Sunday, December 5, 2010

Mosaic Monday - Tree Ornaments

Once upon a time there were three lively boys in the house and our Christmas tree was decorated with non-breakable ornaments. When the tree fell to the ground, there would be little damage done to the ornaments.  They are all grown now and I have been decorating the tree with wonderful heirloon decorations from hubbies' grandmother.  But this year there will be a 3 year old visiting
and once again I unpacked the non-breakable ornaments.
 It was a wonderful trip down memory lane.


 I made many of the ornaments using fabric and felt and each year the boys would get a little ornament in their stocking from Santa. After the tree is taken down this year, I will collect their ornaments and gift them to the rightful owner, for their own Christmas tree. If grands are on the horizon, I will start a new collection of non-breakable tree ornaments.

Please drop by Little Red House, visit Mary and the other beautiful mosaics.

~ I wish you Peace and Joy this Holiday Season ~

36 comments:

paula, the quilter said...

What a wonderful tradition. I did something similar because of the boy and dogs and cats. Now, I can put up the heirloom ones, but I really don't even want to erect the tree this year. I'm feeling very bah, humbug.

Marydon said...

Oh, what a sweet write. I love the 'passing along' the treasures that they can share with their family.
You created some really pretty ones for them to cherish.

As have we done this ...

Have a lovely winters eve ~
TTFN ~ Marydon

Piecefulafternoon said...

What a sweet tradition. We too have a tree full of unbreakable ornaments - but our grandson Ben, who is now six, has always been the most careful little boy and when he would see the breakable ones he would touch with his little finger and ohh and ahh - but never once did he break an ormament, and never did the tree fall over. He's never broken a toy, just the most careful little guy and loves to touch pretties, but is so extra careful. We've been very lucky. He has used my Blue Willow Child size tea set since he was 2, pouring carefully - he's such fun.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Love the ornaments and the mosaic too. Yes having had boys myself I know that stuff happens. Stay warm. The ground is covered over here.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I love the way you have chosen to continue the tradition. Your boys will love having their own special keepsake ornaments for their own trees~

The quilts (in the post below) are beautiful. Both posts are lovely ways to continue your own traditions while starting new ones!

Kate said...

I wonder if all of us Moms have two sets of ornaments - one for the rambunctious kiddies and another set that's fragile and ever so special. I know I did that. And, my daughter is an adult, now, though she broke a couple last year so we had a good giggle over that one...

eileeninmd said...

Lovely ornaments and great tradition. Each ornament will have great memories of Christmas past.

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Just lovely...

GrandmaK said...

I like your ornaments. You are so talented. And what a wonderful holiday tradition! Well done! Cathy

EG Wow said...

Hehehe! And the cycle of life continues. :)

Dishesdone said...

Love your tradition! Your mosaic and ornaments are beautiful!

ellen b. said...

It really does bring back memories pulling out the ornaments. Fun mosaic! Blessings...

Pat said...

The ornaments are beautiful and I love the mosaic!

Vee said...

Sweet mosaic and it is funny how the cycle continues. Enjoy your wonderful ornaments. I always say that someday I'll only have the unbreakables on the tree. Perhaps I need more than one tree.

Sue said...

How sweet that you'll be handing off ornaments to your sons. I have never specifically used "unbreakables" for my trees. Our dogs didn't bother the ornaments on the trees and neither did our son. I, on the other hand, have broken a few ornaments when I stepped on them after they fell off the tree while I was decorating them. That is just called being a klutz, I guess! :-) Thanks for stopping by for a visit. ~Sue

Anja said...

What a lovely Christmas tree decoration. I love it also every year to decorate it and want miss it. Very nice mosaic.

My Hesperides Garden said...

I love hearing about other family's Christmas traditions, thank you for sharing. Christina

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Jen
Being able to sew has really enriched your life. I hope your guys will treasure the ornaments when they're passed on.
Judith

Karen said...

How fun... three boys. Me too! 'Course they are all grown now. I bought an ornament for each of the boys every Christmas. When they married they took the ornaments with them. Great idea on the non-breakable kind!
Thanks for the visit to Ladybug Creek.
Karen
Ladybug Creek

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

It's so wonderful to revisit Christmas' past through the ornaments you have made or ones made by your children. Like most, I had that tree for all the years my son was at home, and enjoyed putting them on every year. I've enjoyed doing my tree for several years with Victorian Beaded ornaments...some I made and some collected. Loved your post and mosaic today. Thanks for visiting and Merry Christmas!

Pam said...

What a delightful idea to recycle you belove ornaments when the youngens will be near for the holidays.
They make a lovely mosaic.
be well, be happy,
Pam

Crafty Gardener said...

Lovely collection of ornatments. I gave my girls all their own special ornaments a few years ago and it is so lovely to go to their homes and see them on their trees each year.

Life Images by Jill said...

Thankyou for your lovely post - sometimes handmade ornaments are those that are the most treasured. I still have some that my son (who is 31 now) made when he was a small child. Have a wonderful Christmas in the company of those you love.

Mary Elizabeth said...

Your mosaic is beautiful!
Ornaments hold so many memories.

M.E.

Pondside said...

We are in the same situation - a three year old and a nearly-two-year-old are coming for Christmas, so everything goes up out of reach except for the things that are just for their enjoyment. Isn't it fun!?

Carolina Mountains said...

Wonderful ornaments - I have cats so still no breakables!

Pink Satin Sashes said...

Hey! I was hanging around your site awhile earlier and that is where I saw the mosaic thing...glad you came to visit because I lost you...they are easy peasy aren't they?

Cass @ That Old House said...

Oh I well remember the days of hanging the breakables WAY up high, and using loops of ribbon to hang everything -- those wire ornament hangers were too dangerous for little ones!

Now I'm looking forward to doing that all over again, someday when there are grandkids to visit. Fingers crossed!
Cass

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Pretty mosaic of memories.
I did not have a problem with the kids and ornaments, but did hang unbreakable ones on the lower branches because of cats that liked to swat at them. :D

Francisca said...

What a precious tradition, especially that you handmade the ornaments. A sweet mosaic, too.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Oh how sweet! I should have done this this year. I have the grandsons coming for this weekend...they are 2 and almost 4. I didn't get back out all the non-breakables. I hope we don't end up with a blog post with a picture of a knocked over tree and lots of smashed silver ornaments!

Thanks for your visit today!

LDH said...

Sweet ornaments and even sweeter memories!

Americana Lady said...

Cute idea and awesome ornaments! Memories are the blessings of Christmas...Joan

Mary said...

I love your mosaic and the beautiful ornaments you made. I especially love the quilted one and am so glad you posted it early in December, because I am going to try to make one. ;)
You have a new follower!

-Mary

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Oh, I love walking down "ornament memory lane" too... You have a lovely collection!

bj said...

This is, indeed, a lovely mosaic. Thanks so much for coming by.;)