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December 22, 2011

The star of every show in my home, Milo the cat. The reason I got out the camera that day was to snap a few shots of this vintage ceramic Christmas tree I’d just scored at my local antiques shop, and as usual Milo thought the pictures would be much better with him in them. And he’s right.

Have you seen these trees before? They’re pretty dang charming. And they light up! My tree was marked at $15 but I got it when the shop was having a sale so that shaved off 10%.

Here it is. My Christmas corner. I call it that because it’s the only spot in the house that is decorated. A little pathetic, but I don’t mind. (Note: I am sorry that I am such a failure at taking decent pictures in anything but very bright light.)

The presents for my family and friends are all wrapped in one of two coordinating papers left over from last year. The “tree skirt” is actually a faux garland that I just wrapped around the stand, and I popped in a big fake poinsettia flower too.

The string of lights you see is kind of ridiculous, and not my first choice for placement at all. It is my only string of lights, and as you can see it has green cord so I was not about to put it on my white tree. I hastily put it up last week when I was going batty not having some more twinkle.

The 6 foot tree is basically the cheapest tree you will ever find, $20 at the dollar store. I would have liked it to be much more decorated, but this is all I had the money and motivation for this year.

I bought these plain glass ornaments at Hobby Lobby and fancied them up myself. Half of them are stuffed with white and green feathers (ridiculously easy to do but admittedly does not have quite the dramatic effect I was hoping for). The other half have been coated on the inside with craft paint. This process was a little tedious and a bit time consuming, but very easy. I got the idea from Young House Love where you can find a detailed how-to.

This is my favorite part. I had been eyeing this hollow metal bear since the first time I ever went to the antiques shop over a year ago. Thanks to a 40% off sale he was only $6! He is standing on a big metal letter “X”, which was my half-brained way of keeping him from getting swallowed up in all the fur.

The candles and their holders are from World Market, and one is resting on an upside down IKEA pot. Because why not? And finally everything is atop my IKEA sheepskin. I love the softness it adds and also, it looks like snow!

So that’s what I got for this year. Pretty simple and more than a little random, but I still see this as a step up from past years and it’s enough to make me feel festive and cozy, and that’s what really matters.

Now just for fun, here’s some Christmas decorations that are available for purchase online that have caught my eye. I realize that it’s probably too late to order any of this in time for the holiday, but I hope you still enjoy browsing and maybe you can snatch something up at a discount to use next year!

Mistletoe Light Garland / Gold Beaded Pine Cones
Kasbah Lights / Glass Pumpkin Baubles
White Berry Garland

All of the above products are offered by Cox & Cox, a UK company (they do ship internationally including to the United States). They have so many wonderful Christmas items, do check them out!

Felt Garland / Chindi Reindeer & Moose
Winter Wonder Tray / Nordic Icicle Ornaments

Clicking through these links I realize now that a lot of these items are sold out, and for that I apologize! If nothing else I hope you’ve found some inspiration or enjoyed the festive spirit here today! 🙂

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  • Reply Mama December 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    You’re decorations are so incredibly cute. And so is Milo. And so are you. <3

  • Reply Erika [small shop] December 23, 2011 at 11:47 am

    My husband has been trying to get me into the white tree every year! Ha! I think it looks so fun but I need the smell of a real tree in my house!

    Totally loving that white berry garland – wow! I may need that (after-Christmas sale – heh heh).

    Merry Christmas!

    • Reply Christina Ebbers December 23, 2011 at 12:36 pm

      I am a big fan of white trees. 🙂 You could get a couple of candles with Christmas tree scent! I’ve never seen one but I’m sure they exist. Haha.

      I love the white berry garland too! It’s so sculptural and fun and also would fit in with pretty much any color scheme.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and Merry Christmas to you too!

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