Monday, November 28, 2011

Our Festival of Trees Christmas Tree!!

We had a great time today setting up for the Primary Children's Hospital fund raiser, Festival of Trees, in the South Towne Exposition Center.  The name of our tree is 'The King of Kings ...', our group is 'We Can', a small service organization headed up by Carolyn Shirley of Elkridge, Utah.

The crown silhouette we used on some of our ornaments was found at the Graphics Fairy.  The silhouettes came from a church program cover.

Here are a few close shots of some of the ornaments.  We used pages from the gospels in the New Testament (an old much loved and worn out copy) instead of newsprint to make our ornaments. It just seemed right, since it is Jesus' birthday that we are celebrating.
We had a lot of fun, and made five different types of paper craft ornaments for the tree.  We also added a few commercially made ornaments.

The tree skirt was made by my friend LaVern who isn't a member of We Can.  She took over the project when a member of our group was unable to do it.  LaVern also joined us in setting up the tree today!
 It was a lot of fun to wrap empty boxes to match our color theme.    
We also set up a snug scene near the tree with an antique black rocking chair and table, upon which was placed an 1880's bible opened to Luke ... all ready for sharing the story of the first Christmas.

 I love antique bibles, its so fun to imagine a family in the 1800's recording their family dates and sharing scripture stories with their children.
And here we are, with five hours of decorating the tree behind us.  We wandered around a bit after that and were amazed at the fine quality of trees available for viewing (and buying) this year.  Tomorrow, Tuesday, is bid night, then the Festival will be opened from Wednesday until Saturday to the public.  If you haven't been to the Festival you should definitely try it, its a magical fairyland.  I hope to blog later about some of the great trees we saw.


  1. It looks beautiful! I am hoping to see it in person.
    Great job!!

  2. It's SO BEAUTIFUL!!!!! I need to have you come show me how to give my tree some umph! Great job ladies!

  3. Really gorgeous tree Paula! You ladies did a wonderful job. I hope I can get there in person. I notice you are wearing a "Christmas sweater".... (*_*)