Thursday, December 4, 2008

A Tree Grows On My Table ;)

You remember I shared with you we can't put up our Christmas tree just yet because of waiting for flooring to come in and then installed? Well. O just couldn't stand it any more, so I put up a tiny little tree in my den so I could have a little bit of Christmas joy, too!

I had a little time last night so I put it up on my Duncan Phyfe drop leaf table in my den. Just couldn't stand not having some little sparkly lights!

This is a little three or four feet tall tree and I put all of my glass special ornaments on it. I've been collecting for many years these glass hand painted on the inside balls. These photos are a little dark, but they are really very pretty.

This one is black and gold and came from Germany.

The Greenbriar, South Carolina.

Hawaii.

France.
Norway.

Mount Vernon.
A fuzzy one from Norway ;)

The Del Coronado on Coronado Island, California.

Lighthouses of Texas.

I have quite a few of these little ornaments from all over the world. Every time we travel, I try to find one of these little balls.
My only little tree ~ filled with glass balls ~ now I feel better!
Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)
I'll leave you with a little Note Song~
Oh, Christmas Tree
O Christmas Tree,O Christmas Tree,
How steadfast areyour branches!
Your boughs are greenin summer's clime
And through the snowsof wintertime.
O Christmas Tree,O Christmas Tree,
How steadfast areyour branches!
O Christmas Tree,O Christmas Tree,
What happiness befalls me
When oft at oyous Christmas-time
Your form inspires my songand rhyme.
O Christmas Tree,O Christmas Tree,
What happiness befalls me
O Christmas Tree,O Christmas Tree,
Your boughs canteach a lesson
That constant faithand hope sublime
Lend strength and comfort through all time.
O Christmas Tree,O Christmas Tree,
Your boughs can teach a lesson
~sung by everybody! ;)

56 comments:

  1. Ooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhh, so pretty!! I love, love, love the FRANCE ornament...it's beautiful!!!

    ~Blessings,
    Jan

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  2. How beautiful are they. I like quality decorations. Every year I buy a new one or two. I am very particular - I love yours too. Each one has a story to tell. So glad you have some Christmas magic with your tree. I hope your floor gets sorted soon.

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  3. Your tree is gorgeous. I know in decorating it, you have so many fond memories attached to each precious ornament. Enjoy your beautiful tree.

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  4. Good Morning, Sheila! Your tree is beautiful! And the ornaments are amazing! What a neat collection! Glad you are able to enjoy it, despite the floor! :) ~hugs, Rhonda

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  5. GM Sweet Shelia...girl I bet you do feel better now..nothing like the lights of Christmas to up lift your sprits..now your tree is a beauty girl..sounds like you have been busy with your home..the entry and now new flooring WOW!! hope you have a special day...hugs and smiles Gloria

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  6. That is a pretty tree Sheila. Very pretty tree indeed!

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  7. Oh Shelia, those ornaments are so beautiful. That tree must be a sight to behold in person! I'm glad you pulled your Duncan Phyfe table into the den for a little Christmas cheer. I think the ornaments from Norway are my favorites!
    B.

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  8. Great idea! Very pretty. Love all the travel ornaments. Have a great day!

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  9. What a beautiful collection Shelia~ your sweet 'little' tree is priceless. Have a wonderful day!

    Hugs~ J

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  10. This tree is a tribute to your indomitable spirit. Proof positive that you won't let anything keep you down for long. So glad that you immortalized it here today. Each of your ornaments has a story to tell, just as you do yourself.

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  11. No wonder you were pouting; you had all of these darlin's waiting for display! It's a gorgeous tree, Shelia; sometimes the best things come in small packages.

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  12. How beautiful is this little tree with all those memories of where you have been. Lovely
    Blossom

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  13. Those are ornaments are very special - so beautiful. I think buying ornaments when traveling is a great idea! Did you see on my post today the rooster on my tree that I bought in Galveston? Sally

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  14. Pickel thanks for coming by girl and no I don't have a big kitchen...Its was my 1 room cabin at one time that I made into my kitchen years ago..hugs and smiles Gloria

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  15. I'm so glad you were able to get up "a tree" and it's a rather pretty one at that. i can' just imagine how beautiful your "big" tree must look.
    P.S. Seems you and I both have a like for Trans Siberian Orchestra. We wanted to go see them this holiday season, but the concerts sold out very quickly.
    Enjoy your day!

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  16. Oh, I'm so glad SheLady that you are feeling better, and I dare say you have a tree! And a wonderful tree it is! I would be hard pressed to say which ornament I like the best. They are all wonderful and so special. I'm sure they evoke wonderful memories for you when you hang them each year. Loving the lovely tree...

    XO,

    Sheila

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  17. Hi Sheila! I luv your tree! I decide which ornament I like the best. One is more elegant than the next! GREAT TASTE!!!! CHEERS! Michele

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  18. That's the SPIRIT! I'm glad you are getting to enjoy and tree and your pretty ornaments!

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  19. Hi Shelia!

    Loved your christmas tree!!! WOW you've been around! :-) Even a couple from Norway!!! hehe, not bad!
    (I have a couple of those too) they sit in a little silky box right??

    I love it here!

    Monica

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  20. It looks lovely. Last year my mother bought a little tree and that's all she puts up any more. I love your ornaments from all over the world. I love ornament traditions. We have a couple around here too.
    *hugs*

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  21. OH Pickle...what a beauty of a tree it is!!! Loved all those gorgeous ornaments and how sweet is it that each one reminds you of a place you have traveled! I am so glad you got you alittle sparkle up! lol Thanks for coming by sweetie..have a great evening!

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  22. Oh what a beautiful little tree and I love each one of those ornaments;) What a wonderful trip down memory lane for you!!French

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  23. Precious and lovely!
    We too, have found a tiny open spot for a 3ft tall fiber optic lovely...LOL
    We were probably decorating at the same time :)

    (oh our floors, or lack there of)LOL

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  24. oooo, Sheila....you special, little Christmas Treeness is just so full of the most BEAUTIFUL Christmas balls I do believe I've ever seen. I didn't know anything at all about these or else I would have gotten in on some specialness, like you have!
    Have you noticed that I, suddenly, talk very strangley...due to a sweet little ladyness that has become a part of my blog life...?
    and do YOU know her?? ;O)
    I do love your tree...
    love, bj

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  25. I would love to be able to collect ornaments from around the world! Maybe someday! Thank you for sharing!

    Ho, Ho,
    Cathleen
    p.s. left another comment of your other blog!

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  26. We see why it was so hard to wait...your decorations are beautiful!

    Have a blessed and wonderful day!

    smiles, kari & kijsa

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  27. I have a vacation time but I have to see your beauty. There is alaways so nice! Love your beautiful Christmas balls,
    and Christmas music is wonderful!

    Love and Light!

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  28. Hello sweet Shelia! I hope you don't think I've been ignoring you. No, I have not! I've just been so busy trying to make my house look like Christmas, then there's all the shopping to be done... ah well, I think you get the idea. Anyway, I just looked over your last 3 posts and boy do you set a mean table! Beautiful pieces. And your hutch is just gorgeous, but you didn't highlight two little things over to the left that I'm not sure what they are. Kind of look like ice cream cones? What are they? Knowing you, probably more S&P shakers!

    Now onto that pretty little tree! I think my favorite ornament is the one from France. Oh boy is that pretty. The little black and gold one is adorable too. Wow, what a gorgeous collection you've got there!!!!

    Anyway, hope you're doing well. CAn't wait for your floor to be laid. I wanna see it!!!!!!1

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  29. Shelia, I know you walk down memory lane when you get your treasures out. And to have them from all over the world is even more special. Aren't you glad you thought of that idea when you started traveling all over the world.

    Love Ya,
    Chris

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  30. Wow Sweet Shelia... Those are spectacular... I loved them all but I really liked the Del Coronado on Coronado Island, California... we went there and we thought it was so beautiful... Did you know they filmed Some Like it Hot there??? I bet you did... Thanks for the well wishes for Ralphie... We appreciate it... You know just another bump in the road... Love Ya,

    (((HUGS)))
    Donna

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  31. Shelia,
    Your tree is beautiful! And I bet you have lots of memories attached to each ornament!

    I love the festive look of your blog too...the header is adorable!
    diane

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  32. Hi Shelia...I'm so glad you couldn't wait any longer to decorate...your Christmas ornaments are superb...not the old run of the mill type like I have...
    Thank you for sharing! ♥ Bo
    Oh, I forgot to say I love your darling header & Trans Siberian Orchestra!!!

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  33. I love your little tree. And all your ornaments from your travels. We too will have a small tree this year due to circumstances beyond our control but I am going to put it up with care this weekend and love it just like it was 6 feet tall.
    Roberta Anne

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  34. What a beautiful tree! My mom always kept a small tree on her table. At the end of Christmas, she'd put a big plastic bag over it until next year...no decorating! The older I get, the better that sounds...Debbie

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  35. What a great solution Shelia! Now you have a tree to warm your heart despite the floor not being ready. Your glass ornaments are lovely. I do have a question--how does one paint the inside of a glass ball??

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  36. Your special glass ornaments are truly beautiful.

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  37. And a gorgeous tree it is, Shelia!

    I remember when we had our first Christmas here. The house was all but finished, but trim guy and a couple of others were still working. They thought I was absolutely out of my mind, when I put the tree up in the hearth room. It's the tree that is in the living room this year. I only had silk hydrangea's on it, I bought at Michael's fall sale. As soon as Quentin (trim guy) finished the mantel I put two hydrangea garlands on it! We had a tree and the house wasn't finished. Ya just simply have to have a tree, somewhere at Christmas, right?

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  38. very nice indeed! love the memories it brings you too!

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  39. What a beautiful tree Sheila.. I love that it has traveled the world.. Your ornaments are just gorgeous..and the memories that come with it are priceless..
    hugs ~lynne~

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  40. Sheila! It has been a week or so since I have been over to lurk! Your blog is gorgeous! Your little tree is precious! Those ornaments are beautiful. I didn't even know that Texas had Lighthouses! Pretty and educational!

    ~Liz

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  41. Sheila, what beautiful Christmas ornaments, and how smart of you to get one when you go some place! I try to buy an ornament when I go some place, but I've never tried to match them. Yours are so exquisite. laurie

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  42. that is a great collection Sheila. I am glad you have some sparkle now ! LOL .

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  43. Beautiful ornaments and tree, Shelia ... and I love the little "virtual puppy." He's adorable and amazing. How in the world do people come up with things like that!

    Sincerely,

    Janie

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  44. ooooo those painted ornaments are so darn pretty!!! I'm glad you were able to get a tree up...even if it is a small one until you can get your floors finished. It really looks beautiful!

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  45. Hey there Shelia; I really love your pretty little glass ornament tree. It is so pretty, your collections of ornaments are just beautiful. When hubby and I travel I try to buy one when I can. It is a great reminder of out trip.

    Hugs;
    Alaura

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  46. I am so glad that you are able to have a tree! Those ornaments are wonderful. My favorite was the first one.
    xo
    Penny

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  47. Your tree is lovely with all those fabulous, sentimental ornaments. Also, I've been so scatter-brained lately, I don't think I commented on how beautiful your Tablescape on Tuesday was...it was so pretty.

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  48. THey are so pretty! I think it's great that you have this collection of ornaments from around the world. Something you can keep adding to! I can't wait to see the big tree!

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  49. Sheila, I am so happy to see your tree. Thank you for sharing those gorgeous Christmas balls. I love the way they show different parts of our world. The tree is beautiful and especially nice for your table. Nice job and I know your heart is singing now.

    Another drawing tonight. You are in again. Do you feel lucky today? I hope so.

    I am glad you liked my scrapbook. I do like it too. I'll show more of it soon.

    Hugs...Jeanne

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  50. Sheila your tree is so beautiful! I happen to love glass ornaments the best. What a great idea to collect these beautiful ornaments on your travels.

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  51. What a great idea for a collection. I often get ornaments on trips, but I should have stuck w/ a theme like you have. Your tree is beautiful. Mine goes up this weekend.

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  52. Very beautiful is your Christmas tree.
    God bless you and your home, dear Shelia!

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  53. Oh my that tree of yours is simply beautiful!!! I love your collection of Christmas ornaments. Again, I'm singing. I can always count on you for a song. :)

    take care,
    Dawn

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  54. Good morning Shelia -
    What a wonderful idea! A tree just for your special ornaments. You gave me an idea. Now to see if I can find a place in my little home for my new plan. Our Chamber of Commerce produces an ornament every year that features something very special in our community. One year it was the little, historic ferry - another year it was the gazebo in our center-of-town park and this year it is a conference center that is celebrating 80 years of ministry. It is just across the bridge near my home and I spent much of my younger summers there as it belonged to the denomination where my father was a pastor. My dear mom and dad were in charge of the childrens' ministries for many, many years and we built a cute litle cabin there. I would love to buy all of the past ornaments and the current one but I think I would need a pretty big tree eventually. Hmmm. . .maybe I'll visit the Chamber office Monday morning.
    ~Adrienne~

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  55. Of course you had to have a tree up! It's beautiful!

    My son and I are really enjoying your Trans-Siberian Orchestra playlist. We went to see them last year and oh my goodness, it was one incredible concert and well worth every penny of the $50 each ticket! I would pay to see them again and again, but they didn't come to our area this year. I went with friends who are part of their fan club, so we had second row seats...I was so close I could see the color of their eyes! Awesome!

    Kady

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  56. Your tree is perfectly beautiful! I too love ornaments, I can never get enough :).

    Hugs and blessings,
    Kathi :)

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