In case you are wondering why two blog entries often come at the same time…the reason is because I have such little time to write for pleasure, that when I do get a night, I write the blogs that have built up inside of me for the week. There are many more, rest assured, and I wish oh wish I had more time to write. I don’t know how the serious bloggers do it. I have subscribed to a number of my favourites, and am amazed how, with kids and work and everything else they do, they are so prolific. Apologies that I can’t keep up such a pace…But a really heartfelt thank you to those who do read my scribblings when they emerge once, maybe twice a week. Feel free to comment on posts too…it makes me feel people actually read the blog! And I like a bit of interaction 🙂
Any-hooos… Oh Christmas Tree.
I am not sure why, but I have never gone for a pine tree. Mum didn’t put up particularly traditional trees either, from what I remember. In recent years, she has put a lilypilly in a pot, decorated, and then replanted it outdoors (there have been a few fatalities). Perhaps I have inherited her rebellious spirit.
Last year my Christmas tree was a huge poinsettia branch – loping and curling around our living room. I collected baubles of various colours from Vinnie’s, and other bits like crystal angels, and strung them on the laconic branches. Because it was so avant garde it received a few scoff’s from more conservative family members, and was labelled “artistic” in fitting with my character.
Inspired by – I am not sure what, but perhaps lack of money, I bought five four-foot bamboo gardening stakes from Mitre 10 for $2.50 and a tin of gold paint. My vague idea was to make a tee-pee like structure and weave it with gardening twine and spray it gold.
Somehow, though, plans changed, and I ended up ripping all my scrap fabric into long strips and weaving it around my tee-pee skeleton. Gregor kindly drilled holes into a wooden plank for me to stick the ends of the tree into, which I sprayed gold. And the final touches were a red paper star on top (held on by a chopstick) and a string of flower-like lights wrapped around it. The result, I think, is majestic. I love it. Which is unusual, because I am usually so negative about my own creations. I truthfully haven’t seen anything like it before, and am very proud of my invention. The best bit is that Elka loves it too. So, a good start. I think I will go into business with these. Any orders for next year?
Is your Christmas tree up yet? What’s yours like?