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Postby STLModern » Fri Dec 14, 2007 4:59 pm

Izzy,

If I was at your house and you had Dots out...your kids wouldn't stand a chance. Mmmmm!

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Postby Izzy » Fri Dec 14, 2007 5:32 pm

My son has not spoken much more than 5 words but after i got the dots on the tree tonight he cried big crocodile tears and yelled, "PLEEEZE!"
Maybe i should take a pic of the gumdrop tree tomorrow as an "after" shot... :P

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Postby rockland » Fri Dec 14, 2007 5:34 pm

cool tree. i've never seen that one. try this recipe,
victorian salt clay, #5. it's slightly transparent and looks just like dots.
i made some last night for holiday with family. (orange and olive green)
not as pasty looking as regular play-doh. (and use lots of salt on the surface when rolling)
http://www.make-stuff.com/kids/clay.html
would look cool with orange and green gingerbread men sitting and draped all
over the branches.
or replace the salt with sugar and they are edible. trickier recipe (use sugar on the surface
when rolling) ...stomach ache.

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Postby johnnyapollo » Sat Dec 15, 2007 5:24 pm

I don't remember if I've every published the decorations we put up on the house yet - since we're of mixed religions, most of the decorations are "neutral" - for instance we don't put up any nativity scenes and the like. We do have 3 vintage tinsel trees - and the ornaments we use tend to be figural - Halmark cartoon and movie characters are favorites. The smallest tree we usually use for miniature ornaments but we went basic this year.

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A few years ago I started buying those lighted balls - basically a bunch of christmas lights stuck on a sphere - without any idea of what we were going to do with them - we just thought they were neat (and actually bought most on closeout post-xmas). The initial idea was to put some in the clerestorys and it grew into this. I like the way the globes reflect in the windows - it really looks much better in person than the photos show - the digital camera has blown out most of the color. Here are shots both during the day with lights off and in the evening with lights on.

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Postby egads » Sat Dec 15, 2007 7:52 pm

Nothing says "Christmas" like firearms.

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Postby johnnyapollo » Sun Dec 16, 2007 9:10 am

Yeah we figured the nephew was old enough for his first Red Ryder bb-gun. Spotten them on sale at the Bass Pro Shop - funny place that - they had an actual sleigh with 9 taxidermied deer across the main floor by the entrance (Rudolph's nose was painted red). Not a place to go if you're in PESA or a vegitarian!

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Postby johnnyapollo » Sun Dec 16, 2007 8:15 pm

Funny that.

Nothing wrong with quarter-sawn oak in my book. Mission and Craftsman furniture is actually classified as "modern" design - think about when it first appeared - how those square lines looked to people used to flourishes and curves - lots of head scratching going on back then.

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Postby rockland » Sun Dec 16, 2007 9:48 pm

the hanging ball lights are fantastic. i have a couple and just put them under the tree. i'll have to get a few few
more and hang them outside.

Woodhead nixed my idea of a tightly wrapped in lights shopping cart i wanted to put on the front lawn.
statement about consumerism.....just pushing buttons.

(still make daisy guns? i want one) or just the box....

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Postby rockland » Fri Dec 21, 2007 3:29 pm

these are fun
vintage Soviet postcards,
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here we go again!

Postby Izzy » Thu Dec 04, 2008 3:50 pm

anyone else got their stuff up yet? we just did
can never seem to stick to a minimal look with christmas. the kids just love all that trinkety, snowglob-y, chaotic stuff so i have to bring it out. but i did seriously try to edit this year.
something about christmas tends to go against the mcm spirit of minimalism it would seem... although i am somewhere in the middle of minimalism and ...well... the opposite.
whats going up at your house? i could use a few ideas!!
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Postby Dan O. » Fri Dec 05, 2008 6:34 pm

Not to be a Scrooge but I was somewhat confused by the Soviet-era "Christmas" cards (religious holiday in an atheist state?). Turns out they are actually new years cards and the Santa Claus character is "Grandfather Frost"; but I suppose that was only the "official" explanation as the long-standing tradition of celebrating a particular religious holiday would be nearly impossible to eradicate entirely (even over a period of 40 years).

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Postby MCMLII » Sat Dec 06, 2008 4:50 pm

This year's tree with a mix of vintage and new/modern ornaments.

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Postby MCMLII » Sun Dec 07, 2008 8:32 am

Thanks for the compliment Bamalama. My wife desrves the credit for the decorating.

Johnnyapollo those lighted balls are great! Getting a lot of good ideas for next year.

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Postby jakabedy » Tue Dec 09, 2008 9:40 am

Aren't MCM window walls great for Christmas Trees?

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Martini bases for color on existing landscape lights

Postby cougarider » Tue Dec 09, 2008 7:04 pm

Thanks to a fellow lottaliving elf!

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Postby jakabedy » Wed Dec 10, 2008 7:17 pm

Baz -

I'll try to oblige with a dusk photo. If only it would ever stop raining . . .
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Postby jesgord » Sun Dec 14, 2008 1:10 pm

A few angles of our recently completed lr/dr sporting a 6.5" aluminum tree. We wont be in town for the holidays, but I couldn't let our first X-mas "in" the house pass without, at least, a tree.

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Postby jakabedy » Mon Dec 15, 2008 6:23 pm

jesgord - your place looks wonderful! Ditto to couga and MCMLII. Photography is definitely not my long suit, but here is a shot after dark.
Oh, and I blurred the edges so as to disguise the Clampettesque items on the lawn.

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Postby jesgord » Tue Dec 16, 2008 5:56 pm

Looking good Jakabedy

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Postby Joe » Tue Dec 16, 2008 8:09 pm

snow over our patio lights

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Love seeing all the Christmas Color here!

Postby Slim and Gabby » Wed Dec 17, 2008 4:43 pm

Jesgord- your place looks amazing! I kinda like the minimalist tree. That's the great thing about aluminum-don't matter if yer home or not!

Joe- just love the muted and sorta psycho look of snow on the lights. Not gonna happen in this part of CA, so I can enjoy it vicariously.

MCMLII-LOVE the feel of your place-so cozy and genuine!

Izzy-you inspired us to get going, so finally we are posting some pix. We always have a lot of vignettes going on about the house anyway, but Christmas is a time to mix up our groupings and help our stuff make new friends. Always looks new and different when we switch it back out again. Um, need we tell you we anthropomorphize just a WEE little bit around here?

Slim had lots of fun photoshopping these as he has found a way to get that Kodachrome look a bit more prominently here....

THIS Santa is definitely a BAD ACTOR....not only is he in his cups, but he stole the hootch from our clown friend....
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Santa Town is getting their party on too...
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Santa's Gang is a bit more sedate:
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The tree is finally in full swing:
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You can see our K-R-A-Z-Y Faux-Fox Christmas Tree Stole and find out what Pink Bear and his friends are up to in the full set of pix here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/93018283@N ... 267150309/

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Postby Tim Young » Thu Dec 18, 2008 12:23 am

Here's our new (to us) Evergleam 6 foot tree and color projector.

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And some sputnik style stars that I found on eBay and hung from the ceiling with fishing line.

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The flash in the picture doesn't do the stars justice. They look better in person.

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