Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Christmas 2008

Hello everyone! Just a quick note to say that this year, unfortunately, I'm experiencing a bit of a "hard candy Christmas" due to the economy and being laid off back in October. So we've opted not to put up my "gold tree" shown above.

This tree has a back story which is kind of neat: I spotted this in the window of a "seasonal" store which was set up at the Stonestown Galleria in San Francisco, California about 15 years ago. It was several weeks before Christmas and I asked the owner of the shop if she would sell me the tree. We agreed on the price and after paying she told me to come back after Christmas. I had made it clear that my intention was to take the tree with me right then and there - so I helped her remove the ornaments and 10 minutes later I had a small box packed with the dis-assembled tree!

Despite being made of plastic (doesn't look it, right?), I like the simplicity and the fact that it is assembled in less than five minutes and can fit in a small box. The photo below shows how I set up the tree on the 1920s era bar in front of the entry way mirror.

And to cover up the metal base, I use a gold shear table runner with some gold glitter leaf picks placed on top.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Packing It Up: Part 1

It is getting time to say goodbye to this year's Christmas tree. Normally I would wait until the Epiphany (we also called it Little Christmas) to take down the tree. To me, having the Christmas tree up on New Year's Day was a way of showing it off to friends and family who attended our Open House and didn't get a chance to see it before Christmas.

But the Fraser Fir we bought back on December 6th is no longer absorbing water. And the pointsettia is dropping its leaves as well.

So, starting this week I will be taking down the ornaments and boxing them away for next year. This will be a challenge since this is the first year that these decorations have existed.

In the next post, later this week, I'll have storage tips and photos of how I've packed away the items.