February 4, 2013

Happy Chinese New Year Stick Tree!

_DSC0056C’mon. You knew. Did you not know? You had to know. That it would come back.

I am unable to part from my stick tree.

It is a part of me now. Like chocolate. Like my family. (notice how I wrote chocolate first? full of the jokes, I am.)

So…here we are! I’m pretending like everything is casual and not weird and that I don’t have an unhealthy attachment to my stick tree.  Hey, at least now I’m placing it up on my mantel so the risk of eye poking has been minimized. Now I just have to worry about earthquakes and having it fall on someone’s foot or head.

Prepare yourself, because we are now going to take a peek at my Happy Chinese New Year Stick Tree from every conceivable angle. EVERY ANGLE.

_DSC0051_DSC0052ARE WE TREMENDOUSLY EXCITED ABOUT HOW HELLO KITTY AND MY MELODY ARE ADORNING MY STICK TREE?

Are we FREAKING OUT about HOW COOL my Hello Kitty lucky money envelopes are?

_DSC0053Where did I find these little darlings? In Hawaii. I hit the Sanrio store when I was visiting my dad last December. I had no idea what I was going to do with the 16 money envelopes that came in the pack, but they were under $5 and BY JOVE THERE WAS NO WAY I WAS NOT COMING HOME WITHOUT THEM.

You can find some just as cute ones here.

_DSC0054_DSC0055I wasn’t even really intending to use them for Happy Chinese New Year, I was thinking I’d hold onto them and use them as little party favors for one of Julia’s birthdays, because I think everyone would love to have a little treat in a Hello Kitty envelope. WHO WOULDN’T??

And then…I had a vision of them fluttering, full of red and pink and gold Happy Chinese New Year glory…and I knew that the reason they had come into my world was to adorn my stick tree and breathe new life into it.

_DSC0057Isn’t is fantastic? Sigh. Such happiness Hello Kitty brings to my life. I’m actually loving My Melody more on these little envelopes. Julia is also in the throes of a full fledged Sanrio obsession: Cinnamoroll. She flipping LOVES Cinnamaroll, so she is getting THIS as one of her upcoming birthday presents.

P.S. right now I have the Chinese New Yr stick tree, some Valentine's Day decor, and my lights-in-a-jar AND my Ikea star lights still up. My house is beginning to resemble a carnival gone terribly awry.

22 comments:

  1. Lovely Stick Tree!!! I go gaga for the Hello Kitty red envelops too! Gotta show you some of the cards I got this year (in a future post... if I manage to not collapse in bed every night!)

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    1. I cannot wait to see!!! keep me posted about that! :)

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  2. LOVE THIS!!!!!! Those are too freaking cool! I love My Melody, too, but I'd never seen Cinnamoroll! I'm behind on my Sanrio love these days. Carnival decor is awesome. We have done NOTHING to keep decorations going post-Christmas. I haven't had time or energy. It makes me sad. I'm going to enjoy yours instead.

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    1. Oh man, I'm gonna have to do a whole post on Cinnamoroll -- she is flipping OBSESSED!!

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  3. AND the stick tree returns!!! Hooray! Hooray! I'm glad... it belongs. :) AND this stick tree is really really really wonderful! Hello Kitty, rich beautiful colors, Happy Chinese New Year. Well done.

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    1. Thank you Robyn!!!!! I'm so glad you like. I really wasn't planning on doing another stick tree. I was going to make the envelopes into a garland. But the tree called to me.....

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  4. Nothing wrong with a carnival atmosphere! :) I have seriously contemplated doing a vintage carnival/ circus themed kitchen. I LOVE Hello Kitty and My Melody. I didn't recognize Cinnamoroll, but it is super cute!! I just need an extra house to myself for all of my quirky decor ideas ;) Love this post!

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    1. your comment is making me think --- i think what we really need are our own playhouses :) FUN, RIGHT??

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  5. Fabulous! I have a thing for sticks too.

    And those are adorable btw. Where did you find that awesome paper?

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    1. I found it at the Hello Kitty store in a mall in Hawaii! I couldn't find these exact ones online but I did find some other darling ones on Amazon, there's a link up above in the post :)

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  6. It was meant to be! Love this happy little stick tree. I hope we see more of it!

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    1. don't tell the tree, but I'm actually using different sticks than the ones I was using all last yr. epic details, no? i think this year for springtime, I'm gonna go down the traditional easter-egg tree road....

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  7. I try not to give in, but anything Hello Kitty just gets me. We were at Michael's yesterday and there was a Hello Kitty display (with library-style Hello Kitty date stamps). Paul practically had to drag me away.

    When there was a Sanrio store in Oklahoma CIty, I used to get stuff featuring some little gerbil/guinea pig thing. Doesn't look like they make it anymore! :-(

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    1. I kid you not, my heart just goes a mile a minute when I enter any Sanrio store. I almost bought a stack of notebooks for myself while I was there but I was feeling frugal. That was misguided of me, I shoulda gone for the notebooks!

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  8. We love Hello Kitty too, I didn't know My Melody or Cinnamoroll, at first I thought My Melody actually was Hello Kitty, then I saw she's a bunny! Love your tree!

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    1. It's really hard keeping all these Sanrio characters straight -- did you know Hello Kitty has a twin sister named Mimi? yessiree!

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  9. How cute! It looks so beautiful (from EVERY angle ;)

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    1. Thank you Laura!!!! It's been JOLLY GOOD fun :)

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  10. Must. Have. This. Simply fantastic!

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    1. this was my easiest stick tree! punched holes in the envelopes and stuck 'em on :)

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  11. Grandma Sue2/5/13, 4:03 PM

    The stick tree is very festive. Even though I am not a TOTAL Hello Kitty person, I found myself coveting Julia's Hello Kitty alarm clock when I was over the other day:) xo

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    1. did you know that the posts LIGHT UP?? i'd arm you wrestle you for it, but you'd prolly win!! :)

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