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. says

    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. says

    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. says

    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….

  4. says

    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.

  5. says

    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.

  6. says

    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!

  7. 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

  8. says

    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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