Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas

Many of you noticed I won the Christmas tree contest on Scot Meacham Wood's blog.  There was a panel of judges whose work I really respect so taking home my second award was really quite an honor.  But I'm actually quite surprised I won because it wasn't the tree I planned on entering. 
I just didn't have the time to get it done in time.

My initial thought was to have a tree centered under the Moravian star pendant
in the guest bedroom.  Since you weren't able to make it for Christmas this year, 
I would clean out the guest bedroom and set the tree up in the center of the room.

The stars being a guide for sailors, I thought a tree decorated with marine signal flags
would be the perfect theme and I would want them all basically the same so they would look
like a sea of stars on the tree.

I would use hang tags to make the ornaments and trim them
into the basic marine flag shapes...

...and use silver glitter to give them a little bling.

The tags would also be perfect to write a few 
prayers, dreams, wishes or messages to the universe.

I would add a little Love and Joy.

I've never had a tree centered in the room before; it would be a little unconventional.
But it would be a wonderful place to sit and enjoy the sea of stars.

May love and joy come to you.

Merry Christmas!


  1. Well, Steve, I'm sure that would be a very special tree. But I don't think it could beat out the one you showed us already. That was one amazingly beautiful tree, and the award is well deserved. Congratulations and Merry Christmas!
    From a fan,

  2. Steve, Each year you out do yourself. Your awards are always well deserved. Both trees are wonderful. I am especially fond of the tree decorated with all the natural elements. I can't wait to see where you will place your new pillows. I hope you have the merriest of Christmases. Bonnie

  3. Very creative. And you've reminded me of the chorus of Here we come A-wassailing with your last line -

    Love and joy come to you,
    And to you your wassail too;
    And God bless you and send you a Happy New Year
    And God send you a Happy New Year.

  4. beautiful........smiles.....merry christmas to you!

  5. I am sooo gonna do that next Christmas!

  6. well you know that I was stunned by the fabulousness of your other tree and now I'm loving the simplicity of this one.
    But what really got to me was the "messages to the universe"...
    love that.

  7. That tree just lifts my soul. May all you love come home safely to you, Steve.
    A wonderful Christmas time to you.

  8. "Messages to the universe" got to me too. I love the whole meaning of this tree. You're awesome and the awards are totally deserved.

    I wish you lots of love..happiness..and peace this Christmas.

  9. Steve, your nautical tree also works because St. Nicholas, like St. Elmo, protected sailors. The evening shot of your living room tree is warm and beautiful!

    I wish you a merry Christmas and a new year filled with all the best!


  10. congratulations on your second win. and love your signal flag tree as well. you come up with the coolest stuff, steve.

    merry christmas...donna

  11. Steve I am in awe of you, congratulatins on your win.

    Merry Christmas my friend!

  12. What a pretty lil Christmas tree!
    I especially like the words of request to the universe-may them all come to be.

    Happy Christmas from Oregon!

  13. What fun--so original, creative and imaginative.

  14. Ohhh...peace and joy to you and yours my friend...Happy Christmas and may you have a prosperous New Year...


  15. Replies
    1. That's okay, Shelley. It's kind of like a dream but it's real. A Christmas dream. Or is it?

  16. Steve, this is to notify you that i am fostering your tree. Just seeing the pictures filled the space in my celebration that is missing my tree this year. Thanks so much.

    Merry Christmas!!

  17. Oh my! First, I should say that the modern chair under the handsome portrait is stunning. I love the idea behind the nautical/soulful theme. It reminds me of the nursery rhyme Wynken,Blynken, and Nod... Sailed on a river of crystal light
    Into a sea of dew.
    "Where are you going, and what do you wish?"
    The old moon asked the three.

    Its seems as though your tree might hold all of the questions and perhaps answers.

  18. congrats steve, the most beautiful tree i have ever seen
    merry christmas around that gorgeous tree!

  19. Oh I love that. I love marine flags but yours with their little notes are better. Somehow "I am carrying dangerous goods" or " I am on fire" does not make sense at Christmas.
    Just came home from the most awkward Christmas party I have ever attended. Very wealthy but socially awkward people. I had my best conversation of the night with their autistic 13-year old son.


  20. I love it, especially the part about sending out wishes to the universe. Magical.

  21. A very Merry Christmas to you, Steve, who inspires us all throughout the year.
    Linda In Virginia

  22. Another beautiful tree. But as much as I inspired by your decorations, I'm more inspired by the thought, care, and meaning you put into every lovely corner of your home. Merry Christmas Steve!

  23. Merry Christmas to you too Steve! And congrats on winning the second time! And deservedly so - this tree is beautiful and so original and creative!!

  24. Oh, wait, I just realized you have two complete trees! Well, both are beautiful - but this one certainly wins for creativity and whimsy!!

  25. Sailor guy....Just lovely!

    May the winds be always in your sails this New Year!!

    Landlubber gal.

    XX FOR 2013

  27. This wowed me in its beautiful simplicity! Thanks for sharing :-)

  28. Well aren't you the crafty one. Martha Stewart needs to hire you. Congrats on winning the contest again, I love the tree. You better move it out of the guest room though because I'm coming down to deliver those cinnamon rolls in person.

    Have a great Christmas!

  29. Well I'm just home from a solid month of work, or so it seems, and you have just brought tears to my eyes.

    Your style and grace just shine through on this tree.

    jeeze, make a cranky florist all sentimental why don't you?

    love and wishes for much merry making from all of us at the little house in the city.


  30. You've been holding out on us a little...two trees? Very cool! You deserve the win!!
    Merry Christmas Steve

  31. I can see why you won....very creative and different. I love it and the idea....perfect!

  32. Late to the party, but a heartfelt thank you for writing your blog another year. Your second tree is insanely organic in creation and touches the soul. I have come to rely on your blog for beauty, perspectives and thoughtful creativity. I couldnt do without it. :)
    Peace, joy, and love to you. Merry Christmas, Steve.

  33. Merry Christmas and thank you for all your visual and thoughtful blog gifts (posts). It's like opening a present every time I visit.
    A cousin of this tree could be a a tell-tail tree! I could imagine that looking awesome, also.

  34. So inventive and effective! I really love it. You deserved that award, my friend.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, Steve.


  35. We've put our tree in the middle of the living room the past two years and I JUST LUV IT!! The reflections in the mirrors, doors, can't have (two)!!!) many trees.
    Fair Winds & Following Seas! franki

  36. A delightful theme Steve; I adore your tree and Moravian Star pendant!

    May your Holidays be filled with Love and Warmth during This Wondrous Season!

    Love and Hugs,
    Art by Karena

  37. Another Great tree Idea come to fruition!
    Happy Christmas Steve

  38. You are so creative and such an inspiration! I hope that you had a merry Christmas!

  39. Love and good energy to you creative Steve! Look forward to following your design journey in 2013. I have a feeling a big magazine will try to snap you up!

    Hugs from Seattle


  40. A beautiful creative post! I came across your blog months ago, wrote down the blog name and then misplaced the piece of paper. I was doing a big clear out and then came across the piece of paper again. I love the gift tag tree and I might just 'borrow' this idea some time in the future!

  41. Congrats Steve! Your tree was beautiful & deserved the win...even though I think your sailor tree was just as worthy! Great prizes I see too...Show us what creative thing you do with those pillows once they arrive. Hope you had a good Christmas...and happy New Year!

  42. I have recently discovered your blog and have enjoyed spending time reading many of your posts. Congrats on all the work you have done in making your house a home!

  43. Oh, lovely, I'm a sucker for a tree with a message! I do hope that there was a label on it for me or for Maisie. I went to a Moravian school but didn't know that the star light was named as Moravian. The simplicity and thought behind your label tree is beautiful.
    Congratulations on your award, oh Tree Decorating King.

  44. Wow, a second tree? Guess I'm the last to find out. Our family and house guests are all gone.....finally catching up here. Cool tree. Congrats on the win. You're Christmas tree royalty now.

  45. why are your posts not coming to my reader? i check my reader daily and this or the last one never came across. what's up with that blogger?

    this tree is fantastic on so many levels. it's so simple yet so elegant and perfectly themed for your home and location.

    what a great idea smarty pants.

    xo janet

  46. Big congrats!! Can I add that your photography is rocking my world? Man, that shot with the tree, boat and photo in the background is just so good. Great composition.

  47. P.S. Just curious, did you crank up your ISO for this photo?