Thursday, December 2, 2010

I Made An Explosion!!

Dear Ones, I did! I did! I made an explosion!!
Okay, some of you may call this a tree topper but I call it an explosion!!

I know I'm probably behind the times on these explosion thingys for your Christmas tree top - but I finally bit the bullet and made one! An explosion!! I just had to share with you how simple they are to make.

My sweet friend Kristen at Kristen's Creations shared how she made her explosion for a client's Christmas tree. I thought - I can do this!! So I went about it. Well, I didn't exactly follow Kristen's method. She tied bows directly to the branches on the tree to start. I'm short, my tree is a mazillion feet high so I had to compromise.
Hmmm...what could I do?

Aha! I grabbed a little nekked grapevine wreath, wired ribbon
and some glitzy Christmas picks.
I then went to town tying strips of about 2 feet long on the wreath.
Instead of tying bows I just curled the ribbon.

See? Kinda silly looking, isn't it? But trust me, it gets better.

I couldn't reach the top of the tree even when standing on the stairs.
So Mr. Precious was called to place the wreath on the top of the tree.
Thank you my precious! :)

Let the fun begin.
Well, since I had Mr. Precious in attendance
I asked him to place some of the picks inside the wreath.
He did! I tried poking some picks in too. Woo Hoo!

All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my closeup
(if you're not olden, you probably won't get this).
I love olden movies as well as singing all the time.
I love this stuff!
I'm getting off track... :)

Exploding on the left.

Exploding on the top.

Whoops! There goes the left side again!

Exploding on the right side.

More explosions on the right.

Peeping down over the stair case - explosions all around!

Oh, how I love my explosion!
It's pretty! It's glitzy!! It's glamorous!
And there it goes...

Exploding again.

See how lovely it is?

I love my explosion! Now you all go out and buy your stuff and make one too!

I'm joining Our Dear Julia at Hooked on Houses
for her Hooked on Houses Holiday Home Tours,
Our Dear Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday,
Our Dear Vanessa at Southern in My Heart for Inspiration Friday,
Our Dear Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Top of the World

Such a feelin’s comin’ over me
There is wonder in most everything I see
Not a cloud in the sky

Got the sun in my eyes

And I won’t be surprised if it’s a dream

Everything I want the world to be

Is now coming true especially for me

And the reason is clear
It’s because you are here
You’re the nearest thing to heaven that I’ve seen

I’m on the top of the world lookin’ down on creation

And the only explanation I can find
Is the love that I’ve found ever since you’ve been around

Your love’s put me at the top of the world

Something in the wind has learned my name

And it’s tellin’ me that things are not the same

In the leaves on the trees and the touch of the breeze

There’s a pleasin’ sense of happiness for me

There is only one wish on my mind

When this day is through I hope that I will find

That tomorrow will be just the same for you and me

All I need will be mine if you are here
~sung by The Carpenters



  2. Wow, wow, wow!! You really did it, girl! I love mind if I borrow the idea?

  3. You know making the wreath thing...that is a good idea. My friend and I near break our backs trying to get my explosion going!! Your tree is spectacular!

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  5. Aren't you creative!!! Vine wreath & all. I love your tree - I bet (this is why I had to remove my first comment, misspelled bet) each ornament has a story. Might be great blogging material. :)))))

  6. Sheila, I love,love,love your explosion! What a great little trick just tying the ribbon on and curling the ends! I hope you don't mind if I "borrow" your idea?! ~Susie

  7. Your tree topper is so pretty! You did a fantastic job and I can't help but chuckle because I have a tree topper that qualifies for this term too. I have never been able to quite put it in words but you explosion! LOL! I love it!

  8. Well for crying out loud!Thank you for teaching this "olden" how all those ladies were doing that explosion thingy.I love your explosion,the whole tree is great.Your photo looking down from the stairs is my fav.I have already come to the point in my life where I have greatly down sized my tree.Too hard for me and esp. my hubby to do any longer.I was thinking though, now that I know how to do it and it looks fun ,anyone can make a small one too. Thank you for the info.

  9. Oh my goodness! Your explosion looks amazing!! What a clever idea to tie those ribbons on the grapevine wreath...that is something I would have never thought to do! Very clever!! Your tree looks very elegant and beautiful. I am going to post my tree today sometime. It's the only thing I have done so far! I keep getting distracted!lol...Thank you for mentioning me!! You are too sweet!! Have a great day! Kristen

  10. Oh, would you please come and cause an explosion at my house? Yours is gorgeous and it looks perfect on your tree. Thanks for the info on how to make our own explosions. We have a new tree this year and I'm thinking about doing something different at the top - perhaps I'll explode!

  11. Lovin' your 'splosion Sheila, it turned out great! Your tree is very pretty:@)

  12.'ve convinced me. I HAVE to make one of those!!!LOL!
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    (¸.*´ (¸.*´* LORI LYNN *

    PS: I'm having a Holiday giveaway!!

  13. What a great idea! It could be adapted to tree toppers we already have, couldn't it? My metal angel could use some frippery around her base, and the wreath would be the perfect solution to add some ribbon, sparkly things, etc. Gotta go to the store now! Annie

  14. Good Morning my Dear Pickle, first let me say how glad I am to see you back and I bet your wore out that little Carter's sweet face kissing her to pieces...I pray you had a GREAT Thanksgiving my Dear friend...
    Girl I love this tree topper and always wanted to know how to do them...Thanks for the information...I'm going to Candace today to help with her tree maybe I can do one for her as I have everything on hand here...I bet your home is just getting so lovely girl..I had to back way off this year..Oh I do have Christmas bins all over my house since last Friday but told Len last night to just put them away...sighs I can't do it all any more...Got my kitchen done and tree up and i'm done now ha ha!!
    Pickel I pray you have a GREAT week girl...Hugs and smiles to you...from my mountain to yours, Gl♥ria

  15. Sheila, your explosion is wonderful!!!! I need to get off this computer and start cleaning my house, so I can decorate...I am soooo far behind!

  16. Miss Shelia, I dont get around to reading my blogs as often as I should but I do promise you that each time I visit you, you area wonderful, charming and very cute hostess. If I werent so busy, I would make an explosion too!

  17. Oh, Shelia! I love your explosion! And how smart to build it on a grapevine wreath! So pretty! I hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

  18. Shelia,
    That was brilliant! Love, love the wreath on top of it all! Great idea. I just spent 20 minutes on a chair tweaking mine this AM, so I'll try this next year! Not going to touch this years again, it is finally hanging right.LOL Such a good idea you have!

  19. Shelia, Shelia, Shelia!!! Aren't you a smart one! W.O.W.S.E.R.S. I LOVE this idea! Makes me wish I had time to put up a tree so I could make an explosion too. (I have an explosion of a different sort going on in my house right now, trying to move.) Hmmm...but perhaps next year.

    Every year I'm going to remind you what a lasting impression the twinkling "snowflake" photo of your tree made on me when you posted it on RMS. I will never forget how beautifully magic it was. :)

  20. Love it, very clever ....the fact there is no twisting of a huge bow I could just kiss you! merry♥O

  21. Uhhhhhh...can you take your smart talented self and be around we mere mortals...this is absolutely beautiful. I love your idea for the wreath to keep stable and act as the base for your explosion. Keep blasting away Ms Shelia!!

  22. OH Shelia, I am exploiding with Christmas smiles!!!!That is just amazingly gorgeous!!!!!!!Very talented, you are:)
    ~Debra XXX
    Capers of the vintage vixens

  23. I love it! It's so you and beautiful!! I have nothing on top of my tree this year....I know, can't believe it either. Now I'm rethinking my whole tree topper thingy because my tree top looks, um, er,.....naked....compared to your beautiful creation.

  24. I dare say you have quite the talent for creating an explosion, This is truly lovely and compliments the tree perfectly. You and Mr.P out did yourself on this foyer tree. I cant wait to see more of your holiday decor, I know it will be spectacular.

    And what is that picture off to the left of the tree?.... Cockatoos!! I love that picture!!!!
    I have a large print of cockatoos in my den next to our Christmas tree is too. I decided to incorporate the tree and the print as my Christmas blog header.

  25. I love it!!! That is great!!! I also enjoyed the of my husband's favorites!!

  26. Sheila, your explosion looks oh so good! I love it and look how smart you are using that wreath for your bows. Very nice indeed!

  27. Your tree and topper are just gorgeous! So is your photography. I want to see more, so I'll be back! (In the meantime, I'd better get to some Christmas decorating of my own.)

  28. Hi Shelia! I'm so glad you like my village, I have such wonderful time with my son each Christmas putting it all together. (he's 9 and just LOVES to decorate!) :)
    Your tree topper is amazing..I haven't seen the "explosions" before...I have a very simple white star that looks like it has large sugar crystals all over it. I used to have an angel, but the poor thing finally bit the dust! lol Your topper is very cool and so glitzy!
    Have a great day!

  29. Oh Shelia, it is absolutely exquisite. Stunning!!!! I am so impressed. I havn't ever made one either, but yours is out of this world. I really love it. Your tree is just fabulous.

    Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers for my family. You will never know how much this has Blessed me. You are such a precious friend and prayer warrior. Thank you. Hugs, Marty

  30. Now this is the kind of explosion we all would not mind... I can see why you love your explosion it worked out very nicely and you have a lovely tree. Trish

  31. "ZOWIE!" That is some beautiful.

  32. That's Fantastic! Espectacular !!!!


  33. What a beautiful explosion! Great idea to use the wreath!

  34. Wow! That is so fun. I love your "explosion." And the colors are all so beautiful, too. Pretty, pretty, pretty! :-)

  35. You "explode" so beautifully, Shelia! Magnificent!

  36. Very beautiful indeed.. by far the best explosion I have seen....

  37. Shelia OMG that is sooo very lovely!!! You did a wonderful job! I kinda had a tiny topper last year but now with your wreath tip I think I am going to have a blast making the topper this year! Thanx for sharing!

  38. That topper is gorgeous, Shelia! I usually just poke and stick things every which way. Sometimes the long stuff ends up sticking all the way thru to the other side. Yikes! The whole wreath idea is simply brilliant, dah-ling! hugs, Sue

  39. WOW! Your tree topper is GORGEOUS! You did a great job, it looks so professional. I love your idea. You could totally sell those.

  40. That topper is gorgeous.
    I never knew about using a small wreathe!
    Wow! Thanks!

    Your tree is wonderful!

    White Spray Paint

  41. It's so gorgeous...I just love it! And it looks like it can even sing! ;D

  42. Wow that looks like a beautiful magical Christmas explosion!!

  43. Wow! It's a rocking great explosion!

  44. I love it - so pretty! Guess mine is like an explosion too! lol The more, the merrier is my motto. I wanted lots of height and dangling stems. Love them!

  45. Absolutely gorgeous and oh so clever! I'm going to give it a try

  46. It is just so beautiful! I love the explosion of great idea and great decoration. Love it! :)

    Adin B

  47. Sheila,
    That's just Amazing! What a great job you did!
    It just sparkles and twinkles and glows!
    Beautiful my friend!

  48. Love, LOVE this whole idea!! It is just absolutely beautiful!!!!!!

    Hello from one Texas Gulf Coast Texan to another.......

    My Show n Tell is a Holiday post. Something my Husband made and I painted; Last Year! Here is the Link for you. Do stop by if you get a chance.

  49. Hi Shelia, well, it looks absolutely wonderful. The whole tree is just striking.

    Hugs, Barb

  50. Looks so pretty I want to try it too! Your tree is so nice and full and so much to look at. Thanks for sharing

  51. Absolutely gorgeous, Shelia, well done :o)
    Have a blessed weekend.

  52. It is lovely, indeed! Love your topper creation! The tree is stunning!
    The hubbies are so handy to have around!

  53. Cute idea. It looks great. By the way, you know I have a schnauzer and am biased but will miss Chloe Dawn be dressed for Christmas and will she be shown off on your blog?

  54. I LOVE your explosion Sheila. It looks wonderful. Your tree looks amazing too. I feel all Christmassy now.
    Have a lovely weekend.

  55. I love it, Shelia! That's the prettiest explosion I've ever seen! Speaking of pretty -- loved seeing Carter's pictures in your last post -- so sweet!

  56. Hi Shelia! Wow! Double Wow! This is just beyond gorgeous! I mean, truly exquisite! Not only is the toppery fantastic but the entire tree is just beautiful!
    Thank you so much for linking up your amazing talent to my party this week! :-)
    Blessings to you,

  57. And a beautiful explosion it is Shelia!

  58. A definite WOW factor! I'll have to keep that in mind... it could work as the base of a table decoration too, I think.

  59. What a great idea and what a great explosion you have there. Very nice.
    I am really starting to think on this one!!
    Thanks for sharing.

  60. This is fabulous! How ingenuous to start with the grapevine wreath!

    It's just beautiful!


  61. Oh Shelia~ What a beautiful explosion on your tree!!! :)
    Such a fantastic idea to use a wreath like you did~ I love it! I think your tree looks absolutely gorgeous wearing it's beautiful topper~well done! Thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday this week!!

  62. Mouth hanging open AWE!! What a finish!!! LOVELY! Makes my Christmas head spin...:)

  63. Shelia, no one explodes quite like you. And, I love it. You are such a clever girl to think of using the wreath. It looks amazing, beautiful, colorful, dazzling, excellent, fantastic, great, etc. (I had to stop with the abc thing. It was getting too hard for this early in the morning.)

  64. thank you for pausing a moment in this holiday time, to send your love and prayers to our family, Ms Shelia.

    as Christmas festivities abound, i know that lives are hopeful and seek joyous tidings. all the more reason, that you kind heart felt words will be treasured.

    (i really have to admit, the topper explosion is phenomenal~) :)

  65. As a floral designer I have done a Bazillion of the tree topper "explosions" but have to say YOUR way is GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It looks amazing, gorgeous, glitzy, glam....I could go on and ON!!!!! Love it! PLEASE stop over to my blog and maybe FOLLOW me???? I would love that. You can sign up for e-mail alert when I post too! Thanks so much!!! XO, Pinky

  66. PS....Hi again, to answer your question that you left on my photo blog, I live in Corpus.

  67. I never would have thought to start with a wreath to do this!! It is a wonderful explosion!! It looks great, Sheila! So does the rest of the tree!

    I am still laughing about the mirror diva shots!! It may take me a while to work up to that one!!

  68. lovely!!!

    have a great holiday

    kisses from east java

  69. Wonderful explosion! You did a great job, it looks have inspired me to make one too!! thanks for sharing.

  70. Now I know what to call it! An explosion! Such a clever idea, using a wreath as a base. I think I will be giving this a try, when I finally get around to throwing up a tree!

  71. Beautiful! It gets me itching to decorate!
    Stopping by from BPOTW


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