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The Big Tree With a Lesson

If you have read my blog for a year at least, you may remember that I decorate the 15 foot tree at the Unitarian Universalist church we attend in Easton, Maryland. This year I added a new element or two which brought a little different texture to the tree’s design.

The bigger tree on Shalavee.com

The bigger tree on Shalavee.com

The big tree on Shalavee.com

The amazing paper snowflakes are courtesy of the talent of Nancy Sawyer. And the embroidery hoops hold fabric from an beloved and ill fated tablecloth. See the backstory post here and know that this eureka of recycling absolved me and my heartbreak.

The bigger tree on Shalavee.com

As I was standing there festooning the tree with a few of my favorite helpers, it dawned on me that like all the ornaments on this tree, each of us is unique and homemade in our own way. And like the re-purposed materials I used, we are made of the recycled experiences of our family and our own lives. It seemed a simple and yet profound concept. The bigger tree on Shalavee.com

 

Merry Christmas to One and All ! I hope you all find a single moment to know your life is filled with magic and blessings!

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Christmas 2016 is Decorated

When asked why I hadn’t gone to any effort to wear an ugly sweater to our neighbor’s party, I answered, this is not my realm of effort. I use every drop of my holiday creativity to decorate my tree. My tree is for me and it kicks everyone else’s tree’s butt. Plus at my age, you don’t want to waste an opportunity to look good at a party. Please.xmas tree 2016 on shalavee.com

I usually don’t like to start decorating too early, as in right after Thanksgiving. Because, if I only have a month’s worth of joy for holiday decorations, I want to make sure it extends into the New Year a little. So we collected our tree on December 10th. Got to see our friend Sue too.

The tree took three days to decorate. One session to light with nearly a 1000 lights. One to swag and swath in mesh and ribbons. And one day to put the ornaments on. Because that’s how I Christmas tree decorate. Christmas 2016 is Decorated on shalavee.com

Christmas 2016 is Decorated on shalavee.com

Christmas 2016 is Decorated on shalavee.com

Although the tree got done, the other places in need of styling remained unsatisfactory. And then my inspiration dried up. I lost my mojo, my creative momentum. Until finally, yesterday, I finished up the job. Sheww. Christmas 2016 is Decorated on shalavee.com

Christmas 2016 is Decorated on shalavee.com

I want to have fun every year decorating. And the fine line is between having it be fun and having it be a chore. Between doing it for me or for a greater audience. I watch myself very carefully and I can say that I did well this year. When I was done, I was done.

And If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your emailbox. And visit me on Instagram to see my daily pictures, friend me or like my page on Facebook. Or come find me on Twitter orPinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

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Merry Christmas Decorations 2014

As I arranged the last present under the tree which has already become frozen into a crunchy statue…entire decorated  livingroom 2014 on Shalavee.com

part tree and fireplace 2014 on Shalavee.com

presents under the tree 2014 on Shalavee.com

christmas tree 2014 on Shalavee.com

tree top 2014 on Shalavee.com

And I styled the last vase on the mantle so I could take my official Christmas decorations pictures 2 days before C-Day,

I felt good about all of it.

Christmas 2014 mantle with milk glass on Shalavee.com

Christmas 2014 mantel side view on Shalavee.com

I was able to go to the grocery store and not have to calculate my spending as I went.

I have simplified my decorating style and I find the objects in my colors make me happy. Me happy.

chair and cage corner Christmas decorations 2014 on Shalavee.com

cage and candles from Christmas decorations 2014 on Shalavee.com

The kids will be crazed with gift and sugar overdose come tomorrow and that is as it should be.

So Merry Christmas to all and to all a good time.

It’s A Small Recycling World Christmas Tree

If it’s perfect, you can’t improve it. And so I didn’t change one thing from my decorations last year to this year for the 15 foot tree at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Easton. My post from last year is here. uufe tree left side from Shalavee.com

The theme again for this Christmas tree was definitely global awareness and I also created all the ornaments from found supplies at my house. I’m a huge fan of decorating with paper. You can get big scale for little money.

Brown papre stars on the tree from Shalavee.com

So again, I brought out the brown stars made from coffee filters and cat litter bags that were my inspiration project last year.

paper doll garlands from Shalavee.com

And the paper doll chains were a copy of ones my sister made for me for my wedding shower made from a roll of plastic-like paper that doesn’t rip.

globe topper and atlas nests on Shalavee.com

The mini globes were created from big silver plastic balls I got bulk and on sale one year and hot glued ripped road atlas pages onto them. And the nests are globs of shredded road atlas pages wired to branches. I’m in love with the texture they provide. And of course I stole the old globe from my son’s room for the topper. The red netting them pops the elements and completes the tree because I’m a firm believer in red on a tree. All the members of the congregation are so happy and if feels like a perfect reflection of the consciousness and interconnection of the foundation of this community.

Twitchy Lights

 

This is a leftover post from the 2013 Christmas season . With Christmas here again soon, I thought I’d finally publish it a year later. These lights are still out there and waiting for you to mistakenly buy them like I apparently did.

I give you Christmas past a la 2013 complete with a 9 month old Fiona. So cute.

Since today was decorate the tree day, yesterday was the lighting of the tree day. The babysitter Aine was coming today and my window of opportunity would slam down on my grasping fingers if I didn’t do that thing then.

Fiona and Eamon Dec '13

I grabbed the new lights from the attic, and with the baby installed in a highchair, I began to yank them out and plug them in for light application a la Shalagh. It’s a pretty intense process whereby I wrap the lights back and forth, in and out on the branches of the tree. You don’t see the wires running horizontally and it gives it depth and more lights.

more Christmas at the Peach reisdence on Shalavee.com

I had just plugged the strand in and saw a light blink. I thought, how ridiculous. I just bought them and their already shorting out? And then another blink caught my eye. There was more going on here. I squinted at the box. “Twinkling” it said. Aha.

Christmas past from 2013 on Shalavee.com

Only about 7 lights seem to blink at odd intervals. It gives the feeling of the tree blowing in the wind or something.

(View the online demo here to see their effect. Press the “play video” button and then actually play the video when it pops up ).

I decided to run one strand up the middle and off to the side and continue on with regular lights. Giving the twitchy lights a chance to impress me.

tree of 2013 on Shalavee.com

Tree’s decorated now and waiting for it’s close-up. I’ll let you know how I feel about the twitchy lights after the season.

Postlude: They actually didn’t suck. It was slightly noticeable since I mixed them with lots of plain twinkle lights. The wreath? A little more twitchy  because one strand. The lights weren’t quiet. They were more like a light jazz CD on repeat.

If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your emailbox. And visit me on Instagram to see my daily pictures, friend me or like my page on Facebook. Or come find me on Twitter or Pinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

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