Hi everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I honestly don’t know where the month of November went to…but here we are into December already! Traditionally, I always put my tree up the Friday after Thanksgiving. I admit, I don’t do the Black Friday shopping anymore. Everyone in our family just wants “money” which makes it easy for this mom and grandma! So as tradition has it– the tree was decorated on Friday. I wrapped it with burlap ribbon then added some apple garland, ornaments, stars and prim candy canes.
I want to show you how I really “trimmed” the tree. I love primitive, if you have been following me for any length of time you probably know that already, and a few months ago I joined several primitive sites on Facebook. I just love looking at other people’s decor and the ideas they share are great! Well, two years ago, I bought several cheapo trees at Goodwill for 25 cents each. They were new ones, still in the plastic bag, probably came from the Dollar store. I gave most of them away, but I found one the other day and decided I was going to try making a prim Christmas tree by cutting down the branches.
Just take your scissors and start cutting down the pine needles on each branch. I worked over a cookie sheets because these pieces are going to fly everywhere and they are also hard to pick up.
I’ve seen people do this on 6 foot trees, not sure I would ever tackle one that big as this one took some time!
Just keep working your way around the entire tree until all the needles are cut short.
I had this cute little crock that I bought at Goodwill for $1.99 and since I didn’t use the plastic base to the tree, it fit perfectly inside. I just needed a way to hold it in place and I found some aquarium gravel in the garage..or you could use sand or even rice!
I tied strips of homepun material on each branch, then bent the top over and hung a rusty star with 2 jingle bells on the end. I wanted it bent over so it was hanging over this wooden nativity I bought at Goodwill for $1.99. I originally bought it for the two wooden sheep (which I have packed away and taken up to our new house).
It came with a cow too, but she has a broken leg…poor thing!
I’m going to look for a small wooden creche, or maybe I can make one by next year!
Some other decorations around my home
Made this felt mantel scarf last year.
The Santa Claus in the picture frame is my son who was 28 at the time.
He played Santa Claus for the ladies Christmas party at our church.
No one knew who he was, they thought he was my husband, who was the pastor,
but he made an appearance so they were really surprised & confused!!
This is new for me this year…I paid $1 for the snowman and the antique strainer
was a gift from my future daughter -in – law.
I put a tree in it too!
I found the prim doll at Goodwill for 99 cents.
The floor cloth was $2 at a yard sale.
Santa and the tree was $1.99 at Goodwill
The painted bucket was a GW find for $3.99.
I couldn’t wait to hang this picture, a GW find for $2.99
The prim felt tree was a hand-made gift from a friend.
A basket of Christmas pillows, several I bought at the church flea market
This cabinet is in my kitchen and I put my gingerbread collection in it.
There are more…but I didn’t have room for them all.
I hope you enjoyed looking at some of my decorations. We bought our retirement home in October, so I’m not putting all my Christmas decorations out this year…I have to downsize…that’s going to be very hard for me! So, I decided whatever I put out this year, will go with me for sure! We are doing some remodeling on the house before we start moving some stuff in, so I will be sharing posts on the progress soon. I love this picture my husband took right after we decided to buy it. The rays coming down remind me of God’s blessings!
Glad you stopped by…hope you come back again soon!