I have some explaining to do, don’t I? Well, I’ll tell you. It all began when our oldest was preparing to head back to college after the holidays were over. She asked, “Hey Mama, the tree will still be up when I get back, right?” 😯 I had planned to take it down slowly, but figured another week wouldn’t hurt since she comes back on the weekends. So, I answered with a cheerful, “Oh yah! Sure thing, honey…it will be here!” I mean, how could I resist saying, “Yes” to her sweet question. Little did I know my rascal second born was listening, and had an idea brewing in his creative head. He said, “You could keep it up all year!” I laughed in that fake sort of way, and then he explained further how I could decorate it for all of the holidays through the year. He didn’t stop there…he went on further, and explained how the tree brings him such joy, and makes the house so cozy & pretty. Then he pretty much sealed the deal by telling me the cats would be devastated if I take it down 😥 . So, what can I say, except…the “Dollar Store Valentine’s Day Tree” was officially born.
Oh, I know this year-round tree idea isn’t for everyone (especially those that put up a real tree), but the more I thought about it, the more I thought it was a cute idea. An idea the kids would surely remember for the rest of their lives, and maybe even tell their grandchildren. I may even be crowned the coolest Mom on the planet! In addition, the Winters up here in Michigan are brutal and long. Vitamin D runs very low, so we really do need all the joy we can get. Honestly, I think maybe having a tree decorated year round may even help depression. And, if you don’t want a large one, maybe a small one would d0?
I do want to warn you that this idea is a lot of work (definitely easier for me since this is my job). First, putting the original Christmas tree decorations away is always a nightmare. Remember all that faux flocking I had done? You can check out the original Blue Ombre Christmas Tree here. It ended up coming off the tree fairly easy, but still it was a chore.
Then, you have to sort out what you need for the first tree of the year, the “Valentine’s Day Tree”. Luckily, this didn’t take me long because the tree is pre-lit and white lights are perfect for showing off red. All I had to do is grab some red, pink, white ornaments, and then I hit my local dollar store to see what they had. They ended up having a lot of good stuff this year, and I got carried away. In fact, one lady noticed me in the check out line after she came back for something she forgot. She said, “Are you still here???”
Note: I also had a bunch of older dollar store Valentine’s Day decor in my stash. Keep in mind, I do have a “Romantic Dollar Store Table for Two” coming up, so I could use some of these items there. Stay tuned.
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The “LOVE” sign in the middle of the tree is also surprisingly from the dollar store and it just had to be spray painted white. Pretty much everything on the tree is from the dollar store and my favorite was the pink & red mesh garland. It was very simple to work with because it is “sticky”. The floating heart on top is just hanging with some clear string. I just love hanging the tree topper because it extends the tree to the ceiling, and it also rotates when the heat goes on in the house. So cool. Or should I say, hot?
On the side porch glass frosted door I left up the snowball wreath I purchased a couple years ago and wired on my Love sign I’ve had for years. Here’s a “LOVE” sign I found on-line.
This tree truly does bring us all joy and even warms up the joint for real. I can’t wait for the next one. Okay, yes, I can, ha ha. Stay tuned for tree #2 this Spring. Any ideas on what the theme will be? I hope this one brought you joy today! XO
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