Thank you, Joanna, for sharing with us your apartment... :) Here is Christmas Adams Style in Joanna's own words:
This comes from the small apartment of a single social worker with a small budget! I have many items that I've acquired over the years, items purchased at second hand stores and discount stores, and items received as gifts. Some day, I hope to have a house with more space to decorate! And I also hope to have a nice camera too :)
I love woodland creatures and a natural looking Christmas tree (although I have plenty of unnatural objects on there as well!). But I love the idea of berries, icicles, and woodland animals together. I bought the owl at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, Michigan.
My favorite little nutcracker from Tuesday Morning. It is a true German nutcracker at a reasonable price! I love his little dachshund! And since he's a hunting nutcracker, I love keeping him out for fall and Christmas :)
My little Hallmark bicycle from 2007. My aunt and I biked the Dalmac bike tour from Lansing to Mackinaw City, Michigan. It took 4 days. It was awesome and I'll never do it again!
An Early American Christmas by Tomie DePaola. I have this book displayed on one of the nightstands in my bedroom next to my old fashioned candle light. I love this book. I found it accidentally at a used book store and bought it for $2. It's a children's book about a German family that moved to a little New England village and taught them about all of their Christmas traditions, including making candles and ornaments and decorating a tree.
This is a reflection of my living room and Christmas tree through my Ikea mirror hung above an old family heirloom buffet in my dining room. When you have a small space, you have to make the most of it, especially to get more light everywhere. Mirrors are my favorite trick. It reflects the slider door/window in my living room and makes it look like there's a window in there. I put cheap gold ball ornaments in a bowl on my dining room table for a nice, inexpensive center piece. Jen's note: how is it that Joanna has wrapped gifts under her tree and I haven't even BOUGHT my wrapping paper? Overachiever.
This is a little camel I bought from an antique store for a few dollars. I was hoping to eventually create my own little nativity scene with odds and ends, but haven't found everything yet. I have him displayed with Christmas lights and garland on the top of my secretary desk in my bedroom, which I bought at the same antique store. Jen's note: loving this vintage camel... :)
I have no idea who made this for me, but this is an ornament from one of my first Christmases. I think it's so sweet!
Another view of my secretary display. This photo is definitely low quality. But it shows the rest of my display. I love that the camel is made out of different types of stone on each side.
A Christmas staple: my grandmother's Dutch almond cookies. This is the 2nd year I've made them entirely on my own without her help, and they didn't come out so bad :) Note: I asked Joanna for the recipe and I was shot down because it's TOP SECRET. :)
My great-grandma Bessie made me this little gingerbread house ornament when I was little. It still has the tag attached addressing it to me. I don't know what you call that crafting style, but she made ornaments like that a lot. She even made a bird house using an old communion cup! She was such a cute little lady.
And finally, a picture of my Christmas tree! It's only 6.5 feet tall, but I think it's perfect. It's a fraser fir. Note: The photo of Joanna's whole tree didn't upload for some reason... but it was so perfect and twinkling. :)
Drew is sitting on my lap as I type this... he's playing on the iPad and eating it so I better scoot... but a BIG THANK YOU TO JOANNA! :)