Saturday, December 4, 2010

Cardinal Tree


Well, it's December 4th and I'm not too far behind, am I?  This fall lovin' girl puts her fall decor out mid to late August and puts it away the beginning of December.  So out came the Christmas totes last night and the cardinal tree got decorated today.  See the little cardinals peeking out?

Cardinals are so beautiful against the stark white snow.  I got the idea for a cardinal tree a few years ago.  During the '08 Christmas season working at Hobby Lobby, someone returned a $393.00 7.5 ft. mixed pine tree with red berries, snowy branches, and pine cones because the lights didn't work.  It was a beautiful tree but I just couldn't afford it.  This tree sat in the box in the stockroom throughout the season and I admired it every single time I walked by it.

My manager let me have it for 80% off, plus my 15% employee discount!  I was so excited!  But the excitement wore off when I got it home and realized I had to use wire cutters on the 1,266 branches to cut off the lights.  Yep, each branch had lights clipped to it.  Whew!  That literally took me over a week!  So last year, the cardinal tree made its debut with new sets of clear lights, shiny glass red balls, matte glass red balls, and cardinal ornaments.  I even found a metal cardinal tree topper.

I won the Thomas Kincade Christmas book from Micki's Make Mine A Country Christmas facebook group.  It's perfect under the tree.  We can cuddle on the floor by the fireplace and read it.

I realized, a little too late... that I didn't share any of my fall decor with you.  It is my very favorite season of all and the most fun for me to play with.  Everything seems to fall into place.  Not so with Christmas, haha!  So here's tree #1.  Four more to go.

I hope you are making delightful memories this time of year with your loved ones~

11 comments:

  1. Angie, I took a pic of a white
    tree with cardinals on it and
    it was beautiful! I will have to
    find the pic and send it to ya.

    Bear Hugs~Karen

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  2. Yes Karen! I would love to see it!

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  3. What a beautiful tree! When my prelit tree went out, I had to do the same thing and cut the wires off. That tool that supposedly fixes the lights didn't work either.
    Anyway, I can't wait to see the rest of your decor!
    I'm gonna have to check out that FB group, sounds cool!

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  4. Angie your tree is beautiful! I love trees with a theme to them. I have a silver tree but didn't put it up this year. Just can't get into the spirit here, living with Mr. Scrooge! *laughing*

    Hope all is well. Miss you on the forum!

    *hugs*
    Debbie

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  5. What a gorgeous tree Angie! I love anything w/a RED theme! How pretty and what a labor of love!

    I've been working on Chr. decorating for days now and still not finished yet! LOL

    Tanya~friendshipcrossing.blogspot

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  6. Hi Angie,
    I love it and what a labor of love cutting off all the lights. (but haven't you seen the commercial where you magically use a gun thing on one of the lights and it fixes the entire light strand?) gotta wonder how that works. Anyway, it's beautiful! Thanks for always surprising me with a ton of catch up comments, it's a lot of fun to get so many at once!
    XoXO

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  7. Your tree was worth every day you spent on it, what a great deal of savings! Love the red cardinals, too. Okay, show us the other trees...

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  8. That tree is beautiful Angie!!

    Brenda

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  9. I just LOVE it!!! My Mom loves cardinals too. My grandmother did too. Gorgeous!!!

    Mary

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  10. Hi Angie,
    May I say you are the best!
    I always know when I see your name pop up with a comment it will be an enjoyable one.
    You take time to read the posts and make nice comments.
    THANK YOU!

    I have to say I'm not as deligent but wish I was...I miss lots of great blogs, yours included.

    I LOVE YOUR CARDINAL TREE and what a wonderful bargain...how could you pass it up and it was also worth the hours spent cutting off the lights.

    hugs, Karen

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  11. Beautiful! Red is one of my favorite colors. What a great deal on the tree and it's so beautifully decorated.

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