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Brenda has been writing since grade school. She attended journalism school where she majored in professional writing. She loves to decorate, garden, read and spend time with her Yorkies.

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Finally The Trees Are Up

This is my skinny pencil tree, along with my little red tree. As I normally do, I gather decor around it to round it out. I brought my old rusty wagon in and used it too. 

It's really hard to get a photo of everything at once in this room.

I have vowed not to spend a dime this year on Christmas. Not on decorations, not on presents.

I'm not crazy about that long red and white ribbon. But I was standing precariously leaning on my step ladder just to get it up there. So I'll get back up there and snip it later. 

I never really plan on what I'm going to do, because things change and evolve. I didn't think I was going to use my Santa and Snowman collection by Jim Shore. But I ended up with them in the wagon.

Here's a view from the dining room. 

I can't seem to get myself moving as fast as usual. I stand awhile, then have to sit awhile and rest my ankle. Otherwise I could have had everything done by now. 

But it's going to have to be done in stages. And this was stage 1.

And here's what Charlie Ross thinks about the whole thing. Poor little fellow. He doesn't like things moving about.

He's one of those dogs that feels safest when his head is covered up. I imagine he thinks his butt is covered up too. But he never quite makes it that far.

I baked a great Mexican casserole today that sure was delicious. I'll tell you more about that tomorrow. Got to have sustenance while you spread the joy!

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  1. Love the red and green lights on your tree. It is lovely.

  2. it looks great Brenda.. I love that wagon and your JS snowmen.. I'm adding a little red here and there- hopefully it'll give me some energy.. I mean RED is the energy color- maybe I outta spray paint myself red and see if it works.. lol..
    I'll be back to see more


  3. Brenda . . . Your Christmas decor looks marvelous!!!! I especially love the little "scrap garland" on the wagon! You've done a fantastic job and it isn't about spending $$$$. You have created a loving, beautiful little home for you and your "furry babies".

  4. I knew you'd do it Brenda. The trees are so pretty and I love the Jim Shore collection of Santas and Snowmen!

  5. It looks wonderful, Brenda. Nary a penny was spent on decor here either. I am so happy it is all done and the mess is cleared up. Now I can just sit back and enjoy it. xo Laura

  6. I really like that tall skinny tree! So glad you got it up and decorated. I've reached a little stopping point, but will get back to it this weekend. The Jim Shore collection is so nice. My daughter has a Nativity scene by them that was received as a wedding gift..they got married on Dec 23! So they have an anniversary this month...yay!

  7. I love your colorful trees and other Christmas decor. Everything looks lovely!

  8. Brenda, your skinny tree is just perfect for the spot you have chosen. It's looking great--Charlie Ross is so funny under the blanket. I love how you put the Jim Shore collection in the red wagon--it's so You! ♥

  9. Better call the magazine people back to do another photo shoot! It looks great.

  10. Well done Brenda! The tree looks so colorful and festive and the snowmen are adorable. Charlie Ross just wants it all to end lol.

  11. Everything looks so festive, Brenda! I love your skinny tree! You know I spent this afternoon in the same position as Charlie Ross after spreading or attempting to spread some holiday cheer in the dining room. He looks like a good nap buddy.

  12. Your tree looks great, Brenda. Skinny little thing! Wish I could say the same about myself! You have quite a nice collection of Jim Shore pieces. I have always liked those a lot. Poor Charlie Ross! xo Diana

  13. It isn't easy taking photos of the tree but you got it all. I love all of your decorations and the white table is my favorite. I am not buying any decorations for Christmas, I did buy those little candle lites that have a switch on the bottom. I took your idea and staged my goodies differently and it looks like I just got it today.

  14. Your Christmas decorating looks fantastic, so far. I'm trying to do a little snowman vignette on top of a dresser this year but I'm not looking the likes of it yet. I have to do a lot more playing around with it.

  15. You may not have spent a dime, but it looks like a million bucks! Love your skinny tree, the red tree, and the wagon which adds such whimsy!

  16. Beautifully done! Your trees are so pretty. Love the old wagon. You have the best ideas!!

  17. Absolutely awesome! You've done it again! Congratulations!

  18. Sustenance, while spreading the joy! Hahahaha! you do make me laugh. :)
    ...and so then, You DO spread the joy!
    I think the wagon is a nice touch.

  19. Brenda,
    I like your decorating and the red wagon is very nifty-my neck and back are stiff tonight from decorating too-
    Oh well, decorating day 3 for me tomorrow!!
    Rest well and I hope your ankle feels better in the morning.

  20. Your tree looks beautiful and I love your Jim Shore pieces. You know I love your decorating style and I always get some great ideas from visiting your cozy little house. Take care of your ankle, especially while climbing that ladder.

  21. That is all so beautiful!!! You have such a knack for putting things together! Charlie Ross is so funny!

  22. It all looks beautiful! I love the Christmas trees, the little red wagon, and your Jim Shore collection. You have inspired me. I have been trying to get started on my own holiday decorating and am dragging my feet this year. I can only do a little at a time too, so you're not alone in that. I have spinal stenosis and degenerative disk disease, which is painful and slows me down a lot, so like you I have to take a lot of breaks while decorating.... Keep up the good work! :)

  23. A very cozy little corner of Christmas! Your snowmen are charming!


  24.'s looking very cute. You are doing far better than I. I don't have a thing up and went shopping yesterday and today instead of working on it. Bad..bad...bad....

  25. Oh my goodness this is adorable and I love the long ribbon! Putting everything in the wagon ...genius / love it! :)

  26. Adorable!! I love the tree is the wagon...clever!

  27. Proof positive we don't always need money, just imagination.

  28. It's amazing what we can do once we get started.. Everything looks wonderful Brenda. You started collecting Jim Shore before I did.. I don't have any of the pieces that you have.. I would love to meet Mr. Shore.. He adds so much personality to his figures.
    Your little red wagon sure makes a cute addition to your tree arrangement.. Your little "elf" looks like he's up to something..
    Charlie has the right idea.. I would love to go to bed for a day and hide my head under my blanket.. I'm just about worn out and am feeling twinges in my back.. I think I'd better rest for a day..
    My Pippa was helping me look for some snowflakes, for my Snowman tree, this morning. I thought she was out of the closet when I closed the door. Not so.. I saw her brother looking down the hall and then I heard scratching.. Pip had gotten locked in the closet so I hurried to open the door.. She came out and didn't seem too traumatized.. They have wanted to help with everything I've done.
    I'm off to Salvation Army today to give them a load of things that I don't want anymore.. Then I need to go to the grocery store. That's the way I'll rest today.
    I made a big pot of spaghetti last night for sustenance. It sure tasted good. Would love your Mexican recipe..
    Have a fun day.
    Charlotte in Virginia

  29. Hi Brenda, Your skinny tree is beautiful. Love all your special touches and the Jim Shore treasures.
    Looks like Charlie Rose has the right idea.

  30. Oh I meant to type Ross. I'll blame it on the cold temps this morning and hands can't type. We were 80 yesterday and freezing with an ice storm on the way today. LOL

  31. Gorgeous post, so festive and colourful! I am soooo glad you put your tree up, Brenda, it looks wonderful! The bit about Charlie Ross made me smile. Hope you have a happy week.
    Helen x

  32. Sighhhhhhhhh!! So many beautiful things to make us smile!!!! Thank you!! Happy Christmas to you and your fur babies!! xoxo Vicki

  33. What you have done so far is lovely, colorful, and cheerful. Very homey and Christmasy.

    Continue to enjoy your Christmas decorating and preparations.


  34. What a beautiful spot! I love that you didn't spend a dime. You have some beautiful collections. The snowmen in the wagon is my favorite. I love the ladder and the red watering can or oil's cute whatever it is! Have a wonderful holiday season! ~ Jamie

  35. Absolutely beautiful!! I love your snow people collection!! I have one I love that is a musical one. Well done!!!

  36. This is all so cute! Be careful on that ladder!

  37. Your decorations are just lovely! I am a big Jim Shore fan, and I envy your collection. I love the rustic simplicity of his pieces. Poor little Charlie Ross. I find it very amusing that animals often think that if their heads are covered, the rest of them must be invisible. I had a kitty that would "hide" but his rather large bottom and long tail gave him away every time.

  38. Your decorations are just lovely! I am a big Jim Shore fan, and I envy your collection. I love the rustic simplicity of his pieces. Poor little Charlie Ross. I find it very amusing that animals often think that if their heads are covered, the rest of them must be invisible. I had a kitty that would "hide" but his rather large bottom and long tail gave him away every time.

  39. Your trees are adorable, Brenda! And I love your wagon with the little Santas and snowmen! Your house is the perfect Christmas house with all your red and greens. Love it and can't wait to see what else you have in store!

    Great job!


  40. P.S. I love Charlie on the couch "hiding".

    And for some reason, I am having a hard time with a couple of blogs updating. Yours is one. The last post I had from you was a week ago. And then there will be like three in a row. FYI

  41. Very pretty! I love how you used the wagon in there!

  42. Brenda I love everything! especially your Santa's - I'm a bit smitten cause I have two of the same Santa's you do! I love Jim Shore......are you ready for the holidays? I thought I was! lol!
    stay well dear friend....

    Pineridge Hills

  43. Very pretty! I adore those pencil thin trees. I have one in my dining room and am looking for another one for my bedroom. I'm so happy to see your red watering can in the photos. I just walked past mine in the garage and thought it would be perfect on the porch with green sticking out of it!

  44. I'm glad you got your mojo back! Everything looks colorful and festive! Hey, I like that ribbon! The red and white striped one. I am trying to learn to make bows this year!


  45. Just beautiful Brenda! I have a tall skinny tree too and I love it...I decorate with all snowmen...Hope your Christmas is Merry! Carol

  46. Hi Brenda. Oh, I glad I checked out this post. I just love your Christmasing and stage 1 looks great. Poor little Charlie Ross. :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  47. Your house just says Christmas with all of it's color. The tree is so pretty.
    Poor pup....sometimes I would like to hide under a cover too.

  48. Your decorations are adorable, but your sweet pup stole the show!

  49. Your trees and decor look wonderful! I have only spent a couple of dollars on decor, at GW. The gifts for our children and grands will be very sparse this year, but it will be and already has been a very happy and blessed time. Hugs, cindy

  50. When it's perfect, why change anything. Love your Christmas "everything"

  51. Pretty décor! Aww, give that little Charlie Ross a hug from us here at Sweet Tea N' Salty Air!

  52. Beautiful tree!! You are doing better than me, Brenda. We bought a tree (pre-lit) a couple of weeks ago and it is sitting there with no ornaments yet. front porch looks good - ha!

  53. Beautiful Brenda! Love the tree and love your santa collection in the wagon!


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