I snapped this shot yesterday evening. This won't win any photographic rewards and what's my decorating prowess isn't up to much either. But then again I don't think Christmas trees should be designer statement pieces.
Our tree is artificial. I purchased it from Asda five years ago. It was the year of my separation and the first Christmas I was spending as a singleton. Over the years of my marriage we'd amassed a collection of tree decorations that I left behind in my former home. I was surprised that I was a bit sad about that but I dusted myself off and started all over again.
Blue lights and tinsel wouldn't have been my first choice but they're what Louis wanted. Remember it's substance rather than style that I was aiming for. I bought a pack of wooden hanging figures, the plastic candy canes and some chocolate decorations and started my own eclectic collection of tree decorations which I dig out from the loft space each year.
And over the last few years the collection has grown. I pick up one or two extra things from craft stalls, supermarkets and charity shops. Cheap, cheerful and charming is my mantra. Then there are things that I've been given. The fused glass mistletoe from Sugar Plumb is back there. I bought her a felted owl at Saltram last week for her own tree. There's a fair few things Louis has made over the years too, weird pipe cleaner sculptures and a snowman made from a lolly stick. If you look closely you might spot him at the bottom of the picture. Yes, there's definitely no designer here but a whole lot of memories.