I've been spending all my time crafting the Harry Potter tree this month, but in order to make room for it I had to combine last year's two trees into one - so I thought you'd like to see!
I mixed together elements of the steampunk tree - which had lots of jewel tones, copper, and amber lights:
...with my not-really-themed-but-sort-of-classic-reds-and-vintage-paper tree:
The result is a mix of copper, bronze, red, paper, and gold - and for something thrown together in an afternoon, I'm kind of liking the new Franken Tree:
The steampunk elements are smaller (I plan to add larger gear ornaments & goggled top hats, but sweet StayPuft, where is the time going?!) but once you get closer you can see all the copper wire spirals, clock-hand snowflakes, hot air balloons, etc.
You readers have sent me lots of goodies on the tree, from little steampunk robots to laser engraved pins from the museum exhibit that featured my Lady Vadore costume in 2012:
The clock-hand snowflakes were a gift last year from my friend Sharyn, who made them herself. Aren't they gorgeous? She also made me this fun steampunk pinecone from faux leather:
John and I don't have sentimental ornaments from our childhoods or early years together, so it's fun building up a cache with memories attached. Whether it's a gift or something we made ourselves, I like that now more and more of our trees actually means something.
Happy to say that after three years our balloons are still holding up great, as is my homemade tree flocking!
Oh, and that paper garland I made last year? I packed it in rows of three in a long skinny box, so it didn't take up much room at all - and it's still in perfect condition after a year packed away:
I think (hope?) the vintage book paper adds to the Victorian vibe, along with these glass birds:
It was hard leaving all the shiny fuchsia and teal ornaments packed away this year, but worth it, I think, to make room for Potter.
Oh, and the final touch:
Because Trekkie forever.