I am surrounded by antique shops. They are everywhere in Western North Carolina, and one need only look at the tags on the cars in the parking lots to know that people come from far away to shop here. It’s the deals, and believe me there are plenty of them.
I found this old bucket with a fake Christmas tree shoved in it that had over a hundred tiny red and green lights stuck to the branches. And when I say stuck, I mean like glue. It took me almost three hours to cut my way through these wires and bulbs, and in the process I was cutting away some of the needles on the branches. The more I cut, the better the tree appeared – like the short-needle pines we have so many of here. So I kept cutting. And then I cut some more. I loved the thinner look of the tree, and from a distance, it actually looks real.
The new lights went in easier as well. They are made by Country Lights and each bulb is covered in a cream-colored silicone, giving them a very warm glow. The tree topper, alas, was not made by me, but I found it at The Depot at Gibson Mill, one of those massive NC antique malls. It’s an old cheese grater with a mouse popping out of the stocking.
The bucket is two feet tall, making the tree reach six feet, and both are narrow enough to fit snugly into the corner by my front door.
Living in the country is prompting me to lean toward a more “primitive” decor. Fortunately there are many local artists and crafters nearby, and it’s easy finding just the right piece for any project.
And for the record, I paid $22 total for the tree and bucket. Merry Christmas to me!