Thursday, December 6, 2012

Back to playing again...

After being so rudely interrupted by a little thing called diverticulitis!
And it wasn't such a "little" thing...OMYgoodness ~
it's quite painful but thank goodness it was diagnosed quickly
and the meds have worked wonders in just a few days.
Thank you all so much for your well wishes!!

I wanted to share my most recent project with you ~
Last Christmas I made several adorned bottle brush trees.
Well, I still have a good many left that had already been bleached
just waiting to be painted and decorated ~

I don't know why I love painting them, but I do.
On these three trees, I used a Martha Stewart white perle craft paint...
it has a subtle shimmer to it.
I like to get down the dark roots and really lay the paint on.

Next, I used a little flecking tool that I have (but you could use a toothbrush)
to fluff the bristles back up as sometimes they would get matted with the paint.

Wow, you'd think I'm working for Martha BUT I love these two glitters
and while the paint was still wet, I held the tree over a plate and
sprinkled on both glitters pretty heavily.
Don't worry, you can save the overflow in a separate container!

Here's my little tree, you really can't see all the glitter on it but it's beautiful!

Next, I added a few pretty pearls (from old pearl necklaces found at the thrift!)
using my favorite "go-to" glue, Fabri-tac...
no, I'm not working for them either but just love the stuff!

Then, I ran across these wonderful, tarnished silver
sugar and creamers from my stash
and thought they would be sweet containers for my little forest!

I'm still going to adorn them a wee bit more...
maybe an old earring for a tree topper, a tiny banner and of course
I may try to work in a bundle of seam binding on the handles, we'll see!

All three soon to be placed in my Etsy shop ~

WOW, time is whizzing by oh-so-fast!!!!
I have so many things I want to make and do before Christmas...
Who has time to be sick???
Good health truly is such a treasure ~

I'm linking up with Becky of Timewashed Blissful Whites Wednesday!

Wishing you a beautiful Thursday precious friends ~
hugs and love,


Boxwood Cottage said...

Glad to hear your're feeling better again Dawn!
Love the dyed and painted and glitterd bb trees and even better in your old silver creamers!
Stop by if you'd like to see my holiday home decorations.
xoxo~ Carola


Love those brushes trees and your DIY so nice, but unfortunately we don't find them in France. sigh...
soxo from PARIS

Dorthe said...

Dear Dawn,
I`m happy to read you are better again-and the pain has gone.
I love your white painted and glittered trees, and LOVE the one I won from you last year, it is my window again, and makes me happy,every day seing it.Thankyou for alwayes brightening my dayes,-here on your blog, and in many other wayes.
Hugs and love,Dorthe

Cheryl said...

Good that the medicine worked it is a painful thing to have!!

I love your trees, wish we could get them here. I may have to get my daughter to post me some!

Cheryl xxx

Sue @ Miss Phoebes Perch said...

Glad to see you're better! And I love those trees! Sue

Vicki said...

I love those two glitters too! Your trees are gorgeous.

Susan said...

Your trees are very pretty! I love that you painted them. The pearls are a wonderful addition.

Lisa said...

I'm so happy to see you up & at it all again! Good drugs, huh? I love the way you do trees, they look awesome in those creamers. Talk to you later.
PS That picture of Clara is adorable.

Vee said...

I'm glad that you are vertical again! And I'm glad that you went to the doctor because that stuff really isn't fun and this is the 21st Century and there are healing meds.

These little trees are delightful. (You certainly could work for Martha, though you could have an empire of your own! =D )

Karen B. said...

Sweet Dawn,
so happy to hear that you are feeling a bit better now. I like the idea of painting your little trees ~ maybe that is something I will try will my big trees that won't bleach!
hugs and much love
Karen B. ~ Todolwen

Rhonda said...

Thanks for stopping by, Dawn. I am happy you are feeling better. And your trees are so pretty. I adore them. Martha's products are so wonderful. She has always been a huge inspiration.

GigiBeth said...

Glad to hear you're feeling better! I had a little bout that a few years back and it is no fun.
Your little trees are absolutely gorgeous! You have such good ideas!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I'm glad you are feeling better, Dawn! Your trees are gorgeous. It looks like the paint makes a big difference in how they turn out. The glitter, too, of course! I only bleached trees for the first time last year. I haven't had a chance to do anymore yet this year, but I will have to try your technique.

Karen said...

I'm happy you're feeling better Dawn. Those tress are so pretty. I never thought about painting them. I love Martha's glitters too and fabritac LOL. We are kindred!

marie said...

I'm so glad that you're feeling better Dawn. My hubby has flare ups of Diverticulitis...not fun at all.
Your trees are so always pay such close atention to the details. That's why your creations are so very special!

NanaDiana said...

You play so very nicely, too. Glad you are feeling better- xo Diana

Rock River Stitches said...

Love your trees!!! I made a few bottle brush trees a couple of weeks ago. They are fun!

My hubby was just diagnosed with diverticulitis this past summer. He has to be careful not to eat anything with little seeds.

Hope all is well with you now!

Blessings and Happy Holidays!

Createology said...

Thankful you are feeling much better. Mr. C gets this and I know how miserable it is. Your little white glittered pearly trees are pure bliss. Creative Holidays...

Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings... said...

so pretty Dawn....
I've had such fun with those this year.
Keep on creating girl,

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Your trees look great! I love bottle brush trees. The paint looks great on them!

Tora´s Vintage Dream said...

I have not been in here these past day´s (week´s?) but I´m so sorry to hear about you being sick (not sure what was the illness can not understand the word :( ) but I´m so glad you are feeling better :). Those trees look amazing - really beautiful

Little Birdie Blessings said...

Wow, you've had a lot of health issues lately. Glad you're on the mend and back to being creative. You can't keep a good woman down. Love these brush trees, you always have such clever ideas. Praying Dawn for healing. ~ Abby

Jen said...

Sorry to hear you haven't been well.
Nice idea for the little forest they are very lovely with the pearls for decoration

Cindy said...

Thank you so much for the tutorial and I am so glad you are feeling better because I love to see your creations, they really inspire me and of course, your grandkids - the are adorable!


Stan and Jody Gabara said...

I love your bottle brush trees. So pretty with the lace, pearls and glitter. I have to try and make some. Thanks for the inspiration.


Pat C. said...

Oh, no, Dawn! I'm glad that your flare-up of diverticulitis was caught in time and you didn't end up in the hospital!

I absolutely adore your little trees... they really do look prettier embellished with paint and glitter than left in a plain, old bleached state.♥ I love your use of the sugar bowls and creamers, too!

Stay well, dearest Dawn! xoxo

Vicki Boster said...

Oh how wonderful-- thanks so much for showing us how to create these little treasures!! You are always so wonderful to share!!


Pendra said...

So glad you are feeling better, my Sister was diagnosed with Diverticulitis 3 years ago, 6 surgeries later she has an open wound the size of a fist on her stomach that will not heal, she had a colostomy and then had it reversed, then ruptures...etc. It just keeps getting worse! Health is something we just cannot take for granted and it is a blessing we need to remind ourselves of everyday! On to something good...your trees are beautiful, never thought to paint them like that, it adds so much! I have jars of pearls that I can't think of a better use for. Thanks for sharing and I pray for your continued good health!
Crafty Hugs,

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh my... I'm so sorry to hear you've been feeling puny.. but glad you're doing better. You're right, there is just no time to be sick. :-)

Love your little trees....but as always, LOVE everything you make. Naturally, I sold my little silverplate creamer and sugar at my garage sale. See... this is why I should keep EVERYTHING!


Unknown said...

Can you tell me about what you used for the white base on your trees? It appears to fit your silver pieces perfectly so I assume the trees did not come with that large white base. I have bought trees, variety of containers and glitter, but I am at a loss as to what to use to fill up the space in the containers and what you stick the trees into for a base so they stand straight.


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