The holiday season is all about traditions, isn’t it? One of my new favs is Sarah’s Christmas Tree Party, so this is a rewind from a couple of Christmas’ ago. But it’s still one of my favorite trees.
As a little girl, hanging homemade ornaments and silver tinsel on our tree, I’d never have dreamed people would actually pay me to decorate trees when I got older.
It started 15 years ago when I worked for a craft store. We’d have as many as 20 different themed trees to showcase different ornaments.
I probably would still just be hanging ornaments and lights, if I hadn’t worked there. You see, to decorate a tree in a retail store, you have to cram enough ‘stuffs into the tree before you hang ornaments. Otherwise, when people take ornaments off the branches, you’d be left with a bare tree.
I was lucky. I didn’t have to hang lights or ornaments. My job was to create an overall theme for each product line.
It might be picture frames. Or bird cages. Or pheasant feathers. Or combinations of various non-Christmas items. And yards and yards of fabric. Anything that would fill up the tree and showcase the actual Christmas ornaments.
What was always amazing is the non-Christmas ornaments would always sell too. Like bird cages. And pheasant feathers.
Ah, the power of display merchandising! Unfortunately, I was paid hourly with bonuses of “Attagirl!”
Most of my Christmas clients want a more traditionally decorated tree, but one that still says “Wow!”
It looks small in this picture, but this is actually an 11 footer. Which explains all the various ladder size and shapes.
After hanging tons of lights – okay, not tons, but hundreds and hundreds – I draped the yummy fabric. Champagne satin and chocolate brown jacquard.
Since I’m a lousy photographer, you can’t tell, but the fabric is like delicious frosting, oozing in and out of the branches.
If you read my Fall post, you know I have a thing for ribbon. Next to fabric, ribbon gives you the most bang for your buck.
And, I just have a thing for ribbon. Shiny, satin, velvet, sheer. Doesn’t matter . . . I love it all.
It probably comes from hanging silver tinsel as a little girl. Tinsel . . . ribbon, ribbon . . . tinsel? Yeah, I think I actually have a need for ribbon.
Looks good, doesn’t it?
Notice you haven’t seen any pictures of my work area in my own home, have you? And you won’t, either.
At least you know my mother taught me how to act in other people’s homes.
Four loops of chocolate velvet ribbon tied with 22 gauge wire in the middle. (I just did a bow-making tutorial last week.)
Tip: to get floral tape to stick, pull it taut. I mean, stretch it as you go. Otherwise it’ll just unravel and you’ll want to throw it across the room.
Now make about 20 more of them.
It’s a big tree, remember?
I love me some gold netting. If fabric is the frosting, netting is the spun sugar.
Call me crazy, but hanging ornaments makes me crazy. That’s why you can call me crazy. Because I wind up doing it every year.
Yes, I could hire someone to do it for me. But I’m just enough of a control freak that that would make me even more crazy.
Now. Where was I? Oh yeah, the ornaments.
I swear, I could ‘do’ Christmas all year ‘round.
For other people, that is. For other people that like different themes. For other people that like to pay me with more than “Attagirl”.
Be sure and drop by ThriftyDecorChick’s 2011 Christmas Tree Party for hundreds of ideas!