On Christmas morning my sister handed me a box.
It was wrapped in paper and tied up with string. I opened the box and pushed back the corner of the tissue paper and this twinkly, glittery star was the first thing that caught my eye.
Eagerly, I reached in to pull back the rest of the paper when I heard my sister say, “Wait a minute.”
“Before you open your present, I have to tell you the real gift. I have to tell you the most amazing, awesome, incredible thing about this handmade present that makes it all the more special. The thing that will make you treasure it like the wise men showed up with it on your doorstep.”
“What?” I said. “What could be better than sparkles and glitter covered wire and a star that twinkles?”
She looked at me and laughed out loud.
“I couldn’t find another person who had made this on Pinterest.”
An un-Pinterested project?
Is that even possible?
Hasn’t everything in the world already been created and made and photographed and pinned?
Might it be true?
I tore open the paper and pushed aside the rest of the wrapping.
And then? With great care and reverence, I lifted out the gift.
This one-of-a-kind handmade present with all its layers and sparkles and worn vintage patina.
My eyes opened wide and I jumped up and down and ran to give my sister a hug when I SAW THIS.
A tree made entirely out of vintage sugar bowl lids.
The vintage feel.
The layers of sugar bowl lids with the finials still attached.
She had challenged herself this year not to buy any more craft supplies. She had a closet full of them and she wanted to use what she had and created something for all of us from the forgotten recesses of her craft closet.
So she made trees.
She made my brother a tree out of lineolum floor chips. She made my sister a tree out of tiny origami folded paper pieces. She made my other brother a tree completely out of game pieces.
She knew I was all about vintage and silver and so she took parts of silver pieces and made a tree.
I asked her how she did it and she explained there were tiny plumbing parts in between each of the finials.
Each plumbing part or bolt was designed to fit the top of the final perfectly so it could be glued with epoxy to the next layer.
Then she just layered the lids one on top of each other to form the tree.
The very base of the tree had its own lid, too.
A crystal sugar bowl lid.
Tiny and sparkling and holding up all the silver vintage lids that made up the rest of the tree.
At the very top she attached one more tiny sugar bowl lid and wired on a sparkly chandelier ornament.
I love the tree from one sparkling end to another.
I love the vintage and the silver and tiny cut-outs where spoons of sugar used to rest.
But most of all?
I love a sister with an imagination big enough to come up with a tree that even Pinterest hasn’t invented yet. 🙂
PS I love you Whitney. You are a Christmas tree-inventing rock star. 🙂