My friend Noeleen was over last week and we got bored and didn’t have wine slushies or armadillo dip. So what did we do? We put up another damn tree. I told myself I wasn’t going to put pictures on the blog until all my decorations were up, but some things are too good to not share.
Because, as much as I liked putting up that other Christmas tree for Michael’s, all that Pottery Barn style normaility made me itch to put up something a little more…home grown. Unconventional. Funky. Yes, I think that’s the best word to describe it: funky.
Sing it, James Brown!
Also, I had some leftover copper molds from the kitchen. Not enough to cover a wall, but too many to sit in a box. Kiki suggested they might make great Christmas ornaments and I was inclined to agree. Initially I was thinking it would be fun to keep the tree ‘kitchen’ themed by adding copper scrubbers (3 for a buck at Dollar Tree – and totally useable after Christmas)…but then I’d have to keep it in the kitchen, but I learned my lesson on that last year. Last thing I ever want in my kitchen is a tree. It takes up too much floor space, and even as a hardcore glitter enthusiast, I don’t want it in my dishwasher. Plus, this tree just looked so cool and colorful, I thought it would look nice on the black and white stripe dresser in the living room, slapped on an old sequin skirt that no longer fits my ass, and called it a day.
Just about everything on this tree is crazy cheap or repurposed from another area of the house. Plastic straws play a heavy part — I’ll show you how to make those later.
Recently, I have been on a yarn tassel binge. They are a great, compact craft for all occasions. If you are anticipating a long trip to granny’s house for Thanksgiving, I suggest you bring tassel makings to keep you company. They are easy to make and your relatives will be really impressed (and/or drunk and/or too strung out on football) and leave you alone to make tassels with the cat in the corner.
The glue that binds all this fantastic Christmas fun together is the pompom pinecones. If you like a funky tree like me (and James Brown, rest his wig wearing soul), I suggest you look into getting yourself some pompom pinecones. They are really easy to make.
Ooooh. Pretty colors!