Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas Tour 2009

Christmas Tour of Homes with The Nester

Hey! Thanks for stopping in. Since I participated in Boo Mama's Christmas Tour last year and am still rockin' the same decorations, I thought that I might share a bit of what I do for my job. You see, I'm part of the display staff at an art gallery. A large part of my job is decorating for the holidays. Y'all, I'm the tree decorator. So, though I will show you my home tree and some goodies that way, I thought I would share my display handiwork with you.

Now for a request:
If you can tell where I work by the photos that I've posted, please o' pretty please with sugar on top, cherries and fake diamonds, please do not leave in the comments the name of the place where I do work. You see, though I love the internet, I also love being a little private about my life specifics. I'm sure you understand! Thank you!

Now on with the show! :)

Back in November, I did a demonstration on decorating with natural elements. A few of the photos are here, but you can find the full selection of nature demo pictures here. I just didn't want to bore my regulars with the same photos.

The tree is sitting a little crooked here just because of the ground on a slant. Rest assured that it was moved after this to be a little more upright!

The Sock Monkey tree that I did in our toy room. The tree is at an angle, point down and hung from some really thick monofilament. When hanging your tree, always make sure to wire it together first. You don't want it shifting apart after you get it up there.

The Red and Green Tree. The photo isn't that great, but when you have a caffeinated woman flying through and taking pictures, that will sometimes happen. I didn't have a tree topper for this one, so I made one up out of some leaded glass stars that we have. I made the tree reach out and touch people with the green glitter feathers.

My indoor nature tree. This little tree is such a Charlie Brown. It takes me a day to tie all the picks in. All of the picks are tied in with clear fishing line. The tree is also about 5' tall, but I give it height by creating a floral design at the top. Again, sorry for the photo quality. The light shining in the window doesn't make it an easy job to take really nice photos.

This is a display that I had that didn't have nearly the amount of work that I thought it would. I had to do a split display, which I've had to do before. One half of the corner was acrylic and blue. The other half was a pink/burgundy and black tree with Ne'Qua ornaments in between. (They are painted from the inside and are gorgeous. I was trying to carry the color burgundy boxes along into the display.)

My big, fat, foofy topper on the pink/burgundy and black tree.

The acrylic tree. And before you ask-- every year they suggest that I use the rod tree, I cringe. I feel like I'm decorating the Festivus tree from Seinfeld.

This is the Gold and Silver tree. This is a very important display, as it is the one that you see right when you come in the door. I always do this one last.

Oh look! It's my people! This is the day after Thanksgiving and when I came home from my second round of shopping, this is what I saw.

K- putting the top on the tree in her new Star Wars sweatshirt.

The tree has been lit, picked and partially filled with the hum-drum filler ornaments.

The not hum-drum filler ornaments. Yes, I do lay all the ornaments out by theme, then work from there. Hubs thought I was insane. He also thought that they wouldn't fit.

Look! They all fit. Then Hubs laughed a couple of evenings later when he asked if I realized that my tree had a very pronounced lean. He ended up having to tie the tree to the wall to be certain that it didn't fall over. That would have made me very sad.

Here's the top of our tree. It's craziness.

The original strand of bubble lights from Hubs' childhood. I'm sure that we've replaced all the bulbs at this point and we only have one strand, but we put it up every year.

One of my new ornaments. He was in the reject pile this summer. The receivers have to fill out discrepancy reports for all damaged items, then it sits to wait to see if the company/artist will claim them. No claim? Then the items are taken over to our lunch table and we get to shop through the rejects. I liked him. I don't know what was wrong with him.

The sled riding guys that I purchased for Hubs last year. In the background, you'll see a fishing Santa. Hubs' sister bought that for him years ago.

The Elmer's glue melting snowman that K- made last year in preschool. I thought he was a pretty good idea for a kid craft.

Another reject. I do know why this one was in the reject pile. It used to have eyelashes, but came with eyelashes on only one eye. Yes, I was cruel. I pulled them off the one eye so that they would match. He's pretty cute, though!

More new ornaments. Again, freebie pile rejects. I love the freebie pile!

One of the ornaments that K- made at a Secret Santa Workshop at Pat Catan's about a week ago. It is very easy to make.

This one was not a reject, but when he came in I loved him and had to have him.

One of K-'s ornaments. This one came from my friend, Irina. Sadly, she has moved to Montreal and I don't get to work with her. She was one crazy Russian who, by the time she left, I could understand fairly large chunks of the Russian that she would belt out. My Russian has gotten rusty without Irina. Come back, Irina! Come back!

A handcrafted penguin that we gave K- last year with her stocking. Each year, we buy a few ornaments for her. We write the year and occasion on the back. This year, I was able to share with her that all of the ornaments that we've purchased for her will be hers when she gets married and has a home of her own. "But Mommy, [insert swirling hands] I would like it all." I informed her that she won't be able to take all of my ornaments, or I'll have nothing left to decorate with!

A nativity addition for K-. One laser cut nativity was given to each of the preschool children last year by one of the couples in our church. They make these and sell them, but for some reason, they felt the need to make them and give them to all of our school kids. How wonderful! (And yes, I wrote down who made it and when she got it. It'll be like walking through history when she gets the boxes and boxes of things we've accumulated for her.)

This years gingerbread house. It was a Willy Wonka house that my aunt bought us. You know what? She paid $10.00 for it and I told her that it was well worth every cent she paid. It was easy to put together, everything was included and plenty of all materials. Hooray!

You must be exhausted. Would you like to join us for a cup of tea?

We've been waiting for you. The cookies haven't arrived yet, I'm afraid. They'll be here soon, though.

I've set you a place. While you wait, go ahead and look through your goodie bag.

Ahhh! See! I promised cookies! They just arrived and are fresh. The lady locks? Oh, those are wonderful. The foiled wrapped cookies are oatmeal with frosting in the middle. My nieces have given great reports on the peaches.

Well, I'm flat out tired. Thank you for stopping by!

Smiles in my weekend:
- K- was WONDERFUL at the tea, even despite of the lovely speaker that went on and on and on. She started when we normally eat and talked about her nativity, each piece of her nativity (there were a lot of additional pieces like a pregnant woman, a soldier, a dog . . . ) and she prayed over each and every one. K- was hungry and tired. My nieces were the same. You didn't hear a peep out of any one of them.
- Hubs' work Christmas party is over. K- had a nice time hanging out with Miss Laurie and her family while I drove 40 minutes to the party. The drive was long, but the food was good.
- The children's performance this AM at church.
- Our choir director seemed happy with our performance this morning.
- Going out as a woman on a mission and accomplishing my goal of picking up makings for goodie bags for K-'s school Christmas party on Thursday.
- Though I went to two party stores and got there a half hour after each one closed (one closed at 3 PM and one closed at 4 PM. It's not like we live on the back 9, so I don't know what was up with that.) I was able to find the Hallmark two-piece Star Wars ornament that I tried to get a few weeks ago. Remember? An irresponsible shopper crammed their cart into my car door instead. (Yes, the two dents still hurt.)
- The passenger window has remained where it needs to be.
- My in-law's feeding me their leftover pork chop and potatoes as I ran through this afternoon. Yum.
- I assembled 22 goodie bags for school, 25 treat bags for K-'s birthday this coming Sunday, purchased the snacks needed and have plans for the other food to be obtained. (6 pizzas and a veggie tray.)

Have a great week!


Heather said...

Your Christmas trees are gorgeous! Merry Christmas!

Rach said...

GORGEOUS!! So fun and funky! I had so many comments and then, there were just TOO many so I'm just leaving it at I want you to come and do MY house next year. ;o)

AllisonO said...

Your tea and cookies spread is what really hooked me :). Or maybe it was the bubble lights.

Either way, your home looks beautiful!

Merry Christmas!

Rach said...

BTW, forgot to mention how much I love the new profile pic. :o)

ChupieandJ'smama said...

Very nice!! Work looks stunning and I love your tree. Your gingerbread house looks awesome! We made J's at school yesterday and sadly, the gluten free, egg free roof didn't "hold" so we had a roof collapse. I'll post pics later if I get a chance.

Jamie said...

Looks wonderful!

Love the sock monkey tree at your gallery.

Your home tree looks fabulous as well!

I was going to join the tour this year but I neglected to sign into blogger in time.

beautyinallthings said...

It all looks so festive! I am stopping in from Nester's Tour. If you would like to see my tour posts you can click on the 'Christmas 2009' tag on the left sidebar of my blog. Have a great holiday season!