Several years ago we had a flood in the basement of our old house (due to a water heater malfunction) and thank goodness I was able to rescue this painting my Grandma did of Santa. The board he was painted on all swelled up and one corner broke off but I did my best to try to "fix" him.
I glued the piece back on and with a little white paint and glitter tried to make it look like a icy break. Then since I string beads over practically the whole house, I strung some beads on Santa's portrait too. He is a little warped--but I am so happy that I still am able to display him. It is my favorite picture of Santa, and even better that my Grandma painted it!
Everyone who visits my blog knows I am not big on traditional holiday colors. But I did make this little bookcase area to house the Santa and my musical Christmas dolls. I used to have a large doll collection and before moving I sold them all..except a select few. I had to keep these two because the kids love them and they bring back memories of Christmas' past.
In closing I will show you our tree...
Isn't she a beauty?!
I picked this up from 3 men (tree farmers I'm guessing-but maybe wise men?) that had a nice fire going and it was so peaceful to stop by their Christmas tree display. The kids are past the age of wanting to go out and cut one so this is the route I went. Maybe next year things will be less hectic and we'll have time to go cut the tree ourselves..but who am I kidding? Probably not.:) The guys wanted $40 (and my budget was $30)..so after saying I would go over budget to $35 he said he would take $30. Nice guy. My Mom thought that was so expensive but I have been looking at all the stands and I know that's the best price I could get on a 8 ft Noble at this time of year. Coming from the background of owning a business for over 20 years I have to stay within my small budget but I also always want to be fair to the person trying to make a living! I strongly believe that corporations aren't the only ones greedy in this society. I love a good deal..but also believe in being fair.
Just wondering..what does a fresh cut tree cost in your area?
Well this is the last time you'll see this tree naked...stay tuned for our fully dressed Christmas tree coming soon!