Now. I’m usually pretty anxious to bust out the holiday cheer early in the year, but this is the earliest I’ve ever had a tree up. And, actually, it’s not my tree. It’s Michael’s tree. Michael’s Dream Tree. It’s part of their promotion to let everyone know their artificial trees will be 50% off November 2-8. So. Since today is November 1st, that’s only a day’s notice. So don’t be telling me I’m wayyyyy too early, because actually, I’m almost late!
Michael’s was kind enough to send me the tree plus a gift card to buy ornaments. I didn’t tell them I need more ornaments like I need a hole in the head, or that I already own four full size trees, because let’s be honest, this was great excuse to go crazy and do the thing I never do, which is, BUY DECORATIONS. Buying stuff to make decorations? Yes. Buying readymade decorations? Not really. A few years ago it was part of my job to set up Christmas trees for other people, but the budget was usually non-existent, so I never got to do the shopping. This…this was like being a kid in the candy store!
My friend Kiki was talking about not putting up a tree this year because it was too much fuss, so when I was picking up materials, I grabbed stuff I knew she would like – lot’s of neutrals. Burlap. Gold. Moss green. I thought if she saw the tree all done up and liked it, she might change her mind about putting up a tree, and sure enough…she saw it and she liked it. She liked it so much the whole tree is moving to her place next weekend and I’ll put up another one. Ha! How’s that for recycling?
Two things you would not know to look at this tree.
- There are no ornaments! Yet. Some glitter pinecones tiuked in here and there, but no ornaments. I designed it to be something that could stand on it’s own, or as the perfect backdrop to a lifelong collection of family ornaments –vacation souvenirs, or first-grade art projects. A “storybook tree” as they call it. Michael’s carries some great woodland/burlap/woodsy Christmas supplies, which pair beautifully with glitzy gold (because you know my sparkle tooth needed a fix!), so it was easy to hit all the bases. I can’t wait to see this tree after it’s done up even more.
- Besides the tree (which was provided by Michael’s) (and is 50% off this week), everything you see here cost less than $100. Probably closer to $50 if you play the sales right. Decorating a 7’ tree this lush and abundant looking for under $100 retail is pretty swell. More deets on that in a couple weeks!
Check out what some of the other Michael’s Maker’s did with their dream trees…
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