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Friday, December 20, 2013

CHRISTMAS TREE CLOSEUPS 2013


I thought it would be fun to show the tree really close up...sometime it's hard to see all the pretty ornaments from a distance,....

This is my newest ornament from my friend Teryl.  She knows how I love chickens and roosters.  Isn't Henny Penny beautiful.. I just love her.


Packages all wrapped for my granddaughter and son.  I had to put them up on the bench because Waldo chewed the end off of one of them, didn't hurt the gift but I have to rewrap.



More ornaments - do you see the little gold baby - such a sweet face.



See the beautiful candle stick and red wine glasses on the coffee table -   Phyllis from Around the House and I had our little gift exchange yesterday and that was her gift to me - they are simply beautiful.  We had a grand time talking and munching  on a few goodies.  Of course we had some delicious wine too - it was very festive and such fun.



Here is a better picture of the candle stick and wine glasses


Posted by PicasaSo there you have a few pictures of the ornaments on my tree - see the birds nest with eggs.

Today it's baking and finishing up Christmas cards, then Saturday packing the car and Sunday I'm on my way to San Jose, just like the song....

So my dear blogging friends, I wish for you a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR.
I have enjoyed this past year blogging with you and look forward to 2014.

Mary

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51 comments:

  1. Beautiful, Mary. Your ornaments and that ribbon on your tree are so sparkly. They light up the tree as much as the lights. I would have loved to have been with you and Phyllis for your gift exchange. I know you girls had fun. What pretty wine glasses and candlestick. I love the toile upholstery on your bench. Merry Christmas to you and yours. laurie

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  2. Thanks Laurie, yes we did have fun. Even though we talk to each other almost every other day we don't see one another. So it was wonderful to sit down and chat away, have some munchies and a great glass of wine. Phyl and I have been friends almost 45 years and she is like a sister to me. She is the one who got me interested in blogging which helped me so much. It gave me a purpose and I must admit I have met some wonderful people thru blogging. You know you are welcome anytime to my house - the door is always open.
    Wishing you and your a wonderful blessed Christmas.
    Mary

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  3. Mary,
    Your Christmas tree is simply beautiful. I love all the RED décor around your house I just gotta have my RED at Christmas time. I really like the candlestick holder and red wine glasses that Phyllis gave you. Everything looks so festive and nice. I'm glad you showed us close ups of your ornaments, as it's hard to see all the lovely ornaments from far away. I always have a smile on my face whenever reading one of your posts.

    Merry Christmas to you, dear Mary, and I hope you are filled with love and peace on this special day. Enjoy your son and Granddaughter!

    Love,
    ~Sheri

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    1. Thanks you so much Sheri for you lovely comments. Yes, I am so looking forward to seeing my son and granddaughter.
      I wish you and your family a very Blessed Christmas.
      Mary

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  4. Everything is just beautiful. It is too bad you will not be home to enjoy your decor, but being with your son and granddaughter will be wonderful.

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    1. I'll only be gone until the 26th and will leave everything up until after January 1st. After all that work I;m in no hurry to take it down.
      Mary

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  5. Very pretty ornaments, Mary, all with special meaning, I'm sure. How lovely that you will be spending Christmas with your family! Enjoy your time away from home and looking forward to hearing all about your visit!

    Merry Christmas and all the very best in the new year!

    Poppy

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    1. Thanks Poppy, I'm so looking forward to seeing my granddaughter. Kelly is 11 years old and growing up so fast. Haven't seen her since August. I'm driving up so it should be an adventure. I'll probably look like the Beverly Hills Hillbillies with all the stuff I am taking up. LOL.
      You have a wonderful Christmas also.
      Mary

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  6. Hi Mary, So nice to meet you and now I get to visit your beactiful blog and meet your adorable dogs. I see we both like red and bright happy colors and love our gardens and dogs.
    Wishing you and your family a Blessed Christmas,
    Erin

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    1. Thanks so much Erin. I look forward to visiting you blogs which I will get done after the holidays. Wishing you a Blessed Christmas.
      Mary

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  7. Hi Mary! I love that hen ornie! Love your pretty candlestick Phyllis gave you. Wish I could have sat with you two gals! :) Your tree is so pretty and I wish you a safe and blessed Christmas.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  8. Phyl and I had a great time - we talked for about 5 hours LOL. Ate some munchies and had a glass of wine. Lots and lots of fun.
    Wish you a wonderful Christmas also.
    Mary

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  9. My Granddaughter lives in Redwood city now. I lived in Redwood city when I first married Pat and I loved it. I loved San Francisco too. What a great and adventurous city it is. I had the greatest time there..saw a few famous people..Marilyn Monroe for one. :) Enjoy yourself...and Merry Christmas, my friend!
    Mona

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    1. I'm off to San Jose on Sunday to spend time with my son and granddaughter. I love SFO also, hopefully my son will take me into the city. So glad you like my ornaments.
      Merry Christmas.
      Mary

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  10. Hi Mary, your tree and ornaments are so sparkly. Love it and you have some darling treasures. Love the red wine glasses and candlestick from your gift exchange with Phyllis. Sounds like you girls had a grand time.
    Safe travels to San Jose and wishing you a very Merry Christmas and all the best in 2014. It has been a joy blogging with you this year too.
    Big hugs, Celeste

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    1. Thanks so much. I have really enjoyed your posts and meeting you.
      Have a marvelous Christmas and maybe I'll have some great adventure to post about when I get home.
      Hugs
      Mary

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  11. Your tree is so pretty, Mary! I love your bird's nest ornament! And the gift of wine glasses and candlesticks was so thoughtful! They are gorgeous! I had to laugh when you mentioned Waldo chewed a corner of a gift box! I still haven't put any wrapped packages (or tree skirt!) under our tree, I think the temptation would just be too great for little Katie! Have a wonderful Christmas, and a safe drive tomorrow!!

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    1. Thanks so much Donna. I'll drive safe - decided not to leave until Sunday and hopefully there won't be as much traffic. I was really surprise that Waldo did that LOL. Give Katie hugs... she is such a cutie.
      Merry Christmas
      Mary

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  12. Beautiful tree..love the close ups!…Merry Christmas and safe travels..!!!…Looking forward to enjoying your posts in 2014!!

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    1. I look forward to your posts also and I am really getting excited to see my Kelly. I've only seen her for 24 hours in August. Have tons of fun with your precious little one..
      Have a blessed Christmas.
      Mary

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  13. Mary, I love your tree! I bought a little chicken ornament last year in Hawaii. We were on the island of Kauai and chickens were running wild everywhere. Every time I look at it I see those crazy chickens. lol! What a sweet gift from Phyllis. How fun that you two can get together! Have a safe a blessed Christmas! And thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thanks so much Jann. Isn't funny how we treasure those beautiful ornaments and know who gave us each one or where we got them at.
      It's been a pleasure meeting you and being on your blog. Wishing you a very blessed Christmas.
      Mary

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  14. Thanks for finding me this year, Mary. I am blessed because of it! I love coming here to visit you and look forward to your visits, too. Merry Christmas and God bless- Hope you travel safely- xo Diana

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    1. you found me Diana - you were my first person to comment on my post. You are very special to me Diana and I love all your stories about your wonderful family. I too, look forward to your posts.
      Have a Very Blessed Christmas. I am so happy that the sweet little boy is doing so well.
      God bless you and yours.
      Mary

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  15. Mary,
    Everything looks beautiful. The tree is gorgeous. Safe travels my friend and Merry Christmas.
    Kris

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  16. Thanks Kris - wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas.
    Mary

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  17. Oooooh! Pretty! I love close up pictures of Christmas trees, and I love how yours so perfectly matches the room. Have the best of Christmases this year.

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  18. Those candlesticks are gorgeous and go so well with your decor! Merry Christmas :)
    Susan

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    1. I love them and was so happy to get that lovely gift. Now I have to get a beautiful candle to go in it. Don't know what color to get, what do think about silver? The wine glasses that match are stunning.
      Have a get Christmas.
      Mary

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  19. Hi Mary! Can you believe the year is almost over? I'm looking forward to blogging with you in the new year. Happy New Year a tad in advance.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  20. Hi Mary, Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year. So enjoyed getting to know you more this past year and look forward to more blogging fun in 2014.
    Hugs

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  21. Happy New Year, Mary! My wish for you is peace and joy. Thank you for your friendship. I look forward to seeing more of your sweet posts.

    Love,
    ~Sheri

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  22. Mary, thank you for your kind visit to my blog. Dillon Cooper's Christmas was wonderful. Of course, like all children, he loved the boxes and the wrapping paper the best! Well, almost. He did get one of those cars with the handle for someone to push him (like a stroller car). He sat in it most of Christmas day, and if someone didn't push him, we heard about it! As long as he was being pushed, he was grinning ear-to-ear and babbling to all who would listen. He is such a blessing to our family, and I appreciate you asking about him. He will be having out-patient surgery the end of Jan. to remove about 30 hemangiomas. Most will be removed by laser, but at least one (on his face) will require surgical removal. Because his lungs were damaged by the oxygen he was on for four months, anesthesia is always scary, but he's already had 2 surgeries and has done great. He's an amazing little fighter. Wishing you a very happy new year! laurie

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  23. What a lovely tree...your close-up photos were wonderful in their detail & gorgeous colors!
    I hope you have a safe trip to San Jose...never been there.
    Wishing you a happy & HEALTHY 2014!!

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  24. Your red couches are such a bonus for the holidays..
    Lots of love and care went into that tree..
    All the very best..our tree is up too:-)

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  25. Hi Mary! Hope you had a nice weekend and thank you for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  26. I had an aunt and uncle that lived in San Jose back in the 50's. I rode the train from Texas to see them a couple summers...my cousin and I had so much fun together. Love San Jose...
    Love your RED sofa, too.....:))

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  27. One of the most beautiful christmas ornaments I've ever seen !

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  28. Great decorations! Since my girls were little my husband buys each of them a small tree decoration. This yr (since they are grown) he told them it was the last one. LOL they screeched noooo. I guess they never grow up.

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  29. Hello, and thanks so much for visiting me and your sweet comments about my calendar - turned - gift tags. I love all your Christmas decor and your red sofa. I used to have a red sofa that had a large floral print, I never really missed until now, seeing yours! Red is my favorite color, you see. Happy New Year to you, following you on GFC! -Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

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  30. Mary, to answer your question.......It is the Culver Hotel, and it is in Culver City. Isn't it delightful? We had such a fun time looking all around. The bathrooms are so charming and very clean too. Thank you for asking. I hope the new year is being good to you.

    Love,
    ~Sheri

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  31. Mary, I am so glad you had a festive gift exchange with a fellow blogger. I am jealous. Your house certainly was a pretty venue for your get together. Love your tree. I bought a birdsnest ornament after Christmas. Hope it is warm at your house. We are having another little cold spell.Last year I never wore my big coat or winter pajamas. Pulling all the warm clothes out this year.

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  32. Hope you had a fantastic holiday - the close-up view of the ornaments was a great idea - they are beautiful!

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  33. Hi,
    I hope your Christmas was fabulous! The girls are doing great they'll be 3 in March... the boys are quieter and a couple are getting to be quiet old men.... I had a dog named Frank, he hated the rain (such a bad plan in Seattle) when I potty trained him as a pup I would stand outside with an umbrella he would stand on my feet... he was a complete brat :-)
    Have a Great Week...
    Hugs,
    Bella

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  34. Hi Mary and it's so good to hear from you! Thanks for popping in to see my little Kiki. She is a full RV with a little kitchen, bathroom and bed. You can scroll down and in my first post I show the interior. I don't have too many posts up yet! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  35. Beautiful ! :) I am over here looking for your hummingbirds :) )

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  36. Hi Mary, thank you so much for you kind comment and visit. I accidently deleted my comments in my inbox so coming here to reply.
    Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy your warm weather. It is freezing here in Texas this morning but due to be in the 60's tomorrow. Our temps are all over the place.
    Hugs

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  37. Thanks, Mary! I'm waiting to see more of your pretty house! ;)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia;)

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