We live near a little plot of land that is a bastion of unachievable perfection in the world of horticulture/landscaping, namely Roger's Gardens. For decades it has been, as A Christmas Story so beautifully puts it, a "yearly bacchanalia of peace on Earth and good will to men" - at least for the Martha Stewart set. We try to go at Christmas time every year because the gardens are transformed into as much of a winter wonderland as Southern California can offer; stately pines end up being more lights than needles, an abundance of Christmas decorations of all sorts are available, and Santa Claus is there. A couple of years ago, while sidling through the crowds and outcroppings of merchandise, I found some tabletop, tinsel trees with beaded garlands and miniature ornaments. In my eyes they had the primitive quality of mid-century Christmas decorations and all the sparkle of wacky tacky. I turned one over to check the price tag and nearly had my first heart attack when I saw that this puny, little, ten-inch bit of Chinese manufacture was fifty dollars! Before my friends could be embarrassed by the volume at which I shouted, "Fifty Dollars?!! I could make this," I was at the 99 Cents Only Store sourcing materials for my trees.
|My trees - not perfect but they get the point across|
It took me two years to get them made; I told you, I'm not a crafter.
The total cost per tree is less than three dollars!
I guess that last sentence could have gone without saying...
As fate would have it, we were out doing some thrifting the other day and what did I spy, but one of those selfsame, coronary-inducing trees from Roger's Gardens. At 96 percent off of the original price, we strapped it to the roof of the wacky wagon and brought it home.
|The inspiration for my 99 Cents Store specials.|
It's kind of like a glittering version of the Charlie Brown tree.
I wish there were more; I still love them!
The evidence is there, I am just not much of a crafter. At least my trees are kind of funny and are entirely commensurate with the style guidelines of wacky tacky, right?
Have you been doing any wacky tacky Christmas crafting this year?
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