2009-12-17

The Post Where I Show You My Balls…

And my "Space Needle"

And my other Christmas decoration, and then ask you to show me yours, too.  ;-)

Early disclaimers to get out of the way now…

  • My birthday is December 22nd, and I love Christmas
  • These pictures are carefully staged and cropped.  The condo is currently a toxic waste dump just off camera.
  • Jan, the beautiful ornament that you sent kept washing out in the flash, and without the flash, it didn't show up too well, either.  :-(  But in person, it looks great.  :-)
  • There's a whole lot of pictures in this here post.
  • This is the first year I've ever done a tree.  Wreaths?  Yes.  Tree?  No.

Tree-TreeDespite that fact that I am CURRENTLY a bachelor, living on his own, I do decorate for Christmas.  Always have.  In fact, number of years ago, I started giving out (and keeping) a different silver Christmas ornament each year as a package topper.

Crate & Barrel usually comes thru for me.  Like this year's silver Christmas tree, or last year's silver reindeer.

Speaking of my tree, here it is in Tree-whole-01all it's sparse, Charlie Brown-esque glory. I have done a little shopping and wrapping so far, but not a lot.  I am taking today (Thursday) off work to really go to town on finishing up the final bits of shopping, get some presents wrapped and in the mail, get my hair cut, etc.  Hopefully I will get that done.

"Why not take Friday off instead?"

Good question.  The answer is simple: Office Christmas party is Friday after work.  And that kicks off a weekend of celebrating and kicking back with some old friends (including the lovely and talented Gwen of Everything I Like Causes Cancer.)   She and Whiskey Marie will be in town, so I really don't plan on doing anything productive on Saturday or Sunday, so if it is going to happen, it needs to happen on Thursday.

But I promised you some balls, right?  I'm getting there.  I just had to ramble long enough to fill in the gap beside the picture.  Duh.

Mantle-03So here's my fireplace, and you can see that my balls are hung…

I have some hand painted glass ball ornaments that I got at a craft show.  Long boring story short, my parents had a booth at the show, and he was next to us, and didn't sell a damn thing all day, so I bought the snowman…

Painted-Snowman

the Christmas trees…

Painted-Tree

and the constipated sun.

Painted-Constipated-Sun

And speaking of hand painted ornaments, (not constipation) this guy, "Party Boy" is a P. Buckley Moss design that I bought at her museum a few years back.  It is hand painted on the inside of the glass!P-Buckley-Moss

Getting back to the tree, I have a bit of a travel theme going on.  Restoration Hardware used to sell these beautiful brass ornaments of icon structures and airplanes and such.  I bought many for places that I had been.

Tree-Space-Travel(Note, there's the starfish Jan from Struck by Serendipity sent me, it has glitter and shells, and is most charming.)  So to go with the Eifel Tower, Big Ben, Roman Coliseum, and the Golden Gate Bride (off camera), I wanted a Space Needle, for my heart currently lives in Seattle, and I wanted one on the tree.

But, I searched the intTree-Space-Needle-01ernets, and all I saw were some cheesy looking glass ones.  So over Thanksgiving, Cora and I hunted and hunted for a nice, metallic one.  They had to have them, right?  This was the best we could find.

A cheap resin one.

But there's that story about beggars and choosers, so I bought it as a backup.  While Tree-Borg-Sphereat the festival of lights, I did buy this Borg sphere looking ornament, so that I would have a "nice" ornament to hang on the tree.  (In real life, it doesn't look like a big ball of tin foil, honest.)

On the way to the airport for my return flight, Cora and I stopped in at Wal-Mart of all places, and struck gold.  Well, bronze.  We found two different sized bronze Space Needle paper weights, that with a little ribbon or monofilament thread can become ornaments.

Tree-Space-Needle-02  Tree-Space-Needle-03 To wrap up this monster post, and to get wrapping, I wouldn't want you to think that my decor is ALL fancy and sophisticated.Glass-Head-01Yes – The hat has sequins on it.
Yes – The nose blinks.

So, I've shown you mine, now you show me yours.  What do your decorations look like?

16 comments:

Laura - Are We Nearly There Yet Mummy? said...

I'm loving your big balls.

I might have to show you mine.

Candy's daily Dandy said...

AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

Whiskey Marie AND Gwen this weekend???? Good God man, I hope you make it out alive.....after all, soon you are to be a family man and all. God speed this weekend.

Loved this post. I feel like I just took a tour of your personal little christmas.

Cora said...

Thank you for showing me your balls. They're truly lovely and well-hung. Even the blue one.

And it's so nice seeing your huge space needle up! I was afraid it might be too big, but nope - it fits just right. Yay!!!!

*le sigh*

Cora said...

Oh, and lovely head too!

The Peach Tart said...

Your place is fabulous and you have such unique and wonderful ornaments. Love the head.

Jan @ Struck by Serendipity said...

I'm glad you like the touch of Florida! My favorite is the constipated sun. Everyone needs one of those on their tree!

Callista said...

at last WalMart came thru for something!

UberGrumpy said...

Awesome! I love the constipates sun.

I've got some of those Hallmark Star Trek Christmas ornaments that plug into the lights. My wife won't let them out of the box.

So being single isn't all bad...

SkylersDad said...

Awesome stuff Scope! I will see if I can get the flash to work on my balls and play along.

Nikki said...

My Christmas tree looks like someone went crazy and spit glee at it. Fairly warned but I will show it tomorrow.

J.J. in L.A. said...

Scope, Scope, Scope...

When you promise to show a girl your balls (as well hung as yours are), you really need to tell her what to expect. Here, I was expecting some juicy pics...and I get a constipated sun. As cute as he is, I want more. ; )

Moooooog35 said...

The fact that I continued reading after seeing the title has disturbed me.

And that takes a LOT.

Poindexter said...

like the collection of globes, nice.

Vodka Mom said...

those are AWESOME!! I'll show mine this weekend, I promise!!

KaLynn said...

You make me laugh so much!! I have an award at my place for you because you make me laugh!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Fragrant Liar said...

Geez, what is up with all the balls lately?