Monday, December 14, 2009

inspiration monday

i always look forward to decorating our Christmas tree because it's just like taking a walk down memory lane. every year when i pop the lid on our box of ornaments, it's almost like opening a time capsule!
some ornies are handmade by ourselves (this blue polka-dot ball is something that i created about 15 years ago during my "ceramics phase").....


......while some have been created by others
(this cute angel was made using a cotton boll, picked directly from the cotton plant in alabama).....


some have a way of bringing a tear to my eye
(made by our son in day care...was that really almost 20 years ago?).....


some have come from far-away places
(my mom and dad brought this handmade treasure back from germany 25 years ago)......


and then there are those that simply bring a smile to my face every time i look at them
(this was a gift from our dog's groomer.....a clear glass ornie filled with our sweet molly's trimmed hair! it's one of my all-time favorites!!).

enjoy the stories that your ornaments are telling, enjoy gazing at your decorated tree, enjoy the memories, and most of all, enjoy the Christmas inspiration!!


24 comments:

K said...

And then there are the ornaments passed down from my grandmother and from hubby's grandmother, and ... I know what you mean :D I'll put the tree up next week, we usually bring it in on Christmas eve.

Lauren Maurer said...

Awww! Thanks for sharing your special ornaments! Merry Christmas!

Sara said...

You hit the nail on the head. The ornaments each tell their own story, and I love taking that trip down memory lane every year. Z and I really are just starting our ever growing collection together. A couple of years ago when we first moved into our house, we had a huuuge holiday dinner and asked everyone to bring an ornament for the tree. Beautiful memories. Happy trimming :)

p.s. i love the one from the groomer! how creative!

Becky Shander said...

Me too, digging through our boxes of ornaments always bring back so many good memories. Thanks for sharing a glimpse of yours.

Sophia said...

What a lovely post on baubles and memories. That blue one is my favorite! :)

Ludid said...

oh, the ceramic ornament you made is beautiful.

Dolores said...

Thank you. We just decorated the tree yesterday and yes, some of the ornaments do have history or a story behind them.
I have another smaller twig tree in the kitchen but, although those ornaments have no special meaning - I love the tree.

Gina Lee Kim said...

Merry Christmas dearest & sweetest Lori. I love how you treasure the moments. Thank for sharing! I'd have never have thought of saving dog hair. OMGosh....gotta make a rat-hair version!!!!

Lisa Lectura Creations said...

Hi Lori! Wonderful collection of ornaments to treasure! I enjoy opening the ornament boxes too. I always smile when I begin to look back. These Christmas tokens of love always increase my holiday cheer. Thanks for sharing your goodies! Love sweet Molly's ornie! :)

An Altered Wonderland said...

your ornaments are just so cute. the stories behind them are beautiful. I happen to have gotten most of my ornaments from my gradmother. I just love it when items like these get past on from generation to generation.

Patty S said...

we have a tree like that! and you're right - it is like a time capsule. almost every ornament on our tree has some sort of story behind it.... those made by my kids are special treasures. a few years ago i inherited my grandmother's antique 'shiny bright' ornaments and i love them!
thanks for sharing a few of your special ornamants with us! :-)

Martha Lever said...

Oh, I love them all. I really like the ceramic blue one too. That would be a fun thing to do--make a ceramic ornament---I want to make one!

Jancalligrapher said...

I loved seeing your special ornaments. Thanks for sharing, what a neat idea for a blog! It was a peek into your life!

Suzan said...

Our dog's name is Molly also! She's a really good dog!

julie king said...

so true, lori! i do the same thing every year!!! love that blue and white one!!

Staci Danford said...

How fun... I love the blue one with polka dots..I still don't have my tree up yet.. I'm having a Christmas party here on Thursday so I MUST get it done this week.
Staci

Claire M said...

Gee... this post really hit home. Right now the tree is standing in the living room with lights, but without ornaments. Nearby sit 5 overstuffed boxes of tightly packed sentimental ornaments. It is overwhelming to think of the work ahead of me (our tree will be 'raining ornaments' when I finish!). But... then after reading your post I begin to tear up thinking of all the memories in those boxes and the wonderful time I'll have tomorrow hanging them all on the tree. Thanks for the little boost!

CelticWoman said...

beautiful ornaments great stories, thanks for sharing, Sandi

Julie Bagamary said...

I was given an angel ornament like that! Our ornaments are a time capsule also.

tami said...

what great stories - love the dog ornament! What a great idea!
I think there are stories in everything we have - each item tells us something. Thanks for the stories behind some of your ornaments. : )

Claire M said...

P.S. My favorite is the ceramic blue and white one. I sure wish I could make one!!

Pat said...

Lori--love that blue ceramic ornament! What else did you make during the ceramic phase?

beedeebabee♥ said...

Hi Sweetie!

I love them all, and how lovingly you described each one. They're such sentimental treasures, and beautiful reminders of your precious memories!

Hugs, xoxo ;)

Jane Farr said...

It is amazing how you can so clearly express the things I think about Lori! I love getting out my ornaments and thinking of the people, places and things that I love.

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