Some of the ornaments were more popular than others but all in all, I was quite happy with how the ornaments turned out and your response.
Before I knew it, it was December and time to put up a Christmas tree. At one point during the fall, I had talked to my husband about helping me dump the garden dirt out of one of my galvanized laundry tubs so I could wash it up to use for our tree. He didn't like the idea of the dirty old thing in the house, and of course there was partridge and deer hunting and deer hunting preparation weekends. Before long, along came a Minnesota winter with below zero temps right off the bat, and the dirt was frozen in the laundry tubs and cleaning them up outside was not to be.
It was also pretty clear to me by then that decorating a whole tree with re-purposed ornaments was no small task. In fact pretty daunting! Our six foot tall, pre-lit, artificial tree was looking pretty HUGE! I usually put a ton of decorations on it.
Time for Plan B. I will buy a real, small tree. My ever frugal husband wondered why we needed to spend money on a real tree when we had a perfectly good artificial tree in the attic. Talks (arguments) went on for a couple of weeks until he finally relented, and went out and purchased a four foot tall Fraser Fir one day while I was at work. It was a very nice little tree that I wanted to put in a five gallon crock on a little stool. This also met with opposition, but yesterday, we finally had a meeting of the minds and figured out a way to put a pail inside the cracked crock, fill it with stones and water and add a Christmas tree.
Is this the end of the story? NO! The little Fraser Fir that had been sitting in a huge red plastic 5 gallon tree stand on the floor (with water) was dropping needles at a very alarming rate. You couldn't touch it at all. It was overly dry. My husband went back to Menards where he purchased the tree, and they said to return it. By this time, the trees were very picked over, and he came home with a much smaller Fraser Fir.
And, the Fraser Fir got even smaller when he pruned off too many bottom limbs to fit it in the crock. To make this long story shorter...The tree is up. The tree is in a crock. The tree is decorated with re-purposed ornaments! My husband is still not a fan of blogging, but we are over it!
The five gallon crock on a stool with a smallish Fraser fir.
Let's recap the re-purposed ornaments:
For fillers and color, I added some re-purposed crocheted potholders with vintage clothespins.
Not making the "cut" on tree ornaments was my Re-purposed Spatula Snow Shovel. It was just too darn big for the little tree!
The spatula shovel is hanging in the kitchen!
More closeups of the tree ornaments.
Why not throw on a strand of re-purposed pearls too?
The treetop is a re-purposed grater.
There it is, my Christmas tree in a crock, on a stool, with re-purposed ornaments. Not exactly how I pictured it. I am not loving the lights' cord either. I need to do something about that before my Christmas tour and recap. Just glad it's up!