Friday, December 4, 2015


Hubby loves to have a tree in our bedroom (me too) so I call this tree "Poppa's tree." A few years ago I purchased a new Poppa's tree after Christmas - it was just the right size and was wired with lights and was a little sparkly - he likes sparkly.  I decided last year that for 2015 I was going to do a MacKenzie-Childs inspired tree.  I will put the link to their website in resource.  I used some real but much more "inspired" items for this tree.  As much as I love their products they are a little pricey.
 The tree...
I ordered some Christmas gifts from MC and my receipt was in this envelope (showing with sides cut and laid flat) in their signature Courtly Check.

I cut off the desired size, cut out half-moons to go around the tree stump, glued the base and the back of the paper and voila - the base is covered in the Courtly Check.  I used a sharpie to put the lines on the ribbon I will be using on the picks, etc.

I found these picks after Christmas for a dollar a box of three (they were originally $10) and used two different techniques with my version of the Courtly Check. I used the Sharpie on the ribbon and on one I just tied the ribbon around the poinsettia and on the other I cut out sections and glued around the poinsettia - used these techniques until all six were completed.
 Added the picks to the tree...
I found these Mackenzie-Childs inspired ornaments on Ebay and bought six of them - added them to the tree...

A couple of Courtly wheelbarrows and a sled - found from an Etsy seller, added to the tree...
I added two miniature holly top hats - they are small so I used a little black & white gingham ribbon around the hat - the other ribbon was too big.
The last item I added before putting on the big top hat, was a few bows (simple bows made from real Mackenzie-Childs ribbon) placed randomly around the tree. I crimp the ribbon and use a pipe cleaner to hold the bow. I prefer the pipe cleaner to wire as the pipe cleaner is oh so much easier on  your hands.

Ta-DA - added the beautiful holly top hat (I had added a little tie of the faux Courtly Check ribbon on the holly decoration) and the new tree is done - now time to carefully move to our bedroom.

Here is the tree on our dresser.  I made a couple of simple arrangements in little wicker hats. Took the MC Tuxedo ribbon and wrapped around the hats, put some florist foam inside and used picks of poinsettias and berries to create the arrangements.

Up close view of the little hats.


Mackenzie-Childs Tuxedo Ribbon, Link
Top Hat 7" (used for tree topper), RAZ Imports - Holly Top Hat 7"
Top Hat, 3 1/2", Nell Hills
Black & white 1 1/2" checked ribbon, LUV RIBBONS Fabric Ribbon by Creative Ideas, 1-1/2-Inch, Black Checkered, White
Large picks, Big Lots
Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive, Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive, 4 fl oz (021)
Lighted tree, Tuesday Morning

Narrow gingham for small hats, Michael's
Small wicker hats for poinsettia's, Hobby Lobby, Grocery Outlet
Poinsettia and berry picks, Hobby Lobby 

Thank you for stopping by.




  1. Thank you so much for your sweet comment. This was an easy one - just took time to find all the right materials. Best part hubby loves the tree & turns on the lights (I bought a plug with a remote for him, great way to spend $20 bucks) as soon as he get up in the morning - be still my❤️ Thank you for stopping by!