We’ve been busy decorating our little farmhouse as the snow fell here in the Shenandoah Valley.
We’ve accumulated (and lost little) of about 10 inches of snow in the last week. It has made for a beautiful landscape, a lot of fun with a new puppy, as well as a few messy boots, but it has also done what the calendar could not — it has put us in the mood for the holidays!
The weekend after Thanksgiving we took our now-annual trip to Mountain View tree farm to cut a tree. This year we brought home a 7-plus-foot Douglas Fir. The house smells of citrus/pine, and the puppy keeps trying to snag a taste. We are almost finished decorating it, and before I share the tree, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite handmade ornaments.
I collect Christmas ornaments. I love them because they don’t take up much space, and I don’t see them every day. In fact, I don’t see them for 11 months of the year, but when it’s time, I get to pull them all out and remember from where each came or when we bought it.
In addition to my Swarovski and Lenox snowflakes, I’ve picked up a few homemade or handmade ornaments, as well. I have a small unlit tree covered in crocheted snowflakes made by church ladies. I have a row of “stained-glass” icicles I bought at a small community craft show when we lived in Appomattox. I also have a few of my own beaded ornaments left from my own business.
So I share them with you here. I’ve love to see or hear about your favorite handmade Christmas ornament! Do you know any of the artists and crafters who created these? I’d love to link to their sites. Let me know!*** This personal blog is comprised solely of the opinions, views, projects, and travels of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She is lucky enough to have loving family and friends whom she drags along with her on her adventures and whom she puts to work on her little farm. She uses this blog to help promote living in the mountains of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.**