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.
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!