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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

An alternative Christmas tree


What I liked most about the Christmas trees of my youth was the smell.
Of the forest, of secrets, of adventures...
These trees to me were mysterious friends that agreed to come inside and give us pleasure.

In Africa I had to let go of this beautiful custom.
Trees here grow very, very slowly, and there are few and far between.
Cutting them down as Christmas trees would be a crime.

So we have to come up with different alternatives. Some people use artificial trees, some use wire trees or the
stems of the aloe flowers, and most do not use any tree at all.

This year I tried something new.

My family is not very enthusiastic yet, but hopefully our 'tree' will grow on them.

At least there is lots of space for presents underneath :-):









 

 



A wonderful day to you!



Lots of love,





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39 comments:

  1. You know I love an old wooden ladder so this tree is perfect to me! When they see the presents under it, they just may warm up to funkiness of your tree.

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  2. Creative and unique..a perfect 'primitive' or folk art style! :)

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  3. I've been seeing a lot of ladder trees lately - I just LOVE them!
    Great job!

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  4. Oh - and I'm doing a post on them next week - can I include yours?
    Of course I'll source you xxx

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  5. :-) I like it! Christmas definitely is different over here, but I like the creativity that comes with it. Look at all the different ideas for creating a nice, warm, festive holiday spirit, your tree is a great example ;-)
    Lots of love,

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  6. How very clever. I love it! This year my artificial tree, ordered online, has not arrived. Probably just as well, because I will get a real one as I always have. However, I would love to do something as creative as yours. It's such fun.

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  7. Christmas trees here are raised as a crop, and continually replanted, so I don't feel bad to see one cut down, or to see a farmer making a little extra cash turning part of his land into a tree farm. That said, I do love your idea of the ladder tree! (and the room it is in!) Lovely. :-)

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  8. That is the best "tree" I've seen this year. Perfectly executed without too many decorations.

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  9. I'm so glad to be catching up on blog favorites! And know when I stop by, I will find an amazing project you have created. Love how you thought outside of the box on this one. I love the minimal approach you took with a bit of industrial chic and whimsy! Happy Holidays:)

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  10. I love this! It's so fun to see alternatives and creative solutions!

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  11. I see you've *stepped* it up this year.

    I love it. I think it's original and interesting!

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  12. Unique, indeed. I love it.
    Have a great Christmas!
    kisses.

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  13. I think your tree is fabulous! I'm sure your family will get used to it. It would be awesome here where cutting trees is not a crime... :)

    Merry Christmas
    hugs x
    Crystelle

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  14. As I struggled to put up the two large artificial trees this year, I began to love the ladder trees. They are like deconstructed Christmas tree art. I am pinning yours for inspiration for next year. It is definitely a brave statement!

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  15. I happen to like your tree! Hi! I'm your newest follower and was kinda maybe sorta hopin' that you'd hop on by my blog and follow me back!!

    xoxo-
    Sarah
    www.enjoyingtheepiphany.com

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  16. Perhaps the family will get used to it, it looks so great I just have to pin this again :)
    PS: I always love your pics with the house. There is such a peaceful sensation about it. And that light...

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  17. Why not? If you can't use a tree, you might as well be inventive. I love old ladders. And you can always put gifts on the rungs.

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  18. What a great idea...and very green minded too!

    I would love to have you join the blog hop I'm co-hosting, Wildcrafting Wednesday! We love to have posts about green ideas.

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  19. This is so cute. Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above
    Joye and Myrna @ The Busy Bee's
    Linda @ With A Blast
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

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  20. I love it! Great idea! I never thought about how different things would be where pine trees weren't as common and easy to grow as here in Pennsylvania. Thank you for sharing on Eco Kids.

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  21. That's a pretty clever idea! Eco-friendly, budget-friendly, and it even looks mod chic!

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  22. You are so creative! I like the unique look!

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  23. Hi Jutta- I love this idea and delight in your wonderfully creative ideas! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Seasonal Celebration! Be sure to pop by and this Wednesday to see if you have been featured. Rebecca x

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  24. I pinned your ladder tree!! Happy Holidays. So glad you shared your creativity :) Stop by http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/search/label/Let%20it%20Snow

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  25. Wow! It looks so artsy and funky! Thanks for linking up with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday!

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  26. Who needs a tree?! Thank you for linking it up at the linky party at http://www.finecraftguild.com See our article on this topic for next year's ideas. I reckon some of these are right up your alley.

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  27. Hi Jutta,
    Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop. This weeks party is live. I hope to see you there.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/12/6-crafts-and-recipes-and-wednesdays.html
    Debi @ Adorned From Above
    Joye and Myrna @ The Busy Bee's
    Linda @ With A Blast

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  28. Hello! I've been seeing a lot of ladder Christmas trees this year and I think they are a great idea! Good for you for being creative enough to continue a tradition with your family by tweaking a custom to fit your circumstances instead of giving it up! Merry Christmas and thanks for linking up to Wildcrafting Wednesday #67! I hope you'll join us again this week!

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  29. that is really by far the most creative x mas tree! i will post a blog with alternative trees and i ll include yours as well.ofcourse i ll source you. thanx for sharing! xxx

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    1. How lovely! Thanks so much for that, looking forward to reading it :-)
      Hugs
      Jutta

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  30. Hi Juta...how fun is this? who said it has to be an actual tree...I think it's fantastic !xo

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  31. Jutta, this is so awesome! I love it and the look of your living room as well!

    Alles Liebe

    Iris

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  32. I love the idea!
    We were busy the week before this last week and I was on the couch with the flu this week. My husband was teaching classes, no time to go and get a christmas tree...
    So I could get the wooden ladder from my neighbor, but... My Mom is coming over for Christmas and I am sure she would not like it :°(

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  33. Jutta,
    Oh my goodness I LOVE it! I just might try this next year! Thanks for sharing :)
    Have a wonderful Holiday Season :)
    Michelle

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  34. Merry Christmas and Thank you for sharing at the hop xo

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  35. Thank you for stopping in and sharing your crafty creation with our readers at Bowdabra's Crafty Showcase. We love seeing your projects each week. Stop in and see which blogs are featured on Friday and to link up more of your goodies on Sat-Thur.

    Happy New Year,
    Susie @Bowdabra

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