Sunday, December 14, 2008

My favorite tabletop tree and The Christmas Spirit Award!

Don't we just love our blogging friends! We help each other with laughter, moral support, quick tips and suggestions. Just before Thanksgiving, I was grumbling in a post about my disastrous attempt to buy a white tabletop Christmas tree. (It would have helped had I bothered to read the label on the tree box before I bought it!) Melissa at Melissa's Heart and Home blog chuckled at my post, then came to the rescue. She checked out and found the perfect tree. I quickly ordered it and it was love at first sight when I removed it from the box!

I was so inspired by Melissa's post showing a vignette of a hurricane filled with ornaments that were used to add color and it sparked an idea. I've inherited several crystal bowls and felt as if I were sharing Christmas with their former owners as I added ornaments to them, and felt such a warm, happy glow when they were finished.

Several years ago, my husband bought the sideboard in the picture below for my Christmas gift. I was beyond ecstatic and it's my favorite piece of furniture. It's located on the wall to the right of the front door. I smile everytime I walk by it because I get such a warm, happy and whimsical feeling.

I'm in love with snowman decorations this year. I felt as if I'd gone to a craft fair and hit the mother lode as I pulled the snow people out of their containers. I just had the biggest grin on my face all afternoon that day!

I especially love the one below. I bought it at a Country Folk Art Craft Fair. It is beautifully handcrafted and has fine glitter on it.

I have more snowman decorations to share with you soon!

~The Christmas Spirit Award~

This is a very special award dedicated to having wonderful Christmas spirit! Melissa at Melissa’s Heart and Home shared this award with me. You can visit Melissa’s blog at Thank you very much Melissa!

Here are the rules for the Christmas award:

You must be a true Christmas lover to receive this award.
The person to whom you give the award must also be in love with Christmas.
You must link back to the person who gave you the award.
You must list 5 things that you love about Christmas. If you can't limit it to 5 things, then keep going till you run out of space!
Pass the award along to as many people as you like. That can be 1 or 50. It's up to you! But, you must pass it on to at least one person in order to keep the Christmas cheer going!
Let your recipients know that you have tagged them by leaving them a comment.


My favorite things:

The sparkle of the ornaments and the lights of the Christmas tree.

Listening to Christmas music, and unfortunately for anyone close enough to hear, singing along with the songs!

The smell of cookies, pies, and cakes baking in the oven. (Can you tell I have a sweet tooth?)

Watching Christmas movies and shows as I decorate and cook.

Watching our great nieces open their presents!

Reading all your wonderful blogs and sharing in the festivities.

And now I am sharing this award with all the wonderful friends on my blog list, it's located on the right side under followers.

All of them have shown tremendous spirit for the Holiday season!

I've enjoyed seeing the stunning Christmas decorations in all of their homes. Please visit them, they'd all love to hear from you, and leave a comment to let them know you dropped by for a visit.





ann said...


squawmama said...

Hi Diane... what a great post... Love your white tree and all the Christmas decorations that are around it... Beautiful the way it is arranged... Thanks for sharing the award with all of us... You’re a sweetheart...


Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

I love your list! I'm just about to go ice the cookies I made today but now I'm listening to Christmas music and visiting a few blogs!!! Stay dry and warm! It's so cold out this really California? LOL

Melissa Miller said...

Hello Diane, ;)

Oh my goodness you have made my night and day tomorrow as well! Heck, my week. :)

The white tree and bowls filled with colorful ornaments really turned out beautiful! Perfect choices with the Snowmen close by and the Kinkade Christmas pictures. Right out of a home decor' magazine. Amazing job!
You gave me a warm glow looking at all of it.

Thanks for posting the award and sharing it. I can't think of anyone who deserved it more than you.

Warmly, Melissa :)

Happy To Be said...

Diane this is 3 x's today I have gotton this...does this mean I am full of it ?? hey I mean the sprit girl...hope all is well on your side of the mountain girl..we have snow here today !!! guess I won't be laying on the beach today..oh youe seen what I said at Toots?? well come on sometimes Len can be so funny about things...he have never even been on a putor, would't have a cell phone, don't like push button phones when I met him he had a rotary dial phone..I mean get with the times here's I love antiques and have an old wash board..but I'll push a button any day to start my washing machine..this man loved the 60's and thinks the prices should still stay the same...where as of me every new thing that hits the market I get..he an old hippie I think..haha!! hugs and smiles Gloria ps I carry the cell phone and digtal camera..

profenretraite said...

Diane..Your little tabletop tree is adorable! And I love all of the ornaments! So cute!...Debbie

Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

Hi Diane,

Thanks so much for all your sweet comments and I'm so honored to receive the award!! How sweet of you!! xo

I love your little white tree too and all your decor! I wanted to do a small tree but the kids wouldn't let me, but I think they are so cute and more manageable to take up and down for sure! Since they are all teenagers I plan on doing it one of these years, I always try and keep it simple but then they yell for more, lol.... anyway, hope your holidays are going great !! Merry Christmas!

Hugs, Cynthia

laurie said...

Oh, your little white tree is perfect! I adore your snowmen, and I love the idea of putting special ornaments in a pretty bowl. Thanks so much for passing the Christmas Sprit award on to me. I loved your Christmas spirt thoughts. laurie

nikkicrumpet said...

Oh how sweet of you to pass on this beautiful award! Thank you! and I am so jealous over that beautiful white tree. I've wanted a big one for my main tree but hubby says "no". I think a small table one like that would be a perfect compromise...hmmm I wonder if I can find one on sale after Christmas!

Bo said...

That is one pretty tabletop tree! You've got a great collection of snowmen going on too... ;-) Bo

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I love your tabletop tree. It's beautiful.

Congratulations on the award!

niartist said...

Thank you so much for this beautiful award! YAY! I finally got one! :) Oooo, and love the little white table top tree. I found a large white tree, pre-lit, for $8 this weekend. I brought it home, and it worked great. Scott shook his head no though, so I ended up giving it away. Ah well! LOL!

Anonymous said...

The little white tree is a keeper and I love the Thomas Kincaid pictures on either side of the table.

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Hi Diane...I like your favorite things and thanks for sharing this award with me, too! :-) Love ya,

nikkicrumpet said...

Hey Diane...thanks so much for the link on the tree...I'm gonna check it out. I really appreciate you helping me out!! Have a great night!

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

Your tabletop is so pretty and festive. And I am in love with that white tree. Years ago my mother bought a real flocked tree and I think that started my love for a white tree. Very nice post.

Lynne said...

Hi Diane, Your vignette is just letter perfect my friend. I love the snowman you got at the Country Craft Fair. He is adorable. And you know how I feel about Thanks so much for swinging by the Snowflake tablescape. You are a dolly.
hugs ~lynne~

Femin Susan said...

Congratulations....Your posting is very interesting...Keep writing.. Welcome to my blog...
Wishing you in advance "A Merry X'Mas and A Happy New Year''

Barb said...

Lynn, I love your white tree. I've had so much fun seeing all the blogs with all the different trees on them.

Thanks for stopping by today, and the anniversary wishes. It was Monday, and we had a very pleasant, however uneventful day.
We will celebrate after Christmas when things have calmed down a bit.

I just read your "about me". Scott and I met on a blind date too!!!
Then 2 weeks later we got married!!

We've had bad years and good years, but these are the best. Amazing what having the Lord in your life can do!

See ya' soon,

Lynne said...

Good morning my friend.. I'm glad you enjoyed the shopping around the I always love popping over here..your snowman makes me smile.. hope you're having a super day..hugs ~lynne~

lvroftiques said...

Diane your little white tree is wonderful!! Melissa is such a sweetie! And what a lovely present from your DH!Did he pick it out himself? Cause if so? He needs to give my DH lessons! Lol! Love your snowman collection too! Oh my goodness....So far this year I have been captivated by crowns....santas... Christmas snowmen! I really need a bigger house!*winks* Vanna

Tootsie said...

it is all so pretty! congrats on the deserved them!
oh yea....come see...I found a crown! I also made myself unforgettable I am sure! lol

Buffie said...

I can see why the little white tree is your favorite. I've always wanted a white tree since I was a little girl...I think it's time to get me one! The snowmen are adorable, you did good girl!


Happy To Be said...

GM Diane...thanks for coming by know it means the world to me!!and how I became the second owner of DR set is got it right from the estate sale...from the guy house..all I had seen was a picture of it and I bought it..that was in 1980 long time ago..hope you have been doing great girl..this weather has got my old bones just aching so bad..I finally got everthing done for family dinner on 21th..has to go to store today to get stuff for salad..and make a BD cake for my SIL and then I am done.. YAHOO!!! Diane just got my call while I have been typing to you...Baby is here finally!! born at 12;49 that means it was born on my oldest Daughter BD..she is 49 daughter Gina said she will send me a pic from her cell phone when she gets off work..can't wait to see this sweet little thing..I hope to go to Texas in Jan to see her in person..oh I just hate my family being so spread out like this..hope you have a great day dear friend...hugs and smiles Gloria

Lynne said...

Hey ya cutie,We just got our lights back on after the ice we had last night. Thank goodness I was starting to go thru I'm so glad you enjoyed the snowmen. Quite honestly, I didn't have the time to get them all I hope you weren't too bored with the pictures. You could sure see my Murphy dog practiced
hugs ~lynne~

nikkicrumpet said...

Hey Diane...thanks so much for the link to the tree. I ordered it..and can you believe it I got it yesterday! I was stunned at how fast they shipped it. And it was on sale for $25 and FREE that is a deal! I'm not going to put it up until next year when I have time to buy the ornaments I fact I'm going to the after Christmas sales and see if I can get the ornaments cheap too! Thanks for steering me in the right direction!!!

ann said...

Diane,thank you so much for the advice,as you know I'm winging everything i do ---ANY-advice is so very welcome.i will do that.when do you load your pics before after?Again,thank you...Ann

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Diane, I just love that little white tree! The ornaments show up so well on it! Thanks for taking a look at Mom and Dad's house. Kristen

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