I had great expectations of replicating a tree that I had seen in Country Living. At the end of the year I kept and eye out for the perfect tree. It would be a discarded tree found curb side with great bones. I found it and sent it out into the forest in my backyard. I watched over the months as the needles dried and fell to the ground. One side seemed to be holding on to it's needles so dear sweetie hung the tree upside down in the forest to encourage the dropping of needles. The idea was to paint it's bare branches a lovely color of red, string it with lights and decorate it with everything vintage!!!! But, alas....it still clung to it's needles and try as I may...it was not to be. So...it has come into the house El natural...decorated with thread spools that serve as candle holders, vintage lace, dried hydrangeas, a birds nest and garlands of raffia....well really how fit for a blog touting itself as Uncanny Festoon....the mantel awaits it's festooning so stay tuned!