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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Feather Tree

I'm sorry, I haven't written in so long.  I have had a bit of the Christmas blahs - very unlike me, but now we have plans and I feel a lot better.  Let me explain, it's just my daughter and myself for Christmas this year and I knew we needed to do something, so it's unorthodox, but we are going to Vegas.  I have never been and I have no luck for gambling but we want to go to Cirque du Soleil Love (I have always loved the Beatles - Paul.... sigh, and my daughter is going through a Beatles phase), my daughter adores The Lion King, and then pools and Target ( Whee!!) will help fill our time.

Every year I bring out my favourite feather tree.  About 10 years ago I saw my first tree in Country Living.  When I looked them up online they were expensive so I bided my time and waited.  I found one finally at Superstore at an after easter sale for the grand total of $3.00!!

It has a horrendous bright bottom and ugly fake green grass but it was the little pink fluffy branches that made me think there was potentional there. I put it in a mercury glass vase this year and then covered that with a fluffy feather boa.

About 10 years ago I went into a thrift store and found these:

Vintage ornaments that must be mercury glass.  They have a bit of an aqua tint, and reminded me of this picture from Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic Treasure Hunting book.

I lusted after all this mercury glass and so when I found mine I was thrilled.  I strung then with white ribbon and hung them on my feather tree with bit's of vintage chandelier crystal's that I had hanging around.

I love these little ornaments so much I pack them myself when I move and carry them in my car -these and my jewelry come with me.  I only paid about $4.00 for them but they are worth so much for me.

I get some flak for this tree.  No one else likes it that much but it's my favourite part of the Christmas decor.

Until next time,


  1. I love this tree!!!! Aren't you smart shopping at Easter. Yes, often then are pastel feather trees at Easter...I am so doing this next Spring. Thanks for the idea. I love your ornaments too.

  2. Love your tree. so fu fu . Have fun In Vegas, I love the shopping out there. I went to the Louis Vuitton store first thing.
    Some friends took me 12 years ago and I haven't been back,I can't believe it's been that long.


  3. Hi Patricia ~ I am happy to hear you are over your Christmas Blues and have come up with a great way to spend the holidays with your daughter! Personally I think your feather tree is GORGEOUS and I too have been looking for one, but to no avail. It would be the shining star in my Christmas Decor! Who wouldn't LOVE IT! I hope you have a fabulous time in Vegas! xox

  4. This one PRETTY THRIFTY it! I’m having a Christmas Open House…would love to have you join in on the fun. Merry Christmas to you and your family!


  5. So pretty! I love your charming little feather tree~and all your darling ornaments- it is adorable! Sorry to hear you have been blue this year- happy things are better. Thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday and Happy Holidays!

  6. It's a beautiful tree - display it with pride. Quiet a bargain, too!
    I saw your post via 'show & tell friday'.
    Merry Xmas!
    - susan

  7. I love your little tree!

    Have a grand time in Vegas!! I recently watched a PBS show about all the Cirque shows there and the LOVE show was one of them. It included some behind the scene footage and included Paul and Ringo and their input on the show. You'll love it! We saw a touring version of one of their shows, but the name of it escapes me tonight...I've had the flu. :(

    Merry Christmas!

  8. oh, that amazing, dreamy tree!