Unique LA was AMAZING!!! And totally overwhelming! I thought i was prepared but….I was not prepared. I’ll post about it later with pics and tales.
But in the meantime my genius sister Phebe has stepped in to save me with my first Guest Post!
You may recall my last post about my mom’s ornaments. Well Phebe has come up with a great way to showcase them on their own. It’s a perfect solution and would work for anyone who had a special collection they wanted to highlight but wanted something simple and easy to store.
So, without further adiue I give you Phebe!
So, the other night (in the middle…yes, I’m at that waking-up-for-no-reason age) I was pondering my brother’s request to write a piece for his blog. What could I add? Then it came to me….I’d share the item he highly praised a few years ago when I sent him some pictures! So here goes…I didn’t take pictures while I did it (no thoughts of publication then), but one of its best features is the simplicity, breakdown and storage, so you’ll be able to get the idea!
One of my holiday conundrums…how to single out my mom’s ornaments without adding a second tree to our, well, cottage-style home in which two trees, even if one was small, would be tantamount to planting a forest indoors? Also, how to spice up my dining room without going overboard there?
I came up with this flat tree that would go against our French doors.
After measuring for the height and width of the doors and deciding the best distance between branches for the ornaments in question to hang, we headed for the big box store for supplies. There we found a “forest” of trim and molding and then finalized the look. I was pleased to find a piece of trim that already had a leafy vine carved into it!
I chose to use a green stain on the branches and trunk and a brown stain for the base, but I think a rich wood stain on all parts would be cool. I also think you could make one for a smaller window (or a bay) and paint it white. The tree could be up year round, decorated seasonally (an egg tree, red-white-and blue bunting, spiders and webs) or just left undecorated, if trees are your thing.
Of course, before staining, we sanded it overall, especially the cut edges. We also marked the centers of each limb on the back for re-assembly…the marks have reduced (but not eliminated) the yearly spousal arguments discussions about the equality of the branches. I keep pointing out that a modernistic version might be intentionally uneven, (kind of cool against a flat wall!) but he will have none of that.
We put a hook on the top of the tree and a small nail on the top of the door frame to enhance the security of the tree’s vertical position (thanks for the vocabulary, Daddy). Otherwise, it is not attached to the French doors in any way.
Now, the ornament collection. All of us have unique collections of our mom’s work (“…you have the best Red Riding Hood Wolf!”….”I never got the whole Wizard of Oz group!”) Seriously, we all love them and are especially proud to show them to our guests each year, thus my special tree.