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I made this shim Christmas tree a couple of years ago after one of the Lowe’s magazines came out – I had been searching for a replacement tree for Christmas, I was totally doing away with the artificial ones and I wasn’t sure how I would get a real one home so I opted for this shim tree for a couple of years. I loved the shim tree so much that I left it out all year, it had the height the space needed and it wasn’t obtrusive. This year we ordered a real tree – it hadn’t occurred to me before that I could just order one, I’m actually a little worried that it might be monstrous in size…but we’ll get there when we get there.
For one reason or another I decided I would paint the shim tree this year. I used the same technique that I used with the mini Christmas village trees except they received a little inadvertent glitter. I really like the glitter on the mini trees, so I am debating whether or not I will use any glitter on the shim tree. Another debate I am having is whether I should use Miss Mustard Seed glass glitter, it’s oh so much more magical than the plastic glitter though at the same time I have a lot of leftover white glitter that I used for the glitter pinecones. Oh decisions, decisions.
I didn’t think I would get it done today, but I strung all of these lights outside today – I ordered 1200 lights for outside and the Christmas tree, but I wound up using them all outside on the peach trees so I will need to order more. By the way, if you are looking for a good price on LED string lights Sam’s Club has reels of 200 lights for about $20: they have warm and cool LEDs available. I spent about 6 hours searching for a decent price on lights so I thought I would pass it along and save you the time in the event that you were searching as well. I’m not sure if they have them instore, but they can be ordered online (shipping’s not bad).
I will be doing an update on the progress of the living room makeover early next week and of course plenty of Christmas posts! Here’s a sneak peek at what will be happening on the mantel: