Tuesday, December 9, 2008

O Christmas Tree...(and a mantle for good measure)

Sara over at Butterville is having a Christmas carnival and I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon. Because I'm a bandwagon jumper, you see. Well, that is unless it's a bad bandwagon.....if it's a bad bandwagon, then I'm not jumping....

So without further discourse, this is our tree:



There is a star at the top, but for some reason it seems to blend into the picture. Rest assured, it's there, though. I just knew you might lose sleep if it weren't, so I wanted to be quick to point it out. I really do care, folks, and it's the least I can do. Really.
Since Mark has an allergy to pine, we've never had a real tree. Honestly that's perfectly alright with me since it's less work. And I'm pretty consistently all about less work.
This next picture is of our mantle. We are huge Nutcracker fans around here and I found 2 of these fellas at Old Time Pottery on Black Friday for only $4. I was ecstatic because it made my mantle. And since my mantle is made, I find it important to share that with you.

Next up is my favorite part. It's our collection of handicapped ballerinas. We are all about being P.C. around the Westie abode, so just because a ballerina loses her extremity is no reason for us to chuck her into the trash.
This poor gal below has really had it. She even asked me to shoot her in less than stellar lighting because she's such a shell of who she once was. Bless her heart, she's sadly been reduced to a seated position rather than hanging, which is the bottom of the barrel in Ornamentland.



Well, that was fun! I have many more decorations that I could share with you, but since this is really a carnival about Christmas trees, and I've already cheated once by showing you my mantle, I'd better stop. Plus, my laundry is threatening to overtake me.
For more Christmas Tree Bling, head here, and if you didn't get the chance to enter my contest for free Starbucks, you can go here. You've got until Friday!

31 comments:

Sara@ Butterville said...

handicapp ballerinas! Sweet nibblets that makes me LAUGH!
My kids are obessed with nutcrackers. Hubby likes them and now the kids want to ask santa for them...as if they are toys...I'l have handicap nutcrackers! is it me or does that sound...mmm rated R?
Love your tree, But I have to say I love your buttery walls! WHAT color and paint brand is that! Butterville should at least be buttery! Thanks for sharing...come link up.

Michelle said...

love your tree! Beautiful !oh , and I saw the star right off.
I also like your buttery walls =P

girl, you are a hoot! your handicapped ballerinas cracked me up!

Wendi @ Every Day Miracles said...

Hi! Came over from Sara's blog and SO lovin' your tree. In addition to that, I love your blog. :) Fun to find other busy mommies who don't have anough coffee... Good times!

Rach@In His Hands said...

Popping over from Butterville...
Your tree is fantastic! Those ornaments are hilarious! Great decorations...
~Rachel

Lois Lane II said...

It's okay -- my fake tree is only 4 feet tall. ;) You're doing better than me, lol!

Growin' with it! said...

i think every home filled with boys should have an armless ballerina on their tree. that's how life is for us isn't it? army men and barbies with no heads. ahh BOYS!

you nutcracker you. love your mantle. and i could easily sack out on the couch gazing at your tree and hang with you while you fold your laundry!

Brooke said...

your mantle is gorgeous! as is your tree. :)

carrie said...

I love your dialogue on things most of all.

Kelly said...

Came on over from Butterville!
I think your decorations and tree are beautiful! I also collect nutcrackers...they are so fun and unique.
I love your "daisy" blog design. So cute!!!

Way More Homemade said...

I love the handicap ballerinas. I had forgotten about this. Not sure I'm going to have time to participate. We'll see.

Also, I just remembered... I can sometimes hold shift down and hit enter to get the spaces b/t paragraphs to show.

Emily said...

Special needs ornaments? you're my kindof gal. :)

Halfmoon Girl said...

The ballerina ornaments cracked me up- bet they can stil dance better than me. Your tree and mantle are lovely. We are going to do our sad little tree tonight. It is usually a fancy smancy looking thing, but we have fun doing it. Ok, usually someone is fighting over something...

Andrea said...

Very nice tree...wish mine had light that worked all the way to the top.
Love your ballerinas!

SuzyQ said...

Loved your comments! Made me laugh. Your family is beautiful...

Rachel said...

Handicapped ballerinas? ROFL! Your tree is gorgeous!

Jen said...

What a pretty tree. Your decorations are beautiful. Thanks for your comment. Just wanted to tell you the walls look like that because we live in a log cabin. It was nice in the beginning, but its very hard to decorate, let alone hang pictures!

Mari said...

I like your tree and the ballerinas are a fun touch!

Poopsie said...

How sweet that your ballarina may only be able to sit, but she stil is loved enough to be included. :) What a great message for the kids.

Under the Florida Sun said...

Looks great. Love the handicap ballerina. We had the Fairies from Sleeping Beauty that kept falling apart. This was the first year they didn't go up..

Brittany said...

That is so funny! And I can totally see your star.

Joanne said...

Loved your tree...but loved your humor even more.

So would I do double the time in jail for second time-stolen-flair?

...because pointless stories are my thing too!

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Gorgeous everything, Gayle!

Drewe Llyn said...

Beautiful tree and mantle! It looks so very Christmasy!

Duckygirl said...

Oh.My. Those ballerina's are too funny! You have a great tree :)

-Laura

EEEEMommy said...

Lovely! And I can see the star.
I have a pine allergy too, but we always get a real tree. I just like to torture myself. Although after helping my mom assemble her artificial tree yesterday, I'm not sure I understand why people say they're easier than a real tree...of course for me, the true ease of a real tree is that I don't touch it! LOL

Tammy said...

Ohhh, so pretty! I miss my mantle!

Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

So pretty!

Can I just say...those yellow walls...I WANT SOME! I so need to paint mine yellow now.

Krista said...

I love your tree. No room for a tree in our inn this year.
And hey! It's okay if your ornaments look like they came from Sid's room! (Toy Story...)

Lisa @ The Preacher's Wife said...

Girl your tree is beautiful - gimped up ballerinas and all...:))

Anonymous said...

Love the tree and the decorations!

Rachel was just in the NUTCRACKER with the MOSCOW Ballet! She loved it!

Miss you ~ Charity

Sherry said...

Merry Christmas Gayle!

Sherry