For some reason this Christmas is just hard on me. I'm not sure if it's because I've been sick for a month straight (now on antibiotics for upper respitory infection, and antibitotics make me feel crappier then being sick) or if it's because this past december 8th is the 10 year anniversary of when my grandfather killed himself, or because my baby is now a toddler and I want to be pregnant with number two, or because I am just gennerally unhappy.
I especially hate our tree this year. I LOVED the tree I did last year. I try to do a special theme every year (but this is my last year doing that so my son can build traditions, which can't be done with completely new ornaments every year,) and this years theme was supposed to just be fabric, and non traditional things. For example I have bright orange, lime green, bright blue, all fabric balls, 4 patch squares, and fabric garland. The garland is strips of fabric knotted together on the ends (i'm not sure how well it shows in the pictures) After decorating I hated the tree so I added green garland in with bells, and bright colored candy canes. Then I just added tinsel, in a unique pale olive green. The tinsel looked SOOOOOOOOO beautiful at the store, but at home it reminds me of snot! Maybe that is the respitory infection talking? I also have a few various ornaments on there too, some foam store bought ones, some wooden store bought ones, and a very few regular ornaments (two of my sons special yearly Hallmark ones, and a few I made or specially begged family for over the years, like the vintage plastic cones with wirebrush trees inside)
Even my son (who doesn't talk yet, but signs, and nods yes or no) said he thinks the tree is ugly!!
Here's some picture. Any idea what I can do to make it nicer?? There are no lights because of wasteing energy, and the fact that I JUST found lights with white wires two days ago. Anything that goes on it has to be toddler proof (terribles twos too!!) and cat and dog proof. My foamy ornaments already have teeth marks because my son keeps eating them.
And here for kicks, is my tree last year. The theme was "mod" most of the ornaments are open looking spheres from scrapbook paper (just cut strips then attach them top and bottom with a brad, then fan out to form a sphere) and a few select others. Our wrapping paper has blue, green and silver squares, it was supposedly all occasion paper, not just christmas paper. The presents you see in the first photo are gifts from family, not ones for my theme. The second photo shows our tree Christmas Morning.
So last night, even though I had way to many gifts I was supposed to be making I made a ton of felt ornaments, with vintage buttons for fun. Then added those to the tree. The tinsel is a much prettier color in real life, and wasn't as bad before as the pictures made it look, but I modified it again. I did just a few clumps for sparkle, because it really glitters more then you'd expect with no tree lights. Notice though how it is not at the very bottom anywhere.
In response to different ideas everyone shared:
I am usually against the tinsel/garland combo too! But I swear my tree has some kind of vaccuum! Every time I look at it the garland is sucked closer to the center! That's why you can hardly see it.
I may make another fabric garland like the one I have already. It's a matter of time, or lack thereof. Tomorrow I am hosting a church party for about 40+ people, and still have to work on that, PLUS actual gifts (for the party AND for Christmas)
I thought about the wooden block idea, and usually that would be awesome (we have a TON, even some really neat vintage British ones!) but my son has iron issues, and when his iron is low his favorite thing to eat is wood. Right now we're facing the low iron issue, hence the reason even my foam ornaments have a few teeth marks.
I LOVE the toy idea, except like one mom said, he'd just be yanking them off the tree, and possibly the whole tree right on top of himself!
The tree skirt looks a lot better in real life, but I could still change it. There are actually several ornaments with the same yellow in them. It wasn't really captured well in the pictures, but it pulls those ornaments out a bit more.
Right now I'm still not in love with my tree, but I'm slightly happier with it. I was really hoping to avoid making more ornaments. Just for the time issues. I'm still working on a topper. I DID try the santa potato, but he just refused to stand upright!
Now, here is the tree the way it is now.