A WEEK IN REVIEW

Sunday, November 22, 2009

So much for posting everyday! Can't do it....There is just so much energy and at the end of a day my brain cannot make a complete sentence. My body cannot move and the BED calls my name.

THIS POST will be a long one, as I don't know when I will have another window of time to blog....maybe Wednesday night....I have a some great new "Grammy Pictures" that I will post on my main blog.....I have so much to be thankful for.
So check out Teresa's Treasures in the next day or two and you will see my greatest blessings.

COME with me and lets look at the last week. You can click on the pitures and they will enlarge (I hope)!
If this gets too long, just move on to another blog. Its too long for me.
I would love to do a post on each house, but I am afraid that was just wishful thinking on my part. I hope you will enjoy what I can manage to post today.
This was the week I traveled for four days to another town to work at wonderful homes. My biggest problem was I did not take my elves. They stayed here and worked on their own stuff and one even decorated my house! (thanks Terri)



This started our week ..tree, mantle and staircase....though I don't think there are any pictures on my camera of anything but the tree and staircase.....






TUESDAY'S HOUSE is an entire post. We will spend another day there this week
so I will show all the pictures then...but here is a sneak preview! It is a FABULOUS house that a WONDERFUL family lives in.


Wednesday began travel days.... This is one of my sweet friends that moved to a new city this year and has the CUTEST little 3 month old girl!

And this was the FIRST tree I had done totally by MYSELF in years. Wow do I appreciate all my elves.


The home for the next couple of days was for some dear friends...We have only known them a few years, but feel like we have known them forever. JUST VERY SPECIAL people.
Although there was TONS of work, we really enjoyed our stay in their home. My husband traveled with me this week and that was great...I could do paper work while he drove.
This is one of those homes that just says WELCOME and you instantly feel at home. IT is a stunningly beautiful home that has an ABUNDANCE of Christmas.
The picture below is right out of Southern Living...a beautiful, warm, inviting room. The tree turned out gorgeous and was a great new look! There is not a ROOM in this house that is not filled with Christmas...this home really turns into a WINTER WONDERLAND! They have lots of parties planned, so I know they will bring JOY to many people.





The mantle in this cozy room....









Not a great picture, but a view of the dining room



This is the tree in the foyer, full of Annalee ornaments...Opening the front door just screams Christmas.



This is a HALF TREE that I totally redid.....love the look and want one for myself. This is in the family room and perfect for the spot it is in. Below is the top of the half tree....there are endless possibilities for this tree...one you could change each year.



Snowmen are everywhere in this room and a peak at the mantle!






another view of the BIG TREE!



A few pictures of the kitchen cabinets filled with great collectibles from over the years. The staircase looked beautiful, but somehow I did not get a picture.



Even though this was WORK...this was a fun time with friends....GREAT food, good WINE, and fun helpers! (Thank you Vee, Sue and Brenda)

Back home late on Friday and on to a big job yesterday...but also back to my elves....



This house has 2 large trees and for the first time we flip flopped the trees from the living area and the landing upstairs....Loved it! The tree above is what we call a BALL TREE....totally filled with every color ball, crammed in the tree to give the fullness.....one of the most colorful trees that we do!



The tree on the landing is filled with gold, silver and a touch of burgandy.
and the next picture is the topper for it.





This is the fun combination of colors at the bottom of the staircase.






Hope you have enjoyed the weekly TOUR! I can tell you this body feels it as I sit here with a heating pad on my back...and I finally got a long 12 hours of sleep. That was HEAVEN. My husband is outside putting out our outside lights...Nothing makes me happier than to come home at night to a yard filled with white lights and lots of Disney characters...Be sure and leave me a comment and you will be in the drawing for a wonderful
Holiday CD that I will draw for on Thanksgiving.
*****And because I have SO MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR, I want to bless someone this week with a BOX of CHRISTMAS goodies! All comments this week will go in a drawing that I will do on Friday night....SO TWO GIVEAWAYS this week.
I cannot end this post without telling you that you MUST see
THE BLIND SIDE with Sandra Bullok and Tim McGraw...Jack and I slipped into the movie on our way home yesterday. A rare treat during tree season. WE are movie lovers and this was one of the BEST movies I have seen in several years. One of those movies that when the credits roll, no one gets up. A movie you think about! A movie that you think about again.
A movie that makes you take stock of your own life. A movie that somehow makes you want to be a better person. A perfect movie for Thanksgiving week. Have a blessed week.
****Just checked and a few pictures will not enlarge....will try and change that later today....

50 comments:

Chris H said...

You totally inspire me! I am still working on my little tree.. there is a pic of it on my blog again today... but it's not finished yet! I am still working on it... any suggestions? lol

Lucy Marie said...

The decorations are lovely. I would be so happy to be entered into the giveway. Have a wonderful week.

Jo Whitehurst said...

Teresa, your bloggie friends will not mind waiting for you to post. We will read everything you write, no matter how long. And, we appreciate your dedication to the Christmas message, and to sharing that and your life with us! Blessings to you and your family!

Melinda said...

Beautiful! I know you must be exhausted, but you do GREAT WORK!

Oh, and I'll be emailing you soon...just found out that "a baby changes everything" in my own world.

Hugs,
Melinda

Anonymous said...

Teresa,

Your talent never ceases to amaze me ~ Love all your trees ~ they are truly AMAZING!!!!! What a gift. Blessings to you and yours this season:):)

Love, Tammy Ewert

Holly said...

Beautiful! Reflecting your beautiful heart, friend. Thank you for thinking of me. I don;t take it lightly. You are loved!!

MamaBear said...

You do AMAZING Work!!!! Glad to hear you were able to sneak in a movie - I'm a big Sandra B. fan so i'll have to check it out.

We decorated the 40 tree at church today and the lobby trees. It's something my family looks forward to every year - most of the congregation comes together and works their tails off to transform our church for the holidays. I was thinking of you as I watched the kids put all the ornaments on....:)

Sheryl said...

STUNNING!! i don't know how you do it. tires me out just looking at the pictures! those are some blessed families to have you transform their homes.

praying for you this week.

love you,
sheryl

West Side of Straight said...

Trees and the mantle, staircase decorations are so pretty. Love the cabinet with all Christmas ware! I can't wait to see that movie too. I'm sure it will be so good. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Love Being a Nonny said...

Love the tree with all the balls on it! I know you are exhausted!!

Can't wait to see the movie. I had plans to go yesterday but it didn't work out. Soon I hope!

Try to relax...Is that possible?
Happy Thanksgiving!

Jolyn said...

I don't know that you could ever do a blog to long for me. All the tree's and the toppers are just wonderful. I really liked the idea of the wreath on the stairway that is diffrent, I may try that. Prayers for you through your decorating season and you and your hubby have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Thanks for the update on the movie we really want to see this one.
Hugs,
Jolyn

Sarah said...

I was at IKEA this afternoon and they had some great ornament sales!! If any of your readers are looking for inexpensive ways to brighten up their holiday season I would definitely recommend heading over there!!

Gram said...

As always the trees are beautiful and I am in awe of your talent.

Susie said...

Love the trees. Thanks for sharing, I know you are worn out. I'm in the process of decorating mine. I LOVE Christmas and the reason for Christmas. Just wondering. Do you put multiple ornaments on one branch and how?

Bacardi Mama said...

I am in awe of your amazing talent. Everything you touch turns to beauty. I wish I lived near you so I could see these homes in person.

Bev Brandon said...

I'm sure a photo doesn't do the beauty justice. Very beautiful! My favorite is your toppers----oohhhh! I would LOVE to be able to do that. I attempted a netting topper this year with poinsettias and berries but not quite as big as yours. Gorgeous! Just reflects the beauty in your beautiful heart! My Love to you, Bev

The Real Me! said...

Have mercy girl! YOu've been busy!!! Everything looks so beautiful. You have a nack that's for sure. I can't wait to see more!!
Hugs
Kim

Anonymous said...

Oh, Teresa! How I love looking at your Christmas creations! They bring me joy! What must go on in that brain of yours is amazing! Love you and will be praying for your strength and health!

Cindy Boyd

wpsample said...

OMG! My daughter was right, your blog is amazing! What a beautiful gift you have for bringing Christmas magic to many! I have dial-up internet, but I sat in awe as the trees were revealed!

Aimee said...

Every single tree is just gorgeous!!! They just drip with eye candy! I know you are exhausted, but I check every day to see if you've posted.

Jane In The Jungle said...

Boy I wish you were going to be in Chattanooga Tn. to help me with my trees this weekend!!

Love the pictures!

Because of Love said...

Wow you have been busy!

I must ask you a question. The ribbon/tuelle/"netting" that you use on the trees for bows. Where do you get it?! I have searched everywhere for it. Hobby Lobby, Micheals, AC Moore, Walmart... All I can find is traditional tuelle, without wire.

Mammy said...

Amazing, Teresa. No wonder you need a heating pad! I sure enjoyed the beauty!

Elaine said...

Your work is beautiful! You've inspired me to work hard at decorating my house this year! We have yet to put up our tree, but everything else on the inside is finished! I can't wait to put up our tree though!

grammy said...

Wow, it is all so beautiful (o:

Michelle said...

Gorgeous!! I can't wait until Friday to start decorating!!

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Oh my you are all ready for Christmas! It looks beautiful! We leave for Phoenix this morning for 6 days so will be that much more behind in the decorating when I get home! :{
Oh the blessings of grandbabies! I wish I knew about it- 2 sons 25 and almost 27 are neither one married so no grandbaby in the near future!

blessings for a Happy Thanksgiving-
mary

Anonymous said...

Theresa, This has been a week from hell and just opening your blog has lifted my spirits so high! I want to get my decorations out and start NOW! I have to clean, shop and cook first. Kids coming, thankfully. Keep your beauty coming. PM

Halo Hill said...

So many beautiful things! And whew, how busy you are!! Isn't being a Grammy the best gig in the world? My Mom is Grammy, and my "Grandma name" is Mimi. I have one darling grandson, but hoping for more in the future!!

Holiday Hugs,

Sheila
p.s. thank you for stopping by my blog!

Grammy Suzzy and DJ Doran said...

Teresa, I recently found your blog, and I simply adore your work! Every tree, mantle and staircase is simply stunning. What a wonderful job you have! Your work shows your passion for what you do, and such joy you must bring! From this post, all are gorgeous, but the ball tree truly caught my eye! I love to just fill our tree with all the ornaments it will hold! Just a super kudos to you...and wishing I could be one of your sainted elves!!! :)

Nina Diane said...

wow...all of the trees are just beautiful! You do great work lady!!

Lynn said...

I'm amazed you have any energy left to blog at all! Thanks for taking the time to share with us. I'm looking forward to seeing that movie as well.

smcvicker said...

Love the ball tree especially! I want to see the movie I've heard so much about it.

Holly said...

You are so inspiring!! Thank you for sharing for all of us
~Holly at: http://oregonchristmas.blogspot.com

Together We Save said...

Your trees are amazing!!

Courtney said...

I love looking at all your trees. I am ready to get into tree decorating mode. Have a great week!

Becca @ The Texas Darlings said...

My goodness you work hard!!! But it all looks wonderful!!

~Becca

Anita said...

I love seeing your tree roundup each week...you do beautiful work.

susan said...

Teresa-You do deserve and need some rest! Your work is beautiful and it must give you satisfaction knowing your work will be the center of much happiness and love. Hope you can rest over Thanksgiving--Have a happy and blessed one!

♥georgie♥ said...

I am always just in awe of the trees you do...such lovely work...

just stopping by visiting all the SSS participants and to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving

ethelmaepotter! said...

The Southern Living house is spectacular...looks like it was just MADE for Christmas!
We saw The Blind side this weekend, and loved it! My favorite scene was the Christmas card photo session...and the subsequent comment from one of the realives!

Jackie said...

Love them all!! You totally inspire me!

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!
Jackie

Grandma Cyndi said...

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a well deserved break.

The Retired One said...

If I were you, by the time I got home, there would be NO way I would feel like decorating. I know what you mean about your back...I also have back troubles, even after surgery 15 years ago. There may be a time when you will have to direct your elves to do it all and you not do so do so much yourself...because it is important to take care of yourself first and foremost!!

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Teresa~ I'm strolling in to catch up and especially to wish you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving!
It's such a wonderful time to stop and reflect on all those we cherish and are truly grateful for.
Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to visit and leave feeling inspired!

Even though our Thanksgiving is very small in number, with hubby and son (we don't count the cat cause she doesn't like turkey). We don't scrimp on the menu...from appetizers to desserts with several carb loaded dishes in between! We will be enjoying tryptophan playoffs too!

Sweet Holiday wishes,
Sara

Weezer said...

Teresa, your love for your decorations is evident in all the pictures. What time and dedication it must take! I can't wait to get to my decorating. I have a daughter that was born on December 5 and when she was born I promised her that I wouldn't decorate until after her birthday. So it'll be soon. Thank you so much for sharing. And it was well worth the wait for the pictures.
Take care of yourself. Get some rest and have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Stacey DePrang said...

Well...Teresa...once again, you have outdone yourself!!!! Just finished my tree with still everything you put on it in the past...I STILL LOVE it!!!!!Have a BLESSED holiday season!!!! Love you!!!!

Love you! Stacey DePrang

E @ Scottsville said...

Wow all the trees are gorgeous!!!

We just went and saw "The Blind Side" tonight. It was AWESOME!!!!

I would love to win your contest.

Jess said...

The trees are absolutely gorgeous! I think I love the ball tree!


Have a great day!

PEA said...

Oh Theresa, you do such beautiful work of decorating, I'm speechless! I have never seen more stunning decor. I absolutely adore Christmas and everything to do with it, I can't even imagine having a job in helping families by decorating their homes...it would be such a perfect job for me!! lol I would need to learn how to decorate like you, though:-) xoxo