Although I have seen a few places do a "Christmas In July" sale or event in the past, it seems this year MANY stores and communities are using that theme to have sales and events this weekend and I say...... why not ?? Anything that brings a little fun and joy..... and sales !..... has got to be good.
So, I decided to share a few photos of my un-traditional tree I did one year. I called it my Suess Tree. Part of it started, because I had a huge tree and I didn't feel like it taking up so much space in the apartment I was in at the time, so I left the bottom 2 or 3 rows of limbs off of it. ha ha.... I know, but it worked.
I had not initially planned it as a Suess..... but once I got started, one thought led to another and it just ended up that way. Nearly everything was different than I had ever done before. I put the lights on alternating red and white strings. I also made a sprigy topper out of floral stems that had peppermint candies on them.
Leaving the bottom limbs off meant I had to come up with a way to not have a fake tree trunk blaring out from underneath, so I took a tall cylinder shaped gift box that people use for giving bottles of wine and the such, split it down the back so it would wrap around the trunk and I then wrapped it in peppermint candy wrapping paper. Vwa-La ! Then I surrounded it with a snow cloud and put a few ornaments on the cloud.
I also made some funny ornaments out of salt dough. A few are below in their natural color stage. Some different ones you will see later, I painted all of or parts of as accents.
I not only did some squigglecicles as above, I also used various cookie cutters for others. I have some cutters that are notched so you can create free standing cookies. I used some of them that had the notch in the bottom to make what I called "Limb Sitters" where they just sat on a limb.
Opps... fuzzy photo warning.....ha ha.... but you can still tell how they were.
Some I hung a smaller salt dough ornament off the bottom of the squigglecicle.
I had used a straw and some very small cutters to make holes in some to add interest. To the right you can see where I strung three together, a small green tree shape, a cookie shape with a tree shape cut out of the center and then a larger red tree shaped one on the bottom.
I hung these along with some of my regular ornaments. I chose Santas and Toys and Gingerbread & the such in keeping with the Suessy light hearted flow. In the end, I thought they played together nicely and the salt dough ornies really showed up well.
So there you have it, in all it's glory, but of course you know you can't have any kind of Christmas post without a tackily decorated cookie.
Or a bunch of them !
It is 10:20 am here and already 87 degrees out ! WHEW !! I got out a little earlier and ran the weed wacker a bit across the front yard. Finally the 2nd battery ran out of juice and I was glad of it ! Took all the trash out to the bins and watered the flowers on the front porch. it wasn't quite 80 degrees yet at the time, but that was still all I wanted of it ! So... I am probably inside for the day.... till the sun starts going down. Not like there isn't 10 thousand things to do in here. I don't really have a plan, so who knows?
Hope you enjoyed my Christmas In July post and that you have a VERY happy day. !