So this year I changed up my tree. Normally, I decorate for the kids with toys, and candy colors, but I was in the mood for something a little more "grown up." I took one of my thrifted doilies and set it on the table for the tree to sit on instead of the traditional skirt. I stiffened a collection of smaller crocheted doilies and pieces of battenburg, a couple of white cotton angels with crochet trim, glittered spent light bulbs (FUN recycling project), made some paper ornaments, fabric roses, a 6 yard strand of faux pearls instead of garland, silver icicles, and the darling little candle lights clipped to branches were a Christmas in July gift from a friend two summers ago.
The basket the tree is sitting in has for the last ten years has been a natural color. Part of my change included the basket. I painted it a rich chocolate brown, hit it in spots with black spray primer, then lightly sprayed over the entire thing with white. For whatever reason, it came out this GORGEOUS blue-gray and it was the best as far as happy accidents go! :) On the table, I have a mercury glass angel and two bottle brush trees that are normally part of my winter forest.
A peek at one of the ornaments I'll share with you this weekend. I found a set of 6 apples at one of my thrift stores for a whopping 50 cents. I didn't want them red, so painting was called for. At first I tried a soft aqua, but the red came through & made one purple. Then I tried white...it went pink, which wasn't terrible, but it wasn't really what I was going for either. Finally, out came my trusty can of Rustoleum metallic spray paint in CHROME and I ended up with these absolutely darling faux mercury glass apples. I'm in love!
This is the winter forest on top of my entertainment center. I try to add something every year. This year it's the milk glass cup with silver & white berries wrapped in pearls, a stacked paper tree (not shown), and that darling memory/tag book on the tripod. I'll share a VERY detailed tutorial for that with you another time.
And finally for today, this is the top of my microwave cabinet. The glass collection is always there, I simply put my glittered bird and some pretty miniature blue ornaments under the cake dome, and put some pearl sprays in one of my hobnail milk glass cups.
I also made a really neat garland for my front window...I'll share that tomorrow with details on the ornaments. Thanks for stopping by & have a great rest of your day!!