December 10, 2012

A Tale of Two Trees

Get cozy, my merry elves. A lot of Very Important Tree Business to discuss today!

_DSC0024This is our flocked tree! We’ve never had one before! Julia and I went crazy! Andrew was horrified, chagrined, and freaked out! (not really. but he wasn’t at all sure about this flocked business. to be honest, I’m not sure about it either.)

But life is a bit dull, don’t you think, when one just blindly performs the same exact holiday dance year after year after year, right?  I’m like, old. I’ve had a green tree every year of my life, no exceptions, no deviations. Oh sometimes we go wild and switch it up between a Noble Fir or a Douglas Fir, and one year we really thought OUTSIDE OF THE BOX and got a Fraser Fir (which has the most heavenly scent!!). But the past couple of years…these flocked thingies have been catching my eye more and more, and this year, we decided, let’s go crazy. Well, Julia and I thought that. Andrew’s only crazy thought was that we were crazy.

P1030538But look! It looks like snowy land! It’s hard to resist snowy land! Andrew thought many of the flocked trees resembled sheared sheep that had been cut into tree shapes. So we tried to find the one that actually kind of looked like a real tree that had been snowed upon.

P1030524(this is what kind we usually get. actually we usually go to a farm where you can cut down your own tree, but it was raining and blowing too much this year, so we went to a different tree place.)

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The tree dude assured us that flocked trees are not toxic. That they are paper mache trees, basically, sprayed with recycled newspaper. I hope this is true. Or at least partially mostly true.

So we became the proud owners of a flocked tree! It looks like a giant piece of candy.

_DSC0021And here's some favorite ornaments:

_DSC0010Notice a theme? The one on top, one of my best friends from Hawaii made me that one. It’s the only one I would run for if the house were on fire. I love it with all of my being.

PicMonkey Collage2Another friend gave us a collection of little Hawaiian peoples. I meant to say peoples, that’s not a typo. I love them! And I love my pineapple. We also have a pickle, which we move around the tree, it’s a little game that is German? Scandinavian? I forget for sure which country the pickle tradition comes from. Also, we have a Bluebird of Happiness. I think everyone should have a bluebird of happiness! And over the past few years, I have totally parted ways with my mother, who never met a glass ornament she didn’t like, and have really embraced everything felt. I love my felt ornaments much more than the glass ones.

If I were clever, I would make my own felt ornaments, but I am not that clever. Or industrious.

So…you’d think, ok we’re wrapping up now, yes? Very Nice and Strange Flocked tree Miss Melissa. Tootle Pip. Except I said ‘A Tale of TWO Trees.’

THERE IS ANOTHER. (which I believe is a famous line from ‘Star Wars’. Anyone? ‘Star Wars’?)
I had to get a tabletop tree. Because I’ve missed it so! (I stopped doing a tiny tabletop tree after Julia was born because we thought Real Grownups get Full Size Trees.)

_DSC0019_DSC0017_DSC0020_DSC0016It’s just under two feet tall and is wearing all my tiniest ornaments, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! And Andrew is happy to have some green. I put some Victorian tinsel on it, which I’ve had for awhile but never used. They look like teeny tiny little daggers. I want to tell folks stopping by ~ Come admire our tree! And choose a weapon!

I am so delighted with our funny trees this year.

15 comments:

  1. Your flocked tree is beautiful! It looks as though you snuck a snowy tree into your house. I love Julia's ornaments. We have a bunch of those too, and they are by far my favorites. We'll be making new ones this year, this time with our littlest one in the picture too! :)
    xoxo

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    1. i didn't take a closeup of it, but last year julia taped some colorful feathers on a piece of string and now that is a Very Important Ornament as well! ;)

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  2. Love seeing all your ornaments and trees! Adorable!

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    1. thanks Leanne -- if I could have trees up all yr long and not be Crazy Christmas Lady, I would. That's kind of how the stick trees came into being, my inability to let go of Christmas...

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  3. I love them both! Beautiful, beautimous, splendiferous, awesome sauce! You know, I'm not sure I've ever seen a real Christmas tree that's been flocked before. Artificial, yes. That's really cool. And I adore your tabletop tree. I had a pickle, too. It is a German tradition. Mine broke a few years ago, and I haven't replaced it yet. :o( I LOVE the ornament in the last picture, by the way. It's so sweet!

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    1. I LOVE that one too, D! I got it at Crate & Barrel, of all places. They had tons of really cute and affordable felt ornaments, I was so surprised! I also got a darling patchwork whale wearing a little hat but she didn't photograph well for some reason, so I left that picture out.

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  4. So beautiful! And it warms my heart that you love the handmade snowman ornament! We had our Hanukkahh
    party last night with the cantor present, so now we can get a tree....he hee. If they had real flocked trees I would do that as well, really pretty!!

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    1. Oh you have no idea how much I treasure that one!! I love the one that is Julia-as-a-Gnome a lot too, but that baby ornament --- it just delights my soul everytime I see it!

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  5. What fabulous trees!!! Just delightful... when I was Julia's age (give or take) my mama let me get a flocked tree too. AND I remember being completely enamored by it in every way. I should look back through pictures and find that tree. We may have done it a couple of years...

    THIS year we have a lodge pole pine and I'm absolutely in love with it in every way. It looks as if we went out in the forest and decorated a tree. It's just so natural looking. It came filled with it's own pine cones and I love that too.

    It makes me so happy to see others who decorate trees as I do with sentimental ornaments and a collection of many different types... I am not a 'themed tree' type person. I love getting all sentimental about ornaments I've had my entire life.

    This post was such fun for me!!! Thanks for sharing!!! (hey you've got me feeling a bit of Christmas spirit! well done. :) oxoxo

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    1. A tree that comes with it's OWN PINE CONES????? This sounds like something straight out of a Jan Brett Christmas Troll book! How utterly fabulous!

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  6. You have so many beautiful ornaments! I love them all. And both trees, too. We didn't see the flocked option here--I'm so glad you showed us yours!

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    1. I've been collecting since I was a teen! Then when my mom and dad split and she moved away from Hawaii, her whole collection was divided between her and my dad and me. I have more than I know what to do with!

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  7. Wow! I love it all! The snow covered tree is awesome and the little tree in your kitchen is just adorable! The ornament photo of Julia when she was a little munchkin is so precious! You really have a beautiful collection of ornaments. Oh, and I love the floor lamp in the first photo. It's totally my style! Oh, and the fairy lights and garland are awesome, too!

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    1. Thank you Miss Julia! Our lamp came from Room & Board, it was one of the first things we purchased when we moved into our home. I adore it! A lot of our furniture is hand me down stuff, but that lamp and our dining room table both came from R & B.

      (also hurray for fairy lights!!!!!)

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  8. Your trees look fantastic! I am totally in love with the little tree. Personal ornaments are so much fun compared to the store-bought ones :)

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