For reasons I can't articulate, I've felt compelled to have a theme for my Christmas tree in recent years. I so did not grow up with themed Christmases.
I think it started with the newspaper tree from 2009.
There were slight modifications along the way, then last year we had the horse ribbon tree, which wasn't so much an actual concept as, "This tree looks too normal...I have an idea!"
I was feeling quite drab in the ways of Christmas themes this year when it hit me.
I texted my friend, "I think I'm going to do a graffiti tree!"
She responded, "That's so urban of you."
It still cracks me up just thinking about her text.
Sure, it's fun to pretend to be urban, but when the grit stops flying, I'm just a girl in weird socks trying to convince my oldest son that I'm "'hood".
But I will say this: I've become enamored of all the train graffiti happening in my life, and there's a stinking lot of it since the blasted train continues to foil my plans on a daily basis.
I may have also been subconsciously influenced by this recent read.
Or my youngest son, a living, breathing, Asian mash-up of Banksy and Harold via Purple Crayon fame.
When it came time to execute my vision, I was stumped. I started to feel like a graffiti anything not involving spray paint is a bit of a poser.
The good news about a graffiti tree: You totally don't have to iron the ribbons when you go out rhymin' and taggin'. The wonkier the better because "we ain't about that life." (As R would say...)
Before I knew it, Cow looked a bit lost at pasture. She didn't swing to my groove.
fashionABLE weaving situation in Ethiopia and had an engineering print made at Staples for around two bucks.
I hung our giant snowflakes from days of yore and cut letters out of 2 sheets of glittery scrapbook paper bought at Michael's for $4.
Then I did what I do and taped kiddo artwork over the existing framed art.
We're going for an abstract look and my short people did not disappoint.
Of course you are.
My friend Tiffany made them and sent them to me as a surprise. WHAT??!
I'm officially the luckiest girl ever.
I can't not disclose this stuff.
We roll on just two wheels around here.
I've dragged this Salvation Army bird cage around to 4 different houses and I don't think I've ever actually used it. I thought about sticking a plant in it, but this was way more fun and I'm officially using every single ornament I own this year.
Go jump in a lake, simplicity!
(The ombre effect is entirely unintentional because I'm not that savvy.)
I only wish I could secretly skype you in for the Q&A part at the end of each lesson... High comedy meets hurts-my-teeth sweetness.
Complete with buffalo plaid curtains, naturally.
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