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The tree in the Ladies' Parlor is 15 feet tall this year (as are the other two trees) and none of the trees were perfect specimens, to say the least. Each had huge holes and misplaced limbs, that had to be removed and wired into other bare areas. Decorating the trees was a real feat, and the women volunteers who did it (along with the prison trustees who lit the trees) did a spectacular job. All I did this year for the trees was make or remake the bows for the top, which look like a gum-drop on top of a mountain, since the trees are so large! In the two photos here, the middle of the tree is missing; it was impossible to get all of it into a photo.
It took us 3 and 1/2 days to complete the mansion decor this year. As I have said before, it is a wonderful place to work. The staff is so welcoming and helpful, and they feed us like kings. We all said that if we worked at the mansion every day, we'd weigh 500 lbs. inside a year. Mel sits in the Governor's chair and presides over his harem (as we call ourselves).
The mantel in the Ladies' parlor. Mantels are Mel Day's (my employer) domain, and he does five of them every year. There was no particular theme in this room this year.....just lush elegance.....as usual. Nearly all of the decor items are donated or bought at deep discount. All of the greens are cut from the mansion grounds or other state properties.
I did this arrangement in the foyer of the mansion; holly, eleagnes, pine, cedar, fir, ribbon and ornaments are included.
I also did this small arrangement, which sits on a chest to the left of the tree in the Ladies' Parlor.
Rhonda, my coworker, did these showy sprays on the doors leading to the service area of the mansion. They are almost 5 feet tall.
I have a lot of photos from the mansion this year, and it will take a while to process them and decide which ones to post. Bear with me!