Thursday, December 3, 2009

***Share The Joy Blog Party Event*** Happy Holidays!

Welcome to "Share the Joy" Blog Event being hosted by Denise of Bella Dreams Please make sure you stop by and say hello to all of the other participants of this beautiful event. Click the Badge on the right side-bar and it will take to the official post.

Share the Joy Blog Event is about sharing Holiday Traditions, Music, Movies, Decorating Ideas, Holiday Recipes, and all kinds of other things.

From decorating your fireplace mantels, to bowls or jars full of Christmas Ornaments, you can get some ideas for Holiday Cheer during this amazing Blog Party!

Now this is a "Martini" Glass!

Look what you can do with Pine Cones!


Christmas Ornaments on Old Vintage Candlesticks

I have taken some the ideas above, and started to incorporate them into our Home. Welcome to our Home...It's still early, and we have more to do, but it's a start!

Tradition...what does it mean to you?

Over the years and ever since I was born, I get an ornament each year, mark the date on the ornament and hang it on the tree. Now from the looks of our tree I should be about 300 years old (well, sometime I feel like I'm 300, but I'm not)! LOL

One of our traditions that we do on Christmas Eve...we grab our sleeping bags and snuggle ourselves under the Christmas Tree, listening to music, watching the fireplace crackle and reading Twas the Night before Christmas.

Love collecting various types of Snowmen

What would the Holiday's be without Music...Have it playing from Thanksgiving Day right up through January!

Take a little tree and make it your Center Piece!

Vase full of Christmas Ornaments

Away in the Manger

This Manger is very old and has been in my husband's family for many years. I love laying next to our tree and gazing into this beautiful Manger.
Another Family Tradition, on Christmas Eve we all gather over at my in-laws, watch old movies, eat, laugh, and just be together. Christmas...we head back over to the in-laws and continue where we left off on Christmas Eve. It's a wonderful time of year!

Aquarius LOVES CHRISTMAS. We emptied the water and filled him with Silver Christmas Ornaments and lots of White Lights.

See how simple it is to make center pieces...Grab a Jar, Christmas Ornaments, some tinsel and pine cones.

We are still working on our Porch...The lights have to go up and the poinsettias and wreaths need to be added.

Back inside for some warm Java and more pictures of Christmas Decorating.

Collecting other artists Christmas works. Etsy is great place to find unique Christmas Decorations!
It is my wish that all of you have a WONDERFUL, CHEERFUL, BEAUTIFUL, SAFE HOLIDAY SEASON...May the JOY you feel during these times, fill your HEART with LOVE all YEAR ROUND!



Zan Asha said...

WOW! Such wonderful stuff you are posting! You certainly know how to spread the joy, my friend! Great stuffs! Happy Holidays to you, and may pigs fly over the moon for you always! ;D


Sue said...

I love Christmas and I loved seeing the initial ideas you posted and then pics of your house!

So festive, warm and inviting - I can almost hear the fire cackling and smell the cinnamon! Wonderful!

Now, we just need a bit of snow!

Ringing the jingle bells for you!

Brenda LaBell said...

I love your pictures!! You've put me in the mood to decorate. I'll also take that awesome snowman next to your tree!! Are you sure your not 300 years old, lol. Great decorations Michelle!! Have a wonderful weekend!!


DellaRae said...

Thank you for sharing your joy...your home and decorations are beautiful and you have some lovely traditions. Merry Christmas to you and yours....

Pattee said...

Cheers to you my dear friend~
I love all the pictures~I wish I could come and visit~: )

slommler said...

What beautiful decorations you have. I especially love the giant snowman! How wonderful is that?! I could use that crackling fire right is freezing here!! Brrrrr! And we have that snow you are looking for...I will send it to you. Your traditions sound like so much fun. Nothing like family and getting together around the Christmas! It makes for warm hearts and perfect memories all the year long.

Sonia ;) said...

Im coming to your absolutely amazing..

Mana Moon Studios said...

This is so cool Michelle, loved seeing your homestead all decked out! Thanks for the email and heads up on today's party - very cool!♥

martina said...

Christmas again, how com? Must start going crazy over decorations tom.!

Linda K. said...

This is a fabulous post. I (heart) Etsy! Full of handmade just about everything and ideas galore. Following your blog for a great source of inspiration. Merry Christmas!

Pattee said...

LOL Michelle...
I wanted his jacket his shoes and his purse ~ Oh yea his hat was cool also!

Rosemary said...

Great decorations!! Everything I love to look at!!
Thanks for sharing!!

The French Bear said...

OMG everything looks wonderful! I'll be back for more after work!!! Have fun today!
Margaret B

LuLu Kellogg said...

Mishie, I could play in your house all day and your porch is just the bomb-diggiddy! I could sit out there all day and rock on! Love your decor sweetums :)


Deirdra Doan said...

Come back! You were early. I am trying to get the post finished. I am still writing but wanted to make sure I didn't miss my friends just because I was still getting ready for the Christmas Party! I will be back to really read your post.! Merry Christmas!!

Lisa Super said...

Wonderful photos! And YOU are a MAJOR talent! I read on to see your art journals, they're fabulous.

Thanks for sharing!!

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hello there,

What a wonderful tree and all of your decorations are grand! I'd say you have a good start on the decorating...Mine is quite small this year since I've just moved here this year after many years of traveling. It will take me several years to accumulate more!!

Please drop by for a visit when you have a moment..I'd love you to see my tiny trees. :0)

Scatter Bliss,

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for sharing so many great decorating ideas!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Traditional Christmas with all the ornaments and nativity sets are just what I love! You have some amazing decorating going on. Your front porch is huge and so full of great things! I can barely get a few things out on mine. Have a wonderful Christmas season!

the gypsy said...

What a beautiful tree and such a welcoming porch - thank you for inviting me in! Happy holidays!

Deirdra Doan said...

Oh Mish,
I want to come with you to your Christmas! Sounds so fun. favorite!!!! I named after a movie..Christmas really movie. It is called "Old Acquaintances" (the New Year song) with Betty Davis from 1940's.

Great idea's!! I want to use some of them the bulbs in the was born in January too. When is your birthday? Mine is Jan. 31st.

maryboys said...

such a warm, inviting and truly joyful post:) thanks for sharing the inspirational photos you found, (love the pinecone trees!!!) and your own cozy christmasy home. warm winter wishes!


Denise said...

What a fabulous post! You have really captured the essence of what this party is all about. Your home is so warm, cozy and welcoming and I would just love to visit and sit on your front porch. YUMMY!

Karen said...

Your house looks very pretty and I like your tree!

DeeDee said...

oh ah! I love all the decorations and those cookies have my mouth drooling..Happy Holidays to you and yours thanks so much for stopping by to visit today

Inn Country said...

I love your nutcrackers at your front door and the Nativity Scene is just beautiful.

Lisa Inn Country

Deb said...

Beautiful post! You have collected so many gorgeous Christmas ornaments and decorations over the years...each one looks as though it holds special memories too ♥

Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls) said...

Thank you for inviting us into your home. So nice and comfy cozy! How fun, sleeping under the tree in your sleeping bags!

Love that one tall snowman!!!

I have a big martini glass like that, oh, a margarita glass, but it'll work, now to fill it with some ornaments. Thank you for the inspiration!!

Have a wonderful day and a very Merry Christmas!


Deirdra Doan said...

Easy easy on the bottle brush trees.
Just fill the sink with water. Throw in a half to full cup of bleach. Put your cheap green trees that are natural brush from the craft or hobbie stores where they have Christmas village supplies. And bleach until you like the color. Light green, white..what ever. You can also put the trees in and only bleach part of the tree up to the water line.

Then when dry...stop bleach with vingar if you want. And put in a rite dye bath if you want a strange other ...Orange.

Glue pearls, spray snow, glitter..have fun!
Love to you too!

Charlene said...

I love the idea of the sleeping bags under the tree on Christmas Eve!!!! What a romantic FUN idea! And I have some of thos BIG pinecones in my storage unit (niece brought them to me from California & never have done a darn thing with them but, think... aren't those cool) THANKS for the ideas! Have a Merry Christmas. And thank you for stopping by to see me. Come back & I will share some more on DEC 8th Charlene

Lori said...

I am so inspired by your Christmas decorating ideas. I was unable to sign up in time for this blog hop event, but I am getting tons of ideas. We're getting our tree tomorrow and then I'm on a decorating spree!!!

Pat's Addition said...

Love your house and traditions. Sleeping bags under the tree...we always had to go to bed so Santa could come.

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

Beautiful decorations, I've really enjoyed coming to this blog party!

Karen Valentine said...

What a wonderful party post! I loved all the ideas in the beginning. The pine cones turned topiary's was wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing your adorable home as well. The porch looks fabulous! Have a wonderful week my dear and Merry Christmas!

My Desert Cottage

Caroline said...

Wow your place is festive! Love the giant snowman too :)

GypsyNurse said...

What a wonderful gathering spot! Many thanks! Your front porch looks like such fun to decorate..your tree filled with glorious memories year after year...
Super post!

Fairy Footprints said...

Oh I loved all the decorating tips and ideas, those Nutcrackers are wonderful. I loved all the ornaments on the tree.

What yummy cookies those looked like.

Have a wonderful Sunday


icandy... said...

Everything looks so festive! You've got some great ideas!

Sandy Michelle said...

I love all the decor ideas! Sounds like you sure know how to have a stress-free and fun Christmas! Thanks for stopping by with such sweet comments :) Happy Holidays!

Sandy xox

Marianne@Songbird said...

Wow, you sure have some lovely decorations up already. I am so far behind I basically have to start decorating my house. But I have finished decorating my craft room (how is that for priorities). I will show them soon.
Love to see your rafamuffin garland if you make one.

JudySheaRT said...

What lovely displays you have here.. you have been busy.. what fun. Happy Holidays!

Norma Lee @ Norma Lee Good said...

You have such a wonderful, special collection! I love how you display it!


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