Since I have room to do more than one tree, I decided to get my glitz fix in another room this year, and kept this one simple and wildish. The barest spots are filled with dry hydrangeas. I don't have the huge kind, just the little old fashioned ones, a few that I remembered to snip and dry while they were still green last summer, and the rest I harvested brown on decorating day. I also tested some grasses, twigs, and other weeds, but vetoed them, in the end. A few sticks of gold painted curly ting did make the cut.
|Is it a dire insult to a spruce tree to decorate it with cones from a pine? I am possibly infringing on the rules of nature, but can I help it if they just look pretty?
Next, I headed to the craft store to see if pheasant feathers were available and affordable, since I hadn't remembered to ask any of my hunting friends to save them for me. On the way, I sidetracked to the local thrift, and hit the jackpot. Someone had just that morning donated two big arrangements of feathers and pine cones, probably from the 70's, judging by the plaster (not resin) vases, and the style. The vases will do nicely for some other project, and for $8, (about the price of purchasing two feathers at the craft store), I got 40 sort-of-like-pheasant feathers!!! (Yes, in my world, that's exciting enough for three exclamation points.)
|Paper love doves, glass balls filled with feathers and embellished with a few more, and animals made of cones, nuts and pods decorate my tree this year.|
The only other thing I might still add are some simple gingerbread shapes with white icing detail. Bernie is planning to deliver a coordinating garland for my staircase, so maybe I'll tuck the cookies into that, instead. Or I maybe I'll give those cookies as gifts. Or maybe I'll just eat all the gingerbread, keep the decor wildish, and not confuse my friends by actually delivering something before Christmas. Some traditions might be worth keeping!
I do hope whatever your traditions and resources, you make a joyful and bright holiday season for yourself and the ones you love!
Questions and comments can be left below, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. I paint walls like the muted striped ones behind this tree, and my portfolio can be seen at theartofthehome.com. I also blog at 365being.blogspot.com, at least once a week, if you feel like wandering around the Internet reading stuff, and if you want a beautiful quarterly bookazine to read, you better head over to 365being.com. It's available PDF, but it's waaaayyyyy prettier in print.