From my Treasure Box: Vintage White Christmas Decor
To accent my Christmas trees I put together a little winter white arrangement of some pretty things - including this incredible little antique lighted tree. It's a called a Glolite tree made with glass rods wrapped in visca, which is essentially a straw-like cellophane. It's lit from a single bulb on the inside. The base of the tree has a patent that dates from the 1930s, which makes this one of the earlier models of these types of lighted tabletop trees. I found it at an estate sale for a few bucks, and it took me about 5 seconds to put it in my "buy" bag. I loved the grayish ivory color, and the crazy fun texture, and I just had to have it.
It did work when I bought it, but the original fabric wrapped cord was in a really sorry state. Some areas of the wire were even exposed, and it made me super nervous even just to plug it in (visions of being electrocuted, and then fiery explosions.) So I bought a new vintage-style cord and plug set from, and a brand new socket to completely rewire it. Un-doing the old 1930s electrical was sort of an adventure because the old socket was sealed in with a dollop of tar (TAR!) which I had to chip out. Once out though the rewire was fairly simple.
Anyway, I love the look of this tree, so I set it up on my grandmother's little wooden keepsake chest. The lovely crocheted doily is a piece my Mom made for me this year.
I keep these ironstone pitchers out all year round, and they are always just so useful and they always look great. The little mercury glass tree I crafted out of worn out vintage bits, and the plastic deer (elk?) are from my collection.
So with that I'm calling the Christmas decorating done. I'm sure if I weren't so busy with the shop during the holidays I'd do a lot more, but it's actually kind of nice to have it so simple. It's really just my Christmas trees and this little vignette. I'm so enjoying all my pretties! Hope you are all having fun making it festive where you live!