Creating Christmas-My Nesting Tree

Hello and welcome to day 2 of Creating Christmas.
Today we will be sharing our Christmas trees over at Katies from Let's Add Sprinkles
I've given my upstairs family room tree a bird/nesting theme,  mixed in with plaid.
This is my morning ritual.  As soon as I get out of bed I walk into the family room, switch on the fireplace, and plug in the tree.
I think I enjoy it even more in the morning than I do at night.
Last year after Christmas I picked up two rolls of a couple of different plaid wired ribbons at our local thrift. 
 They had not even been opened.
I thought, "why not mix it up and use both plaids?"

This tree is a slim tree so it doesn't take up a ton of space in our family room.  Still, I managed to tuck a couple of birdcages in amongst the branches.
Our grandson that is married came after I had finished decorating this tree.  He said, "grams, you're the only person I know that could manage to put a birdcage in her tree."  He made me laugh.  I thought, "Obviously, you don't know a lot of my friends."  :)
I had some plaid fabric, so I cut strips to add to the top.  Each one is filled with a few baubles.

You know how you have an image in your head and sometimes it just doesn't quite work out?  Well, that's what happened here.  I had some large mesh cones that are hanging planters for the garden.  I covered the rim with moss and tucked them into the tree then filled the cones with some of my dried hydrangeas.  They stuck out too far and looked funny.  By the time I shoved them in, you really can't see the cone.
I bought these dangly jingle bells one year after Christmas at a local nursery.  They are one of my favorite things on the tree.

Most of my ornaments are mercury glass.  I think they can be dressed up or down, depending on what you put with them.  The plaid brings them down a little.
(right after I typed that the words of a song popped into my head, "Don't bring me down")  Isn't it by John Lennon?  Funny, how the mind works!!
I have three real nests in my tree.  I decided to add some plaid eggs.
Now if that wasn't fun.  lol!  They are so small.  I ripped tiny pieces of paper and modge podged them onto some plastic eggs.  My hands were covered in modge podge.
I mentioned on Instagram that I might add some plaid eggs to my nests and wondered what kind of bird would lay plaid eggs.  Someone replied, "Maybe a Scottish bird".  That made me smile!
This garland with velvet leaves and ice crystals runs throughout
the tree.
Presents are wrapped in brown paper and tied with strips of the plaid fabric.  I still need to add tags.  I've buried it under the presents, but I used a plaid blanket as a tree skirt.
I mentioned in another post about the crazy branch sticking out of the tree.  One of the birds nests was given to me by our daughter, Kylee.  She cut the branch down with the nest lodged in it.  I stuck it in the tree just like it was.  I love the bit of whimsy!!
It's a great conversation piece!
Just something about sitting next to a lit up tree that is magical, don't you agree?
Looking forward to seeing your trees!
Be sure and link your Christmas tablescapes and kitchens over at My Thrft Store Addiction tomorrow!
Also, continue to link your  Christmas Vignettes at Art and Sand
All parties will stay open until Dec. 24th, so you can link right up until Christmas.


mimi_62 said...

Thanks for the Christmas tree journey! Loved it!

Susie said...

Jann, You crazy girl....I love that tree and all the plaid...I am still laughing about the plaid eggs. You have probably started a new Christmas fad. LOL. I too like to look at our tree in the morning and remember back to when my daughters were just mine and lived with me. LOL. They used to love to use tinsel, till the cat ate some and ran thru the house with it hanging know where. I also ring the bells on my never know when an angel needs some wings. I am going out right now to the front porch and bring in my little wren nest for the tree. Blessings to you Jann. xoxo, Susie

Jeanie said...

I love your festive spirit! It makes me smile through and through and it all is so happy! It's pretty clear that you are the merriest!

Anonymous said...

So pretty and lovely .. it makes me thrilled I stop by..lots of ideas here.. thanks for sharing!

Julie said...

The plaid eggs are my favorite! Your tree is full of many bits of whimsy!

Rose L said...

I like the little bird cage in the tree. I have not seen it before tho.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Beautiful Jann...I love how you tucked the bird cages in the tree!...Love it!!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Love the plaid and the plain wrap with plaid ribbons. Such an old fashioned Christmas feel all over your tree! Love the birdcages in it creative.

Sylvia said...

Jann, It is absolutely magical to sit near a lit Christmas tree in the dark. Sylvia D.

handmade by amalia said...

Your decorations are wonderful, Jann, how your family must enjoy them.