Friday, December 20, 2013

A Vintage Christmas Tree (With Teacups)

Welcome Dear Friends to
"A Vintage Christmas Tree"
(With Teacups)

 This year I did my best to be organized for Christmas.

Since I was scheduled for spigelian hernia surgery on December 10th I had the house decorated early. We had put up a living Christmas tree that was over 8 feet and smelled heavenly.
While recuperating in my hospital bed the day after my surgery I was worrying about what my family might be eating for dinner without me there to serve them.  (Do you do worry too?) I had made a large hamburger soup in the crock pot and was texting  my son from my hospital bed and asking whether they had it for dinner. 

My eldest son was acting rather peculiar in his texts to me....when I asked him what they had for dinner he said suspiciously, "We have bigger fish to fry".  I was confused laying in the hospital bed.  What had happened?  Was something wrong?

Finally they came clean - the living Christmas tree that I had spent hours decorating had fallen over.  Some ornaments were broken too. 

My husband and son were unable to make it secure and so the tree went outside along with it's new stand. 

(Tree Skirt)

Well.... when I got home much to my horror all of the decorations were no longer on the beautiful real tree but laden across the dining room table, coffee table and chairs. Water covered the carpet floor.

Unfortunately no pictures were taken before it fell.

 (Sorry this picture my son took with his phone and then sent it too me - it was too upsetting for me to photograph).
So, as I was recuperating at home in bed, hubby went out and bought an artificial Christmas tree.   He felt so badly. 
Isn't he a dear?

Can you tell it's an artificial tree?

He secured it with a wooden base and I started decorating all over again.  Much slower this time since my incisions were a little painful.

To make it look vintage I added lots of pink and gold sparkly bows, a strand of white pearls, 

A vintage sequined tassled white purse and

A cameo ornament and more to come.....
I do like the artificial tree (yes, no needles everywhere) except that I do miss the fresh outdoor scent of the real trees.  Did you know that you can bend the artificial branches so that the heavier ornaments stay in place?  And it came with the lights attached...(another plus)!

As you know pink is my favourite colour - matching the furniture in the living room and so every year I accent with pinkish ornaments.
And of course, wouldn't a teacup lover add saucerless pink teacups to her Christmas tree?

Would you like to see a few more of my other favourite ornaments?
A miniature tea set,
Some pink slippers and crystals
A musical lacy heart,
A  crocheted tassled ball,
And more Glass Slippers...
A Snow Baby,
Hearts, Ballerinas and Angels,

And Decorative purses.

 Lots of Christmas balls....

 A pink parasol,

And a pink crystal.

This year I have placed some special white,  gold and pinkish Christmas balls on the dining room table for a centerpiece.
Being housebound I have done a little baking this week.


Every year my daughter likes to have the hand railing decorated for her birthday on December 8th.

On the mantle is the "reason for the season" - the true meaning of Christmas ~ Baby Jesus in The Nativity Scene.
Thank you for visiting
A Vintage Christmas Tree!
(With Teacups)

Merry Christmas Friends from
My Family to Yours!

This week I will be joining:

 Bernideen’s ~
Friends Sharing Tea
Pink Saturday
Cindy ~
Show and Tell Friday
Feathered Nest Friday
Share Your Cup Thursday
Tea On Tuesday
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Sandi  ~
Teatime Tuesday


Teacup Tuesday

Hope to see you there!



  1. Cara Karen,non sapevo che sei stata operata ed eri in ospedale!Spero tu ora stia bene!Il tuo albero è bellissimo!Dello stile e del colore che piace a me!Tutta la casa è bella addobbata e romantica!E i tuoi figli sono belli e dolci!Baci e Buon Natale!Rosetta

  2. That is too bad about your tree falling over! I can't believe you decorated it again after having surgery! Happy Birthday to your lovely daughter! Our daughters birthdays are just a day apart! Thanks for joining in for Show and Tell!

  3. sorry that last comment was from me. I was signed into my other google account which doesn't link to my blog.

  4. Sorry about the tree accident. This looks fabulous!!!!

  5. Oh Karen, I'm so sorry that happened with the real tree, but your artificial one decorated all in pink is totally gorgeous! I hope you have a quick and full recovery.
    Have a blessed Christmas!

  6. Karen, I am so sorry to hear about your tree falling over. This happened to one of my sisters one year and she lost lots of the vintage ornaments mom had given her. Your new tree is beautiful and does not look artificial! I love your ornaments! especially clever to add the beautiful purses! Hope you continue to feel better each day! Have a very Merry Christmas! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  7. Your decorating looks beautiful! I can't tell the tree is fake in pictures. I love a real tree. Our cats knocked our tree over thankfully before it was decorated. Now it is tied to a ceiling hook :) Take care and Merry Christmas!

  8. Dear Karen, it has been a tradition in our family for the tree to fall over at least once during the season for the past 27 years. It seems to be the only thing that has ever gone wrong and for that I'm grateful, blessed and so happy. It is too bad this happened to your lovely tree it looks so wonderful and you were trying so hard to take care of everyone else from a hospital bed, dear you. So I take it they found the hamburger soup? A favourite in our home. I love your little decorations and hope you didn't loose to many. Looks like you got a lot of baking done being house bound... hum most days I'm house bound and don't get all those goodies done. Wishing you a speedy recovery, Merry Christmas

  9. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Condolences on your tree and lost ornaments - what a lousy think to wake up to after surgery! Your new tree looks spectacular though. And maybe you can prop or wire the real tree outside somewhere to make a winter home for birds and enjoy from a window. Have a blessed Christmas Season. Visiting from SYC

  10. Oh my I am so sorry about your tree. But as your lovely pictures have shown, you can't keep a good woman down! Everything looks lovely again. I found some scensy like fragrance from BH&G at Walmart called Fraiser and it got rave reviews from our guests. Wishing you a speedy recovery and a beautiful Christmas in your georgous home. Hugs Becky

  11. I hope you'll recover well and soon. Your Christmas tree is stunning. Very beautiful!

    Greetings from Finland,


  12. My first visit to your beautiful home. It is truly stunning! Love all things pink feminine and frilly, your tree is just amazing, adding the tea cups is just perfection. So sorry to hear of your surgery and tree problems. You seem to be making a speedy recovery and the tree couldn't be prettier. Looking forward to many more visits in the new year.
    Blessings and holiday wishes,

  13. Karen,

    I think this is the most exquisitely charming Christmas Tree I've ever seen., As an elderly friend used to say, "That just CAUGHT me." It captured my every taste and love and fondness for pink and lace and pearls and dainty shoes and purses (not for wearing, for I'm not at all fashionable in dress, but in the tiny elegance of the things).

    It's just all fantasy and wee magic come to life in one place---you're an artist in whimsy and charm, and I just love this. Marie Antoinette would have had you as full-time artiste-in-residence.

    I'm so sorry about your mishap with the tree, but it's hard to believe that you had done such enchanting arrangements already---perhaps this one WAS the magical one, and meant for the being.

    Thank you for this loveliest of lovelies---I don't know if this will be the post which "catches Beverly's eye," but it certainly captured mine, and I've even copied a few of the close-ups (parasol and intricate little shoes and the entire tree), and pasted them into WORD so that I can reach for them in an instant.

    I've joined your list of followers, and will be returning to visit often, I'm sure. I hope you're healing every day, and will be enjoying the best of Christmases.



  14. I'm so sorry for you and your marvellous tree. Your vintage decors are just gorgeous. The tea cups and the little tea set are my favourite.Merry Christmas to you and your family

  15. Dear Karen, I congratulate you on the coming Christmas. I wish you good health. Christmas tree decorated in pink with pink decorations are very beautiful! Regret that there was trouble from the first tree. Very nice house and beautifully decorated interior.
    With greetings from Russia.Lara.

  16. Fantastico.��Me encantan las fotografías, trasmiten, son geniales. Ha estado un regalo el visitar tu bloc, te invito visitar el mio y si te gusta espero que te hagas seguidora.����

  17. Hi lovely lady.
    I am so sorry to hear about your tree falling over. This has happened to us one time but we did not have the ornaments on yet. I love your vintage ornaments my mom had given me also a long time ago. Your new tree is beautiful and does not look artificial! I love your ornaments you have on the tree now. a very Merry Christmas to you and your family! I m your newest follower on your blog now hoping you will also follow my Tablescapes. Merry Christmas.

  18. Hi Karen, Your vintage tree with Tea Cups is so pretty! I love all the pinks:) I'm so sorry about the tree falling.. my girlfriends tree fell over yesterday and she was so upset because some of her precious bulbs were broken. These things happen..

    Merry Christmas!

  19. Too bad about your real tree but the artificial one does look magnificent all decorated. I like the tea items hanging on it and the fact that there's lots of pink.
    Hopefully you will recuperate quickly.
    Merry Christmas.

  20. Hello Karen,
    I am sorry to hear about your surgery. But glad that it is over now. I hope you are healing very well. Boo hoo about your tree! Your dear hubby has done well. That tree looks really good for artificial. It looks gorgeous with all those beautiful tea cups on it! I love it!
    Merry Christmas!

  21. Hi Karen,
    I hope you're feeling so much better now after your surgery. Christmas isn't a good time to be laid up. I know because my back is giving me lots of grief again so I had to back way off my baking and decorating this year. Do take care, my friend!
    What a shame your real tree toppled. But the new tree looks fabulous and just as pretty adorned with all your special teacups and ornaments. I have had my mother's artificial tree for years. It looks like a blue spruce and I love it. I miss the scent of the real thing so I got some scent sticks from Bed, Bath, and Beyond and slid them in among the branches. Now the house smells like there is a real tree in here.
    Thank you for joining me for my Christmas Tea and I wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    Christmas blessings,

  22. Oh dear Karen, what a story! But the new tree looks amazing! Husband's a keeper. ;) I hope you're recovering well and wish you much love this holiday season. :)

  23. Dear Karen
    Such fun you've had! At least you can look back and have stories to tell and memories!

    One year I wanted a real Christmas tree. My daughter picked it out and brought it home. It was huge and fell over three times soaking the carpet each time!
    I decided from then on fake trees only!

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