The Tree

12.14.2013

Last year I decided I wasn't going to decorate a big tree anymore. It was just too much work and stressed me out and we really shouldn't feel stressed decorating for Christmas. It should be fun and uplifting. So I bought a tabletop tree and have never looked back. I decorated it this year in a woodland theme to go with the rest of the decorating. I wrapped the tree with a grapevine wreath that I cut and pulled apart and then started adding my dried hydrangeas, birds, birdhouses, and other woodland critters.

I used an old round table that folds for easy storage and added one of my white quilts from Pottery Barn and wrapped some burlap around the bottom of the tree to hide the legs.











Target has some cute critter ornaments this year.

I have has this bird for years. It isn't an ornament so I just tucked it on a branch.



Another cute ornament from Target.



I ordered these giant pine cones last year.

Of course they always look best at night. When I get the gifts wrapped, yes I haven't started yet, I will add them to baskets on the floor like I did last year.

I just had to get this cute fox from Target.
"What does the fox say?" If you know this You Tube sensation now you will have this song stuck in your head.

You can see last year's tree here.

Mr. Savvy and I are off to go to his family Christmas annual get together.
Happy weekend!

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45 comments:

  1. You tree is stunning! I love your attitude about not stressing out and focusing on fun, enjoying the season.
    Since I broke my wrist and am temporarily living one-handed I have had to cut back on many of the things that stress me out. It may have to become a tradition..slow down and just enjoy!
    Thanks for sharing!
    xoxo

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  2. Kim, I'm right there with you! I asked to use a faux tree in our family room this year and Bobby would not have it... so we are putting up a real tree today! Your tree is simply beautiful! I adore the skirted table you have it on and where you put it! That fox is so cute!!!!

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  3. This is such a good idea! Everyone here wants a huge, real tree but no one wants to help decorate it or do the lights, so it always falls on me and it IS stressful! I might copy you and we'll see who has something to say about it :) Yours is gorgeous, it doesn't take away anything to have a smaller tree. Oh and I have been trying to avoid that song but I might give in this morning :)

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  4. The burlap around the bottom of the tree is so clever and charming.

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  5. I'm so with you on losing the too big Christmas tree, Kim! I bought myself a small tree this year that fits in a lightweight box that will be stored under a bed instead of the Hobbit Hole. Your woodland themed tree is darling!

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  6. Hi Kim,
    I love your smaller tree. Little and less stress is a good thing. I think the baskets with all the gifts will be so sweet around the tree. Love some of those woodland ornaments you used. Looks so great.
    Kris

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  7. Your tree is so pretty! I love the woodland theme. The fox ornament is adorable. The first time I saw that fox video I laughed so hard I cried. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
    Blessings,
    Nici

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  8. Very pretty, I just love my table top tree. Though we do it live every year since hubby is from the West Coast and will only have a live tree. LOL Thanks for sharing, have a great day.

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  9. Kim your Woodland theme tree looks so pretty...I love how you wrapped it with the grapevine and Mr.Fox is too cute!

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  10. It is beautiful Kim! My in laws gave up on the big tree several years ago. Most of the time they are out here with us but when they are not they bring out there table top.

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  11. Your Woodland tree is lovely! I love your idea of adding grapevine to it. Your ornaments are fantastic! Mr. Fox is so cute!

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  12. Kim, your tree is beautiful. My great-aunt has always had a beautiful tabletop tree, and I can certainly see myself going in that direction in the future. My daughter is the one who likes to decorate the tree, and I have determined that I won't stress about it, since it's not my favorite thing to do. When she moves out, I will definitely choose something simpler, as my husband isn't a fan of putting up the tree either!

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  13. Very cute and cozy, Kim!
    Mary Alice

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  14. Cute tree! We have two table top trees up - one in our bedroom and one in the great room. A small tree in our sunroom. The table top trees are color coordinated to the rooms they are in so I guess themed. The small tree is not. I love pulling out ornaments collected over the years. Have one from first Christmas together - and this is year 32. I like a tree that tells the story of us. I'm going to try to find a tree a bit larger but skinny for next year. Tree decorating is a joint effort in our house and an event we enjoy. Even though it's always been just the two of us!

    tina

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  15. Your tree looks darling, Kim! I'm so glad you posted this. You are right: Christmas decorating isn't supposed to stress us out. I think you made the right decision in going to a small tree. It has great presence there on that round table.

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  16. Well Kim, you are one year ahead of me. I said that this is the last year for a big tree. I'm going to a small tabletop tree next year. Love how you decorated--it's my theme too and has been for years. I can't imagine a tree that is all glitzy in my home. We have foxes too, especially since the granddaughters turned us on to that video. OMG it never leaves your brain! I can't look at a fox without singing that song!
    But the girls love it! I'm sure your's does too!

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  17. Love your woodland theme and your tree looks gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

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  18. I can't wait until I can do a tabletop tree like yours!!! Gorge!

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  19. Thanks a LOT, Kim, for reminding me of what does the fox say? LOL Now it'll be running around in my head all day. Cute tree, btw.

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  20. I love how you decorated your tree this year! The woodland theme is pretty. I like the cute ornaments you found at Target and the grapevine wrapped around the tree.

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  21. I'm with you on the smaller trees. I was always the one that had to decorate the big tree with no help. Stopped that when our younger daughter got married. I think yours is my favorite tree this year, Woodsy is just so fun! I hadn't seen that video before, so I REALLY enjoyed it!

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  22. I know for a fact that I will graduate to a smaller tree next year as the 12 footer is being donated after Christmas….love the tree and it looks great in that space!…I love the natural woodland theme!

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  23. I love it, Kim! One of my favorite trees this season. The photo of your tree framed in the arch is really lovely. A perfect shot! Wishing you and yours a bright and beautiful Christmas! Warmly, Loi

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  24. Your tree is beautiful, and that video about the fox is a riot...........hubby and I both got a kick out of it,
    and I sent it over to my daughter too.

    Have a Merry Christmas hon, Blessings, Nellie

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  25. Your tree maybe small but it's packed with wonderful ornaments! Love how you styled it Kim!

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  26. Your tree is so pretty and I love the way you decorated it!
    -Shelley

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  27. It's just perfect in that arch! Love it Kim! I am doing a small tree this year too.

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  28. You did more than me. We didn't even put a tree in the house this year. Just on the porch. Yours is just perfect.

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  29. What does the fox say? Lol...love that song and video. Reminds me of last years hit...Gangnam Style.

    Your tree is really pretty. Love all of the natural touches.

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  30. Your tree is beautiful, Kim! I love the woodland theme and all your cute ornaments. Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

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  31. Kim, I came home with one of the Target foxes too. My guy is red. ;-)
    Love the song and video. Happy Holidays………sarah

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  32. Your tree looks so cute with the woodland theme. Love it and love the ornaments you found at Target! I still do my BIG tree, still enjoy it. Our house tour was last night and it went really well. XO, Pinky

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  33. Your tree looks beautiful, your ornaments are so pretty! My friends introduced me to the song "what does the fox say" recently, it is so funny!

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  34. I really like the woodland theme and you are so right- if it stresses you out to do it-don't do it! Your smaller tree looks wonderful and the presents will be the finishing touch.

    Every year I say I am going to do less decorating and I keep giving things away and then I get started and keep going. lol I wasn't going to put up the big tree this year-but I did. I wasn't going to put up the German Feather tree- but I did. See the theme I have going here? lol

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  35. I have a small woodland tree, too,. Love yours. I haven't wrapped any gifts yet either. That will be happening in the next few days. xo Laura

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  36. Yay!! A gorgeous, smaller tree! Thank you for helping me not feel bad about not dragging out the big heavy, cumbersome tree. Best of all, your tree is awesome.

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  37. You started my day with a smile. And, a giggle or two, too

    Your tree is lovely, and is perfect with the style you are using. We have a nine foot, and we care going smaller when it "dies".

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  38. Hahaha!! This is my "first time" hearing what the fox says. Your tree is beautiful. I love your theme, too. Although I am excited to have our first Christmas in our new home, I look forward to next year and being settled and more organized. That means a whole year of finishing the house!! :)

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  39. what an adorable tree! Love the less stress idea but still beautiful! We went from a 9 ft to a 7 ft tree this year. The loss of those 2 feet really made me happy. Love the video! Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  40. Kim, your tabletop tree is stunning! Sitting on top of the draped table near the archway is such a pretty focal point. Your little tree stands out with the best of the big ones!
    Marie@InteriorFrugalista

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  41. I have fallen in love with your woodland tree...utterly in love!

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  42. I love your woodland theme this year.

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  43. So cute. Just when I thought what will she do with the gifts you mentioned the baskets and I thought what a cute idea!

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  44. Love the little tree. Last year two limbs on our tree broke and my husband was unable to fix them. After Christmas we purchased a 4' tree that I put on an antique table in my living room. I plan to use "theme" trees. This year the theme is Santa. Many of the ornaments are my own cross stitch projects. I am already planning for a "Nature" theme for next year. My kids (two grown daughters) are complaining because I made the change, but I point out to them that I will be able to decorate this size (pre-let) tree as I age.

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