Monday, December 1, 2008

Table of Trees

I LOVE all my things I have collected from around the world. Here you can see a nutcracker I picked up in Germany and to the right side of that I have some Japanese dolls from when I was stationed at Yokota AB, Japan (Tokyo).

The silver tree is fully loaded with old little wooden German ornaments....another flea market treasure from Wiesbaden, Germany.

My kids adore their cat Orange Juice. They asked me to take his picture while he was snuggled up to Santa.

It's December 1st and I am doing good! Last night I started wrapping presents for the kids. For one I think a tree looks prettier with a few gifts under it and second I can't stand for Christmas to be right around the corner and being rushed to get things wrapped. Plus my kids love counting, looking and guessing what is in all those boxes.
On my cousin Betsy's blog a couple of weeks ago she posted how filling her gas tank for $38 rocked her this past weekend I filled mine for $28.50! I am rocking around the Christmas tree singing How Low Can You Go. That is a $50 savings for me from a few months ago. Perfect timing with Christmas.


Rambling Girl said...

Love all your Christmas goodies from around the world...what a neat thing to be able to have. I also am rocking around my SUV while saving 45$ on gas too!

Mabry's Gamma said...

Looks like you are getting a real good start to your decorating, wanna come to my house??? LOL

Love your picture of your mantel.


Just a side note... our one daughter's name is Betsy, you don't hear that name often.

Shannon said...

How neat to have so many goodies from around the world! They look great! I am loving the gas prices too! $1.45 here!

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

I love all your decorations! Everything looks so beautiful! :) You have a great head start on Christmas, I'm impressed! :) Have a great Monday!

Our Complete Family said...

It's a gorgeous Christmas EXPLOSION of neat and nifty things on your table! Love it all girl!
I need to wrap some, too.
My poor trees look so lonely and empty compared to the bottom of yours!!!
We need to have another cup of coffee shared via the phone. It's been awhile since we properly caught up. I feel a long Leslie message coming your way....
Pull up a chair chica! ;)
Love ya, Les

Amber M. said...

I've been so excited to see some of your treasures!! I love the stocking holders in your new banner, too...what a clever idea!!

I love that you had the foresight to collect things that you loved in your travels.

Carrie said...

What great things you have collected. I have to tell I love the cat orange juice what a great name!

Darlene said...

I LOVE all your Christmas trees and pretties!!! It looks so wonderful!!!

I LOVE Orange Juice sweet snuggled with Santa!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

That is a wonderful collection...the fact that you picked things up here and there from all over is soo special. I collect bottle brush trees as well! Love your blog header and the old irons holding the stockings...a mag just had that idea...don't remember which one! Gorgeous girl! Cherry

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Your holiday treasures from around the world are just beautiful!!

It is funny that you say this about the gas tank...I just filled up for $36 and thought...WOW...just a couple months ago I was paying $70-80...that is a major improvement!!

Just read your note about the Barefoot Bloggers...I did not know there was such a group....I will try to google them. I have been a fan of hers for a long time!!

Have a good night!


Missy said...

Uh, Juice has a twin in TN!!! Paige and I are sitting here in total disbelief... that is our Sambo! I'm going to find a picture and send it to you.

Oh yeah, your home is lovely : )
Can you tell we are all about the cats?

Everyday Gourmet said...

I love it!!! You made it look so amazing. I am decorating this weekend after the family leaves. I did do a book and also need to get it out to start writing in.

Kristi said...

Awwww- that is my favorite part about getting the decorations out of the boxes- remembering who or where I got them from. Your mantle is amazing as usual!!

Brittany said...

I love all of your collections, but your mantle always takes the cake! I was wondering what word you would use this time! I love the old irons used as stocking hangers!

The Berry's Patch said...

Your decorations look great. I love how you've collected things from around the world.

I'm also loving the gas prices. It was costing me $60 to fill up now it's only $30. Extra money for Christmas. :-)

Belinda said...

Your Christmas looks great! you are on the ball with the presents under the tree!! I agree I like the presents under the tree also... Hey do you know my friend Amanda Pike from Enterprise.. Graduated in 92? I just found her on Facebook we were best friends for years in Alabama..

Sit A Spell said...

Made the brittle...very yummy, but a bit sticky??? Should it be? I want to take this to a party, soon, so i hope to hear from you...thanks! the old irons as stocking holders!

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

Hi Jeni~
I know I already commented on this post, but I just saw your comment on the tooth fairy post. I absolutely DID deny the tooth fairy was not real by saying that I would definitely NOT be playing tooth fairy that night. She said, "Pinky swear?" to which I responded by pinky swearing! (My husband always plays tooth fairy, so this was entirely true!)Then she said, "Then Daddy will do it!" (She's too quick, this one.) We didn't lie, but we didn't 'fess up either. I can't believe she's lost her belief in the tooth fairy before she even put her first tooth under the pillow!

Jo said...

First of all, I love your antique irons in your blog header ~ such a neat idea!

I too collect nutcrackers. Each time my husband travels, I ask him to bring one home.

Happy Holidays!