and I did not do any of the themes I had considered.
When push came to shove, the box of glass balls was already up from the basement and I just used what was there. I went down to the basement for something and, for a moment, I considered bringing up the three boxes of Santas. Just thinking of taking each one out of it's individual box was more than I could bear after a full day of work, so they remain packed up for another year.
It took me about three hours to do & I like how the tree turned out. All the glass balls are white, clear, and gold. The only other color comes from about two dozen burgundy/gold balls and gold grapes. The tree has a lot of sparkle.
The only handmade ornies on this tree are the white crocheted hearts that my Mom made for me about 25 years ago (thanks, Mom, I still use them almost every year). Oh, and the beaded stars that I bought at a craft show about the same time.
I did something really crazy. I put 5 strands of white lights on. Then I took green lights and swirled them through the center and clustered them on the top. I then added two strands of blue lights. I am not totally sold on the effect. It sort of looks like I ran out of green lights. I probably could have put a couple more green strands on the side.
I am so glad you stopped by to visit my garden. I garden in lower northern Michigan (zone 5) in far less than ideal conditions. I have too many pine trees, too much shade, too many rocks, herds of hosta-munching deer and rabbits who think my lilly buds are gourmet appetizers. I am by no means an expert in horticulture or garden design--just an amateur with a shovel and a passion. My garden changes daily during the summer and I will be updating frequently.
During the winter months, I blog about my favorite cold-weather hobby--quilting and just my everyday musings.
I hope you enjoy your visit, and that you will come back soon.