trees, part two


As promised, here’s the tree all tarted up.


A close-up of one of the Margaret Furlong porcelain angels. A client gave me one of these, autographed, each of the fourteen years that we worked together. The artist lives in Salem. Each year she comes out with a new edition, holding a different object. This tree creates perfect planes for displaying them.


The tree also has open spaces, allowing ornaments to dangle. I love that!


The torso came from a guy down the road who made mannequins. It was quite a sight back when he had his shop in an old house along Hwy 30. Body parts were bursting from windows, chimneys and balconies. It looked like the frat party of all frat parties was in full swing. Here, our rather tame torso is wrapped in strings of twinkle lights.


Here’s a shot to show you how I tucked it in amongst the vacationing plants, so they wouldn’t seem like such a strange counterpoint to the decorated tree.

Things are going to begin livening up around here, so if I don’t get back here for a while…Have a wonderful, fun-filled, friend-filled, family-filled time of it in the next few days. Thank you for enriching my life. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

7 Responses to “trees, part two”

  1. joco Says:

    You’ve gotta laugh…….
    My kind of Xmas decorations.
    Still, I would not have been able to withstand the inclination to straighten that tree, by putting books under the front of the barrel. But then, what can you expect of a Virgo :-)

  2. Megan Says:

    I love your Christmas display! Great alternative to cutting a tree. Those mannequins – I remember them on hwy 30, a little scary, but yours looks fantastic among the vacationing plants. Have a great holiday!

  3. Grace Says:

    Ricki~~ Right back at cha! I love the mannequin! I bet his place was a sight to behold. Your tree is fabulous! Happy Christmas to you too!

  4. Loree/danger garden Says:

    Great display Ricki! Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

  5. Jane Says:

    The tree is just beautiful in its perfectly quirky way, all the more so because I can imagine it gracing your property in the future. I’ve seen the Margaret Furlong ornaments, but didn’t realize the shell angels held something different each year.

    Happy holidays to you, Ricki! I look forward to your posts to come in the new year.

  6. ricki Says:

    I’ve stolen away to my studio for a few minutes while waiting for the laundry to dry so I can change the beds for the next wave of house guests. Thanks to all who left comments and holiday greetings!

  7. Wendy Says:

    That is the most awesome tree I’ve ever seen!!! :)

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