I wish I could play Clark Griswold singing Joy to the World when this post pops up on your screen. You almost need sunglasses to look at this picture; the snow outside really amped up the brightness. It is Christmas tree day in our Holiday Cheer link parties, and I'm ready to share some of my tricks for pulling off a black and white theme. Head over to Honey We're Home and A Thoughtful Place to share yours. If time is on your side today, you can check out our trees from last year and my paper trees from the year before.
I started collecting metallic decorations about five years ago and began pulling in a bit of white the last couple years. Slowly, the colored ornaments have made their exit. My ornament makeovers last week helped to make the black and white theme really pop. The only new ornaments I bought were the glittery black ones. (Thank you Hobby Lobby 50% sale.) Also, I got 6 yards of white pompom trim to use as garland. I LOVE IT. All caps should show you how much. Next year I want to buy even more.
Remember I told you about the year I went crazy with lime green and purple decorations? Well, the tree skirt is the biggest (and priciest) reminder of that. I knew I wanted to cover it, but sewing is not an option for me. (Because I've tried, but frankly sewing machines intimidate me.)
I found some beautiful fabric for $7.99 a yard at a local discount place. It's has a layer of circles attached that just float around when you move it. I laid the fabric on top of my old tree skirt, cut carefully, and just placed it right on top under the tree. I folded the edges around at some points, but surprisingly it looked ok without the folding. Not bad for $16, huh?The dots remind of little snowballs. We got almost a foot of snow here this week. It's taken me a decade of living in the Midwest to appreciate snow. This warm-blooded Texan has finally converted...and learned to dress in layers.