Thursday, January 3, 2013

a sweet holiday tradition.

I'm so in love with our White Christmas tree. I love that this year--as with every year--I got to decorate it with new ornaments from dear friends. 
I ordered an owl ornament (which you'll see below) from Christine's etsy shop and she was so sweet to surprise me and Felix with this penguin cutie and a crochet heart. Don't you love random kindness? 

The twinkle star is from Gracienne to Felix. Precious!

I love that I met Erin through my first ornament swap and we've been exchanging ornaments ever since. This year she sent me a fluttery pink (pink for baby girl's first Christmas) paper ornament that she picked up at a Christmas craft fair she goes to every year and a glittery reindeer from here's the thing on etsy. She included that amazing vintage fawn candle while at an antique shop for Felix's nursery. Erin, every year you outdo yourself. I love you sweet friend! xo

Rhianne made these two for me. Handmade are my favorite! 

Speaking of handmade goodness, check out this one of a kind ornament my darling artist friend Phoenix made of Felix! It's Felix in her Halloween costume, one of the first times I caught her smile on camera. love love love

My vintage soul sister Amanda sent me three most thoughtful ornaments: vintage rudolph, a handmade cross stitched ornament that looks magical with twinkle lights shining through, and a photo one that we've already put a picture of Felix with her Santa hat, to always remember this first special holiday. 
Please take a peek at Amanda's blog post because her photos are much better than mine. While there, you should really follow her too. Her blog is such a cozy corner of the internet. 

some I sent out : 

photo borrowed from Amanda's blog : I scored these vintage beauties from an etsy shop called by the wayside. I just loved the gold snowcap and the gold and pink ombre one was from Felix. I thought they were perfect for my vintage soul sister. 

 The owl I was talking about earlier from Christine's shop, Dela Chic. Christine makes so many adorable owls it was hard to narrow it down, but I chose the pink and tan one for Lauren-- so she'll always remember it was Felix's first Christmas year.

These were in Erin's etsy favorites so I decided to surprise her with something she loved. I love that there were four bells and there are four Pughs :) (look how pretty one looks next to her favorite angel ornament)

Such a sweet holiday tradition among my favorite girls. 


Leanna Vera said...

I love all your beautiful ornaments! The stories behind them are all so special.

I'm emailing you my ornament photo right now...I completely forgot!

Dawn said...

Ahhh! :) This means that the big ornament swap post is coming soon... :) I can't wait to see everything. I'm so glad that you shared your experience, too. I ended up doing the same thing--I was so surprised by some of the things others sent me. I was not expecting them, but they made for delightful surprises. And Rhianne made you something, too! She is fantastic. She made me the same circular ornament, only mine is blue, not red. And it looks like little Fe has some fabulous ornaments to start her collection with. :)

... now if only I had a white tree, too. :)

Christina Monique said...

I love that you do this every year and I am very happy that I was able to participate this year. This truly brings people together :) HOw adorable that little owl is. O<O it matches you perfectly.

I imagine Fe trying to play with all of your ornaments .. I cannot wait.

xoxox lava you xoxox

christine said...

The white Christmas tree just makes each ornament stand out so beautifully! Thanks for a great opportunity and I'm glad that you liked the penguin and heart for you and your little one. Thank you also for the shout out for my etsy shop!

dreaming en francais said...

Love the white tree and all the super cute ornaments! I've always wanted to do a white tree one year, this inspires me even more!

Claire Kiefer said...

Yikes--I'll send you pics! I haven't even blogged about the ones Christina sent me yet. You picked out the sweetest ornaments for your friends. <3

Erin {pughs' news} said...

Unwrapping each ornament and hanging it on the Christmas tree is one of the greatest joys of the season! I love remembering where I got each one and who gave it to me. Thank you so much for my beautiful bells this Christmas!

PS: Can't wait for the big swap post!

Claire said...

awww they are lovely, you will soon need a huge tree to carry all your beautiful ornaments!!

kathy @ vodka and soda blog said...

i love all of your ornaments! they're so cute; esp the ones with felix's pictures :)

lauryn said...

Your tree is filled with so many pretty ornaments and so much joy! You must get so excited every year to open all of those ornaments and hang them on the tree. We're still growing our ornament collection, but it's starting to come along nicely! :)

Happy New Year!

Erin {pughs' news} said...

PS: I love you, too!

Itchin' Stitchin' said...

♥ Your my cozy part of the internet! Your tree is stunning - so glad your dear hubby let you get a white one.

I love that each year I get to look forward to your ornament swap. It has quickly become part of our families tradition this time of year. You are so loved my sweet friend!!

Itchin' Stitchin' said...

Oh! When wrapping up the ornaments this year, Aries told me to wrap the pink ombre ornament with extra tissue, her words exactly "It's super special Mom, it warms my heart" - Thank you for warming her heart!


That is such a beautiful tree -- your whole living room looks lovely in fact! A blessed new year to you and your family :)

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