Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Tree

I finally got my tree up and I like it.  I created a western theme this year--all handmade decorations.

For the skirt I used a piece of ticking fabric and then wrapped the tree stand with bandanna print.

These are sunflower wreaths made with barbed wire I found by the roadside.

The coyotes are made of cinnamon and applesauce dough, cut with a cookie cutter and dried in a warm oven.  A triangle of plaid fabric makes the scarf.

Little pouches contain potpourri.  A square of bandanna print was gathered around a measure of potpourri, tied with a leather thong, and trimmed with a branch of pine.

Straw cowboy hats from the craft store trimmed with a silk poinsettia and raffia bows trimmed with holly complete the ornaments.  I used a tiny star garland and bunches of multicolored LED lights.    

1. Tomorrow I'm going to _________?
Go to the post office and mail the Christmas packages to my relatives

2. Pudding or Jello?
Pudding and to be more specific Chocolate Pudding.

3. What book are you currently reading?
I'm finishing The Big Ben Mystery by Fernando Trujillo (it's confusing so far, don't know if I like it) and on a more serious note  "Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus" a compilation of writings by noted Bible teachers preparing me for Christmas.

4. What is the first concert you went to see?
Bill Gaither Trio in the 60's.  Their youngest child was a toddler, and came on stage unannounced in the middle of a concert--a memorable event.

5. What is your current weather?
58 degrees and partly cloudy at 7 p.m.


  1. Your tree turned out so pretty! My daughters and I made some applesauce and cinnamon ornaments several years ago and we always hang them on our tree...they smell so good!

  2. I loved themed trees... probably because my ornament collection is so big and crazy that I will never have one.

  3. Your tree looks good...clever ornaments.
    Mama Bear

  4. Love the western theme you've got there! And so nice that all the ornaments are homemade! Oh, does your Big Ben mystery take place in London, or is that just a lure to get Britophiles to read the book? :-)

  5. Just to love to hear about Christmas packages. I'm still on the process of shopping. Dropping by from the Monday meme with Java :)

  6. ALL handmade? Just beautiful!

    Blessings, Debbie

  7. LLOVE LOVE LOVE the tree!!! :)

  8. I love the tree! It looks pretty with all your hand-made ornaments. And Bill Gaither! That is such a great story! Love watching him on TV now.

  9. I love your tree, Marti. Your handmade ornaments are very clever! Your 58 degrees sounds good!

  10. Hi Marti- Your tree is darling. Love the handmade things on it. I'm glad you popped over to see me- now I found you back and signed up as your newest follower. You should go over to DebbieDoos Blabbing & Blogging or whatever it is ...and sign up for her is for brand new bloggers or those that want to grow their blog and have less than 100 followers. She does a great job of promoting blogs.

    Nice meeting you and you'll find me hanging around now~ xo Diana

  11. Love your tree and I agree - chocolate pudding! sandie

  12. What a lovely tree and great theme idea!!

  13. I love your ornaments. My favorites are the coyotes, so cute! Thanks for sharing your tree with us. :)

  14. Hi Marti, dropping by from MMOM. Your tree looks fabulous. I especially like your sunflower wreaths. I also have to go to the post office today, i'm not looking forward to the queues. Have a lovely day and it was nice meeting you! :)

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  16. Love your tree, such a neat ideal.

  17. Very cute and festive tree. I love the sunflowers.

  18. What a great looking tree. Well done!

  19. Your tree is great...Very creative!

  20. I didn't play along this week, but I never eat jello.. It always reminds me of being sick. In fact, when I was a little girl, about six, I once went to a friends house and her brother was eating Jello. I came home and told my mom he must have been sick... She had to explain that jello was actually a real desert... Ah, memories. I host a Friday Fill-In Blog Hop I would love if you could check it out...