Whimsical and Shiny – My Christmas Decorations

Several years ago I saw this lovely silver and gold themed Christmas tree in Pottery Barn’s catalog. I LOVED the mini picture frames with family photos all over the tree. I started watching stores for similar frames. Finally, I found them at the dollar store this year! Hooray!

The sliver balls were in my stash of decorations, the gold ones were 4 for a dollar at the same dollar store. So, I spent $7 on my Pottery Barn Copycat tree this year.

We moved an end table out of our little living room temporarily to make room for the tree. I am in love with the tree in this spot – mostly ’cause there has been no tracking of needles all over the house – everything stays in the corner! 

I had to do something with the beautiful birds Jesse and I made for last year’s bird-themed tree, so I hung them all over my grapevine arch in the doorway to the studio.

I don’t usually do whimsical well – I’m too perfectionistic, I think. But I believe I scored with this garland. I think I like it better than the tree, and may leave it up well past Christmas…

(I like themed trees, if you hadn’t noticed. Some day, maybe when I don’t have toddlers? I’m going to have a Christmas tree in every room, each with its own theme. Seriously. I know several people who do this every year. I love a Christmas tree in the kitchen! But these women do not have toddlers.)

The manger scene and a little Dutch Christmas touch to the dining room, and that’s it. I didn’t have a lot of time to decorate, so we went simple this year. It feels lovely, especially when I think how quickly I’ll be able to put it all away come January. Sorry, gotta be super practical in this season!

Do you ever have a theme with your decorations? How long do you leave your tree up?

7 responses to “Whimsical and Shiny – My Christmas Decorations”

  1. Natalie Avatar

    Where did you find your grapevine arch?
    I love it!

    1. Trina Avatar

      Natalie, I made it! I saw something similar in a gift shop, and went into my backyard, pulled some vines out of my woods, and bunched them and nailed them in place. It wasn’t hard, I just had to let the vine do what it wanted to do.

  2. Kateri Avatar

    I love those bird ornaments and even printed out a pattern with the hopes of making some after you posted your photos last year. (I haven't gotten around to making them yet. They look really nice on the garland as well.
    I would love to do all natural tree some day with dried flowers and grapevines and birds nests. (as you know, I have done all edible ornaments for the past few years.)

    The Christmas holiday is always the busiest in health care. This year is no exception, so simplicity has been the name of game the past few years. I got my tree up and cookies baked, but don't know if I will have time to make a wreath for the door.

  3. Kristina Avatar

    Hey Trina, I love the pictures on the tree. What kind of Dollar store did you get them at. I will have to see if I have one like that by me. It iffun to look back at what the kids looked like a few years back. Our tree hass all kinds of different ornaments on it this year. The first year we were married you couldn't even tell we had put anything on the tree! We only had a few things. Now 6 years later we have really got a tree full!:)Our Christmas tradition is to take a picture of the kids under the tree every year. I LOVE that.Then I can see how much they have grown!

  4. rahraht Avatar

    I don't see anything for you to apologize for! Your decorations suit the time and place ๐Ÿ™‚
    I have to admit I was feeling discouraged about the decor in my classroom, until I was reminded that less is more and I don't have to cover every inch with glitz and glitter. I'm still adjusting to my new normal, sounds like you are too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Serena Avatar

    I love the garland! It's beautiful and it definitely pulls off the whimsical look!

  6. Jessica Avatar

    Your tree looks great! I love that grapevine swag.

    Our “theme” is family traditions…there's no real rhyme or reason to our ornaments….they're either ones that we made or received over the years. We put our tree in the same spot…it's been great because Avelyn can't get to it.

    Loved you guys' Christmas letter and pictures.

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