12.10.2011

New Christmasy Embellishments

I've been "playing house" with  some new additions to our Christmas decorations.
 A plain nursery wreath looks a little more festive with the addition of some ornaments 
and then hung on a mirror.
The kitchen rooster gets spruced up with a preserved boxwood wreath, a gift from our 
recent house guests.  Which reminds me of another gift they gave us 
(my mind never goes in a straight line)...
Clair painted the pretty artwork of the girl on the bike.  
I love the colors and the charming theme 
(this is a place where everyone rides their bike to the beach).
Debbie and I have been busy working on jeweled Christmas trees.  Well, "tree" singular for me. 
I will probably just make one for myself.  Let's face it, I am not that crafty.  But it was fun to use some meaningful charms that my friend, Laura gave me along with vintage pieces from Ebay.
Can you find...
the Boston Terrier, Tour Eiffel and True Friendship charms?
The Michelin Man? There's lots more.  This will be a special keepsake.
Wendi at Chic Classic Home is featuring our home here.   
Thanks, Wendi!

Any new little touches to YOUR décor this year? 

Participating in


64 comments:

  1. Mary Ann- It looks very nice. I LOVE that jeweled tree...and it looks like it was a lot of work...but it is perfect~ xo Diana

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  2. Everything looks beautiful! LOVE the painting...the bright colors are wonderful.

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  3. I love those sparkly trees. That bike painting is wonderful. Love things like that.

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  4. It looks so festive and pretty. I am in love with your paintings. Love the bike painting.

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  5. I love your jewelled Christmas tree and your lovely wreath. Clair's painting is beautiful!
    Have a great evening, Mary Ann!
    ~ Wendi ~

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  6. I'm still trying to get mine finished, but I adore your new additions. You're definitely crafty...love the tree!!

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  7. Love your beautiful jeweled trees!! I still have lots left to do. The outdoor lights are up as is our (unadorned) tree, so it's a start, but much left!!

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  8. Very pretty! The tree will be so meaningful with all of the special charms on it. I love the bike painting the boxwood wreath too.

    Have a great day.
    Pam

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  9. everything looks supurb.
    love the art work.

    xx

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  10. *** What UBER-DEEELIGHTFUL additions, Mary Ann!!! Like most, I'm sure, I ADORE the "jeweled" tree, and the sentimentality of it, as well as Claire's PERRRRFECT PAINTING for your beach home... annnnd, I'm still smiling at the simple but oh-so-wonderful wreath & ribbon on Roger the Rooster!!!

    Let's face it, my friend, you just HAVE WHAT IT TAKES!!! It's ALLLL GR888!!!

    Hugs,
    Linda in AZ *
    bellesmom1234@comcast.net

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  11. Love all you are doing......yes to those beautiful trees and your newly enhanced wreath hung over a mirror....gorgeous.
    Everything is looking FABULOUS!!!!!

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  12. I love the little painting. That is a very special gift.

    Looks like you are having fun decorating

    Helen xx

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  13. I love the trees; I added mercury glass and mirrored trees to my Christmas decor this year. Now I may have to bejewel one of them. The painting is lovely and such a wonderful gift. I just finished trimming my 10ft tree (real, of course). It took me five days this year. I love doing it, but it is taking longer in my dotage, so I may have to go shorter next year. Enjoy the weekend.
    Best...Victoria

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  14. Your trees are fabulous and I love the little wreath on the rooster. The embellished tree is gorgeous. What a creative idea, I love it and yes I could find the special pieces you mentioned. How fun is this. Thanks for visiting and you always leave the best comments. Yes, you are right, I am so Blessed to have all the family here this year. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with all your family and friends. Hugs, Marty

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  15. Pretty decorations, and I especially love your jewel Christmas tree. It's really unique, and something you can totally personalize :-)

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  16. So pretty, everytime I see one of these trees or a wreath done in the costume jewelry I say I need to make one with my Mom, she has an amazing colleciton and it would be such a fun project to do with her! Yours is so pretty and sparkly. Yes, I did add something new this year. I usually try something new in my dining room every year so this year I did an angel wing theme, I love the all white ethereal look. I will be posting it this week!!
    Merry Christmas to YOU!!
    Kathysue♥

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  17. The jeweled Christmas trees are divine! LOVE 'em!

    Happy holiday hugs,
    Marie

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  18. What a fun idea for a special addition to your holiday decor...I've never seen anything like that but it's so pretty! And I really love that painting that your neighbor did - that's really cool. I also like the small boxwood wreath as well.

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  19. Beautiful additions and the tree is stunning!! I loved seeing your work at Classic Chic Home today. Your space is gorgeous.

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  20. I am completely smitten with that jeweled tree! So different. That seems to me the perfect project for the winter -- one to work on for next year's decorating. I really love that. Thank you for the inspiration. Totally special. Hope you are having a good season!

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  21. Your jewel tree is beautiful and your spruced up wreath looks great. I'm sure your family will all have a fabulous Christmas in your lovely home. x Sharon

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  22. The jewelry tree! My aunt had one she made years ago, she's passed now, from all of her gaudy, costume jewelry. I loved it back then and have been saving odd piecs of jewelry ever since. I have single earrings, dated button covers, etc. I'd forgotten all about it. Maybe I'll get out the glue gun and make one too. I'm so glad you reminded me of that beautiful little tree.

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  23. Mary Ann, I adore your bejeweled tree! I recently saw a framed jewel tree also - so pretty. Hope you are enjoying "playing house" this Christmas!

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  24. Your jewel encrusted tree is divine! You could sell these, Mary Ann! Perhaps a little etsy shop in your 'free' time?! xo

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  25. Mary Ann-
    The tree is beautiful. Hat's off to you! Love the wreath.
    Headed over.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  26. Mary Ann,
    Love all your holiday decorations...that little wreath on your rooster is totally adorable and how wonderful are all your paintings...Love Claire's painting and so perfect for your part of Southern California. Love your collection of Christmas trees...especially the jeweled one...very pretty!
    xo
    annie

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  27. I love your jeweled Christmas tree and was actually thinking of making one myself. Gorgeous! Your mini boxwood wreath is also a favorite!

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  28. how fun!!! love the ideas! new visitor ~nancy~

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  29. Love all the silver and glitter, it all looks so pretty...totally my style, the deer and trees are favs!!!

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  30. Love that charm tree~it is so CHARMING!! Really could be so fun to make!

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  31. What a great way to use jewelry that you don't wear but don't want to get rid of. What is the base made of?

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  32. wow-i love that tree! what a great way to display stuff you aren't using.

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  33. This is so beautiful. What a great idea. And this would be a lovely item to pass down as well. Nice job!

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  34. Your jeweled trees are SO pretty! Terrific idea, and I love anything with bling. :)

    Found your link from the Amaze Me Monday party.

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  35. Your bejeweled trees look like the ones I found in a shop that I posted about last month. I ♥♥ them! If only I had some dazzles, I'd make me a couple. I need to get back to that little store!

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  36. What fun to make the tree, and it's sooo cute.

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  37. I'm not crafty either -- but that jeweled tree looks possible, and so chic.

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  38. Wow! you are a great crafter. It never came across my mind revamping some of my jewels at home.

    Thank you for sharing the idea.

    Happy TTT.

    Greetings from Stockholm,
    /chie

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  39. What a unique and beautiful Christmas Decoration. I love the jeweled tree. I will have to put some of my old jewelry to use. Thank you.

    New follower!

    -Jen

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  40. There is something about silver trees that I just love. I could gaze at the jewelry tree all day and be totally fascinated. Lovely -all of it. Happy, happy holidays! :)

    p.s.will be sailing around the harbor this Friday but took a walkabout last weekend around the islands. So charming. :)

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  41. All your trees look so pretty!! I just love the rooster with the boxwood wreath.Thanks so much for all your sweet comments on my blog.
    Merry Christmas
    Kathy

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  42. I have seen these trees for sale, so great that you have made yours, it looks like fun to make~

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  43. Love those trees all lined up on the tray. Even your rooster is in the Christmas spirit!

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  44. The trees are wonderful all lined up on the tray with the beautiful glow of candlelight to make them really sparkle. The rooster with the boxwood wreath is absolutely delightful. I also really like the paintings on the wall...those kinds of things really make a house a home and warm and inviting. Wonderful Christmas spirit at your house!

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  45. Beautiful! I love the trees in the first photo! They are all so unique and interesting!
    Jennelise

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  46. What a fantastic tree. Think I'm going to start collecting charms and wintage jewlery for next year.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  47. Your home is looking so festive. I love the little wreath on the rooster and I love the sign above your oven! xo

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  48. Your jeweled tree is so much fun - I'm not so crafty either but it will be lovely to have such a special piece as part of your holiday tradition!

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  49. How beautiful...I love jewels too. I'm a new follower. Stop by and visit and enter to win my Jeweled Heirloom ornament...only 2 hours left to enter. Drawing is at 12 noon PST. Warm wishes

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  50. Oh, wow! Love that jeweled tree! So pretty! What a great way to use broken pieces, too. Thanks for sharing.

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  51. I have a rooster that would love a preserved boxwood just like yours! Do you know where your friends got yours?

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  52. Your jeweled tree is fabulous!! Happy holidays to you.
    xo~
    T

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  53. I LOVE the jeweled Christmas tree...how pretty! It's definitely a statement piece! And the cute wreath on the kitchen rooster is another favorite! :)

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  54. Oh how pretty. I really like the way the tree turned out. I'm putting that project on the list for next year.

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  55. I really like the jeweled Christmas tree. That's a great idea, and I might make one for myself using all the vintage jewelry I've inherited!

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  56. now i just need to get some vintage jewelry and charms to make a Christmas tree like yours :)

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  57. That tree is gorgeous! I made a vintage button tree for myself...talk about an exercise in patience!

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  58. Those paintings in the hallway are wonderful! So many festive touches. Thanks for joining the party!

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  59. LOVE your jeweled tree! Merry Christmas!! xo Rachel

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  60. Your jewelled tree looks perfect in the silver forest. I'm going to have to try one - i would make a wonderful family Christmas heirloom.
    My kitchen rooster is complaining - I only hung a little bell around his neck for Christmas!.
    May the peace and joy of Christmas be with you and your family in 2012.
    Bisous

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  61. Beautiful jeweled tree. (A family keepsake for sure.) I saw some trees made from brooches at a gift shop in Corona Del Mar, Ca which were priced between $600 -$1200. (Yikes!) Homemade is so much better. Especially when you can make it with items that are meaningful to you and your family.

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