Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The tree...finally

I finally got the tree decorated tonight. We had spots that the lights were out in the middle and the bottom. I spent quite some time trying to fix them, then I gave up and headed to Wal-Mart to buy 300 more lights. The squirt bottle is working pretty good at getting the kitties out of the tree speedy quick. I haven't found the tree skirt yet or decorated anything else. I just haven't had the time. Last night Coleen did come over to help me with Christmas cards until midnight. That is why I couldn't blog last night. I only have 24 more to go...but only 12 more envelopes, so I either lost a pack or miscounted. That could really go either way. :o) We had yummy Vito's white sauce with chicken pizza. It was so dang good! That is really the only pizza I like.You can see some of the red walls in the family room. We usually have the tree in the living room on the main floor, but the new furniture is huge, so there's no room in there. My house is a tri-level so the room you see through the railing is the dining room then the kitchen behind that. A lot of the ornaments on my tree are ones that I've made. Here is a scan of some of them. I cut the wood and painted these several years ago and still love them. They took a LONG time to paint. I made the rag tie garland too. I haven't made my basic grey or bazzill ornaments yet. I'll get to those as soon as I finish these cards...and yes I am sick of making them. I still think they're cute, just tired of working on them.



Here is the tree without the flash. Last year Amy taught me how to take a picture without a flash the right way so that the lights are sparkly and brighter, but I forgot. I need a refresher course. I post another one if I figure out how to do it right. It really does look better in real life.

25 comments:

Leona said...

Cute ornaments. Your tree and walls are beautiful.

Tiara said...

Hi Jolene, I love your tree, very pretty. It looks like you have been working hard to make it so festive for your family. I especially like the last picture, I love the effect, I would like to know this trick that Amy taught you.

It is snowy and icey here on my little farm in Vancouver, the Arizona girl in me says this is too much, and although it is a beautiful winter wonderland, would like to be in Phoenix about now.

Blessings

tricia said...

so beautiful.....hummm I gottta get my tree up!

Amie said...

Your tree looks great, gotta get you in the christmas mood I am going to put mine up on saturday.

You are so talented the ornaments are beautiful know wonder you still love them.

I hope you are having a great day!
Amie

Andi said...

Your tree is absolutely beautiful!!! And you made those ornaments!!! You are quite the talented one Miss Jolene...they are too cute.

The red walls look great and it makes the tree looks so festive. I love love love the sign above your french doors...it's nice to be important but it's more important to be nice!" So true!!!I'm going to have to find a sign like that.

Have a wonderful day!

Jen said...

looking good!

BTW all our trees look better in real life. I'd like to know how to take a good pic myself!

Keep the water bottles on the floor around the tree and it might keep the kitties out too :)

Amy Mowbray said...

I love those ornaments! They're so cute. And your tree looks great.
For the photo without the flash, try keeping your shutter open longer so more light comes in. Set your camera to M (use a tripod). Scroll your dial until it says bulb. Take the picture, holding down the shutter button. Then release the button after 2-5 seconds. Make sure the only lights on in the room are the tree lights. If you have a tv in there make sure you have it off too. Let me know if you need more help.

Pam said...

Oh your tree is beautiful! I just love your ornaments they are so cute! Your photo looks great without the flash too but I'm thanking Amy for the lesson too! ;)

Way to go on the cards! I just finished designing my digi one last night so now to get them ordered!

Oh and I'll send you my addy if you send me yours! ;)

~Telah said...

Your tree and homemade ornaments are beautiful! I love, love your red walls. One of these days, I'm gonna have me some red walls!

Briana said...

Your tree looks beautiful! Makes me want to just throw in the towel and put mine up, even if the kids take it all apart!

Your red walls look great too! I had two rooms in our old house that were that color. We haven't gotten around to adding color to our new house just yet.

Teresa said...

So Very Pretty..... I Love it... The hand-made ornaments are just to cute... Would you like to come to Texas with all of your entergy and put my tree up??? .... For some reason I can't find anyone willing to do it.... LOL .. I'll email you later this afternoon..... T

Chris said...

The tree is cute even without the kitties!! I think your wall painting looks great also.
Is that a fake tree??
if so its a dang good looking one.

Deb said...

Beautiful Christmas tree! I love your folk art ornaments.

Caroline said...

You have such a beautiful tree. And I love how you made your ornaments. I wish I was that creative.

Coleen said...

Your tree is fantastic. It represents my some of my favorite things at Christmas. What better place to gather than a twinking tree, what a beautiful view. Thanks for sharing.

Wendy said...

Great Tree!!

You are on a roll..........

painting, tree, cards, cards, cards.....LOL

Everything looks beautiful

Happy Holidays!!!

Cee said...

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!!

I don't know how you manage to do all that you do - HOMEMADE WOODEN ORNAMENTS? You are an angel.

Tres jolie!

Anonymous said...

I made one of the Basic Grey ornaments so far, and LOVE it. I bought about 6 packages so i have lots more to go. It's SO cute! Your tree is fabulous and I LOVE LOVE LOVE those ornaments you made. I so wish I knew how to make those. :)

Awesome job, girl. I need to call you.
Love,
Tember
http://septemberradecki.typepad.com

homedaisy said...

oh jolene, it looks so pretty and cozy! and i love the saying on your wall. my mother used to say that ALL the time :)

Melissa said...

Oh, what a beautiful tree - it looks so professional!

We haven't gotten ours up yet - I still have to take down the fall decorations, but laundry and other projects have taken precedence since we got back into town.

I don't know how you find time to do all you do - girl, you make me tired!

Chickenbells said...

It looks just amazing...I seem to be dragging my feet this year for some reason...I really can't think of the perfect place to put the tree because of the HUGE trunk that now lives in front of my front window!

Maren said...

The tree does look beautiful. And I love the red room. I think every home needs a red room.

Jacquie said...

How pretty. Now I seriously have the itch to do mine LOL. I love the darkened room shot, I could sit for hours with just the tree lights on. Mind you this year I'm guessing I'll be wrestling my 17mth old and cat.

Coleen said...

You know I like your ornaments! Remember when I tried to swipe a few? I can't believe you knew exactly which ones they were. That was pretty funny.

Janna & Derrick said...

Holy Christmas, Batman!
Your tree looks great! Love the ornaments!
I imagine your home smells like cinnamon!
Have a great one!