A Country Christmas Tree

Too many lights!

Too many lights!

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.

Thinner is better!

Thinner is better!

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.

Cheese Grater Tree Top

Cheese Grater Tree Top

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.

A Very Old Bucket

A Very Old Bucket

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!


About Patsye

I am an older woman and artist. I love to craft. I love to sew and knit and crochet and needlepoint. I love to paint and draw and make art with my hands. Being creative is what gets me up in the morning. Art is my tea, my fresh air, my good book, and my cats all rolled into one. I have much to share and hope you'll visit often.
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7 Responses to A Country Christmas Tree

  1. averyclaire says:

    The tree and bucket are perfect! You always seem to know just what fits! Such a super bargain in the process! Happy Holidays!

  2. sue marquis bishop says:


  3. sue marquis bishop says:

    I love love love this outdoor tree! You are so creative with an eye for the unusual. Thanks for sharing your tree. Sue

    • whimseytopia says:

      Thank you Sue. I went looking for your blog and can’t find one. Would love to read about your adventures. Patsye

      • whimseytopia says:

        On the other hand, when I clicked this reply, I got the rest of your remark. My eyes or the Internet? Who knows.

      • sue marquis bishop says:

        That’odd you couldn’t access my blog. It’s new but had 21 posts in Nov. Click on name here and should take you to it. We have home in NC mountains too. Love it so much. Just there part of the year though. Sue

  4. Love the tree and bucket. What a great find! And great price!!
    BTW, my emails to you bounce back as undeliverable even when I hit reply. ???

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