Saturday, December 13, 2008

Christmas Decorating

I was inspired by this old postcard when I went to put up a tree 2 years ago. I heard my Mom telling a story about how she had walked in the snow to find a tree. That means they just went out and took whatever was growing , however it was growing, no trimming for years to give it that nice shape. So I decided that`s what I wanted to try. I went out and walked until I found one I thought would work and the trunk is very small compared to the ones you buy at a lot . I put it in this old bucket with a plastic bucket inside to prevent leakage, placed stones for support and wired it to the wall. I made folded paper stars and strung popcorn and cranberries. Baked gingerbread cookies and cut out shapes with my old cookie cutters. Clipped on candles ,but never lit them, and added white lights. A carved angel on top that was made by my friend. Added some dolls and animals from my collection and was very happy with the results. I`d love to see your early style trees too, send me a link .


old world primitives said...

Oh, how beautiful your early style tree looks! I love its untamed shape and the way you decorated the tree and arranged the dolls beneath it! You captured the spirit of the tree in that wonderful old postcard.

Anonymous said...

My parents told me about their Christmas trees as children, and they too, used to go to the woods and find them. My stepmom always talked of cedar trees being a real Christmas tree for her. Well, one year, a neighbor was cutting down an old tree, and my dad helped him. He brought home the top part of the tree as a Christmas tree for her. It was a lovely cedar, very different from what we were used to, and she was so happy.

Your tree is lovely.

I've enjoyed reading all of your blogs very much. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, and your home. Your lovely work is inspiring, in the way that anyone who loves old things will appreciate.


Dixie Redmond said...

Hi, Mel -

Yup. That's how we got trees as a kid, too. I love your tree, and I especially love the old photo of the old tree. Yes, that's a tree!

Your dolls beneath it are magical.


ctlogcabin said...

Your tree is Beautiful and just like the ones I had growing up.
My hubby and I use to find the same kind of trees when our boys were young,I use to call them unruly (just like the boys) those were the best. Now we just go to a near by local nursery...and get our tree, but they all look alike. You have inspired me, next year I will take the time to go on the hunt for a "Real Christmas Tree"
Merry Christmas ~~ Hugs ~ Connie xox