Wednesday, December 21, 2011

WOYWW #133

Happy Holidays to everyone! I was going to go take a picture of my desk but decided against it today because I have a project on it that I am making as a Christmas gift and since all my kids and family read the blog I don't want to give up the surprise. This year my daughter and I decided that a homemade gift giving was the way to go and unfortunately I procrastinated a little longer then I should have. Anyway in lieu of a desk I will show you some of the other stuff I have been up to this week! If you are new to my blog then you are probably asking yourself what the hell I am talking about. Take at look at Julia's blog Stamping Ground and she will explain it all!

First picture I want to share is a picture of my new Christmas tree this year. I have been decorating a 7-1/2 foot tree for years but this year with health issues etc. I decided to downgrade a bit to a 5 foot tree and fewer ornaments. I have about 400 lights on the tree and I have no idea how many ornaments. All of them (except for a few) are snowmen except for the plain jane red, green, and gold balls!
Don't you just love Snowmen? I have a few in various sizes so I set a few of the stuffed ones about under the tree too! I was asked by my husband to stand by the tree and since he was so nice to take the pictures for me I couldn't refuse!

Not to be outdone the tree topper is also a snowman we have had for umpteen million years. See the pictures of the children toward the lower left of the tree? Those are my no longer babies Heather (32 years old) and Chad (35). I love hanging those each year...memories. Remember that old Barbara Striesand song from the 1970's, The Way We Were?
Light the corners of my mind
Misty watercolor memories
Of the way we were
Scattered pictures
Of the smiles we left behind
Smiles we gave to one another
For the way we were

I just love that song... I guess if you are going to become a blathering sentimental fool this is the time of year to do it!

Not to be forgotten I carried my Snowman theme to outside the house this year too! Here is a full front picture. My daughter came over and climbed the ladder to put the icicle lights on the guttering around the front step and the first tree. I didn't string lights all across the front cause I have a new roof and we didn't want to climb anyway!

I also have been busy baking and making yummy goodies. I have made fruit cakes, fudge, cookies etc. Here is a picture of the chocolate chip cookies I made a couple days ago. One has mint chocolate chips in them and the other has mini M+M's.

One last picture then I am going to find a cup of tea and surf around the web for an hour or so before I go to bed. It is only 2:20am here so I still have plenty of time for a quick look around!

This picture is of my granddaughter Teresa aka big sistah! and Hannah. Aren't they darlings. Teresa gets to go meet the jolly old troublemaker himself today. Can't wait to see those pictures.
Okay as I promised. I am off for a look see! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours!


  1. Lovely post Vickie, gorgeous children, delicious looking cookies, fab decorations and a splendid tree with a lovely lady standing besides it.
    My very best wishes to you and yours for a lovely Christmas. Hugs, Neet #4 xx

  2. My, you HAVE been busy! Love the tree, the cookies & the grandchildren! Have a very Happy Christmas.

  3. So cute girls! Your tree is beautiful, too :)
    We in Finland don´t have Christmas lights like that, although we should have, ´cause it´s so dark here! Especially now, when we have no snow here in southern Finland. Amazing - just now began some small snowflakes falling down... A miracle!
    Have a Wonderful Christmas!
    Tuire xx #52

  4. Ah Vickie thanks so mcuh for popping over and yes i do so love Christmas time and snow men too but bit out of place in Oz!mind you still make the odd card with them on! Love the wee ones with their big eyes and all your cooking too! Happy WOYWW! and thanks for being a blessing to me through 2012.
    All the blessings of the season as we celebrate the birth of the dear Lord Jesus and the greatest gift of all, love Shaz in oz. x #20

  5. That's such a great picture of you and the tree!! It may be smaller this year but it sure packs a punch! I believe in decorating each square centimetre, there is no such thing as too much sparkle :) Your grand daughters are so pretty, hope Hannah enjoyed her visit to Santa!
    Wishing you joy and happiness this Christmas,
    Hugs, LLJ #43 xx

  6. How funny, I don't do snow! mainly cos I have never been in it! Christmas day is usually spent swimming and eating up a storm, not a snow man in sight. I love your 400 plus lights! That is impressive on a 5ft tree!

  7. Beautiful photos and absolutely love the snowman on the tree so different to normal angel or star love it!
    Those girlies are so cute and i bet so excited too.Have wonderful time with your family.
    Have very Merry christmas and please pop by i have candy on offer
    hugs judex 22

  8. Oooh very festive - love all of your snowmen! Have a wonderful Christmas. Sunshine Girl – No 38

  9. Love the tree!!happy woyww and happy Christmas, am sure those
    Title girls will have a fab time!!! Trace x

  10. So much to see, tree, cookies, cakes and your beautiful Grandchildren.
    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.
    Ann B

  11. Oh such a lovely post and I think it's the most festive I've visited today! Well done for really getting into the spirit of the season! I love your tree, the snowmen and the stories too. Thanks for visiting my blog and for your blogging friendship through the year. WOYWW has brought so many of us together this way.
    Happy Christmas from Liverpool, England... with love from me to you, yeah!!!!!
    JoZarty x

  12. I meant to add... T & H are adorable!!
    Jo x

  13. No need for people to wonder what to buy you for Christmas Then!!!! They all look adorable. Lights look fantastic both inside and out.Have a really lovely Christmas and a crafty New Year. Hugs Mrs A.

  14. Such lovely Christmas decorations! Thanks for sharing.

  15. Lovely post Vickie, love the Snowman overload. If you're gonna do it, do it well that's what I say!! I hope you and yours all enjoy a fantastic Christmas, see you on the other side.

    Brenda 71

  16. Your tree looks so cute. I especially love the snowman topper!! Hmm, this gave me an idea. I made some 2 x 2 ornaments for two friends and now I'm thinking I could do a entire snowman line with funky hats!!! Thanks for the inspiration.

    Merry Christmas!!

    WOYWW #82

  17. Great tree - mine looks practically naked in comparison! Mind you having to contend with the 3 year old constantly removing the decorations has been a challenge (and we've done the reverse going from a 4ft to a 7 ft tree), plenty of years to build up the decorations yet though :) I have 3 more cakes to make and some Scotch eggs then it is preparation for our house party a week Friday but I'll worry about that next week! Merry Christmas to you and all yours x

  18. A truly festive post. Love all your piccies.

    Have a great Christmas.


  19. your home is so beautiful, and looks so warm and cozy! merry christmas!

  20. Your home is so festive, and love the collection of fine snowmen, the outside is lovely and inviting, A Merry Christmas x x Hugs May x x x x x x

  21. Mmmmm your homebakes look amazing! Merry Christmas :)

  22. Aw! Those lickle ones are gorgeous!!
    You have a passion for snowmen, me it is trees and reindeer!
    Nice to see a picture of you too!
    Merry Christmas Vickie

  23. Ooooh, your tree is beautiful! And yes, the cake was very yummy. Merry Christmas and thanks for visiting my blog. RosA#2

  24. Just dropping by to greet you and your loved ones a joyful and blessed Christmas season, Vickie! Wow, your Christmas decorations are wonderfully festive! Thanks for sharing your life and projects with us in your blog!
    peggy aplSEEDS

  25. Love all the festive decorating! So joyous and colorful. Yum those cookies look good and your grandchildren are adorable. Enjoy your holidays and thanks for contributing to What's on Tap Tuesday. *smile*

  26. A wonderful tree and scrumptious cookies and such darling little ones!!! Thanks for sharing in such a busy week! Hope you have a very festive and wonderfully merry time - see you in 2012! Sarah at 11.

  27. Sorry I am posting by pasting the same to everyone …I hate to do this but it saves on energy that I lack and time, as I am a slow typer.
    THANK YOU so much for your good wishes …they cheered me up so much. I will up date you all on my health issues after the festive break but at least my balance problems have sorted them selves out and I think I shall be well enough to enjoy the Festive Holiday break. I enjoyed reading your post as I always do.
    All my good wishes to you and your family. xx
    What a beautiful tree ...and all those goodies look wonderful ...and the grandchildren look so angelic .

  28. *****waving at you****i can see you! Whatvagreatpic, and how lovely is your tree! Yu learn somuchaboutpeople at Christmas - you and snowmen, who knew?!! lovely stuff Vickie, and a gorgeous pic of the two girlies, almost makes me yearn to go back! almost!
    Wishing you a loving and restful Christmas, and good health for next year.

  29. Beautiful tree and granddaughters... what a beautiful photo of them... and sooo impressed with your light display outside... never do that because we got hit with a million summer storms at this time of year... wish we could have it look like yours though... thanks so much for your wonderful and thoughtful comments over the last few months... they have been very much appreciated... have a wonderful holiday season...xx

  30. What fantastic pictures!!!!! Love the tree but unfortunately the gorgeous girls take the prize. OMG....they are beautiful! What a great photo! Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas with family and friends and All The Best for a Safe, Happy and Healthy New Year! Thank you for your comments over the last year, I'm so happy you took the time from your busy schedule to visit - Thank You!

  31. Wow! So Christmassy! Gorgeous pictures, Hope you have a wonderful Christmas, Shaz #19

  32. Hello Vickie, just popping in late to say I've really enjoyed visiting your blog, and admiring your handiwork throughout the year. It's been fun getting to know you, virtually that is :) Your tree is fabulous and I particularly like your tree topper. Those cookies look temptingly yummy - I'll be baking tomorrow. Your granddaughters are just gorgeous. Here's wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Elizabeth x #46

  33. Merry Christmas your tree and light show is magnificent I wish i could drive by and honk the Have a Merry Merry Christmas.

    susan s.

  34. Love your tree with all the ornaments and lights, you made me think though, wondering how many ornaments do I have? Never thought to count them! I am in the middle of a baking frenzy here, but I love the picture of your cookies, yummy! The picture of your grand daughters is just plain adorable!! Thanks ever so much for visiting my blog! Merry Christmas from North Carolina!

  35. Great photo of you and your beautiful tree! love all your snowmen! have a great Christmas x


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