Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Christmas Whites & a winner!

I know I have said this a million times already, but I love blogging! I love being able to show all of you the things that I create, bake, make and love. But I also love to see the things you do too. So many of you have so much creative talent I can't stand it! There are just too many wonderful ideas out there and every once in awhile I have to indulge and try it out for myself. Something I have never used or decorated with were bottle brush trees. It was about time I tried it! I found these little trees very cheaply at my local craft store. They were of course green, but I quickly changed that. A little bleach water and within 20 minutes I had these beautiful white trees!
I kept the decorations simple. The two smaller trees have a sweet little string of white pearls wrapped around them. The big tree has pearlescent bubbles, white and silver balls, tiny pastel candy canes and a silver glittered star on the top.
They look even more beautiful sitting under a glass cloche tied with a pretty ribbon. I am amazed at how exquisite these simple little trees look under glass. It really says Christmas to me!
I don't know who the first person was to think of bleaching bottle brush trees and decorating them. I don't know who the first person was to think of putting such pretty things under a glass cloche. Whoever it was-thank you for the inspiration! My favorite view is through the chicken wire on my little white cabinet.
And I finally tried my hand at these book page wreaths. The hardest part for me was rolling the page into a cone. Once I got it, I was on a roll (lol) and I didn't want to stop! I am making large wreaths for Christmas gifts this year. This small one is for my office and you wouldn't believe the compliments I have gotten on it so far. It makes me smile! Thank you to whoever came up with this brilliant idea too. You are a crafting genious!
Now on to the winner of my Eiffel Tower Ornament Giveaway. Thank you to everyone that entered and welcome to my new followers! You have no idea how happy it makes me to see a new comment on one of my posts!The winner is:
June is the sweetest. She has an AMAZING blog with AMAZING pictures. Her home is so beautiful and her gardens always leave me in awe! She was one of my very first followers and she leaves me such kind comments. She is also a fellow Idaho girl and someone I am so glad to call my friend. Congratulations June!
Thank you to everyone who entered! You just never know when I might have another giveaway up my sleeve so be sure to stay tuned!!
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Donna said...

I am in love with your bottle brush trees, Trisha! I've heard of bleaching them, what a terrific idea that I'll have to try! And you are so right, it all looks magical under your glass cloche! Your wreath turned out great, love the Frenchy touch!!

Suzanne said...

Oh Trisha, those trees are so pretty! I think I'm going to give them a try too so...thank YOU for the inspiration. You're so sweet...and your blog is so fun! Thanks for your comments re: my daddy. They make me like you even more than I aready do!!!
Hugs, Suzanne

Jill Marcott-McCall ~Feathers & Flight~ said...

Love your Vignette! Why is it that everything looks so Gorgeous with a Cloche ! Just Lovely!
Visiting from White Wednesday!
Have a Wonderful Day!
Warm Regards

Bonnie ~ a wee Meenit said...

I LOVE the bottle trees, are they vintage?? I agree, the cloches make it soo Christmasy!!
Love your blog, new follower! Get on those vintage ice skates!! ;)

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh WOW, I love everything you made!!! I think I'll have to try to make trees...Today I was out in search of fake snow that people are making snow globes from and I couldn't find any!!!

I LOVE all this Christmas decorating, don't you? YOU are sooo creative!!!
And thank you so much for your sweet note--I am so excited!!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

You are way ahead of me, I have never tried the wreath or bottle brush trees, I am going to keep my eyes open for the bottle brush trees on clearance. Then If I do it next year I can be the last one in all of blog land to try it!LOL Your trees and wreath look fabulous, I am your newest follower, good luck on my giveaway!


Bohemian said...

Congrats to June and I'm loving your sweet decorations... I got some Vintage Bottlebrush Trees to decorate with this year too and I was delighted to find a pair in just the right hues for this year's color palette.

Christmas Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

erin of salvaged whimsy said...

I've often wondered too who came up with bleaching the trees, rolling the paper, and some of the other amazing ideas I've seen in blogland....its made me look at everything differently...like...yeah, its a _____(insert any random object)____, but I wonder if I could make something pretty out of it. I feel like I led a very creatively sheltered life before joining the blog world. You've done a beautiful job on these...thanks for stopping by my blog too!

andrea@townandprairie said...

I loce cloches, too! They look divine at Christmas...trees OR cookies ;) ) andrea@townandprairie

Julie Marie said...

Sooo pretty, I just love bottlebrush trees, new or vintage... xoxo Julie Marie

RuthSMac. said...

They look fabulous! this year I bought two in natural color, I was looking for pink ones but they are way too expensive, anyhow, I will saving for them :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I love all of your projects, Trisha! I bought some trees and bleach to do some of the trees, too! Congrats to the winner!

Doni said...

Hi Trisha!!
You've been busy! Those wreaths are sure to be a big hit, and yours if gorgeous! I love your cloche too...bottle brush trees and wreaths are some of my faves!
Thanks so much for joining my Pearls and Lace party this week! I'm so glad you stopped by!
Blessings, Doni

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Everything looks so pretty, Trisha! I am in the midst of rolling up music sheet scrapbook paper to try my hand at one of those wreaths. Although, I'm reconsidering going with the coffee filter wreath.

Debra@CommonGround said...

Hi Tricia, your wonderful bottle brush trees look magical under your cloche. A simple statement and oh so beautiful! thanks so much for joining in with VIF, xo

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Trishia,
everything looks just so very pretty.TFS.
Conratulations to June. I love her blog too and she is just so sweet.
Have a wonderful week.