Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Our Search for the Perfect Imperfect Tree

Last Year's Tree

I have always been an advocate of the artificial tree. I always put up the tree the weekend before Thanksgiving, and I always assumed a real tree wouldn't last that long. However, this year, the thought of putting up our 17 year old tree (pictured above) did not interest me. I was tired of the decorations and tired of the tree. If it weren't the kids, I would not even have put up this "pretty mom tree". Ba humbug! (There is still an artificial one in the basement that the children decorate. )

My "real tree" friends kept telling me that a fresh cut tree will definitely last until Christmas even if we cut it around Thanksgiving. OK. So, because I was so late to the party, a few days before Thanksgiving, I had to drive up to the forest service to pick up a permit to cut a tree down for the day after Thanksgiving. Here are a few pictures of our memorable tree cutting day:

 This one below loooves this hat. She wears it every where she goes. I finally had to ask her to take it off once in a while because it's getting weird.
 This was after about an hour and a half of searching. My son is antsy and needs to torture his sister by throwing a snowball:
 FINALLY, after about 2 hours. You'd think with a forest full of trees it wouldn't be that hard. A lot of these trees have one side since they grow so close to each other. I think we went around in circles. We are newbies to this; and you would've laughed in our faces at some of the trees we were considering in the beginning. Here's the tree:

Our tree this year. I ended up using about 10% of our decorations. They are mostly framed pictures I do of the kids each year. The other decorations were way too heavy.
I will post better pictures soon. I didn't bring out the tripod for this. Was our tree-cutting outing worth it? Definitely! It is an event I would love to make into tradition. And, I love our "Charlie Brown" tree. I love being able to see through to the trunk of the tree, and all the imperfections and character of a "right out of the forest tree".

Saturday, November 26, 2011


"Celebration" for sale. Click HERE to view.

I have decided at the last minute to have a cyber Monday sale! Everything in the shop is 25% off. It will last until Tuesday, November 29th midnight pst. Just use coupon code CYBER25 at checkout.

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Art Nook is Coming Along

The basement art nook is coming along. I have the frames up, and I just need to fill some of them.

Hopefully I can complete this project before the holidays begin!

In weekend news, we took our family to watch some of this:
It was a great game to take the family to, since our team actually won.

I thought this was cool:
I know these players were being genuine, and not doing this in a mocking spirit.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Sneak Peek-My Basement Art Nook

I have been working on a family art nook. This area in our basement has been a storage area for some time. I never got around to putting anything on the walls like I intended 7 years ago when we had the basement finished. This nook has 5 walls to fill. This particular wall on the left is filled with a mixture of my children's art, my art, and meaningful photographs. I had most of the frames sitting around for years. See that office chair? It's actually quite comfortable. My husband has wanted me to give it away for years, but I intend to slipcover it. I will show you the other walls when(if) I complete it. 

Friday, November 4, 2011


We had a day off of school the other day because of snow, so I painted this abstract family portrait:
My husband thinks I should use this painting as the image for our Christmas cards. What do you think? (I know, it's a little blurry. I didn't use my tri-pod to take this picture. )

This is how crazy we soccer parents are. We did this the day after our  snow day:
Blurry here too - I am not a sports photographer! I have to sit down and learn some of the features of my new camera.

Have a great weekend everyone!