2011 Tree Ornament Par-tay

November 30, 2011   //  Posted in: Decor, Holiday-Related Projects   //  By: Emily   //  14 responses

Last year, I gave a mini overview of all of the ornaments I had accumulated over the year (you can read that post here). Keeping in tradition, I’m happy to show you a bunch of new treasures that I added to my collection over the last 12-months.

Recap: I’m big on ornaments with meaning. Bring on the assorted colors. The unmatched. The handmade. If my tree had a theme, it’d be a Patchwork Quilt. I don’t ever see myself over-thinking a tree theme or creating a new theme year-to-year, because as much as I think those trees are totally lovely, it’s just not my free-form style. I bought a mini tree with roots this year so that I can plop it into the backyard when I’m through, but dressed, it always looks just about the same as any other tree I’ve bought.

Mini-tree happies.

There are new ornaments though. It wouldn’t be a new year without a few new pieces of trimming to blue-spruce-up the place.

This year, I bought two new ornaments from Etsy shops:

Amber Perrodin wow-ed me with these handmade porcelain treasures, crafted by dipping a dried myrtle branch into a handmade paper-clay porcelain. Her technique still makes me scratch my head in astonishment. I had to have one for my collection. The glossy, distinctive ornament that arrived in the mail last fall is precious (it’s been on display on one of my dining room built-in shelves since it’s arrival). Delicate, ornate, clean, it’s probably the one I’m most concerned about Cody’s tail thwacking and destroying.

Porcelain ornament by Amber Perrodin.

I also bought a handmade ceramic Yeti from Meg at Red & Main; she graciously hand-delivered it to me while she was in Rochester recently (we got coffee together, bonus). The little guy is a total stud. I’ve coveted her work since she opened her shop last spring, and the ornament version of my favorite Yeti-concept is a perfect addition to my tree.


I’ve actually been cradling it in my palm since it was delivered on Saturday, as if it was my lucky charm. Look at it’s cute little glazed backside, squeal.


I also stocked up on vacation:

I usually try and pick up ornaments from significant destinations; I’ve already shown this sparkly, bright ornament bought during our trip to Mexico (among other items¬†here). I’m so glad to have those bright colors out of storage.

Mexico ornament, 2011.

It only seemed right to include a bunch of Pete’s ornaments on the tree too.

He moved them all into my attic last spring, and I thought they’d fit right in. We’ve got a bird, a bee, and a pig, symbolic letters (for Pete and Julia), J’s own handmade crafties, the Disney Princesses, and some artful Ukranian eggs, among other things.

A collection of Pete's ornaments.

We also made a few impulse purchases at Target on Black Friday.

I picked out a $3 owl because it reminded me loosely of a seasonal decor piece from West Elm. What can I say, it had its eyes on me:

Pretty Target Owl.

And Pete’s girl picked out a set of new ornaments for the tree too. Lovely. Although I am surprised she didn’t want the Spiderman ornament that she was delicately carrying throughout the holiday section.

Target hearts. Lovely.

We’ve also acquired a few new pieces from yard sales and family members; because I like to have just a few of each variety, we graciously accept no more than 2 from each offered set and put them aside for our own tree. These gold ones are new-to-us this year.

Gold sparklies.

Also new to the tree is a DIY tin foil garland strand, meticulously assembled and draped in all of 20 minutes thanks to a needle and a piece of black thread (I should note that 12 minutes of the 20 consisted of me untangling knots from the beaded thread when I dropped it, so be more attentive to your strand). So simple, the shiny and less dog-appetizing alternative to strung popcorn.

Tree garland with foil and string.

DIY tin foil garland happiness.

The tree’s totally alive with warmth.

Pretty tree.

Birds, lights, yetis, tin foil.

Any other Patchwork Tree fans out there? 

Psst, if you missed it, I interviewed Amber (here) and Meg (here) in 2011 as part of my Workpad series. Meet both of them now if you want to learn more about their inspiration and + their work.

  • Katrina
    6 years ago - Reply

    Adorable! I love having ornaments with little stories behind them & your tin foil garland looks great. We’re decorating our tree this weekend and I’m looking forward to using some vintage nursery rhyme ornaments I scored from my parents while they were getting rid of some clutter this summer. Other than that, it will be lots of ornaments from our various travels & whatever else the munchkin picks out – definitely patchwork!

    • Emily
      6 years ago -

      Vintage fun! I always keep an eye out for pretty antique ornaments at garage sales (but they’re usually not in good condition, sad face). Love a nice patchwork tree, Katrina!

  • ethan@OPC
    6 years ago - Reply

    I love the yeti! Maybe I’ll peruse Etsy a bit to find some new ornaments. Jocie is thinking about trying to make a sort of “hang a bunch of ornaments from string to make the shape of a tree” thingy. Should be pretty cool.

    • Emily
      6 years ago -

      Love that concept and have seen some great ones executed! It’d definitely be a fun holiday accent even if it wasn’t the main tree and was just used to decorate a secondary space in the house (I’m also the kind of girl who wants trees in every room). Can’t wait to see if you try it!

  • Meg @ Redandmain
    6 years ago - Reply

    Your little potted tree is as awesome as I knew it would be! I know your little Yeti-man is totally stoked about his new digs. Thanks for the gorgeous photos and the awesome feature, Emily!

    • Emily
      6 years ago -

      Thanks Meg! Yeti’s a real charmer + he’s going to be one of those ornaments that never gets fully packed away at the end of the holidays. Thanks again!

  • Cait @ Hernando House
    6 years ago - Reply

    We are definitely the patchwork-tree kind of people. Lots of colorful Hallmark ornaments from my mom over the years, and one that have meaning to us.

    I love the idea of a tinfoil garland! You had me at “shiny and less dog-appetizing”, haha.

  • Strep
    6 years ago - Reply

    The Repp family tree is ALWAYS patchwork. I can’t imagine it any other way. Also, the ‘rents like to still hang the ornaments I made 20+ years ago with my preschool and kindergarten pics in them.

    • Emily
      6 years ago -

      Those are my favorites – the ones with discolored construction paper and rough, tough glitter like how they made it in 1989.

  • Condo Blues
    6 years ago - Reply

    I’m a patchwork tree gal too. Every ornament on our tree has a story. They are my favorite part of decorating for the holidays.

  • Arlene
    6 years ago - Reply

    I love doing a mix and match tree too! We don’t have any box-set ornaments, ours are all from different places because I always try to get one when we go on vacation too =) And I love the aluminum foil garland– that is definitely happening at my house this year!

  • Colleen B.
    6 years ago - Reply

    All beautiful! You’ll need a bigger tree next year!

    • Emily
      6 years ago -

      I was thinking the same thing! How big would the root ball be on an 8-ft tree? :)

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