Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Card Concept: My Christmas tree, and a whole lot more!

Do you have a favorite card you made this year? We all have that special card
that turned out just right! Won't you share it with us at the Card Concept?
Or would you like to share your Christmas Tree?
That's our challenge for the end of 2019. Share a favorite card or a 
photo of your tree. 

I'd like to welcome you to the Penir house, all dressed up for the holidays!
Welcome to my home!
Much of what you are going to see is handmade. A gathering of Christmas
ornaments and decorations over many years of crafting and collecting.

As you walk through the front door, you are greeted by Santa in his finery, with a frosty 
tree and reindeer on our front table. 

This jolly guy greets you as you enter the great room. I'm not sure why it's called the 
'great room', except it's supersized and holds the whole Penir clan when we get 

Directly ahead in the 'great room' is our main tree, a 9 1/2 footer. 

So many ornaments on this tree, with birds and cotton branches
and hollyberries and lots of ribbon!

This sweet red and white ceramic one is a favorite, bought from a Christmas store on 
one of our trips. 

The tree is never done the same. Sometimes I go heavy on the silks and
greenery, sometimes I go natural and rustic. This year it's a bit more formal
than usual with ribbon and lots of ornaments.

This Santa and tree sits on a Christmas quilt, also in the great room.

Our nativity sits on the fireplace mantle every year. It's opposite the big tree.

I love this felt shoe ornament, handmade too!

From there we head to the dining room, better known as the Nutcracker room.

The dining room has 2 trees, one in each corner, decorated with little nutcrackers and candy.

The grandkids help with these 2 trees. They love bringing out the tiny
nutcrackers and super sized candies!

Here's a closeup of a tiny Santa chef.

A bigger Santa chef sits atop the dining room plate rack.

Some of these are musical, but all are loved by the grands!

The family room is next, with a miniature village tucked into a cabinet.

More Santas and trees on a table behind the couch in the family room.

One of my favorite Santas was made from my mother in law's old 
mink stole. Did I mention I made all the Santas and miniature trees?

Santa's coat was a set of silk drapes in a former life.

Our cards are on display around a door leading into my craft room. This time of
year the room is off bounds to the family, as there is major wrapping going on.
That's Ella my new puppy in the doorway. My present came with 4 legs and a
waggly tail!

Above the family room fireplace.

This mantle is above my cooktop, and is one scene that never changes. 
Truthfully, I don't think there's an undecorated spot in the house!

I hope you enjoyed your tour, and my hope is that you feel the joy
that comes with the celebration of our Savior's birth! 
Merriest of Christmases
Blessings for a happy New Year too!


  1. Nancy, your home is a Christmas wonderland! I just LOVE all that festivity. So beautiful.

  2. Wow Nancy! Your home is jaw-dropping beautiful! How beautiful are your handmade Santa's and trees. I'm completely smitten by your tiny snow village though. Are they Putz houses or did you get it as a set? Thanks for sharing your home with us. Merry Christmas to you, Ron and your beautiful family!

  3. So beautifully done Nancy and worthy of a magazine article! Your grandkids must love this so much. The Santas your made are spectacular! Congrats on your new puppy, what a sweet gift. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  4. WOW!!! Every photo is STUNNING and you should contact House Beautiful or Better Homes & Gardens to come do a photo shoot and feature you in their magazine! Everything room is decorated down to the tiniest detail (just like you do your cards!!) and I'm loving it all!! Your homemade Santa's are FABULOUS and I just LOVE your tree's!! Will you come to Michigan for a few days next December and decorate my tree please?!! Christmas blessings to you and your family Nancy and wished for a wonderful New Year!! Hugs. :0)

  5. Oh my goodness Nancy!!!!! You have outdone yourself with your beautiful home and decorations... just wow! I think I could have fun shopping in there :) so many gorgeous and fun decorations. You must have some big storage space. I agree with Marcia..... Thank you for sharing all this beauty! Same kind of beauty I see go into each card your create! Truly magical ! Merry Christmas .

  6. Nancy your home is gorgeous and your decorations are just beautiful. I love your collection of nutcrackers. I have to agree with Marybeth, I could have fun shopping at your house too! Thank you for sharing all of your festive decorations! Merry Christmas! xoxo

  7. Wow...such a beautiful home! Love all your gorgeous holiday decorations. Those nutcrackers are fabulous, simply magical!

  8. Oh wow - What a beautiful home all decked out for the holidays! Gorgeousness!

  9. Nancy's Christmas Boutique, we'll all come shopping for ideas! What gorgeous details you've included and I especially love your themes for each room!

  10. So glad you shared your amazingly decorated home with us! I can't imagine how many boxes that all entails. Looks like something out of a magazine. Cute puppy too! Merry Christmas.

  11. Your home is gorgeous and so beautifully decorated!!!

  12. Marisela Delgado said: Nancy, you always make such beautiful cards. You are truly inspiring. Thanks for the great tour of your beautiful home. Feliz Navidad from your friend Marisela in San Antonio, Texas

  13. Nancy, your house looks like a Hallmark Christmas movie. It is so beautiful and my jaw dropped when I read that you made the Santa's. Such a talented lady. It must take you weeks to decorate. Gorgeous and thanks for sharing.

  14. Wow, I agree with the others Nancy- gorgeous and looks like a movie set!! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with all of us! Hugs and Happy New Year!!

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  16. OMG YES! I would pay admission to stroll through the rooms.. so many things I LOVE.. I dont know where to begin.. the santa face sign, the nutcrackers, the bird ornaments with FEATHERS.. the chef on the tree with the cupcake.. I could look at your photos for days and still see something new! Wonderful escape for me today!

  17. My jaw is on the floor with all of your gorgeous Christmas decorating! You have such a gift in creating the Santas, decorating the stunning trees, etc.! I love tha gorgeous nativity on your mantle and that huge tree is so magnificent! I would not want to put these decorations away! Thanks so much for sharing the photos!

  18. Your home is beautiful! One of my favorites is Santa in mink and silk curtains...fabulous.


So happy you came for a visit. I love reading your comments!