Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Snapshots From Christmas Past and a Free Download

For the past few years we haven't bothered to put up a tree. I am typically out of town for several weeks before Christmas and after Christmas we head to Little Gasparilla Island to ring in the New Year. 
All in all, it makes no sense to put up a tree for the two days that I could enjoy it. Also, if you have ever been here when I put up the tree, you know that it takes the whole evening. Not because the tree is so large or because we have so much to put on it, but because I have a story for EVERY SINGLE ORNAMENT that goes on the tree. I love this about both me, and the tree. It's a little bit like sitting through a slide show (for those of you who remember what that is). 

While I can't remember what I had for lunch, I can remember where almost every ornament and bauble on the tree came from.

For fun, I thought I would share a few of my most favorites and the story that goes with it. Oh and if you sign up for my newsletter, you get a free ornament download. It appeared in Family Circle Magazine back in the 1960's and I happened to find it in an old scrapbook that I bought.

Ok, here we go.......The upper left angel was made by me when I was a Brownie. My mom and our neighbor Jewell were the troop leaders. Jewell's daughter, Denise was my first best friend. 
The string angel was made by my grandmothers best friend, Dori Simmons, who I adored. Dori made us something every year for Christmas. When she died, my grandmother gave me all of her old ornaments while saying something like "I was going to throw these out but thought you might want them". My grandmother didn't care for old things and could never figure out why I did. I think, secretly, she was glad this once that I loved vintage things as I am sure it would have killed her to throw out Dori's ornaments. 
The glass ornament bears Dori's name. She made one for herself and one for her husband Jim. Jim ended up leaving her for a younger woman but she still had the ornament and I would put it on the tree alongside hers. 

The Gingerbread girl is store bought and was given to me by my mother. I can still remember how excited I was when I opened it. It is one of my most treasured possessions and I wire it to the tree to the point that it could withstand a hurricane. What makes it even more special is that I got the pink one and my younger sister got the blue one. When we received similar gifts there was always an issue over who got the more desired color. She usually did, but this time I was the victor. I am sure that every year when she unpacks the blue one it still stings a little.

We had two trees when I was a kid. The one in the "forbidden" living room and one in the family room. This one was referred to as the "kid's tree" and was one of those pink tinsel jobs. I think the "kids tree" was put up to keep us out of the living room. It was just my sister and I and I can't imagine what they thought we were going to do to the living room but that's how it was then. Anyway....the little red Santa's were the only ornaments we had on that tree and there were dozens of them. My mother would also string lights on the tree which you weren't supposed to do back then. Every now and then you would get a shock if you touched the tree and there happened to be a problem with the lights. 
The baby in the cradle was my first ornament and I believe it was made by Dori. 

Are you starting to understand why it takes so long to put up our tree?

The stocking and guest towels were made by my mother. My sister has the same stocking but with the snowman image. I am assuming that my mother made these while pregnant with my sister because if you look closely at my sisters stocking you can see where there was a question mark embroidered where the name would later be. She and I used to point that out to all who would listen.

These are the ornaments that my mother made for the tree one year. I posted them on my Instagram page yesterday but just had to include them here. I am so happy that I still have them. I was thrilled to find the original magazine article from Family Circle Magazine.
It's fun to see how my mom interpreted the original patterns and colors.
These are also your free download.

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share my memories of Christmas past. Please share your favorite Holiday memories in the comment section.
Whatever you celebrate I hope it is filled with love, happiness and that you make some wonderful memories!

Your download
While I realize that it's a little late to be making Christmas ornaments I think these would be really cute for Spring. Once you sign up you will receive a conformation email with a link to the download. It is a three page pdf and includes the directions and patterns and two pages of photos. 
The patterns are meant to be transferred to graph paper but you can simply enlarge the page to whatever size you want.
If you have a problem just email me and I will send you the pdf via email.


  1. Hi! I’ve been searching for this felt bird pattern everywhere! If I sign up for your newsletter would you still be able to offer it for download? Thanks!

  2. Hi Leah, I sent you an email this morning with the pattern included. If you don’t receive it, please let me know. Thanks, Paula