Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Ornaments

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I'm getting a ton of emails asking how I hung my plates on my dining room tree so I'll answer that here because I know for every email I get there are a probably a lot of you that want to know but don't want to ask. To hang the plates, first put a wire plate hanger on the plate. It's the type of hanger you would use to hang a plate on the wall. You can buy these at most hardware or craft stores. I buy mine at Michaels. Then just tie the plate hanger to the tree branch, or you can wire it on with a twisty. That's it! It works better on artificial trees because the branches are usually stronger.

I thought I would show you some closeups of some of my ornaments that I've collected over the years...



I bought the one above when I was pregnant with Lauren...I knew I was having a girl obviously! It's one of my favorites!








These next two were my very first ornaments I bought. I was about 17 years old and I went to Sax Fifth Avenue with my mom. It was the day after Christmas and these were half off. Boy...that was a looooong time ago!



You may recognize this (a gift from Becca)...



I love ornaments and I try to buy a few new ones every year. I also give my kids an ornament every year as one of their Christmas gifts.
Thanks to all of you who went over to RMS to rate my dining room tree! I really appreciate it!

61 comments:

Arleen said...

Wow, Cindy ~ your ornaments are just beautiful. And your photography and cropping are perfect.

Thanks so very much for giving us a close look at so many of them! You've inspired me to do the same on my blog!

~Arleen

just a little bit shabby said...

Cindy,
Beautiful! Each one has it's own elegance. The memories are just a beautiful as the object it's self.
I don't decorate until after Jennifer's birthday which is this Friday the 5th.
Sandyt

Lori said...

Hi Cindy - Your ornaments are precious. No wonder your tree is so gorgeous!

Lori

Pink Slippers said...

We do the same here...buy everyone an ornament as a gift. It is really a fun thing to do. I figure if we have six children and in the next 10 years I should have a tree with no branches showing. :)
Wendy
Your ornaments are beautiful. I love the one you bought when you were pregnant.

Pug1 said...

Hi Cindy, I like the the cupcake and the angel playingthe violin the best! CHEERS! Michele

Judy B said...

Just absolutely beautiful!!! Loved the pictures. I am going to follow suit and put some of my favourite ornaments on my blog as well!!!
Thanks for the wonderful idea!!

Gina @ Six in the Country said...

The simplicity of that ribbon tied to the tea pot to hang it just sings to me. I love small touches that make something so very sweet.

desiree@lookiloos.com said...

Love the ornaments Cindy. They look great. I love collecting ornaments as well. My Grandmother started me on a collection when I was 6. I love looking st them and remembering.

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi Cindy,
I really enjoyed looking at your ornaments. They are really beautiful and they each no doubt have a story behind them. I am putting pictures of my favourite ornaments on my blog too in a couple of days time. Thanks for sharing yours. Have a lovely day.

Blessings,
Sandi

Terri and Bob said...

Lovely! I think your photography is fabulous. What do you use?

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Your ornaments are beautiful. Thank you for sharing them with us. I have taken pictures of some of my ornaments to post on my blog, but most are so dark. I may play around with the settings and try again before posting any. Yours pictures are very pretty and clear.

Villa Luftslottet said...

What a beautiful blog you`ve got!!! :)Stunning ornaments and christmas inspiration thar goes over the top...I`m speachless!!
Just LOVELY:D
Nina

Jan and Tom's Place said...

Your ornaments are gorgeous, Cindy!! I especially like the cupcake and the tree with roses!!

~Blessings,
Jan

Bo said...

Oh thank you Cindy for telling how to do the plates...well, now that I know...duh, I should have figured that out...LOL I think I have that same tree you're using & was considering cutting down the trunk...but not now! I keep running over to RMS because I want this tree on the front page where it belongs! ;-) Bo

Linda's Blue Gate said...

Just beautiful..... and nary a red one in sight.....psss.... I copied you.... nothing new there I copy you often.....
HUgs
Linda

Wagonwife Designs said...

They are really beautiful and the photos are stunning.
The little pinecone and snow is just like my Grandmother's. I now own them and treasure each one.
It is so funny how each one evoke's a memory when they are unpacked.
Thanks for sharing.
Debra

Bella Casa said...

So pretty, Merry Christmas to you Cindy!

Bella

ღMarianneღ said...

Hello to you Cindy!
I just have to say that I LOVE you`re blog!! I visit you`re site every day, and love all the inspiration you give me :) You have a lovely home!
I wish you and you`re family a blessing christmas holiday <3
Lots of husgs from Marianne in Norway

Angela said...

Aaawww...We have the same taste in ornaments! I love them so much to, it can be addicting.

I really like the baby ornament, I've never seen one like that before, and also the little person with the violin, that's adorable.

Have a good afternoon,
Angela

Carolyn said...

Hi Cindy,
You have a beautiful collection of Christmas ornaments.

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Beautiful Cindy! I really love the dining room tree too. I'm doing one too, but I bought a bunch of little Spode china ornaments at after Christmas sales last year that I'm using. But I'll fill in with your idea if I don't have enough. Thanks for explaining how you hung the plates!

Manuela

Millie said...

Wow, so pretty! I love seeing them close-up, thanks.

Cali Girl said...

georgeous ornaments. seriosuly!

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Lovely ornaments, Cindy. I have that same teapot one and I was thrilled to see it as I've had that one for a while. That little Christmas tree is darling too. Gosh, I haven't thought of Saks Fifth Avenue for ages. My mom used to take us there for our Christmas clothes. I'm off to look at your tree!
xo~Tracie

Denise said...

WOW.....love all your ornies........they are great. Gorgeous pictures..

joanie said...

Hi, Cindy. Your ornaments and trees are beautiful. Especially the little blue/white china tree-- it blew me away! You are an inspiration to those of us who are "decoratively challenged."

Joanie

JudyBug said...

Love all the ornaments. My favorite would be the green tree with the pink rosebuds. I would love a dozen of those! ;-D

Jean said...

Cindy, I wish you could see how far my jaw fell when I saw your beautiful tree with the blue and white dishes. It is perhaps the most beautiful tree of all times.Thank you for sharing and brightening my day.
Jean in Virginia

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Your tree and ornaments are beautiful! Now, you know I am one of those people who fill my house with RED too :-). But I love the serene look of blues, whites and greys....

Your plate tree is just adorable!

KD said...

Hi Cindy I am new to your blog and new to blogging in general. I viewed your plate tree on RMS and as a plate lover myself was instantly smitten! I just started my own blog yesterday and am excited to get to know the blogging world. Love yours!

www.southernwhimsy.blogspot.com

Tanya said...

What a beautiful, festive post! I love your ornaments :)

An Accomplished Woman said...

That a beautiful home you have and your ornaments are very pretty.

Thanks for sharing.

Karen Deborah said...

so pretty and love the bird nest and the old santa , and the...and the.... isn't this fun?

Jojo said...

Thank you for sharing detailed photos of your ornaments! It's lovely to see the tree but it's even more fun to see all of the beautiful ornaments on your tree. As I scrolled down the blog page in my head I was thinking "that's my favorite, no that one, no the pink one, etc." The conclusion - I loved them all!

Lee Laurie said...

Cindy, Your ornaments are so beautiful! My favorites are the one you bought while you were expecting Lauren and the Christmas tree with the pink roses on it. Thanks for sharing them with us!
Hugs,
Lee Laurie

Mary said...

I give my kids an ornament every year, too! Your ornaments are so precious. I love the blue and white Santa, and the bird's nest. I'm slowly starting to get my decorations out. Maybe I'll post something later in the week...
xoxo,
Mary

Lady Katherine said...

love all your ornaments, Thanks for the dish hanging tip. I may try it when my one year grand is older! I got to register at RMS, I did go and see the tree! Your award should be Best Tree of the Year.

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

Those are beautiful!

I could curl up by your tree with a cup of tea and and just stare at it to unwind.

Shelia said...

Beautiful, Cindy.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia;)

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello Cindy!

I am so inspired by you, as I see thousands are! LOL! Your hutch looks so much like mine and I have wanted to paint it white for sometime now. (Ijust wrote about it on my blog). Anyhoo, I was going to ask you how you paint your furniture and found it on your sidebar! THANK YOU so much! I may have a new hutch, table & chairs right after the holidays! Love your latest post! Beautiful ornaments!

Hugs,
Maryjane

Rosemary said...

Wow Cindy,
Love your decorations, really pretty.
My favorite is your dining room tree. It does look really great with the plates.
Great job!
Rosemary

Woman in red said...

So pretty.

If the red ornaments look antything like these then I think perhaps you should give them away... and I um, think that maybe I uh, should get first pick for recommending it??? :)

i cant sew said...

i cant wait until there are no more clumsy fingers in my house so that i can have glass ornaments again!! my greates memory from childhood were the glass bird ornaments with glittery feathered wings. i loved to lie under our tree and look up at the lights. thank you you are inspirational. xxrosey

Anecia said...

Cindy, if you saw this gorgeous home decorated with red you might have a change of heart. Take a look at her homey kitchen. It's to die for!

http://warmpiehappyhome.blogspot.com/

Lynne said...

Cindy, your ornaments are incredible. What a wonderful gift to give your children.
hugs ~lynne~

Essemia said...

A lovely Christmas tree and so beautiful ornaments. Just loved the birdnest.
Hope you have a nice day.
Love Elzie

Suzy said...

Oh Cindy I find your tree is magnificent. Your ornaments are just the cutest one that I have ever seen. So adorable, I fell in love with your tea pot ornament.
I love the idea of not having any red ornaments in your decoration. It looks so great.
Few years ago I bought a nice huge Christmas tree and some blue ornaments and my idea was to change it every year. I am still with the blue ones. But then blue is such a nice color.

Enjoy the season and your trees. Love, Suzy

sologbolig said...

I enjoyed looking at your ornaments. They are so lovely and beautiful. Have a nice day !

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

Oh I have enjoyed oogling over your ornaments. Perfect and beautiful and oh so you. My poor tree is decorated at the height of my tall 7-year old. There is even a very large construction paper painting on it. If nothing else, an interesting view. LOL.

Jen r. said...

I love your ornaments! They are so pretty!

Nothwoods_hippie said...

"Oh Cindy, Oh Cindy"....

Gosh, I think some of these bloggers are having and ornament'asm!

Joy at Cupids Charm said...

Hi Cindy! Your ornaments are beautiful and you did a great job with the photography too! ~xo Joy

Melissa Lester said...

I love seeing people's Christmas trees and favorite ornaments. Of course, yours are lovely as can be. I adore your dining room tree! I have been taking pictures of my sitting room tree, which is very feminine. I tuck teacups and saucers into the branches, along with dolls and other pretties. But I had never thought of filling a tree with plates as well. It is just gorgeous! And BTW, my sitting room tree is mostly pink!

Tracey McBride said...

Hi Cindy! Thank you again for allowing me to post your blue and white china tree pictures on our blog...you are very much a kindred spirit! I just love your style and the continuity you preserve in your decorating. That's a true gift...one I always struggle with (probably because I like EVERYTHING). Your decor and color combinations are warm, generous and soothing to view--a true reflection of your personality. Thanks again for everything.
Warmly,
Traceyxo

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

I love seeing my birdie cone adorning your beautiful tree!
:)
~Becca~

marty39 said...

I always enjoy visiting to see what new you've come up with. Such a joy and you never disappoint. Marty

ann said...

Apparently I didn't stroll down enough.I missed these.You have awesome ornaments,Just lovely.I'm gla I cheered you up...Ann

Valued Embellishments said...

Hello cindy,

I was just wondering where you got your birds nest? They look lovely.
Cheers

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I love the gold oval angel with violin. Very unusual and pretty.

CottageHeart said...

Cindy, I love that hummingbird. I'd love to have a hummingbird tree. Wouldn't it be pretty with flowers and birds?

You're creating a beautiful home there.

Bettsi said...

What beautiful ornaments! I was hoping to get to decorating this weekend, but I have a new job and this was my first weekend there. I sure enjoyed your decorations!