Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Wednesday wonders: Christmas trees

As I'm sure everyone knows by now, I love Christmas trees.  All mine are tabletop, though.  So today I'm sharing some I found on Pexels, that wonderful site where you can search for just about anything you desire and save it to your computer.

These Wednesday wonders were inspired by my blog after I shared my table top trees this year.  And this was too cute not to share.

Thanks  for joining me today.  You never know when your blog might be the inspiration that influences the next Wednesday wonders.

Monday, December 11, 2017

T Stands For Celebrating the Ordinary

For T day

I'm joining Sheila at Orange Esmeralda, our wonderful host this month at Art Journal Journey with her theme Let's Celebrate.

Today we are celebrating 

the ordinary.   Things we take for granted,

like a cup of hot coffee,

even if this is black and I drink mine white.  Of course, if coffee isn't your cup of cappuccino, any drink that you enjoy will suffice.

For this spread I created in my Challenges altered book, I started with a background I created during a Second Thursday Tutorial using twinkling H2Os and bubble wrap.  The sentiment was written with a white Gelly Roll pen.   I added a bingo card, a heart button, a fussy cut cup of coffee from a magazine, and washi tape.  I added three strips of washi tape, and covered one when I added the coffee cup.  So much for thinking ahead!

Now it's your turn to share something amazing.  It can be the ordinary or extraordinary as long as a drink of some kind is involved.  It can be photos, a place you visited, movies, postcards, books, sketches, mixed media, drawings, paintings, tags, teabags, scrapbooking, or any other art that is digital, hybrid, or traditional, as long as it in some way relates back to a drink, any drink. Regardless, please share below and Bleubeard and I, along with the rest of the T gang will be by to visit.  Bleubeard wants to remind you that old photos are acceptable because they may be taken any time.

And thanks for joining Sheila, Susi, and me at Art Journal Journey, too.

UPDATE:  Your host has been absent and trying to play catch-up.  Earlier today a transformer blew about six blocks from my house.   Both my internet and electricity were offline most of the afternoon.   Now my keyboard is acting up.  I can't win!

More trees at my home

I thought I would show the rest of my trees today, since I finally got them off my camera.

I decided to start with my angel tree.   I designed and decorated this tree about 10 years ago and I still love it.

Here is the angel I failed to show last time.

I like to group "like" objects together, and each of these three trees, although very different, all open in some way.  When open, each holds a hidden secret view or object.

I like to put candy in the container that now holds the potpourri, but because I'm trying to lose a few pounds I gained over the summer, I opted for something less fattening this year.

I keep all my Christmas cards I receive in this tree that started life as a napkin holder.

Luminaries sit on the floor and I light them at night.

I really pared down this year and the only additions on my 2-door Lawyer's bookcase are 

a tree shaped candle holder and some new potpourri.

Heading to my library table, you'll find my Night Before Christmas book I read each Christmas eve, and an empty mug ready to fill for Santa.

Also on the desk are three tree candles and my glittery ball tree I bought two years ago.

Every time I show my library table someone asks

about my sandwich. Since I only have real wood (most of it quarter sawn or tiger stripe oak), I keep lots of coasters around.  I like unique ones like this one I found in a Hallmark store in Kansas City one year.

I know this is hard to see, but this rocking horse is a music box and has a place where I keep my postage stamps.

I only added one candle this year on my buffet.

This tree is a bit large for this rocking horse, but I originally put it (the tree) on the floor and the young hellion was trying to rip the stuffing out of it before I caught him.

I got a bit carried away with the potpourri, but thought it isn't doing any good in the package, so why not use it.  After all, the scent doesn't last too long in or out of the package.

I bought this tin at a thrift store one year.  It's not good enough to use for baking, but it makes a great tea light holder.

This tree, given to me many, many years ago (right after I got out of high school) has been on every table in my house.  This year it's sitting on my fern stand.

Some of the points only had ribbons, so a few years ago I added some darling little rocking horses and made it more my style.

This is what I use in place of a mantle to hang my stockings.  You can see that both "boys" get new cat collars in their stockings for Christmas.

I purchased the crystal tree and rocking horse at the Dollar Tree for $1.00 (USD) each a few years ago.  I had a metal tree and a matching metal rocking horse 

but after looking everywhere for the rocking horse, gave up

and used the gray kitty with the white face for the young hellion (aka Squiggles).  Why four stockings you ask? I always have one for Bleubeard and me, and now one for Squiggles.  I also add one in case someone comes by, so I can place a little gift inside to surprise that person.

I admit it worked better when there were only three stockings that I could place on the side of the sideboard instead of having to carry them around to the front.

This is the first year I've decorated the two smaller trees.  I found these vintage Santas in my craft room earlier this year.

I added a star to this

and one I turned into a rocking horse tree.  Yes, the large rocking horses are candles.

I purchased the larger of the three trees already decorated, but the two smaller ones were unadorned until this year.

This area is getting a bit crowded with mostly trees.  But wait.  Something is missing

and it's my matching stuffed rocking horses.  Note the teapot my friend Kathy gave me that I leave here year round.

I love bottle brush trees, so placed them together.

All except the tree I placed in the window of the rusty house I decided to leave instead of using my wreath this year.

The last room I will show today is the bath.  Yes, I love cardinals and these stay here year round.

Only the red tree

and this tiny tree incense burner/holder were added to the mix this year.

One final look at part of the living/dining area and it's time to say thank you beyond belief for visiting today.  I'm always, always grateful for your visit.  Yes, those are cat toys all over the floor.  You can't have cats and not have toys, right?