Going to be on island for the holidays and looking to spruce up your place with a festive, holiday vibe? Well then, we know just the lady for you. Her name is Christmas Tree Martha and she is known for just that – She creates unique, one-of-a-kind Christmas trees and wreaths to adorn the homes of St. John.
For the second year in a row, Martha Toomey, aka Christmas Tree Martha, has set up shop over in the Marketplace where she is busy creating personalized Christmas trees and wreaths for the holiday season. Martha creates everything from miniature, edible gumdrop trees – perfect for small guest rooms or boats – to larger, tropical-themed trees. The best part – you get to keep all of the neat ornaments that Martha chooses.
So how did Martha get into the Christmas tree decorating business? It all started during a trip to Florence, Italy.
“I’m semi-retired but did 35 years of fundraising events, and Christmas fundraising events were always the most fun,” Martha said. “I was put in charge of my family tree when I was 6. (During) Christmas 2009, right before we moved here, we were traveling through Italy and we had a tree in our hotel room, but no one was around to help us. We had to drag a very heavy potted tree through the streets of Florence!”
And from there, Christmas Tree Martha was born.
Martha’s trees range in price from $15 to $500 depending on the size and scope of the tree. In addition to creating one-of-a-kind trees for residents and guests, she also designs and installs trees for island businesses. (Check out her tree over at Virgin Fire. We hear it’s quite cool.) Martha also rents artificial trees for $35.
All of the profit will benefit Mary’s Family, a disability advocate group that Martha created in 2001. (Mary’s Family is a registered nonprofit organization.)
And if you’re looking to create some holiday crafts with the kids, Martha’s got that too.
“By all means, we’ve got craft projects galore,” Martha said. “Ribbons, bows, styrofoam shapes, beads, glitter … But supplies are limited and going quickly.”
Martha will continue creating Christmas trees and wreaths through Christmas Eve, but if you are interested, we urge you to contact her quickly as supplies are limited. You can contact Martha by email at [email protected] or by phone at (340) 777-7605.