Saturday, November 28, 2009

Glittery, Glistening & Gleaming


Hi everyone! Did you brave the Black Friday crowds or did you stay in like me? I never go out on BF. It's just not worth it to me. But I have several friends who live for this day! My daughter and I enjoyed a day of crafting, art making, movie watching & eating (my Husband unfortunately had to work since he's in retail). Plus, I took down all my fall decorations so I can start Christmas Decorating!! I LOvE decorating for Christmas. I love thinking of new ways of using what I have and it's fun to see what I bought at the end of the season last year (cause you know I don't remember)!


I worked on some more trees. I made another colorful one for my living room. Isn't that red and white polka dot rick rack just the cutest!


I also worked on some trees for my dining room which I decided would only be white, silver or glittery ones. Since last year I did a shiny shimmery Christmas I thought the dining room would be perfect to rework those decorations. Black and silver - white and silver - love those together!


This little silver bottle brush tree below is one I picked up at Target for $4.99! They don't even have them on display at my Target. They're in boxes on the top shelf above the cute cute Christmas Cottages they have this year (they light up and look like vintage glitter houses). Those are definately on my end of season sale list for this year!



I added the silver ornaments, the sparkly topper and the silver bead garland to this white one.


This sparkly silver one is a bleached bottle brush tree that I sprayed with spray adhesive and then dumped a whole lot of Martha Stewart silver glittler on.  I also added some silver ornamaents.


Here they all are together. I'm not keeping them here though. They're going on top of  my little black china cabinet in the dining room.

A few more pictures just because I think they look so pretty!
















Be sure to check back Tuesday for the December Book Giveaway! Also Friday, December 4th is the Cloche Party hosted by Marty at A Stroll Thru Life. I'm really not that good with cloches (or wreaths) but I've challenged myself to come up with something creative. Hopefully I will!  Have a great weekend!






63 comments:

Beth said...

Your trees are SO cute! I love them. No, I did not get out in the freezing cold, early in the morning to fight the crazy crowds. Not for me!

Julie said...

Just gorgeous, Manuela! Glistening indeed! My daughters talked me into a bit of BF shopping, but not until after noon--I'm not crazy! I did the early morning thing once--no more!

LOVE your trees--those are my favorites, too, and I DID notice those at Target--they are on my list for today!!! Love those trees you made, too--I'll have to give those a try.

So glad I found your blog--just beautfiful and so inspiring! Hope your weekend is lovely and restful!

Sammy Girl said...

Oh, Manuela! You are right! That polka dot rick rack is AWESOME! I am also loving the idea of the white and silver trees on that silver tray and using cream and sugars for the bases. Mmmm ... think I'm going to steal, oops I mean BORROW, that idea! I also like the beaded stuff on the tray -- is that a garland of some sort? Definitely a great touch!
No BF for us, we are in the middle of our "Thanksgiving travels" ... up to Seattle today where the Pink Princess runs in her first 1/2 marathon on Sunday!
Enjoy your weekend and I'm looking forward to seeing your cloches and wreaths!
Hugs --
Betty :)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Your trees are so pretty! I have some here somewhere - need to get them out and decorate them. I don't shop on BF. I did one year many years ago and said never again.

Suzann @ The Olive Cottage said...

sooooo pretty. I keep eyeing these and wanting to buy some, but I haven't. I might just give in and get some.

Betsy said...

Your trees are gorgeous! I love how bottle brush trees look vintage even when they are new!

I never venture out on BF either...I prefer to flop and eat leftovers. :)

I need to think about getting out the decorations, too!

Bella said...

I just love these trees! They are so pretty. And yes, the polka-dot one is adorable.

The Tattered Cottage said...

Hi Manuela!
Your trees are gorgeous!! I love the polka dot rick rack is so sweet! Love it. I'm with you, BF is not my thing either. I tried it a couple of years ago because my friend swore you got the best deals. Well, I didn't and it was just too much pushing and shoving for me :) Can't wait to see the rest of you holiday decor :)
Have a great weekend.
Toni

Tricia Anne said...

Your trees are adorable! I am currently working on a felt ball {I did not have the tree form like you do-so used what I had...smile} and wanted to say thank you for the idea and tutorial!
I hope that you had a very nice Thanksgiving. :o) No, I too do not go out on BF.
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

mcnairy said...

Love the trees - very inspiring. Your post also reminds me I need to polish my silver.

Jacki said...

You're right - they ARE so pretty! Adorable ideas, Manuela!

Barbara Jean said...

Wonderful little trees.

thanks for coming by the other day.

blessings

barbara jean

Adrienne said...

Hi, Manuela -
Your trees are gorgeous and you have inspired me to get busy and do some things to add beauty to the Christmas decor in my home. I, too, avoid the Black Friday crowds and craziness. My daughter and daughter-in-law shopped and found some good buys but I prefer to stay home and relax and 'putter' a bit. Thanks for sharing your inspiring blogs about the little trees. I think I'll find some and see what I can do with them! ~Adrienne~

Kathleen Grace said...

I am loving all things silver, white and red this year. I love how you put your bottle brush trees in silver containers! It will be acouple weeks before I can decorate my dining room since we will have to completely empty it out for the plasterer to come this week and fix the ceiling. Then after it dries for a week I will have to paint and I am considering painting a different color since I have to paint anyway! I'll just have to come here for my decorating fix:>) Beautiful job, as always, Manuela!

Kathleen Grace said...

Oh yeah, where did you get the polka dot ric rac?

Linda's Blue Gate said...

Oh my gosh Manuela......... I love those tree in the silver.... just stunning..... and that rick rac is the cutest EVER....
No shopping for us.......
HUgs
Linda

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your trees look beautiful! I love the little ornaments and trim you've added ~ makes them unique! I don't go out on Black Friday either. I started my decorating yesterday. My hubby is also in retail so he was out of the house by 1:00 a.m.!

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

So, so beautiful, Manuela! Love those bottle brush trees! Thanks for sharing and enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend.

Blessings,
Sandi

hip chick said...

It sure is looking pretty at your house. I stayed in and made my house look Christmasy also. I never do shopping on Black Friday.

Nadine said...

So beautiful - you have inspired me to get decorating, the boxes are sitting on the floor I just need to unpack and display!

Blessings!
~Nadine

Linda said...

Beautiful Manuela! You certainly have an eye for beauty and a talent for making it happen!

You have me wanting my decorating to get started...but I am tired, (lazy)...and need my husband to help me. Maybe we can get to digging things out of the closet in the basement and start the many trips upstairs to let the dcorating begin! (:>)

Have a good weekend!

Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

Angie said...

Those trees are adorable! Everything is looking beautiful!

Linda said...

Oh I love the red and white one with the rickrack, but they are all beautiful, good job. That sounds like a lovely way to spend Black Friday. I spent the day cleaning up and then resting. I do very little shopping and so stay away from Black Friday like the plague. Linda

Wendy said...

Maddie (my daughter) and I went to one store and then rushed home to drink hot chocolate and craft!!
I love what you did to the trees. I have so many great things to say about them, that I started writing it down!
You gave us so many super ideas (thank you)
I especially love the red and white rose bud tree and the silver tree with the little balls.
I also agree what a great find at Target!!
Can't wait to share your site with my mom!
Have fun decorating :)
Wendy

Nancy said...

I like how you spent black Friday. If I didn't have to work, I would have been home doing the same things! I love your decorations. They are so beautiful!

Nancy

matty said...

So pretty! I love the glittery Christmas arrangments. They are so festive! Just what we need this year, don't you think? Brightness!

BF?? NEVER! I don't even like to shop, so I would have be forced out on BF!

Stacey said...

Look at you! Your home is already looking beautiful. I'm going to stay calm and carry on. :)

Sandy said...

Manuela,
Your trees are beautiful. The red and white are my favorite. No BF for this girl, been there done that. Both my girls braved the cold and found several great bargains. Looking forward to all the great Holiday parties and decorating that will soon be starting. I have already started to decorate, so playtime for me has started. Thanks for showing your beautiful trees.
Sandy

Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

You know I'm in love with those little red and white trees, Manuela! And all the others look so pretty. To me handmade is always best. No, I wouldn't think of doing the Friday shopping after Thanksgiving thing. Nope, not me in that madness. I don't even shop really. My kids are grown and I give my daughter money to buy the grandkids what she thinks they should have, as they're in another state. I've challenged myself not to spend a dime on decorating this year. The one thing I've almost caved in on is glitter. I have none! But not gonna do it.
Brenda

Chrissy said...

I love, love, love it!!! I too am in love w/the glitter village houses at Target! Wish I could buy them all now!

glorv1 said...

I love the little trees. Everything is so shiny and pretty Manuela. I don't do BF. It's just not worth it to me to stand in line for some object I don't really need. Hey amiga, have a great Sunday. I love your stuff always.

Mimi Sue said...

Love,love,love your glittery trees. I picked up a bag of bottle brush trees at Home Depot on Friday. So I'll be trying to glitter some up this week. I went to our Target looking for those houses and they didn't have any. Maybe they'll get some in or maybe they were sold out. Very disappointing. I'll keep checking. Mimi

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

Oh all of your trees are amazing! My absolute favorites are the two red and white ones...I ADORE the one with the rick rack and the one with the roses on it is so SO cute! You are so talented! :)

I didn't shop yesterday...the closest I got to shopping this weekend was running to the store for canned pineapple for the dinner my husband was making! :) I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are really enjoying your weekend! :)

Paula said...

I love your bottlebrush trees. Things are really looking like Christmas at your house!

Leann said...

The trees are soo wonderful. I love how you've made the new ones look so vintage and yummy! I didn't brave the crowds at the malls - we went to our local tree farm and cut down our tree!

Enjoy your Sunday!
Leann

Lee Laurie said...

Your trees are beautiful. I'm trying to get some decorating done today too. I finally got a day off. If I didn't have to work on Black Friday, I surely wouldn't be out shopping on that day. I did one year and I didn't like it at all. I worked almost 13 hours this year on Black Friday and all my customers were nice ones this year. Its not like that always. Have fun decorating!

Hugs,
Lee Laurie

Amy said...

So pretty and glittery!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Oh, Manuela! I LOVE your sparkly trees! They are so festive! I especially like the way you have them sprouting from silver teapots and creamers! Yes, I am nursing several hot glue burns. Thanks for suggesting the tweezers! Happy week!...Debbie

Simply Heart And Home said...

Your trees are so lovely! Very creative! I will have to look at my Target for the trees you mentioned.

Have a lovely Sunday.

Gina

Storybook Woods said...

I am soo loving your trees, so many fun ideas. Thank you xoxox Clarice

Lady Katherine said...

The trees are so pretty! just darling! I also love your tole tray! Wish they would find me. Well one did and I am so happy with it. Thank you so much for the lovely card means a lot to me.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Manuela, they are absolutely the sweetest things....I love them. Just perfect to tuck here and there.

Barb ♥

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

The trees are all so pretty. The first thing I noticed was the polka dot rick rack. So cute. I love using silver at Christmas too. We're so crowded here with 8, but I'm thinking of putting up my old silver Christmas tree. Thanks for sharing.
Blessings,
Marcia

june@craftyniche said...

Your trees look darling! I am going to have to copy the red and white felt one. :)

Sandy Toes @ Shell in your Pocket said...

what pretty trees!
sandy toe

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Oh, it is looking beautiful at your house! I love those trees and the way you sparkled them up. Too cute, glad you are getting in the spirit of things. I'm busy decorating too & trying to get it finished & cleaned up. My fave part, enjoying it all!

Nope, I don't do Black Friday either, too chaotic! But I did make it to Ballards Outlet when I was over there this weekend. I did find a pretty treasure.

Charmingdesigns said...

Your trees are just charming!

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

These trees are darling! I love the polka dot ric rack!

blessings
mary

Gracie said...

It's this time of the year I usually get to envy you folks in the States so much, here we don't have such shops as yours and the little ones (usually in big cities)selling season decorations are so much expensive!!!

Jennifer said...

Your black Friday plans like I need to make....a day of crafting beats getting up at 3:30 to shop with insane girlfriends! This was my first and hopefully last BF experiendce!

I love your bottle brush trees. All the sparkle and glitter are so enchanting and magical...just the way Christmas should be!

Happy Monday!

Jennifer

Beeutiful by Design said...

I love the little trees! I just bought a bunch of white ones at the Dollar Tree. They were with the village stuff too. I was not sure what I wanted to do with them until now. Thanks for the inspiration :)

Melissa Miller said...

Gorgeous photos of your stunning Holiday decor' Manuela!
I just adore all the sparkle.

Lovely job! ~Melissa :)

My Cozy Cubby said...

I actually braved BF. Starting at 2:00 a.m. It's only my third time. But never that early! Luckily I got most of what I needed (tag teaming with my sisters-in-law). But, I think next year I'm sleeping in!!

Your decorations look so festive! I'm not quite in the Christmas decorating mode yet. Trying to enjoy every bit that's left of fall! Have a good day!

Pamela

Robin said...

I love your creative way of using bottlebrush trees. I am obessed with them and am loving your display. Beautiful job.

Aubrey said...

LOVE your little Christmas tree display!!!

Darlene said...

I LOVE all of your adorable bottle brush trees. They are so BEAUTIFUL!!

Nope, I don't go out on Black Friday either!

Sarah said...

Manuela, these are the sweetest trees! Everything looks so festive. You are an inspiration to me. I still haven't pulled out my Christmas things. Hope to move in that direction this week. Your beautiful post is getting me in the spirit! Thanks! ~ Sarah

mishebe said...

The trees are so pretty , you are one talented crafty girl!!!

Rainy Day Farm said...

Those are so beautiful. I think I may have try my hand at that. What fun project for Christmas.

Stacy said...

oh my!! your trees are beautiful. i loved how you grouped the three together with all the silver.

i too saw those cottages at target. i couldnt wait and bought the lovely white house and the pink church. hope they have some after christmas too!

Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY said...

How gorgeous. What a great project. I'll have to try this myself.

Happy holidays!

Norma Lee @ Norma Lee Good said...

I love to see what you create. Your trees are absolutely beautiful.

Suzanne said...

These are so adorable, great ideas as always! Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving!