A Homemade Handmade Christmas of Ornaments

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!

seashell ornament

seashell ornament – NVHG show

cut egg ornament

cut egg ornament – VTYMCA show

metal quilled snowflake

metal quilled snowflake – Roanoke Civic Center show

crocheted snowman ornament

crocheted snowman – Shen Fairgrounds show

ceramic snowflake ornament

ceramic snowflake – the Market Woodstock

ceramic snowflake

ceramic snowflake – Shen Val show

mom beaded ornament

beaded ornament – Mom made in the 70s!

hot glass ornament

hot glass ornament – Harrisonburg Farmers Mkt

painted gourd ornament

painted gourd ornament – Fairfax City show

hot glass ornament

hot glass ornament – Harrisonburg Farmers Mkt

porcelain ornament

porcelain ornament – Fairfax City show

glass icicle

glass icicle – Appomattox Firehouse show

tatted snowflake ornament

tatted snowflake ornament – gift

turned wood ornament

turned wood ornament – Roanoke Civic Center show

wooden snowflake

wooden snowflake – Ida Lee rec show

straw star ornament

straw star ornament – Mason Neck show

my beaded ornament

my beaded ornament

my beaded ornament

my beaded ornament

*** This site is comprised solely of the opinions of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She works to promote gardening and tourism in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.***

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