Look, it's a tree skirt! All done! Ta-dah! This is Katherine Eng's '7-Hour Tree Skirt', with a little Julie added in. This pattern is in the December, '08 edition of Crochet Today, or you can get it at e-patterns dot com. I'm thinking I've seen it somewhere else as well, but I can't remember where.
I made it in 'I Love This Yarn' red sparkle, and I made it bigger than the pattern. I put more rows between the shell rows to make it bigger. I also added the edge to it. To me, the edge in the pattern was a little anti-climactic, it lacked oomph. I wanted a bigger edge, kind of finishing with a flourish. I looked for patterns for an edge, but couldn't find what I had in mind, so I kind of made one up. It's just a shell like in the pattern, five double crochets in one space, then two double crochets in each of those five, then for the last row, it was a double crochet and a picot in each of those ten stitches. I think it turned out very pretty. I may use this edge again, you never know. I also didn't add a tie, and I didn't finish the inner edges. I frankly didn't see the need. I wrap a skirt around the base of the tree, so it doesn't need a lot, and the edges were pretty as they were, I thought. Anyway, it turned out just like I had it pictured in my head. Isn't it nice when that happens? It did, however, take more than seven hours to complete, but that's because I went bigger.