Colorful ornaments adorn tree at Smithsonian

California member travels to Washington, D.C., to share decorating skills

Perhaps more than anyone else, Carol Daum has a real "bead" on Christmas. She made by hand more than 150 beaded ornaments adorning an eight-foot tree in the Smithsonian Institution's 12th annual "Trees of Christmas" exhibit in Washington, D.C. Her tree is titled "Beaded Splendor."

Sister Daum, a member of the Studio City (Calif.) 2nd Ward, was selected by the Smithsonian Institution Office of Horticulture to decorate one of the 11 trees for the exhibit at the National Museum of American History. She qualified for the honor after having submitted more than a dozen samples of her work, plus a brief history on beads.Sister Daum, her husband, Augie, and daughter, Pat, went to Washington in mid-December to decorate the tree. They were assisted by her brother and his wife, Bill and Sally Miller of Falls Church, Va. The display of trees will continue through Dec. 6. After the exhibit, all ornaments will be donated to the Smithsonian Institution for their museum of American handicrafts.