Christmas Tree Blog Hop

Today, we’re teaming up with some of our favorite bloggers for the Christmas Tree Blog Hop hosted by Susie of  The Chelsea Project.  

If this is your first time at The Crowned Goat, welcome, we’re happy you’re here. 

Christmas Festival of Trees | 12 Bloggers | Hosted by Chelsea Project | #FestivalofTrees | www.thechelseaproject.com

I’m S, CoCo’s best friend.  I normally work with CoCo behind the scenes for all things Goat.  We were up at the cabin celebrating a big milestone when Susie asked CoCo to participate in this blog hop. 

Normally, I wouldn’t tell CoCo’s secrets but since I’m taking over the blog today, I don’t mind telling you she almost didn’t participate. 

It’s not because she doesn’t love partnering with all these creative ladies.  For as long as I’ve known CoCo, her heart has always been to encourage other women and to lift them up. 

The truth is, trimming the Christmas tree is CoCo’s least favorite part about seasonal decorating.  I know it seems scandalous to even type that out given the business she’s in but it’s absolutely true. 

If it were up to CoCo, she would have a big naked trees all over the house with nothing but twinkling fairy lights on them.

And she would describe it all as being “nature inspired.”

She’s always wanted a flocked tree even though we live in Florida and practically wore flip flops to Thanksgiving.  Go figure.

Not one to turn down an opportunity, I told CoCo to sign up for the blog hop and we’d figure out the rest later. 

After we got back home, I went to the store and bought bags of her favorite colored ornaments in blush, gray and white.  I bought sparkle-y ribbon too because I know she likes stuff that sparkles.

No playing, I was literally on the aisle at Michaels about 2 and a half hours because there were so many options I could hardly make a decision.

Seriously, I don’t know how bloggers do this every day,   

Anyway, I made my way to the cash wrap with a solid plan and I rewarded myself with Starbucks.

Then I totally surprised CoCo (another thing she doesn’t like all that much) by showing up at her door with all my Christmas loot. 

I wish you could have seen her face.

It was priceless   ?

Some of you might not know my story.  Last year around this time, I suffered a major fall and spent most of the holiday season after surgery in a wheelchair. 

It took months of physical therapy for me to learn how to walk again. 

CoCo was with me through everything and as my caregiver she had to give up all of her Christmas plans, including a ski trip with her family to take care of me. 

It might seem like a small thing but being able to decorate the tree this year feels like a huge deal.  Heck, just being able to walk feels like a miracle. 

So, I was happy to save the day for CoCo and take over decorating the tree this year. 

After watching lots of You Tube videos, I started weaving ribbon in and out of the Christmas tree.  I’ll be honest, it was a lot harder than I expected it to be. 

I finally realized you have to cut the ribbon in varying lengths. Trying to tuck one long piece of ribbon into the Christmas tree didn’t look good at all. 

Once the ribbon was in place, I started adding all the glittery ornaments I picked up for CoCo. 

Then I added in a few ornaments she made over the summer. 

You can find out how to make her goat ornaments and the ones she made from a piece of crochet in this post, Vintage Inspired Air Dry Clay Ornaments.

After I felt satisfied with the ribbon and the ornaments on body of the tree, I added the star at the top of the Christmas tree and called it done. 

I didn’t realize it at the time because I was “in the zone” but while I was decorating the Christmas tree CoCo had already started decorating several other rooms in the house like the entry,

the dining room,

and the front door too.

She also has the breakfast nook finished and I’m sure she’ll be sharing pictures of the front porch later this week too. 

All things considered, I’m happy with the way the Christmas tree turned out.  And I know CoCo was thankful to have an extra set of helping hands.

It took over 4 hours just to decorate the tree though, so I plan to stick with my day job in tech ?

Since I schedule all of CoCo’s posts, I saw a sneak peek of the other Christmas trees on the blog hop. They’re all amazing.

You’ll want to check them out because I know these ladies have been working hard…

Christmas Festival of Trees Row One | 12 Bloggers | Hosted by Chelsea Project | #FestivalofTrees | www.thechelseaproject.com

Chelsea Project ||| Atta Girl Says ||| 2 Bees In A Pod ||| JenRon Designs

Christmas Festival of Trees Row Two | 12 Bloggers | Hosted by Chelsea Project | #FestivalofTrees | www.thechelseaproject.com

The Crowned Goat ||| Hearth and Vine ||| Postcards from the Ridge ||| Savvy Apron

Christmas Festival of Trees Row Three | 12 Bloggers | Hosted by Chelsea Project | #FestivalofTrees | www.thechelseaproject.com

Adams and Elm Home ||| Nourish and Nestle ||| Sweet Parrish Place ||| Remodelandolacasa

Christmas Festival of Trees | 12 Bloggers | Hosted by Chelsea Project | #FestivalofTrees | www.thechelseaproject.com

Before you go, I wanted to mention the white box the rocking horse you see in the picture above is sitting on. CoCo’s Dad made it for me from the plywood he made my wheelchair ramps out of as a keepsake which was really thoughtful.

Also, CoCo made me the monogrammed gift tag which can also be used as an ornament.

Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Happy Holidays,


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  1. Your ribbon work on this tree is a work of art. I love all the pops of pink in your decor too! Thanks for hopping with me Coco!


    1. Thanks so much Nancy! The pops of pink have definitely been a fun change because you know how much I love neutrals. Heading over now to check out your beautiful tree! Hugs, CoCo

  2. Such soft pretty colors for your tree they it is beautiful together. NIce job on the ribbon too, we were able to create a lot of fullness.

    1. Thank you bunches Jen! I love the way you have all the different ribbons entertwined on your tree too. It looks really good. I hope you and your family have a beautiful holiday season. Hugs, CoCo

  3. What a wonderful story and beautiful tree. I can’t remember when I’ve read such a perfect testimony about the true meaning of Christmas. All of us in the hop and who visit this post apprecite your dedication — S. You did a fabulous job with the entire tree, but especially the ribbon. Thanks so much for hopping with us, CoCo. Every single photo is a vision of loveliness. Happy Holidays.

    1. You are too kind Susie, thank you! I know S will be so excited about your compliments and will appreciate them very much too. It’s been tons of fun to visit all the posts today. This is definitely one creative group of ladies. I’m thankful to be a part of it all even though I stink at decorating Christmas trees it’s nice to have a back up decorating buddy 🙂 I hope you and your family have a blessed holiday season! Hugs, CoCo

  4. The tree is so lovely! You did a beautiful job with it, S. So happy you are well and able to enjoy the holidays again this year…it was a hard journey! The white box was so thoughtful!

    1. Thank you so much for your sweet and thoughtful words, Linda! S will be tickled pink to read your kind comment. It’s been so much fun to be able to enjoy the holidays this year in a completely fresh way. I think I can speak for both of us when I say this year has taken gratitude to a whole new level. As far as the white box goes, I still tear up every time I look at it and probably will for years to come 🙂 Sending you lots of hugs for a happy week and a blessed holiday season, CoCo

  5. S- Kudos, applause, mic-drop!!!! Fantastic post and gorgeous tree! Your styling selections were spot on – and CoCo was so fortunate to have you save the day! The blush, gray and white ornaments and ribbons look perfect on the tree.

    More importantly – thank goodness you have healed. We know that a severe injury can wreak havoc to your life and well-being. Your hard work and road to recovery were so worth this moment. Decorating this beautiful Christmas tree is a HUGE milestone to be celebrated! Much love to you both!

    1. You guys are the best, thank you! Even though S is right, I don’t like surprises very much, I was totally blown away when she showed up with all the ornaments and ribbons. I’m pretty sure she’s going to have a new decorating job for life ha ha. We definitely think this is the best the tree has ever looked 🙂 As far as the recovery goes, it’s been a long haul as you guys know very well. We constantly remind ourselves how different our lives are this year from last year. It feels like the biggest gift to be on the other side of such a difficult time. Sending you lots of love, hugs and thank yous for all your sweet support, CoCo

  6. A beautiful tree indeed. I really love all the rustic touches in the home and the tree, though much more opulent, looks adds a bit of extra sparkle to the room. I think keeping it in the same or similar color palette was a great idea too.

    1. Thank you, Patti! The tree definitely holds a special place in our hearts this year. And the pops of pink have been a lot of fun given things are usually pretty neutral around here. While I’m not normally a fan of surprises this one was a good one 🙂 I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season. Hugs, CoCo

  7. You did a beautiful job with the tree and the decor. I had to watch a youtube video last year for my ribbon but the ribbon makes a huge difference in the tree.

    1. Thank you so much Sherry! I never even thought about using youtube to help with some like decorating a tree but looking back I’m so glad it was available. It definitely made a huge difference by cutting the individual pieces of ribbon and then tucking them into the tree that way 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

  8. S,
    This Christmas Tree is exquisite!
    I am quite smitten with the weaving in~and~out of the ribbon!
    The hues are preciously soft and subtle. . .and once the lights are on the Tree becomes totally mesmerizing!
    The story behind the box touched and warmed my heart.
    May this be your “Best” Christmas e v e r!
    Thank you for inspiring!

    1. I’m pretty sure this is one of the nicest compliments I’ve ever received, Pat, thank you. I’m usually not the decorating type but I’ve been helping CoCo long enough to know this time of year is crazy for all bloggers. I was happy to help in any way I could. It’s been a long recovery but I feel extrememly grateful to be much healthier this year than last and I’m looking forward to celebrating as much as possible. I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas full of happy (and healthy) times together. All the best, S

  9. Well, for not being too good at decorating trees, you just knocked out this one out of the park! Love the ribbon selection and ornaments. Gorgeous tree! Sending good vibes your way for a complete recovery.

    1. Thank you so much Cristina! It was so sweet of S to decorate the tree this year. I was definitely thankful to have the extra set of hands. As you know, decorating always takes way longer than people think 🙂 Hope your Christmas season is a blessed one, hugs, CoCo

  10. What a wonderful gift to give someone, to decorate their tree for them! I love the story! And I love the blush ribbon you used on the tiny trees! So pretty!

    1. Oh my gosh, Nicki, even though I don’t usually like surprises it felt like the biggest gift to have help on the tree this year. I found the blush colored ribbon at a thrift store last summer for $1.99 and it’s been so much fun to have pops of pink all around the house. Hope your holiday season is super fantastic, hugs, CoCo

  11. Coco and S,
    Of course, the tree is stunning. The colors you used are sublime and are just perfect with the rest of the lovely decor. I read that post thinking, ‘what a lovely friendship these two have!”
    Then, I popped back up and over to the post about the one-year celebration and now really see the depth of this lovely friendship! You are both blessings in each other’s lives and this tree now means so much more! It may just be the loveliest tree I’ve ever seen!
    Congratulations S on your recovery and Merry Christmas to both of you.



    1. We appreciate you so much Lynn, thank you! We were just laughing the other day about how many burnt hot dogs I made for dinner and how we had to call the surgeon’s office to see if it was ok to put Christmas socks over all the bandages because she had to leave both legs at a 90 degree angle for months and we just wanted to get out and see the Christmas lights – man, we were a hot MESS 🙂 Thankfully, things have totally turned around this year and we are beyond grateful. While I hope we never have to go through an experience like that again the lessons we learned during that time changed us for the better. Sending you hugs for a joy filled and Merry Christmas, CoCo and S

  12. I do believe that that is the Christmas tree of my dreams! Gorgeous color choices and even prettier ribbon garland. I almost tried that this year but chickened out:) You two make a great team! So glad S. is doing well! Here’s to friendship! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

    1. You’re so sweet to say that, Kathleen, thank you! I will tell S – she will be tickled pink. We definitely realized the trick is in cutting the ribbon into different sizes. After that it was pretty easy, so you could totally do this idea to your tree too. I’m going to be on the lookout for ribbon throuhgout the year now though. I think 2 hours on one aisle in Michaels was a little too much for S 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

  13. What a stunning Christmas tree and a beautiful story of friendship! What a team! Merry Christmas!

    1. We really appreciate it, Amy, thank you so much! Hugs, CoCo

    1. Thank you so much, Katie, I really appreciate it! Hugs, CoCo

    1. Thank you so much Amber. I hope your week has been a fun one! Hugs, CoCo

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