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White and Silver Christmas Tree

My Christmas tree coordinates with the adjoining Snowy Woodland Mantel. However, I had to add a little more shimmer as you can see here.

Perhaps you have noted the diminutive size of this particular tree. Make no mistake, we carefully selected our special tree. We might have been the ONLY people out looking for our own perfect “tiny” tree. Certainly Lowe’s or Home Depot has expanded their tree selection to include some live tabletops in the last few years, but if you really want that elusive size above table-top but below 6 feet you are going to have to seek out a small grower.

Luckily for us we live in the land of tree farms. Neither Patrick nor I had visited one since our childhood, but we had someone mention a good one to visit and we set out in the early morning to gather ourselves the perfect tree. And oh what fun! I’m not sure I can ever go back to the supermarket tree.

Does anything say holidays like cutting your own tree on a crisp misty morning?

The morning consisted of visiting Santa (with better results), eating candy canes, and drinking hot cider and chocolate. Boyd Mountain Tree Farm offered activities for the kids (free), Santa photos (free), and refreshments (free). Seems they really just wanted to sell you a tree, garland, or wreaths. How refreshing! We wandered the mountain, picked one and they cut, baled, and loaded your tree. You can of course saw that puppy yourself if you want, but we weren’t feeling that rustic.

McClain was enamored with his first candy cane. Patrick and I were amazed by the tree baler that ties them right up.

Upon getting it home Patrick loaded it up in the tree stand and McClain and I decorated. We used just silver, white, and the crystal ornaments I made (tutorial here). Without a real tree-topper in the right colors (or the right size) I improvised and cut a snowflake topper out of metallic paper. I thought it went nice with the mantel snowflakes.

I can’t believe I got my two year old to listen when I said be gentle with the ornaments! To bad he ignores every other command.
Details of the store-bought and hand-made ornaments.

Best part about the tree? When McClain points at it in the evenings and says “Light! Light!” We switch it on and he adds “Ahhhh!” I see our Christmas traditions already being created!


Well this pretty much completes my tour of Christmas. If you would like to see the rest of the holiday decorations then check these out.

Snowy Woodland Tablescape or my simple place setting redo in Red and Silver

Snowy Woodland Mantel

Crystal Ornaments

Or take the Whole Home Tour 2011

Metallic Frosty Tree

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Oh Christmas Tree

I thought I was done with Christmas and the Canton Christmas Charity Tour of Homes. However, I’ve had a few questions about the Christmas tree. I know, I know, it IS a bit odd to talk so much about Christmas and not discuss the tree. The tree featured mostly store bought items and because of that it was one of the least painful processes I went through (though I did add my own flocking). Maybe that’s why I didn’t give it the star treatment on our blog.

Since you’re interested (Who knew?) let’s go over some of the high points of the Metallic-Frosty Tree. Here she is with the matching mantel:

Oh yeah, here I am with the Babykins, too.

Just like the mantel the tree featured metallics, frosty colors, and pops of cranberry.

The star topper, red glass ornaments, and red glass birds all came from K-mart. I know K-mart isn’t the go-to big box store, but I think year after year they knock the Christmas decorations out of the ball park! Seriously, I could have spent a fortune, but I had a limited budget. Then I blew that limited budget by getting two strands of new LED white, crystal cut lights from Lowe’s. And boy howdy, those suckers are white.

I did splurge on 6 of these glass birds. I have a thing for glass ornaments, which, is proving interesting with a 1 year old.

Because of that limited budget I did use a lot of ornaments I had on hand and cheap glass balls. I just filled that sucker full of gold, silver, and a few glitter glass balls.

You can see some of the light flocking that covered the limbs.

To add some visual interest to the tree I added gingko leaves touched with gold, vintage gold birds (The Granny supplied those), golden bows, pieces of cut up crystal garland, small iridescent glass acorns, the list goes on and on. Basically if it fit my color pallet I stuck that puppy up there.

Top complete the look I wrapped the tree in a white ribbon featuring gold and silver snowflakes, an old silver tree skirt, and gold angel hair. To REALLY complete the look, The Granny, helped out by wrapping “presents” in gold, silver, and metallic cranberry paper to set around the bottom of the tree.

I felt like the tree was rocking, but leave it to the mouth of babes to bring me down a notch. One of the neighborhood children was admiring the tree but fingered some of the gold angel hair, looked over at me and asked, “Why do you have this stuff on here, it looks like knotty hair?”

Right you are!

Best picture I could get of the drain-clog angel hair. Oh, from the mouth of babes.

In conclusion, I had a bit of a snag with the angel hair and I am still not used to the lights.

This shiznit literally glows at night. Land a helicopter? Check! Signal alien spacecraft? Check! Light up your Christmas tree? Check!

BUT I did get an icy-metallic feel for my tree! We’ll call this one a draw.