Sunday, December 9, 2012

Bare Branch Christmas Tree

When Ellia was in kindergarten she came home with an assignment: Guess how many trees are in your yard, then count them all to see how close you came. Simple enough, right? Well, the guessing part was okay. But then the counting started. And we very quickly realized that:
                                                       (a)we were living in a forest  and
                                                       (b)our guess was WAY off! 
The 'simple' assignment took us forever, and at some point (around 150) we decided to stop counting and go back to just guessing. There were just.  too.  many.  trees.

We have a full wood pile in our back yard, and it seems that anytime the wind blows we find a new branch or two on the ground. Which explains why sticks keep showing up in my decorating. I can't escape them! Add to that the fact that we recently converted our natural fireplace to gas, and it's clear where we are headed - lots and lots of stick projects!

When I first put these branches in the vase, Jorden thought they looked like antlers. So I left them that way, bare, for over a week. Like antlers in a vase is a good look...(?) And then we were getting ready to have company over, and I decided that everyone might not share our vision, so I decorated my little antlers with some ornaments.

I love the simplicity of this holiday decoration.
The fact that I was able to make use of something that's available to me.
The idea of bringing a little piece of nature indoors.
I also love how versatile it is.
Just changing the color of the vase makes a big difference!
Now imagine it in YOUR colors...
...and we just might be on to something!

Thanks for taking a peek inside my Lemon Tree Dwelling!

I hope you feel right at home :)



  1. Simply beautiful. So clean and rich looking for the holidays! ;)

  2. What a lovely idea! Looks great! Would love if you'd join our Countdown to Christmas link party! Hope to see you there! Have a great week! :)

    1. Thank you! I just took you up on your invitation:)

  3. I love this! Just wanted to let you know that I'm featuring this post in my Christmas Projects round up tomorrow. I'm so glad to be following you, love your blog!


    1. Hi Katie,
      Thanks so much - that's wonderful!
      I'll definitely check that out...and the rest of your blog as well! :)

  4. Lovely and elegant. I collected twigs and branches after the Hurricane Sandy cleanup and made my own little display.

  5. very beautiful! I love its simplicity!!! I came over from Six Sisters Stuff to invite you to sign up to win one of three photo books up for grabs. come on over and enter the giveaway!!!

  6. Cathy,
    Very pretty. Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop. Today’s party is live. Here is the link.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above


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