And after it was done, I realized that there were only 6 ornaments that I purchased at a retail store. The others were gifts, handmade or bought used. The (leaning) topper was a gift from my mother-in-law. It was the tree topper Hus grew up with when his family was stationed in (West) Germany in the 1970s. The other gifted ornaments came from my family. Each Christmas, my mom gave us an ornament for our collection, many have the dates written somewhere on them.
I remember the year mom made these angels to sell at craft fairs. She carefully made the heads and hands out of fimo clay (each with a different hairstyle!), and scrounged around anywhere she could for inexpensive lace and ribbons for the dresses. I have about 4 others on the tree.
I also have my own crafty ornaments on it. Last year, I found a whole stack of Christmas cards that I had collected and by carefully cutting out small circles and bending them, I transformed them into about a dozen ornaments.