Thursday, December 2, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree......and Enjoying the Season

I have had so much fun decorating my feather tree this week. In the past I have adorned it very methodically, choosing very specific ornaments. For you antique and vintage Christmas ornament collectors, you will know what 
I mean -just spun cotton fruits,  or just glass sugared fruits, just old Santa scrap, and one year, just red, silver and blue glass bead garlands and ornaments for a patriotic tree......


However, I always love those trees I see just dripping in ornaments of every kind. So I began to hang randomly and tried for the gobs of ornaments, the dripping in ornaments look, and I can't seem to get there. Here I was thinking I had to stop collecting old ornaments, and now I think I need more. Hmmm...always another good reason to go antiquing!

Still, I love my tree and all the ornaments collected over the years. Here are a few closer shots of some of my favorites.....

So there you have it - my feather tree and the beginning of Christmas decorating at Hill Country House.

Moving on with enjoying the season.......
some days I think I should post.....about something, anything. After all, I started a blog, right?

I am a blogger.

Are there rules for blogging?

Wonder who the blog rule makers are?

There is so much beauty to share and our town is especially charming this time of year.

I find myself thinking "I SHOULD" instead of " I WANT" to take photos and post about goings on about town.....and then I remember why I started this blog. I started it for fun and inspiration and connecting with others of like interests. 

Not to add more "shoulds" to my life.

Call me a party pooper , but the spirit just isn't moving me to work on my blog much right now.

Instead,  I am giving myself permission this month to
 do lots of this........

and really enjoy my time with

  this girl/young woman.......when she comes home for Christmas break,

(the life of the party, along with her sister)

........and instead of nagging about homework and how she needs to do her laundry and clean up her room......enjoy spending more fun time with

Photo by Brogan Nicole Jackson

 this little stinker/girl.......

 and try to understand,

love well,



this workaholic/love of my life.

So, Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all , and to all a good bye good night!!!


  1. The tree is charming!
    I wish you a wonderful month off! You enjoy and love that sweet family of yours!
    happy holidays Ann!

    p.s. oh, and to answer your questiion--" I "make all the bloggy rules!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

  2. happy holidays to you and your lovely family! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. Just wanted to tell you hw much i enjoyed reading your blog. Loved the tree with the vintage ornaments. judy Dallas Texas area

  4. your girls are sooo cute and hubby is smexy!!! love those glasses!!!!!

  5. Ann- ENJOY the season and time with your family. I am going to take some time off from the computer too!

  6. your tree is precious! and can't we always justify a shopping trip! merry christmas to you and your sweet family! i hope the holidays are everything you want them to be and a little more than you could imagine!

  7. Beautiful tree! I love the two little reindeer on the floor by the tree. How special! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  8. Ann,
    Your tree is so the ornaments and you have those cute reindeer I saw at RED!!
    Your family is adorable...wishing you and yours a beautiful holiday season!

  9. You got it right!!!
    Beautiful family

  10. Great post. I felt the love and I wish you and your sweet family a great Christmas!
    Love, Nella

  11. Your sweetest blog ever!!!!!

  12. So fun to see your cute tree and even cuter family.
    Mary Ann

  13. Love the festive!! You definitely need to spend that special time with your family. I'll be doing the same when mine is together...enjoy!!

  14. Your tree really excites the senses. Love the colors, textures, shapes...Love it, Ann! And what a beautiful family. Hope you enjoy a wonderful season. warmly, -susan

  15. Your tree is the ornaments! Have a wonderful holiday and come back to us!

  16. A happy Christmas to you and your family, beautiful tree.
    Hugs from Brasil.

  17. I just hate that you posted that photo of me drinking out of the saucer. You can see that I didn't even have time to put in my teeth that morning. That's ok... I may post that picture I took of you dancing on a tabletop in Italy. Merry Christmas, Ann! Your tree and your family look wonderful. Blessings to you all.

  18. Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family! They look like so much fun! Your tree looks so pretty with all your special vintage decorations.
    Enjoy all the blessings of the season! Linda, your newest follower



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