Keen to avoid a tree and ornament catastrophe, and ever the practical problem solver, the hubby promised that he would find an alternative.
So we found ourselves on the weekend gathering sticks, pinecones and branches at The Shed. Though the land is filled predominantly with eucalypts, there is old schoolhouse foundations on the site and they are surrounded by a very old group of pine trees. It has been my christmas go-to site for years. It is a pinecone and mossy branch treasure trove.
When we got home we propped the sticks in my yarn basket (still with the yarn in it) , which Daniel tied with a little more wool to hold in place. A piece of scrap fabric popped over the top and it was ready to go.
This stick tree kind of lent itself well to the handmade touches this year. Most of my usual glass baubles were just a bit too big (though Luca did sneak his in there).
In fact I put most of our decorations back in their wrapping this year. For some reason, we were inclined to have a simpler, pared down version of christmas. Just some special little decorations that felt like they meant something to us. With a little nature thrown in. A few jugfulls of pine branches for that christmas tree scent. A bowl of pinecones. Just simple stuff.
Wishing you all a wonderful and calm Friday in the midst of this busy season.
Love it Tania! Simple is best for us too this Christmas. We too decided not to bring out the tree. I think we may actually sell it or donate it - it's just too big for us and I have visions of our newly acquired cat having a field day 'climbing' it and eating the decorations.ReplyDelete
simplicity love tania. i am all for practicality too! enjoy the upcoming weekend with your family. xo.ReplyDelete
That is a fabulous tree for your simple Christmas! I've done that very same thing in years past and never felt that the celebration was lacking. You are so wise to consider the safety of all and find a way to make it happen safe, beautiful, and fun!ReplyDelete
Tania, I love a sticky chrisy tree. Snap! We have done the smae. Mine are just eucalypt, very soggy sticks I might add. I love all the natural handmade elements of yours.ReplyDelete
Looks great! Love all the homemade touches! And a bonus - you dont have to pull a tree down after Christmas :)ReplyDelete
Have a great weekend too, Tania Xx
Love, love, love your tree Tania :)ReplyDelete
Our oldest two dragged in a branch of twigs one year stating that they wanted to use it as a Xmas tree, to date it's one of the best ones we have had :)
I sometimes think these type of simple stick trees are my favourites, so simple and pared back- always looks great!ReplyDelete
Your tree has a great look about it Tania, I love the mix of handmade and vintage ornaments. We have two of those little knitted Santa's and my kids can never leave them on the tree, they are like the perfect miniature stuffed toy.ReplyDelete
Love it! We're doing something similar for the same reasons - you know I love a good branch! xReplyDelete
We have a tree of sticks too :-)ReplyDelete
I was looking for something to put in the kitchen for christmas.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the idea
Growing up, my Grandma always has a Christmas tree made of fallen sticks and branches (she also had an Easter tree of trimmed, blooming branches)! I've been thinking recently about reviving her little tradition. Thanks for the reminder!ReplyDelete
Yes! I'm with you, Tania. I've packed away (due to the move) all of our ususal Xmas decorations and have bought some new gorgeous little white clay hearts danging on jute string. We're going to try to make some decorations this weekend too to add to the hearts and then find that perfect branch or two...though i haven't fully decided yet on our tree. Fun, fun, fun! xReplyDelete
Fantastic! I've been doing a weekly Friday post in January featuring people's trees made from sticks and branches. I'd love you to link up.ReplyDelete
I'm loving a stick tree this year as well, I'm not sure i want to ever go back now. The simplicity of it is great.ReplyDelete
Love your simple twiggy tree. we did a similar one for Easter. Still haven't put our tree up yet, just a tad disorganized.ReplyDelete
Tania I love your simply beautiful Christmas tree with carefully chosen decorations, love those handmade ones:) What a beautiful new tradition in your home. xxReplyDelete