Monday, December 20, 2010

The annual unveiling of the family jewels

Well, yesterday was exciting. Dave is still working on the basement play room and he sliced open his hand doing the wiring. So we spent part of last night in the urgent care getting him sewn back together. 7 stitches, 2 hours and plenty of whining about missing dinner from the Jack attack later, we were back home.

And here I thought it would be ME needing the hospital sooner rather than later!
When I showed you the tree the last time some of you thought I was done. Except I still had to put another 300 ornaments on it! (And it could still use more, but I ran out of steam.)
I actually love that someone has written "10" on that pink one with a grease pen.
The birds that Jack is so smitten with are on this tree too this year.
A random peek inside.

And a bell that *I* am smitten with this year.

The cats are driving me INSANE with the tree this year. My fattest cat (who weighs like 20 lbs) thinks it's fun to stand on his hind legs and reach up in the tree and scratch on the pole. Which shakes the whole tree and gives me a heart attack. Then the other two naughties WILL NOT STOP EATING THE PLASTIC NEEDLES which, of course, then they run all over the house puking up everywhere.

It's sad that I can easily teach kids to leave it alone but the cats are my worst enemy!

I kind of can't wait to take the darn thing down, as beautiful as it is.

Speaking of taking it down - some of you have asked on facebook about the heart to heart swap this year. I have every intention of doing it this year, baby or not. I will announce the details as soon as Christmas is over and open up sign ups then.

Barbara, I knew there was a deer ornament on that tree somewhere!


  1. Beautiful tree, Merry Christmas!

  2. Aw, thanks! (I don't have that one!) The tree is beautiful, and you could try an attractive barrier of foil around the bottom to keep those cats off. (The cat scratching on the base would terrify me.) Hope Dave got a Christmas-print bandaid for his troubles.

  3. Beautiful. Just beautiful.

  4. The whole Family Jewels thing sort of skeered me. But, I assumed it was ornamnents - hoping, you know.

    Poor Dave. Santa better bring him something special! Perhaps a safety knife?

  5. Hi sweetie! Your tree is darling and my inspiration for the tree I want for next Christmas. I have all the vintage ornaments but they just don't look right on a green tree so I'm ready to buy that white tree for them next year.

    Deanna :D

  6. Anonymous11:31 AM

    Gorgeous!!! I have a big box (or 2!) full of Shiny Brites and such in the basement that I still have to clean before using to decorate the house. I understand that most of the paints used were water soluble, so I'm still trying to figure out the best way to clean them. Any ideas?

  7. So lovely. Maybe I'll get around to posting some pictures of my tinsel tree this year, covered exclusively in small shiny brights of course.

  8. Awesome tree in all that sparkly glory. I also am enamored by those little prices written in grease pencil...I have some old foil reflectors that are marked 5 cents.
    Hope Dave is on the mend.

  9. Oh Sarah. That tree is just gorgous. You make me want to start collecting vintage ornaments, but I just don't have the energy to do another tree! So, thanks for posting yours so we can all enjoy!


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