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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
Pam Parker's blog takes on everything from women's fun to momisms to lifestyles around Lake Erie and real estate. She'll take you down Memory Lane, up through sports and fun and off the grid. Get ready for laughs — it's more than just Pam. It's Pamdemonium.   Read more about this blog.
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Posted: December 1st, 2012
House lady’s Christmas tree channels Martha Stewart

After having the pleasure of watching Sandy Blazek of Trellis decorate Packard Manor Estate, we put up our Christmas tree. I looked at Packard tree photos and scoured Martha Stewart articles that would show me what to do with what I had. So technically, Sandy Blazek and Martha Stewart helped. I have glass ornaments, shiny stuff, angels, silver and gold stars, snowmen, sports ornaments, collectibles, antiques, Ninja turtles, Disney, and I think you get the picture. I put it all on the tree that my husband and I cut freshly from the halls of Macy’s. It needed something — color. I could almost hear Martha and Sandy shout “Ribbon!”

So off I went in the Parker sleigh to get enough red ribbon trimmed in gold to bundle the house. Cheap stuff. I wrapped the tree in it with folds that catch light and add dimension. It still needs a topper because I have melted the insides of most of the angels we used in the past. And I broke a few of them too. Dr. Parker, my husband, runs the nutcracker, ornament and angel hospital here. He can only do so much.

If you need some true tree inspiration, check out this week’s cover story in House to Home. It suggests adding craft store finds like silk roses, hydrangeas and magnolias to your tree branches and topping it off “with richly textured ribbon.” Hmmm. I think I need more ribbon! It’s a good thing.

Happy decorating!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

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