Sometimes the best things really do come in small packages. A few of my Blogging BFFs and I were talking about our trees and trimmings, etc. and decided that we should share what is special about our trees. What first came to mind is Dixie. Dixie is the mother-in-law of one of my dearest friends in the world. Every year Dixie makes a ton of ornaments for her three daughters and my friend (and maybe others too), to give away to their friends and family. I look forward to seeing her newest creation every year.
Today I’m going to share them with you, because I think generosity like that is pretty special!
Most of them are dated on the bottom, and date back to 1999. Many are made by recycling light bulbs, including this light bulb Santa which is the first ornament I received:
Not all are dated so the rest are in no particular order.
This wine cork ornament is probably my favorite:
Here is one of many light bulb ladies:
Love the boa and detail on the hat. Here is another sans boa:
Dixie lives in a neighboring town that has a rich Peanut Farming history. This ornament is a tribute to that…
Here’s a cute little walnut man with an acorn hat:
Here’s another light bulb lady. I think this one is my favorite…
They are similar, but have their own personalities.
Here’s a dainty beaded angel:
And I believe this angel is made from magnolia pods. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong:
Everyone in town must save her their light bulbs…I think this was the first light bulb lady I received. They’ve become increasingly sassy since then.
Like this year’s ornament a la light bulb…
Loving her boa!
I’m not sure what this little glittery angel is made from, but she is sweet, although she’s lost what she was holding at one time:
And lastly, how about a golden spool?
Loved this one too.
She also made a snowman light bulb ornament that I received I think the year after the Santa. Unfortunately it broke, but I was inspired by it to create my own light bulb snowman:
I made these for all my family members the year my oldest son was born.
I wonder how many others Dixie has inspired to create?
My dear friend who gives me my Dixie ornament every year, made this pretty wine cork ornament:
Maybe she was inspired by Dixie also?
I am missing three that I can count. I’m not sure what happened to them over the years. My tree is definitely NOT lacking ornaments though:
I cram that baby full. I love to bring them back from every trip we take also.
Maybe I shouldn’t have left the back so naked?
My hubby got it taken care of for me though, and it’s good as new…and still packed!
I love it like that. Full of my babies’ creations and memories of years gone by.
How about a shot of my sweet kitty, Holly. She turned 18 this year!
Google+ has an auto awesome feature that turned one of my tree photos into this…
I love the vintage feel!
Dixie’s ornaments are one of the things I most look forward to opening each year. So for me, sometimes the best things do come in small, thoughtful, tissue-wrapped packages.
I hope your Holiday is full of wonderful moments, and don’t snub the small packages!
Check out my blogging friends’ trees too and see what makes them special:
Nancy at Artsy Chicks Rule
Christy at My Southern Home
Shanna at Restoration Redoux
Now I’m going to go enjoy Christmas.
See you in a week or so. 😉
Here are a few more Holiday posts and projects you might enjoy:
If you like what you see, there are several ways to follow along!
I love to share at some of these great parties:
Home Stories A to Z Not Just a Housewife Kammy’s Korner The Happy Housie Design Dining and Diapers Liz Marie Blog Funky Junk Interiors Savvy Southern Style Tatertots and Jello DIY Show Off Redoux Interiors Between Naps on the Porch The DIY Dreamer Oh My Creative Little Miss Celebration Just a Girl and Her Blog Sand and Sisal Interior Frugalista House on the Way Addicted 2 DIY I should be Mopping the Floor Jennifer Rizzo My Repurposed Life Miss Mustard Seed