November 19, 2012

Autumn Leaf Tree That is Awesome

I apologize for not getting this up in a more timely fashion, but...life happens. Still feel like decorating for Autumn? I've been forbidden from putting up any Christmas deco until after Thanksgiving. Such shackles they put on me, my family. Such restraint do they administer upon my CHRISTMAS LOVING SOUL.

Well file this away because 1) the stick tree really is retiring (I feel like Joaquin Phoenix, who keeps saying he's retiring from acting, and that keeps not happening.) and 2) even if it's too late for further autumnal deco, this concept could so easily be done in a Christmasy or Winterific fashion, or even Springified or made Summery. (yes I just directed you to all of my seasonal Pinterest boards because they are GREAT and I am the Queen of Self Promotion.)

I'm so happy with how this version of the stick tree came out! For all of those who have been waiting with baited breath for me to do a stick tree retrospective, that's coming soon and I'll make a collage of ALL versions of the stick tree that we did this past year and we will all gaze at it and love it forever. Or maybe just me. That's ok too because I am my own best audience. I laughed so hard at the Andrew Has Opinions post, he was like, "I can't let you run this, you're laughing too hard, that must mean it's way too embarrassing."

(Oh hi Sally! Homewrecker.)

All we did here was cut out leafy shapes. Julia's take: "This is more fun than I thought it would be, Mom." If that's not enough of an endorsement for you, I don't know what would be. Then we took seriously, a really minuscule amount of fabric scraps that we had from our paper dolls materials box and glued them onto the leaves. I did front and back and still only used not very much fabric. I was going for a sort of a quilt look.

I like cutting and pasting. I could cut and paste ALL DAY LONG.

Since the stick tree is maybe probably retiring, I'm going to save all of my little leaflets and string them into a garland for next year.

I like all the color ~ I like bringing color into the GREY COLORLESS WORLD that is my life in the winter months here. It makes me feel like a party is happening!

13 comments:

  1. Ohhhhh! I love love love this!

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    1. Thank you sweetest Ana!!! xoxoxoxo

      The reason it is retiring is b/c I am going to use a real mini-sized Christmas (like 1 or 2 feet) tree in it's place this year in our kitchen, in addition to our regularly sized tree out in the living room....;)

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  2. I love it! What a beautiful stick tree! I love the colors.

    I'm excited to decorate for Christmas, too. I love fall colors - they're probably my favorites - but I realized recently my eyes are becoming fatigued from all the autumness. My Christmas decor leaned toward red and burlap last year, too. I need some bright red and aqua and light green! I have plans!

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    1. YES. I am so on the same page! At this point, I don't want to see any more russet or burnt sienna or orange! AQUA, yes yes! I am doing a garland of foam snowflakes we made a couple yrs ago, and they are primarily turquoise. And I did end up getting that felt Merry Christmas banner from Land of Nod I talked about a few weeks back -- that has a lot of blue in it as well. And I'm going to be paint or spray paint a bunch of shoe boxes to make an little village -- and I'm thinking pale blue, silvery -- very frosty-ish.

      I can't wait to see everyone's holiday cheer. Cannot wait!

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  3. I love all your stick tree versions. We might do this next year. Seems like something the kids would really get into! :)

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    1. oh you should, you should! would you like me to send you my sticks? tee hee ;)

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  4. I love it! Are you sure it needs to retire??? It's just so cute and fun!

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    1. ah, you know, I'll probably do something with it next year -- those darn sticks just don't want to stay in the vase gracefully the way I want them too! I'll wait until something truly inspirational strikes for the next go-round...;)

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  5. So glad the stick tree came back one last time- and those quilty leaves are quite wonderful. Bright colors are the BEST!

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    1. so glad you like Robyn!! Oh I'm planning on glittering the acorns you gave me....

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  6. i am itching to get my christmas on too. cute tree thing.

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    1. I have you to thank for lights-in-a-jar, my lovey! :)

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  7. This is beautiful! I'll be sad to say goodby to the sticks, I have to say. Those gorgeous bright colors in your fabric leaves are giving me ideas for my advent calendar this year too!

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