It’s Tree Time

November 29, 2011   //  Posted in: Holiday-Related Projects, Living Room   //  By: Emily   //  9 responses
Tags

Little factoid: I haven’t bought a Christmas tree since December 2008 when my last roommate and I negotiated on a “damaged model” from the Boy Scouts. Shameful. Living alone in the house, working and commuting 50+ hours a week, and then celebrating holidays out of town, a pricy tree never felt like it was worth the investment. (That’s why I always decorated my house plants.)

This year’s different. Both both Pete and I are working at home, and that makes it feel worthwhile to put a little effort into decorating (early in the season too, so we can enjoy the sweet smell of pine to the max). At heart, I’m actually an “I-want-a-15-foot-tree” kind of girl, which is why this year’s purchase, a 4-ft blue spruce, seems rather rogue:

A mini-tree.

I sought this specific mini-tree out for three reasons:

  1. It’s rooted, and yes, I’m pretty sure it’ll find its way directly into my garden in the springtime.
  2. It was $25, which for a perma-tree, felt like a worthy investment (hell, the Boy Scouts wanted $60 for their damaged model).
  3. I don’t have a bazillion ornaments, and this would be just large enough to hold what we wanted to display without looking barren (I like the overloaded look).

Unsuccessful at finding an inexpensive farm-esque bushel basket, I brought home the barrel you’re seeing from Lowe’s to help disguise the 5-gallon black plastic container that the roots are housed in. I lined the barrel with a plastic tray that I’ve been using to protect my hardwood floors, and wrapped a piece of brown plush yardage from JoAnn’s under the base (sale priced at $8/yard + an extra 25% off, thank you Thanksgiving Weekend). I almost opted for white fur, thinking of that traditional snowy base that’s so seasonally appropriate, but you remember that I also have a big furry dog, right?

When in doubt, buy everything in dark brown.

Furry beast.

So rustic, so cute. Gosh, I love that tree.

Pretty tree.

We’re including a bunch of new ornaments in this year’s tree too. Check back to see which new ones are hung with joy.

Welcome to the holidays. Who else has hauled their tree home? Anyone else opting for a potted variety?

Comments
  • Loren
    2 years ago - Reply

    Love your tree! Very cute and I bet it smells amazing! We just bought a “fake” tree to last for many years to come.

    • Emily
      2 years ago -

      Thanks Loren – it does smell delish :) Are fake trees scented these days? Or are you smothering yourself with pine-scented candles?

    • Loren
      2 years ago -

      Definitely smothering in pine cones and those darn cinnamon brooms! :)

  • Mark Winters
    2 years ago - Reply

    Very nice…..we haven’t gotten ours yet.

    • Emily
      2 years ago -

      Get on it. And go for a 15-footer.

  • Cait @ Hernando House
    2 years ago - Reply

    Cute tree! We spent a shameful amount of money on our 8′ tree from the Safety Patrols at a local elementary school last year. This year we’ll probably go with something a lot smaller.

    • Emily
      2 years ago -

      I’m all for supporting a good cause… but sometimes the high priced options make me just want to get a $19 option at Home Depot. I’ll probably be struck down.

  • Erin B. Inspired
    2 years ago - Reply

    You can buy them rooted? I’m putting this in my mental notes for next year. I had no idea. How fun! :)

Leave a Comment