Thursday, December 20, 2012

Holiday Homes Tour 2012

Hello, there!  Welcome to the 2012 edition of the Holiday Homes Tour.  
Thanks to Jen on the Edge for hosting.

My philosophy for holiday decorating is to find new ways of displaying the same old stuff.

I do something different with my wreath every year.  
You may be thinking, oh she just put balls on it, that's not very different...


But wait!  Those are bouncy balls!  
When my son cleaned out his room, I couldn't believe how many he had.


Due to a furniture rearrangement, we no longer had room for the main tree in the den next to the fireplace.  So the den is minimally decorated.  I'm sure my clutter-hating husband is happy about that. Just the recession tree...


And the nutcrackers and snowglobes.


Because I have more ornaments than space on the tree, I am always looking for alternate ways to display the overflow.  I discovered that tomato cages make wonderful trees.  This year, I put all the food shaped ornaments on a tree in my dining nook.  (It's such a small space it doesn't even deserve to be called a room.)  I have the lights off because I really don't like the white LED lights...they are too harsh looking next to the warm colors of the ornaments.


It ought to be easy for you to spot the pickle!  There's more than one.


The Santas, celluloid reindeers, and wooden sleighs go back to my childhood.
(Homer is lurking near the kitchen, his usual spot, in hopes that some food will be forthcoming.  Dream on, Kitty.)


Here's the main tree.  I was annoyed last year because there was not enough room for all my pretty glass ornaments.  So this year I put them all on first, then added a few others.  


Why yes, that is a Tardis.  One of my new additions this year.



Exterminate!  Exterminate!



And last but not least, the cat ornaments are on their own tree this year.  


Thanks for visiting!  Come back anytime!


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18 comments:

Strictly Jen said...

I love love love the Dr Who ornaments!

Jennifer (Jen on the Edge) said...

I love how creative and colorful your decorations are.

Cheri @ Blog This Mom!® said...

Beautiful! Fun!

Love the Tardis. :-)

Mrs. G. said...

I like your style. You will definitely have to come sleep in the bad car art room when you come to Seattle again! You, unlike others, will appreciate it.

Cassi Renee said...

Wow, who knew bouncy balls would make such a great wreath decoration?!

We have a million of those too --through too many years, each time Emma went grocery shopping with her dad, they'd buy two of those bouncy balls from the machine in the front of the store. Some day we may open her closet door and drown in bouncy balls.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

I noticed the Tardis right away, then you said it! And Homer has a tree dedicated to his awesomeness :)

cookingwithgas said...

great decorations and the bouncy balls...brilliant.
Dr. Who! Yes!

Becky said...

LOVE the bouncy ball wreath. And the tomato cage tree.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Bouncy balls! GENIUS!
And those "recession" trees are charming. I may steal that idea for a themed tree some year...

Janet said...

awww, love the way you've decorated!

T.J. said...

I always love love these tours! Those glass ornaments- oooh the octopus- are especially cool!!!

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

Had I only known about bouncy ball wreaths years ago when we had a bunch of them! They really "make" that wreath. And I love your kitchen tree with its ornaments!
Actually, I love it all. Cleopatra approves, too. :)

One day I hope to get my husband to approve of tomato cage trees. I'm working on him...

Patience_Crabstick said...

I love all your "alternative" trees!

Susan said...

Your kitchen tree is adorable and I'll even give props to the cat tree (tho not a cat fan myself.) The bouncy balls are INSPIRED!!

Lala said...

Adorable! You are my inspiration for next year! Especially the tomato cage trees!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I love the different themes--and the bouncy balls. I could do one with airsoft pellets--no matter how much I clean, there are always more.

Kim Kasch said...

Wow! So many cute decorations. I love the snow globes, gingerbread man, and so much!

Cristine said...

Awesome. I love everything. I like the door decoration, nutcrackers and snowglobes. I want to make one exactly like that. Looks unique and cool. Thanks for sharing.