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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas Tree Ladders!!!

Love them or hate them? I ADORE them! 

lad·der  

/ˈladər/

Noun
  1. A structure consisting of a series of bars or steps between two lengths of wood, metal, or rope, used for climbing up or down something.
  2. A series of ascending stages by which someone or something may advance or progress.


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 Creative Chaos decided to go with a ladder this year - love the star on top! Gorgous Jutta!!!
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and the fabulously funky junker queen Donna - from Funky Junk Interiors came up with this


 Eclectically Vintage's version


Don't DIY'ers just knock it out of the park?
EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

You just know I had to jump in on the bandwagon, right?
You know I'm just a shameless copy cat, right?
Because if everyone else is climbing the ladder to Christmas Tree success I don't want to be
left on the bottom rung looking up

So I rummaged through the basement - banging and moving things until I found this
John says - what are you doing down there?
Suzan says - looking for the old ladder
John says - for what?
Suzan says - I'm decorating
John says - PLEASE use the newer one  - the old one is really dangerous


Oh but the old rickety vintage one is exactly the one I want to use - John was watching T.V. while
I whipped out some decorations
John says - Do you need help with the ladder?
Suzan says - Nope - I'm ok - thanks
John says - because if you're using the old one I should hold it for you.
John says - Where are you putting decorations that you need the ladder anyway?
Suzan says - Not sure yet - but I know I'll need it so decided to bring it up

She's the kind of girl who climbed the ladder of success wrong by wrong.
                                                             Mae West

Mistakes are merely steps up the ladder.
                            Paul J. Meyer


                                “He that climbs a ladder must begin at the first round
                                                         Sir Walter Scott

" in this industry there are only 2 ways up the ladder
rung by rung - or claw your way up to the top
it's sure been tough on my nails "
Jack Nicholson

And he walks into the living room just as I'm finishing
John says - WHAT THE?
Suzan says - you don't like it?
John says - NO - I'd really prefer a Christmas tree
Suzan says - well we'll have that too of course
John says - Have you gone completely nuts?  It's a crappy old ladder
Suzan says - It's a Christmas ladder - they're all over the place this year
John says - WHERE?  I'VE NEVER SEEN A FILTHY OLD LADDER DECORATED
AS A CHRISTMAS TREE BEFORE - NOT EVER   HOME DEPOT WOULDN'T EVEN
DO IT
Suzan says - well they're
John says - AND WHAT THE HELL DOES A LADDER HAVE TO DO WITH CHRISTMAS
ANYWAYS???????????????
Suzan says - it's a decoration - it's not a representation of anything at all -
John says - yeah well I think it represents the fact that you're on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
John says - Please do not put this in front of the living room window
John says - You know only in this house would you see something like this, I mean it's ridiculous really
John says - You're serious, aren't you
John says - wait I have an old shitty tool box you can decorate
Suzan says - YOU DO? WHERE? BRING IT UP!
John says - Next you'll be putting lights on it ( staring at my ladder and shaking his head )
Suzan says - OMG - I completely forgot the lights!!!

Suzan says - can you bring me up the other ladder later?
John says - NO!!!  GOOD GOD ISN'T ONE ENOUGH?
Suzan says - don't be silly - I need the other one to actually decorate the house now
John says - Why don't you use that one?


Suzan says - And don't act like you like it when everyone else goes on about it
John roars - Is that what you're expecting Suzan - you think everyone's going to go on about this thing?
John says - I think you're going to be a little disappointed my dear
John says - Welcome - welcome to our home - Merry Christmas - please don't mind the ladder................

and just wait everyone - there's going to be some humdinger conversations going on in this household 
before the decorating is over........................





Wait till he finds out I'm off to Home Depot to pick up a couple of empty paint tins to fill to the brim with balls.......................that may just push him right over the edge.
Cost for this decoration - 0.00 - all items on hand!
You cannot push anyone up the ladder unless he is willing to climb.

You are so right Andrew, you are soooo right!
Oh - and I added 1 short string of lights - that's all it needed really to come alive







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43 comments:

  1. How wonderful dear Suzan!!! I love your ladder and I love your post, cracked me up :-).
    hugs from a fellow nut case

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  2. LOVE IT!! Poor John is going to have you committed one of these days. Somehow I envision him with a perpetual look of bewilderment on his face. LOL I have learned from Donna of Funky Junk Interiors that I should never have thrown away ANYthing...I even had a ladder just like yours...now where is that thing???

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  3. tell john we totally get it and it's fabulous.....

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  4. Susan,
    I did a ladder this year too for my front porch. Yours turned out just darling. Love it.

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  5. That is so creative. They made me laugh in a good way!

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  6. I did that years ago when I had cats - cats who loved to wreak havoc with the Christamas tree. So I pulled out the ladder, painted it green, decorated it with non breakable stuff and the cats spent three weeks climbing all over the things and playing with the baubles.

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    1. but they must have wreaked havoc on it no lol?
      painting it green is a great idea!

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  7. Well, I for one, am eagerly awaiting the decorated shitty old tool box! xxx

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  8. I like yours the best. This is very inspiring.
    It is endearing that John told you not to use the dangerous ladder. Then from there your conversation reminds me of Christmas Story when Ralphie's parents 'discuss' the leg lamp. "It's a major award!"

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  9. lol as always but the ladder tree totally love it as usual you knocked it out the park hee hee hee wait till john see's these comments

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  10. Hi Suzan,
    These are amazing. I am blown away at all the different ones.
    Debi

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  11. Oh ya. He thinks all this is wacky. I just pinned a whole bunch of these on Pinterest. Lol. In blog land it flies! Can you imagine mt customers faces if I did this in my window. I was thinking of it. Lol. Most of my customers are "John" types even the women. Only a handful get it! :((. I did one window display with a vintage clothing rack, old film wrapped around all my manicans and vintage movie projector. No one got it. In the beginning I had an old ladder in he window with paint. No reason why but all my customers (new) thought I was a bathroom supply store or a hardware store ??? Ah love blog land. :))

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  12. OH my gosh, you make me laugh every single time. No wonder you have a blog, your writing equals your furniture re-dos. Seriously... funny stuff. I actually busted out laughing (and I'm home alone) when you wrote your husband's comments about the tool box. aw geez. i'm still laughing. what a geek (me, not you)

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  13. I laughed so much I had tears running down my face!
    I am doing a Christmas ladder in our outdoor entertaining area this year where we will host a couple of parties- I was actually going to do it last year, but never got around to it.

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    1. it's a barrel of laughs around here I tell ya lol
      XOX

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  14. LMAO!!! I quite like it (sorry John!) and it's very à propos for a painter like you!! Very trendy.

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  15. I won't comment using Johns name and balls in the same sentence, so I'll just say I like the ladders, and I like yours too.

    Bliss

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  16. Susan what a great post. I love love the ladder and the comment above lol. Happy Holidays to you and wishing you much joy!

    xo
    Kate

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  17. What kind of balls will you be putting in the paint can? lol I'm so glad you have joined the sisterhood of the decorated ladder! Mine was incredibly showy done up for fall and quite the delight of the neighbourhood. Wait til John sees what you do with that ladder at Easter!

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  18. I am so loving your ladder - I have seen them all over blog land and am loving them. I had one I used to decorate outside but had to leave it behind when we moved. It was old and rickety and ugly but I loved it - hubby didn't get it either, lol....

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  19. Suzan, The ladder is wonderful and I had to laugh at your conversation with your husband. Thank you for sharing your pretty Christmas ladder at the Open House party. Happy Holidays.

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  20. To rephrase Mae: wrong by wrong you got this totally right!

    Tell John he is lucky. I showed Chucks several ladder trees for next year and informed him that in May he is going to build what I want! I have decided this is the last of the traditional Christmases. Next year I will be sixty - let the true craziness erupt! I already have a link to 1000 rusty olive buckets - the only problem is that they are in Turkey.

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  21. I like these tree ladders! I found you on the blog hop and am your newest follower.

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  22. This a really cool, different idea! Love your sparkling creation.

    I wonder what this would look like on the outside of my parent's house. My Dad is always using a ladder, this would make a nice twist.

    I'm stopping by from Katherine's Corner blog hop.

    Happy Favorite Things Thursday!

    http://artpark78.com/blog1/i-made-my-2012-holiday-wreath/

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  23. these are wonderful. I love them all!Thank you for sharing at the blog hop xo

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  24. Sweet post--this weekend I will drink a toast to you and John--you're my American Idols! I love your ladder tree, love the blues and silvery lighted decorated goodness of it. And you had Mae West as the icing on the cake, at least for me--thank you, and have a fabulous weekend! (Wait--now I'm thinking--maybe a Mae West ladder tree???Hummmmmmm . . .)

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  25. Love your ladder. I bought an old one and painting it ASCP red and it has lights and holds my CHristmas cards. You can see it on my blog if you'd like.

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  26. Your husband's comments totally cracked me up! Still laughing!

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    1. He's too funny that man - he doesn't get me at all - after all these years!
      XOX

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  27. Haha!!! so funny, love it, actually the silver one is quite pretty, great idea instead of a tree!

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    1. thanks so much!
      we'll be having a tree as well though!
      XOX

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  28. Suzy, Thanks for sharing this creative post at Simple & Sweet Fridays. I love the tree ladders! Such a great idea!


    jody

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  29. You can tell John I love your decorated ladder!
    hehehe too funny. Did he ever get his old tool box for you?
    Debbie :)
    Seeing you linking at Debbiedoo's

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  30. Very creative - even better are your coversations! You two are a hoot!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  31. LOL. I could just picture that conversation between you and your husband! Very funny stuff. Love the ladder. Merry Christmas!

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    1. lol - thanks Kat - they're universal conversations for the most part, I'm sure
      XOX

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  32. Awesome idea! very original indeed. I love this post.

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  33. Beautiful and fun! I love ladder trees.

    Dee

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  34. I use an old ladder in the garden all summer and was just joking with my husband saying I should bring it in and wrap lights around it and here is a post just about that.

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  35. That's awesome! I totally love it! I can see anthropologie actually using the new orange ladders too - remember a couple years ago when they used the orange extension cords in their decor?!!

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Much love, Suzan