This morning you saw the color scheme….and I know I am bucking the tradition of a red and green christmas tree…whatever bucking is…I think it means, to kick with my rear legs…which is funny to imagine me attempting that to a tree in general. And I promised you a full frontal of our tree. oh la la.
The entire reason I was hesitant to show ya earlier was…well…I know our tree topper is probably not everyone’s cup of christmas tea. it’s one of those things that you would probably either love or hate and I am guessing that 99% of you are gonna hate it.
It’s crazy. It’s not traditional. It’s very wacky.
Here she blows.
Yup – I know. I’ve heard it all. It looks like a Christmas tree with a spider on top…an octopus…a crown…
They are supposed to be candy canes. but surprisingly candy canes don’t really read as christmasy candy treats when they are blue and green. woop woop. But I don’t care – I love it. and it’s grown on me. like the giant jester hat that it reminds me of. so it’s staying. afterall – christmas can be fun and silly too, right?!
But before we get into the details of how my crazy tree topper came to be – let’s talk about tree placement. I went with the smack dab center of the living room window wall to get maximum visual enjoyment…now I can see the tree from the living room and the kitchen. And I was able to pull back the green chairs into the room to flank the tree. I think it helps make it look like part of the room. Plus, using the white ottomans with the green chairs make them feel more substantial in such a large room…and more comfortable for sitting.
Okay – so our tree topper. I picked up a $3 thing of yarn in my colors of choice at Hobby Lobby and decided to create some crazy candy canes for our crowning glory of the tree.
Basically it’s a wire hanger (free from our closet) wrapped in paper to beef them up a smidge (I used leftover packing paper and newspaper) fastened with blue painters tape (also free but made it so that I didn’t have to wrap the ends because the blue matches!) and then wrapped in yarn. So basically I made five candy canes for three bones.
I simply held them up to the top of the tree and tied them to the longest stem with a bit of ribbon. Then I created the big ribbon bow around it. Actually it’s three ribbon bows so that the tree topper is pretty from every angle
Then I used the lighter blue ribbon to fill in the hole that was in the middle – this created a place for our B to “stand”.
In case you were wondering, the B stands for Baby Boy’s Birth. Or Bower. Or Booyah Beelzebub. Whatever you prefer.
And I anchored it with a bit of craft wire tied around the base to the candy canes. And yes, that B is just one of those cardboard ones at Hobby Lobby (they go for half off and run ya under $2) and I just used some scrapbook paper I had on hand to decoupage it for some color.
When it came to the tree skirt, I used an old bedspread that was inherited from my grandma after she passed. I love the colors. And since it’s faded in certain places, it’s easy to match with all sorts of blues and greens. I really wish I had taken some plastic bags and poofed it up a little more though…I likes me a fuller looking skirt…especially when it’s all nekked under there presentlesslike. totally a word.
Ever since we decorated the tree, Will is sortof obsessed.
He loves standing up in the chairs and pointing and saying things I don’t understand…I do understand that he is talking about the tree though…mostly because of the pointing…but also because he is REALLY excited.
Pray for me…I have about three more months till I have to start weening this little guy off the pacifier. I think about it every time I see his teeth. Right now he’s on it only during naps and bedtime…but still…that day we start THE WEENING is going to be a bad one.
Totally off subject.
Yes – that’s me on the ground with him sitting on top of me trying to find my belly button. But isn’t the tree cute in the background?
Okay – and here it is with the lights on…
Personally I am of the breed that likes the lights on during the day….but it doesn’t photograph as well…mostly because the lights translate warmer. I think if my color scheme included gold or yellow, it would be fine to take pics of the tree with the lights on…but in our case, I think it looks better without them.
Oh – I wanted to share this little Goodwill find…it’s a narrow side table that works perfectly for the amount of space we have next to Jer’s ‘football-watching’ chair. And it was $14. I love it.
This very randomly written post leads me to this subject – how to take a good photo of your tree.
Here are some of my tips –
- Do it during the day – natural light is much more flattering!
- Shoot in manual mode or AV mode (it allows you to have more control over exposure!)
- Aperture (aka f-stop) should be 3.5 or higher for whole-tree shots (so that you can have more details of your ornaments)
- Meter off your tree not surrounding windows or furniture (your tree is usually darker to the camera’s eye than surrounding objects and light sources so your main objective is to expose the tree – not everything else – notice how the windows below are blown out?)
- Expose it up a notch or two (the photo below is at +2!) but make sure to take some other options as well – just in case you like it a little darker
- Take some with the twinkle lights on and off and see what you like best
So there you have it! Our very boyishly blue Christmas tree complete with crazy topper. It’s not everyday you get a full frontal – complete with jester hat. Or maybe you do