01 Feb When The Tree Comes Down
I don’t know about you guys, but Christmas trees are one of my favorite parts of the Christmas holiday season! I have always loved decorating my Christmas tree and of course shopping for all of the special ornaments. There is something about seeing a big, dazzling, lit up pine tree with an abundance of beautiful decorations that fills my heart and makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Sooo, let me share my crazy idea that has turned out to be a highlight of my year… Last year (2018) was my first official Christmas in my new house. When January rolled around, I went to take my beautiful Christmas tree down and I was immediately sad. My house felt way too empty! What was going to be my warm bright welcome when I came home from a long day of work? I couldn’t imagine that corner without my tree and I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to put in its place yet as I was still decorating my new house. It was a little depressing and I thought to myself, “Screw it, why can’t I just leave it up? Maybe I’ll just decorate it for every holiday throughout the year!” So I did, and it turned out to be such a fun and creative outlet for me… and so started my “Holi-Trees”. It allowed me to display my expressive side in a way I don’t normally get to share. Each festive tree brought laughter, creativity, cheer and lots of memorable conversation starters.
It was such a treat to see something so unique and beautiful in my corner when I’d come home from a long day at work. And in a way, Christmas never ended….it just changed colors! And I think that’s what counts, the spirit of Christmas and its meaning year round. Peace, Love and Joy ❤️
Not only has 2019 been a Tree-mendous year in business, health, and all of the other important things in life, but I have had a Tree-mendous time getting to share my imagination with you all. I have loved all of the feedback and it always made it even more fun to share the next tree. If you missed some throughout the year check them out, it may inspire you too! 🙂
And P.S. – I’ve decided to make that area a bar (something that will also bring me lots of joy) and will still allow room for my next tree!
Thanks for reading!
St. Patrick’s Day
4th of July
Hello fellow crafters and lovers of my Tree-mendous journey!
First off, I want to thank you all so much for the love and support you have been spreading! Ever since my Tree-mendous creations of my Holi-Trees went viral, I have been overwhelmed and touched by all of your comments and wonderful feedback. (If you missed it, check them out at NorthCompassRealty.com/treemendous) I just knew there were a lot of other “Christmas Crazies” out there and I’m happy we connected and can help spread the Christmas love and joy year round. 🙂
A lot of your questions were about how to get started, where I bought my supplies and if I would consider doing a tutorial… OK!
Believe it or not, I get most of my decor at the Dollar Tree, which keeps this creative craft cost effective. But I also pick up a few good finds at Hobby Lobby (my guilty pleasure); Michaels and occasionally on Amazon if I am looking for something more unique (gotta love Prime!).
After doing all my Tree-mendous Holi-Trees, here are my Top 5 Tips:
- When it comes to decorating your tree, MORE is MORE! If you think you have enough decorations, you probably don’t! 😉 I think the more full the tree looks, the better. It may not be your style, so design as you’d like, but the fullest trees always take my breath away, and anything less reminds me of a Charlie Brown’s tree (waaa-waaa).
- I recommend laying all of your decor out before you start, so you know what you’re working with. It allows you to visualize how you are going to put it together. You can even group things together so there is a pattern if you like your tree to have more of a pattern throughout.
- I usually start layering with fillers. I consider fillers to be the items that you have the most of… it’s not a center stage item, but a background item. I buy most of these in a theme color or texture so that the tree has consistency. I use a lot of these at Christmas time, so I end up recycling and incorporating them into my Holi-Trees to get the full look. I get most of mine from Hobby Lobby. You’ll see I use a lot of flowers as my fillers, which I think adds more dimension (check out my Easter Tree for an explosion of colorful flowers!)
- I don’t use ornaments on every tree, which a lot of you commented on. I use a combo of fillers, fake flowers, beads, ribbon, etc. to really give it a pop and add depth… but you can find ornaments out there in every color or style you want nowadays to fit your style and theme.
- At the end of the day, there are NO rules. Just go to town and have fun creating! Your Holi-Tree should represent you and your style. As you can see, I love an explosion of color and dimensions. 😉
Check out my video of my Tree-mendous Love Tree above. I only decorated the front portion for the sake of time… but if you only have room in a corner of your home, that’s another great tip to keep the cost down and don’t bother decorating the backside of the tree as it will be hidden in the corner anyway. 🙂
I hope you enjoy coming home to your Holi-Tree creation in your home throughout the year. Please share your creations with me or tag me in your post so I can see them. Spreading this Tree-mendous joy has become addicting and I love doing it together!
Valentine’s Day (New & Improved)
I present to you… Mardi Gras madness!
I was surprised that when my Holi-Trees went viral, Mardi Gras was the most requested one for me to do next! Sooo… here she is in all her feathered glory!