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Monday, December 29, 2014

Decorating with Bottle Brush Trees

I am sure most of you are 'done' with seeing Christmas decoration but here are some I did not get time to post before Christmas.
I have a sizable collection of vintage bottle brush trees but this year I enjoy bleaching and dying the new ones. 

Pictures will speak for themselves. 

Trees inside a tree.

... in a birdcage with ironstone and silver ...

... old metal cogs anchor this tree

new bleached trees ... love how they turned out. 

antique mercury glass deer ornament 
and $ Store white trees. 

With these last two pictures, you are getting a peek at the antique, re-purposed kitchen cabinet that I put in our remodeled bathroom.
Reveal coming soon. 

This old Snowman loves his bottle brush tree and a happy snowman on the right that has just gathered a wagon load of snowballs. 

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus took their old beat-up Tonka truck to the tree farm. 
(no cab, so now it is a convertible)

I have had these figures for years and did not realize they were knee huggers until I was stuffing them in this truck.

Looks like she is flirting with Santa. 

 This vintage car is about 12" long 
This had to be the worse tree on the lot.

This little car is only about four-inches long but he can carry his tiny tree in his rumble seat. 

I asked our grandsons (21 and 23) why this back seat, out in the weather, was called a 'rumble-seat'.
Both whipped out their cellphone and Goggled it.

Very interesting, at least they thought it was. 

Went back in time ... a bench/seat on the back of a carriage for footmen or servants.   

 Also, in an automobile ... called the mother-in-law seat 
or honeymoon seat.
Too long to go into details here ... 

This vintage, crinkle-wire-wrapped, 
mercury glass tree topper hangs upside down on the chandelier over the dining table.
 Happy New Year 2015 

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  1. Such wonderful collections Audrey. Happy New Year.

  2. Wou! Pretty.Santa in jeep...! Thanks and You Too!
    Hugs from Serbia,

  3. What pretty vintage pieces! and the bottle brush trees are classic! I hope you have a happy New Year!


  4. Oh, Audrey, you know how much I love bottle brush trees - yours came out beautiful. I keep mine out all year. My favorite vignette is the one with Mr. and Mrs. Claus going to the tree farm with the Snowmen along the way. Thanks for coming to the party.

  5. You have SO MANY cool things, Audrey - love the deer. And the toy cars! Your bottle brush trees are wonderful - I might try bleaching some...:) Hope you have a very happy New Year!

  6. Audrey, just love all of your bottle brush trees and those cute little snowmen--such charming vignettes! Happy New Year Friend! Blessings, Cecilia

  7. What an interesting display! I like the trees inside the tree. Tell me about bottle brush trees. Do you make them or buy they? Antique shops or new? Hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Nancy

  8. Audrey, I love, love it all! I too had fun bleaching some bottle brush trees this year. Some of mine went blotchy too. Kind of cool. I had one package that did not bleach well. Love all of your old cars and the knee huggers are adorable! Wishing you a Happy New Year!

  9. That's funny that you never noticed Santa and Mrs. Claus were knee huggers. I wish I had your imagination for putting together things, like the trees and the gears. It's all beautiful and so interesting! Happy New Year!

  10. You have done some wonderful creations!!!
    I've missed you dearly....wondering if you were okay. Now, I see you've just been very busy.

    Happy New Year to you Audrey

  11. I love all your tree vignettes Audrey. Santa and Mrs Claus are totally adorable in that truck. Happy New Year!

  12. Oh my goodness, Audrey--such a huge collection of wonderful vintage decorations. The hand blown deer is beautiful--so delicate and perfect. And I love all your vintage cars with trees. I'm going to keep my eye out for some vintage cars--don't have a one yet! Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks Diana ... yes, I had fun with the cars with trees this year.
      Thanks for the visit.

  13. Love, love, love all of your bottle brush trees, Audrey!! You have them displayed in so many fun vignettes.
    Mary Alice

  14. I really love your vintage Christmas decor, it is so charming and fun. Jo

  15. I just love bottle brush trees and have been playing with some for winter decorating. Your bleached "striped" ones are fabulous! Love all your vignettes!

  16. Thank you for driving over to Make It Monday and sharing your holiday vignettes.

  17. wow! What a great collection of bottle brush trees! I love all the creative ways that you displayed them! Truly a joy to see your decorations...thanks for sharing them with us.

  18. Oh, so glad to see your pretty decos...everything looks marvelous. I love your bottle brush trees..I've never had one but have all the Christmas stuff I need. In fact, I sorted thru mine as I put them away and started a box for the first grand that gets married..

  19. Hi Audrey for finding me through Anne's feature of my home and blog. Now I have found you. New follower.
    Happy Sunday.

  20. So glad to see I'm not the only one who hangs on to their Christmas spirit! I love those knee benders and the silver and old keys are just gorgeous! Happy New Year!

  21. I love every one of your sweet bottle brush vignettes.


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