Today is very windy and cold in NJ and it feels like Christmas.  I baked a wonderful cheesecake last night for company this weekend.  The house smelled wonderful with gingersnap crust, butter and vanilla extract.  When the cheesecake filling was added and baked the house smelled like home!

We went with more rustic type trees in this house, twig trees to be exact.  They are pre-lit incandescent soft clear bulbs and add that touch of soft glow that is loved at Christmas. 6.5 ft. and 4.5 seemed to be a great choice, perfect for me to decorate.


Thought this gave a good shot of the branches of these trees.

The tree in the foyer is placed in a wooden sled I bought 25 years ago.  It used to be bright red and have holly leaves on it.  It felt it to cartoonish for me as we got older. 

Years back, before I even knew what blogging was I painted it with black paint and aged over that with silver paint I mixed with umber paint and clear glaze.  So wish I had those pictures now.


I added stencils using joint compound that gave it the raised look.  After it was dry I added my silver mixture.  Bam, beauty.



This tree  is filled with German glass ornaments, adore the soft glow.





This tree is our 6.5 ft. tree and is in the Great room.  This tree has all glass ornaments also, many that are Christopher Radko and Old World ornaments.   It also has some ornaments from Poland and all German ornaments on it that I cherish. 

I don’t have a theme to our trees.  I add any glass ornaments that are beautiful, have shimmer and touch me in some way.

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Added an Italian ornament for me.  John has quite a few of Irish on our tree.

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John placed our Mercury glass tree topper on and put some bulbs inside to make it glow, LOVE this man, always thinking.

 I tried our old tree skirt and it was to fancy for this tree, these are more old-fashioned and rustic.  So what to do in a hurry, well, you make one with what you have on hand.  I had a roll of burlap and some French Script ribbon I purchased from Ballard on sale a couple of years ago.

I had some burlap around and French Script ribbon I purchased from Ballard on sale.  I’ve been stalling to use this ribbon.  Love it and I know I can’t get it from them again but this was perfect.




I think the tree skirt adds the perfect finishing touch.  What do you think???

Have a great weekend everyone.  Much to do and more posts to get out.