something about that garland looks awfully familiar..............


I wonder who thought up the money tree thing? I mean, seriously, what a grand idea. Money trees are kind of in the same brilliant vein as gift registries I suppose. So useful, so thoughtful, and wow, such an easy gift! I was asked to create a money tree for my parents' recent retirement dinner. But, the more I thought about it, the more I envisioned something different. I wanted something more note-friendly, something without white lights, clothespins, and moss that makes me sneeze............

well, as you can see, I did end up with clothespins, but managed to avoid white lights and sneeze-inducing moss. I decided that I didn't want to make my sister, her sweet friend Lily, and myself stay up for hours cutting out tiny envelopes.........
so I opted for the clothespins. And in the end, I think it worked. {Albeit, the reason that I wanted to go without clothespins in the first place was to avoid the public display of money, money, money. I wanted people to feel free to just leave a kind note, if that is what they could do.} I covered a 3' by 2' piece of wood with batting and then proceeded to cover the batting with linen. I pleated the linen every few inches to give it some character...........

I added a garland of petite doilies on grey bias tape and stranded it at differing levels across the board. I added a clothespin to the center of each doily and set out small mustard colored cards for those who wished to write my parents well-wishes. I especially thought my nephew Jake's message was sweet. It read, "Dear PopPop and Granna, I hope you have a very fun and safe trip across the country. Love, Jake" Honestly, he's adorable.

I glanced over, a few minutes into the banquet, and was glad to see that people were catching on to the new edition of the money tree. I reglanced a few minutes later and found myself amused by several, rather large, cards that people had managed to clip onto the board. My poor bias tape was sagging under the weight, so I quickly unclipped the cards and placed them in the card basket. Apparently I failed to make the bow big enough on the card basket to grab their attention;-) All in all, the board served it's purpose. And, the doily garland is very happily employed on my chalkboard. My chalkboard that I love, that I simply adore with a capital a! My chalkboard that I hope doesn't ever come crashing down off of my wall in the middle of the night, {we do have it hung with two large bolts and two monkey hooks} because you probably would hear me scream from here. Just sayin'.................

3 comments:

  1. Just amazingly wonderful! Your ability to allow your creativity to flow (& finish a job) while balancing being a new mom, at a new location and in a new church is truly a gift! The "tree" is just gorgeous!!! Great job! Love that the colors match your blog! :) Looks like your parents racked up a nice little sum! Congrats to them, also. What an honor of faithfulness!

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  2. Oooh. I just love it! What a great idea and it looks so professionally done!

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  3. thank you pals for your very, very sweet words! Erin, yes, the people were very generous to my parents--and have been for so many, many years!

    Katie--is your hubby done with school now? Is that what I heard? You must be so excited! I'm also pumped for you about the move to Boston..... I want to visit you!

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