January 2, 2012

A new month...a new look...

Although these vintage bulbs were meant for Christmas, I'm keeping them out to enjoy the rest of this month while we get ready to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Whenever I'm antiquing with my mom and sister at the Allegan Antique market, I keep my eyes open for these delicate treasures. Today is our last day of Christmas break and we'll be taking down our larger-than-life living room tree. While a snowstorm was brewing yesterday, the sunroom tree was transformed into our Chinese New Year tree.

To honor the "Year of the Dragon", the tree topper has several dragon heads (purchased from Party City) poking out of the top.

The little red shoes were purchased while we were in China and were originally worn by Josie. The glass red lantern ornament was from Hobby Lobby two years ago.

Other ornaments include lots of red envelopes and figurines purchased from World Market, Pearl River and other assorted stores.


I've said this before, but of all the trees, that I display in the sunroom, I think the CNY tree is my favorite.

I'm sure it has something to do with our time spent in China.

Our first family photo with Josie.


23 comments:

vivian said...

LOVE your CNY tree! just beautiful. Its nice that you have this "extra" holiday to fill the place between christmas and valentines day! lol!! Ive decided to leave christmas up as long as I can stand it.. I hate the thought of putting it all away! (lazy...)
ok.. back to the craft table I go!
xoxo
vivian

Lee said...

Beautiful tree-wonderful tradition!
Thanks for sharing!

Courtney said...

I love the CNY tree. We are getting our first snow today too.

Vicki said...

What a gorgeous tree and wonderful tradition. Happy New Year!

laurie -magpie ethel said...

Awesome tree tradition. Love those vintage light bulbs - I would keep them out year round as well.

Jboo said...

Love that tree!! Your first photo with Josie is so sweet!

Have a wonderful New Year!

janet

Cheryl G. said...

What a fun tree!
I don't think I've ever seen ornaments like that! They are so sweet!
What an adorable family photo!

birdie blue said...

happiest of new year wishes to you, my friend. your 'CNY' tree is beautiful. love how meaningful it is to your sweet family. can't wait to see what you come up with next.

xo
molly

Janet said...

I love your collection of Chinese ornaments! I'm really looking forward to celebrating Chinese New Year with Jaclyn! Love those little red shoes! Jaclyn had some like that, too!
Blessings,
Janet

Lynn said...

I love your CNY tree!! Everything looks amazing!! Thanks for sharing!!
Hugs,

kelly@tearinguphouses said...

pretty tree!

Nellie said...

What a neat post! Excellent Chinese New Year tree! I'm reminded of a few times I would try to do some things for Chinese New Year when our girls were still home.
Our weather has become much colder, and there has been mention of a slight possibility of some flurries here. We actually rarely have snow.
Thank you for commenting on my little blog.:-)

DearHelenHartman said...

Those little lantern bulbs are precious. Love the tree. I am trying so hard to find something to be snarky about but your blog is always so charming it actually makes me all nice and sweet. I hate that.

My Vintage Mending said...

Absolutely. My favorite. Something about the colors and geometric shapes. Unpredictable and over the top. Happy New Year to all.

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Love this tree Kim! Happy Chinese New Year!

Hugs,
Debbie

Karin said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!! Your CNY tree is my favorite, too, but I know I am biased toward anything from China. :) I miss those sweet first days in China with a new family member. Such great memories. :)

Michelle @ Dream Home DIY said...

Your CNY tree is one of my favorites to look at too :) And I ahve to tell you....that meal from your previous post has me craving it all like a CRAZY person!

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS tree and family photo. I love every single photo in this post and those special bulbs are absolutely perfect, I am so glad you are the family who found them.

~~Carol~~ said...

Your CNY tree is just spectacular, and it's no surprise that it would be your favorite! Although I don't think I've ever seen any bulbs like that, I'll definitely keep an eye out for them from now on for you!
Happy New Year!
Carol

LV said...

A very nice holiday penetration. I love the shot of the family. A fine looking group.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Those ornaments are gorgeous! The tree is very beautiful and special to your sweet family! Happy New year! ♥

A Few Pennies said...

Unique and beautiful! I enjoyed viewing this post several times--your tree is gorgeous.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Kim,
Beautiful decorations and gorgeous tree!! You know how I love trees decorated year round!

Hugs,
Deb