Shannon Berrey

Simple tree

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Our sweet kitten spends a lot of time outside {she came to us as a stray} and she loves nothing more than to antagonize the dogs, begging them to chase her so she that she can leap to safety up the nearest tree. Even when the dogs have had enough and have gone inside, she will invent imaginary predators, flip through the grass, and jump into the trees like it's her job. Tree climbing is the best. game. ever.  



So it was with great anticipation that we brought our Christmas tree inside. She sat in a corner, intently watching as we erected what she assumed to be her own jungle gym. I can only imagine her thought process 'Holy, Moly these humans LOVE me! They REALLY LOVE me!!'. 
hmmmm. ...
I love her. I don't trust her. And my tree fell over multiple times last year breaking many beloved ornaments. So, I was fine with the idea of having a tree decorated only with lights this year. 

 

  I was asked to be part of a Bloggers Christmas Home Tour and as I was going through my Christmas decor, I came across a box of wood slice ornaments and plastic balls that I made several years ago to decorate an outside tree for my old store. I simply used a sharpie, pipe cleaners and a little tinsel.




 Well....this would actually be a great way to safely add a little decor to the tree. And what kind of blogger would I be with an undecorated Christmas tree??
She couldn't do damage to wood or plastic that had already weathered a month outside in the rain and snow.




As I was hanging the ornaments, I glanced through some branches and spotted her on the top of the sofa, keenly watching my every move. 




So far {knocking on wood-en ornaments}, there have been no tragedies. A few little cat punches at the dangley balls, but that tree is still standing and is officially {minimally} decorated!   




If you want to see the rest of my house, make sure you stop by for the tour on Friday. You can check out all the other fantastic tours that have already happened this week by visiting our host, Lindsay, at The White Buffalo Styling Company for all the links. These ladies have some beautiful holiday homes!






{And just a disclaimer -- it's a simple, rustic Christmas at my casa this year. Just like my tree}  







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