Wednesday, November 23, 2011:
I don't know if I should call it a bronze and green or chartreuse and copper Christmas tree.
I have a lot of copper/bronze/gold/green/chartreuse items from previous years.
I have used the bronze color scheme before. Here is a pic of my entertainment center from 2008:
I am going for this effect on my tree, but adding a big dose of what I believe to be chartreuse green. Most of the items you see here will end up on the tree this year.
I should have plenty of decorations to do a full tree and not spend any more than the $3 I already spent for the Dollar Tree icicles above. It really helps to have a fully-stocked basement!
As you can see I have a long way to go!
I need to get off the computer, climb up this ladder and start fluffing this tree (the top still needs to be put on) that has been sitting in my family room for a week!
It should be fun to see a new trendy color combo take shape.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
And it was....
I brought up four or five big tubs of bronze/green/gold ornies from the basement and decorated the tree this afternoon.
I was pretty skeptical as there were big empty gaps between the branches and I could not "fluff" them out. DH was more confident as he says that every year I say that I will never be able to fill the gaps, but I always do.
The first thing I did was the tree top. I know it's usually the last thing one does, but this tree is over 9.5 feet tall (I don't know why I keep saying 7.5 ft) and even on a ladder it's hard for me to do the top. So I did the top while it was sitting in a bucket and then had DH put it on. I took two silver wreaths ---do any of you remember when I painted two of these twig wreaths that I had on my deck
silver for Halloween 2010?
Well, as I was in the basement looking for tubs of ornaments, I saw the two silver twig wreaths and suddenly thought they may work for a tree top. So I brought them up and I put one on each side of the tree top to balance the weight. I added some gold ball sprigs and some green picks. Then I put a big copper/bronze poinsettia in the center.
Then I just started opening tubs and adding whatever I found that fit the color scheme to the tree.
I ended up with this:
Those Dollar Tree bronze icicles are not very well made. Two of them came apart as I removed them from the cardboard. I just hot-glued the top back on and they were good to go. What do you expect for $3 for 18 ornaments? They are not top quality, but they worked quite nicely on this tree.
I bought the little green sequined balls from the Coldwater Creek outlet about three years ago.
I think I have 24 of them. They are quite small, but also pretty unique and the color fit well with this tree.
Here is the top with the lights on:
Every year I add a real bird's nest somewhere on my tree. It symbolizes good luck for the new year.
A few years ago a robin made a nest in my heart-shaped wreath beside my garage and then she abandoned the nest. I don't know if the mother robin died or what, but she left the nest with three eggs. At the end of the season, I removed the nest and have used it each year on my tree. Over the years two of the three eggs have been dropped and destroyed. I have been taking extra special care of the last egg.
All in all I am happy with how the tree turned out. Now I am going to watch a Lifetime Christmas movie.