Monday, December 10, 2012

The Bunny Tree - Part One



Every year it truly makes me smile that you ask me to share photos of my bunny tree. My collection of bunny ornaments keeps growing and growing, so I decided to break this post up into a few parts.

Over the years, I have simplified many things and Christmas decorations were some of them. I focus mainly on my tree, letting the ornaments stand alone without lots of garlands, florals etc., as each of them has a special meaning. I do hang our stockings at the mantel and place two little woodland trees on top. I also have a small tree in my bedroom just because I like the cozy feeling of the lights.

This is how my tree looks from my living room. My living room, dining room, foyer and kitchen are all open to each other.
Last year I purchased this bucket for my tree to sit in. I love the rustic look of it.


Of course, my tree topper is a bunny. A bunny elf as a matter of fact. I purchased this handmade fella back in the early 90's. I simply adore him.


David and I started dating in 1989. That very first Christmas we purchased an ornament together and have been collecting them ever since.  We were married in 1991 and last year I found this vintage Hallmark ornament on ebay! How cool is that?


Every year, in addition to the ornament David and I purchase, I also purchase a new bunny ornament. This year it was Jingles. He is handmade by my wonderful friend, artist, and storyteller,  Anita of Castles, Crowns and Cottages. I looooooooove him!

Below are more of my beloved bunny ornaments.







I hope you enjoyed this visit. I'll post more bunny ornament photos next Monday. Until then, we'll see you right back here on Wednesday. I'll have one of my original Folk Art Fusion pieces for sale.


Have a fun day! We love you right up to the moon and back!

xx, Michelle and the Bunnies

35 comments:

Christine M said...

I love your tree topper Shell. In fact I love all your decorations!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I love your open floor plan and simple works wonderfully for me. Sweet ornaments with lovely memories - they deserve a showcase.

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Every ornament is prettier than the last, but I think my favorite is the one you closed with...to the moon and back. So sweet!

Have a wonderful week, my friend. As usual, I'm finishing Christmas gifts. (It's JULY, right?) lol

xoxo
D and Tag

Jeanette said...

Love,love,love those gorgeous bunny ornaments. Hugs,

Sunnybec said...

How nice to have special ornaments each year. I like simple too, less is more! Your home looks lovely. Hugs xx

Christina said...

So beautiful Michelle. I have a special bunny ornament too. A sweet friend sent it to me.

Crafty Green Poet said...

what a lot of lovely bunnies!

Madame Samm said...

Love the simplified look, your christmas setting is lovely, serene and ohhh so inviting

Juicybear said...

whoow all your bunnys are so pretty.
Greetz Anneke

Christine said...

Lovely...

Jo in TAS said...

I love your bunny decorations Shell, very special to bring them out once a year. My tree is mostly baubles, strings of beads and some home made ornies too.
Hugs
Jo

Melody said...

Elegant, beautiful, charming and sweet.

Jules said...

I adore really nice Christmas ornaments (despite being a Humbug!) Loving your Seasonal bunniesx

Sandy D said...

I am enjoying seeing your bunny ornaments for the first time. Looking forward to seeing the rest.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

WOWOWOOWOWOWOOWOWW! You are talking my talk, speaking my language here! BUNNIES! Oh my dear, look at your house, your tree, your RABBITS! Do the two bunnies of the manor get a chance to do ZOOMIES on that glass-like floor?

AND JINGLES! THERE HE IS in a place of honor! THANK YOU!

I wish you a happy and magnificent holiday my dear. Thank you for coming to visit! LOVE! Anita

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

PS....we had a ton of snow last night and what do we see this morning all over the garden? BUNNY TRACKS!

Quilt Hollow said...

Why would I expect anything different? Your love of bunnies is so sweet even in the tree! Do you know I can't see anything bunny without thinking you?!

Mosaic Magpie said...

Shell, I loved seeing your home and ornaments. The old world Santa holding the rabbit is really unique. I told myself I was not dragging all the Christmas stuff out this year, but now after seeing yours.....
Deb

Karen said...

Adorable bunny ornaments. I can see why you enjoy them so much.

Linda said...

Your home is looking beautiful for the holidays! I love the bunnies! How appropriate!

Missie of Hallbrook Designs said...

So pretty! I honestly don't have one bunny ornament with a Christmas theme! I don't know that I have ever seen them at Christmas time...I do have some bunny ornaments for my country Charley Brown tree in my kitchen window sill, but they are Easter themed. Thanks for sharing!!

Anne-Lise at Rag, Tag, Bobtail said...

Lots of lovely bunnies! Beautiful tree!

WoolenSails said...

I do love the simplicity and getting to that point myself.
I love your bunny collection, I have been collecting cat ornaments over the years, but my real kitties are too obnoxious to put up the big tree.

Debbie

Lindi said...

I love your ornaments!! Then again I love bunnies!!! Thanx for sharing. L

bunnits said...

Wonderful bunny ornaments. Thanks for sharing these delightful little things.

speedyrabbit said...

That is just adorable Michelle,xx Speedy and Rachel

Michelle Ridgway said...

Oh Michelle. I love your festive bunnykin ornaments on your tree. They are ssoooo cute.

Jade said...

*squee*! Love your bunny ornaments--I have the one of the mom and baby nestled in the snowy hollow log as well, but I have it on display on the hall shelf year-round.

TSL said...

Oh how I wish I had been clever enough to have a theme tree all these years! I am a new follower and have a GIVEAWAY on my blog, over at midnight the 14th if interested!

CHRIS said...

LOve your bunniness Shell xx

Rabbits' Guy said...

I blew up the picture of your tree and we mounted it on plywood and put in the corner of the living room. A few twinkling lights and we are all set - way better than the alternative!! PS - sweet card too - Thanks much. BL is amazed at the stitching and cutting and etc ....

Sue Smith said...

Your tree looks Fab-U-lous!!

Vilje Vanilje said...

Oh, I loooove your tree, and all the bunny ornaments, how you managed to find so many christmas themed bunnies is a it of a mystery, I always seem to find lots of easter ones, but no christmas:( My favorite was the embroidery lady and the second to last one in white:)

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Shell and bunnies,

Great to come over and visit you and see your fabulous home at Christmas time. The tree, with all the precious bunnies and decorations looks amazing.
Hope all is well and you and enjoying the week

hugs
Carolyn

Starr White said...

Okay, I'm in. This post was the clencher. I LOVE your tree and bunny ornaments. Found you through the interview with Jules. Beautiful bunnies. Beautiful blog. You have a new follower! :))))))