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Thanks so much for stopping by! I believe that everyone can have a beautiful home without spending a fortune! One of my favorite things to do is find creative ways to re-purpose things I already have on hand, or have picked up at yard sales and thrift stores. Join me as I share with you some of my favorite ideas for crafting and decorating, as well as travel adventures, and fun things that I pick up on my treasure hunts! Much of my work is influenced by my love all things French, nature, and of course shabby chic! I have gotten so many creative ideas from you very talented bloggers out there, and I hope that I can be an inspiration to you as well!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

My Christmas Hutch

Bonjour Mes Amis!
Are you getting into the spirit of things?  It's hard to believe that Christmas is just 25 days away, isn't it?!
Today I thought I'd share with you my antique hutch, that I have all decked out for the holidays.  You may have seen my hutch before. It belonged to my great grandparents, who actually made it, and it's one of my favorite pieces.

 I really love how the light shimmers and shines off from these pretty crystal trees!  I use battery operated tea lights on my hutch for safety! I once tried lighting some real tea lights on one of the shelves, and after just a few minutes it left a scorch mark on the underside of the shelf above it, yikes!
 This sweet little silvery church is full of glittery goodness, and is one of my favorites!
 Love bottle brush trees!  My mom gave me the one above in the silvery urn.  How cute is that?

 I made these sheet music votive cups a few years ago.  Easy-peasy, just cover glass votive cups with either scrapbooking paper or actual sheet music, using Mod Podge. Doesn't get any easier than that!
 I really love the shape of this urn, which I've filled with assorted greenery and more glittery goodness!
 A sweet little cream birdie perched in a vintage milk glass footed bowl.
 Love these vintage silver creamers.  I've filled them with glittered pinecones, acorns, and a cute little German glass bird.
 More milk glass.
On top of my hutch sits this cute lantern, which I actually have here year round.  My mom gave it to me several years ago, and I think this is the perfect spot for it!
 I really love how the candlelight looks thru this vintage pressed glass creamer.
 I always say that I'm not going to buy any more Christmas decorations each year, but of course I just have to pick up a few things!  I found this gorgeous silvery vintage looking (but new) garland at one of my favorite home decor shops in a near by town.  I still had part of a gift certificate to spend there, that hubby had given me months ago for my birthday. So I guess that doesn't count as a "purchase", does it?  
I picked up the cast iron cream candle holder several years ago at the Good Will for just a buck!
 Another piece that I keep out year round is this French themed large "plaque" that I decoupaged, using one of my very favorite images from the Graphics Fairy.
 Here's one last look at the top of the hutch.  The silvery garland is so much prettier in person than my photos could capture!  It's especially beautiful at night when all of the candles are lit!
Next week I'll be sharing photos with you of the hutch in my craft room, that I've spruced up a bit for Christmas.
Have a great weekend, can't wait to see what you all have been up to!


The Bear's Blog said...

Beautiful. I love looking at your creations, we're like "a little bit of country, a little bit of glitter (you being the glitter)and my house is all traditional and country.

How is sweet little Emily doing?


Bente said...

Hi, dear Donna. I so love your hutch and all the beautiful things inside.
The petite trees and that glitter church is gorgeous. Your christmas header is amazing too. Oh, I love the Christmas.

Have a nice evening


Susie said...

Donna, What a wonderful treasure, your g.grandparents cabinet. You have decorated it so sweetly too. xoxo, Susie

john said...

Hi Donna ..well I'm feeling a bit Christmassy now I've been to your blog ! your hutch is lovely and so nice that it was made by your relatives ! have a lovely weekend...love the new header ! Gail x

Blondie's Journal said...

This is a beautiful hutch...you must be so happy that it stays in your family! It look so pretty dressed up for Christmas...I really love your bottle brush trees and the candles holder (wow, just a buck!).

Happy Weekend!


Renee said...

Love your photos...everything is so pretty!

Musings from Kim K. said...

Gorgeous hutch filled with all your creamy goodness. Love the grouping of bottle brush trees under glass.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Such a beautiful hutch...and decorated with such loveliness...I especially love the glittery church!

Shabby Brocante, Karen said...

So glad I found you today!! Your blog looks amazing. I am new follower! I love all things French too...even married a Frenchman ;)

NanaDiana said...

Hey Donna- I am just catching up with what's going on around blogland. I love that silvery garland. It is just gorgeous. I don't think I have seen any around here this year. Not a SPEND at all if you used a gift certificate....even if you DID have to add to it a little!;>)

I love that old hutch and your things look lovely on it...sparkly and glittery- what a surprise! xo Diana

Trisha said...

Your hutch looks so pretty all dressed up for Christmas. The bottle brush trees turned out so lovely and I just adore all the glitter, white and silver!!



so sweet decorations ! Love the brushes : I have to look if we sell something like that in France !!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Donna, What a gorgeous hutch display. Love all your chic touches and your hutch is a wonderful piece to decorate.
Love your BB trees and the little glitter church is darling.
The candle holder you found is perfect. Love your sheet music candle holders too. So much inspiration here and you have such a talent displaying your vignettes.
White and silver with touches of gold seem to be the style this year. I am so into it too.

Have a great day my friend.
Hugs, Celestina Marie
p.s. how is Emily doing? Healing well I hope!