Monday, December 17, 2018

Christmas Countdown 9 - Christmas Tree #17 - Kitchen Cupboard

Rolling Pins 

Advent Blog Day 17 : From the Kitchen Cupboard 
Creating an unusual Christmas tree doesn't mean you need unusual items or materials - just look in your kitchen cupboard.  It would seem that vintage utensils which perhaps have had their day can find a new life as a Christmas tree - rolling pins, old sieves, funnels, saucepan lids, cake tins ..... 
Vintage Sieve 


The star bursts on this tree appear to be made from plastic straws, but I think the bamboo ones, the paper ones, or even those flash metal ones would look even better with the cake tins and metal lids on this kitchen tree.
Kitchen tree 
Tart tin tree 
Silver plate 

What about some crockery ... plates, cups and saucers

Serving plates and dishes 

Tea cups and saucers with chocolates 

 The most amazing tree created from tableware was built in Haselt, Belgium with 5,000 pieces- porcelain plates and cups donated by the residents.

 Haselt, Belgium - "Taste " tree 

Earlier (Day 15) , I posted some trees made from plastic spoons, but I think these bent silver spoons and forks make a far more interesting tree. 
 Or what about creative used jam jars  - just add a few other decorations for a really colourful kitchen tree. 

Under the sink you may find even more interesting treasures for creating Christmas trees - bottle brushes.... these ones look suspiciously too clean to be recycled. 

If you cannot bear to use your kitchen utensils, then some coloured silicone cupcake liners , or even the paper or foil  ones would work. 

cup cake holders 

And if you need all your baking tins and dinnerware for your Christmas cooking for your guests, then perhaps you can add your own Christmas Tree touch to the dinner table? 

Hope you are feeling as though you can manage just one more week of this craziness... but tomorrow, warning - the trees are full of life, bizarre  yes, but full of life ! 

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Christmas Countdown 10 : Christmas Tree#16 - Dollies

 "Friends make the perfect holiday  -  art doll Christmas tree , source unknown , posted on FB  to elinor peace bailey December 2017 
  Advent  Blog : Day 16 - Dollies 
Strictly speaking, these are not alternatives to a traditional tree, but I just had to include them.  Those of you who know me know that one of my passions is doll making. This is  a special blog post to wish all my friends at Gumnut Dollies, Newcastle, Original Doll Artists of Australia and Art Dolls Only a merry Christmas.  
Many professional doll artists like Cindy Moyer like to create Christmas  tree themed dolls, using a mixture of techniques and media, publishing their patterns. Others make dolls for their own enjoyment or as a response to a Christmas challenge in a group. The reasons for creating Christmas dolls varies as much as the techniques and the materials. 
Cindee Moyer  Christmas Trees 

Christmas tree doll 

 Russian doll

Porcelain Christmas Tree Doll and  Christmas Tree Light Doll 

 The porcelain dolls made me think of the Krinkles series of  works  and  one of my favourite Christmas  artists, Patience Brewster. I own a "pudding" girl from  one of the PB series, but no Christmas trees. There are so many that I like. 
Patience Brewster  tree/doll 

Patience Brewster Christmas tree dolls - Krinkles 

Patience Brewster Tree doll and candle holder 
As well as the many  mixed media doll artists, there are are just as many creating from cloth or from knitting and crochet. And there is always a person to be found who creates something a little more quirky and whimsical than the usual. 


Felt doll 

Sequinned dolls 

Dotee doll 

And the kitsch... remember these toilet air freshener dolls?  I guess one's needed even at Christmas? 
I am left speechless so  I include the  wording on the photo  as explanation  "Just in time to spruce up bathroom for the holidays- a quaint air-freshener doll clothed as a decorated Christmas tree!" 

  So as not to end on that note, I  have added a primitive" Christmas tree doll with a pattern, and some lovely little pin dolls, created at Gumnut Dollies Newcastle three years ago  for a Christmas tree  challenge and a swap. 
Prim pattern 

Hope you are enjoying the variety of Christmas trees I have uncovered.... there are a few more  which may surprise you ...  please continue to count down to Christmas  with me. 

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Christmas Countdown 11 - Christmas Tree #15 : Bling

Rhinestone Christmas tree 
Advent Blog Day 15 - Bling 
With only 10 more days to go, sparkly 'bling' trees had to make an appearance. I first knew about small Christmas trees and wreaths made from vintage jewellery sometime ago when Gloria from Anne's Glory Box introduced them to her embellishing classes. There is no shortage of images of  absolutely beautiful trees and ornaments which  collectors of jewellery have lovingly created from their treasures... I'll let you  "ooh and aah" ... 
Costume jewellery trees 

Beads, brooches and watches 
Gold Jewellery

And here is a basic tutorial - you provide your own jewels .... 
Turorial - Treasure Trees
Or you might have a collection of vintage watches .... 
Vintage Watches 
 Other possibilities are Christmas tree art works ... 

And then let's get serious  with the real stuff ... 

Swarovski crystals 

Diamond Christmas Tree :  Singapore ( Value US$ 1, 005, 000. ) 

24 k gold Christmas tree ; Osaka, Japan 
Let's catch a breath and see you tomorrow for some more amazing Christmas trees ...