Saturday, December 5, 2009

Snapshots from the week.....
The only white and the only flocked tree
we have done this year, but absolutely BEAUTIFUL!

I HAVE A DAY OFF!!! well NOT really..a to do list that took two pages to type, but the good news is I can do it all in my pajamas, watching football, drinking great coffee, with my house filled with the smells of Christmas..(I must have 20 candles burning)! There is a fire blazing in the fireplace and all my trees in every room are on. Every little nook looks Christmas, filled with bright RED poinsettias, trees filled with memories of 37 years of marriage, 2 great kids and four little grandsons. I am 90% finished with my shopping, now I just need to create some beautiful packages. Add to that, I got ten hours of much
needed sleep and my servant husband (and only people that know him really understand that line) has gone to fill my car up, wash it and pick up pizza and some Blue Bell ice cream. The best part of ALL is we are down to the last week of TREES and my body feels it. I reread that paragraph and all seems right with the world. Today it is! After spending more time in others homes than my own during the past six weeks, I know that is not the case everywhere. So I do not take TODAY for granted. We are blessed.
I have not been able to post daily and I had really hoped to. But this is a glimpse into the life of a tree decorator.
This is the short version of my week. I will have to look back at my calendar to even do it . Most days I have no clue what day of the week it is.
Monday we started the week at a beautiful home that is straight out of Southern Living magazine. I have done this tree for more years than I can remember. The tree is one that you see from multiple rooms and is perfect for the house....the entire tree
is filled with iced fruit

Then we moved across town to do an old friend's home. He is a bachelor and loves his beautiful tree.....He cannot understand how we get so many ornaments on ONE tree
So many trees look alike in the pictures and yet they are ALL so year I am going to LEARN how to make those BIG and BEAUTIFUL pictures.
Tuesday was a day spent at one of the most fun gals on the schedule. I showed you her pictures (the wine on the gold tray home) in the previous post. She uses all REAL garland....and has gorgeous banisters that we finish out with wonderful ribbon.
Wednesday we arrived at our first job to the smells of the BEST POUND CAKE ever, just out of the oven and baked just FOR US! This is a home that just says WELCOME when you walk in...and the trees are always beautiful. BUT I do not have pictures...she is emailing them to only excuse is it was a rainy and cold day and we needed to get to the next job.
We headed next to her real estate office. I will show them in the next post...This is the office tree...a little bit of a hodge podge, using some left over ornaments. The funny part of this is we have gotten so many compliments on after a LONG day we headed home and had another day down.
Thursday we did a wonderful home for wonderful people. This family built the ultimate retirement home...we ride the elevator to the third floor and step out into the Christmas room. We did a little less at this house than our normal decorating as they are spending the holidays out of town. But one of the greatest perks of my job is meeting and getting to know wonderful families and this is one of them.

Friday we did a new house....A beautiful home, a newlywed couple, a new tree and what fun we had making their entry hall and mantle gorgeous. The tree was an awesome tree to work with but those pictures are going to have to be on my next they are on my other camera.....but it was a FUN house..
Yesterday found us tired to say the least but we took on one of the biggest jobs of the week. A white flocked tree that is at the top of this post, a stunningly beautiful tree and that's not bragging..I had good stuff to work with. It took us hours and hours and more hours. The mantle was one of our favorite!
If you are still with me after all that you are worn out. So am I! I will be sure and post pictures of the other houses from the past week soon. Also my Disney tree is coming up this week along with more homes that we will head to first thing tomorrow. If you find any grammar errors, typing errors, etc. in this post, just know that I am on overload mentally and physically..
But we are within a few days of saying that one more year we have DECKED SOME HALLS, made some families very happy and are still smiling. For me, I am ready to get back to being GRAMMY and celebrating with my family the ultimate BABY THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING! In the hustle and bustle of THIS WEEK, remember the reason for the season.


WDWTravels said...

Everything looks great!!! I can't wait to see that Disney tree! When you get a moment to breath again - get with me about a Disney cruise for your relaxing after the holidays!
ºoº Angie

Andrea said...

I am exhausted from thinking of all the work you put into each tree. GOD BLESS YOU!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

They are all beautiful, Teresa! I don't know how you do it! I have one interior decorating client I'm trying to finish up with before the holidays and I'm tired before I start the week.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I am going to comment on my own blog...after Kathy's comment I want to make sure no one thinks I do this by myself.
I have lots of good help, a great support system in place at home, amazing ELVES and to answer her question I JUST DO IT! Some days I do it better than philosophy has always been that you can do anything for a stretch of time, if you know that the hours are not forever.

Elaine said...

I was trying to choose a favorite, but I just can't!!!! We put up our tree this week and my husband kept saying that we had enough ornaments and shouldn't put anymore on. I told him that you could never have enough! And, we put on almost all of our ornaments with the wire instead of hooks- it works wonders!

Morgan said...

Your work is absolutely beautiful!! Even if you had help, it still wouldn't be as pretty without your touches! Wonderful job!!

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi Teresa,
Wow! You have been a very busy girl! Your work is fabulous and you must feel a wonderful sense of accomplishment when you have finished. Thanks for sharing and have a beautiful week.


Alleluiabelle said...

Hi Teresa,

I'm amazed at your gifting in decorating. You blow me away with your talent and the talents of your helpers too. The trees are gorgeous as well as the mantles and stair rails...BEAUTIFULLY FESTIVE!!

My little half tree pales in comparison to your fully decorated trees.

God bless you throughout the rest of the Christmas season. May He continue to use you in ways that you can't even imagine. He already has!

Love you,

Jane In The Jungle said...

So glad you're near the finish line!!

Kat said...

Wow, your work is amazing and boy would I love to have your energy and endurance. I'm exhausting just doing my own decorating and shopping and wrapping. You go girl! So glad the end is almost in sight for you. Hoping you can kick your feet up and relax soon.


"Lolli" said...

unbelievably gorgeous!! Please tell me how you do the poofy tops and how you drape the ribbon and make it stay that way on the tree. Also, what is meant by using wire instead of hooks? you arr wonderful!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Hey everyone, it's Shinny Upatree, Teresa's elf sidekick. This past week was jam packed with lots of work but our last house yesterday was WOW!

Teresa went out to the house first to see if I needed to buy any supplies to bring with me. She asked me to go to Red Door Interiors to get the much loved gauzy ribbon for the tree. I have been avoiding this place because it's everything Christmas I love and I can't have it. So when I went into the store I put my blinders on and went straight to the gauzy ribbon. I started pulling the rolls one by one and stacking them high, all the while a very distinguished looking woman was trying to figure out why I needed so much of this stuff. She finally said to me, "You look like you know what to do with this ribbon, so tell me what you use it for." I explained I was a tree decorator headed to a job and gave her a few hints about the gauzy ribbon. I also told her to read about Teresa in our SB Magazine who did a great article last week with photos of some fabulous trees.

I was glad to get out of the store without buying anything for me, but know a trip to the Red Door is definitely in my future. Teresa, don't send me in there ever again. I may not come out!

aLena said...

WOW these are such GORGEOUS Christmas Trees!

You did such a great job! I'm glad I found your blog!

The Real Me! said...

OH they are breathtaking my friend. Your hard work is certainly paying off!!
Oh and the tree skirt I won from you looks fabulous under our tree!!
Thank you and big hugs.

3 Blessings said...

Great job! I can't wait to see the Disney tree too.

Shelia said...

Oh your tree decorating ti so beautiful. Oh, I know the folks that these trees belong to are singing your praises!
I'm so glad you can get a little rest!
Thanks for popping in to see me,
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Valerie said...

Wow Teresa! I an't even imagine doing all that. It is just all so beautiful!!! I don't even have ANY decorations up yet!

Mammy said...

WOW. So beautiful. But you know my favorite thing on the post? That bannister. Love that ribbon. I sure have enjoyed watching you work!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

Thanks for inviting me over! I can see why you wanted to show these beauties off! Oh my goodness, I'm with your friend on this DO you get so many ornaments to stay on one tree? You must be tired! Go enjoy some cocoa now by your own tree :).


Melissa Lester said...

You have been busy, but you have left a lot of Christmas beauty in your path! Just lovely!

Together We Save said...

Wow - you have beautiful decorations!!

Brittany said...

Thank you for stopping by and complementing my trees! That means a lot coming from a pro! I would love to know how you got started, how you find clients, what you charge, what your duties entail (shopping or just using their stuff) etc.! It would be a dream job for me to do that! People tell me I should, but I don't even know where to begin!

You are truly talented! I bet you are EXHAUSTED! I hurt all over for days after putting all 6 of mine up and decorated in 1 day!

Andrea said...

You have another award on arise 2 write. andre

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Wow! These are gorgeous!! Girl you are like a work machine. Your talent is incredible. Thanks for sharing these incredible pictures. I loved having you stop by, pop in any 'ole time..hugs ~lynne~

Φιλιώ said...

Beautiful trees!!!Take a look at my tree...

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Wow! Your Christmas decorations are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing these with us!

petrii said...

These trees and decorations are absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!

Have a Lovely day,

PEA said...

I can't even imagine how tired you are after every day of decorating homes like that!! No doubt your customers absolutely love how you do their trees and other decor, it all looks so very beautiful. It really does take my breath away at how gorgeous all the trees are!!! Have you ever done any celebrity homes? Thank you so much for sharing all these wonderful pictures with us. It's no wonder I love Christmas so much:-) xoxo

Christy said...

amazing work! you are very talented! My parents always have an elaborate tree like the ones you decorate and I find it to be so comforting. I, on the other hand, am not putting one up this year. But...if I need a fix...i know to pop onto your blog and see the beautiful displays!
Merry Christmas
--popping by from sits

Grandma Cyndi said...

Wow an amazing job, you deserve to rest all day!

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