Thursday, December 8, 2011


The party's just keep going on and on. This is Honey's party for Christmas Trees. You can visit her and all the ladies participating at her blog, 2805. If you missed my post on Holiday Dining, just scroll down. These are all part of the Christmas Bloggers Block Party and I am having fun!

Here we have our monster tree, Douglas Firbanks, Jr. He was much smaller at the nursery, I think he might have grown overnight tied to my car roof.
Here are a few of my favorite ornaments. After my father passed away last year, my sisters and I picked out a few special things before his house was put up for sale. I really wanted some Christmas ornaments, ones that I grew up with. They hold a special place in my heart. You can also see the little sheet music ornaments I made last week, they are simple and fun.
I have a few of these 'popcorn balls' that are actually made out of Styrofoam pieces used for packing boxes. Aren't they cool? And next to that is an embroidered Santa I made years ago {when my children were little and I had time!!}
I love this one, it's very sweet.
I found this guy on clearance at Target last year. Look at those eyes. Awww...
If you have been with me since I started blogging, you may remember me showing you this ornament. It's a mini shopping bag from what once was my favorite store in Chicago. It's now Macy's, but I still call it "Field's"
I did my best taking a picture of the tree at night. I think it turned out okay. This is the best tree we've had, even if it is on the large size for my living room. Now I just hope that if I feed and water it everyday, it will live until January.
And finally, look what arrived today! I can't believe I have been waiting for this island since October. The kitchen is now COMPLETE! Don't you love it? I am so ready to bake cakes and pies and cookies!

Now I'm off to see some Christmas trees done up by some talented ladies. Pop over to Honey's and you can see some, too! Happy Holidays! :-)


Betsy Brock said...

Your house looks very cheery! And I know you're loving that island! Gorgeous!

Unknown said...

So reminds me of my island table of G'ma Maggie's 1900s work table from them mill. I LOVE it Janie. Now for some of those cookies, please.

Your tree is just lovely.

Merry Christmas
Hugs & love,

Anonymous said...

what a beautiful tree! Your room looks so lovely , and that island is amazing marble topped, perfect for all those pies!!!

April said...

I am loving all of your special touches, Jane...looks so pretty! Oh, and your island is to die for! Happy Baking! :)

Sarah said...

Jane, I can only dream about having a beautiful Douglas Firbanks, Jr. in our home. It is glorious! Our skinny faux tree will look pretty sad compared to this husky guy. It's gorgeous! Your new island with its marble top is going to perfect for rolling out those Christmas cookies. ~ Sarah

Olive said...

Jane, the firbanks tree is gorgeous in your comfy room. I am so excited that the island has arrived. Bake on lovey! Olive

Julie Marie said...

Hi Jane, your tree is so pretty and I LOVE your kitchen island!... I am joining Honey's tree party too and a couple of others... fun to go to the parties in my jammies... xoxo Julie Marie

Desire Empire said...

It's big and beautiful. Love the rolls of sheet music and it's especially lovely with the lights on.

The island bench rocks and was worth the wait. What's cookin'?

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Yay! So glad to hear you got your island before Christmas, Jane! Your tree looks great; I think they look so magical at night all lit up.

Unknown said...

Your tree is so pretty! and your island is gorgeous - I can see why you'd be excited!

NanaDiana said...

Jane-It is a beautiful tree. I love that you have all the handmade items on there right along with new ornaments. What wonderful memories you have with some of your childhood ornaments on your tree. xo Diana

Honey at 2805 said...

The Christmas Tree is up and looking beautiful and festive, so it's quite fitting your kitchen island arrived!

Thank you for linking to the Christmas Tree Party at 2805!


Your tree AND your island are stunning. What fun.


Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Your tree is beautiful! I love your popcorn balls and the picture with the fireplace in the background...dreamy! Lovely room!!!
Your island is amazing, you'll sure enjoy baking now!!!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Beautiful ornaments are the BEST!!! Wonderful island.


Unknown said...

Beautiful tree Merry Christmas to you and your family

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

What a beautiful tree Jane! Love the night shot and love your new kitchen island!! Martina

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh Jane,
LOVE THE NEW ISLAND! Wow girl, that is so wonderful!
And your glorious tree! I love it, it's just my kind of tree, so full and so real looking because it is!
Great job of decorating it and Al too!
Have fun on your anniversary get-away, still hoping to get together this winter sometime.
Big Hugs,

bj said...

GREAT BALLS OF FIRE, WOMAN, that is, indeed, one big tree. and just absolutely beautiful. I just love it.
Love your night shot of it, too. I never can get a good night shot of the lights...mine always blurs.

I am sooo in ENVY MODE over that killer island. It is fantastic.
What is on the top...wood, or marble or something like that? It sure looks fabulous.

Natasha in Oz said...

Jane, your tree is gorgeous! We have a similar decorating style with our trees-I trim it with all sorts of decorations from our family travels and through the years rather than having a theme/colour palette.

I love your tree at night too!

Best Christmas wishes and happy bloggy partying!

Pondside said...

Once the tree is up, the season can officially start up. Your tree is lovely!

Rozmeen said...

Beautifully decorated Jane!!

xoxo Rozmeen

Teresa@1800 Farmhouse Rd said...

Blondie, this tree turned out better than ok, it is perfect! I guess I'm telling my age, but all I ever remember having/seeing when I was a child was the colored lights, and they were the big bulbs. And we always had real trees, of coarse they weren't as perfect looking as this. Oh how I wish I could find some of those big colored bulbs! Your tree just looks old fashioned, and that is meant as a compliment. I LOVE it! Now, that island, oh my. What can I say, other than I am jealous. Love that top! I bet it will definately get used in these upcoming weeks!

Lori said...

Yahoo for the arrival of your island ~ love it!! Your tree is gorgeous Jane ~ love all your traditional ornaments ~ my favorites are the ones that spark a memory. We are bringing our in tonight and will be decorating it over the week-end.

Amy Chalmers said...

Ok the tree is nice, but OMG that island is the star!!!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Christmas tree, Jane!!

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Oh Jane, your tree is is beautiful! I love the name you have given it, too!!! An old movie buff like me appreciates it :) Your island is wonderful! Happy baking!!!

Marigene said...

Looks like you are ready for Santa to arrive! Beautiful tree...
I love, love, love your new island, it is gorgeous.

Karen said...

Your house looks so warm and full of holiday cheer, love the island too :-)

Debbie said...

Your livingroom looks so cozy, Jane!!! A great place to sit in the evening and listen to Christmas music, sipping on a hot cup of cocoa.
I LOVE your island!!!LOVE it!!!!

Debbie said...

Your livingroom looks so cozy, Jane!!! A great place to sit in the evening and listen to Christmas music, sipping on a hot cup of cocoa.
I LOVE your island!!!LOVE it!!!!

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Susan Freeman said...

Your tree is beautiful Jane! Your house is so warm and welcoming just like you!!!

Big Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Becca Bertotti said...

What a beautiful tree ... love your vintage ornaments! Your island has a wonderful vignette on top, too. Love your Christmas home!

Vicki said...

The island is wonderful! I bet you are loving that kitchen. Love the tree too. I still decorate with all the kids handmade ornaments and the ones we pick up throughout the year. I even ditched the burlap this year and hung beads. We have a 10 foot monster ourselves! lol

Melanie said...

Hi Jane ~ I love your Christmas tree! It's so pretty and definitely NOT too big for your living room. Love the little Marshall Field's ornament; that was one of my favorite stores too. In fact, I worked there when I was a senior in high school! I don't shop there anymore, now that it's Macys.

And how gorgeous is your new island?! It looks perfect in your kitchen.

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Love the tree and the island is terrific. I really like the popcorn balls,good ideal !

Heaven's Walk said...

You lucky girl, you! LUV that new island!!!! I can see you baking up a storm on it, Jane! :) Your tree is just gorgeous! Amazing how it seems to grow on top of your car, isn't it? lol!

xoxo laurie

Lori E said...

Wow. That was worth the wait. Don't you just feel inspired when you get something new like that.

Babs said...

Jane,Your new island looks sooo good and so does your tree.How lovely to have a beautiful, fragrant, fresh tree.
Your special ornaments are perfect. Don't you love having ornaments with a special meaning?
Merry Christmas!

White Ironstone Cottage said...

Lucky girl
the island is perfect
love love love it

Gypsy Heart said...

Bright and festive! I love the're going to enjoy it so much I know.


Leslie said...

I love the island!! Everything looks gorgeous!!! I love all of the decorations.

Have a great sunday

xinex said...

Your tree is just beautiful, Janie. I love the size and shape and wonderful to have those ornaments with meaning. I also love the tree skirt. And your kitchen island....Gorgeous!..Christine

Amy Kinser said...

I love your island. Great addition to any kitchen.

Your tree is so pretty and so full of wonder with all those fun ornaments.

Blessings, Amy

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Yes! FIELDS for me too! haha! Your tree is beautiful and I am madly in love with your island!!!
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have a pretty day!

Donna said...

Wow, your "Doug" sure is beautiful! Funny how they look so much bigger once you get them home:) Love all of your ornaments, it's great that you have some of your Dad's too. And I am totally drooling over your island! Enjoy!!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Wow....that island is gorgeous....I'd wait til next October for that one!! Bet it feels good to get that in the kitchen before Christmas! Love your tree Jane - we always love trees with lots of "memories" on it instead of "fru fru" trees that have no meaning!! Enjoy your week!

Barb said...

Your tree is beautiful, Janie, and I just love the new island. Gorgeous.

Barb ♥

Ricki Treleaven said...

YAY!!! Your kitchen is complete. Congrats!!! I know you are so happy because it looks fantastic! :D Your tree is so sweet, Jane. Love it!


Sue said...

Janie, Doug is one heckuva guy! One day, I'll have a real tree again. But at the rate it takes me to get my trees up, he may lose all of his needles before I get to him! How sweet that you have those family ornaments. Oh, and your island is perfect for your new kitchen. Mix up some cookies on it and send them my way, ok? Lots of Christmas huggies to you- Sue