Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Our Tree

It has only been in the past two years that we've done a live tree, and I don't think I'll ever go back to artificial again. Since I leave my tree out so long, I'd always thought that a live tree would wind up losing every needle and turning brown as it got closer to Christmas, but so not the case.

Harleigh and I went out Saturday and she talked me into getting an 8' one! In past years the tree has gone in the ken, but this year we decided to put it up in the living room. And so I agreed to getting something a little more worthy of all that space and ceiling height. In an effort to de-stress the holiday season this year, my girl and I agreed to decorating our tree with no trips back and forth to the attic. I love my collected ornaments dearly, but we just knew we could create a spectacular tree using pretties that can be tossed or used after the tree comes down.

Harleigh offered to make ornaments out of scrapbook paper and found a pattern for origami boxes, which we just tucked into the branches. While at Hobby Lobby that day, I chanced upon a big batch of white ball fringe on clearance . . . perfect garland. 600 lights later, a sprinkling of tinsel, candy canes on the branches and a quilt wrapped around her base, here is our tree (lovingly captured by Ali!).



8 comments:

Songbirdtiff said...

Gorgeous! It looks like Gideon enjoys it, too. :)

Lisa said...

It's really beautiful! How fun!

Denise said...

I love the idea of the ball fringe as garland!

It's beautiful!

XXDenise

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

I love ball fringe! It looks sooo cute on your tree! We've always done a real tree. We usually go out on the coldest nastiest day to get it (just works out that way LOL)!

Manuela

Traci said...

I am LOVIN' that pom pom garland!!! I am thinking of trying the popcorn and cranberry this year....have you ever done it? I'm sure I'll make the biggest mess...and hope dog doesn't like it!!!

Elizabeth said...

Love your tree!1 So sweet and cozy looking.

Honey said...

Your tree is lovely! The ball fringe is such a cute idea. I love using things in a different way. You both are very creative people! :) That picture of Gideon on the couch is priceless! I swear...I just want to hug that doggie every time I see his sweet face. :) Thank you for the sweet comment you left on my blog. What a way to start my day!!

Melissa Lobdell, Little Melfred's Studio said...

Oh Dawn!

You always wow me with your creativity and the love you put into your home but that super sweet ball fringe garland had me talking out loud to my computer! Brilliant! Your tree is gorgeous! Merry, Merry Christmas! xo-Mel

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