F Simple and Serene Living: December 2011 09 10
Thursday, December 15, 2011

recycled junk Christmas trees

A good old fashioned cheery Christmas song to sing along with on a rainy Thursday afternoon.

Being somewhat of a semi-invalid this past week has given me lots of time to surf the web and I found some really sweet Christmas trees that have been upcycled from "junk"  and odds and ends that you already have at home. I love the idea of making a unique tree and spending little or no money. 

old Christmas card trees

from rustic crafts

recycled magazine and junk mail trees

from recycle-eh

odds and ends of old sweaters felted and stacked to make a tree.

from hohum cards

toilet roll tree ( and you thought they just made good horns for the kids)

from happy chatter

This handyman's tree is interesting. Not sure I would want it in my house, but it did take ingenuity and in the interest of fair play I thought I should have one that was created by a man. (maybe this is why women do most of the decorating)

from joe-ks

the step ladder tree. I love this one.

from funky junk interiors

Hope you have a holly jolly kind of day!

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Silent Night Holy Night

I am finally starting to feel the Christmas spirit. The house is decorated and I will start to take some photos today to share with you next week. 

Silent Night is definitely one of my favorite Christmas carols, and this is one of the most beautiful renditions I have ever heard. So I hope you enjoy listening while you view some old fashioned nighttime Christmas images.




There is just something so peaceful about Christmas lights against a background of snow at night. So I guess I better start singing I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas next.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Table Top Christmas Trees

I keep waiting for the sun to come out so I will have enough light to take some photos of my own Christmas decor. I know it is up there somewhere, hiding behind that massive cloud cover. Our temperatures have been relatively mild recently, but that is changing this week, with highs in the 30s. Time for some serious cozying up by the fireplace. 

What is your favorite winter drink? I love hot chocolate, but have vowed to give up chocolate as it makes me achy. SIGH!! So I am drinking hot green decaf tea. I know it's a much healthier choice, but sometimes you just want what you shouldn't have. 

So, since I can't reveal my Christmas decorating yet, and there is a massive amount, I will share some great table top tree ideas from other folks. Even if you feel like you don't have the space for a full size tree, a smaller tree on a table can be just as festive.

I love this tree and the gifts piled up in the large basket.


fabulous folksy vignette.


what do you think of these colors for a bedroom?


I think this is a great idea. If you live in an area with lots of pine trees, you could make this yourself. Very natural and could be kept for future years. 


a memory tree is a wonderful, inexpensive idea for a small space.  Collect some branches and hang old photos, cards, postcards, etc. for a tree that is uniquely yours.


oh so lovely for a Christmas wedding or other festive occasion.


a lovely elegant table top tree.


So whatever your style or budget a small tree sitting on a table can turn your everyday space into the perfect Christmas space.

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