The Carolyn Ingalls Christmas Tree

December 14, 2012

I finally understand the appeal of fake Christmas trees.

Last year we had the whole fall-down-in-the-middle-of-the-night-and-cause-a-mini-flood debacle.

Yesterday, I realized to my horror that our plastic Christmas tree stand had a slow leak.  Oh, no.  Once again 4 liters of water slowly seeped into our laminate flooring.

I’m not sure our floor can handle another real Christmas tree…

Faulty stands and falling trees aside, I still love our real little Christmas tree perched in the corner of our living room.

white and natural Christmas tree

I set out this year to make an all-white, rustic, and natural tree.  I wanted it to have a bit of an old-fashioned and homespun feel ~ like something they would have had back in the Little House on the Prairie days.

I made a ruffled garland, book page stars and a burlap and flour sack star topper.  I added in a few fabric bird ornaments and silver balls.

ornaments and ruffle

Shopping with a friend the other day, I discovered a bag of wooden pears on clearance from Fall decor.  With just a little  string tied to the stems, they became a fun addition.

I also discovered this darling jute flower ornament.  {Hmm…I wonder how they make those??}

jute flower ornament

Although I love houses all decked out in Christmas finery, I find I like to keep ours quite simple.  Garlands and lights hanging from every doorway start to make me feel  claustrophobic.  And, since we want to enjoy our time with extra guests over the Christmas season, I don’t want the house feeling cramped and closed in from an over-abundance of do-dads.  So, I think for this year, the Christmas decor is finished.

If you’re just stopping by for the first time today, Welcome!  Here is the rest of our Christmas Home Tour:

whole entryway table

Winter Wonderland Silver and White Entryway

Christmas Bookcase keeper

Twinkly Christmas Bookcase

buffet christmas vignette

The Birdcage Bling Dining Room

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful weekend.

Linking up:  The Inspired Room, The Nester, Satori Design for Living


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Peggy December 15, 2012 at 6:06 am

OH, oh, oh… Rita, I know how the jute flower ornaments are made!!! (at least I think I do… we did something like it a while back.) My husband just got home from being gone for the past week and we still have packages/cards to address and mail plus baking for the Christmas program at church tomorrow. So can you give me a day or two and I will give it a try to make sure I’m correct? I promise I will have them done by very early in the week… Thanks!!

Your tree looks lovely! It fits in with the decor of your home perfectly!! :)
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Elizabeth @ Blue Clear Sky December 15, 2012 at 7:08 am

So pretty and beautiful in the simplicity. Enjoy your visit with your family.


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Karen December 15, 2012 at 5:11 pm

So beautiful, symplistic and classic. Well done!
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cassie December 18, 2012 at 12:07 pm

beautiful- love that twinkly bookcase!


Shauna @Satori Design for Living December 20, 2012 at 8:47 am

So pretty. Love all the handmade touches! (Hope it holds up and you have no more tree catastrophes!) Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas! Thanks for sharing at the Holiday Countdown link party :)
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Dawn @ Inspired Design December 20, 2012 at 11:49 am

Beautiful tree! Ours has also fallen over in the past and that is NOT fun! It still looks wonderful and I love the handmade touches. I love the simplicity in your Christmas touches.

Merry Christmas.
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Linda December 23, 2012 at 1:31 am

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family, and thanks so much for blogging through 2012!


Karen December 26, 2012 at 10:10 pm

It’s all so cute and original. I love the star tree topper. Happy New Year!


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