Thursday, December 22, 2011
So what did I do with those Blue Atlas Cedar branches?
I had such high hopes for my $8.99 blue cedar branches (click here if you want to read about the hunt), I was confident I could come up with some clever way of using them that would make me forget all about wanting a Blue Atlas Cedar tree…no problem! But you know what? Sometimes there just is no substitute for what you really want. Since we are spending Christmas at home this year I wanted a tree, branches alone weren’t going to cut it. So up went the vintage aluminum tree. I do love it! For the Blue Atlas Cedar branches…I thought about making a garland/swag for the mantle, but in the end just made sort of a centerpiece and mixed in some silver balls, stars, and Tillandsia. I planned to put the tallest branches in several vases, and distribute them throughout the house. But they were far too heavy, and curved in such a way that only the strongest of vases would stay upright, so only one vase full of branches was done up. At least it went right where I could stare at the blue needle clusters… I used a few more cuttings to fill a metal bowl as a centerpiece on our dining table, and tucked in a few ornaments. I should explain they look old because they are, I love the crackled and faded look of vintage ornaments and they’re all I use. What was left got mixed in with some greens I scavenged on a long walk after a windy night, along with a little Eucalyptus left over from a cheap Trader Joes bouquet, to make a wreath for the inside of our front door. I was happy with things until the day I unexpectedly came face to face with a potted Blue Atlas Cedar tree at a quick nursery visit…my heart skipped a beat and then sunk. Sometimes there is no substitute for what you really want.