Sneak peak

By Catherine

Here is a little sneak peak from Deck the Hall, my new book that will arrive in November. We have lot of fun right now decorating and photographing Christmas trees.

Our house hosts 12 Christmas trees; we have sixteen rooms so it’s not too crowded. This is one of our smaller trees. It’s almost impossible to decorate that many trees every year so half of them are trees with a more permanent decoration. The balls are secured with wires and most of them are shatter proof. I store the trees upright with a cover around them.

If the tree has some delicate balls, I remove them and store them separately. This saves me a lot of time, it takes me approximately 10 minutes per tree to freshen them up, fluff all the branches and hang the extra balls. It would have taken me 2-3 hours to dress them from start, some trees even more.

Deck the Hall will give you a better look at Christmas trees, tips on how to dress them, what makes them look larger and what makes them appear smaller. How colors affect them and why a golden tree sometimes look more orange than gold.

Read the first three chapters in my books

Vinden ven med ett öronbedövande ljud runt huset, ett komplext och skrämmande ljud. I bakgrunden fanns ett otäckt susande som aldrig riktigt slutade. I förgrunden knakade och tjöt det i takt med att hela huset skallrade, vilket skapade ett olycksbådande dovt ljud. Vinden fick huset att kränga och vrida sig, som om det försökte skydda sig genom att röra sig i ryckiga kvidande rörelser.


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He looked at me with his big, black eyes and he wasn’t scared. When I took a few steps away from the porch, he turned around and walked towards a pile of wood, that my husband had… more

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"What are we doing here?" she quietly asked herself. "Is this crazy?"

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