14 December 2015

Christmas in the Piano Room



A few days ago, my daughter and I enjoyed decorating the living room tree. It's in front of her piano, and it is the only spot that there is room for one in the living room, so she has an opinion, because she sees it as she practices.  It's a mixture of handmade silver or aluminum ornaments from an artisan in Santa Fe, copper ones from an artisan in Arizona, more handmade from Mexico and here, vintage blue ornaments, mixed with store bought doves, dancer rabbits, glittered pine cones, and some feathered balls (some made by me and some bought).








The silver ornaments are retablos of santos. This one is St. Patrick, but there is St. Cecelia (music), San Jose (St. Joseph), St. Anthony, Barbara the martyr, Our Lady of Guadalupe, San Cristobal (St. Christopher) and so on.








The tree is basically white, silver, turquoise, and natural.  Many of the copper ornaments are verdigris ( a bluish turquoise now),








Here's the rabbit my mom made with her store friend on the right.








There are angels, doves, various bird images, rabbits, butterflies, dragonflies, stars, santos, eagle dancers, coyotes, javelina, hearts, snowflakes, sun faces, feathers... I've always been into symbolism...
















Most of the handmade ornaments have been collected over twenty-five years.
Some are my daughter's art from six years back, like the blue bird hidden behind the beaded angel.






Most ornaments were collected on trips with my Aunt and Uncle, and then with my daughter when she came along. We use to always visit Santa Fe in the autumn and then to Sedona for Christmas.
I didn't put all of them on; for example, I left off my replica wooden missions this year to make room for the doves and rabbits.






























Francis on the Porch
Next up is the porch, and it takes a much simpler tone. 
 If I don't comment here this week, I will visit and comment at your blog home. 
xoxo
Su



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55 comments:

  1. A very magical Christmas tree and I love the stories of your ornaments. Francis is a cutie pie! Kathleen in Az

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  2. Oh holy....... What beautiful christmas tree. A tree full with amazing treasures! Love it!
    Hugs Kuni without a thigh gap :-)

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  3. So pretty and special ornaments are the best.

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  4. I love the soft colors of your tree and what a darling photo with that precious kitty! You deserve an A+ for your lovely decorating!

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  5. The tree and ornaments look lovely, but my favorite are the two rabbit pals. That is SO cute! :-)

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    1. Thank you, Judy. They are so cute together! I was going to dress my mom's as a male, but my daughter made her into a ballerina to go with the other. xoxo Su

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  6. So darling! I love the photo of it all lit up! and Francis is pretty cute too!

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  7. I just luv the tree. All lit up - magical!

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  8. Lovely, Su! I love the kitty and the pup, too. Nothing sweeter than pet pics!

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  9. Just beautiful Su. Your little kitty and puppy are too cute. Love those darling bunnies and your tree is gorgeous. xo

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  10. It sure looks pretty with the lights on! Happy holidays sweet friend. Hugs, Diane

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  11. Practicing has never been so good! The kitty seems to approve as well. A very pretty tree!

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  12. Su,
    I would never expect anything less than enchanting and magical but my AIW friend you have exceeded the expectations and have created a tree of wonderment. You and your daughter are one heck of an imagative team.
    Planning a trip or a weekend getaway OMGosh how I want to pet sit your fur adorable kids. Both Pup and Kittie!!!!
    I've had much on my mind as of late and I will say I always leave your posts in a happier place. I've been creating inspired by Tim Burton for weeks now, it will be my Christmas post. I think it will delight you and Sara, fingers crossed.
    Sending xoxo,
    Vera

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    1. Thank you, Vera, that is so kind of you to say. Tim Burton makes my daughter's favorite movies, so we are very interested in your upcoming project. xoox Su

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  13. Beautiful decorating Su! Sentimental ornaments are the only way to go (for me too). Hope you are having a fabulous week.
    ~Lori

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  14. Your tree is so gorgeous! It looks like a fairy tale, very ethereal :)

    Erin
    http://sexycardi.blogspot.ca

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  15. Hi Su, your tree is a meaningful tree filled with memories...love how you decorate it with what you love and collect. The bunnies are so sweet, they remind me of winter bunnies in the wild, it's a beautiful Christmas tree, it will be a magical Christmas morning here with you :)

    See you soon.

    Xox
    Dore

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    1. Thank you, Dore. We use to have wild ones in our last yard, but not so here.So we are delighted with our bunny additions this year. We always have the ones under the tree, and two others at our Madhatter tea party, and Easter, so we thought when we saw these small versions, "Why not Christmas too!" I'm loving my dove and crown so much. xoxo Su

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    2. Thank you, Dore. We use to have wild ones in our last yard, but not so here.So we are delighted with our bunny additions this year. We always have the ones under the tree, and two others at our Madhatter tea party, and Easter, so we thought when we saw these small versions, "Why not Christmas too!" I'm loving my dove and crown so much. xoxo Su

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  16. Iys very very pretty and thank you for the sweet comments you leave on my front porch! So glad you visited!

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  17. What a beautiful tree. I also love your bunnies and of course your cute dog.
    Hugs from here

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  18. Your tree looks so pretty sparkling by the window, and I'm sure practicing piano with the tree nearby is a treat for your daughter. I love that every ornament has a memory for you!

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  19. Beautiful tree and lovely pets! Merry Christmas to you, and warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. :)

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  20. It is indeed a gorgeous tree Su! Especially with all the memories that it carries with itself! The ornaments are fabulous, each and every one of them! I cannot wait to see your porch!

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  21. Su your tree is magical and so so beautiful. I love the night shot of the tree lite. The lights look like snow falling in the windows. Just gorgeous. Love all the memories with your beautiful collection of ornaments too. Just beautiful.
    Kris

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  22. your tree is stunning Su! So many beautiful ornaments. It looks like you and your daughter had a fun time decorating and I love how she wanted it to be easily viewed while she practiced. The night time photos is just magical. Wishing you joy and blessings of this Christmas season.

    Tamara Xo

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  23. So pretty! And especially when lit up!

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  24. Your tree is so pretty. We can't have a full tree in our, just no space, and I hate moving all the furniture to try and find a space for one! This is the first year we don't have our tree lighted, we used a cyprus and decorated it like a Charlie Brown one! two ornaments, and something had to be simple this year.

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  25. Beautiful Christmas tree! The decorations are very sweet. I love the angels
    Hugs
    Alessandra

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  26. The decor is very light and refreshing. I love it and Francis looks like she approves as well.

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  27. Beautiful. I love the memories in each decoration. :-)
    Carla

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  28. You and your daughter have really created a beautiful tree with your special ornaments that must hold treasured memories. I believe her practice time is enhanced by viewing such loveliness. Many blessings, Cindy xo

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  29. Oh...your tree is wonderful. Nice toy rabbit, very sweet. Compliments. New follower ;) and Happy Christmas. NI

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  30. Oh...your tree is wonderful. Nice toy rabbit, very sweet. Compliments. New follower ;) and Happy Christmas. NI

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    1. Thank you, NI. My mother started us with the rabbits when my daughter was little. xoxo Su

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  31. What a pretty tree!!! Love all the ornaments!!!!

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  32. Merry Christmas. I love the piano room and your animals are so precious.

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  33. How fun that you did this with your daughter! It looks beautiful!

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  34. Gorgeous tree Su! I love seeing all of your unique ornaments. I think personal ornaments with stories make Christmas that much more special. :)

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  35. Just beautiful, Su. I can just imagine your daughter playing a sweet Christmas tune at the piano, in the evening, with the sparkles of the tree.

    xo,
    rue

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  37. Your tree is so enchanting, Su. I must say that I love the white and soft colors, but the bunnies are what are truly making me smile this morning! Lovely!

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    1. Thank you, RJ. A Merry Christmas to you and your family. xoxo Su

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  38. Your tree is very pretty and becomes magical at night!

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  39. Yes, magical is the word. As Magali wrote. xo

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  40. Your ornaments are gorgeous. I just love them.

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