Author Archives: Jennifer Perkins

About Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins is an Austin based mom, DIY project designer, blogger, social marketing strategist and Treetopia brand ambassador.

How to decorate a music themed tree.

I knew I was hanging on to all those vinyl records for a reason. All those trips to the record store are still paying off. Nowadays, I seem to craft using records more than I play them, but at least they are getting used. And used pretty well in the case of this rocking version of the Treetopia Pretty in Pink Potted Christmas Tree.
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I love thrift stores, flea markets, estate sales – you name it. When I heard there was an actual holiday called National Thrift Shop Day, I felt it my duty as a red-blooded American to decorate a tree to show my support.
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My kids are prolific crafters. I have no idea where they get it from. That being said, I have a LOT of kid art around my house. Sometimes I incorporate it into my art journals, other times I go old school and hang it on the fridge, and I’ve been known to make it into jewelry. Sadly, most times it ends up in a box under my daughter’s bed. They make more art than we can display and I just don’t have the heart to get rid of it.
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Christmas trees in July, I have one (or two) every year. The beauty of the Winter White Potted Pine Tree is that it can be decorated for almost any occasion – Cinco de Mayo, Easter, Mardi Gras or 4th of July.
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I tend to see the world through holiday colored glasses when I am antique shopping.  Whether I am at a thrift store, flea market or garage sale somewhere in the back of mind I am looking at everything thinking: “How could that be holiday decor”.  I get serious tunnel vision around Halloween and Christmas, but year round I am on the prowl.  Here are a few suggestions for things you could find at this weekend’s estate sale and use come December.

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Pink Flamingo Tree by Jennifer Perkins

Pinwheels, water guns, and pink flamingos – summer is here!  Bring the outdoor fun into the air-conditioned comfort of your home with a summer fun tree. A quick trip to the beach toy aisle will supply you with everything you need to decorate your Some Like It Hot Tree.
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How to use marquee lights for Mother's Day.

Mother’s Day is this weekend – put that special lady’s name in lights! Why stop there? Decorate an entire tree in her honor. I did. (more…)

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Cinco de Mayo Tree

Living in Texas, Cinco de Mayo does not go unnoticed. My daughter is learning about it in school and piñatas are for sale on the end caps at the grocery store — it only makes sense that we would celebrate the holiday at home as well.

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Feliz Navidad Tree

At first I thought I would recreate my Feliz Navidad tree, but how could I improve upon cactus, mini piñatas and souvenir skirts? I know, I needed my friend Crafty Chica and a papel picado banner.

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Embossed papel picado banner.

Using Crafty Chica paper, baker’s twine, a Big Shot, hole reinforcer stickers, Avery Elle Papel Picado goodies and embossing supplies, I whipped up a banner. It was mini and just right for a Winter White Potted Pine Tree.

Papel picado banner for Cinco de Mayo.

Cinco de Mayo Tree.

I was pleased as punch with how my banner looked on the tree!

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Cinco de Mayo tree complete with cactus, piñatas and festive flowers.

My cactus and mini piñatas came back out to play for Cinco de Mayo. I also updated with tons of colorful faux flowers to help welcome spring.

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Papel picado banner for Cinco de Mayo.

Last, but not least, I had to hang a real papel picado banner to reflect the mini version I made for my Cinco de Mayo tree. I can’t wait to turn this baby on come May 5th and sip a few margaritas under the glow of my fabulously decorated tree!

How to buy vintage holiday decorations.

Buying Christmas ornaments in spring may seem odd to some people, but not to me. If you collect vintage Christmas decor, the off-season is often the very best time to buy. Take it from a seasoned antique/flea market/thrift store shopper – I know what I am talking about. Through the years and 100 Christmas trees later, I have learned a few things about collecting vintage Christmas decorations. These are my top 10 tips!

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Easter Tree Decorated by Jennifer Perkins

Easter Tree Decorated by Jennifer Perkins

I have decorated my Some Like It Hot Tree to look like a Vegas Showgirl, a Sweetheart Tree, and this month it is a giant kitschy ode to Easter. I kinda want to leave this one up all year. Easter is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for. Why? Because out of all my vintage holiday collectibles, the Easter ones might be the most tacky. I use the word tacky in the most endearing of ways. I mean it in a Dolly Parton circa 1979 kind of way, which is a total compliment.

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