I am a Victorian Soul, live in a small townhouse that was built in the mid 1970's, not a huge Mega Mansion, with my Hubby Joe, who is a Retired Letter Carrier. I worked night shift as an RN on a Hospital based Rehabilitation( Physical Medicine) Unit for 37 years before I had Knee Replacement Surgery and officially Retired in 2019 after 41 years working in Direct Patient Care ... I am LOVING Retirement!!!!


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George Eliot was actually a pen name for a woman named Mary Anne Evans......


Monday, August 7, 2017

My Summer "Under the Sea" Tree


In previous post, I have shared all the ornaments that I made to decorate this Tree........
 Most of these ornaments were made from sea shells that my neighbor, Elly, had collected when she lived in Miami for the Winters......
She now resides in a Nursing Home close to her son who lives near Phila. because she has Alzheimer's........

Her sons were going to throw out all those shells that she cleaned, bleached and painstakingly organized according to size!!

So I took them!!!

 You may remember the 6 foot white Tree that I have had in the corner in the Living Room since Easter...

Here it is decorated for Easter.........
Then I decorated it for the Summer Patriotic Holidays of Memorial Day and the 4th of July.......
Other years, I left this Tree decorated like this until Labor Day but for several years now, I wanted to do something else with this Tree for the rest of the Summer after the 4th of July.......

When I took all those shells, I thought of a Beach Tree or something along those lines.....

The reason why I am calling this my "Under the Sea" Tree is because it is decorated with items from under the sea like sea shells, sand dollars, sea horses, star fish and anchors..........
I chose the colors of aqua with a bit of peach because they are the colors of my Living Room........
I am really proud of this decorated Tree because this is the first Tree that I have done that is solely decorated with ornaments that I have made!!!
So let's start at the beginning with the stripped down Tree.......
I also want to mention that I bought this Tree at Walmart one year after Christmas on Clearance for $10!!!!

I made a garland out of aqua deco mesh that I already had.......
 I bunched up the deco mesh about every 10 inches and tied it off using twine bought at Dollar Tree......
 I wrapped the deco mesh garland around the Tree.......
I love how it glistens with the lights on!!

I like to top off my Trees with a Bow because they are easy to make and you can make them to match whatever ribbon you that maybe you have on the Tree.......
I used aqua and white deco mesh ribbon for the bow........
And for a few streamers..........

I found these branches at Dollar Tree as part of their Fall Florals but that reminded me of something that you would see by the Sea........
I then added netting that I bought in Michael's a few years ago when I made a few Beach wreaths to sell at a Craft Fair......
I wrapped it around the Tree.......
Next, I found the rope that Joe usually uses to tie up my other large Trees when we move them down to our storage shed after they are bagged up after the Winter.....
It reminded me of rope that is used on boats so I added that to the Tree......
Joe will have to find a different rope for tying up the Trees next year......

Then I started to add the ornaments.......
And here is what it looks like all decorated..........
   Let's take a closer look........
So there it is.......

My first Tree decorated solely with ornaments that I made!!!
In my next post, I will be sharing how I decorated under the Tree......
And in future posts, I will be sharing more of my "Under the Sea" decorations......
So I hope you will be back to visit again soon.......
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  1. This tree is absolutely amazing, beautiful, gorgeous and stunning, Debbie! OMG, words just can't describe how awesome it looks! And the fact that you made every single ornament- I'm truly awestruck! I also love the aqua mesh and ribbon - they really enhance the overall look! Your tree needs to be featured in a coastal themed magazine! Great job, Debbie!

  2. It was so neat seeing all the ornaments as you made them but wow seeing the finished product with them all on the tree is outstanding, just Gorgeous!!

  3. So pretty, Deb. All you handmade ornaments are so special. I love the shade of blue..The tree not only looks cool, it feels cool when looking at it. I can hear the ocean waves..Happy Tuesday..xxoJudy

  4. What a nice tribute to your neighbors shell collection. I like all the ornaments you made but my favorite are the starfish. I never can make a garland look good on a tree and you did an excellent job. I love how creative you were with each ornament you made. Great job the tree is beautiful.

  5. This tree is absolutely beautiful - and your creative ornaments are simply amazing!! You've given me some great ideas for my Christmas tree this year - thanks for sharing.

  6. I looked at your other post about making the under-the-sea ornaments. Now, it's nice to see them all on the tree. What a super under-the-sea tree for summer!
    Carol ("Mimi") from Home with Mimi

  7. Wow, Debbie! You've outdone yourself this time! Thank you for sharing @ Vintage Charm!

  8. You are amazingly creative, I bet it took a while to make your decorations, love the star fish, so nifty!
    Thanks for stopping by to share your inspiration!!

  9. What a gorgeous tree and what a phenomenal way to honor your friend. I bet your home is fantastic all year round and especially at Christmas! Hope there's a tour coming soon!

  10. Wow, Debbie! Your "Under the Sea" tree looks magnificent! Love the peach and aqua colors and all the ornaments are so beautiful! What a wonderful way to also think of your friend, Elly and all of the sea shells she collected!! I also love the beautiful bow you created as well as the addition of the rope and netting! Your tree is so clever and absolutely gorgeous! Great idea to celebrate the summer and ocean! Thank you for sharing with us!

    1. Pat,
      I could find any other way to get in touch with you so I am responding here. Thanks so much for taking the time to visit and then leave such a nice comment!!

  11. Debbie, you worked so hard on this tree. Amazing that you made all of those ornaments! Great job!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  12. Debbie, Your tree is absolutely fabulous! Such a pretty tree for summer. You really did an amazing amount of work to put this together, but it was so worth it! Pinning to share. Have a great weekend and a Happy Anniversary! Take care of you and Joe!

  13. Wow, I've never seen a beach and shell-themed tree before! I like how you used the netting and the mesh ribbon as tree accents. The netting looks very nautical & fits in so well. Those shell ornaments are very appropo. I know you are glad you got those from your neighbor. The tree looks beautiful! Thanks for sharing it at Sweet Inspiration this week!

  14. You must feel so incredibly proud Debbie, just seeing all the decorations you made on the tree like that is just WOW. And that gorgeous, gauzy blue ribbon and netting are the perfect backdrop and fillers for an under the sea theme. I bet if your friend Elly saw what you've done with the shells she collected she would be over the moon. It's such a lovely tribute

  15. Very cute tree, so creative and festive!

  16. Girl, you're just amazing. What a sweet tribute to your neighbor for you to create so many lovely ornaments from those shells. Honestly, you get more done than just about anyone I know!

    Your step-by-step instructions on how you created this tree are great, and they'd apply to decorating a tree for any occasion. Thanks for laying out the whole process.

    And thanks for joining the Grace at Home party. I'm featuring you this week!

  17. Beautiful tree! I can see why this post was one of the most viewed at Bouquet of Talent link party. Thanks for showing us how you crafted this.


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