December 9, 2010

Our Christmas Tree

After the spectacle that was the Martin Family Christmas Tree 2009, I decided to kick that tree to the curb it was time for that department-store sized full Christmas tree to find a loving new home. So I did what any smart girl would do and listed that baby on Craigslist. Emails poured in by the dozens but ultimately the tree went to the sucker person who responded first. And I even got all of my money back on the purchase, so we can safely put that whole mess behind us! Moving right along...
We purchased a 12 foot slimline tree and have been very pleased with it. It's not near as full and works much better in our living room.
I decorated the tree in reds, golds, & browns again and just love the way it turned out. We have about a dozen gold Danbury Mint ornaments that Patrick's aunt gave us, but other than that the ornaments came from Wal-Mart, Target, and Hobby Lobby. I used mesh again this year, and had much much better luck with it after my friends on Twitter told me to cut it into smaller pieces first - makes a big difference! I also stuck a bunch of floral/glitter picks in the tree...again from Hobby Lobby, Michael's, and Kirkland's.
Since I haven't done any Christmas shopping yet (yikes!) I put these boxes from Hobby Lobby under the tree so it doesn't look so empty.
For the tree topper, I just threw a bunch of floral/glitter picks together and positioned them using twist ties, then added some ribbon to finish it off.
And here's one last picture I took looking down from the stairs...I like the tree lights in it. :)
I'm linking up to the Christmas Tree Party at the Thrifty Decor Chick. Go check out all of the amazing trees people are sharing!


  1. what a lovely tree! great job decorating it. And um you have the most AMAZING view out your window behind the tree. wow!

  2. It's SO pretty :) We have a slim tree and just love it !

  3. It's beautiful! I'm always so impressed with your craftiness! :)

  4. Love all of the lights on it, it is SOO tall. Great job, it is beautiful :)

  5. I loved your huge should be in a department store tree from last year! :)

    But, I have to say I really like the slim tree as well (it's still pretty enough to be in a department store)

  6. your tree is beautiful!! and huge! i love it!!

  7. I love your tree! It is so pretty and big and bright! You are so good with decorating and stuff...come to my house please! Pretty please!

  8. Sarah, it's gorgeous!!! I love the height. It looks awesome in your house.

  9. Beautiful tree Sarah! If it makes you feel any better, I haven't started my shopping yet either.

  10. oh my word. your tree is ridiculous! I wish I was all crafty like you Sarah, there just aren't enough hours in the day for me it seems...or maybe I'm watching too much TV!
    I love the slim trees, I may have to sell my tree next year and get a slim one too!
    BTW, your photos are looking amazing!

  11. absolutely beautiful! how long did it take you to get it put together and completed? how is manny doing with it? we opted for a 4 ft tree that I put on a table this year. cooper is into everything!


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