Thursday, December 4, 2008

Jazzing up the Tree

For more Christmas Trees visit Tip Junkie!

Have you ever wanted to change your Christmas tree decor but knew that starting over was out of the question?
I started by changing the location of our tree. It has always been in front of one of the windows, now it is between the living and dining areas and is out from the wall.

I wanted to add a little more 'pop' to my tree, but still hang on to my red and white. Here is a picture of some of the red, white, and clear decorations that I've bought in recent years.
And here is the tree after I added my shimmery lime green ribbon and new ornaments to the tree. I also used red and alternated it with the green ribbon throughout the tree. Please excuse the boxes....I make a big mess when I decorate!
It is hard to get a picture of a Christmas tree that does it justice...so here is one without the flash.
I also added these feathery looking things I bought on sale after Christmas at Pier 1. They have little tiny mirrors on them and you just poke them in the branches. I think they really dressed up my tree and reflect lots of light.
Here's an close up view of one of the crystal prism ornaments I bought a few years ago...halfprice of course!
And another close up showing the ribbon and new green ornaments.

I have several of the little pear shaped ornaments with the white swirls. They came from Dollar Tree a few years ago!
I am a self confessed tree tweaker! I have been known to buy tree decorations on sale after Christmas and come home and hang them on the tree before I take the tree down!

So far this year I'm happy with the tree....it's in a new location-and has some added pizazz with the lime green ornaments and ribbon.

What do you do to change up the look of your tree?

Please visit We are that Family for more Christmas trees.


76 comments:

Tootsie said...

I am LOVING this!!!!

ceekay said...

Oh, we are Christmas tree kindred spirits. I am always messing with the trees....trying to do more. I always buy something after Christmas and have to see how it will look! Your tree looks beautiful. I said the same thing on my blog about trying to take a good picture of it.

Carrie said...

Your treee is very pretty...I kike your color scheme and your use of the red and lime green ribbons. It's always fun to try new things each year with the trees.

Carrie said...

Do stop by my nativity blog to enter the second giveaway:
http://carolanativitygallery.blogspot.com/2008/12/second-holiday-giveaway.html
Carrie

Anne Fannie said...

Hi Diane, I love the added touches you did to your tree! Last year I moved mine to a new location too! I can relate what a difference that makes!
Love, Ann

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Diane, I absolutely adore it. You did a FABULOUS job with it, and the green balls and feathery things add so much ooomph value. It's perfection. Way to go!

XO,

Sheila

The Muse said...

My family always laughs at me...as I am a "tweaker" LOL....yes I adore the tree as you are fluffing, stuffing, coloring and tweaking! Great job!

Southern Lady said...

Your tree is gorgeous, Diane ... I love the touch of lime and the "feathery things" ... it's so pretty and Christmasy!

I hope your weekend is Merry and Bright!

Janie

Dawn said...

Your tree is just beautiful. I love the white things with the mirrors. The colors you used are wonderful! You put a lot of effort into your tree and it shows!

take care,
Dawn

Elizabeth said...

Your photos came out beautifully, Diane.
I have enough ornaments, thanks to my dad the crazy Christmas shopper, to decorate 3 trees, so I rotate and come up with themes each year. Last year it was only ornaments that reflected light. This year I am doing only vintage.

April said...

Diane,

Your tree is to die for...love all the decorations and pretty colors! Those feathery things are so neat...I'll have to check them out at Pier 1 when I get the chance! You've really done an amazing job!

The only thing I really do to jazz up our tree is buy some new ornaments from year to year, or change out the topper.

Happy Friday to ya!

Happy To Be said...

Just Beautiful Diane...I am loving this tree...hugs and smiles Gloria

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Good Morning, Diane! Your tree is beautiful! I love the feathery things from Pier 1...well actually I love it all! :) The lime green accents really make it pop, too! ~Hugs, Rhonda :)

Sandy Toes said...

Great Tweaker you are!!!
-sandy toes

Traci said...

Great tree!!! I love the feathery stuff!

Laurie from Amish Country said...

Your tree is beautiful! I love the way you used the lime green ribbon to accent the tree. Also the new white feathery picks you added really make the tree and I am sure the reflections from the lights is gorgeous. Tree decorating is my thing,( I do it for a living over the holidays) and I have to say, yours is fabulous.

Jinx said...

Wow, your tree is gorgeous!

The ribbon especially caught my eye!

Natalie said...

Wow! Your tree is absolutely amazing. I love it!

Jan and Tom's Place said...

Diane...your tree is beautiful! I love the addition of the PIER 1 sticks with mirrors!!! Wonderful!!

~Blessings,
Jan

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

It's wonderful Diane! I love to move the trees around to different spots and just adding a few new things makes it look all together different.

That lime and red together is fabulous!

Rachael said...

Absolutely Beautiful! You did a wonderful job :-)

pammiejo said...

I love your "tweaking". I'm liking the lime green too. I don't fiddle much with my trees. I have the traditional ornaments collected over the years (and I do mean "years") and my patriotic tree that I've done for years. I add to but haven't changed them. I just keep thinking about the added storage if I change them and I don't have enough storage as it is! PAM

Darla said...

You did an amazing job with that tree, thanks for the ideas!

Picket said...

Oh wee girl..talk about a makeover!!!!! Diane that is gorgeous! My Jen has a tree with lime greens and reds and she would love this...she puts a tree in every room and she has your kind of touch..can just make them beautiful!! Wow girl..it looks like something in a department store window! Have a great weekend sweetie!

A Hint of Home said...

I love the way you embellished the tree. The ribbon and feathers make it just gorgeous.

Linda C said...

Your tree is beautiful with all the special touches. You did a great job!
Linda C

Smilingsal said...

Diane,

Now, I have no intention of taking a picture of my tree--not after I've seen this PROFESSIONAL-looking one you did. It's just gorgeous! Good job.

The Berry's Patch said...

WOW! That is a gorgeous tree. I'm off to work on mine now. :-)

Mam said...

Oh. My. Goodness. You are the Queen of Tweak! This is spectacular. Makes me want to go down and tweak a bit, myself! I love the lime green ribbon.
I did some small ornamental things for Christmas in lime green, pink, and chocolate - a first for me. It was inspired by a challenge from an art challenge site, and they gave me the papers, etc. to use. I was amazed at how much I liked that!
Here's a link in case you are interested in seeing what it looked like. Maybe next year...
Nancy

Walking on Sunshine... said...

What a beautiful tree! It shows very well in the pictures!

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

Your tree looks wonderful. I actually did a whole new tree last year and my kids had a field day and went on "strike". They like the old ornaments, the "no theme"...blah, blah, blah. I was outvoted this year so all the old is going back up this year. My home is "cozy" so no room for a second tree just for me :p.

Arleen said...

Your Christmas tree is so beautiful! I love how you shared with us photographs of each phase of decorating. And I love the end result! ~Arleen

Joanna said...

I love it! The lime green and the little things sticking out really just make it all pop!

Christina said...

Such a festive and happy tree. I love the red and lime colors.

Carla said...

It just SCREAMS festive! Beautiful!

CIELO said...

It looks your cozy and lovely home is ready for the holiday.... which reminds me I don't even have a Christmas tree yet... ;) Better hurry! Have a blessed Hopeful Friday!

cielo

Sincerely Yours said...

Hi Diane! I do do that, move the tree to different locations, mostly because I never have a great spot for it!!!lol I'm loving the lime green I'm seeing and it looks especially happy with the red! Updates the tree instantly. You have some beauties here and I probably would have passed by the furry stuff but not anymore!!lol Very pretty tree!!! Have a fun weekend - Sincerely, Jeannette

Catherine said...

I LOVE it!
Great job.
Blessings,
Catherine

Sue said...

YOU did jazz the tree up!!! LOVE IT! The lime green looks great. My daughter has added a lot of that color to her tree and it made it look great too. You really can decorate!!

Rambling Girl said...

WOW...what a beautiful tree! I love it! There have been so many with pretty trees in blogland...

Tammy said...

Great job!

I'm a new convert to ribbons myself...love it much better than the tinsel garland!

Have a wonderful day!☺

Steve Buser said...

They had this giant Christmas tree in the mall where I worked last year. I tried time and again to get a picture that would do it justice -- nothing worked. I think that is because our eye shoot out happy feeling rays that illuminate the tree and are invisible to the camera.

Mrs. Miles said...

I think my faves from your tree are the feathers and the ribbons! It sure came together nicely - you must have 'the eye' for if I did this it would look like a thrift shop tree, for sure.

Thanks for inviting us to gaze at your pretty tree today!

Raggedy Girl said...

Love the lime green ornaments.
Roberta Anne

kari and kijsa said...

Love your tree...it is truly beautiful!

Have a blessed and wonderful Christmas!

smiles, kari & kijsa

Darlene said...

I LOVE your tree...it is GORGEOUS! It is difficult to take a good picture of the tree isn't it?!?

tardevil said...

I came by last night, but my computer froze up while I was trying to leave a comment. Love the bling you've added to the tree. Especially the sparklies & green ribbon. Great job. You should work at Michael's.

bloggin' Chrystal said...

I love this change! Awesome...it's beautiful!

Pat said...

I'd never think to add lime green to red and white ornaments but it looks so nice! Your tree is so full and the feathers are such a pretty touch! Can you believe I'm not putting up a tree this year? It's killing me but we will be away, and I don't dare leave a real tree alone so long. My son has one up and I'll probably end up rearranging all his ornaments --lol!

Have a great weekend! Hugs, Pat

Heidi Pocketbook said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous tree!!! Your pictures are fantastic.

Christmas blessings to you.

Joy said...

I love everything you've done to your tree - the lime ribbon is fantastic. And it's amazing what really great ornaments can be found at the Dollar Tree, isn't it? :o)

Angel said...

I love the lime color with the red and white. Those seem to be very current colors I've been seeing in lots of modern and whimsical types of Christmas decorations, so I think you made a great color pick there. It looks wonderful!

Gretchen said...

Diane,

Your tree looked great before but now....WOW! Amazing what just a few additions will do.

I'm also glad to know that I'm not the only one moving things around even after Christmas. You might see a picture of an arrangement in my house one day and two days later it's in another place.

Your tree looks terrific. You've inspired me.

Gretchen

jeanne said...

Diane, I was on your post yesterday loving your tree and the new look and I can't find a comment from me anywhere. I must be losing my cluttered mind. Cluttered with all the Christmas goings on. I love what you did to add to the beauty of your tree. It looks like the ones we saw at the Biltmore. I'm serious, it is gorgeous. Good job.

Three Christmas cheers for you my friend...Jeanne

Kelli said...

Just gorgeous! I do the same thing with gold ribbon, but will have to remember the coordinated ribbon. Just a pretty look!
Kelli

Liesel's Garden Party said...

Beautiful decorated tree! That's how I hope my tree will look like this year!

the pleasures of homemaking said...

That's one beautifully decorated tree! Love the lime green ribbon that you've run through it!

Manuela

Amber said...

Well, from what I have read this year, you are very trendy adding the lime green! It's in all the magazines (and I read them all!) so you are sooooo stylish! Looks great...enjoyed the day...so tired!

Somewhere In Time- Christie (Queenie) said...

Hey Diane!
Your tree looks gorgeous! I love the little pizzazz you added to it and yes, I am a tree tweaker too... and Darling Hubby is really a tree tweaker....but shhh don't tell anybody! LOL! I have gotta get my Christmas Cards sent out soon too! I keep forgetting about it....thanks for the reminder....
xoxo,
Queenie

Karen said...

Gorgeous! I add things too both after I am "done" and after Christmas. I get some things for my birthday!

Nancy said...

Diane, I am doing a little cathing up tonight and you have been busy! I love all the whimsy!!!! Nancy

Julie said...

Diane I love the tree it looks great with the green and all the sparkles added. I'm also a tweaker with my tree always adding something even after christmas. Have a great week
julie

Melissa Lewis - Off The Wall said...

Oh my goodness... love your tree! Can you please come to my house next????? I am in some serious need of your touch!!!!

What a great post!

Lady Katherine said...

The lime ribbon just made your tree come together, it looks great.

Kay said...

I like your tree and especially the feathery things.... I love the mirrors!!!! Great job!

P.S.He loves you.. said...

when my kids grow up
when my kids grow up
when my kids grow up
when my kids grow up
I will have more time to play like that!

What a great tree!

We are THAT Family said...

What a difference a few sparkly and fuzzy things make! It's gorgeous!

Amanda said...

L-O-V-E it!! in so in love with the lime green! My sister is using that color in her wedding in Feb. along with Black and White Damask. that green goes with everything. BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL tree!!

LifeAtTheCircus said...

It is beautiful... love the sparkle. As you can see in my post, I am not much of a tweaker!

Shannon said...

That is one gorgeous tree. It looks just like one of those professionally decorated ones you see at the department stores! WOW!

jill said...

Absolutely lovely! I really love the feather looking things! *Ü* Thanks for sharing .. Merry Christmas!

Natalie said...

OMGoodness!


This is gorgeous!

I'm bookmarking this because I need to come back and feast with my eyes a little more later, lol.

Merry Christmas!

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

Your tree is beautiful. The ribbons and extra ornaments really added a lot. I like all the colors, and I love the little shimmery-feather thingys & the red/white bead thingys. I need some of those for my tree.

Tammy said...

Wow, I'd be dangerous if I had just a touch of the talent you show here! Beautiful!

Amber said...

Your tree is beautiful!!! I love it!

Blissful Babe said...

I love it!!
I need to jazz up my tree. I've been doing the same thing for the last 4 or 5 years. It's time to liven things up a bit! I want to add sparkle, feathers and a touch of modern to my more traditional tree.

Come see for yourself!
http://blissfulblunders.blogspot.com/2008/12/home-for-christmas.html
-OR-
http://blissfulblunders.blogspot.com/2008/12/merry-bright.html

Merry Christmas to you and yours!