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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Woodland Themed Christmas Tree

It's a cold and snow covered day here at the Chateau, making it seem like a true winter wonderland.
Today I wanted to share with you my little woodland themed Christmas tree in our sunroom.
This is the second year that we are enjoying this cute tree, we loved it so much last Christmas that I wanted to decorate it with the same theme as last year.

 The tree had rather humble beginings, found by hubby at a thrift store.  I gave it a very, very light dusting of creamy white spray paint (I know, I can get a little crazy with the spray paint!), as I wanted to give it the effect of being dusted in snow.
Since our sunroom faces the backyard and is surrounded by woods, I wanted to pay tribute to all of the birds and wildlife that are frequent visitors to our yard.
 I've placed the tree on a table which I've draped in burlap and vintage linens, for a romantic yet rustic look.
The tree sits in front of a glass block wall, which really catches all of the light.  It makes me think of sparkly, frosty blocks of ice!
 Perched at the top of the tree is an angel and deer fan that I made.
 This adorable glittery bird ornament was made by a sweet and talented friend.  I love the snowflake embellishment on his wing!
 Another glittery ornament that I made, featuring a cute little chickadee.
 I love my birds!  This glittered hummingbird ornament, below,  is one of my favorites.
You know my motto..........
"You can never have too much glitter!"

 I found the gorgeous angel and deer image over at The Graphics Fairy, as well as the French sheet music that I used for all of my ornaments.
 I've been creating ornaments from milk weed pods for several years, and have quite a few on my little tree.

 More birds.
My mom gave me this darling little birdhouse ornament years ago.
 Another one of my milkweed pod ornaments.   Who would guess something so lowly could look so glamorous?:)

 A cute bottle brush squirrel is snacking on some beaded acorn ornaments!
 A real bird's nest is nestled amoung the branches, and a sweet little bird is resting inside.
 Bet you don't know anyone else who has a raccoon ornament on their tree!

 Cute bunny ornament that I made.
 On the other side of the glass block wall is our master bedroom.  I really love the way the tree looks from this vantage point!
 And here is one last look at my little woodland tree.
Thanks so much for joining me on my tour!


Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Rustic Christmas themes are the best! I love all the birds, but the squirrel and raccoon are the sweetest! Merry Christmas!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Donna, Oh I so enjoy seeing your woodland tree filled with so many pretties. Love the topper you created and the birds are all adorable and look "right at home" Yes, the milkweed pods are amazing in their new life on your tree. So pretty. Gotta love a raccoon on a tree and yours adds so much rustic charm. The little bird house from your mom is darling. Love your ornament tag creations too.
Gorgeous idea to team the burlap with the gorgeous crocheted linen. I love your block wall window and your tree is perfect there inside and out.

You have created a beautiful tree from it's humble beginnings. Great idea to spray paint the dusting of snow.
Your room has the perfect Christmasy setting.

Enjoy and Stay warm.
XO Celestina Marie

Joyce Mayer said...

Magical, thank you for sharing. We wanted to put a bird feeder out before Christmas but we have a little neighborhood black bear who has decided that this is a great place for goodies.

So, the bird feeder will have to wait for springtime.

Merry December Hugs

NanaDiana said...

Donna- That is just darling! I LOVE all the ornaments-especially the one you crafted yourself. Those little woodland animals look so darned cute surrounded by your glitter!

Those milk pods are ADORABLE! My mom used to make "birds" out of them with toothpick legs.

Hope you are feeling better. I am just taking a quick break from working- xo Diana

Musings from Kim K. said...

Donna - this is a tree you could leave up for months after Christmas!! I love the theme. All the ornaments are so wonderful, especially the ones you crafted yourself. The snow is flying like crazy outside my University office. I'd love to be home in my sunroom admiring the snow there. Enjoy this snowy day!

Trisha said...

What a beautiful tree! I love every last detail that you have so lovingly put into it. So glad you get to enjoy it with snow outside your window!


Linda @ A La Carte said...

This is so sweet! I love trees with a woodland theme. I have a tiny tree I do with cardinals and pinecones and it just makes me happy. I do love your love for glitter!!! Hugs, Linda

Connie said...

This is such a pretty tree. It amazes me know elegant you can make a tree filled with items of nature. It is absolutely stunning :)
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh Donna, I love your tree and all the birds on it. You made some beautiful ornaments for the tree. I like the reflection you get from the glass wall.
Does Katie look at the tree?

Petite Michelle Louise said...

oh how sweet! love your petite woodland tree! ;)