Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014


I had big plans for the Christmas tree this year.  I ordered a Silvertip 
and had it shipped from California.  Itplanned it to arrive the first week of 
December and after my office move I was going full-on in to Christmas decorating.

The office move went perfectly and the next day I came down with the flu.
I am thankful that the flu waited until the move was done I was 
disappointed I just didn't have the energy to do everything I wanted to.



Silvertip trees grow naturally in layers, very much like
the tree I created a few years ago.  Pottery Barn uses these trees
for their catalog, although looking at this post about their trees, it's
clear they must still do some trimming to get that spare feather tree look.



So I've done a much scaled back tree using some things I could easily
get my hands on.  It's mainly pine cone garlands, birds, and leftover
flowers from Thanksgiving and flowers and leaves from the garden.



Even though it wasn't the tree I planned, I still love it.  As much as 
I cherish all my collection of vintage, shiny ornaments, there's something
about using all natural materials that just feels right on a tree.

I hope that everyone is well and preparing for a wonderful time
with your family and friends.

Merry Christmas!

40 comments:

  1. It's beautiful!
    Merry Christmas!
    Betty

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  2. The silver tip is lovely! I use birds on my tree too ~ in fact more keep appearing each year.
    Merry Christmas!

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  3. Your tree is so beautiful. Gorgeous. Glad you are well now. A very Merry Christmas to you!

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  4. Beautiful tree! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas...we will here in Texas with the girls and all our grandkids...Santa is coming to town! Hope your New Year is full of good things :)

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  5. Just gorgeous as always. Buon Natale from Sette Design

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  6. Wow...your house is beautiful. MY mother used to have several birds on the tree...your house reminds me of houses in my old Jamaica Plain neighborhood. My sister still lives right off Washington Street in a historic home. Congrats on all your hard work.

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  7. Hello Steve — your tree is beautiful! I hope this reaches you fully recovered and ready to enjoy a Merry Christmas!

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  8. Merry Christmas to you. Glad you are feeling better.
    Claudia

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  9. Your tree is beautiful. Sorry to hear about the flu.

    Our Christmas decorating is scaled back this year, if you call 200+ ornaments on the tree scaled back. Opened the totes of glass figure ornaments, put every single one onto the tree, no tinsel or garland, topped it with a star, stepped back and smiled.

    Merry Christmas, Steve! I love coming here to visit with you.

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  10. love love love this steve. i feel the same way about shiny vs natural. natural usually wins around here b/c it fits this place better. have a wonderful christmas and new year. xo

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  11. Merry Christmas! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. I always enjoy your blog. Lois

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  12. Merry Christmas!!! Your tree is lovely even if it's not what you envisioned. Thanks as always for sharing your lovely home with us all.

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  13. Merry Christmas! I think your tree is sweet. The birds and flowers are wonderful decorations.

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  14. Merry Christmas Steve! xoCatherine

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  15. I love it.
    Hope you are feeling better.
    Merry Christmas!
    And Happy New Year!
    xo

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  16. Merry Christmas to you, Steve. Glad you are feeling better. Tree looks great, as always.

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  17. Beautiful! Merry Christmas Steve and thank you for your friendship all year long!!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  18. WONDERFUL tree.......love the naturalness of it!!! Wishing you a Merry Christmas and 2015 filled with Peace and Serenity (and an easier time at work and great health!!)

    All the best!!!

    Rob

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  19. Merry Christmas Steve! Your tree is lovely. My bronchitis has turned into the flu today and I am getting sore and feverish. What impeccable timing these viruses have. Glad you got your office move done - what a relief that must be. A big hug and have a very Merry Christmas!

    xo Terri

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  20. Merry, merry Steve. Hmm I can't find my box of birds this year. Wonder where they flew off to?

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  21. So goes life.....Peace to YOU and yours!! franki

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  22. It's a wonderful tree and so perfect for your house. Hope you are feeling better and that this will be a happy time for you.

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  23. Damn...can't believe you got the flu....suckeroo. But you still rock it....always....so I hope you feel better soon! Merry Christmas:)

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  24. Merry Christmas, Steve! The tree is gorgeous.

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  25. Here's hoping you're back on your feet and having a Merry Christmas with family and friends!

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  26. I look forward to your tree every year. This one is especially sweet to me, as I love birds and nature. It's gorgeous, no "flash" needed. Merry Christmas and here's hoping your New Year will be a happy and healthy one.

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  27. I love it! Merry Christmas, Steve, and be well! I did a naturalistic tree once and my best friend said something like "But you did have regular ornaments, right?" Hahaha. She's quite the princess, not too outdoorsy!

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  28. Oh, it looks like as much work, maybe more, and all the merrier for us! Thank you so much --

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  29. Shipped from California? Think of the environmental footprint of that choice.

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  30. I bet that tree is beyond beautiful in person. I agree on the natural elements, but I don't think I could be trusted not to add some shimmer if I only had one tree in my house (which I do) ;-). I love it when you post!!

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  31. I am late to the party but hope your Christmas was beautiful ...as beautiful as your tree. :)

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  32. Sorry to hear the flu got to you but glad to hear you are on the mend. I am sure your happy to have the move behind you. Your tree is very tasteful and charming love the acorn garland I think that's what I see. Very clever. Wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year!

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  33. These trees are all the rage now, aren't they?! I hate them but I went to great lengths to find one for my mom. I didn't get the memo early enough that they need to be ordered well before dec 15 :) so I got her a blue spruce and gave it an aggressive haircut! It didn't look nearly as well-proportioned as yours. Hope your Christmas was wonderful! I'm just coming down with a cold and having none of it.

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  34. merry christmas & happy new years steve!
    looking lovely as usual, but that tree you did in your link is forever embedded in my memory as the most beautiful tree, e v e r
    cheers
    debra

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  35. The best laid plans of mice and men...It's what you do then that counts, and as usual you did great! Beautiful tree! Hope you had a very Merry Christmas Steve, and are over the flu!

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  36. I so agree! I want to scale mine down next year. And yep you do have to give those silver tips a trim!!

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