3 Essentials to a Beautiful and One of a Kind Tree

Christmas is such a wonderful time of year. If you haven’t bogged yourself down with all of the shopping and commercialism, that is. I can admit I sometimes act a little like Charlie Brown around the holidays and it takes a little bit to get into the holiday cheer. Decorating the tree really gets me in the spirit though!

Christmas Tree Decorating Tips

Step 1: Hang the Lights

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Before you do anything hang your lights. You always want more lights than you think you’ll need. Buy three or four boxes to really flood the tree with light. Choose a color that suits your home. From vintage large bulb multi-colored to small white lights, its all about preference with this one. I’m a big fan of classic white lights. They provide such a warm and cozy glow at night time. Try layering the lights from the inside to the outside of the branches to really give the lighting body.

Step 2: Add Garland

When choosing a garland you want to find something that will do a good job of tying all of the ornamentation together. Use a strand of balls that mimic your other balls, or choose a ribbon of color that is thematic of the rest of your ornaments. Beyond the color being complementary to the rest of the scheme there are no really hard or fast rules about garland. You may consider wrapping it only around the front of the tree if your strands are shorter.

Step 3: Hang Ornaments

The last step is to hang ornaments. There are two kinds of ornaments I like to use. The first are personal and historic. 

These are the one’s hand made by the kids, inherited from your grandparents and are unique. Keep only the one’s that are truly precious and don’t overload it with everything that’s ever been made. We still want it to look pretty, not hodgepodge. But by sprinkling in a little bit of your family personality and history your tree wont be too sterile or impersonal either. 

The second type of ornaments are the filler pieces that make your tree look cohesive and like it was intentionally designed. My rule of thumb is to always try and fit more on than you think you can without overlapping or cramming ornaments onto the same branch. Have a good mixture of small and medium balls. Have a couple of smaller sets of unique ornaments, 4 to 16 piece sets and hang them all evenly spaced according to the amount of pieces in the set. Choose three different colors for these sets. 

After everything is all hung, make some cocoa and some popcorn and start the Christmas movie extravaganza!

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Paint It Forward! My Sister's Closet

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Today, My Sister's Closet has reopened at a new location and we were asked if we'd be willing to lend some of our painting skills to the Non-profit organization's reopening.  We had a really great time painting and serving in the community.  I invited along a few members from my church and they brought with them the LDS Boy Scout Troop 120.  The boys needed to fulfill a merit badge requirement which was to paint a wall.  So I brought a hand full of painting supplies and did a short workshop on painting and rolling just like a pro.  They did a really great job!  We are grateful to them and grateful for the opportunity to serve My Sister's Closet. 

My Sister’s Closet is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization established to provide free work force attire and Success Institute training to low-income and at-risk women pursuing employment.

They offer new and gently used quality clothing available for purchase to the public. Inside you will find a wonderful variety of suits, pants, skirts, blouses, sweaters, and accessories to help you fit into your new career, prepare you for that important interview, and maintain a fashionable wardrobe within a budget.

They are located at: 

414 S. College Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47403

If you know an organization or family in need contact us because they may be eligible for our Paint It Forward Program.  We only are able to do a few a year but we sure like helping where we can.

Color Theory now on Thumbtack!

At Color Theory, we pride ourselves on being as available as possible and one of the easiest to find paint companies on the web and in Bloomington, IN.  Beyond looking for more and more clients to take on, we believe that finding the right painter for your interior or exterior repainting project is quite difficult.  Not every company takes as much pride and care in their work as you the homeowner would want them to. Color Theory, however, is a painting company that does care.

We put a lot of effort into our prep-work, which means in the long run, better paint adhesion and supreme durability.  We use the finest Benjamin Moore paints to ensure excellent color and break through longevity. In short, we are very proud of the work we do.  And because we love it so much, we want to share it with as many people as possible.

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