Elegant Romantic Christmas Tree

My husband said " it doesn't matter what our Christmas tree looks like out of the box. You can't even see it when you finish decorating".  I have had this tree for years and it isn't as tall as I would like but the tree I used at Shelter Cove is too big. So, what did I do? I clipped some branches out of the big tree, wired them together and attached it to this tree on top. It looked hideous at first but I was bound and determined not to buy yet another Christmas tree. After decorating you can't even tell.

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Did I mention this tree was green until last year? I decided I wanted a flocked tree so instead of buying a new tree, I purchased a bag of the commercial snow they use with a machine to flock real trees. I do not own a flocking machine, so after some research, I laid out newspaper in the basement, wet the tree down with water from a large spray bottle and just "tossed" handfuls of the snow onto the tree. The fake snow has some sort of adhesive added and mixed with water sticks really well.  I rewet it and let it dry overnight. I resprayed it once more the next day. I wondered how it would do after a year in the basement but when my hubby brought it upstairs this year, I didn't see but a couple of flakes on the floor.

I used lots of pearls, gold, and crystal bead strands. The ornaments are gold, white, cream, silver, bronze and copper. I also added a box of pale rose gold ornaments.

I used lots of pearls, gold, and crystal bead strands. The ornaments are gold, white, cream, silver, bronze and copper. I also added a box of pale rose gold ornaments.

I started buying larger ornaments years ago. Surprisingly, most came from Big Lots. I usually "push" these into the tree to give it depth.

I started buying larger ornaments years ago. Surprisingly, most came from Big Lots. I usually "push" these into the tree to give it depth.

The skinny gold glass in the middle of the above picture is an extra piece from a chandelier I had at Shelter Cove. I knew I'd find a good use for them.

I finished the job by making a ruffled tree skirt. Tutorial to follow tomorrow...

Easy Fall to Christmas Transition

I bought this decorative wagon a year ago and although I love to change out accessories often, I have yet to move it from this spot. You may have seen my fall display

For the Holidays, I just added a small Christmas tree (after I twisted, knotted and glued it back together. It is 23 years old and is absolutely falling apart) I also added a stuffed bear, some buffalo plaid ribbon, some artificial berries, holly and pine from my woods.

Tune in this week to see my Christmas tree and outdoor containers I have been busy preparing for the Holidays. See you soon. 

Welcome

This website was a gift from my daughter. For years, people have asked why I wasn't sharing my creative ideas online. My response has always been

"How in the world do DIY bloggers have time to actually DO these things AND journal the process?"

This is my attempt...in reverse. Because I have done so many projects in the past without chronicling my steps, I will reveal some of these projects and in the upcoming weeks, hopefully repeat or explain the process .  Forgive me if I omit instructions or photos in my tutorials.  I will attempt to keep these pages organized but there may be hiccups here and there.  My biggest fear is neglecting to give credit where credit is due. I am committed to authenticity and appreciate any corrections or additions.

I am going to grab another cup of coffee and hopefully begin by showing you around...                                                                      

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