Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Lighting of the Tree and a Winner!

     Yesterday I showed you a hint of the color theme I'm using in my home this Christmas. Today, I will show you the tree! My hope for the tree this year was that it would almost have that "wedding cake" look to it. I decided to use silver, white and hints of gold plus lots of sparkle to capture the feeling I wanted. I started with my 7 foot tree and 1300 white lights (yes, it took hours to get them on the tree). Of course I had to create a new topper for the tree. A complete tutorial on how I make my "strange" toppers can be found in my sidebar.

I was waiting for the sun to shine so I could get
some good daytime shots of the tree, but there
 is no sun in my part of the country this week.

     The bows are double layers of two different wired silver ribbons. I use four bows to surround the tree topper for a more complete look. This year I didn't use long streamers on my bows as I wanted that "cake topper" look. There is a tutorial for making "florist" bows on my sidebar.

The gifts are wrapped in silver and gold,
with ribbon in the reverse color.

I used two of these silver and gold poinsettias
in the topper and then, I just stuck one
in the tree for added interest.

     I love to add sprigs of something each year. This year I loaded the tree with ice crystals. For a tree skirt I used shimmery silver and gold fabric, which you can no longer see because the gifts are covering them.

I am joining Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer for
Outdoor Wednesday (we can go indoors during Dec.)

I am also joining Kathleen @ Faded Charm for White Wednesday

Please take time to visit our hostesses today.

As for the winner in the Progresso Soup Giveaway
was number Sherry @ Country Wings in Phoenix!
Congratulations Sherry!


La said...

Your tree is so pretty, Sue.

Congratulations, Sherry. La

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Sparkly and pretty, Sue. Congrats to Sherry!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a beautiful tree!!
Congratulations to Sherry!

Shellbelle said...

Your tree is magical! You could run a business decorating trees, you are so gifted!

Thanks for the head's up on the Osborne Lights at Disney. I sent the info to my cousin, it looks wonderful, Wish I could go, maybe next year. Can you imagine the electric bill?

Congrats to Sherry, I adore her so.

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

"SO BEAUTIFUL"... and you have hit the heights of Disney's "Magical Tree"!!! I too am using this color combination for the past few years. When my kids were growing up I did the traditional trees with all the heirloom ornaments BUT now I love the quieter relaxing winter tree... I do this one for "Moi"!
I LOVE your setting, it is "GORGEOUS"!
Hugs to you,

dee dee said...

Your trees are always so pretty! Each year I believe you "top" the year before. Each tree looks straight out of a world class resort!
Simply beautiful my friend!
Dee Dee

Blondie's Journal said...

Your tree is stunning, Sue. I think you got the effect you were going for. And I love your pretty ornaments. You did a wonderful job with the topper and bows, too! Love it!


BrightenedBoy said...

This is so gorgeous, and once again I am impressed by your creativity and talent.

Your Christmas tree looks like something out of a magazine.

You really ought to be speaking from a larger forum than this. Your cooking expertise plus all of the inspired touches you add to interior decorating would be greatly appreciated by women (and men) everywhere.

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

You totally captured the look!! Love the topper!!!

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

That's a stunning tree! And the topper is just great. Good job.

Donnie said...

I love the photos of your tree. Just lovely. Happy Outdoor Wednesday.

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

Oh my goodness, I think I need more lights! Truly beautiful and I hope you look at it all night long. It is magical and that is quite the effort and result. Much love XO

Low Tide High Style said...

What an absolutely gorgeous tree Sue!!

Kat :)

JUST ME said...

Ooooh, my are you handing with ribbon and lights!

I wish you could come decorate my room for Christmas. No one wants to buy a Christmas tree and I'll miss it this year. :(

Hanna said...

WOWZA!!! I am beyond impressed!! Sheesh I'm just hoping to get a tree up this year. I love the colors and I love the center piece. This is gorgeous!!! Great job!


Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Sue,
Your tree is beyond gorgeous. Can't believe you have it all done already with wrapped gifts as well!! You are on the ball girl.
I love decorating everything but the tree for some reason. Once it's done I am fine, but just don't prefer it!! lol
Isn't that wierd.

My post is there..... don't know what happened. Thanks for coming by....but come
back again!! lol

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!!
Blessings, Nellie

koralee said...

Wow...what a lovely tree...and matching gift are on the ball my friend...wish I was as organized.

Happy December. xo

BrightenedBoy said...

I thought I already commented, but it doesn't appear to have posted.

The gist of what I said was that your tree is gorgeous and looks like something out of a magazine, and that your talents in food and decorating continue to amaze me.

You should have a show or a column or something because so many people could benefit from your expertise.

You add creativity to experience, and that is why your work is always so wonderful.

Red Couch Recipes said...

Wow, what a glamorous tree Sue -- it is just stunning. Joni

Monica H said...

What a beautiful tree. My tree is stil in the attic :-(

Carol said...

Oooooooh, how pretty. My tree will not look anywhere near as elegant :)

Suzann said...

Happy Holidays!!
I just love your Christmas Tree
And all the gifts under the tree are pretty too!!
Thank you for sharing!

My name means Wisdom said...

Gosh, that tree is gorgeous!

Melissa at Silly Bee's Chickadees said...

Oooo! It's so fanciful and magical! I love the new colors. I'm so impressed that you have so many gifts under the tree already! I plan to take another shot of my tree with the presents underneath (which will probably be the week of Christmas)!

Angie said...

How lovely! And, you look so prepared with all those gifts under the tree already.