Sunday, October 30, 2011

Handmade Ornament Swap

I've always made handmade ornaments for our family Christmas tree with my mom. Here's a picture of our tree.

I LOVED that shiny, tinsel tree!!! I still have it. Maybe I should put it up this year...

I've happily continued that tradition with my babies. "Babies", of course is a relative term, as they are now 14, 12 and 6! Each year as we unpack our ornaments to decorate our tree, we spend time talking about the years we made each one. Each of them has their favorites, and with boys, hanging ornaments sometimes comes close to a wrestling match!!!

All things considered, I think my crazy and eclectic tree, filled with handmade ornaments from years gone by, is the most beautiful thing! It's everything I hope my "baby's" childhood should be...

SHINY and filled with MEMORIES.

Here's a few pictures of the first ornaments of 2011...

Paige and I had such fun creating these little paper clay birdie's :-)

If you love creating ornaments, you should check out this wonderful swap hosted over at An Artful Adventure. There's still a couple of days to join in the fun!!! For more info, check out Cassandra's blog post HERE!


  1. HOw exciting being able to share your love with your kids, I can't wait till mine get old enough to craft with. I am one of your swap partners for teh Christmas Ornament swap and I can't wait to get started!

    Nice to meet you

  2. Mary, I still call my kids my babies, and they're 22, 19, 17, and 14!

    Our tree is full of handmade ornaments, from when I was little to at least one new one every year . . .

    And I am, along with Miss Caroline up there, one of your swap partners! Yay!


  3. When I was younger, my folks had a 4 ft. tree like that. No, we do NOT still have it. I do still have a lot of ornaments my girls and I made when they were younger, though.