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Monday, December 22, 2014

Sharing a little Christmas joy!


Can you believe that I JUST finished decorating this little dinky tree of ours???
Yes, I have.
(This is a little 4 ft. fake tree I found at w-mart for 25.00
that was adorned with red berries and pinecones and was pre-lit too!!!)

On December 21st I finally finished the little guy and just love it.
It's my nature-inspired tree and it's so perfect for us!!

I totally think it would have looked wonderful for me to have wrapped
our gifts in kraft paper and used jute twine to tie them up but I had purchased
this gorgeous snowflake paper at Hob Lob last year after Christmas
and,
well,
I just had to use it!!!

The little tree has been topped with a few cuttings
from the plumes of ornamental grasses,
the garland is simple raffia strips that have been wrapped around the tree.
I've added feathers I've collected, store bought bird's nests and
even some botanicals have been added too.
Burr oak acorns have been placed in the nests as well as
some seed pod stems that I had ~
It's simply perfect for our little farmhouse!!!








There are many things in our life that STEAL our joy....
and when that happens it affects so many aspects of our life.

This year will soon be coming to an end
and my goal for the new year is to
STOP, STOP, STOP
letting the everyday trials of this life
steal. my. joy.

It has affected my creativity, my blogging and of course my attitude.
But the funny thing??
It's all up to ME!!
It's all up to how much I will let it all overtake me
and my desire to create.

I just wanted to share a few private thoughts ~
All I ever really want to do is make something beautiful
so I can share it with you!!!!


Happy Monday precious friends ~

hugs and love,
Dawn



joy
joi/
noun
1.a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.



17 comments:

Dorthe said...

Dearest sweeet Dawn,
This tree is so beautiful, -how I love your idea of adding all the nature elements, -everything looks so wonderful, ,from the raffia to the feathers and nests with natures fantastic gifts inside. I love it my precious friend.
As I`m to be very bussy from tomorrow, I will now wish you and your family a Blessed and Happy Christmas time together.
I wish you all the most happy hours dearest friend, and thank you for your wice words here, they are so much to be lived after !!
Love and hugs from Dorthe

suziqu's thread works said...

That is all we ever want - is peace and joy to persue our creativity unhindered and taking our precious energy from us!
Dear Dawn your nature Christmas tree is my kind of Christmas decorated so beautifully with birds, nests, acorn eggs, raffia etc. all twinkling away in the corner of your room!
Have a Blessed and peaceful Christmas with your lovely big family,
Love and hugs,
Suzy

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a lovely little tree. I did a little tree this year too.

Loved reading your thoughts and it was right along with the wonderful message in church yesterday morning. Jesus came to bring us joy, that is what Christmas is all about. There are so many things in life that try to steal that joy away. You are so right that it is up to us to not let that happen.

Have a love, joy and peace filled Christmas ~ FlowerLady

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

What a beautiful post. Your tree is so lovely. You did a beautiful job of decorating it with the natural elements of our great outdoors.
I thank you for this years inspiration and I wish you much peace and joy.
A Very Merry Christmas to you and yours.

BumbleBeeLane said...

The tree is lovely! I'm with you those little things are not worth wasting our time or stealing our joy. Warm Blessings! Amy

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Dawn, your nature tree is gorgeous - what an awesome size, too. Love it!

I especially love your empowering attitude goal for the new year. Look forward to all sorts of beautiful creations from you as you lift up your heaviness and move up and up and up!

MERRY CHRISTMAS, sweet lady!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your tree looks just beautiful, Dawn! For a little one it shows big! : ) Love the decorations you've added to it. Merry Christmas!

Simply Shelley said...

Your tree is just beautiful Dawn. I want to join you in agreement on your "special thoughts" I too must STOP letting Satan steal my day to day joy through his tatics of sowing discord and confusion among the lives of my children, grandchildren, myself etc. Although the peace that passeth all understanding will never leave my heart.....I want to keep my "joy" 24 -7 regardless whatever comes my way. I pray in all earnest that you and I both find our continual joy in the strength that comes only through faith in the Lord Jesus in this coming new year and for always. Merry Christmas to you and yours dear friend.

Simply Shelley said...

I meant to type private thoughts, not special thoughts...praying for you ♡

marda said...

Your tree is just darling.. and so you! Thanks for sharing.. and best wishes for the New Year and your plans to not let the little things get to you.

Lisa said...

my Christmas wish to you is that your dream come true!wow I didn't mean to make that rhyme just hoping that your creativity returns, now that I think it ever truly went away:)
Lisa

Jean Bee said...

The tree is perfect! Love the idea of using rafia as the garland!
I hope you have a fabulous Christmas with your family...so much fun to have little ones at Christmas time!
Jean

Lisa said...

I hope that all of your Christmas wishes come true and that your creative sparks fly with no distraction! Thank you for being my wonderful amazing nonjudgmental supportive friend for another year:)
Lisa

Daniela said...

Sending Blessings for christmas, dear Dawn, thank you for everything you always share !
With love
xo
Dany

Marlynne said...

Precious little Tree. We went little and simple this year too! P.S. My middle name is "Joy"!

Kelli said...

Hi Dawn!
You and I have the same goal. I know how those everyday trials can be!

Love your little tree! Merry Christmas!
Love,
~Kelli

Vee said...

That is a lesson many of us must learn and more than once. Thank you for stating the problem...if you have a few solutions, I am all ears. =D

Love that sweet tree! A wonderful size for a small home like mine.

Happiest of New Years to you, Dawn!

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