This Christmas, we decided to go simple for our Christmas tree. Unlike in the Philippines where you can have all the help you want in a whistle, here you have to do everything yourself, unless somebody happens to drop by. Ed noticed that his legs were hurting after taking down the boxes of the parols and deers from the garage ceiling. So I decided - That's it. we will just have Christmas balls this year!.
When I attended a convention in Atlanta I saw these beautiful cloissone balls in one of the participating booths. I thought even one of those would be a beautiful gift to start friends on their own Christmas tree decoration. But the more I look at our bare tree the more I got convinced that I should have them all on my tree! I have only seven pieces so I needed more balls to complement the cloissones so I decided further on getting red balls this time. But the stores, because it was already almost the week of Christmas, ran short of red ones, so if you look closer, the bottom part of the tree were of gold balls. Actually there are three layers - the cloissones on top (as suggested by Patrick), the reds, then the golds (with one alien). But of course, the angel needs to be there...
We had always opted for the Noble Fir, but this year we changed to (forgot the name at the moment) a more full, thick one. And the change was good, we all thought.
I got acquainted with the cloissone process when we were on a trip to China. I thought it was only for jewelry so you can only imagine my surprise when I saw those balls!!! Wished the lady selling had more - I would have bought them all! If you look at the details you will agree with me, won't you?
HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!