Deck the halls - or in our case, a corner...
Forgot to show off the photos of this year's Christmas tree! 

The corner behind the tree
From the left, swinging round that corner - the top of the bookcase. The picture is my father, circa 1910, handtinted and oil on board. Wasn't he sweet? Hope you are also admiring that new wallpaper I mentioned back in the Summer.
The tree in all its glory
Swinging round to the right - note the Santa Claus lights on top of the mirror and the snowmen, tinsel, baubles and lights inside the fire. Also the twigs with lights to the right. Nothing exceeds like excess, and you GOTTA have tinsel!
Closeup of the top of the tree - we have a Santa instead of an angel (because I couldn't find one that 'spoke' to me)

How could I forget about posting these the minute I finished decorating the tree? Flu. Bad flu. Ladies' Flu - waaaay worse than Man Flu, because we still have to stagger round cooking, cleaning etc. Anyway, I got those decorations up the 1st of the month - and just realised they are still sitting in a folder on the computer, un-admired, un-bragged about.

'Bokeh' tree, Christmas 2009
You can see the difference a decent camera makes. My old one, bless it, was never the same after Peter dropped it... it only took 9 pictures then I had to download them before it would take any more. An experience guaranteed to reduce me to a foul-mouthed raving harridan in a matter of seconds - I have enough trouble trying to focus pix correctly as it is (the new camera has a downloadable pdf of instructions, not an instruction book - 135 pages! So who's going to scroll through that lot?)

So I flatter myself this out-of-focus pic (the best of the bunch, incidentally) gives that wonderful 'bokeh' effect. But it's actually just a very rubbish picture.

I also think this year's decorations are way better, although it's the same basic set-up as this is the only corner the tree can go in! The main differences are... go on, spot the difference (NO prizes as I'm telling you the answers) is an extra bookcase on the left, and a fireplace to the right of the tree. Also, I bundled up a white cloth under the tree to cover that awful metal stand.

So there you are!


  1. Gabriela Delworth22 December 2010 at 11:51

    Hello Susie,

    Sorry to hear you are ill...I hope you get better soon!

    Happy Holidays!

    ~ Gabriela ~

  2. Anne Huskey-Lockard22 December 2010 at 12:49

    Hey Susie,

    Lovely decs--I too have been joining you with *Ladies Flu*. Good Lord! I need about three straight days on the couch and managed to get part of one. Still feel like the Wreck of the Hesperes...
    Here to us; rest, health and time to enjoy the Holiday before it quickly disappears!


  3. Love the trees ♥ ADORE the new wallpaper, so pretty!

    Have a great (healthy) Christmas Susie, and the best New Year you can wish for.

    Hugs from a very cold the Netherlands (even more snow today yikes)

  4. P.S. LOVE that wallpaper!!

  5. What a beautiful tree! So very festive and happy!

    Glad to hear you're feeling better now!

    Wishing you and Peter a very Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year!

  6. Susie~ feel better! I know there is a bad one going around here too! Your tree looks fantastic!
    Happy Holidays!

  7. You have a very warm looking and cozy flat (apartment as we say here in the U.S.) and I do adore your decorating, sugar!

  8. The flu is the worst! I am so glad you are better. Your tree, wallpaper and decor are just beautiful. How fortunate you are to have a 1910 picture of your father! Happy holidays!

  9. Linda in New Mexico22 December 2010 at 19:08

    So sorry you were sickie. It's the pits, we still have to do, no matter what. Ain't it the truth.
    You should have told us you saved the best for last....cuz your little corner of the room is fab. How lovely are your branches, oh I won't go there....tra lala.
    Hope you are better, have a Happy Christmas and thanks for sharing a lovely bit of you. The Olde Bagg

  10. VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier22 December 2010 at 21:14

    Dear Susie:-)))*

    Wish you fantastic Christmas days and absolutely Happy,Happy New 2011 year!!!

    Thank you SO very much for share your talented work with all of us,you have mostly useful and great blog!!!

    Much Love to you,

  11. Merry Christmas Susie, Everything looks wonderful! Hugs, marilou

  12. A lovely Christmas tree :-) I can tell that yours wasn't decorated by an eight year old like mine was!!
    Have a great Christmas x
    P.S. N-i-c-e wall paper x

  13. Oh, what a wonderful post Susie!.. LOVE your tree, and your Santa tree topper! I'm smiling ear to ear (sorry) as you spoke of your camera troubles.. I feel so much better that I'm not alone! Actually, I'm SURE I have some photos with that "bokeh" effect also!!... Looking at your new background, I think your silent snow theme is gorgeous! Thank goodness I picked a theme early, or I would have had a terrible time deciding which one! I love them all!.. Wishing you and yours a blessed and very Merry Christmas! ((Big Hugs)) ~tina

  14. Your deco's look fab Susie, I am sitting here fighting with a new PC, should not moan as hubby bought me it but hate getting used to new things.
    Happy Christmas Pet hope you have a good one


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