Thursday, October 29, 2009

Made With Love

I love holidays, but I'm not one of those people who spends (in my mind) an inordinate amount of money on indoor and outdoor decorations. That's not to say I don't have some decorations. I have a few Department 56 houses. And I have static clings for just about every holiday (thanks to my mom).

Side note on the static clings: I had so much fun putting them up this year. They didn't want to stick at first, so I used my head. Technically, I used the wee ones' heads, I suppose. I simply took the stubborn clings, rubbed them on their heads like you do with a balloon and then stuck them to the front door. It worked really well.

My heart swells with my pride as a mom. (kidding, kidding)

Anyway, there are some decorations that I am sure to put out every year. And that collection grows each year. This year, I wasn't allowed to put anything out though. Mister Man decided he was in charge of it ALL (which is why it's all sitting on our table in the foyer instead of being mroe appropriately distributed throughout the house).

And really? I don't think I need any more decorations than these.

Every year the wee ones bring home at least one fun decoration per holiday, and I love it. This alone is worth the pain of childbirth, don't you think?

What are your favorite decorations to put up?


Anonymous October 29, 2009 at 8:55 PM  

Love the milk jug pumpkin and the kiddos' work! My favorite decorations are things my kids have made!! Thanks for sharing these!

Karen October 29, 2009 at 10:06 PM  

The pumpkin and bat are darling! Kids' decor is the best.

Dan October 29, 2009 at 11:34 PM  

Can't speak as to whether its better than childbirth, but I still have some of them hanging in my office even though the Son is nearing 20. So I guess we are in agreement that they are pretty neat.

Laura October 30, 2009 at 12:05 AM  

ahem my 6 year old was TOTALLY in charge this year and they too were lumped on the table in the mudroom. I finally spread them around a bit. I love the homemade kid ones best.

Melisa with one S October 30, 2009 at 12:29 AM  

LOVE the milk jug!

Ugh. Don't get me started on decorations over here. Besides, we'll be talking about that on Suburban WoW in the a.m.!! :)

Elizabeth October 30, 2009 at 7:57 AM  

I love the kid ones too.

My mom saved all of ours. She especially loved the Christmas ornaments we made at school or church. When I got married (which was 2 days before Christmas), one of my wedding gifts was a box of all those ornaments I made as a child. It was such a great gift, and now I get to remember them (and her) each year when we decorate the tree.

H F W October 30, 2009 at 8:29 AM  

Those decorations are so cute and so much better than anything store bought!
I can't wait until my kiddos start making that kind of stuff.

Megryansmom October 30, 2009 at 1:35 PM  

I love the pumpkin! Why didn't I think of that? Oh well maybe next year.

p.s. Congrats on being a winner in the postcard giveaway. will be in touch with your coupon code.

septembermom October 30, 2009 at 6:34 PM  

It's great to decorate the kids' decorations. They are always so proud to show them off!

Unknown Mami October 31, 2009 at 12:25 AM  

Those are pretty awesome. I can't wait to have a collection of my own.

Pat October 31, 2009 at 2:34 PM  

Cute decorations!

Mrs4444 November 1, 2009 at 6:04 PM  

They're adorable. And the price is certainly right! :)

Angela November 2, 2009 at 11:54 AM  

I love homemade/handmade decorations the best. There is so much more meaning in them!

I'm not a huge decorator around Halloween, but at Christmas I go a little nuts. That collection grows every year!

Michelle March 30, 2010 at 8:58 PM  

Karen - Isn't it though?

Dan - Awww, I love that you still have them hanging. That rocks.

Laura - So apparently six year old decorating skils are not quite up to par, huh?

Elizabeth - That is such a cool idea for a wedding gift. I love it. My mom gave me all my old ornaments, too, and we love to reminisce about them.

Hyacynth - It will be all too soon. And suddenly you'll be drowning in it :)

Megryansmom - There's always next year - you ARE a Cubs' fan after all, aren't you?

Kelly - Absolutely. They talk about where they made them and when to everyone who comes to the door.

Unknown Mami - It'll be a collection alright. Just wait!

Pat - Thanks, I rather like them.

Mrs4444 - Yep, you can't beat free!

Angela - Hmmm, huge at Halloween and admittedly nuts at Christmas? This I've got to see!

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