I got started almost 18 years ago… did a friends house, that turned into 5 houses, that turned into 20 houses that is now 70-80 trees….
I am writing a “hot to get started book” that will be out sometime in 2012
We use clients ornaments and then add to them each year ….make notes and plans for the next year….but all the decorations become theirs. Some clients I have bought everything for. Every house is different.
I buy lots of stuff locally, also at market in Dallas….shop after Christmas sales….over twenty years, have lots of sources.
Do I prefer real or artificial? ARTIFICIAL 100 per cent.
Real trees which we did 2 of this year are 10 times harder.
No rhythm or reason how we put the stuff on… We add ornaments, sticks, picks, ribbons all at the same time…
Some days we start at the bottom, some days the top and some day the middle. Normally two of us start on the tree. One Elf starts on the mantle or mantles, another elf on the staircases, then another elf will be putting out all the Christmas Décor. If there are multiple trees we try and get them all going at once.
No such thing as too much on a tree…The more textures, shapes, ribbons, ornaments you have the better the look
We start working on the schedule in July and August.
We do the take down on about 20 houses…Especially the really large jobs…We are the best packers…
Hope that answered some questions…. Have a great week.
Another house, another friend, a few more pictures. We actually did this house while my client and friend was in the hospital. She is still thereand you will not waste a prayer on her. I hope she will be blessed when she gets to come home and her halls are decked. The hospital was close to her house and another elf and I were able to stop by and pray with her after we finished her tree. She is one of those people that just make you feel special. She makes you laugh. You always leave her presence feeling better than when you arrived. I am believing for a MIRACLE for her.
If you missed this, or this or this you missed a beautiful and unique house.
I am pretty much on the couch with my ankle up. Not my idea of fun. In the last few days we have been blessed with homemade potato soup, chocolate pie, fabulous lasagna, shrimp, spaghetti and meat balls and to die for chicken salad.
My elves took care of the houses we had on Thursday and Friday. My first tree days to ever MISS. We only have two houses left and I think I will be able to work some...you will not be finding me climbing any ladders.
I go to the doctor tomorrow and am hoping he will agree with me that its not as bad as we first thought.
It has for sure been a week.
Late yesterday, my elf, Terri messaged me that she was headed to the ER to check on her 2 year old granddaughter.. Lillianna had swallowed a glass Christmas ornament.
After a few anxious hours, they decided to keep her overnight for observation. She is home today and fine.
So I have not left the house since Wed night and its been a challenge. There was plenty I needed to do here, but I could not be on my feet.
AND for the record I am the worlds worst at crutches.
NOW TO A GIVEAWAY.
This will be my BIG Christmas GIVE!! I want YOU to win it. It will be a $100 Box of Christmas goodies. I want to ship it out next Monday where you can enjoy it during the holidays. Parker will draw on Sunday.
All you have to do is leave a comment on this post or on a post on Grammy Girlfriend...
That's it! Who has time to do anything else. Many of you have had questions...
This is a post you can leave your questions about tree decorating and I will answer them in the next post.
Now for a LAUGH
AMANDA found JACK like this today. HIS reason: He wanted to be Rudolph
This post is full of more great pictures of the Hinton House...A collection of many trees and full of character. Be sure you read this post and this post to see the first pictures. This is a grand home. Also you can read about the reason I am now out of commission because of an injury.
The first pictures are from their Safari Room, full of animals from all their many travels.. Enjoy
I am a wife to Jack, Mom to Greg and Amanda, Mother-in-law to Micah and Dana. Grammy to Parker, Jack, Austin and Grayson, which just happens to be the best job I have EVER had.
I have owned Baskets and Bows for the past 17 years, which primarily is a gift basket business year around and a Holiday Decorating service for 3 months out of the year.
I live in Louisiana. I am an admitted Christmas and Disney addict! Your interest in my "tree decorating" business, on my family blog, Teresa's Treasures, is the reason for this special blog. I plan to give you tips, pictures, and stories that will help you make your holiday decorating a bit easier and most of all MAGICAL. That's my goal for all my clients and I hope I can pass that on to you.
Feel free to email me any questions you may have. I will try my best to answer or help you solve decorating problems.
You may find the blog title strange if you have not been a reader of my family blog. Check out the link to MY FAMILY and I think you will understand. Ten years ago, just as the baby born in Bethlehem on Christmas Day changed my life, a Baby Boy named Parker radically changed our lives. Both of those babies are the best things that EVER happened to me. When Faith Hill sang this song last year, it just became my favorite. If music on the blog bothers you or you are not a Faith Hill fan, feel free to mute it on the player.