12 December 2010

day 11:: trees


East end WI was invited this year to join in a Christmas Tree Festival and after a few exchanges on the merits or otherwise of a tree made of a sack - otherwise was the answer - we opted for a somewhat simpler solution.  There was some tree pruning going on in our street and I asked the men whether I could have their lopped branches.  I managed to salvage enough to assemble a tree of sorts after my son's enthusiastic chain sawing of the branches while I was out shopping ( "Oh! I thought they were meant for firewood").  Decorated with Swedish hearts, salt dough decorations and icing sugar as mock snow it looked rather pretty.  The tree was in good hand-made company - lots of imaginative recycling including a tree made from bike wheels and cogs, hand crafted decorations and the most amazing sculpture made from painted electric flex.  The lady serving cake told me that her family made their own tree every year, and her kids keep asking for a "proper" green tree but I'm thinking maybe a change of tack is due in this house.  Let's wait and see,

5 comments:

Liz said...

I dread to think what we'd end up with if I had to make the tree.

Rattling On said...

It does look pretty-nipped over for a look. Just bought our tree, the woman on the stall proclaimed it to be late to be buying one, I ask you!

knit nurse said...

We don't have a christmas tree, but the last couple of years one of my friends has had off-cuts from the mum in law's apple tree as her christmas tree, and I must say it looks much better than a 'regular' christmas tree. I think this is what I would aspire to if I ever decided to put one up in our house.

Lucy said...

Doesn't the icing sugar go sticky?

Lucy

colleen said...

Lucy - I guess it will go sticky if it gets wet, but it was fine when we put it up (indoors!).