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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas Tree 2010

Caution: this is photo heavy! But I can make my jpgs very small in pixels so it should not take long to load for anyone, but I'm just warning you that there are about 40 photos, which is not my regular amount. I only do it for special parties on the blogs.

As most of you who read me regularly know, we're empty nesters. We usually stay home for the Christmas season unless we can be absolutely sure we can get over the Sierra mountains to go back to California to visit kids or head off to Seattle to visit our granddaughter and her family. This year we're staying put! But we don't decorate the house like most people with little children do. It's just too hard on me, not HIM, to do it anymore. So he puts up lights and decorates outside and I just do a tree in the house.

I've been feeling unmotivated for a couple of months. Yeah, that's a good word—unmotivated. It took me a long time to decide if I would participate in Sherry's Share the Decor Party. So yesterday I had Love Bunny put up the tree. Let me deviate here for a minute.

Last year we had a green tree that we got 2 years ago so we wouldn't have to keep putting money out for something we were going to throw out. I dreamed about a white tree but didn't think Mr. Scrooge (hubs/love bunny) would spring for it since he's a traditionalist. Lo and behold, 2 weeks ago he suggested we get a white tree because he knew I was lusting after one! I demurred but he would have none of that. What a sweetheart he was when he put the white tree in the cart at WM! I guess he's a keeper. Anyway, it is now decorated and I'm going to just comment on a few of the photos for those of you like me who love the romantic, shabby chic, froufrou decor.

I don't do a traditional type of tree. For the most part I add things friends have given me or what I make. I have a few bulbs here and there but for the most part...well, you'll see what I mean.

I start with putting the lights on the tree and then using yards and yards and yards of netting and then yards and yards of pink and white organza ribbon to wrap it, I tuck and pouf for the most part.

I made these little faux cupcakes and put a few on the tree.

I added pine cones I've painted pink and added roses to.

I added 40 snow flakes to which I've added pretty papers and ribbon roses.

I add as much bling as I can and then put little faux candies in the netting.

Little paper flowers I crafted and stuck in the netting.

I made this tree topper with a wreath, paper roses, bling and faux pearls and just wrapped and tucked it also.

Very few balls on the tree, but I couldn't pass up these polka dot ones.

More faux candies tucked into the netting.

More scrunchy flowers I made from paper.

A little beaded angel sent to me from Pat at the Urban Chic.

One of the very few bulbs I've added this year.

Another cupcake I made a few years ago and tucked into the netting also.

Little birds I've tucked into the tree.

A little silk embroidery give to me by a member of my eBay group I've had for about 4 or 5 years now.

As I said, being unmotivated lately, I simply added a ruffle to this felt tree skirt. I wanted to buy one but I can't find a single shabby roses one now! About 3 or 4 years ago you could find them all over eBay but none now. I wanted to make one but I just got lazy and didn't. So I simply stuff yards and yards and yards of pink netting under there to tone down the red.

A little faux cake tucked in the netting nice and tight.

Almost finished here.

Wrap around and tuck.

And pouf and pouf and pouf.

After adding the lights and netting.

And the finished tree. I tried my best to get good pix in this room but it was an overcast day so this is the best I could do.


  1. Hello Connie,
    Your tree is gorgeous, magical, EXQUISITE!!!
    You're lucky to have such a wonderful hubby!!!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Merry Christmas!!
    Warm hugs, Laura

  2. Love the tree! simply beautiful. I just have a little tree this year, like you, I have been unmotivated to do more. I don't have any lights outside this year. Maybe next year. I hope you have a good Christmas. I am staying home this year too. I thought I was going out west, but instead I am staying here at home.

  3. very pretty:) so shabby cottage chic! So many wonderful handmade treasures too--Your pics are very good compared to mine!! I had a lot more of a challenge:( Dark rainy day.

  4. Your tree is beautiful!!! I bought the pink tulle to add to my tree because I want it to look more pink...what do you think?
    Yours is gorgeous!!!


  5. Hey, sweets! I'm catching up on all your past posts tonight while I have a chance. Been super busy, stealing kisses from my new little man every chance I get!! Tonight I'm reading some of my fav blogs I've been missing and I'm starting with YOURS!

    Your white tree is beautiful! How fun to see all the pretty ornies. So many are from the PRH gals! Love your cupcakes and faux sweets and tussies you tucked in, too! Sweet Pat sent me a beaded angel also. She is so kind! Tell Jack he did good getting that tree for you!! :0)

    Love you Loads,
    Angelic Accents

  6. Connie, That is a stunning tree! Gorgeous! and I loved getting a little look at your slip covered dining chair. Sweet!

  7. Absolutely beautiful!!! Sooo feminine and sweet! Enjoy your Christmas with your wonderful hubby!

  8. !!! This post, is like being offered a delicious dish of bon-bons! !!!

    Lovely! Precious! Etc., etc., etc.

    Thank you!!!

  9. aww..that is a vision of loveliness! So glad Mr. Love Bunny caved for a white tree! It's perfect!

  10. Connie, you did a wonderful job with your white tree. It looks like a fluff of Heaven with beautiful ornaments hanging every where. Glad you like the pink ornament and angel. It wss the best I could find that wss close to pink. I make these and love using them as tags on my packages. Love and hugs, Pat

  11. Love, love, love your white tree! I have been after my husband for some time as well to get one - maybe next year!

  12. Hi Connie! Oh what a beautiful Christmas tree! I love all of the pink and pretty daintiness (<---is that a word? LOL) of it all! Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a sweet comment!

  13. Hi Connie,
    SO enjoyed catching up on your posts. Love your white tree with all the handmade treasures. It is perfect in your home and your hubby is so sweet to get it for you.

    Hope you are doing well. Your sweet little great grand daughter is a darling in her little dress on the sidebar.

    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas.
    Hugs to you sweets from Texas,
    Celestina Marie

  14. Hi Connie, Thank you so much for joining my party. Your tree is gorgeous!! I also love white trees and yours is fabulous with the pretty ornaments and the netting. I hope you have a wonderful holiday, Connie.

  15. Hi Connie, Sorry it's taken me a while to get over here but things are just so crazy busy. I am so happy you finally got your white tree and it was worth the wait to go thru all your photos and see the finished beauty in the end. It's spectacular!! I hope you have a very very Merry Christmas and a happy motivated New Year...xoxoxo
    P.S. Did you know you get get white cord tree lights?

  16. Connie, your tree is as beautiful this year as it was last year. You have such a touch for decorating ...

    Have a lovely winter's day ~
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

  17. What a magNIFICENT tree. WOW...
    I love white pretty and soft looking. You did a wonderful decorating job on it.

    Try making some of the biscotti. This recipe is very easy and sooo good and tasty.
    Hugs, bj

  18. Hi Connie~ Everything is beautiful! Love white trees too- and have one with pink and silver this year as well. Your decorations are lovely!

  19. Connie, I am sooo sorry to see your Temple in Provo is on fire. What a beautiful place to have destroyed, I so hope they can save it. Our church burned to the ground a couple years ago, so devastating to lose 'our' home ... but we rebuilt.

    Prayers lifting for all involved in the fire ...

    Have a beautiful Christmas season, all year ~
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

  20. Honey your tree is so you! It's so beautiful and just says Connie all over it. You never disappoint. Your pics look wonderful too but I know how in person it just looks so much better.

    OOO's & XXX's...Tracy :)

  21. Oh, I am thinking you can win me over to a white very, very BEAUTIFUL :)

    CHRISTmas Blessings!

  22. Oh Commie, Delicious tree with a capital "D"! I want a large white tree and have yet to find one here!! UGH!! Have a Happy New Year, and love your idea about gifts, they make the holidays more stressful and that shouldn't be the case! Lori


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