Thursday, December 23, 2010

(fragrantless) trees and cloves and johnny...


This year's tree is the real mccoy. Pint sized but still alive. I'm hoping to bonsai it thereafter. It's not as fragrant as I hoped it would be. But then again, I've lucked out in the past buying ceiling sweeping chopped tress that are of some inobviously different and pineless smelling variety. Also, this one has droopy branches that can only handle light weight decorations, so we have reinstated the driftwood one from last year (as a kind of double act) with the added bonus that the kids get to do their own thing and make one of them look ugly. Seen as I have been making jute stars and stockings I decided to sit the tree pot a plastic bag inside a coffee bean sack as well. And I'm remembering to water it.




Some hungry stockings hanging and other decorations strewn around the house by the kids...



I have also made these small hand embroidered decorations to stuff with wool and cloves to give as gifts. In case other people have rip off neutral smelling trees and so we still get to enjoy the smell of Christmas. I guess there is always cinnamon and brandy and almond too and beer and barbeques and.... who needs the pine really?
Anyhow, leaving you today with 'The Man in Black'. It's Ok to laugh.
Merry Christmas peeps - have a goodie x

5 comments:

melissa said...

hi gretchen! i've been meaning to write for ages to reply to your comment on my blog. i just wanted to say that i love your aesthetic and enjoy reading your blog and seeing what you've been up to. i hope your year is off to a good start. x

thatsnicedear said...

hi gretchen. I hope you're ok following this latest earthquake ("earthquake" seems too small a word for it, really). Thinking of you, Stephanie.

melissa said...

hi again gretchen,
i've been feeling a bit worried about you since the earthquake down there... hope you're all safe and well. xx

gretchen said...

hello ladies, yes alive and kicking. the candles have been put away and the water is back on, the long drop dug over... less like holidaying in a third world country now. sticking it out and doing what we can to resume normality.... including lots of knitting (but still no blogging - a hiatus of sorts... but enjoying being just a reader for a bit) x gretchen

Ana said...

Some lovely decorations there Gretchen. Did you make them yourself?

In the past when we used to get "live" chopped trees they always smelt fantastic. We got needles everywhere yes, but the house smelt Pine-y fresh!

What are you getting up to with knitting? Do you make up your own patterns?