Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Decked the Halls...

Last year I knew I would need to stock up on ornaments. I was determined to buy a new tree this year and let the kids have the old tree to themselves. After all, the tree was 11 years old...in dog years...that's old.

So I hit the after Christmas sa
les last year...



I wasn't sure when, what, where or how I was going to get a new tree but determined to find one...at a reasonable cost of course.

A few weeks ago I driving through my neighborhood and low and behold there were 3 yardsales...yikes!


Sitting out on the curb was this beauty. It was meant to be.



I had an absolute ball decorating my own tree.












I have a secret crush on Santa. I own about 13 little statues of him.

Of course he is my tree topper.






Here is the front entryway...




I love the details on this Santa.








The kids also had a blast decorating their tree. I'll show you the results in another post. Meanwhile, go ahead and laugh at my new header...it's wishful thinking on my part.

45 comments:

ceekay said...

Gorgeous! I have a few Santas. I will have to post them. I just saw a couch santa yesterday at Homegoods. Girl, it was $399.00! Obviously, it stayed at the store! I would love one of those though. Now don't worry too much, I did buy a Santa...just not that one!

Sandy Toes said...

so pretty!!! I love your Santas!!
Your blog looks wonderful for the holiday too!!!
-sandy toes

AJ said...

Love the new header girlie!! And your tree is fab-u-lous! We put our big tree up last night but still haven't put the lights on yet. That's my least favorite thing to do!! I'm kind of getting Scroogish! I guess I just am not prepared to scale down so much this year! Oh well, I'll get over it:) Wish I would have stocked up on the clearance stuff last year-I could use a little "new" right about now;) Have fun decorating!

Darlene said...

WOW Brandee!!! Can you come and decorate my home elegantly instead of my country-fied look????? Yours is GORGEOUS!!!! I always LOVE seeing your decorations!! I do love that header and you never know this might be the year it snows in Arizona!!!!!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Your tree is just beautiful. I am still in the cleaning the house before I can decorate.

Maria said...

Beautiful! Love it. Will you come up here and help me with mine? I might be able to arrange for a little snow while you are here!

Mabry's gamma said...

Brandee,

Read the comments and see I told you you have that gift of decorating. I feel fortunate to have found so many bloggy gals that love to decorate and give me ideas. Yeah for me.

The tree looks wonderful!!! I am waiting for my daughter and granddaughter to arrive today, daughter wants to help decorate since they are moving and will not have a house to do, that is "why" no Christmas posts yet.

You collect Santas? I collect Snowmen. You have some great looking Santas, I may have to switch.

Cheri

Becky said...

Girl, I hate to be Debbie Downy here....but...I'm afraid the only snow you're gonna see is those little snowflakes falling on you blog page...LOL. Which by the way are adorable. Your tree is beautiful, can you come decorate mind. HA!!! I just wish I had enought nerve to get off my booty, stop checking everyone's blog...WRAP PRESENTS!!! OK, I'm off to warp! OOP! I meant wrap, sometimes we spell things really weird her in Arkansas. HA!!!! Have a WONDERFIL day!

Carrie said...

I like the new header! Love your tree it is great!

Laura said...

Oooh, I love it! And your header! You did a good job! I wish I could have a grown up tree but with two kids under three, I guess I will have to wait. I love your Santa collection, you have a bunch of cool ones!

Laura :)

Rae said...

Gorgeous!! Everything is so breathtaking! LOVE the new blog template. The falling snow is fabulous!

Rambling Girl said...

Gosh...I love all your holiday decor...I collect santa's also....also love your aunts home! Many pretty things she has! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Christine said...

Your tree is so beautiful, and I love your decorations. You have inspired me to go get my tree now.

beth at aunties said...

So Gorgeous! I loved all the Santa's and the fabulous masterpiece at the top of your tree. It is so elegant and goes lovely with your drapes and furniture.
I enjoyed the snow falling...on your blog. I am not ready for it to be a reality here.
It is such a warm feeling to have your home decked out for the Holidays:-)

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Lots of pretty goin'on here...and I do mean BEAUTIFUL!! : )

Ginger said...

Hi Brandee:
I don't think you're going to get much snow in Arizona....but I'll share our Utah snow with you.
Your garage sale tree is really pretty with all your decor on it. I love the colors you chose.
I have a thing for Santa too, and snowmen.
Ginger

Shannon said...

I love your new header and I love the snow on your blog! :)

Your decorations and tree look great! I love Santa too but for some reason I like the skinny funny looking ones. :)

cindy said...

You have decorated that tree beautifully! How did you get that Santa to stay up there?! I bet that wasnt easy. Your Santa collection is wonderful! Thanks for sharing. Cindy

Ms. Tee said...

It's all so pretty! Love the little details on your Santa! :)

duchess said...

Your home looks beautiful.
Do you mind if I steal that snow thing?

Chris said...

Oh how I love Santa, I collect them too. Your tree is os beautiful. I bet you sit at night and just stare at it. I know I would.

Hugs,
Chris

Tracey said...

Brandee,
Everything looks gorgeous!! What a great yard sale find the tree was!!
I LOVE your new header and the snow! It is so neat!!!

Tamara Jansen said...

Love the decorations! I wish you would come over to my place and put mine up for me.....no time....to busy with poinsettias.

Check out what decorations I saw yesterday on my garden center christmas tour I did this year.

http://thegreenhousediaries.blogspot.com/

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

BEAUTIFUL! You are so smart going out after Christmas and getting ornaments on sale! I'm using the same ornaments and same look on my tree as I have FOREVER! I did add some new snowflakes this year. I do LOVE your tree and everything else!
Robin~♥
P.S. Your blog layout is GREAT!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

That is one Santalicious tree! Your entry table is gorgeous. I can't believe you got that tree at a garage sale!

Deb said...

Your tree looks amazing and what a find. You got a really good picture of it also. Mine always come out horrible. Too dark.

Ruby Red Slippers said...

You did an amazing job! Love all the cranberry colors...

Girly Stuff said...

I really like your Santa tree! Good yard sale find. The topper is a great idea.

I like your entry way table also.

I like that it is at least snowing on your blog. It will be the only snow I see all year as well.

At least we don't have to shovel it!

da Bergs said...

Omigosh, I am totally in love with your tree, I want to just pick it up and bring it to my house!!! I CANNOT believe you found it sitting on a curb! AND, you decorated it sooooooooooo beautifully!!! SERIOUSLY! Okay, will you please tell me HOW you put the santa and berries and did you sue greenery on the TOP of your tree??!!! TELL ME HOW you did it!!! Did you wire it on??? Will you come help me do mine??!!!

Strawberry Blonde said...

It looks GREAT!!! I love all of the Santa's. I really should get a few more.

I hit the after Christmas sales last year too and had so much fun getting out my new pretties. Can't wait to see the kids tree.

ceekay said...

Brandy..the Chef Santa came from Home Goods -Goodyear...he was the only one there.

nikkicrumpet said...

Your blog looks so pretty...I love the new header...and you can have ALL my snow this year if ya want it!!! The tree is gorgeous...so elegant and still festive. I love it...you have to be thrilled with the results. And holy cow...you really do have a crush...or some kind of stalker thing going with Santa!!! But they are beautiful.

Angie said...

Everything looks really beautiful! Love your Santas and that tree looks awesome!

Mrs. Trixi said...

I love your new header. I was admiring it before reading the post.
I also love your tree. Beautiful. I have a few Santas but Snowmen are my thing. Love them.

Ros said...

Beauteeful!

Sometimes, I think a plain tree with lights is wonderful, until I see it decorated. I'm aching now to sit by mine and watch the lights glow... a favorite Christmas pastime!

Saucy said...

It looks so beautiful, I'm happy you got that tree! See you when I get back.

Valerie@travelingthrough2 said...

Beautiful blog, so happy and decorative! Love it.
Valerie

Erin said...

How beautiful! I love your tree. What a find. I have to say the old world santas are a weakness of mine too. Yours is absolutely beautiful!

At Home In Georgia said...

I love shopping for sales after a holiday. Hey now...Santa is my man :-)

I love that little blog blizzard you have.

Pajama Mama said...

Beautiful tree-makes it seem worth waiting for, huh? and I love the swag you put above the mirror in the entryway!

thanks for all your sweet and encouraging comments!

-kristen

Linda said...

Everthing looks so pretty. I can't believe you found that tree at the curb! I love the new blog look especially all that pretty snow traveling through the page.
Blessings,
Linda

Lisa Ann said...

I left something for you on my blog.

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Your decorating is LOVELY. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Blessings,

Sher

RN and OSHP said...

That tree is so pretty! You really lucked out finding the tree itself. Love the Santa's

Our Complete Family said...

GORGEOUS tree you've got going on hun! Love the new blog look, too! You're all set for Christmas now! I have a love for Santa, too. I need to snap a pic of my Santa collection. He is so cute, isn't he?!?
Happy Merry December~ Les

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