Friday, December 9, 2011

A Kitschy Wreath, a Steampunk Tree, and a Backgammon Board

Yes, that is a strange combination, isn't it? 
Well, as I said previously, you can't pin me down 
to only one Christmas style. 

First up, I found this interesting little red wreath 
at the thrift store. 
It's made from some natural raffia/grass fiber 
that's old and sheds. 
The fiber is strung and wrapped around 
a base formed from brittle newspaper. 
Attached to it was this sweet metallic cardboard candle, 
and heavy silver bells, each with a faux red berry inside. 

So I rescued it, and kitsched it up with plastic flora, 
tiny mercury bead loops, and vintage red and silver rick rack. 

A really striking addition is the backdrop. 
I found this old backgammon case a while back, 
and I'm totally in love with the design and colors. 
Standing up, it makes an eye-catching screen for 
a variety of vignette styles.

Now we shift gears to something completely original. 
I call this a Steampunk tree, but it could also be 
a library tree or Western tree. 
I really had fun with this one. 
Dictionary pages decoupaged to a styrofoam cone, 
with antiqued brass chain pinned into it 
using upholstery tacks.

The trunk is made using a plastic chess piece, 
and an antique brass light fixture part. 
The "tree skirt" is a vintage iron branding star. 

Topped off with cardboard star, 
coated in silver and gold German glass glitter, 
with a vintage Topaz rhinestone in the center. 
I originally created this to sell, but just couldn't part with it. 
That happens sometimes......:)

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  1. the wreath on the backgammon board and that tree is great :) Laurel@chippingwithcharm

  2. Your tree is beautiful - so creative! All of those elements really work together.

  3. Eclectic Styling has always appealed to me too... Loving your mix of Fun Styles this Christmas. How cool would a 6 ft. Steampunk Inspired Tree be!?!?????? *Swoon*

    Christmas Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

  4. And this is why I left my hometown and now reside in blogland! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Amber @ Junkaholics Unanimous

  5. Wow! You are a Christmas crafting genius! So glad I found your project via Centsational Girl.

    Please stop by for a visit to my blog. I am currently in the midst of a Gifts to Make series.

    Be Merry and Bright!

  6. the steampunk tree is AWESOME!


  7. Thank you ladies! It warms my heart when others appreciate my creations as much as I do!


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