The Lettered Cottage Christmas Tree 2010

I love “let’s decorate the Christmas tree” night…

Almost as much as I love wearing my pajamas ALL DAY.

Yep.  The tree is officially up.

We had a $5 live one last year, but on January 4th of this year, we waltzed outta Michaels with an artificial one for just $24.96 (marked down from $179.99! Yessssss!)

We don’t have a whole lot of fancy-schmancy ornaments, last year we used inexpensive, homemade gift boxes). I wanted to do something different this year, so me and Mr. Max cut apart three faux Poinsettia bunches to use as “ornaments”…

Well, I was actually in charge of all things “cut”. Mr. Max was in charge of all things cute!

The Poinsettia bunches were on sale at Michaels for $1.99, and would you believe I got about 20 “ornaments” outta those suckers?

Next, I filled up the rest of the tree with a couple handfuls of $1 ornaments from Wal-mart…

After that, I used some more 8 lb. fishing line, and a few white, flat-headed thumb tacks to hang some glittery ornaments from the ceiling above the tree…

It’s hard to tell in this photo, but they really do look neat in person. (Especially at night!)

(random thought: I can’t wait to lay/sit on the floor beneath the tree with our little one(der) and make wishes on all those swirly-twirly, sparkly Christmas stars dangling up above!)

Random stuff:

Plaid throw blanket- Target, $9.99 on Black Friday

Narcissus plant on coffee table- Publix, $6.99

White pillow cover- Pottery Barn, $19 (discontined)

Magazine basket- flea market, $3

Christmas stockings-


Over in the dining room, I stuck some red, faux poinsettias into one of my white ceramic pitchers to use as a centerpiece.  I hung some of my white pencil starfish from the chandelier, and I used a couple of pieces of red-n-white gingham fabric from Hobby Lobby (less than $5) as table runners…

I’d like to have some folks over for a holiday dinner or two, so I think I’m gonna add a few low-dough/no-dough cottage-style Christmas touches to the “Wonder Wall” this weekend.

Maybe if I can pull it off, I’ll write a “Winter Wonder Wall” post next week!

Merry Christmas my friend!

PS- To check out our Christmas Vignette, and our Christmas Mantel, click on the photos below!



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  1. says

    You are Uber~talented! I can imagine the sparkle at night with the lights low. It helps that your canvas on which you create is asthetically PERFECT! ~Happy Holidays to you and yours~

  2. says

    So beautiful! Those glitter church ornaments caught my eye at WalMart but they were sold out of the silver and gold ones. Boo hoo!

  3. says

    Hanging ornaments from the ceiling is a GREAT idea! Such a pretty tree and it’s hard to go wrong with poinsettias. :)

  4. Katrina says

    Beautiful, as usual. Once you’ve got your little one, you’ll change your mind about the Target throw. Hand wash. I put it right back down. LOL

  5. says

    Your home looks very, very sweet. I am loving your style, it is uncluttered, yet attractive.
    Your tree is especially nice.
    Hugs, cindy

  6. says

    Your tree is beautiful. I love the play of white against green. Thanks for the breakdown of where you got your deals!

  7. Gwen says

    I just recently found your blog. I am in Alabama too! I love the idea of putting the poinsettias in the tree. I also saw the throw in Good Housekeeping December issue in great gifts for under $20. You have great taste and creativity. Enjoy your blog.

  8. gayle says

    I did the same with Michael poinsettias last week, I used red and tucked them deeper in the tree to fill hollows in my sale tree. I loved the sale price.

  9. says

    Oh LAYLA! I feel all inspired and I don’t even need to be inspired to do anything. I just feel generally inspired right now after reading this. What can I do with that??? What? There has to be SOMETHING I can use it for!! LOL Your tree is gorgeous, and I love that you said you lay under the tree… my kids and I do that sometimes too. So much fun. I also really love how you decorated your presents. They are so festive! I never feel like I’ve seen enough… I always want to see about ten more photos, with different angles so it feels like I’m there!! Ha! Ya did good, girl. :) Happy Sunday.

  10. says

    Dear Layla, your tree and house look gorgeous!! Please share what kind of camera you have, your pictures are amazing!! I hope to have a big girl camera by spring.

  11. says

    Love your Christmas decor! Just beautiful. I am the only person on earth who can’t find the CHURCH ornament at Walmart!!! :(

  12. says

    Been in my PJ’s all day today! Love it! Makes the face washing a lot easier at the end of the day! Love all your holiday decor! The creativity flow better with jammies on huh?