Since our grandkids live in another state we sometimes travel for the holiday which makes putting up a real tree a challenge even though it's our preference. This year, we succumbed and bought an artificial tree. Sigh...not my favorite but we don't have to worry about it drying out if we do decide to go away. Besides, crawling under the tree with a water pitcher was my job and it's getting back out isn't as easy as it used to be. :-)
Our tree is 9 feet tall to capturing the entire tree is impossible without backing up so far you wouldn't be able to see it. It stands beside the fireplace with all the stockings and our collection of Santas that are on the mantle.
Under the tree alwasys goes the little Nativity we bought the first Christmas we were married. It has traveled to 7 states and sat under 43 Christmas trees in 14 houses.
The garland is May Arts Wired Burlap. Our tree is decorated with ornaments we've collected over years from friends and family. There are crocheted bells made by my mother-in-law who will be 100 years old on Dec. 15th, glittered apples and toothpick Nativitites made by our sons when they were small and of course some of the sparkly glass ornaments I created for the May Arts/Helmar blog hop using May Arts Metallic String.
We also made little angels from Femo clay then dressed them in little May Arts ribbon dresses.
We used a little canape cutter (Tupperware) to cut the head and stars and free-formed the wings using a plastic knife to make a hole for the ribbon. We added a thin wire at the top of the head for hanging.
They were baked according to mfg. instructions then we added eyes and rosy cheeks with Sharpie markers. We gave them some shimmer with some rub-on cream that's used for photo frames.
The dress is made from May Arts gorgeous double faced 1.5 inch satin in Champagne (HA-5-02) that is overlaid with May Arts 1.5 inch lace in white (NQ09). A dab of Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive and a few minutes of dry time and done!