Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Time Travel Thursday #24 - Christmas Whites


Welcome to the 24th Time Travel Thursday linky party at the Brambleberry Cottage.

Are you ready for our next trip back in time and into the future?

Then let's go!

My holiday decorating gets more and more simplified with each passing year.

And I'm finding I really like the look of simplicity.

This Christmas season, I used quite a few of the cones and branches from our Eastern White Pines to decorate with.

The pine cones are really very versatile decorations—with their long slender shapes and natural white tips.

And though I have quite a bounty of other natural elements to choose from, from around the farm, I still like to add several of my vintage Christmas decorations to the mix every year.

The 12" vintage bottle brush tree you see here is one of several I found tucked away at a thrift store, over ten years ago.

And the exciting part—besides the fact that there were three—was that I only paid fifty cent a piece for them!

This one is missing a few of its mercury glass ornaments—here and there—and quite a bit of the glitter, from the lower portion of its base, but I like its character, nonetheless.

Another of the vintage bottle brush trees—this one 13" tall—has a white wooden base and is embellished with the most gorgeous thick, glistening faux snow.

I love the way this flocked vintage beauty looks nestled amid the vintage buttons and tarnished silver—all atop the ironstone platter.

Pine cones, evergreen branches, vintage decorations—
"simple" certainly works for me!

Now it's your turn to take us back in time or into the future.

Just link anything you like, in any category you choose, showing us antiquity or modernity—when possible.

Publish your post, link to the Time Travel Thursday party with your specific URL (not your blog URL), and link back to the Brambleberry Cottage within your post.

Please leave a comment to let me know you visited.

Linking to Leigh's for Thrifty Thursday, Suzanne's for Vintage Thingie Thursday, Gina's for Transformation Thursday, Becky's for 100 Ideas Under $100.00, Cindy's for Show and Tell Friday, Betty Bee's Buzz for Buzz, Brag, and Bee Happy Friday, and Meg's for Everything But the Kitchen Sink.


  1. Liz those bottlebrush trees are wonderful. I especially like the flocked one. And your son - on the previous post is quite the handsome fellow- you did a great job raising him.
    Merry Christmas dear junking friend of mine and Happy 2011 to you all. May the Lord lead you where he wants you to be - I just hope it is still nearby.

  2. I adore your bottle brush trees, so very lovely with your charming winter whites and silver!

    Merry Christmas!

  3. I love your vintage decorations! They are beautiful! thanks for your nice comments.

  4. I adore the flocked tree and love all your ironstone. I hope to have a nice collection someday myself.

  5. I love the tree nestled in the old buttons and with the tarnished silver...speaks right to me! Love it! I used the wonderful drum sticks that I got from you at the Depot on a display on top of my piano...will link it here with my Christmas Breakfast link...china is from a consignment shop! Merry Christmas Liz!!

  6. I like your winter white's and silver and the pine cones and trees add just the right touch.

  7. I haven't thought of bottle brush trees in a long time. Thanks for taking me back!

  8. I love your silver and white and the pine cones and trees add just the right touch.

  9. Great decorations. Simple IS better. Simplified my decor somewhat this year. I think I could simplify it even more next year.

    Thanks for hosting this blog party.

  10. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
    Kisses, Zondra Art

  11. Love that flocked tree! Everything looks beautiful. Thanks for hosting the party, it's my first time here and I'm sure I'll be back!

  12. The flocked tree is my favorite! Everything looks beautiful. Thanks for hosting!

  13. Very pretty, understated and elegant! My wishes to you and your family for a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Susan and Bentley

  14. I'd love to decorate more with pinecones, but it isn't to be with our pets! Your trees are great and I love that you used the buttons in your display. Merry Christmas!

  15. Thanks for hosting.
    Lots of cuteness here!!


    barbara jean

  16. I love your bottle brush trees ... some of them are very different looking ... and you're pinecones are beautiful ... I love the look of your "simple" Christmas decorations!

    Have a lovely week!


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