December 17, 2010

first flocked tree!

This year my heart was dead set on getting a flocked Christmas tree.

Did you know they charge per foot of tree to flock it? Yah, I had no idea...

Years ago, I would have thought flocked trees were cheaper, LOL.

I saw the MOST beautiful tree ever this year. It's called the Silvertip. They are VERY sparse. I was drooling all over it. But the cheapest one there was around $75 and to flock it would have been pricey. Too costly to throw away in 2 weeks.

And I really wanted a flocked tree this year. So we just ended up flocking a smaller noble tree.

And even though it's not a Silvertip, I really do love our little ole flocked tree!

I love how the white flocking goes with my ornaments:)

My yellow chair got temporarily relocated because the Christmas tree took its corner.

Same stockings this year again. But did you notice anything new on my mantle?

Look really close.

And squint your eyes.

It's my little mousy. He is one of the teensy tiny glass figurines that your Grandma used to collect. I've had this mouse since I was a young girl and I LOVE it.

I could not decide which picture of my mouse flattered him more, so in the interest of saving time I included both for your viewing.

Something else occupies the mantle this year too. It's the 3 wise men from my nativity scene.
I got the idea from MOPS yesterday--they are traveling around the house because it's not Christmas yet and Jesus was not yet born(
Though the wise men came when Jesus was a bit older and not on Christmas day when he was a newborn, according to my understanding). But you get the point.

Ok I guess they will be traveling another year or 2 before they reach Jesus.

The boys always decorate the little tree. We moved the little tree smack dab in the middle of our front window this year. Don't know why we did not think of this sooner.

So much more symmetrical!

And here is a little secret I have. That's not gonna be a secret anymore.

Yes, these singing Christmas cowboy dogs are allowed in my house. We got them as white elephant gifts at a Festivus party 3 years ago. And the boys love them. So they stay.

And here are some Christmas cookies I attempted to make this year out of almond flour. Ollie is allergic or intolerant(we think) to wheat so we use almond flour all the time around here. Normally I sing it's praises all day's so yummy in muffins and biscuits etc...but for rolled out Christmas cookies???

Um. You be the judge.

Not so bad, right?

Well, the camera lies.

Here's what it really looks like.

You may want to avert your eyes at the massacre of the gingerbread man. Notice the arm starting to fall off?

Well by the end of it's little photo shoot, the arm fell through the baking rack, LOL. Poor lil gingerbead man.

Finn taped up this little label by our light switch so everyone would know which switch turns our Christmas lights on and off.

Well, that's our attempt at decorating our house for Christmas this year.

John keeps saying I need more Christmas decorations. Don't know why he tells me this. I'm like "I know how to remedy that, LOL!"

Maybe next year.


  1. you're very brave getting a flocked tree. We talked my parents into one one year and we ended up with flock stuck all to our flannel nightgowns. My mom was less than thrilled. =0)

    One thing we do kind of like your 3 wise men...we don't put baby Jesus into the nativity till Christmas morning. =0)

  2. Gorgeous tree! LOVE the manger!

    P.S. I have celiacs and can't eat wheat either. SO there is a great company online called BETTER BATTER. They have a great "flour" that can be substituted 1 for 1. I love it. Their pancake mix and brownies are YUMMY too!

  3. thanks kara!

    and Things we DO...I was planning on hiding baby Jesus too til Christmas, but Ollie and Twain are so excited about baby Jesus I just did not have the heart to do it this year. I figure maybe next year or the next. They keep climbing up the piano saying "Jesus":)

  4. the flocking is the fake snow? that's really cool! where did you get the knitted ornaments? love those too!

  5. DG (Davi girl) -

    love it all. You might have just sold me on flocked trees. Love your stockings. See you soon. Xoxo.

  6. Awwwww, that's very precious! Keep Him out for sure! =0)

  7. oh! the flocked treeeeeee! i've never had one, but boy is it cute. and i see you've been collecting lots of pretty anthro ornaments? i went in to get a pretty one this year, but alas, there was none to be found. rats.

    i don't know why i'm talking like an englishman now. i blame the flocked tree.

  8. eeeeeeeeek!!!!
    i wanna eat your christmas tree+ornaments!!!!

    love the flocky goodness :)

    and, about the small amount of decorations......i only have enough decorations for one of our rooms :) i'm too chep for more - however, casey asked me where the "rest" of our ornaments are, so i think that gives me permission to go out after christmas and hit up the sales :)

    as always, you and your home are ADORABLE.

  9. Your knit ornaments are fantastic!! Did you make them? I've been contemplating making knit ornaments for our tree, one each year...I think your blog sold me!

  10. Davi, if Ollie isn't allergic to dairy, you must try Pamela's mixes. They turn out the best wheat free baked goods. Your tree is gorgeous!!

  11. Never saw flocking before, and I LOVE it!

  12. Hi...I'm not sure how I found your blog...probably through Katy's. I come over and read every once in awhile and love it. I just had to drop a note and let you know a little family secret. (I've actually never heard of flocked Christmas Tree's, but I'm assuming it's the fake snow, if it's not I feel like an idiot and will never comment again.)

    So, every year we decorate our tree the same and we make our own "snow" to put on the tree. It's easy and cheep. You can buy ivory flaked soap and whip it with hot water (like you would whip whipping cream) and it hardens on your tree and looks like snow. It's so beautiful. Maybe you can use this trick next year and forever have snow on your Christmas tree's.

  13. I love looking at pictures of your house! It's inspiring.

  14. Oh, it is just beautiful! Okay, I hate to admit it. Flocked trees are sweet. Popeye BEGGED for one this year, but I just couldn't vision it. But yours is delightful.

    Your home is so beautiful with all your Christmas decorations... and all the year too, for that matter.

  15. sorry it took so long to answer...i've been a BG(busy girl)--that's for you Katy, LOL.

    Jessica, your comment was hilarious, of course you are not an idiot:) so yes, to answer you and Marjorie, the flocking is the fake snow.

    JHRME--I did not make the knit stockings--i got most of them on sale/clearance from anthro a few years back. they are great when you have little kids because they are basically indestructable!

    heehee Olive Oyl, poor popeye did not get his flocked tree. i think his mama used to get those and so that's probably why he wanted one so bad--nostalgia sake.

    and thanks all for your sweet words.

  16. I love your home decor style! The yellow frames on your walls mixed with other colors are awesome. And your tree . . . well, it's perfect. Will you come to my house and decorate it for me, please?

  17. girl, i am in LOVE with all of this. merry christmas!

  18. darling darling darling. And again I say, DARLING. I just love your tree, with all those amazing ornaments. Everything in your home looks positively lovely.

    I think flocked trees have such a quaint and charming air about them! which, I think, makes it perfect that YOU have one. :)

  19. Ohhh I have always wanted a flocked tree! it goes so perfectly with your adorable ornaments! Your tree is so pretty!

  20. your tree is gorgeous, your nativity is so cute and the way you painted your picture frames is giving me much inspiration. your home looks so cozy!!!!