Tuesday, November 30, 2010

My Kitchen Christmas Tree

I saw this adorable print from Mary Engelbreit in one of last years Christmas magazines. I think you'll find it fitting when you read the rest of my post.

This would be the lower half of my kitchen Christmas Tree. Do you see that nice little pile of wire's on the floor? Yes those would be the lights that came on the pre-lighted tree I bought several years ago. Yes the tree has been wonderful! Especially the pre-lighted part. Pull tree out of box. Fluff. Plug in. Decorate. Wah Lah!

Until this year... I plugged in my cute little pre-lighted tree and oh my! EVERY single bulb was burnt out. As in black and not lookin so good. I just sorta stood there and stared at it. And thought to myself. Really?

So what's a girl to do? Yep. Take off the pre-lighted lights from the pre-lighted tree. And that my bloggy friends was only the beginning. "If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something".

See these little clippy thingys. These are only some of them. Not only were the pre-lighted lights wrapped around, and around, and around, every single limb, they were attached with these little clippy thingys.

Now normally that would be a really good thing. "What a sturdy well constructed pre-lighted little tree!" This weekend? Not so much. So I grabbed a pair of my wire cutters, and two hours later had managed to cut off ALL the pre-lighted lights. {phew} {grumble, grumble}

So a trip to the store for some 50% off lights. Including some cute little gumdrop ones. And a few hours later.. {insert me rolling my eyes}, Wah Lah! {for real this time.}

I now have a cute little Christmas Tree in my kitchen. All decked out in gingerbread, lollipops, gumdrops and more!


Now off to do some more decorating.. Fa La La La La...La La... La... La!


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42 comments:

sandandstarfish said...

How adorable! I love your tree! Sorry you had to go through all that... but the outcome was fantastic! And LOVE those gumdrop lights!

Thimbleanna said...

Aha! I've always wondered what happens to a pre-lit tree when the pre-lit part doesn't pre-light! Cute little tree Ms. Jod!

elizabeth @ twelvecrafts said...

I'm not laughing at you. . . I'm laughing with you . . . you are laughing, right?! ;)

Woah! This totally sounds like something that would happen to me! I admire your persistence!

Baskets Of Quilts said...

Omg! I can't believe you have the frosted lights! My dad loved those and had a set from the 70's. The frosting would fall off but he kept putting the lights up every year. We finally found him a new set about 6 years ago.

A.J. Dub. said...

That is a very cute tree. Did the light bulbs not come out for replacement?

Kera said...

I used to have an tree similar to this in my entry. I kept it up all year long and decorated for each season/holiday. The lights eventually burnt out and I had to do the same thing you did. Time consuming, but better than replacing the tree.

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gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

Something is always going to challenge our resilience. This is the 4th year I haven't been home for Christmas...I can't even remember what I have to decorate with. I'm glad you are still fa-la-la-ing, and your should it's so cute!

Madame Samm said...

ahhhh all the good things happen to you...no really, think about ...pain in the bottom...yes, but look a great story with a fa la la la la...and quite a few chuckles...ok, sew that is just me...surely others found this funny too..SERIOUSLY???

me xx

Natalia from Piece N Quilt said...

Sad, my prelit tree did the same thing this year, but only one section of lights quit working. I love your kitchen tree! :)

trish said...

Hi Jodi. :o)
I just adore your Christmas tree! :o) I hate that you had so much hassle with those lights. You really did a beautiful job "fixing" the issue though. :o) This is the first year I am putting a little tree in my kitchen and I just love it! I have little Mary Engelbreit cups hanging on it. :o) Love love love M.E. :o)
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and you are staying plenty warm in this chilly weather.
Sincerely - Tricia

BubzRugz said...

You must be a patient person...... tree looks great so worth all the effort....
Hugz

Teresa said...

I LOVE your new Christmas banner!
And I love your tree...worth the trouble! ;o)
Your blog is so HAPPY!
Makes my HEART beam!
xo

A Plain Path said...

So cute! And surely worth the extra effort. The gumdrop lights are a perfect touch!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Your ornaments are so darling. I need a tree that I can put up on a table. Maybe this year.

Melanie@Crafty Cupboard said...

Ah, memories. We de-lighted our 7-foot pre-lit tree when half of our lights were out. You think you had a big pile of clips! We still have them falling out every time we set up the tree :) At least we laugh now!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Very cute! Wow you've already got lights 50% off? All of our stores are still full retail price :-(

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I love kitchen trees and your gumdrop lights are adorable-enjoy:@)

Adrienne said...

Lots of work to get it done - but it's worth it. I love your little tree and the gumdrop lights are perfect. Now I'm ready to go out and buy a little tree for my kitchen. Oh, wait - I think I have one somewhere!
~Adrienne~

Heartsdesire said...

What a drag having to take everything off your tree. However, your patience paid off. Now you have one heck of a great kitchen Christmas tree.

Old Centennial Farmhouse said...

Do I ever know what you went through. We removed the burnt out lights off an 8' prelit that must have had THOUSANDS of lights and those little clips. Our hands our raw, it took two of us an hour and a half. But it's done.

Your tree is so adorable and I have to know where to go buy the gumdrop lights, those would be perfect for our kitchen tree, and I have cookie cutters to put on mine, too. I love your gingerbread men and ladies!
XOXO
Joni

Anne said...

Wow, you've got patience! I would have trashed the tree and bought a new one. LOL It sure looks cute now.

snippetsandyarns said...

Sounds like it was a pain to deal with, but the finished product is adorable!

Cathy H. said...

I had to read your blog to my husband because the very same thing happened to me! I could not believe there were so many clips!! I started clipping them back on with the new lights, but after about six I gave up and just threw the lights on the tree!! Love your new lights!!!

Becky said...

I would have done the same thing whilst inventing new cuss words!

Your tree is adorable! And the Holiday banner! Just gorgeous!

Nedra said...

wow, do you have some cute ornaments!
It sounds like one of those projects where you get so far and just can't quit.

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

Cute, cute tree! Love the gumdrop lights! Happy decorating!

CAS said...

Really cute. It's amazing how those "little" projects tend to grow out of control sometimes, but then seem so worth it when you are finished.
CAS

Katie said...
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Katie said...

Hi i am one of your followers and have given you a blog award. you can pick it up at my kitchen blog at www.wonderland-kitchen.blogspot.com cute post and love that mary engelbreit cartoon. so cute!

Deep in the Heart of Happy said...

Love it!!! I have been making Prairie Point Christmas Dish Towels...obsessively.

Sue said...

How green of you to reuse your tree and to test your patience with all those clips. Your decorations make me smile, they are quite charming.

Renae said...

This so happened to me--only on my 6' tall pre-lit tree. Those clippy things are a nightmare! I had to enlist my family to help because I was getting so irritated. But now we are back in business--and with colored lights. The kids think this is a better option than the plain white we had before.

Candy said...

I love, love, love your Christmas banner. Are those all pictures from your house?

texasdaisey said...

So cute! That would go in my kitchen perfect! You did a great job!
Debbie

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

L went thru this same thing last year. I had a cute 3 ft. pre lit tree I too used on my Kitchen and the lights died. Almost ripped my hands to shreds trying to get those lights off the tree. But I added my own peppermint candy lights and i liked it better!!

Hugs,
Debbie @ A Debbie-Dabble Christmas

Robin said...

Gracious goodness that's just darling! I have done the cutting off of the pre lit lights on a tree, a garland and a couple of wreaths!
YUK
And I have been like a deer in the headlights looking at your delightful header! Home Run!!!
love the kitchen tree!
xo
Robin

Suze said...

I had to laugh about your "little" tree.
Two years ago I bought a 7 1/2 foot prelit tree that was gorgeous.. Last year I was so excited to get it out and put it up, it has 750 lights you know. Well,,,,,this huge prelit tree with the feature "always lit" if one bulb goes out it doesn't effect the rest of the bulbs. NOT .
I spent two days with wire cutters cutting those blasted little green clips off . I bought new strands of white lights and put them on. OK for that year.
Now, to get the tree out this year... Hope it all goes well.

Aimee said...

HA!! I have a pile of little clippy things in my living room! The middle section of my tree was not burned out but cut clean in two! Not sure how that happened, but it wasn't fun getting it off. All is well now-- with both our trees-- and yours is just adorable!

Kelli said...

Many years we get a second big tree and put it in our dining room since it and the kitchen are one big space. While our family tree in the living room is a family effort in decorating, my kitchen tree is decorated by me in ONLY gingerbread, peppermint, or other cookie/candy decorations. I love your little tree. Maybe I should get a little one so it would be easier to decorate and I could get it out whenever I wanted to and not when my husband gets around to getting us the big ones! ;)

pipp5 said...

I feel your pain about the lights, now just magnify that onto a 10 ft. prelit tree. I didn't actually time it, but all I know is that I watched 3 full movies in the time it took to get them all off, so I'm thinking at least 6 hours....2 years later I'm still finding those stupid green clippy things in the carpet!

Jean - Oksewnsew said...

LOLO, not laughing at you, but at the subject - the very same thing happened to me this year! I wonder HOW they get those lites wrapped and wrapped and wrapped around every branch! Whew, what a job - my hands hurt by time I was finished..I came really close to going and getting a new tree! Luckily I had strings of lites to add back to the tree. But alas, got it done and it's in my kitchen/dining area too, decorated with all handmade ornaments. Hope everyone at your home is ready for Christmas, Happy Holidays to all.

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