got the tree up this weekend, it turned out to be quite a project. we bought a tree that still wrapped up, so it would be easier to get it up the stairs. we figured we could live with it if it wasn't straight or had a weird shape (dr. seuss trees are always fun & funky). it would just be a surprise... well we didn't think it would be pretty much all dried up on the inside. zach spent 2 hours pruning it, and had to saw off at least a foot, all on the living room carpet-what a mess. it did end up looking great, but it was way too much work. we will always remember our first tree together. note to self: always open & check out the tree before you bring it home.
once that was all done, we got to the fun part. i haven't had a christmas tree since 1997, so i was really looking forward to decorating it. our tree is mostly filled with old vintage shiny bright ornaments. my mom, sister and i have been collecting these at rummage & estate sales for the past few years. it's fun to see how different each box is (plus i have a few from my grandmas tree, and some other special ones). back in oct, i also found some clear glass ornaments for 10 cents each at a garage sale. they have a flat surface on either side, perfect for rub-ons. i cleaned them a bit first to make it easier for the rub-ons to adhere to. they went on better on the flat surface, it was a little harder to wrap around the side. (you have to rub lightly, since the glass is so delicate & thin) some designs went on easier than others. on a few i also used ranger alcohol inks. this was a great way to add some color and layers to the ornaments, i used a piece of foam to apply it with, (and of course i couldn't resist a little glitter). i think i'll still add more to the tree just not sure what it needs. i only have one piece of vintage gold garland on it right now....any suggestions?
sorry for the blurry picture, just happens sometimes. we also tried to make a hand-blown glass tree topper last night. it turned out kinda funky, can't wait to pick it up tonight.