Today the tree was setup to be raffled at the Elks Club. Our tree was the best one there of course! It was very lovely and everyone did a beautiful job. It is one thing to make some ornaments but quite another to pull it all together, Linda made it magical. The tree spilled out to the gifts so that it was hard to know where the tree ended. The gifts were wonderful and would make any Victorian Lady happy. An umbrella at the back was made with recycled slips from the 1890's. Very clever recycling! The tree skirt was lovely and most of the ornaments were handmade and embroidered with silk ribbons. The top of the tree had branches coming out the top with pretty birds sitting on them. There was even a bell jar with a bird in it. There was a beautiful tea cup and even a miniature tea set on top of cake plates. There were vases and candles and the dressmakers dummy was made of lacy iron work and so lovely. I even donated the fake chocolate dipped strawberries. The only bad thing was that my pictures didn't come out very well. But here is what I could salvage of the tree pictures.
Umbrella at back of the tree.
Ornaments on the tree.
Still more ornaments.
Close up, near the top of the picture is a ballerina costume.
Last of the pictures, back of the mirror decorated with ribbon embroidery.
One of the pictures that didn't come out was of a embroidery frame with a canvas work picture of a country cottage! I'm sure that everyone will agree that this was a great tree!