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I am a 40 something year old mother of 2. I have always been interested in crafts since my sister and I spent summer weeks with my Grandmother, who was a very crafty lady, while my mother was in college. I mostly quilt since I seem to have an obsession with owning large quantities of fabric, but at one point or another think I have tried almost every craft out there.

Friday, December 08, 2006

this must be for us :-O

This post is the opinion of the poster and is in no way meant to express or influence the opinions of others. *giggle*
We have put up our Christmas tree early (for us) this year. I am very particular about our trees and it usually takes us a while to find one that I like. DH could really care less, but he humors me because he is a true sweetheart and if I have an opinion about something he tries to make me happy. I have a strong aversion to the over pruned, very full trees. I call them mutant trees since the branches don't resemble anything created by nature, but twist and turn randomly creating an arthritic look. They don't look natural and ornaments lay on top of the branches instead of hanging down. A few years ago I found a tree farm near where we used to live that didn't prune and we had one year with a beautiful tree before the guy thought he would sell more if he had them pruned. :c/ Every year I would look at all the stands or farms and see if I could find another perfect one and would always end up settling for the "least mutated" tree I could find.
This year, after the move, we started talking about what we were going to do about a tree. Nothing had been decided when we were on our way home from shopping last weekend and spotted a stand selling trees not 1/2 a mile from our house. It was too dark and we were going too fast to see more than the price, but they were so reasonably priced we had high hopes that they were natural. The next day we went and looked and the first tree we pulled from the bunch was perfect. Perfect height, not too full, and priced right. I did check a few others just to make sure, but I was so happy. As we were paying DH talked to the lady and she said they had been living there for years and they cut the trees from their land and never prune any more than the top if it gets too tall and spindly and they don't intend to start. I was so excited. Unless something happens we shouldn't have to worry about our tree for years to come.
We decided to decorate without popcorn this year. We usually string it with cranberries, but figured the kitty temptation would just be too great with food attached. I grew up with cats so know how to do a kitty friendly tree. All of the ornaments close to the bottom are unbreakable and a lot jingle. The tree is securely attached to the wall even though no one has tried to climb it yet. Misty and Dusky sat dozing together watching us as we decorated. When we finished they politely mewed "thank you" and pounced. I have since taken away the tree skirt. They kept playing chase around the tree and would stop short and slide the skirt into a bunch then scratch at it.
A few people were posting about tree skirts a little while ago and the whole hole or no hole thing. I was going take a picture of mine, but figured I would wait until it was under the tree. I designed this a couple of years ago for a class. I have always loved the little fences that used to be put around trees so I made us a fabric fence. :-) I am quite happy with the way it came out. The center is mostly blank so I had no qualms about cutting the hole to go around the trunk. there are appliqued stars there and I just cut the hole first and placed the stars accordingly and then quilted it with meandering stars.



13 Comments:

Blogger Patti said...

What cute pictures of your precious kitties! I'm with you - Christmas trees must be open enough so the ornaments hang down. Not only that - we have to be able to place ornaments at various depths into toward the trunk or we'd never fit them all onto the tree. Before my evergreen allergies flared up again we'd drive up into the mountains, buy a permit from the ranger station for $1.00 and cut our own tree. We always went for an alpine fir as those where the prettiest and the least full. We made it a family outing with a full picnic basket and cocoa in a thermous to keep us warm. I sure miss doing that!

6:31 PM  
Blogger Bonnie said...

Your tree looks so pretty in the corner - and your tree skirt is very nice. How thoughtful of you to make the tree cat friendly - and what fun for the cats!

7:00 PM  
Blogger Sandra said...

Your tree looks wonderful! A great idea attaching it - might do that ourselves ;-)

12:07 AM  
Blogger Tazzie said...

Your tree looks just perfect, and how wonderful to see kitties hiding in there!
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

6:07 AM  
Blogger Judy said...

You need presents! That will hold it down and keep too many games from being played/ That's what I am doing today. Wrapping some so the tree skirt stays in place. My cats like to sleep under the tree, which I love, but the chase game has to stop!

The tree is perfect! Just the right size and the branches are perfect. I like the open branches too. I've only had one real tree so I didn't know they did that! Yuck!

2:17 PM  
Blogger Libby said...

Although we have been using an artificial tree for some years now -- I loved finding an imperfect tree. They show off the ornaments and they look much more like what you find in nature. Looks like your kitties are enjoying themselves *sweet*

11:25 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

Oh, what fun - cats and Christmas trees!

2:22 AM  
Blogger Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

Congratulations on finding the perfect tree!

Cheers!

Evelyn

4:12 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

I agree, I like ornaments to hang. We used to ask the tree sellers for their "Charlie Brown" trees, which others considered ugly, but we loved. They were more natural looking, and the ornaments looked great. NOw we use an artificial tree. It's nothing special - small and I bought it at a garage sale for $10! But at least we can manipulate the branches and bend 'em so the ornaments can hang.

4:20 PM  
Blogger The Calico Cat said...

Oh how fun... Those kittens look so cute!

Our condo is on an angle, so the sun only shines in for a while and starts in the very corner of the glass door.... I set out a mat right there so that the kitties can be comfy while sunbathing... Their running and sliding moved it last night - so no comfy spot for sunbathing today....

9:36 AM  
Blogger Shelina said...

It's a beautiful tree, and well worth the effort you put into it.

12:39 PM  
Blogger Nines said...

I love your tree! I am very picky about our tree, too, it has to be right! We have gotten ours at the same place for 3 years in a row- his are taller than most and not too pruned. Have a merry Christmas!

7:22 AM  
Blogger Simonetta said...

Beautiful your Christmas tree!!!
Have a great time of Christmas, Tami :))))

7:46 AM  

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