The Festival of Trees Blog Hop
‘Tis the season for The Festival of Trees Blog Hop. Check out how I created my rustic Simple Gift Tree and tour all my friends beautiful trees too.
First and foremost, I want to say a big thank you to Susie Mertl over at The Chelsea Project for organizing The Festival of Trees Blog Hop for all of us this year. This is such a talented group of ladies, and it is such an honor to be included in the first inaugural year for this blog hop.For my Festival of Trees entry I chose to submit a tree that is not on grand display in my home. This tree is located in the private space of our Master Bedroom. This majestic 7 1/2 foot blue spruce is adorned with rich green velvet ribbon, golden feathers, berries and leaves. Along with a repurposed, regal mix of hunter green, dark chocolate and shades of pearl toned ornaments. Delicate strands of Caviar Pearl garland draped over layers of sheer taupe ribbon layered of a sparkly ivory glitter ribbon on top the luxe hunter green velvet. Most importantly you will spot some rather special handmade ornaments this year. You see, we have had so many blessings and things to be grateful for this year, that I wanted to commemorate our accomplishments and achievements on some DIY Wood Burnt Gift Tag Ornaments. This is where you can see the full DIY tutorial of how I created the ornament with little help from my handy dandy Wagner Furno Heat Gun and these super easy to use Scorch pens. I featured them on a awesome orange and pheasant flocked Thanksgiving Gratitude tree. It was located in our dining room earlier this season,which was featured in a House Beautiful segment.
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Honestly, I loved the ornament so much that I still wanted to carry those special sentiments forward into the Christmas season, on my “Simple Gifts Tree”. The reason I have chose to call it My Simple Gifts is because all these gift tags represent all the things that we are so grateful for, and these the only gifts my husband and I truly need this season.I do realize that there is a huge contrast between the rustic tags and the super fancy decorations that also adorn the tree, which was done purposefully. I wanted the ironicness of an over adorned holiday tree with all the best, and the most amazing luxe ornaments, to be offset with the simplicity of wooden hand burnt ornaments in a very rustic design. That is what creates the artisticness of the Simple Gifts Trees. The unspoken artistic value that might otherwise be overlooked, and most might just say it is a pretty tree.
‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free
‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
For me this is a very deep and art felt expression of the season, which is why it is housed in our personal space. I felt like it was the perfect choice to share along with this story for the Festival of Trees to give you some insight into our lives, a private look from all the home tours, which are very light and fluffy. This is more of a meat and potatoes tree. One that gives you perspective and can make you think, like when you read a book or visit an art museum. The tree also paired very nicely with our previously created DIY Shiplap Tree Box Base, which you can check out here. My sweet husband created this for me last year. I thought it grounded the wooden gift tags nicely. Thank you so much for joining me on this portion of the Festival of Trees Blog Hop to see our Simple Gifts tree, and allowing me to share the story behind it and how we created these pieces for this beautiful sentimental tree. I hope you can find the time to visit all of my other talented friends links below this season. I am so excited to read all of their special stories and see their family traditions. Merry Christmas everyone!
Chelsea Project ||| Atta Girl Says ||| 2 Bees In A Pod ||| Jenron Designs
The Crowned Goat ||| Hearth and Vine ||| Postcards from the Ridge ||| Savvy Apron
Adams and Elm Home ||| Nourish and Nestle ||| Sweet Parrish Place ||| Remodel A Casa
What a great idea! I love the pops of green too! Such a pretty tree! Thanks for hopping with me!
Such a sweet and thought filled tree, Jen, it’s beautiful! I love, love, love your diy gift tags and how you put things that were most important to you and your husband throughout the year. I know you must treasure it every time you see it. All the layers of ribbons, ornaments and pearl accents are really pretty too. I hope you and your family have a magical holiday season. Hugs, CoCo
Jen, your tree is gorgeous. I really like the rustic homemade tags and shiplap box paired with all the glitzy gold elements.
Jen – your beautiful tree is not only gorgeous, but so thoughtful. We love your sentimental DIY wood tags – fabulous idea! The layers of ribbons, pearls and ornaments creates a luxe and beautiful tree!
I like the little ornament “tags”. I might have to steal that idea for our humble tree.
What a beautiful tree. You’ve matched the colours perfectly.
I love the idea of the Simple Gift Tree and I may have to copy it next year. Your tree is beautiful and you have inspired me as you usually do with your decor projects.
This is beautiful! Love those tags. Gonna make me some of those when we get back home for next Christmas.
This tree is so beautiful, and what a wonderful thing to have in your bedroom! I love what you did with the wooden tags. Such a special added touch!
Hi Jen…a beautiful tree with much sentimentality. I am going to pop over and check out that shiplap tree stand your hubby built!
Merry Christmas my friend.
What a pretty tree! I love the greens; I’m thinking i may need to do a green tree next year. And I love the luxurious glam touches mixed with the rustic elements. So pretty. Merry Christmas!
A tree as beautiful as it is full of message and hope. Cabbage what an idea! I love so much!
I love the decor and aesthetic!
Such beauty in the detail – very pretty. Loved the handmade decorations – a special touch.
Oh a really lovely idea I am liking it, trees are full of ornaments.Keep posting valuable content.
I really love the rich colors of your tree. I also love the tag idea. Great inspiration for my next decor theme.
Gratitude isn’t something that comes easily to me and I find myself needing to practice it more and more. Love those tags.
I love the ornaments! What a cute and fun idea. It looks fairly easy (granted I have never used a wood burning pen before). Thanks for the idea!
I love the ornaments so cute!!! Your tree looks so amazing. my tree does not look good compared to yours!!!!
Such a beautiful tree and love the idea of the DIY Christmas tags!!