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.
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…
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.