Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Shabby Chic Blessing Tree .... Altered Vintage Bottle and Wishes For the New Year

With the new year comes 
reflections of the one 
that came before. 
And hopeful thoughts for
 the days ahead. 


AND WE THINK OF WHAT WE 
WANT FOR OTHERS..

THIS IS MY BLESSINGS TREE.
It's full of WISHES OF GOODNESS for
 MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS
AND EVEN AQUAINTANCES.

WISHES FOR THE NEW YEAR to bring
WoNDeRFuL THiNGS!



PEACE
HOPE
LOVE
WARMTH
DELIGHT
JOY

AND
 SO MUCH MORE...
I found this sturdy, vintage bottle at the
thrift store and thought it would be the perfect
base for my tree.
I filled the bottle 3/4 of the way full with sand
to stabilize it. I thought it might fall over otherwise!

The "tree" is a branch from
our apricot tree. I painted it with
white, acrylic, craft paint.
And then I just let my heart take over.
The gray beads are strung on black wire and the
chain is glued on with E-6000.

It was one of the most fulfilling projects
I've ever worked on.

{The key is special to me.
I found it at The Mouse House
antique barn near my home-town. It still had the
tag attached. It was from The Strand Theatre
where I used to usher for productions when
I was in high school. They have replaced all
the old locks and this one was from the
box office. I was so thrilled to find it!

Now the theatre is called
Cambridge Performing Arts Center.
I took my daughter there this past fall
 for her 18th birthday.
Jane Eyre, the musical, was the production.}
The white pieces are cut from old corks
and painted white. I put a hole through them
with a small nail.
The little "ornaments"
are beads and jewelry pieces that
I strung on the black wire.
I cut the sentiments from old Christmas
Cards and attached them with a jump ring.

I realize that some of the photos are somewhat
"Christmasy". I hoped that no one would mind.
I want to savor the Christmas spirit and keep it in my 
heart all year long. 

After all, doesn't it embody all the 
GOOD THINGS
that we wish for others?


So...
Many blessings to you all. 
Sweet wishes for all that you hope 
for 2015 to be.

Thank you so much for stopping by.

Hugs,
Tamara

8 comments:

"Create Beauty" said...

Hello Tamara!
Thank you for your comment, it has allowed me to find you.

I enjoyed reading your 'profile'....
it sounds like we love the same things,

and this Blessing Tree is wonderful!!!!

Wishing you many blessings from above
and golden moments in this new year!

~ Violet

Tamara said...

You're very welcome, Violet. It's such a blessing to see your creations and to find a "kindred spirit"! Thank you so much for the visit and the sweet wishes.

Tamara <3

lynn said...

tamara, your blessing tree is a darling idea! love that the key has a special place in your heart! wishing you the very best year ever!!

Tamara said...

Thank you so much Lynn. Isn't it nice to be able to use pieces that have special meaning to us. And a wonderful year to you as well.

Tamara <3

Linda said...

This is a wonderful idea. It is so pretty! I usually think of a blessing tree around different holidays and not the new year! Thanks for sharing it. Visiting from Shabbilious Friday. Happy New Year! Linda @bushelandapickle.com

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

Such a beautiful way to start the new year, Tamara. Wishing you a beautiful 2015!
Hugs,
Lin

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Love your "Year round tree" What fun, so shabby perfect!

Carol

Tamara said...

Thank you, Ladies for visiting and leaving your kind comments. It really does brighten up my day!

Blessings to you all.
Tamara