Tuesday, December 7, 2010

You guessed it! And... Christmas on a budget.

Tiana Smith is very resourceful and just earned herself an extra entry into my contest/giveaway.... I'm just not sure what I'll be giving away just yet!

That's right, my blogging anniversary is December 10th!  A whole YEAR!!

Be on the look out for the announcement!!

Now... onto Christmas with a Budget.  Every year since I've been married, we get a real tree for Christmas.  They're pretty, and they've already been chopped down, so why not let them go out in style.  This year, I'm not making a whole lot of money--we're surviving (hubs is keeping us afloat), but we've been very careful since the layoff, cutting out things that are nice to have, but not vital... like a tree.  Here's ours this year:

I know it's a terrible picture snapped with my iPhone at night, but you get idea.  It's a branch.  And it was free from my parent's burning pile.  Now, don't go getting all sad--we didn't go hunting for a tree/branch--this was the reject branch for my table at my first Christmas Market (which was a bit of a bust--I don't think they advertised).  Here's the one we actually used for that:

So we had this extra branch in the garage, and Sunday when I got home from a photo shoot, hubs had rigged it up in the tree stand (we had sort of joked about it before).  We decorated it that night, and I'm not going to lie, I almost cried it looks so pathetic.  I miss the smell of the real tree--the coziness of it.

Well, that's one way to save $70.  :) Now we won't show up empty handed to the family functions this month.


  1. It might not be much, but I think your tree is very cute! And you're super creative for thinking to do that! Happy (almost) 1 year bloggiversary!

  2. Happy blogoversary! I will be there soon, too. :) We've all had tight years at holiday time, and lots of people are experiencing that right now. But when times are better, it's always those "skimpier" holidays that we remember the most fondly. You will smile in future years as you think back on your Christmas Branch! :)

    ps - Love your Christmas Market display! So pretty!

  3. Happy anniversary!
    Now that is clever!
    We picked up a $140 artificial tree for only $35 a couple years ago. (Got it right after Christmas.) Always a thought! Of course, I was raised with an artificial tree, so a real one would seem odd to me.

  4. I think it's really, really cute!

  5. oh! it's beautiful!
    and the market display is beautiful too!
    i think you should be proud of that christmas branch! :)

  6. Thanks y'all!! I'm sure one day I will look back fondly on my Christmas branch :) Right now, I'm still getting used to it!

  7. oh, I love the low-budget tree :)))

  8. Awww...I think it's cute, too. :)

    Actually, if you spray painted it white and sprinkled some white glitter (or Prizma) then hung the lights/ornaments, it would look like a magical snowy winter tree. A white felt skirt (or whatever white/faux snow you have handy) and it seriously would be glamorous. (I know it's too late for all that now, but next year, if you're still are on a budget...)

  9. That's a cute tree and you did a lot with it. :)

  10. I think it's lovely!! I've always found bare branches beautiful, and I love twinkle lights.

    Trees really cost $70??? That's outrageous! We paid $19 for ours at Lowes. It's a 5'5 Fraser Fir, and very cute.

  11. I love your tree! It kind of reminds me of a Charlie Brown christmas tree...and in my book that's special! :)