I call this little tree my Irish Christmas tree. It was originally copied from the front cover of one of Martha Stewart's December Living issues - I think! Her tree was all gold, as was mine when it started out. The first Christmas after my mom died I decided to add green to the ornament collection on this tree, in memory of her. She grew up in Ireland and trained as a midwife in Belfast before immigrating to the United States in the early 1950's.
Many of the ornaments first came from a little shop here in northwest New Jersey, called Harley's Garden or Rocking Horse Antiques - it went by both names and was owned and run by two wonderful guys, Harley and Joe. They had the most wonderful Christmas open house parties at their store every December, it was truly a magical little store that held something beautiful in every nook and cranny. Sadly, Joe and Harley decided they would close the shop, but they are still around and I see them at antique shows once in a while. They are delightful; however, I truly miss seeing them and visiting their store. This little tree reminds me of them as well as of my mom!!
The sprays of white pearls was also an idea that I saw on one of the many decorated trees in Harley and Joe's Christmas Barn. They have long wire stems and can just be placed inside the branches of the tree - they rest on the branches and soften the whole look.
Every ornament reflects light either by small pieces of mirrored glass or the overall finish on the outside of the ornament. At night is when this tree looks most magical!
This red bow compliments the green and gold in the tree, but also hides the extension cord plug that sits on the table behind the pottery piece that holds the little tree.
We love this tree so much that we've decided to get another one to decorate in our family room. That will make four decorated trees at Frog Hollow Farm this Christmas! They just make every room look so special!
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