The front porch has been decorated for Christmas!
Here you see our wreath on our front door. This wreath is one that I've had for several years, but I reworked it for this year.
I had yanked off some poinsettias and pine cones from the wreath but left on these berries and gold leaves.
I had already painted and decoupaged some scrapbook paper onto this wooden initial that I used on the fall wreath.
I knew that I wanted some plaid ribbon for the wreath, and I had been looking for some for weeks. I finally found it at J C Penney's, and it was on sale for half price. Yay!
I decided to add this bell that a friend of mine gave me several years ago.
I added some artificial holly leaves that my sister-in-law passed on to me. They go perfectly with the scrapbook paper on the initial. So here's the 2011 wreath.
And the front porch tree is up and decorated!
Now that is no small feat. I have been working on some ornaments for this tree for the past several weeks. And last night we had some high winds which blew the tree over. Luckily, I had not put any ornaments on it yet because I did not finish them until today.
I decided to make an ornament with everyone's picture who is coming to the Crossroads Christmas Eve. We have a big family gathering that is always a lot of fun and special to each of us. So everyone can take home his or her photo as a memento of this year's Christmas at the Crossroads.
I made the ornaments by gluing some scrapbook paper to balsa wood rectangles and then decoupaging the photos onto them. I also glued some of the scrapbook paper to some small wooden ornaments that I already had. Last year's little burlap stockings are making a reappearance on the tree.
I did add 4 of these little birdhouse ornaments that I found at Walmart for $1.99 each. I bought all they had left.
Here is Leo's ornament. I'm going to show a lot more photos of the tree so family members can see their ornaments.
The dancing frogs on the porch are ready for Christmas!
And I did get those red balls in the urns at the entrance to the front porch.
I haven't shown you our tree inside the house yet, but I will soon. I hope all your decorating is about finished like mine. I'm ready to start thinking about food and baking.
The Christmas tree with all the photos will be a big hit. Great idea and very creative. I really enjoy seeing what you will come up with each time you blog. Jean
Everything is so festive. The tree on the porch is so pretty and I love the handmade family ornaments. Great feature is that when everyone takes their ornament the tree will be almost cleared. Smart Girl.
Merry Christmas, Ginger
I love your Christmas decorations, especially your family ornaments on the tree! Your home looks so inviting! 🙂
Love your family photo Christmas tree !
Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions
Beautiful tree, Jane! I love the idea of using pictures as ornaments!
Your wreath makeover turned out sweet. Love the decoupage letter. And your Christmas tree with family ornaments is such a great idea. Everything looks so very festive and pretty. Thank you for sharing and thank you so much for stopping by for a visit. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
Hugs and Kisses,
Ohhh...Christmas is sooo pretty at your place, my friend! I love your re-worked wreath. It looks perfect on that pretty red door! I especially like the Christmas decoupaged letter that you added to the wreath! And...your family Christmas tree is lovely! I really like how you personalized the tree with family photos! That's a great idea!
Thank you for sharing your beautiful Christmas with us today! I'm so glad that you stopped by my place for a visit! Your sweet note just made my day, dear lady!
Warmest Christmas Wishes!
Sencillamente maravilloso el árbol, con tus seres queridos. Me gusta. Saludos
Love it all!!!
Everything's beautiful, Jane! Everybody must surely look forward to Christmas Eve at the Crossroads.....I can't wait to read your cooking and baking posts and see what you all end up having. (besides fun!)
Oh, the porch looks fantastic. I really like you personalized tree, the photo ornaments was a great idea. I know what ya mean about the tree tipping over, the wind keeps blowing mine over also. The wreath turned out great and the ribbon is the best, I love plaid also. I didn't even know pennys sold ribbon. Great decorated space")
Love your tree! Can't wait to see the inside tree!
Not finished here, just not enough hours in the day lately.
I love your wreath! And your tree! It's so cute with everyone's pictures. What a creative way to decorate it.
This is my first time here and I found your beautiful blog through Kitty's blog!Your Christmas decorations look amazingly beautiful and this is just the right place to look for decorating ideas-thanks so much for the details:)The Christmas tree looks like a lively family collage-I'm sure everyone will be so happy and pleased!I'm your newest follower and would be on the lookout for more such lovely posts.
Your porch is beautiful and I love your tree full of photographs...great idea and so creative!!!
Your wreath is so sweet, love the paper you picked for your W, such a perfect match for your "plucked" wreath. I LOVE your tree, so personal. Hopefully no more high winds! Thank you so much for following my blog. I want to follow you, too! Heading to browse some more!
Great tree.. Merry Christmas
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Sorry that your tree went in the wind, but still looks great...love the photo ornaments:)
Jane, as I scrolled down, I kept thinking oh I love this...this...this. Love everything! The photo tree and frogs are my favorites!
What a wonderful tree. What a great idea to do pictures for everyone. I love that. Love how you did the picture ornaments too. It is wonderful. Great post.
Love the tree and your beautiful welcoming wreath! Thank you for linking to the Christmas Tree Party at 2805!
Your dancing frogs made me giggle. They are so fun. Your wreath is so pretty and I love that you put the people who matter most on your tree...helps us to remember what is really important about this Christmas season...
Merry Christmas! Thank you for stopping by! Kristine
Your tree is amazing...the pictures are such a great idea! I really like your wreath, too. You're very creative, Jane!
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Love your wreath! The "w" is great! Thanks for sharing.