

I wish you and Mr. Kenju the most wonderful Christmas, ever. And a very Happy New Year to you and yours!

Gilly said...

I love those swags - just wish I had the ability to do them!

Decorations very restrained this year, I wouldn't dare photograph them! Christmas cards and a large flowering cyclamen is the extent of my decorations in the hallway!

Sky said...

i am sure you are very busy this week with all the christmassing florists do. thanks for sharing some of your decoration photos with us. now i am wondering how you guys managed to get that tree upright again! wow -so lucky it stayed intact. happy holiday wishes to you and yours.

Peter said...

A "swag" here in Oz is what you would probably call a bedroll, your bed if you are camping in the woods, it also was the pack that contained all the worldly good of a "Swagman".... I looked everywhere and couldn't find one in your photo!!!

John said...

The tree is to die for! I love it! Everything is so pretty and very festive in your photos! Thanks for sharing!