Friday, December 19, 2014

a few of my favorite things

Every year, I get particularly excited as I unpack and hang certain ornaments. Here's a few of my favorites.

It's no secret: I love birds. My collection of ornaments definitely reflects that. Some I've bought myself, and some I've received as gifts. This little guy is actually a dried gourd; you can even hear the seeds rattle around when you pick him up. He was a souvenir from the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History during a trip to D.C. in 2012. We made a quick stop there after driving to Annapolis for a friend's wedding. I met Dan's grandparents for the first time on that trip!

cozy birdhouse | bird gourd christmas ornament

There's nothing particularly special about this glittery red bauble, except it's from the first box of ornaments I ever bought!

cozy birdhouse | christmas ornament

Here's a new addition this year! Nate and Amanda gave these silver-plated cones to the guests at their wedding in Yosemite. I was super glad we spent our extra day in the park hiking through Mariposa grove to see these awesome trees in-person!

cozy birdhouse | silver giant sequoia cone christmas ornament

Kelsey gave me this for Christmas along with a little snowman and a mushroom ornament (also one of my favorites). It's a bird in a scarf... 'nough said.

cozy birdhouse | bird in a scarf christmas ornament

This ornament came as a bonus when we bought a bottle of Maker's Mark bourbon. It's dipped in wax, just like the bottles! Christmas is a great time to get free "gift-with-purchase" items in cool packaging.

cozy birdhouse | maker's mark christmas ornament

Here's our tree all sparkly and decorated... I love my new faux cranberry garlands! The tree skirt is a repurposed linen table cloth that didn't fit any of our tables. I'm so glad that we've graduated from a cheap fake tree to a real tree the last 3 years! The fake tree has now been claimed by the garage spiders.

Finally, our stockings! I made these for our first Christmas as newlyweds following this tutorial at Cluck Cluck Sew.

These are a few of my favorite things! (P.S. That is not a Christmas song. Stop putting it on Christmas CDs!)

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