I am not detail oriented when it comes to picking out a Christmas tree. I figure one is just about as good as the next, so I don’t angst over it. I had the guy at the tree farm hold out one and it was clear that the bottom was a bit mangled, so I asked if he could show me another one. He lifted it up and gave it a turn to fluff the branches. Jeff was standing behind me and the boys were yelling from the next aisle over that they wanted an 11′ tree. I looked over the tree the gentleman was holding out. “What do you think, Jeff?”
“I think it’s fine.” He is even less detail oriented when it comes to picking out a tree than I am.
“Okay, then. That’s the one.” We had it wrapped up and on the roof of the van in a few minutes and went back home to set it up.
In the driveway, it looked like every other tree we’ve had…maybe a little fuller. When we got it inside, though, its true size was revealed. It was big. Really big. It filled up the entire space left vacant by our table and chairs. Jeff then told me he thought it looked too big as we were picking it out. I just laughed. That information would’ve been nice before we strapped it to the top of the van. It’s our tree now, so we’re going to make it work. We pulled out the hedge clippers and gave it a little haircut.
It is a beautiful tree and I’m so glad neither of us was detail oriented when it came to picking it out.
I took a couple of pictures of it without the lights, first. I love having the lights on, but it can be so tricky to balance the light in a picture. I need to try it with my studio lights or something…
Of course, I love the bokeh when the lit tree is in the background…
Here it is all lit up…
I think this tree took about 1200 lights!
I’ve used antique sheet music bunting on my tree the past few years, but it was really ragged, so I had to pitch it last year. This year, I ordered some felted wool garland from Anthro and I love how it looks. I’m going to keep an eye on it after Christmas in the hopes of snapping up a few more strands on sale.
The ornaments are mostly ones I made with German glass glitter as well as some wooden and mercury glass ornaments and silver bells.
When Jeff and I were in Charlottesville, I purchased this “cheer” pillow at Pottery Barn. I usually forego shelling out money on something like this in favor of making it myself, but I really liked it and decided to splurge. I don’t knit, but I think this could be an easy DIY with old sweaters.
The other side of the room is pretty simple. I just put out a dough bowl with greens and pine cones.
Since we don’t have a mantle, I hung our stockings and some greenery from the wainscoting.
And I always put out a couple of bowls of mixed nuts. My Oma always did that and I remember sitting at her coffee table cracking walnuts.
Our stockings were custom-made for us last year by one of my readers, Kim Jackson. It’s not always easy to find blue * white Christmas decor, so these are absolutely perfect.
Under them is our “side foyer” table with some ironstone on it. I kept it simple and just tucked in a sprig of greenery.
Underneath the table is a basket filled with sugar pine cones.
I’m working on a sort-of tutorial on how I made the grain sack tree skirt and will post that in a few days.
I’ve been hanging out at home to decorate for the past couple of days, but I need to get back into the studio tomorrow. There are new milk paint colors to introduce, products to list in the online shop and workshops to schedule!