Sunday, November 30, 2014

Mosaic Monday #17 Trimming the Tree

I was a meeting this past week where a tree decorating demonstration took place. The woman's name showing us the proper way to decorate a tree and giving ideas was Jennifer.
Lots of lights, determined by the height of the tree and then begin with wrapping and tucking ribbon. The largest size balls go on first and always in a diamond pattern as one continues with the next colour or smaller sized balls. Jennifer put in many floral picks as well as sparkly ones. The tree above right has no embellishment at the top.

Two ideas for toppers were to push in silver leaf-like picks for a fan effect or to create loops by bending over long strappy picks.

Standing in front of a tree already in the hall, Jennifer starts to make a bow with 10 yards of wired gold ribbon that she then placed on the top. She is in charge of the seasonal decor at a local nursery and has decorated 50 trees like this in one day! When asked how long it would take her to undecorate this tree, she figured about 5 minutes and laughingly told us we could time her.

The finished tree...and it did only take Jennifer (and her son) around 5 minutes to pack everything up to take back to the nursery.
Afterwards over tea and goodies, discussion ensued amongst a few of us as to whether or not we'd want our own tree to look like this. What do you think? Is this how you'd like your Christmas tree to be decorated?

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55 comments:

  1. Wow....this is certainly something else....but interesting!

    Thanks for sharing this Judith.
    Have a lovely week,
    Ruby

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  2. Decorating is fun. And that Christmas tree is beautiful!!

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  3. It is certainly interesting and nice but not my tree. I like to see some green branches, this tree is packed with ribbons and balls, to many decorations to my taste.

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  4. Hello Judith
    Your posts are always so beautiful and interesting!
    I'm a Christmas tree lover, I love them all. Our tree, though, must have a star topper...

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  5. The tree turned out just beautiful! Have a wonderful week Judith and thank you for hosting Mosaic Monday. It is always a pleasure~

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  6. Oh it's a beautiful tree! I am old fashioned and want more greenery but were I rich with a huge house and several rooms to put trees in, I'd take this for one of them! :)

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  7. If I had room for one more tree I'd surely have one like this - it would sit in the piano room and be sparkly and so pretty. I'm amazed at how fast she was in decorating. For our son's wedding we decorated 20 trees in blue and silver, lots of ribbon - and it took a group of us most of the day - but it was fun.

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  8. Pretty tree! I need to decide about decorating this year, then act on getting it done.
    Thanks for hosting!

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  9. For me there is no right or wrong way to decorate a Christmas tree it should be decorated with love hehe ! Lovely post and photos ! Thanks for sharing , have a good day !

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  10. I think it looks good for a shopping mall but not my house! I always admire how they can do it just so, and make those amazing bows!

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  11. It's notify kind of tree .... not personalized at all. I love all the special and homemade ornaments, the twinkling lights, and the not jammed packed look. Thank goodness everyone had different tastes.

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  12. That's not quite my style! It is beautiful though.

    I do 100 lights per foot of tree, and ribbon, and then use red, silver and white ornaments. I like my tree to glow but not be glitzy.

    Deanna

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  13. This is a very pretty tree, Judith! It really does look professionally decorated. I could never decorate mine like this, however, as I have many different ornaments that I collected over the years, and they are all so special to me, and hold many memories. I reminisce putting up each and every one.

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  14. I bet this was fun to watch, Judith! It looks very nice, but I would never decorate mine this way because ours is more of a memory tree. Ours is filled with ornaments we've collected over the years, including many gifted to us by our family. I can't imagine ever replacing them, you know?

    Thank you so much for hosting and have a wonderful week!

    Big hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  15. We do very little decorating instead opting for a minimalist theme for tree and other decorations. I do like the look of the tree, but probably wouldn't use so many decorations. Love watching folks decorate their tree...so many options to choose from these days.

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  16. A little too perfect for me. . .I am such a sentimentalist and 'keeper' that nothing matches but everything is special so I guess my tree will remain a memory-holder and not a showpiece like this one. Great post - as always!

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  17. Judith, the tree trimming looks like a fun time! It is a lovely tree and decorations! Wonderful post, thanks for hosting! Enjoy the new week ahead!

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  18. It's very pretty, but not quite the look I'm going for. I am such a traditionalist, especially where treetoppers are concerned. I like the wrap and tuck ribbon look and the diamond pattern idea.

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  19. It's always fun to learn little tricks on decorating for Christmas. Although the tree looks amazing, I don't think I'd want my tree looking like this. I like a tree with sentimental value, and that's half the fun of getting out old decorations each year and remembering people who gave them to you and made them for you etc. I did see a really pretty white pre-lit tree in Canadian Tire, with red & aqua decorations. It just seemed to glow and looked so happy & cute! Have a great week Judith! Wendy x

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  20. It looks like a lot of fun to learn tips from a professional! Enjoy your week and thanks for the party, Sis! Hugs, Diane

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  21. Thank you Judith for Mosaic Monday no. 17. Very creative tree trimming.

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  22. It's a very pretty tree, but not really my style. I like the greenery of the tree to show and the ornaments to hang inside the branches not just lay on the outside. But everyone has a different take and that's just fine by me.

    These are fun photos, Judith. Jennifer looks like she had an entertaining presentation.

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  23. Jennifer is a trained professional. For shops, trees probably do need to look perfect, I prefer the family's traditional tree decorated with family heirlooms, children's homemade ornaments, a tree that reflects the home and family. I do like the idea of placing ball in a diamond pattern because I always struggle with placment and balance. I'd say that you had a very fun afternoon.

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  24. Those trees are very pretty but all look a bit commercially to me. I guess I'm more of a traditionalist...that is I rely on established traditions to make Christmas special for me. My tree has so many personal glass ornaments which I collected from all over the world, and over years, and that kind of personal is really important to me. But I do love an afternoon like this...especially if there's tea and cake!

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  25. She has decorated the trees beautifully but I have been collecting special ornaments for years that are of great sentimental value and I much prefer my very eclectic tree-ful of memories. Many of the ornaments were given to me, some made by family.

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  26. Hi Judith

    I'm a traditional girl so I buy a green living tree for my Christmas tree.
    It gives a wonderful fragrance to the house and is decorated with pieces I have collected over the years plus items my grandies have made!

    Thank you for hosting Mosaic Monday dear Judith.

    Shane x

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  27. The trees are stunning and if I saw them in a mall or at a garden centre I would admire them however I decorate my trees in a much simpler style.
    Thanks for hosting a very festive Mosaic Monday.

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  28. I didn't know there was a proper way to decorate a tree. My decorations are mainly a collection accumulated over my years of Christmas tree decorating. Some pieces have personal significance.
    Happy tree decorating and thanks for hosting.

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  29. Jennifer is amazing! I can tell you it takes me a lot longer than 5 minutes to undecorate a tree! I'm wondering if she goes around and around the tree with the lights or if she zigzags across the front. The lights are always the hardest part for me to get off later. Thanks for the linky party, Judith.

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  30. Hi Judith, I can’t think of anything that would be more fun than this Christmas tree demonstration. The tree turned out beautiful! Garden centers and my local nursery are favorites places I love to visit during the holidays. Thanks for hosting and sharing this beautiful tree.

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  31. I LOVE it! She did a really nice job!!

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  32. What a fun demonstration! And you know, if someone would save me time by coming and putting up my tree, I'm not sure I'd care HOW it was decorated!

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  33. That is a Christmas tree full of decorations!! Well, why not!

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  34. It would be fun to go and watch Jennifer decorating her trees. I could use some tips for sure.....especially how to undecorate a tree in five minutes. I love putting up the decorations but hate putting them away ~ it looks bare for a few days without the lights etc.

    Thank you for hosting and have a good week.
    Carolyn

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  35. That is a beautifully decorated tree, Judith. I like her suggestion of doing a diamond pattern with the larger ornaments. However, It's not really my style as I like to use vintage and other ornaments that mean something to me. It took me a whole hour to just fluff the tree this morning. I'm waiting for hubby to help with the lights tonight then tomorrow I'll take my time decorating it. Taking it down in 5 minutes would be a miracle! :) I use a lot of breakable ornaments.

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  36. Hi Judith, I have been looking at your pretty blog for a week now! I love it and I'm now following you on google + and bloglovin. This is my first time joining in on your mosaic monday. I look forward to getting to know you and your blog and more of your fun parties. Thanks!
    Julie @ Julie's Lifestyle

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  37. The tree is beautiful isn't it! I wish that I could decorate that fast, it takes me ages - too much fiddling about I suspect!! What a great idea to go to a demonstration like this. xx

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  38. That is so fun and interesting, Judith!

    I actually have a tree that looks a little bit like that. But I ALWAYS have an angel on top. : - )

    Thanks for hosting, shared my wares today, hope that's ok, it's a busy time of year for me at work. Hugs always!

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  39. Decorating is always fun! So special decorations seen here...and I love the mix of colors and shapes, as well! this year maybe I'll find an "angel" for the top!! Thanks for sharing and a sunny week ahead!

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  40. Hi Judith, She had some helpful tips on decorating, and her tree is truly beautiful. It's not my style of tree, though. Have a great week!

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  41. Thanks for sharing higher tips from Jennifer on how to decorate a tree, Judith. We can all learn new ideas. I love the toppers and the trees look so sparkly.

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  42. Beautiful! My tree looks a lot more "homemade" and not so professionally done, but it is full of memories and tradition, and we like that.
    I sure would like to make a bow like that though!

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  43. Wow! I wish I could decorate a tree in 5 minutes. They are amazing. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

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  44. WOW...Love this ...I have never had a tree decorating lesson and find this one fabulous..Thank you so much for sharing all the fun...mine probably won't look as perfect but I'll have fun decorating and will use some of these tips( ha Ha)...Hugs

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  45. I think this tree is gorgeous!
    I appreciate the tip about keeping the ornaments in a diamond shape.
    The ribbons, and large ornaments sure make a statement!
    Great post, Judith!
    Thank you for sharing.
    Love this!
    Debbie
    xo

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  46. What a pro! That tree is beautiful!
    Sherry

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  47. I am impressed with her tree. It is beautiful. I never considered a tree trimming demonstration.

    I wouldn't mind a tree like this in our home, but would have to also put our family ornaments on it too, so I suppose that would change the "look".

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  48. Too big in a house for me like someone said yes a mall. I don't have a tree we go to my family for Christmas. So getting too old for it . Mine you I live in the country and I have this huge pine tree in-front of my door and I just enjoy the snow on it of nature when it is coated. Have a nice fun day.

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  49. Hi Judith,
    I am always amazed at the way the trees are decorated in the stores and know mine could never look that way! I have such a collection of little Christmas balls that I love putting on every year but I really do appreciate those elegant trees. I am wondering, does yours resemble the one featured?
    It sounds like a fun course to have attended. Happy December! Karen

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  50. I want that tree!!!! Totally love it. It's gorgeous! I can't find the words do describe it. It's perfectly decorated. Thank you for sharing. This kind of posts are lifting my Christmas spirit.
    House cleaning Greenwich

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  51. Can you imagine? 50 trees in one day? We have a few fabulous places like this and we got to go to a tree decorating class last year and it inspired me to do 4 tabletop trees! I can't believe I did that along with everything else. This year should be a lot easier.

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  52. It's very pretty, but the big ribbons and flowers and ornaments are a bit much for my taste, I like to see the green of the tree.

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