Tuesday, December 21, 2010

White Wednesday #9

It has been many years since I have visited Roger's Gardens at Christmas time.
I really don't have a reason except for the fact that every December
is the craziest, busiest month for us.
The girls' dance performances - there's 3 of them,
not to mention the extra rehearsals.
The millions (OK maybe not millions, but it might as well be)
of Christmas parties and family gatherings,
our anniversary,
and everything else that goes on during Christmas time.

But ever since I saw this picture of this awesome decked out tree,
I knew I had to see it in person.
We also have been meaning to take the kids
to see the GINORMOUS Christmas tree they put up
at Fashion Island every year.
And we also wanted to watch the boats go by
at Balboa, all lit up with their Christmas lights.

And even thought it has been POURING rain,
we decided to still make the drive.

So, get ready...here's the awesome tree...

Isn't it just BeaUtiFul?!?!
I told you it was awesome!

Wait till you see the price tag...
NOT so awesome.

In case you can't see it,

I'm sure you're thinking what I'm thinking...

I can sooo do that myself.
And for MUCH less money, to say the least.

But it still is beautiful, and to be fair,
it probably stands about 4 feet tall I'd say.
I have no idea how many pieces of rhinestone jewels
adorne this tree but most of the time I can find
nice ones for about a buck a piece.
If there were a thousand or so on it,
I guess that would cost a pretty penny.
So maybe next year I'll try to do one a tad bit smaller.

They also had many, many other brilliantly, sparkling ornaments on several trees.

I also loved all of these glittered out girlie ornaments and crowns.
Aren't they so sweet?
 These huge cherubs were also completely covered in
a creamy, sparkly glitter from head to toe.

And yes, these gigantic, life size reindeer,
also covered in that glitter.

I really, really, really loved this huge
decorative oval piece.
I didn't even bother to ask the price.

Aren't these just so super pretty?
Other than the decked out $4000. tree,
These soldered creations were my favorite.
I've been wanting to learn to solder crystals for a while now
and I think I'll be getting my chance very soon.

Even through the trecherous rain,
we did make it to the HUMONGOUS tree at Fashion Island.

Unfortunately, we didn't make it to see the boats and
even though we were all completely soaked,
the kids had a great time!

Happy White Wednesday everyone!

Be sure to check out all the fun whites at Faded Charm.

Thank you again Kathleen for faithfully hosting WW!

If I don't get a post in before CHRISTmas,

I'm wishing everyone a  wonderful

Oh, I also have a little tease...
I see that I am gently approaching,
dare I say,

I'm thinking a GIVEAWAY would be appropriate
to celebrate my humble accomplishment.

I know there's lots of blogs out there with
hundreds and even thousands of followers but
I am truly, truly grateful and exicited to reach 100!

More details on that later.

Go and have a Merry CHRISTmas and
Happy New Year with your loved ones.
Hold them tightly.

And remember, JESUS is the reason for the season.

Sincerest CHRISTmas blessings to everyone!



  1. Wow! that's a tree with some bling, but $4000! Good grief! Does it have some real diamonds on it! lol! I'm sure you can make one just as pretty!

  2. Missy,
    I love Rogers Garden! I am glad you shared it this year because I didn't make it. Love the rhinestone tree! The price not so much. Wonderful White Wednesday. Ciao Rita

  3. Wow...that figures out to a thousand a foot. Good gravy...I've got a 12" one and I only paid $49 and whined about that!
    It's still gorgeous.

  4. Wow! How gorgeous all of their things are! Especially the $4000 tree but yikes! Not QUITE in my budget. Oh well, great to look at and be inspired by and sometimes that is great.

    Happy WW,

  5. Cool Pics Missy. I have never been to Rogers Gardens, but have heard raves about it. I also heard about that bejeweled tree. Gorgeous.
    Merry Christmas!

  6. Oh my, that tree is incredible (jaw dropping)! So funny, you say "i can make that" that's what i say all the time when i'm out & see something completely out of reach...but, it usually doesn't happen! lol Thanks for sharing all these treasures, i truly appreciate the vision of dreaming!

  7. Hi, Missy! I'm your newest follower! This is a gorgeous post. I bet you'll be to 100 in no time. That bling tree is just gorgeous but $4000? Whew...I'd love to see you make a smaller version. Lovely blog and family! Merry Christmas to you!

  8. Hi Missy! I never heard of Rogers Gardens. Thanks for the info and pics!
    Merry Christmas! Amber

  9. Holy Guacamole! What a tree! Thanks for sharing such gorgeous photos!

    Merry, Merry Christmas!!

  10. Hi Missy,
    I love going to Rogers Garden too, especially at Christmas time! You all were brave to go see the tree in the rain, but your photos are fabulous!!
    I hope your having a lovely holiday season and I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a joyous and healthy New Year!

  11. Beautiful photos....and 100 is someting to be proud of!
    Merry Christmas to you Missy,

  12. ...wow ...great pictures of fun stuff !...

  13. Just Beautiful Displays, so inspiring and romantic LOVE It all, and so love the family pic- what a Grand Tree- A New Happy Follower, ill be back for more Inspiration
    Merry Christmas Karryann

  14. Dear Missy, thank you so much for your visits and comments all these months. I'm sending you and your wonderful family all the love of Christmas and the best wishes for 2011~

  15. That tree is fantabulous, wow!!!

    Wishing you a very blessed and Merry Christmas!


  16. Merry Christmas to you~~love Roger's Gardens...one of my fav places to visit...

    Have a blessed holiday with your family:)

    Blessings to you,
    Kay Ellen

  17. Hello there Missy,

    How lovely!..,

    What a fabulous $4000.00 tree of white rhinestone, 'bling'!.., Love it!~ Wow!

    I dare say one could make a smaller one for less, yet what an inspiration!~ Thanks so much for sharing all of the lovely inspirations with us..,

    I also loved reading about your family time as well, despite the rain; what an adorable and heartwarming picture by the tree!

    I am so delighted to have discovered your lovey blog!~ I see that I am your 100th follower also.., Perhaps you'll also come by to say 'hello' some time soon and also kindly consider, 'following' me as well..,

    I'd love to have you visit and 'share a warm sit by the fire and a cup of tea'!..,

    ~ Speaking of tea.., You are also warmly invited to partake next week with my 65th, 'Tuesday Tea For Two', weekly blog tea party.

    ~ Just simply post something, really anything your heart desires on the topic of tea and then kindly mention 'Tuesday Tea For Two', by name with a link back to my, 'The Plumed Pen' blog and, 'voila'!..,

    Simply then register with Mr. Linky and there you have it..,I'd love to have you partake!

    Have a marvelous New Year!

    Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee @ http:/theplumedpen.blogspot.com

  18. MISSY! I need you address so I can send you a pillow!
    thx! Amber

  19. Thanks to Kristin at "My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia" my first ever link party for Cottage Flora Thursday's is up & running! Inviting you to come over & link a cottage garden post you may have & please advertise "Cottage Flora Thursday's" on your post that you link!! & don't forget to become a follower of my blog !!!

  20. Hi, Missy! Thanks so much for your visit today--you're so sweet!

    LOVE that jeweled tree--$4,000?!?!?! Wow! I haven't been to Fashion Island forever...and I really miss the boats all lit up at Balboa--fun memories!

    So enjoyed your love story in your earlier post--what a perfect man for you--how wonderful! And Happy (belated) Anniversary to you both!

    I'll be following along...you've got a lovely blog!


  21. Hi Missy, The $4000 tree is gorgeous...but a little out of my budget. What a pretty place at Christmas. Thanks for your sweet comment on my candlesticks. I appreciate you dropping by.


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