December 6, 2011

Trimming the tree

Wow! I can't believe how long I have let this blog go. In my defense, my computer was acting up and I couldn't upload any pictures. I think I have made a temporary solution but things still need fixing around here. I could only upload a few pictures so I thought I would just share our Christmas tree this year. 

I grew up with a real tree and my Husband grew up with a fake tree. I always was against the fake tree, but finally gave into it when our real tree kept dying way before Christmas every year! I found a killer deal on our tree a few years back at Tai Pan and I couldn't resist. I love my tree and am so glad with our decision to go fake. One bonus to the fake tree is that it can stay up longer. I love our home at Christmas and love that the decor can stay up for over a month. That being said, we always deck our halls the day after Thanksgiving!

Here is our tree this year...

Notice our elf hiding in the tree? Here is a closer look...

I believe that my tree is a work in progress. Every year I think it gets better and better as I add a little bit to it. This year I added the berries (as you can see in the above pic) and a new star. The star came from Hobby Lobby and the berries came from an old garland I had in storage.

Last year I added these candy cane balls...

and the year before that I added these disco balls...

My favorite thing on the tree probably are the giant bells and the jeweled butterflies...

Another thing I added this year was the tree skirt.

I found a tutorial on HGTV explaining how to do this and just tweaked it a bit to make it my own. They used hot glue to attach the ruffles and I just sewed them on to make it a bit more durable. They used canvas for the bottom of the skirt and I just had a huge felt piece that I used. The green fabric I used in years past as my tree skirt and just bunched it together.

It actually used to be a table cloth used at the Academy Awards... THE Academy Awards!! My Mom picked these up at a huge warehouse sale in LA and we used them for my wedding. She gave one to me to keep and it is so huge that I could never find a use for it, at least until now! I was a bit sad to cut it up, but I knew I would be much happier with the outcome.

I still have about half of the table cloth left and I can't decide if I want to keep going and fill the whole skirt with ruffles or just leave it. What do you think?

I have so much more to post about and hopefully I can stay on top of it...if my computer cooperates:)

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