it’s beginning to look a lot like christmas …

I have nothing to show.  Well, almost nothing to show.  But it’s not something I created.  It was “outsourced to World Market


… but I’m hoping to recreate it next year.


So instead I’ll share some random thoughts …


Like, was anyone else distracted by Matthew’s brassy highlights in the season 3 premiere of Downton Abbey?  Who knew the British ruling class highlighted their hair at the turn of the century.  I was having a hard time focusing on his protestations about taking Lavinia’s family money.  I was blinded by the brass …


Speaking of Downton Abby, in my naiveté (I’m a novice to the series and didn’t realize season 3 had already aired in the UK), I crossed paths with a spoiler online about a major character that left me quite sad.  Don’t fret.  I won’t spoil it for you too.  I’m not that kind of person … or blogger.


And then there’s my obsession with Christmas.  Christmas 2013, that is.  The advance planning has taken shape in the form of bottle brush tree deliveries.  I already told you about the trees on sale I found at Boscov’s.  All 42 arrived safe and sound.


But then I stumbled across these …




… at World Market online.  And they are even more fabulous in person.  All seven glorious inches of them.  I tried to hoard even more, but World Market  would only cough up one set of four.


That’s okay.  I have a plan for those 42-assorted-sized green trees from Boscov’s. They will be bleached.  And dyed.  Following the most fabulous video tutorial ever that I found here.  It’s well shot. Well edited. Easy to follow.  Set to the backdrop of a great song. An all around a viewing pleasure …


Oh, and who knows, I may even dye one tree brassy blonde in honor of Matthew’s hair …

Winking smile


… and, no, I didn’t spend my entire day yesterday bleaching bottle brush trees for next year’s Christmas décor.  Well, not all day.  And not all the trees.  Just a sampling.  You know, to make sure it really works …





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  1. Well aren’t those blonde trees pretty? I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us next Christmas. Should I stock up on bottle brush trees now? :) Have a great day!


  2. YES on Matthew’s hair.

    And you totally crack me up.

    And I love the blonde trees – matches my ivory and brown world here perfectly.

    I think I need them.

  3. Those are so cool! So fun that you’re getting ready for Christmas 2013 already! ;)

  4. I ordered the trees from Boscovs right after you posted about them and they came yesterday. I will be copying everything you do to them now! Thanks for sharing the links. These were impossible to find at the flea market this year. Plus I would feel kind of bad about bleaching and painting the vintage ones, so the new ones are great.
    And I came across that Downton Abbey spoiler last week too and I thought I was going to cry… Not too obsessed with that show….

  5. Gosh, hoping that spoiler doesn’t come MY way!! Yes, he was a tad brassy. :)
    xo Heidi

  6. You are making me want some bottle brush trees! Those are sooooooo cute! I am not sick of Christmas this time, and that scares me, I do NOT need to buy more decorations!

  7. Well I am sort of in awe. You’re a bottle tree bleaching, Downton Abbey watching, December 2013 planning, organized queen… who might be avoiding a dining room with board & batten or a bedroom with some beadboard.

  8. It’s being to look a lot like Christmas at ‘it all started with paint’ :)…I hope it will eventually bring us a little snow. Your bottle brushes I am sure will be the envy of everyone in cyberspace. I might have to find a few myself, so I am not left behind this coming Christmas.

  9. I have 42 trees too – and I made myself put them away for awhile since I have some sewing to do instead of bleaching trees. But I’d love to be working on them, it’s just that fun!

  10. Love it… Preparing for Christmas in January. You are awesome!!!

  11. Kelly at View Along the Way says:

    I accidentally already watched all of season 3 of downton. TRYING not to spill all the secrets! :X

  12. I stumbled on to these bottle brush woodland creatures today and thought of you but, don’t worry you’re in good company, look at Martha’s table. Maybe you need a bottle brush rabbit or a bottle brush groundhog….aren’t they CUTE?

  13. I had no idea you could bleach them…my plans for 2013 Christmas now is…as I am packing away the items as we speak..the drill has been…keep..toss…keep toss…..So nice that you are so well prepared for next Christmas!! So maybe I shall dry and dip those mini “green” trees…and see what happens!!….Love “The Abby”….

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