Ornaments

Holiday Shopping | Christmas Tree

by Jamie Sanford on December 1, 2017

I will be traveling this year and so won’t be putting my tree up. However, I look forward to the day when I will have a house and will definitely be having multiple trees in my home. I don’t know what “Christmas decor overkill” means.

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Let’s start shopping with trees.


The variety of trees is remarkable. I am not a person who needs a real tree, I think that’s why pine-scented candles exist.


One of my greatest dreams is an upside-down Christmas tree. They sell them with bases that come out of the top, but I want to actually mount a tree to the ceiling so there’s empty space under the tree. I think it would make an amazing centerpiece over a dining table.


I have a collection of ornaments starting from when I was born. Those “baby’s first Christmas” ornaments are quite fragile now, and so I hang them inside the tree a bit so they do not get knocked to the floor. I have traditional decorative ornaments in gold, as we ended up with a slight gold theme after my husband Will suggested that we supplement the white lights already in the tree with extra gold ones. I also have some Hallmark pop culture ornaments that were gifts, as well as ones purchased in our travels. I absolutely have too many ornaments for my current tree, which is another reason why I need a house so that I can have multiple trees.


Lights! My main tree right now is pre-lit, but as mentioned above, we haven’t been able to leave it at that. Once Will suggested adding more lights, we have gone a bit crazy. We have the white lights that came with the tree, and we add regular tree lights in gold, and then we add a few more that have ball-shaped bulbs, some with beautiful texture. This adds dimension to the tree that I did not expect, but I love it and will never go back.


Tree toppers! Since my tree is not the sturdiest, we have utilized a simple ornament-style topper for years, like the Christopher Radko one above. Once I get a more substantial tree that can manage a more robust topper, I will likely struggle to pick one that I like. Now that I’ve seen it, I am definitely obsessed with the peacock.

That’s all for me on Christmas tree shopping and decoration. Tweet me with your favorite Christmas tree traditions.

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Agate Christmas Tree Ornaments

by Jamie Sanford on November 23, 2010

I collected rocks when I was a kid.  I don’t know how I got into it, but I had lots of books on rocks and minerals, other books on gemstone identification, and of course, a collection of rock specimens. I loved them.

I still love rocks, even though that love now is mostly represented by gemstone pendants of which I have quite a few.  This particular stone has been very hot lately, showing up in high-end jewelry in addition to random eBay shops.

What is agate, you ask? From minerals.net:

Agate is a banded, multicolored, variety of Chalcedony. It occurs in an infinite amount of colors and patterns, and no two Agates are alike. The extraordinary beauty and uniqueness of Agate is responsible for its great popularity.

Agate must be polished to bring out its full charm; unpolished specimens are dull and ugly. It usually forms in rounded nodules or knobs which must be sliced open to bring out the internal pattern hidden in the stone.

There’s some more on Wikipedia too.

So, today’s item is a set of agate slice tree ornaments.


They’re pretty, right? They are edged in 24-carat gold, so the set of 4 comes in a slightly pricey $125.  However, I see these finding their way from the tree to hanging somewhere else in your house, like on the windows or from a chandelier.

Check out the Agate Tree Ornaments on NeimanMarcus.com.

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Halloween Prep Week! Cute Ornaments.

by Jamie Sanford on September 30, 2010

It’s a little odd that Pier One carries Halloween ornaments, but since they also sell a little black spooky tree thing, I guess it makes sense.

And usually, I lean towards the more macabre side of Halloween, but these are ridiculously cute and I love them.


These are serving a bit of a “Nightmare Before Christmas” vibe, which I really enjoy.  These cute sets of 2 ornaments each are available at Pier One for $4.95.  (Click on each image to visit the product page.)

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