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Finally it is up! Still a work in progress, I’m trying to get the tree skirt done before Christmas!!

I will be working on a tree topper over the next year!
(I’m thinking angel, but we’ll see where inspiration takes me!)
If you look closely you can see some of the felt ornaments.
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[I had to find this article today because I’m finally getting my tree up this weekend. Normally, I like to have it up the weekend after Thanksgiving but between traveling, my etsy shops picking up and prepping for a craft show, this is the soonest I could manage. I always thought garland went on last but followed this instruction last year and it went pretty well. The big question is how a 17 month old will act with a decorated tree. I’ll keep you posted!]

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(From About.com)

You’ve chosen your perfect Christmas tree, but now what?

Our tips on the next pages will give you ideas for setting up your tree, lighting it, keeping it fresh, and decorating it to be beautiful.

  • Keep Your Tree Fresh and Green
    Cut the stump of the tree with a fresh cut and set it in water immediately. A fresh-cut tree will absorb several quarts of water right from the start. So it’s important to check and refill the water level several times a day for the first week. You can cut down on frequency later. Be sure to place you Christmas tree in a stand that has a large water reservoir and keep it filled.
  • Christmas Tree Preservative
    You can prolong the life of your Christmas tree by mixing up a concoction of 1 quart water, 1/2 cup light corn syrup, and 1 teaspoon liquid bleach. You can also read information on caring for Christmas trees.
  • Putting Lights and Decorations on the Tree
    When decorating your Christmas tree, put lights on first, then garlands, then the ornaments.
  • Work From the Inside Out
    Start arranging Christmas tree lights on the branches near the base of the tree. Weave strings of lights along the branches “inside,” then move to the outer edges of the branches.
  • Placement of Ornaments
    Don’t hang all your ornament on the tips of the branches. Place ornaments and other decorations ‘inside’ your tree to add depth and interest.
  • Basic Ornaments for Fill
    Start by arranging the “filler ornaments” evenly spaced around the tree. This would include basic solid color balls that are easily found at discount stores in a wide range of colors to coordinate and enhance your decorating scheme. You’ll need about 20 “filler ornaments” for every 2 feet of Christmas tree.
  • Special Themed, Collectible Ornaments
    Mix one-of-a-kind special ornaments between the basic ornaments. Plan to use at least 10 special themed ornaments for every 2 feet of tree. As your collection grows, put the special ornaments closer together.

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Christmas Centerpiece Ideas

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[ A beautiful post, here’s the link to the original site: http://heavypetal.ca/archives/2005/12/how-to-make-an-evergreen-wreath/]


Perhaps the only thing better than the scent of fresh-cut evergreen boughs is having that scent come from a wreath you’ve made yourself.

My mom and some friends did just that last weekend and I played photojournalist. And so, may I present:

A step-by-step guide to wreath making

You will need:

  • A wreath frame (available at your local craft store).

  • Green florist wire (or just plain silver wire – it’s not really going to show)
  • Secateurs (pruners or clippers)
  • Moss (available at the nursery or some craft stores) soaked in water for at least an hour
  • A variety of fresh materials. Along with Western Larch and Cedar, we used:

Seeded eucalyptus

Holly

Pine

Laurel

How To

1. Gather an assortment of 12-20cm (5″-8″) stems into small bunches (between 2-4 stems per bunch), and wrap the ends tightly with florist wire.

2. Wrap the cut end of the bunch with damp moss. Lay the bundle on your wreath frame and secure with more wire.

3. Place your next moss-wrapped bunch on the frame, facing the same direction so that the tips of the second bunch overlap the first, covering the wire. Secure.

4. Proceed as above, overlapping the bundles and wrapping the whole thing with wire. Once your frame is entirely covered, step back and assess. Add extra stems where needed, and affix extras like bows if desired.

Voila! You’ve got yourself a wreath.

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Woodland Ornaments Trio Naturalistic Blown Glass Ornaments Boxed Set of 3 ~ Made in Germany As if brushed by the first light frost of Autumn, this trio of sparkling, ice-crystal accented glass figurals are wonderfully naturalistic accents to use as Thanksgiving decorations as well as for Christmas. This assorted set of three mouth blown glass ornaments was made in Germany especially for Blümchen. Mushroom and acorn are both 2" high, pine cone is 2½" high.

I stumbled upon this shop while looking for glass diamond dust glitter [yes they do carry it!] Especially great if you love Old World Christmas Ornaments! Here’s the link: Blümchen’s Christmas Shop

Sparkling Tinsel Stars ~ Old-Fashioned Lametta Sterne Each package has 5 stars which are 3 1/2" wide If you could reach up into the heavens and gather a galaxy of bright stars for your tree.... our metallic filigree stars have a delicate appearance which is so pretty when tucked amidst the branches of your tree. Made of rare, colored Lametta tinsels, this is our final offering as the German firm which created them closed in 2003.

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Add a little sugar and spice to your Christmas tree this year with this adorable gingerbread couple ornament! Personalized with permanent black ink by our professional Bronner’s artists at no additional charge, this charming gingerbread couple ornament is sure to be a treasured keepsake with your loved ones for years to come. With sparkling glitter accents, this personalized gingerbread couple ornament is 4½” tall and crafted of clay dough. Comes ready to hang with a red ribbon.
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Christmas Tree Decorating Tips
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Tree decorating themes vary widely according to individual tastes. Many people like to decorate with a specific color or color combination. Here are a few basic tips, which may be helpful to you. The suggested sequence for decorating a tree is as follows:

  1. Lights
  2. Garland
  3. Tree Trims
  4. Ornaments
  5. Tree Top and Skirts

Tree Trim Tips

Tree Height
35 to 40 24″ to 3′ 30 pieces
70 to 80 36″ to 4′ 42 pieces
200 to 400 50′ to 55″ 35-50 pieces
400 to 600 85′ to 90′ 50-75 pieces
500 to 700 100′ to 110′ 75-100 pieces
600 to 800 130′ to 145′ 175-225 pieces
800 to 1000 185′ to 200′ 200-300 pieces









Regular Doorway
18′ to 25′
Double Doorway
20′ to 35′
Small Picture Window
18′ to 25′
Large Picture Window
20′ to 35′
Fireplace Mantle
18′ to 25′
Ceiling Decorations
50′ to 100′

C-7 & C-9 Lights*:

To calculate the amount of C-7 and C-9 lights for your tree, you may want to do the following:

HxD (divided by 2) for trees up to 7 feet.
HxD (divided by 3) for trees 7 1/2 feet and up.

For example, a 6 foot tree with a diameter of 45 inches would be as follows:

6×45 (divided by 2) = 135 lights

*Not all C-7 and C-9 lights are approved for artificial trees, but Cool Bright by GE is a good choice. Check packaging.

Do’s and Don’ts of Lights:

Never hook mini lights and C-7s or C-9s end to end. Connect only the same light sets together. They must be on their own outlet. This is also true when hooking your treetop to your light sets. the 3 outlet cords work very well in this situation. Do not hook more than 3 sets of lights together end to end. This can cause overloaded circuits and may blow fuses in your light sets. Some lights are commercial grade and you can connect up to six lights together. (Check packaging). Discard damaged sets (broken/cracked sockets, frayed/bare wires or loose connectors). Turn off all indoor lights on trees and other decorations when you go to bed or leave the house.

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