Whew! It's been an EXTRA busy AND interesting couple of weeks for the Sandwich Generation granny nanny, senior mom, and grandkids, that's for sure! Between special visitors, two family Christmas parties, and several fun online blog party get-togethers, we've been having a grand old time!
Today I wanted to share some of the special and unique Christmas tree ornaments on my tree, including some that are considered vintage by my grandkids (a whopping 20 year old bell), one that looks vintage (the heart is about 10 years old),
and one that is truly vintage (over 50 years old) – from a beloved friend.
This simple ornament was made for me by a beloved great-aunt – it's about 20 – 30 years old…
my senior parents originally had this Pixie along several others from its set, once upon a time – it's over 25 years old,
and ALL the unique and special ornaments in these pictures, captured by my easy to use digital camera, have special meaning and sweet family memories for our family. That's one of the favorite things about my Christmas Tree. I look at it and I see love shining back at me.
Also, I wanted to remind you, we are in the midst of several fun and interesting holiday blog partyevents including The Caregiving.com Holiday Progressive Blog Party – be sure to leave a comment below to be entered in the here as well as visiting Caregiving.com where you can also leave comments, visit fellow caregivers and share encouragement, and be entered in their own fun giveaway! Trust me, Denise and her team put together the nicest gifts for these events. :)
Other Favorites for the Sandwich Generation this week - Sweet Shot Tuesday, the Sweet Shot Tuesday Bokeh Party on Thursday, and Rednesday later today! Did you otice a "hint" of a bokeh special effect in the pictures, along with some other fun effects like the snowflakes and gift tags? All were courtesy of Picnik.com. Very easy to use and they work great with all the pictures from either of my digital camera. I love the simplicity in the midst of all the caregiving, babysitting,and running around! If you'd prefer to do them the "old-fashioned way," you can also check out the bokeh tutorial at Sweet Shot Tuesday or the book, Expressive Photography, has several pages on how to achieve the bokeh effect.
And, come Friday, I'll be linking this to Common Grounds' Vintage Inspiration Friday, with more vintage Christmas ideas and goodies.
In the meantime, Merry Christmas to all – in AND out of the Sandwich Generation. :)
P.S. Thank you so much for your comments. I enjoy them very much and read each one. I also love the grand ideas so many of you share that help and encourage other readers. I do my best to reply to them all but value your patience when that isn\'t possible.