Sunday, December 11, 2011

Building An Ornament Empire

One of my first blog posts a year ago, was the history of my Christmas ornament collection.
Read about it here

Bought at Kohl's this year.

Not only do I explain away about my collection,
but there is a pic of a much younger me and my sweet, little daughter.

Bought at Bronners - the PLANET'S largest Christmas store

In a nut shell.....the history begins with 22 year old Diane, living on her own for the first time 
and Christmas rolls around - no tree, no ornaments, no lights, no HO HO,  no nothin'!
I knew I was going home for the holidays, so I didn't bother.....that is until older sister came to visit one day,
and that as they say, was that.

Bought this the year I bought the country house

The ornament empire began.

This guy was bought in Scotland a few years ago.

This year, I am renting a small townhouse condo, while my nice big country house is rented out.

One of the vintage.

I was unable to bring half of my stuff - household items and furniture to my new rental.
Only 1/4 of my Christmas collection came to the new rental.

Another Bronner's piece - the store is in MI, only 2 hours away

I ended up storing all the above mentioned stuff, in a locked room at the back of my country house.
The Tenant was cool with this arrangement. 

One of the Barbies in my collection

To date, I would honestly say I have enough ornaments to decorate 12 trees.

Evening Skaters - Trisha Romance, popular Canadian artist

As most of you know I will be looking for a new home to buy in the Spring, 
that house will have to be able to accommodate these 12 trees.
Bit eccentric I know, but what the heck.....
live and enjoy life now, it's the only one you get!!!!!

"The force is with you young Skywalker, but you are not a Jedi yet"  from Hallmark collection

 I want, every Christmas to take out every ornament that I have collected over the last 27 years and let them shine!
Wow, 27 years and still going strong.....I love and adore my ornament collection!

Had to buy - she was the same tree top I had as a child

 I have started both my daughter and son on their own ornament collection.

The family tree - a mish-mash of love and memories.

Tell me about your ornament empire.

My fav!



I will be linking up with these Christmas parties!

Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper
Amaze Me Monday at Dittle Dattle
 Show Off Your Cottage at House In The Roses
Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Knick of Time Tuesday at Knick of Time
Outdoor Wednesday at A Southern Daydreamer


  1. I also started collecting ornaments when I was in my twenties. I was living in California and always returned home to New York Christmas, so I never put up a tree, but I always purchased ornaments when I returned. This went on for about 20 years, until I finally moved back east with husband and son, bought a home and a huge, wide 9ft tall tree which happily holds all 1000 of my ornaments - each of which I lovingly unwrap from its tissue paper and place on the tree. Every Christmas long forgotten memories overwhelm me as I decorate the tree, and I am always amazed at how a simple ornament can trigger such strong emotions and feelings.

  2. And here I thought I had a lot of ornaments!!! I don't have many collections, but Christmas 'stuff' is certainly one thing I collect. I adore Christmas, and what better way to enjoy it than to surround yourself with loved ornaments collected over the years!

  3. Oh my goodness, such gorgeous ornies! I love mine and I have some super ones vintage and all, but yours are exquisite. I adore ornament collecting, my tree is full with memorie ones too, vintage and etc. since 1975, our first Xmas. Merry Christmas to you and yours. FABBY

  4. I love that you went from having a "collection" to an "Empire." Well-done and well-documented. Christmas is so much fun, especially decorating and greeting our old friend ornaments as we unwrap them and hang them on our tree. Yours is beautiful. Thanks for sharing/posting. Merry Christmas ~CJ

  5. Diane you have some very pretty ornaments in your collection and your tree looks lovely. I love the scottish sheep! Too cute! I have had a large collection of ornaments but have given some away and some to my kids which were theirs over the years. I prefer my vintage collection right now so the others are packed away. I did buy 2 new little ones this year - a glass bird and a vintage looking post card one. :) Have a great week! Hugs, Pamela

  6. You have some great ornaments and great memories as well. We, too, collect ornaments but ours is a 42 year collection. It has to be really special for me to buy new ones for our tree is sooo full! Love your tinsel as well -- we tinsel ours and use big colored lights. It's an old fashioned tree and I LOVE the old fashioned look!

  7. Hello Diane
    You have a wonderful collection of ornaments. I only kept a couple from when we used to have a large tree and my favourite is a miniature old fashioned sled.

  8. Hi Diane, I have collected Hallmarks for years and years and have the Barbie you are displaying. I love them all. I also collect ornaments of different makers.

    Yours are lovely!


  9. Love, Love all your ornaments! I have also collected mine for years.

  10. Diane,
    Thanks so much for sharing your lovely ornament collection at Knick of Time Tuesday!

    Angie @ Knick of Time