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MaryJane Posted - Sep 27 2007 : 05:44:54 AM
Alee had a great idea this morning for our next contest since our Pinkeeper contest was such a huge success. Let's do it now with our Christmas trees!!! (Rose from the Mountain Farmgirl Chapter in Idaho City gifted us an entire box of handpainted hand-shaped clay ornaments that she had made. I can't imagine the hours that went into them.) Alee: "Ideas for decorating could be yo-yo garlands, the traditional popcorn and cranberry garlands, homemade ornaments, and sewn things. It would be really cute to see someone make a garland of mini aprons or something!"

We'll get the necessary legal rules posted within the next two weeks and tell you how. can be on call if any of you have trouble posting photos.

When we are in GA and KY we get to stay one night with the extraordinary Miss Wilma. Miss Wilma does a lot of sewing for us and was featured in one of our magazines and also my Stitching Room book. For several years, she's been making the Christmas stockings we sell in our online store and at our Farm Fair. This year, she's been hard at work on a variety of Project F.A.R.M. (First-class American Rural Made) tree ornaments. Those will be posted in our store sometime in October. I think you'll love them.

Look for my new book, "MaryJane's Stitching Room," in bookstores now. Coming next in 2008: "MaryJane's Outpost Guidebook - for Cultivating Your Inner Wild."
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AuntJamelle Posted - Oct 28 2015 : 09:39:31 AM
I'm a little nervous about our main tree this year. We bought it last year - or year before? - and haven't taken it out of the box yet as we weren't back in house yet to use it. It is a 12 footer and I'm worried about having enough lights - although it is supposed to be prelit I ALWAYS add lights. :)

I should have enough ornaments - I have a bit of an ornament problem if you know what I mean?

I know getting that tree up and decorated is going to be a JOB! But I can't wait!
Lowrider Posted - Oct 07 2015 : 1:03:19 PM
This sounds like a blast! When we walked in my new house my realtor (friend also) said OMG Karen I can just imagine your Christmas tree right here! I can't wait to celebrate this year in my new home with family and friends. The bow window in my sunken living room measures 12'6", I think I have room for a good sized tree in this area.

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ladypony76 Posted - Sep 23 2015 : 2:50:44 PM
Bonnie thank you so much I just love the fall of the year! Christmas is my favorite!! We are just starting to get our foliage so it was slim picking. Oh and our brother in law's family is in Minnesota, not sure of the town but I will ask!

Bonnie Ellis Posted - Sep 23 2015 : 2:14:23 PM
Wow! That's beautiful. I guess I had better get some fall stuff up. Nice job Angela.

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ladypony76 Posted - Sep 23 2015 : 1:12:48 PM
That was a photo of my fall tree...hope ya'll like it!!
ladypony76 Posted - Sep 23 2015 : 1:10:32 PM
ladypony76 Posted - Sep 23 2015 : 12:22:17 PM
Winnie can you explain how to do photos on here ..I am not sure how
I read how but now I cannot find where I read it.
Red Tractor Girl Posted - Sep 23 2015 : 10:20:21 AM
Angela, I have a small artificial tree in my living room that I decorate all year long for the seasons. Many years ago, I read about the idea in a Gooseberry Patch autumn book and started enjoying the result right away. Right now, My little tree has apples all over it and now that Fall has arrived, it will be time to decorate it through Thanksgiving. I hope you enjoy doing the same thing in your home. Post us a photo of it if you can all decked out for Fall with your ideas.

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ladypony76 Posted - Sep 23 2015 : 07:12:37 AM
I actually love Christmas trees. So here is what I was thinking since I love my tree so much.. I just leave it up all year and decorate
according to the season..for instance since it is fall I will be putting orange and gold and red leaves,maybe some acorn ornaments fall flowers well you get the Christmas is next. You can decorate it for Easter if you wish. I don't know if anyone else out there does this but it is an idea oh and it makes a great night light.

chickensforme Posted - Dec 08 2013 : 5:05:07 PM
Dear Maryjane, I did not know how to get a e-mail to you. Your newest magazine with you kissing the snowman is adorable. I also decorate a snowlady with an apron and a hat and I would love one of those brooms that you have on your snowman. Do you remember where you got it?

Thank you,
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missusprim Posted - Dec 15 2011 : 4:33:45 PM
Oh golly! Wish we could do it this year or the next?

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mickib Posted - Nov 30 2011 : 11:54:36 AM
Peg, the cupcake is so cute!
ClaireSky Posted - Nov 04 2011 : 05:38:49 AM
My tree is basically the same each year too with the exception of more ornaments added. All my ornaments on my tree are handmade. I have ornaments that I have made when I was little. And or course, my children's ornaments from when they were little. They are now 24 and 31. I have some on my tree that my mother and grandmother have made also. I usually try to make some each year, go to craft fairs, garage sales, or receive them from you gals in a swap. I usually try to get two of the same because I would like to someday pass them down to my children.

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smiley Posted - Nov 04 2011 : 05:14:43 AM
This is such a great "timeless"thread! What is everyone doing for this year? My kids are still at home and the tree gets the same ornaments each year. They get expensive but I buy mine at yard sales and auctions for next to nothing. Then there are the ones with school pics glued to them they hate and I love. Memory ornaments that make you feel warm and good inside.
Peg Graham Posted - Dec 05 2010 : 08:23:17 AM
and here's our tree....

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Peg Graham Posted - Dec 05 2010 : 08:14:21 AM
I made 6 of the cupcakes, 12 kintted mini hats and a few set of Santa and Mrs. Claus. I have many more ornaments I've made, but have to take photos first.

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Alee Posted - Oct 10 2009 : 4:31:31 PM
I don't know if they will be hosting another one or not.

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FieldsofThyme Posted - Oct 10 2009 : 09:11:37 AM
I am new to this board, but I am already loving it! I make homemade Christmas ornaments every summer. I give a box of them to all of my siblings, Mom and Aunt. I even put a few in my kids hope chests.

I would love to do this! So would the kids. If this was for 2008 will there be one for 2009?

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Alee Posted - Sep 06 2009 : 12:23:40 PM
Sherrie- The contest was held a few years back. I am sure all the ladies on the forum would love to see your tree, but just wanted to make sure you knew the contest has been completed?

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knitnpickinatune Posted - Sep 06 2009 : 12:21:47 PM
How timely is this? I've been looking at knitting & sewing patterns I have to make a homespun Yuletide! I better get to work.....

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Bonnie Ellis Posted - Aug 17 2009 : 7:44:16 PM
I've always had a "homespun" tree because I like the old traditions. My mom lived on the prairie in S. Dakota when she was growing up and always had a Tumbleweed tree hung from the ceiling and wrapped with white rags because there were no trees around for miles.

Bonnie Ellis

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mooselovingmamabear Posted - Nov 18 2008 : 4:37:13 PM
What great fun....

I put up a Christmas tree in my kitchen/dining room this past weekend...just started decorating it w/ cookie cutters, wooden spoons, anything kitchen related.
Will put up another kind/one in the living room later on..

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Alee Posted - Oct 25 2008 : 8:11:03 PM
Jessica- I am not sure! It'll be fun to see the holiday issue and see!

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kydeere40744 Posted - Oct 25 2008 : 7:55:47 PM
Alee - do you know if the photos from last year will be in the magazine this year? I didn't hear anything new after submitting photos last year.

I have been pondering of what kind of tree to do this year as we do a theme tree each year. At our office, we are doing an "office supply" tree with goofy stuff.

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Alee Posted - Oct 23 2008 : 6:11:25 PM
This topic is from last year.

This year the farm will not be hosting a Christmas Tree Contest. The farm is very busy putting out our favorite magazine every two months and a few other things that are keeping their lights burning late into the night.

However it would be fun if we all took pictures of our trees and posted them here!

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