Friday, December 5, 2014

The Year of the House Christmasing


Hello, Dear Ones! Well, you may be sick and tired of me blogging about our move but that's just the way it is right now. So when it came time to decorate the tree, I thought ~ this has been the year of the house and I would decorate our tree accordingly.
The tree is in the living room in front of what we call 'the picture window'. My little mother always called the front living room window 'the picture window'. Have you ever heard that before? Now 'the picture window' is not as grand a place for the Christmas tree as our two story entry was in our Texas house, but I'm really falling in love with this house!
Okie dokie! Do you see anything unusual on the tree? Yep, you're seeing glitter houses! If you follow me you may remember a couple of years ago I made a gazillion little glitter houses and I've also bought much sturdier and larger ones too. I thought I would have enough houses to poke into the tree to pull off this Year of the House Christmas tree theme. Do you like it?
 Have you noticed the tree is very full at the top? Now don't laugh! This is a large thick tree, we love it, but it was 9 1/2 feet tall. Too tall to stand in this house. Well, being the most talented folks we are, Mr. Precious got out the hack saw and just sawed off the top section. Well, the top section came out on its own but he sawed off some of the top of the next section so it would fit! Does it look funny to you?
Since the tree now doesn't go up into a pretty little point, it was up to me to make a topper to disguise that flat top. I gathered lots of ribbons and wet to town making bows and lots of curly streamers. I poked in a few little swirly twigs and thought it looked fine.
I cut and twirled some wired ribbon and poked it in all around the tree too, sometimes just curling the ends. I kinda liked that look. Now I'll show you some closeups of my houses. The smaller glitter houses are the ones I made and the larger ones ~ store bought.
Of course I poked lots of balls and some other things in the tree too. I think I could have used more balls! Are Christmas trees ever done?
It's beginning to get dark outside and now you can see the lights shining on 'the picture window'. One more thing...
Chloe Dawn wanted to show you our new rug! It has really made a difference in the room. It may look a little busy to some of you but I just love it and it has all of my colors in there! This is Chloe Dawn's favorite napping place at the moment. I think she's telling me she doesn't want to lay on the hard wood flooring! :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas 

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Everywhere you go
Take a look in the Five and Ten
Glistening once again
With candy canes and silver lanes aglow

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Toys in every store
But the prettiest sight to see
Is the holly that will be
On your own front door

A pair of Hop-a-long boots and a pistol that shoots
Is the wish of Bonny and Ben
Dolls that will talk and go for a walk
Is the hope of Janice and Jenn
And mom and dad can hardly wait
For school to start again

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Everywhere you go
There's a tree in the Grand Hotel
One in the park as well
The sturdy kind that doesn't mind the snow

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Soon the bells will start
And the thing that will make them ring
Is the Carol that you sing
Right within your heart

A pair of Hop-a-long boots and a pistol that shoots
Is the wish of Bonny and Ben
Dolls that will talk and go for a walk
Is the hope of Janice and Jenn
And mom and dad can hardly wait
For school to start again

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Soon the bells will start
And the thing that will make them ring
Is the Carol that you sing
Right within your heart, right within your hear
~ sung by all of us


54 comments:

  1. Oh, Shelia, your tree dedicated to the Year of the House is so beautiful! I love all of the houses tucked into your tree. It's like a little community for little "critters"...and I can imagine them living there and visiting their neighbors! It's adorable. And your rug is gorgeous...and it just anchors your room and warms it up so much! Comfort...and I think that's what Chloe Dawn finds so comfortable. Our pups love the rugs in our home, too! Hugs...Jan ♥

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  2. Wow, what a fantastic tree. You sure know how to make it look magical.

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  3. I adore the houses in the tree. Your hubby is so clever to make your tree work in your new home. fondly ~lynne~

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  4. Shelia your tree is gorgeous and I love love all the little houses! The bow on the top is pretty and looks great! Nice rug, and warm I'm sure. I'm still working on my decorations but should be done by this weekend.
    hugs,
    Linda

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  5. Hello Shelia,
    I think your house tree was a great idea! I remember when you shared your post about them and thought they were adorable. What a great way to show them off! Happy holidays to you and your family!

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  6. Great minds think alike! When we moved to this house 17 years ago, we did the same thing -- just topped the top of the tree off to make it fit thinking we would get another tree later. Well, we still have the same flat topped tree; but it is now falling apart -- new one next year!!!!! Yours looks perfectly normal and beautiful to me. Sally

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  7. Oh I love your "house" tree. How fabulous is that. The rug is wonderful too. I love your new home and so happy you are close to family.

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  8. Shelia, the tree looks fabulous and yes, I have heard it called a picture window. Love the glitter houses added to the tree.

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  9. Love your tree, Shelia. I love the houses. My MeMe and Pappy called theirs a picture window too. xo

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  10. I LOVE your tree! It's absolutely wonderful with the ribbon and balls and lights. You always put together such beautiful Christmas trees. We are putting our tree up tomorrow - why don't you drop by and help me! Your new rug is beautiful and just the right thing. Miss Chloe Dawn knows a good thing and I don't blame her for preferring naptime on the rug instead of the hard floor. My Joey would do the same thing. It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
    ~Adrienne~

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  11. The rug is perfect!!! And the tree is wonderful with all the glitter houses!! Homes built in the 1950's had 'picture windows', common up here.......I see you are having lotsa fun, that's the way it should be!!!!

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  12. Your tree looks so beautiful Shelia!! I love the fact that after the year of the house you have made your tree the tree of the house, it all fits so beautifully together, and I would never tire of seeing your lovely home or decorations. I really like your different bell jars with the Christmas balls on the table too. Everything is so lovely. We use the term picture window fairly often here, it is used to refer to a large window with a view out, but I like your interpretation! xx

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  13. Spectacular, Shelia. I love your wee houses!

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  14. Gorgeous tree Sheila! It looks professionally decorated!

    Those houses are a perfect touch. Love them on there! Your home looks so pretty.

    God bless and have a lovely weekend. ;)

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  15. Oh, Shelia, the little houses looks so pretty tucked in your beautiful tree! How fun! Yes, I used to hear a lot of people call their front windows the picture window. And your tree is perfect for yours!

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  16. Yep, picture windows! You two did a great job with the tree!

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  17. Such a great theme, and I love your ingenuity to whack of the top of the tree! It's more natural this way, and I like it. I spotted a few of the Presidential ornaments that I also have a collection of. When my tree fell this week (yes) they survived because of their good quality and being made of metal.
    Great job!

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  18. Your tree is gorgeous and the 'house theme' is such an adorable idea, and as I love both houses, I prefer the ones made by you! Perfect 'picture window!' Your bells jars are awesome and your furry baby too!
    Happy holiday season.
    FABBY

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  19. I think your tree looks beautiful and so magical! I love the glitter houses in your tree. Really cute idea! We call our living room windows 'picture windows' too. I think it's a throwback to when the larger windows were added to older house (the smaller ones removed) and they gave a 'picture' sized view. I got out my vintage Putz houses again this year and set them on the bookshelf. :) Blessings. Pam

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  20. What a great idea to put those little houses in your tree! I love your tree and topper. I'm still working on our tree...slower this year for some reason.
    I absolutely love your new carpet! Just gorgeous
    Jeannette

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  21. Sheila, Your tree is beautiful and I love the little houses! Happy Holidays.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  22. Your tree is lovely, and I love the little houses on the tree; it's perfect for your 2013 Christmas. Always enjoy your posts. Peggy

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  23. The little Christmas houses look perfectly at home on your tree. I love how you nestled them in among the branches.

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  24. I love the little Christmas houses all through the tree. Very pretty tree.

    I've been decorating too. Isn't it fun?

    And yes we had a picture window in the house I lived in as a teenager.

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  25. Your tree looks incredible - what a perfect theme for your big move year to be sure!

    Love your cleverness about the top - one would never have even noticed, well done, ma'am!

    Also ♥ Chloe's new rug, she did a great job picking out just the right one and making it her own. : - )

    Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs.

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  26. I remember when you made all your little houses and I LOVE the idea of using them in your tree!!! Brilliant! As soon as I saw the first picture I thought "I LOVE all the bows at the top"!!! Then read about you chopping the top off:):) Well, it sure looks BEAUTIFUL!!! Now I want to add more bows to the top of my tree:):)

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  27. That's funny about the tree! I just thought you had made a big bow arrangement and didn't give it a thought! Love the idea of the houses on the tree- super cute idea! The tree is beautiful in the picture window- that's what we always called the big one at my parents home!

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  28. Sheilia, your tree is gorgeous! And what a HAPPY tree! What a happy time for you and your family, it makes me smile! Have a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy and prosperous New Year in your new home!

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  29. OMG Sheila, I absolutely LOVE your gorgeous, gorgeous TREE!!!!!! it's the first time I've seen such theme and you pulled it off flawlessly! Your tree is magazine-worthy!

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  30. Oh what a glorious tree! I love all your glittery houses tucked in there...and your ribbony tree top too! I always enjoy peeking into your beautiful blog Sheilia!

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  31. Your tree looks fantastic. I love your solution - and your theme.

    The rug is perfect. Chloe Dawn is a happy girl.

    Please share with us for Pink Saturday. Your post is perfect.

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  32. Hi Shelia, Love your gorgeous tree and all the ornaments and little houses are beautiful. My mother also called the front window, the picture window and I still do at times myself. How beautiful your tree fills that window and from the outside must look magical.
    Love your new rug. The design and colors are perfect. Chloe Dawn is showing it so nicely.
    Love your coffee table and the display of ornaments under the cloches. I did one with my vintage ornies too.
    Have a great weekend sweet friend.
    Blessings XO

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  33. The house theme is very appropriate for your tree! I love the glitter houses. Your rug is so nice and glad Chloe Dawn approves! Growing up we had a "picture window" too - many times birds would knock themselves out on it!

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  34. Shelia,
    Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    LOVE your "house" tree!! Great idea!! And I would have never noticed the top if you did not point it out but it looks great!!
    I grew up in a ranch house that had a "picture window" in the Living Room and one in the Eating area of the kitchen!! It brought back some great memories of the Christmas tree in front of the "Picture window"! Thanks for that!!
    I LOVE your rug and it is definitely not too busy at all for me!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  35. The first picture you posted could be a magazine cover ...so pretty. My little dog doesn't like the hard wood floors, they are too cold for they're little feet...Chloe Dawn is as happy a girl as you are now, with her new rug.

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  36. I do love that tree decked out with all those pretty houses. You seem to be enjoying your new home so much!

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  37. Oh, Shelia! I really love this. It is gorgeous, and those houses! I am in house lust. I remember you showing them to us when you made them, and I adore them on the tree. So pretty!

    Glad Chloe Dawn has her new rug! She is such a sweet girl, like her mom.

    I bet the kiddos love the tree! You are going to have the best Christmas ever!!!

    I am trying to take it easy on the computer and in general, and I have seriously thought about not decorating this year. Nurse Debbie (who took good care of me) told me she would just postpone till next year. I do have some of the shopping done, so I think I will just enjoy everyone else's decorations this year. Sounds like a plan!

    Love you,

    Sheila

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  38. Lovely and ingenious decorating all the way around...the theme of the tree, the ribbon topper and the saw to make it fit! I hope it proves to be a wonderful holiday in your new home close to family...and we had a picture window growing up. We still call any large window- bay or otherwise- a picture window in our family!

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  39. Shelia,
    I love your "Year of the House" Christmas Tree, dear friend!!!
    Several years ago, I got the wire cutters out and cut up a Christmas Tree.
    It had little to no shape and I just went for it. . .Now it appears full again.
    Good call on "Mr. Precious" part!!!
    LOVE the new rug!!!
    I agree with Chole Dawn. . .I like soft and warm places for my naps, too!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  40. Well, aren't you the smart one?? I wouldn't have thought to remove part of the tree. I think it looks great. Love all your houses on the tree. That was a great idea. Love your rug, too. Glad you're loving your house!!

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  41. Shelia, your tree is so beautiful and I love the theme too. Your houses look great and the rug is perfect.
    I am so happy that you love your new home and your close to your darling grands.
    Have a terrific week.
    Mary

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  42. Your tree is beautiful! And I know you're enjoying being close to the grands!
    Brenda

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  43. GORGEOUS Shelia!! I love love how you tucked those pretty houses in the tree!

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  44. Hi Shelia, your tree looks gorgeous with all your glitter trees to decorate it, what a great idea. Not something I would have thought about. Next year my daughter is talking of doing a bird tree so I'm looking forward to seeing that too. I haven't started my decorating yet, this week I hope to!!
    Pleased Chloe Dawn is happy with 'her' new rug, she's a cutie.

    Diana

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  45. Love your tree and your new home! My Mom always called our front window the "picture window" too! : )

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  46. We called it a picture window all my life too. So glad to see Chloe Dawn!!!!! My Miss Bella doesn't like hard wood floors! At 11, she is too "mature" to jump on the couch from the slippery hard wood. She and I love my rugs! Love yours, not too busy at all.

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  47. Shelia, I think this is a perfect theme for your 2014 Christmas tree. This is just a BEAUTIFUL tree; I adore your Putz houses. I pinned yours from last year; I remembered you making them and I went back and found the pin on my Pinterest board. You did such a great job on yours and I love the new ones you bought, too.

    I had a good laugh over your tree story, and your bow turned out beautifully. One year, I picked out a tree that was way too tall (hubby tried to tell me at the tree farm). After he did all that work to get it in the stand, we brought it in the house and it was NOT working out. So, he had to drag it back outside and saw a big part of the trunk off the bottom and then put it back in the stand. Boy, did I feel silly. I won't make that mistake again. :)

    Thanks for sharing -- visiting from Met Monday. Have a wonderful day, Shelia!

    Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  48. How nice. Everything is starting to look so festive.

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  49. Such a beautiful Christmas tree. The topper you made is indeed the crowning touch. I especially like the little glitter houses as ornaments. What a neat idea!

    Yes, I remember the term "picture window" which was applied to a large front window without panes. That was on houses built in the 1950's.

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  50. Your tree is just gorgeous Shelia! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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