After 3 hours of driving from place to place (in the middle of a snowstorm, the first one of the season!) in search of a Noble fir tree, I have come to the conclusion that they are about as easy to find in this part of Virginia as the Holy Grail.
The only species of Christmas tree that people really go for here are Frasier firs, which are lovely but the branches are way too wimpy for my ornaments. In Oregon the Nobles are typically the most prestigious tree species for Christmas...funny how it's a geographical trend. I ended up having to settle for a Blue Spruce, which has sturdy branches but they are very woody and the color and branch shape isn't as nice as a Noble. (sigh) Blue Spruces also have the World's Pointiest and Sharpest Needles, which I became well acquainted with as I strung our sweet little tree with lights...even with gloves on my fingers got clobbered.
At least it smells divine - every time I step into the front room I'm in fir tree heaven. There's absolutely nothing like the fragrance of evergreen trees...sweet, pungent, spicy, and so clean and fresh. Brings back a flood of memories of being in our forest back in Oregon. I love how smells can trigger past memories...the brain is an amazing thing.
I'm ALMOST done decorating the inside of the house for Christmas (still have more to do outside). It's always a huge job, but so exciting! I don't have photos of much yet, but here are a few to give a bit of a sneak preview.
Back before the days of cute non-breakable ball ornaments, I hand painted white details on inexpensive red glass balls, and a lot of them have (thankfully) survived our moves. Such a fitting accessory to my Minnie Mouse drapes, eh?
The previous owners of the house we bought left behind two fake trees in their basement, so we have 3 trees in our house this year! One of the fake ones has a broken stand so I have to surreptitiously prop it up in a corner, braced by a little chair hidden in the back, but it's a pretty little tree! This one was a complete pain to assemble (every branch was loose and had to be fluffed and inserted individually) but hey - it was free and now I have the perfect opportunity for a theme tree!
It's the year of the polka dots in our house, can you tell? :-)
Actually, I wasn't about to make 3 tree skirts with all the other stuff I've got going on this month (like completely gutting our powder room, including the sagging, water-damaged subfloor and getting it all pretty in time for a big cookie exchange event I'm hosting in 10 days...and we haven't even started the bathroom yet, by the way). Instead, I wrapped a leftover piece of my Minnie Mouse drape fabric around the base and called it good.
I absolutely adore these white seastars. I bought an assortment of shells while were were living in Hawaii and just drilled a tiny hole in the top of each one to accomodate an ornament hanger.
I have lots lots more to share, maybe I'll be able to take all the photos tomorrow. Will be a busy day = we're decorating our "real" tree tomorrow with the kids (a nostalgic tradition that I really want my kids to participate in every year...it's so much fun to pull out all the random ornaments from years past and reminisce about events of previous years), make a gingerbread house, go to church choir practice and church, and hopefully pop a batch of Christmas cookies in the oven tomorrow night. Phew! Guess I better get to bed then, so I can get more than a few hours of sleep before the fun begins. G'night!