Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Happy Birthday to...

Someone who is
at least 50...

Which means that it can not be I
 because
although I did have a birthday
this past week...


I'm a proud 49er
and still
too young to deck my halls with
 a red hat tree


With a feather boa for a skirt.


No...
The Red  Hot  Hat birthday girl today is
 the Duchess.
She's seventysomething today.

Here she is giving the Duchess wave in the local parade


It's my favorite picture of her because it captures her completely.
And in honor of her birthday, I thought I would post
 a few more pictures
of her favorite things.

You know...
Christmas trees

This one guards her kitchen door.


She made just about everything on it 

 And most of it is edible.

Gum drop chains and wreaths...
and popcorn balls...
and gingerbread men...


In her bedroom, she has a Victorian tree



Dripping with lace and pearls


Her sun porch has a beach themed tree


With sand dollar snowmen
and all sorts of sea shell creations.

Tucked into this little nook is her Santa tree.

I think she needs a bigger space...


And perhaps a bigger tree!


Her living room tree is less whimsical.
It's full of
 brass ornaments. 


There is an ornament for every
 birthday and anniversary

This one says
Dee and Dave 1957

Of course, the ornaments which decorated their tree
 back in  '57
have made their way to
 this vintage tree in
another bedroom.


It's full of old ornaments and vintage Christmas cards
This simple tree is one of my favorites of all.

But then,
I'm very fond of vintage things,
especially the ones 
which have been cherished by their family
for generations. 

You know...
kind of like
 the Duchess.


34 comments:

MDB said...

I wish I looked that good in my hat! the duchess is my favoritest (obviously, since we share a name).
xoxo Duchess in training

Sharon Kirby said...

YAY! I'm here...

I can't tell you what a TREAT it was to finally be able to put a face with The Duchess. She looks like royalty. What a perfectly grand lady she is - a smile to warm the heart, and eyes that speak of love and joy. You're right, that picture does capture her...

LOVE her trees - where does that woman find the energy to decorate all of them?? They're beautiful.

Please wish your dear Mom a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY from me - let her know that her presence in MY life, even out here in Blog Land, really means a lot.

Hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas.

Are you gearing up for some lively banter in 2011???

FrouFrouBritches said...

What a wonderful tribute to your sweet mama! She is precious - I guess that's where you get it!

Beautiful trees!! I don't know how in the words you would pick a favorite. They're all gorgeous! I just know she would work circles around me! I don't have the patience to string gumdrops and all that. She's a better woman than I am!

By the way, I HATE I missed your birthday!!! Happy late birthday to you! Hope you're having a great time with the girls!

Grace on the Narrow Path said...

The duchess is truly an amazing woman. Happy Birthday to her!!! You are blessed ... my friend ... you are blessed.
So much happiness.
Blessings,
Bren

Ann said...

What a wonderful tribute to your mother, Debbie! She could run circles around Martha Stewart when it comes to Christmas decor! Amazing.

Thank you, too, for finally putting a face to your precious "Duchess!" Hope she has a wonderful birthday surrounded by her family!

Kelli said...

Hoping the Duchess enjoys a delightful Birthday celebration! The themed trees are marvelous and I am amazed by each one. LOVE it all!! Hope you had a lovely Christmas!!!

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

What GORGEOUS trees and Happy Birthday wishes to the dutchess :)

Blessings!
Gail

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Well Happy Birthday to the Duchess...and her trees are so inspiring!!
Well I hit that 50 mark in just days...so maybe I am entering the red hat days!!!
You have honored her well...what a blessing.

Jane said...

Here's wishing the Duchess many more birthdays! Lovely trees.

Jane

Vanessa said...

Well, Happy Birthday to you and the Duchess! What a week you guys have had! It was so fun seeing all of those fabulous trees and the fabulous lady who created them. :-)
Vanessa

Dianne said...

Loved seeing all the beautiful trees. And the post was a great tribute to her. Happy New Year!

Love,
Dianne

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Debbie that pic of the Duchess is priceless-she looks like true royalty! Lovin' the trees and ornaments (or course)! I see the vintage tree has the same ornies as my G-Mom-B's-how fun is that:@)

ann said...

All those trees! Perfectly lovely! Every one of them.

Sarah said...

What a fun post! The duchess looks stunning in her red hat and boa. Anyone who has the energy and creativity to put up all those trees deserves a standing ovation. What an amazing display! Thank you for sharing and Happy Birthday to the Duchess and to the 49er. ~ Sarah

Dayle said...

I adore this post ... and the trees ... and the picture of the Duchess. She looks like the queen of a country. For real.

Denise said...

I ADORE that picture of the Duchess. She's all smiley and waving, in true royal fashion, presiding over the land of Christmas! Great post and a great tribute to one fine lady!

I, of course, could have that red hat tree this year. :( Since I am fifty and you are not. However, we are now on the countdown...360 days to go!!

Miss Char said...

That picture of the Duchess is just priceless as are all the Christmas trees. Thanks for sharing her with us today.

Angel said...

Happy Birthday to the Lovely Duchess and a belated one to you as well my friend!

I love this post and how you honor the cherished and "vintage" in your life. May God bless you and yours with a happy and healthy new year!

Gayle said...

If she put all the trees up, she's one heck of a go-getter. Wow. Looks like her place is the place to be for partying.

Great post!

Chatty Crone said...

Is the Duchess your mother? If so happy birthday to you and to her! sandie

Carol said...

What a great post. I couldn't help noticing...the Duchess is the same age as my mom, and you and I are also the same age. Another thing we have in common, can you believe it?

Sonja said...

How could you read this post and not fall in love with The Dutchess!

First her trees which blow my mind... and then that smile! HAPPY BIRTHDAY from a true admirer!! and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your darling daughter too! :)

Amy Kinser said...

Happy Birthday to the Dutchess. She looks like royalty, by the way.

Happy New Year!

Sue said...

So glad to meet your mom Debbie. Birthday wishes to both of you!!! I counted 7 trees { I think } in this post alone ~ how many does she have???
Your love for your family shines through every post. Thank you for sharing them with us.
May God richly bless your family in 2011.
Sue

Angel said...

Hi Debbie - Not sure how often you check emails so I wanted to let you know I sent one to your live email account listed on your profile page. If that email is no longer working, can you email me a new one via my email: findingtheinspiring@gmail.com. Thanks!

sarah said...

great shots of great trees...and of the duchess too. Wishing you the happiest new year...filled with His best all year through.

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

May we all be as beautiful and as loved as the Duchess ... stopping by to wish ya'll the very best of everything in the New Year.
(())

Miss Merry said...

What wonderful family memories in your mother's trees and what a special lady! Please give her all our best birthday wishes. And congratulations to you, too for picking such a great mom when you were waiting in baby heaven!

Sharlotte said...

Happy Birthday to the Duchess and a belated one to you as well! I love her trees! Does she leave them decorated all year? They are beautiful...I can't pick a favorite. I have a friend who has a room just for her trees. She rolls them out in December and rolls them back in after Christmas! Thanks for sharing!
Sharlotte

Ms.Daisy said...

Debbie,
Do we share a birthday? Mine is Dec. 27th. I love, love, love the victorian tree = is it lovely (and yes, where does your mama get the energy to decorate all those trees?) Hope the New Year is filled with wonderful things for your whole family.


Hugs,
Jean

bj said...

May I just say....
I just love your Duchess..she must be full of vim and vigor and have a lot more energy than I. I could never get that many trees (with so much on each of them) up and then take it all down. whew....makes me tired, just thinking of it. :)

Happiest belated birthday....and Happy New Year

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, how I love the Duchess, Debbie! She is a DOLL and so talented. I want to go live in her house with her! I'm up for adoption if she's interested. ;-) But she would have to take Mr. Magpie, too, and he eats more than I do! Well, except when it comes to chocolate cake. I ate it ALL!

Love her trees and love her personality. Happy Birthday to the Duchess and Happy New Year to you. You are such a bright spot in the Land of Blog, and I'm thrilled to know you.

XO,

Sheila :-)

Kathleen said...

How lucky you are to have the Duchess in your lives. Her energy and joy in life are obvious in everything you say about her. Her trees are stunning, every one of 'em! Thank you so much for sharing her with us! I can't tell you how much I enjoy your blog. Happy New Year to you, Kathleen.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Debby, the Duchess is beautiful and so are her spectacular Christmas trees! Belated happy birthday to both of you! laurie

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