Sunday, December 20, 2009

of snowflakes and snow

When we bought a new Christmas tree this year, I thought it would be fun to decorate it with all our Wendell August Forge pewter ornaments that we've collected over the years. Every year my mother in law gives me the ornament for the year from WAF...I have over 25 of them. My husband has always wanted an 'all pewter' tree, so with the fresh start of a new tree, I thought it would be the perfect time to try it. So, after the lights were on, I strung on the cranberry garland and put on the muslin bows. I then added all the pewter ornaments...but it lacked any pizazz...it was kind of dull, so I put on some red balls for color and then added some icicles. That was better, but something was still missing. Then I saw this snowflake pattern and this one and the rest is history. I cut snowflake after snowflake and as I put them on the tree, they just transformed the entire tree. I loved that they were free and they added the perfect something to an ordinary looking Christmas tree. Not only do we have snowflakes on our tree, we've got piles of them outside. We're going to have a white Christmas this year, thanks to the amazing 22 inches of snow that piled up here on Saturday. It was a gorgeous snow, albeit the blizzard conditions that abounded. We stayed home and with the wood stove cranking, the kids went sledding, I baked some cookies, we watched basketball on TV, (whew, the Mountaineers pulled off a win....barely!) and John plowed and blessed our neighbors. Then our adventurous friends piled in their four wheel drive truck and headed down for dinner. We had a blast visiting with them and their 3 beautiful nieces. (and yes, they got home safely and all was well) So, today, we'll finish digging out and enjoy the transformation that snow brings...both inside and out.

17 comments:

Green Acres in the City said...

So beautiful. We will be in Valdosta Georgia for the holiday and Kansas City is of course supposed to be a white Christmas. Leave it to us to be out of town when that happens.

maria said...

Your tree looks lovely and the snowflakes does add that special touch!

The snow is so pretty when it is falling...isn't it?

Here in the North of PA, we have yet to receive a large amount of snow, but it has been quite frosty, brrr!

Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a joyful and peaceful New Years!

maria

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

Your tree is a thing of beauty -- just what I would expect from you! And I can't believe all of your snow. We didn't even get a flake here in Central NY. Your shots are lovely. And what a nice weekend to stay in a festively-decorated house in front of a warm fire. I wish I was your neighbor and could come visit!

Kristyn Knits said...

"Won't you be my neighbor?" I'd be a good neighbor too! Your tree looks beautiful, and yes the snowflakes complete it! Only one prepared mama would have food in the house and cookies in the oven on a day that brings 22" of snow. I wanna be like you! Hugs!

Jessica said...

Your tree is lovely! The storm did not hit us here, but I'm sure we'll get our fair share soon!

Christina said...

What beautiful trees: indoor and out! I love paper snowflakes. Our first Christmas after we were married was rather sparse on the ornament front, and I made dozens of elegant paper snowflakes. They really do add a lot. I was SO sad when I couldn't find them in my boxes of decor this year.

Stephanie said...

They are calling for a white Christmas here in PA. We got about 6 inches on Saturday, but not as much as the south of us...for once..haha. It looks beautiful there, inside and out! Your tree looks great with your snowflakes, it really did add a perfect touch to your tree. You should sugar(or glitter) some of your snowflakes to give them an extra sparkly effect.

Have a wonderful week! Christmas will be here soooo soon!!!!

Journeying Five said...

They tree really looks beautiful with your collection of "gifted" and "made" ornaments. A snowed in family time sounds wonderful. Hope your week is merry!

Sigrun said...

I just finished my own Christmas post, a very nostalgic one--then I read yours and went back again to that time that my dad and I used to cut out snowflakes for the tree. Thanks, and Merry Christmas
to you and your family.

larissa said...

your paper snowflakes are gorgeous! I was just talking with my kiddos about how kids wrote on slate boards because paper was hard to come by and valuable. well these snowflakes certainly demonstrate just how precious paper can be. we only got five inches of snow but I had to drive on Friday night during the blizzard on the way back from teakwondo testing - very scary 'cause the car kept skidding on the ice/snow. stay safe and be careful digging out.

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas Miss Lisa!!! Your tree is beautiful and I love the snowflakes. =) And the outside looks beautiful too!!! I love how it looks when the snows coming down and you look outside and all you can see is white. It was the same way at our house!! Have a great Christmas week!! I love you!!!
Emily

Liz said...

Your tree looks great!

From All Stitched Up said...

I love how your tree evolved. I think it's fun when things happen like that and the results are great. I love the snow pictures too. What a winter wonderland you have.

Audra said...

Beautiful tree and snow! And how fun to enjoy a snowy evening with your neighbors.

Hip Mountain Mama said...

Your tree looks beautiful! Aren't snow storms great when you don't have to drive anywhere and can just enjoy the beauty...and fun! So glad your friends made it out for a visit!!
Suzy

janjan said...

Love the snowflakes - going to make some with my grandaughters and cover them in glitter - the stars not the girls.

I'm sweltering here in 80 degrees plus and its still only early morning so I'm looking at your snow filled piccys and imagining I'm somewhere cold.

Blassings to you and yours from Australia

janjan

Heather said...

What gorgeous snowflakes, and such amazing pictures that you captured of that huge amount of snow that you received. Hope you had a truly wonderful and blessed holiday.