Sigh…I love monograms. I can never quite put my finger on what it is about them that makes me so happy.
I mean, it’s just a letter, right?
In the song ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’ there’s a line that says, “I’d like to add his initial to my monogram”.
And maybe that’s part of what I love about them. They’re so identifying aren’t they?
When I got married, that middle letter of my monogram changed, going from an ‘R’ to an ‘H’.
And suddenly ‘H’ was my new favorite letter.
Several years later a new family member joined us and I found myself loving the letter ‘I’ oh so very much….and the little boy it was attached to of course! And a few years after that a little miss ‘L’ came to be part of our family. Simple letters suddenly representing my heart.
Given my love for these letters it only made since that when I was presented with the opportunity to try out a Christmas tree from Balsam Hill that I would take the opportunity to create our own little ‘Family Tree’.
The artificial tree page on the Balsam Hill website, while filled with tons of options, makes choosing the right tree for your home an absolute cinch. I felt a bit like Goldilocks on the hunt for just the right tree to go in my entry. It couldn’t be too big or too small or too wide or too narrow.
So when I spied the Greenwich Estates Pine Tree Set I knew it was just right. 3 trees with the middle size being the perfect one for me.
There’s just nothing like having a big box delivered to your front door during the holiday season is there?
The trees were impeccably packaged and came with easy instructions for assembling them. It also came with gloves to use while putting your tree together. I figured I could also use them afterwards if I ever joined a hand bell choir! 😉
Rather than using the existing stand, I decided to place my tree in a pot and then load it up onto this little wooden sled.
I think it looks like it might have just been pulled in from the forest.
If that forest grew trees covered in white lights and fully decorated.
The branches on this tree are the most realistic artificial branches I’ve ever seen. Every time I bend down to plug it in I expect to catch a whiff of fresh pine scent.
Mason jar lids became the perfect way to celebrate my favorite letters in the alphabet. I simply printed out each letter, used the lid to trace around it, cut it out, placed it inside the rim and then added the lid to the back. I secured it with a dab of hot glue and attached a piece of twine to the back so that it could hang from the tree.
I added a paper garland made using music sheet wrapping paper (leftover from last year) and twine.
Simple and lovely and free.
I had the kids write words that describe our family on little chalkboard tags before hanging them on the tree.
This one is definitely true!
And, of course, the letter that started it all had to hold an honored position at the top of the tree.
Every morning when I come downstairs I walk past this family tree as I head towards the kitchen…and the coffee.
I see those letters representing the names of my most favorite people in all the world.
And how it all began when I added “his initial to my monogram”.
I’m so excited to be sharing my Monogram Themed Christmas Tree as part of
Balsam Hill’s 12 Bloggers of Christmas Series!
Here’s a sneak peek at the tree you’ll see today from Ashley of Cherished Bliss!
And here’s the full line-up
Monday December 2nd:
Tuesday December 3rd:
Candace (Vintage News Junkie)
Wednesday December 4th:
Kristin (My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia)
Thursday December 5th:
Laura (Finding Home)
Friday December 6th:
Courtney (French Country Cottage)
Jeanne (Jeanne Oliver)
Saturday December 7th:
Be sure to stop by and visit all of these talented bloggers this week to see their trees!
*Disclosure: I received product for this review but all opinions are 100% my own*
P.S. Here’s some of the fun we’ll be joining in this week:
Laura @ Finding Home says
Vanessa – I love it. Just perfect for that spot and I love the pot and sled!!
That is a gorgeous fake tree ! You have decorated it beautifully ! I decorate 13 trees for Christmas I would love for you to visit !
Love love love!!
Shirley@Housepitality Designs says
What a beautiful tree Vanessa!…How creative of you to use the ball jar lids!…and yes, I can imagine how it makes you feel as you come down the stairs to start your day and see that beautiful family tree…
This is beautiful Vanessa! I love those ornaments and I just adore that sled! Beautiful beautiful work : ) Pinning!
Bonnie @ Uncommon Designs says
Love it!!! Such a perfect little tree!
Oh my goodness Vanessa, the tree is fabulous!I love how it at the front of the house to welcome your guests! Perfection.
Oh, I love this tree, Vanessa … from its perfect size and “thoughtful” and creative ornaments … to the meaning behind it! I also love that you placed it in your beautiful foyer so that it’s the first tree guests see when they come on in. Happy Holidays, sweet friend. xoxo
Amanda @ Dixie Delights says
I LOVE it!!!!
Candace @ Vintage News Junkie says
This is beautiful, Vanessa!! But, not nearly as beautiful as the story of your Monograms! How precious. You are blessed with such a beautiful family and now you have a tree to celebrate it! Way to kick off a fantastic week of magnificent trees!!
Gorgeous, Vanessa! I’m loving the look of the burlap ribbon. I bet this would also be the perfect size tree for an apartment or smaller living room…now you have me thinking of all the possibilities! :)Thanks again for sharing!
You are such a rock star! Love the idea of using the lids….and of course anything monogram has my name written on it (literally)! LOL!
Happy, happy day to you my friend!
Beth@Unskinny Boppy says
GORGEOUS! I’ve always been BC but then when I got married I became BCB. I understand the letter love! 🙂 Beautiful photos and tree! Happy Holidays– Very excited to share my Balsam Hill post tomorrow!
Kelley @ Miss Information Blog says
Vanessa, that is adorable and what a great way to celebrate your immediate family! BTW when the Atlanta Bloggers come to visit I am so totally hunting down and stealing that sled!
At The Picket Fence says
LOL!! Would you believe I found that sled at the thrift store for $5?! Thanks so much for coming by! 🙂
Lucky you! I have been using trees and garland from Balsam Hill for years. I don’t use the large tree anymore and got a little one for the sunroom. My other tabletop tree is not from Balsam Hill, but maybe next year. They are so life like and I love how you decorated yours.
At The Picket Fence says
Thanks so much Kim!! They really do have the most realistic look to them don’t they? And I love having a little one to decorate. Just trying to keep up with you my friend! 😉
jessica @fourgenerationsoneroof says
Love the monogramed ornaments and the gold pops are beautiful!