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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Oh My Little Christmas Tree

Hello my dear friends,

I can't believe it but I actually sat down a some nights ago and took the time to create something before Christmas and it felt so good too but I didn't have time until today to share it with you.

I tried bleaching little bottle brush trees for the first time and after a total disaster the second batch turned out OK. Taking my trusty little notebook to hand I found an idea that I had a few months ago but didn't have the time nor did I feel well enough to bring it together ~ but now I did!!

Searching my studio ~ aka craft room ~ I found the perfect piece that I needed to bring my Christmas creation to life in the shape of a little wooden cigar box ~ I have several of them just waiting to be used.

 When I make something new, I find the best part of a new creation is the before and then the after part! I just love how things come together and  become something beautiful!

So, this is the before ...

These cigar boxes are so versatile and I am hoping to come up with more ideas to use them in the future.

And now for the after ... this is the part I just LOVE!!!

This is my little Christmas tree ...

... with a shiny tree topper and shiny garlands ...

... and toys underneath waiting for the children to wake up to on Christmas morning!

What do you think of all the lovely little toys? Arent' they just so neat?!

I decided not only to cover the inside but also the outside of the cigar box with music sheets.

 I am thrilled with the way this little Christmas creation has turned out.

And yes, if you were guessing where these tiny toys came from ~ they came from an old Monopoly game I had.

I hope you have enjoyed my little Christmas tree. Having so much fun making this creation I couldn't stop there and I have already made a second cigar box transformation. But that will be for my next post, so please come back and keep checking Todolwen. One thing I will tell you about it in this post is the name of it ...

... it is called:

'My very own Winter Wonderland'.

I hope you are all well and life is treating you kind.
Have a peaceful and creative day,

Karen B.


  1. Hi sweet girl!!! Oh Karen...this tree assemblage is just BEAUTIFUL!!! I love that you've given your wonderful little tree a "stage" and the toys are perfect!!! I just love your winter wonderland dear friend ~ hugs and love, Dawn

  2. Wow - it is absolutely beautiful! The combination of sheet music and the little tree is just perfect and the toys look just right! Love it!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  3. I love this little tree. The sheet music and white tree are just perfect.

  4. Just beautiful Karen, those cigar boxes look like so much fun and what you did with it was amazing! I can hardly wait to see what else you have planned for them.
    Tina xo

  5. Beautiful. Simple. Inspiring. Thank you.

  6. Lovely......so creative! Love the monopoly pieces.

  7. Fantastic!! You are SO creative....I have all the components, but never had the inspiration! Thank you for sharing and I might have to create this with my own spin...

  8. This truly is lovely. I have enjoyed it very much. Thank you for sharing it with us.