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.
Some Like it Hot Pink Tree decorated with Valentine's Day decor

Love is in the air!

I just couldn’t bring myself to hide the awesomeness of my Some Like It Hot Tree in the attic after Christmas. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, nothing says love like a 7ft tall hot pink tree. Pack away your Christmas decorations, BUT don’t put your red and pink ornaments too far out of reach.
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Treetopia’s Rolling Tree Storage Bag

“Where do you put it all?” is one of the number one questions I get asked after every holiday. Well, it all goes in my attic; I have all the holidays separated by color and section. Ornaments can go in bins, I have cases for my wreaths, but my trees often just sit in the attic covered with sheets. Now that I have upgraded to Treetopia trees I want to protect these beautiful babies with something more solid than an old sheet. This is when I got my first tree bag.

Red, sturdy, spacious, and has wheels: no, it’s not an SUV. It’s Treetopia’s Rolling Tree Storage Bag.

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Toasted Champagne Tinsel Tree with NYE decor

A Toasted Champage Tinsel Tree decked out for NYE

Christmas is over, but if you are like me, there is no hurry to take your trees down. It’s always a lot more fun putting up Christmas decorations than it is taking them down. Avoid that problem just a little bit longer and prolong the life of your tree by using it to celebrate another holiday – New Year’s!
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Happy Holidays!

I hope you are surrounded by friends, family and hopefully some Christmas cookies. About now, I am curled up with a belly full of enchiladas, basking in the pink glow of my Some Like It Hot Tree and listening to my children play with their new toys. Every family has their own tradition that makes the holidays special; what is yours?

Perkins Christmas photo

Merry Christmas!

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Everyone wants their family to enjoy the Christmas tree. The problem is, small children sometimes want to enjoy the tree a little too much. Just like the family cat, Christmas trees do not enjoy babies pulling their limbs. The cat might hiss, but the tree might fall. Christmas tree safety is something to consider when the wee ones are not quite old enough to fully understand “no.” Or in the case of my children, just pretend not to hear it.

Girl with Christmas tree

Kids love Christmas trees

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All pink Christmas trees are not created equal. After receiving my Some Like It Hot Pink Treetopia tree, I am acutely aware of this. I still love my other hot pink trees, just not quite as much as I used to. It’s a Dodge Dart to a Ferrari thing; they are both fine, but one is just clearly going to be a lot more fun to drive and show off to your friends. I did a little comparing between hot pink trees to help illustrate my point.

Jennifer Perkins with a Hot Pink Christmas Tree

Jennifer Perkins with her Some Like It Hot Pink Christmas Tree

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I love pre-lit trees; all the hard work is already done for you. When I get my Christmas tree down, I want to skip as many steps ahead and get to decorating as fast as possible. Sometimes, even pre-lit trees might beg for a bit more light. Maybe you want to layer on larger novelty lights, flashing lights or possibly lit tree toppers. Taking that little bit of extra time to get your tree lights just right before you start decorating is worth it in the end.

Bubble Lights
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Think of your Christmas tree as an ice cream sundae. The tree is the actual ice cream, the ornaments are the sprinkles, and your tree topper is the cherry on top. You eat the cherry first right? Well, same thing with a Christmas tree. Before anyone notices all the ornaments and garlands you strategically placed, they are going to notice your tree topper.

Now, unconventional colorful Christmas trees call for unconventional tree toppers. Here are some Christmas tree topper ideas that you can customize to fit your theme to really make your tree pop.
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When I was a jewelry designer I specialized in unusual findings in my one of a kind creations. Cracker Jack charms, baby rattles and eyeglasses filled the pages of magazines like Elle Accessories and Marie Claire with my designs. Often when interviewed, I would say that if something would sit still long enough I would eventually find a way to make it wearable. I seem to decorate a Christmas tree with the same attitude.

Large or Small: How to Decorate with Ornaments of any Size

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The Oh Christmas Tree with Fisher Price toys and Peppermint Twist Candy Canes

Size is really the only thing you need to consider when decorating your tree (or making jewelry). When it comes to creative Christmas decorations for your tree, anything can become an ornament as long as it is not too large or too heavy. Even items on the heavier side can occasionally be wired to your tree. I’m not talking decorate a tree for your home gym with dumb bells, though I like the concept.

Quick tips for decorating with heavier ornaments:

  • Try to keep items under 2lbs each. These items won’t weigh down your branches, but several of them will make your tree extra heavy.
  • Consider wiring your tree to the wall, especially if you have small children. I often use zip ties around my trees for just this reason.

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Anyone can decorate a Christmas tree, but it takes a special person to make a tree exceptional and inspiring. Treetopia has chosen their favorite holiday tastemakers from all over the blogosphere to be members of their 2014 Treetopia Design Council. These are bloggers with impeccable taste, a keen eye for design and the uncanny ability to decorate a mean Christmas tree. I am honored and thrilled to be working along side such a talented group of designers.

Bloggers of Treetopia's Design Council 2014

Clockwise from top left: Rayan Turner, Michael Wurm, Jr., Lindsay Ballard, Reichel Broussard, Katrina Sullivan, Kami Bigler, Sam Henderson, and Amy Renea Kauffman.

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