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Friday, December 21, 2012

ladder christmas tree

Today I thought I would show you my ladder tree that I put up in our entertaining area.

But before I do I just wanted to share with you that today the 21st December is a special one in our household. 
On the 21st December 1986,
 VCH and I went on our first date, 
I was 18, he was 20.
We went with some friends (his and mine) to a nearby beach.
When we got back to my house, 
we sat in his car and talked for hours.
 During this time I had a feeling wash over me, and I knew that this was the man I would marry.

The other special thing that happened on this date, 
this time in the year 2000, 
was that we moved into this house. 
So we have now lived here for 12 years!
One day soon I will come back and show you photos of what our house first looked like when we bought it and compare it to now, 
but because they are all pre-digital, I will have to scan them in and that takes time, 
time I don't have today 'cause we are having a party tonight!

So now back to the ladder tree:

I actually wanted to do this last year, 
but it never quite happened, 
so this year I was determined to have a ladder tree, 
and yes just like all the other ladder tree bloggers my kids thought I was crazy
- but hey they should know me well enough by now- 
that I don't really care what they think, 
I will just do it anyway!
This ladder is actually quite tall, 
I picked it up from a garage sale last year for $5.
It has lots of lovely paint drips all over it, the kind that money can't buy!

 I wanted to keep it fairly simple and keep with silver and white.
I started off stringing two sets of battery lights around it,
you know the $2 ones from Big W
 - love them - 
I must have 10 sets around the house in various spots.
I also wound around some silver star tinsel.
I hung some silver snowflakes that came with some decorations and then added a lovely white star to the top,
I bought this last year but can't remember where from.
It is a bit hard to see it all with the light, but trust me they are there!

 I also added some herbs in those lovely lacy IKEA buckets, and some candles out of my cupboard.

 The final touch was to put my NOEL that I made a couple of Christmas's ago on one of the rungs. 
The noel, has since had and accident, a bit like Humpty, he fell off the ladder and broke, but unlike Humpty I was able to fix him and glued him back together, he is now tied on with some grey and white string so he won't try jumping off again!

So there you have it my version of a ladder tree.
Have a lovely weekend!
Only 4 sleeps to go!

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  1. Ah she's lovely. Have a fabulous party. I'm sure your ladder tree will be a hit. Merry Christmas .

  2. I love it! Would love to see it at night lit up :)

  3. love it! simple and rustic.
    have a great party!

  4. That looks very awesome. Wishing you and your family and great Christmas, Deanne.

    PS: I'm hosting my last giveaway for the year! It's an ecostore store gift pack valued at $100, hope you enter here:

  5. Thank you for sharing with us why this date is so special...a lovely story. The ladder tree is a great idea and I love the way you have decorated it. Sounds like a BIG party you're having...sounds like a great evening :-)

  6. so cool deanne... have a great xmas and thank you for all your nice comments on TWO Worlds this year.
    Bec x

  7. That is such a good idea!!! And happy 21st to you. xx

  8. What a lovely story about you meeting and then moving into your house on the same date. When I met my husband (aged 19), we both talked for hours, and I just felt like it was meant to be. xx

  9. It's lovely Deanne and even though it has been in blogland in all parts of the world... I think it looks very Australian. Thanks for sharing it at Shabbilicious Friday.
    Happy New Year,


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