Monday, November 28, 2011

My First Tree

I can't believe that I haven't posted in almost one month.  Well, if you want to believe this one, I am actually working.  I decided to start substitute teaching this year maybe 2 or 3 days a weeks.....well,
 guess what that has turned into?  Yes, full time on a temporary basis. I'm filling in for a teacher's aid that fell and got hurt.  I'm actually enjoying it but it's a bit much for this time of the year....so needless to say I'm somewhat stressed out.  You know, with working all day, kids at night, trying to decorate, shop, etc., etc., etc.  

So, I managed to get started on my decorating extravaganza.  I'm keeping it simple this year since I really don't have the time to over indulge.  

My living room tree is complete.....I went with a more neutral theme in trying to coordinate with the colors in the room.  


I used a lot of burlap, grapevine balls and snowflakes that I had and just hunted for ornaments that would work with this theme.  The dollar tree is always my best friend!  Honestly, I have enough ornaments to decorate about 7 trees with different themes, yes, you heard correctly. I've had 5 trees decorated in one year at one point.....crazy lady!



I mod podged old book pages onto balls that I didn't really like anymore....love the look with this tree.


I'll be showing the matching foyer garland as soon as it's done!  I'm linking up with......


Between Naps on the Porch
Dittle Dattle

28 comments:

  1. Your tree is so cute! I love the natural look it has, and the book pages on the Christmas balls is a great idea.

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  2. Beautiful tree, Marianne! Love the burlap! You're putting me to shame... working, and you still have your tree up before me :)

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  3. Hi Marianne,

    Your Christmas tree is gorgeous!!!

    Congratulations on the temporary job.

    Hugs,
    Dee

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  4. Very, very pretty. The incorporation of the burlap is great! It is a natural yet elegant feel.

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  5. Tree looks wonderful..have a happy holidays:)

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  6. Hi Marianne. Your tree is just fabulous! Love the burlap bow and why did I not think of poding my old broken balls!!! Thanks for that...

    Veronica
    Tassels Twigs and Tastebuds

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  7. Adore the look of this tree! It's gorgeous!

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  8. I LOVE your tree! I am the grapevine queen of blogland, lol, and you have captured my heart. It is beautiful!

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  9. Marianne, welcome back! Your tree is so beautiful!
    You are so creative. I love the burlap bow!
    I just love all the inspirations I get from you all. You are so talented!
    I know what you mean about this time of year getting stressful. I used to teach also, actually, I did for 20 years, so I know how long your days have been lately. Now that I am home, I look back and think how in the world I did it all, specially with three little kids and a husband in the military.
    Can't wait to see the rest of your holiday decor!
    Take care.

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  10. Hi lovely lady.
    Your Christmas tree is beautiful with the burlap bow on the top, this was a great Idea. I see you have a eye for beauty in your lovely home also.
    I would like to thank you so much for your sweet comments on my Christmas Tablescape.
    I hope you have a great week with your family.
    Diane

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  11. Hi Marianne, I have missed you!

    Your tree is absolutely beautiful. I think that I will use burlap garlands this year. I love the 'Country Glamour' it adds... lol.

    Sounds like you will be a busy gal this holiday season! Think on the bright side, you will have more money for Christmas!

    Thanks for coming to my party :)

    xoxo Bunny Jean

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  12. LOVE that huge burlap bow topper! I am using lots of burlap this year too. Thanks for visiting and commenting on my Ladder Tree - following you too now.
    Kelly

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  13. And I see you're a Jersey Girl too! Minus the big hair I hope!
    Kelly

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  14. Really pretty -- don't know how you found the time with everything you have going on, but glad you did. Thanks for sharing. I like the wicker or straw balls on the tree.

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  15. Your tree is so artistic. Enough ornaments to do 7 trees! How do you ever decide which theme to use? I'm sure they are all wonderful!

    Visiting from the Bunny Hop, Debra

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  16. Love this tree--the burlap looks great!

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  17. I never would of thought to use burlap as a ribbon, but it looks great. The tree looks expensive. You would never know you went to the Dollar Tree.

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  18. Thank you for stopping by and visiting me so that NOW I can ooh and aah over your beautiful home. Your tree is absolutely gorgeous! I LOVE how you hung the grapevine balls on it. Darn! Why didn't I think of that?! Ha! Your burlap bow on top is perfect. I love everything you've done. Now, I'm off to look at more of your beautiful home.

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  19. Hi Marianne...

    Thank you so much for stopping by 21 Rosemary Lane! And you know what...you really can stop by because I live just up the road from you in Clinton Township. Actually I will be driving through Ringos tomorrow on my way to Pa where I am originally from. Small world!

    And your tree is gorgeous!!! I love it... beautifully done.

    Have a great weekend!

    Your newest follower!!!

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  20. Hi again Marianne...

    If you google Valley rd in Port Murray it will come up...there isn't a name it is really just known by road and place. We just got home from the Christmas parade in Clinton...really magical time! My son is 7 and my daughter is 9...yes we are in Hunterdon too. How exciting that we live so close and both have adopted children.

    Have a great evening!

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  21. Marianne, What a beautiful tree and I love the burlap! Sounds like you are a very busy lady right now. I hope you have some time to enjoy the holidays. Thank you for linking to the Open House party.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  22. Marianne, how beautiful your tree is and how clever the ornaments are with their print. Oops, you were the clever one! I'm loving the burlap and snowflakes this season, too. Merry Christmas, Helen

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  23. Hi Marianne! So fun to see this post pop up from you and wow...I'm just impressed that you are able to create such a gorgeous tree with all you have going on right now! :-) It looks absolutely beautiful and I just love all of the natural elements. Well done friend!
    Vanessa

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  24. Happy Thanksgiving! I love your burlap bow topper. Did you make it yourself? Bow maker? I would like to do the same but am wondering if I really need to purchase a bow maker. Suggestions?
    Thanks!

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