2014-ornament-exchange

I participated in the Arkansas Women Bloggers Ornament Exchange again this year. I participated two years ago. You can read about the postal adventure here.

I don’t remember why I didn’t play along last year. (See postal adventure post!)

I decided to be brave and try again this year. I am really glad that I did. Check out this adorable ornament I received from my Arkansas secret Santa…

Arkansas Ornament

Perfect!

This came from Tiffany over at Secret Life of a Betty Crocker Wannabe. Tiffany and I have never met but I think we would get along great! Tiffany is a baking contest junkie! I love that! The biggest baking contest I have ever participated in was the Lonoke County Fair. I think my big prize package was about $6.32.

Tiffany may be a Betty Crocker Wannabe but apparently she is quite a crafter as well. You can see her step-by-step tutorial for the ornament here.

This is the little note that was attached to the ornament.

ornament note

The note says there is something hidden inside. I could not bring myself to cut into it to out take the treats. It was just too cute!

Here is the back, uncut.

craft paper ornament

Thanks so much for my Arkan-Santa, Tiffany! I hope we can meet at an ARWB function some day.

I know you are all wondering about the ornament I sent.

I sent my ornament to Gina from Desperately Seeking Gina. I met Gina when I attended my first Arkansas Women Bloggers event.

Gina is a crafter–with a real craft room and everything! That was a little intimidating. I felt up for the challenge though.

Here is the ornament I sent Gina. Hopefully, I will be able to post a “how to” soon. You can see it on her tree here.

homemade ornament

I got a little extra crafty and made the card out of old Christmas cards.

There was no postal drama this time! My ornament made it to Gina’s just fine.

Merry Christmas, Tiffany and Gina. I’m so glad y’all played along this year.

I have finally gotten around to putting up some Christmas decorations this year. I thought I would share them with you! Merry Christmas!

Antique picnic tin filled with  ornaments, greenery and old Christmas lights someone gave as a gag gift!

Antique picnic tin filled with ornaments, greenery and old Christmas lights someone gave as a gag gift!

I love this chubby little nativity. I bought it at the Cordova Crafts Fair in Cordova, TN in 1992.

I love this chubby little nativity. I bought it at the Cordova Crafts Fair in Cordova, TN in 1992.

A tray full of candles and old jingle bells (hand-me-downs from my mother-in-law)

A tray full of candles and old jingle bells (hand-me-downs from my mother-in-law).

Vintage Christmas bells. There is a place to attach these to a string of lights.

Vintage Christmas bells. There is a place to attach these to a string of lights.

I like them hanging from these red ribbons. Maybe one year I'll try the lights.

I like them hanging from these red ribbons. Maybe one year I’ll try the lights.

Our advent calendar–a gift from my sweet friend Corey a long time ago!

Our advent calendar–a gift from my sweet friend Corey a long time ago!

This little doll was a gift from one of my grandmother's friends, Mrs. Allie Mae Abraham when I was about 6 years old. This is the first time I have put her in a wreath. I kinda like her there.

This little doll was a gift from one of my grandmother’s friends, Mrs. Allie Mae Abraham, when I was about 6 years old. This is the first time I have put her in a wreath. I kinda like her there.

My special nativity, hand-made by special hands.

My special nativity, hand-made by special hands.

Three Christmas trees. You might recognize the sheet music tree from an earlier post.

Three Christmas trees. You might recognize the sheet music tree from an earlier post.

Christmas train painted by Megan around 2000.

Christmas train painted by Megan around 2000.

Antique glass beads mixed with new ornaments. I love the green!

Antique glass beads mixed with new ornaments. I love the green!

More glass garland. The chandelier lights shine on it beautifully, but make it hard to photograph!

More glass garland. The chandelier lights shine on it beautifully!

Here is a picture of the whole chandelier without the blinding lights.

Here is a picture of the whole chandelier without the blinding lights.

Lovely Christmas tree purchased at a school Christmas store for me one year. How sweet.

Lovely Christmas tree purchased at a school Christmas store for me one year. How sweet.

I made this garland about 10 years ago from felted wool sweaters purchased at yard sales and Goodwill. I threaded the squares onto dental floss for extra security. Buttons and bells were added for extra interest.

Snowman and friends on a sled.

Snowman and friends on a sled.

Antique ornaments under glass.

Antique ornaments under glass.

Christmas traditions and decorations are nice. However, please take time to remember why we celebrate Christmas in the first place. Christmas is a celebration of the coming of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Is He your Lord? Please read the account of Jesus’ birth here.