Sunday, October 28, 2012

Practice Makes Not-Quite-Perfect and a Giveaway

If you’ve been coming here for a bit, you may recall the vintage Christmas ornament tree I made a couple of years ago: it was a spur of the moment idea, assembled with a lack of permanence, knowing it wouldn’t be going anywhere beyond my living room.
But ... then I thought, "What if I make a version that can travel?" Maybe all the way to my antique mall space where vintage-Christmas-loving-folks can find it and (very carefully) take it home?
What. If.

So I unleashed the vintage ornament stash, pulled a rusty screen from the stack in the garage and experimented with making an ornament tree that’s put together somewhat more permanently than the original one.
  There were some tough decisions to be made involving beading wire, string and heavy duty sewing thread. Not to mention a scary moment with a GIGANTIC needle.  

Please, always wear sturdy shoes when crafting.  Bedroom slippers do not qualify.
 In the end, a slightly less GIGANTIC needle threaded with the heavy duty thread worked best for tying the ornaments to the screen.
I guess my inner seamstress is still lurking somewhere after all. 

( It took about six whole minutes of gluing the caps onto the ornaments, my lap and the tips of my fingers for me to decide that step needed to be eliminated from the process.
Immediately. )
Working my way to the top.

No more split ends.

     I knew that rusty wire would come in handy someday.




      So after gluing, tying, wiring and knotting, I think I have this figured out.
And if you’re not opposed to having my vintage Christmas experiment arrive on your doorstep, I’d love to give away this vintage Christmas ornament tree.
Just leave a comment before midnight PST, Monday, November 5th, and you’re entered.
 This giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere in the world.


261 comments:

  1. This is gorgeous and such a clever idea! I would love to be considered to give this lovely piece a great home. Tam x

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  2. Opposed to having this arrive on my doorstep??? I'd be elated to find it there! I absolutely LOVE this. Such a unique and creative idea. Beautiful.

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  3. Oh my heck!! This is beautiful! I love it!! Thanks so much for having such a great giveaway! Jayne

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  4. Okay! It's time for me to get lucky! I ADORE (wish I could bold, italicize, and whatever else would help you know how much I love your ornament trees) what you seem to do with ornaments and a screen. I think you're a vintage genius. Sort of like a junk whisperer.

    Thanks for this chance! You, my dear, are so sweet to offer up your ornament tree!

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  5. Now how cool is that!! Great idea. Love the vintage ornaments.

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  6. I love this and would love to be the winner. What a wonderful giveaway.

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  7. This tree is F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S.!!!
    You are so clever but I do miss those fun fabric goodies you used to make!!
    I was thinking about trying to make one of these trees myself but would much rather WIN one!!!
    Thanks for the opportunity!
    ♥'s
    Sherry

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  8. So cute! And seemingly do-able for us schlubs who aren't as craftily inclined. Thanks for the chance to win it.

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  9. Oh my. You are giving this away? Be still my beating heart. Here's hoping the Junque gods pick me as a winner. Please, oh please. Stunning. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Hope the first comment is a lucky one. Your tree is crazy pretty Amy.

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  11. OMG!! This is just darling!!! I love the idea of tying the bulbs onto the screen!! I would love to be entered into your giveaway!!

    chris

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  12. If I had not seen my random number generator come up with a 1 one time, I would SO be waiting til a more sensible 24 or 25 slot came open to leave my comment. Photo headed for Pinterest glory no doubt ... it's a beauty.

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  13. Now I want to stay home from school, look for an old screen in my garage, and put my vintage ornament collection to good use (and hope this comment is not a double-post for me but am having technical difficulty posting). Thanks Amy!

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  14. OH my goodness....I would be thrilled to own one...of course I went right to the shop and didn't see one listed...Something that would look beautiful on the mantel. Smiles...Renee

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  15. I am not opposed at all! I'd love to see this hanging in my house this Christmas.

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  16. Wow! Good job! And the rust is perfect, natural, like snow. :OD

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  17. Wow!! I love the Vintage Tree! What a neat idea!!

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  18. What a good idea, I would love your vintage tree to arrive on my doorstep.

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  19. I've been lusting after your ornament tree for awhile. I think this is exactly what my Christmas decor is missing. I have all the supplies to make my own... but if I don't have to do that... :)

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  20. Oh! I love this! I would love to win it! thanks for the opportunity! karen...

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  21. Wow! Really?! Seriously?! I had to re-read it a few times to make sure I read right! Although I can't imagine how you would mail this, I would LOVE to WIN! Wow! Thanks so much for the chance! ♥

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  22. That is just gorgous. My love for vintage ornaments has just grown after seeing this beauty.!!! I went to a flea market a couple of weeks ago to add to my collection.
    blessings to you.

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  23. Oh, I hope I'm the very lucky winner of your "experiment." The tree is GORGEOUS!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  24. Absolutely brillant! This is thee most adorable decoration i've seen since Easter, and your cap gluing, rusty things hoarding, and sense of style have done it again! Bravo! (And thanks for the chance to win!)

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  25. Hey I am first! Awesome tree and would not have thought of sewing them in that tree shape...but then the needle is not my crafting vehicle of choice. Ho, ho, ho..throw my name in the hat.

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  26. That is one of the neatest displays of Christmas ornaments I have seen.......I LOVE IT!

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  27. OMG! This is absolutely amazing! What a great idea! I would love to enter your giveaway! I'm crossing my fingers it shows up on my doorstep! :)
    -Denise

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  28. It must be mine!! Oh wow, this is fabulous. You have to know that this is something that would probably have to stay up all year long, too awesome to be hidden away most of the year.

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  29. It's beautiful!!!!! That needs to be on the cover of a magazine! Gorgeous! You are so talented! and generous! :)
    Have a wonderful week!
    Robin
    xo

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  30. Sign me up, my Shiny Brite sister friend!
    Yet another work of art emerges from the Doily Factory.
    You never cease to amaze, Amy.
    Now, you know me and will not be surprised to hear that I am not only in love with the Christmas tree, but I am also a bit obsessed with the wallpaper lurking in the background, as well as the glimpses of the white door with the gorgeous vintage patina.
    Is every single thing that surrounds you bursting with lovliness from days gone by?

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  31. Oh my goodness! I would be honored to have this tree hanging at my house. It is gorgeous. This would make my day - actually my whole year!

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  32. This is so so awesome! I can't believe you would give it away, but thanks for the chance!

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  33. Oh I want this so bad! PLEASE don't make me try this on my own! If I do, it will end up looking like a Christmas shrub instead of a tree!

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  34. Hi there!

    What an inspiring way to use up the vintage ornaments that I have been picking up here and there throughout the years. But I would LOVE to win this one (less work required). Plus, I live in Springfield, OR so it wouldn't have to travel too far to it's new home.

    Your newest follower,

    Erica

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  35. Wow! Love the idea. Very nice how it turned out. I would love to win that!

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  36. That tree is beautiful!! I would just love to have that decorating my home at christmas! Pam

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  37. ack!!! that is SO STINKIN' cute! your blog is a fresh sense of humor mixed with a lot of vintage, which is the perfect combo. i just love coming here! thanks for sharing this beauty... i'd love to hang it in my home with that pretty rusted wire :)

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  38. Pick me!!! Your tree would love to travel to northern MN to brighten up our house for the holidays!

    No matter who wins, your idea is nothing less than genius. :@

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  39. Oh yes I would love to be the winner of this wonderful Creation of yours count me in!

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  40. Well, I just LOVE your tree/screen...such a FUN Christmas decoration. I'd love to win it...as it would make everyone seeing it smile. I like that part more than anything. Have a great day! pat

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  41. With the weather here in sunny California I would love to get in the holiday mood with that hanging on my wall. Great idea!

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  42. Gasp! This is gorgeous! I would love this in my house for the holidays!! Hope I win!!!

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  43. This is gorgeous! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  44. What a lovely project! I would be so honored to hang your vintage tree!

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  45. I would love to win this - it's amazing. If I can't win at least now I have a really cool DIY for some old window screens I have

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  46. So beautiful and I can't believe you are willing to part with it!

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  47. This is absolutely beautiful. Don't think I have ever won ANYTHING maybe this would change all that. Hasn't been a lucky day so far...septic backed up into the house :-(

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  48. It's beautiful! What a wonderful giveaway!

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  49. Beautiful! I would love to win this!

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  50. Simply gorgeous! And I will never get around to doing this myself. I would love to win this.

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  51. I've not seen anything like this and it is gorgeous! What a fabulous idea and what an amazing giveaway. Please throw my name in the hat! This would have a place of honor in my home for sure!
    hugs, Linda

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  52. Amazing! I love your creative spirit! I have a deep and abiding love affair with vintage ornaments.

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  53. fabulous! would love to add this to my christmas decor!!

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  54. Oh, yes, PLEASE!! This is gorgeous!! And now I need to hunt up some old window screens... because a whole row of these would be awesome :)

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  55. Vintage prettys always get me thinking about their history -wonder how old the are, who their original owners are, how many special Christmas mornings they have seen over the years...

    -Mallory@mallorypick.com

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  56. Oh my goodness! Teresa was right... STUNNING!

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  57. Oh, my! How I would love to have that happy Christmas tree arrive on my doorstep. Thank you!!! Blessings!

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  58. It's gorgeous. I admired it before and I still do. Would love to have and display throughout the season. Thank you for the chance!

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  59. Oh my goodness, this is stunning! You are very generous!

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  60. Oh, so lovely. I have a collection of vintage ornaments and love them! I have the perfect spot in my home. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  61. I recognize a couple of these ornaments! I love the vintage ones...this would look lovely over the buffet in my dining room...hint. hint.

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  62. I want to win this! I'm going to have a huge surgery just under Christmas so I can't go home for the Holidays. This would cheer me immensely when I'm laying in the bed my knee in a cast and feeling sorry for myself.

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  63. That is a stunning piece of art and I would love to give it a good home.

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  64. I really want to win this. It would look so pretty in Alabama. I remember growing up and seeing those ornaments on my grandmother's tree. Keep me in mind!

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  65. This is just gorgeous!!! My mother has adored vintage ornaments forever and I know she would love this so much. Thanks for the opportunity to win :)

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  66. Your tree is wonderful!! Can't believe you are giving it away. Please add me to the hopeful!!

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  67. Oh! That would look perfect in my turn-of-the-century farmhouse in the countryside of Oregon! What a generous thing to give away! Nice to meet you, by the way. I hope you check out my blog.. we have a lot in common! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  68. oh what fun! I just love this! count me in : )

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  69. Oh. I would be thrilled to have this arrive on my doorstep!Simple beauty!

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  70. So so fun! You've done a great job, and I would love to be entered!

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  71. It is beautiful! Please include me. Very kind of you to give it away. I would want to keep it! Jodi cherishedroses@hotmail.com

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  72. I would love to hang your work on my wall! What a privilege! Beth Fields

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  73. That is absolutely beautiful! I would LOVE to win it for my home!!! Thanks so much for the chance! :)

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  74. Oh, this is absolutely amazing! It would go perfectly with my vintage Christmas tree... Thanks for the chance to win it!

    Brandi Nelson
    dbnelson@wiktel.com

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  75. I love this! It is so pretty and clever. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  76. All I can say is "oh my"! I LOVE this... and what a wonderful and generous giveaway it is!

    ~Chris

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  77. I'd love to give this a home. What a great idea! Michelle S.

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  78. So pretty!!!! I absolutely love it.

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  79. what a beautiful creation! thanks for a chance to win. Laurie

    llsbaskets at comcast dot net

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  80. This is A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E! I would LOVE to attempt this, but don't have any vintage ornaments...guess they'll have to go on my "junkin" list :)

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  81. Is that not the cutest thing! I love it! Thanks for the chance to win one! What generosity!

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  82. I love this; beautiful!
    Jana

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  83. I. Love. This. Love it. With all my heart. Love to win!

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  84. Love the idea, love your creation and would love it if it was mine. Thank you for making this treasure a giveaway. Delightfully vintage . . .

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  85. Oh.my.goodness! This is just beautiful. What a lovely giveaway. I came here from Meadowbrook Farm blog.

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  86. Very creative; would look awesome in my aqua and white vintage camper.

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  87. How cute is that, I'd love to have it.

    Hugs,
    Meri

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  88. Oh, how beautiful!! So creative and pretty!! Have a great week! xo Heather

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  89. It's beautiful ! What a great way to use vintage ornaments !

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  90. What a sweet and wonderful gift it would be to find that tree upon my doorstep! You have made a perfect vintage creation to brighten someone's Christmas decor. Thanks for the entry!

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  91. This is absolutely gorgeous!!!! Would love to win it!

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  92. Hi there, I saw this beautiful creation last year and LOVED it! And I want it! You are a very talented gal and I've been enjoying your blog for a year now.
    Nancy G

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  93. I love love vintage Christmas ornaments!, please pick me!

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  94. Beautiful!! I hope I'm the lucky one.

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  95. Oh my goodness....LOVE this!! So pretty I would love to have it for my living room!! :) xo Holly

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  96. we just bought a house and this would be perfect for our first christmas in our new house!!

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  97. i would not be opposed at all if it arrived at my doorstep! i loved it when you shared it in 2010. so nice of you to give us a chance to win one. thx.

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  98. Absolutely gorgeous - I love all the shapes and textures mixed together this way! I wish I was even remotely crafty :-)

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  99. Love this ornament tree. Would love to have you send it my way!

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  100. This is absolutely stunning. I swear inherited a gene from my mother. We are both obsessed with finding unique Christmas decorations. Every year we exchange a Christmas ornament during the holidays and I know she would be elated to get something like this! Thanks for posting!

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  101. What a beautiful project! I would have a very hard time putting that away when Christmas was over :)

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  102. Thankyou for opening the contest up to anyone anywhere - I live in Canada and have been a follower for some time now. I love the tree! Christmas is tight this year so hubby and I have set low limits for each other. I am sending him to your ETSY store to have a peek!

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  103. Oh my word. You are the bomb as the kids say today. What creativity and great use of recycling. I just love it. I can never pass up vintage Christmas balls. This is craft should be in a magazine. It was definitely made by a professional....YOU. Thanks for sharing.

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  104. I've considered making one of these, but boy, would I LOVE to own one that YOU made yourself. I love it! Thanks for the chance and congrats to the winner!

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  105. That tree is absolutely gorgeous! I have admired your work for a long time. :) I am crossing my fingers I win! I am ready for Christmas! :)
    carrie.n.coleman@gmail.com

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  106. This is beautiful and I would love to have it hanging in my house this Christmas.

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  107. I have always loved this idea, and surely would love to own one. Thanks...
    sharinicsevic@att.net

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  108. Oh my goodness, /drool! This is just beautiful! I've been slowly getting in the mood for Christmas and this has single handedly shoved me right into wanting my house decorated now!

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  109. Hello,

    in 1 word " beautiful " I am from Belgium and i collect for jears old christmas things, but this is amasing! Perfect ! I hope that the beautiful christmastree comes to Belgium ;)
    greet

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  110. Oh wow, thanks for the chance to have this gorgeous christmas tree. I love it. I've just discovered your blog and it's so inspiring... :)

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  111. Oh my gosh! I completely love your tree. It is perfection. Thanks for the chance (fingers crossed!) vicki.terlap(at)gmail.com

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  112. I loved this Christmas tree when I read about the "original" on your blog. I am glad you have found your inner seamstress for how I have missed your beautiful sewn creations. I recently put away a beloved table runner I purchased from you a couple of years as I had to start my fall decorating. No worries though as shortly I will be able to display a fantastic Christmas table runner you also made, along with some pillows and stockings!

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  113. Amy,
    This is SO cool! I am going to put my name in the hat!!!! :) Thanks!

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  114. Oh, I love it! I would never think of doing that! Pick me!

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  115. I LOVE your tree, absolutely! But, more importantly, I truly love your blog. I live in Tidewater (very lucky to have survived Sandy recently), and it is wonderful to read the West Coast bloggers!

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  116. Have just the place for this gorgeous tree!

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  117. <3 <3 <3 Your vintage ornament tree is stunning. It would look look wonderful anywhere and I hope it makes its way to my NC home. Thank you for making someone happy soon.

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  118. holy moly this is so cute.
    and honestly, as much as i love it, if i were to win, i know exactly who i would give it too.
    it would make me happier to give it to the perfect person! :)

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  119. This is amazing! I ADORE this and would love a chance to win this. In case I am not the lucky winner I would love to "borrow" the idea and create one of these myself if you don't mind.

    Danielle

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  120. ACKKKK! I am obsessed with vintage ornaments. All types. My parents moved from their home when I was a senior in high school from PA to UT. I drove in the car with some friends of theirs to our new home. My parents finished loading up the UHaul and drove it to Utah. When Christmas came around we talked about a tree and I was excited to get out the ornament box and all the stuff from my childhood christmas. They told me they had to leave that box behind because there wasn't room in the truck! I can't even think about it without crying. And I'm 55 now. You'd think I'd have gotten over this. Anyway every year I pick up a few more vintage ornaments to assuage my lack of childhood christmas. This is so incredibly adorable. I'm weepy with love for it. You are a freakin genius.

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  121. Wanted to say how much I love that! I have made several of the ornament wreaths and trees, but that is a new take on the idea! Just precious! I won your vintage tablecloth last year...which I still love by the way and can't wait to use this year again! Don't expect to win again, but sometimes lightening strikes in the same place:-) You are a very giving soul! Best, Vicki

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  122. Hi I'm a new follower and I would just like to say that I love this Christmas tree it's so fabulous. I would love to be entered into your giveaway.
    Kindest Regards
    Kay M ..... Cornwall UK

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  123. Oh my goodness, Girl, how creative are you? I love vintage ornaments, too, but never could do this. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  124. How beautiful! Would be fun to win...Thanks for the chance! Bernie

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  125. It's truly amazing what a creative mind can do with vintage ornaments, screen and rusty wire. Beautiful!

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  126. Wow! You have quite a crowd here all of the same voice: TO WIN! Well, count me in, too, please! That is one beautiful, vintage tree!

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  127. Oh, this is amazing! This tree is so so pretty! Thanks for the chance to win!
    jennykartchner@gmail.com

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  128. Christmas is coming too fast, but this will help to ease the panic.

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  129. Gwen-how creative!!

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  130. I would love a vintage Christmas experiment on my doorstep!

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  131. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! Thanks for the fun.

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  132. LOVE!!! Would be honored to win! :)

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  133. If that's the experiment, the "real" one must be Wow!
    Chris =]

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  134. I love your vintage ornament Christmas tree. I saw one a few months ago on a blog and pinned it because I really wanted to someday create a similar one for me. I did not know where to start and knew I would not be pleased with it because I do not have any ornaments as precious as vintage ornaments. I could not be more pleased or grateful then the opportunity to have one of your creations sent to me :-) I thank you for your ideas and talent. Marge

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  135. So nice of you to share! What a beautiful thing to behold :) Here's hoping...
    thanks!
    elizabeth

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  136. So beautiful and creative...never seen anything like it!

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  137. Good gravy, I can't believe you're giving such a beauty away! I'm still on the lookout for a screen to make one of my own but winning this one would make that a whole lot easier. ;)

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  138. I could totally do that! But even better would be to win yours :)

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  139. You are beyond generous to even consider parting with this!
    ......i hope you pick me!.......

    Kim

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  140. I love this idea, it reminds me of my grandmother. She was one crafty soul! Thank you for inspiring me, I don't have enough ornaments to make one of my own..but I would dearly love to have yours make a stop here in Colorado on my doorstep :)

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  141. Wow. i would never be able to give it away! SO pretty!

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  142. How adorable! I love this idea. My grandma gave me a bunch of her wonderful old ornaments years ago and I have loved vintage ornaments ever since. Thank you so much for this giveaway! Holly

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  143. That is awesomely cool! Amazing that you would give it away, but I'm in!
    You are the best.
    nancy
    njboothe@me.com

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  144. I would love to win your vintage Christmas ornament tree! What a beautiful tree.

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  145. Wow! I'd definitely like to be part of this give-away! Thanks for adding to my holiday spirit!
    vbrockett1@hotmail.com

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  146. So creative! I will keep my fingers crossed! I love your blog!

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  147. What a beautiful tree! I wish I could find ornaments like that near me. Thanks for the chance to win it.

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  148. Ohhh- I LOVE this!! Simply beautiful!! You are tooo generous!! Thanks!
    orr20004@msn.com

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  149. I too would love this! Vintage is my middle name!Thank you for the chance!
    slbaker79@yahoo.com

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  150. Loved it first time around....would love to have one travel to my vintage house.

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  151. Just beautiful! Christmas is not Christmas without vintage ornaments! Thank you for the opportunity to win this!

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  152. So creative & beautiful!
    Thank you for the opportunity to win this gorgeous tree ♥

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  153. Just beautiful! Christmas is not Christmas without vintage ornaments! Thank you for having this give-away. Happy Holidays!

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  154. What a great idea!
    Count me in please!

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  155. Those beautiful ornaments take me right back to my childhood - those and remember the red stockings made out of some cheap open weave material? Ours were always filled with fruit, nuts and some little surprise. Good memories!

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  156. Love those ornaments!! Love that tree!!Just send that tree to me. Thank you and Merry Christmas!!

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  157. WOW!!!! Thanks for the chance to possibly win this charming Christmas Tree. Love your take on vintage ornaments. Sooo talented! Hope all is well in the "Hood!" Hope to see you soon!

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  158. This is what my farmhouse front porch has been missing all these years. I love this! Nisha

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  159. What a great idea! I love vintage ornaments they remind me of my mother's "sacred" ornaments while I was growing up. I'd love to win this!!
    kchulski@yahoo.com

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  160. OMGoodness, I love this idea and your final result. Thanks for showing us how you did it and also for the give away! Countrybutton@gmail.com

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  161. I would take great care of your tree at my house!tylajunebug@yahoo.com

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  162. What a wonderful way to make something so beautiful! I am inspired. Thanks for the opportunity to enjoy it (and be gifted it :)).
    mrwisblessed@gmail.com

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  163. Pick me, pick me! Such a beautiful piece.

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  164. LOVE, LOVE! Would love to have this!

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  165. Hi There,
    Thank you so much for offering this as a give-away. I just discovered your blog and am so glad I did. I absolutely love everything about this tree. The ornament colors are so bright. They bring back wonderful family memories. Merry Christmas!!

    Lisa P. =)

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  166. I love it! And I would love to win it!

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  167. This is so beautiful and such a great way to re-use/save those beautiful vintage ornaments!
    blessings
    ~*~

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  168. Oo! Oo! Oo! That is SO incredibly genius!!
    PickMePickMe!

    Kate J.
    vikingjob at yahoo dot com

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  169. OH MY GOODNESS...........Yes, I would LOVE to have your beautiful work of art. I so LOVE vintage anything, but vintage Christmas ornaments are just he BEST!

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  170. Oh my, so pretty! It would look amazing in my house. How generous of you to share:)

    Jenn
    jjmom04 at yahoo dot com

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  171. What an amazing project! Such a great idea and, if I do say so myself, it would look just perfect hanging outside on our deck this winter ;)

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  172. Love this vintage tree! Can't wait for it to arrive at my house! Thanks

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  173. wait a minute LOL I have to go back up and read how you did that

    anyway while I'm reading please enter me in this drawing

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  174. Esther from AlicanteNovember 2, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    That is beautiful!! Did you make that thinking of me??? lol
    Esther
    harleyesther at gmail dot com

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  175. This is precious an the ornaments remind me of ones my parents used to not let me hang on the tree! haha They still had them from WWII. SO CUTE!!

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  176. I love this Christmas tree! Your choice of bulbs (shapes and colors) is just perfect! Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

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  177. This is the cutest tree I have seen. The bell at the top is very similar to the only Christmas ornament left from my childhood.

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  178. That is so beautiful...I can't believe you are giving it away!!!...I would love to have it!!!!

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  179. Sweet! I am definitely stealing this great idea for some vintage ornaments in my stash. Though I'll happily take the prototype, too!

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  180. Thanks for including Canadians! Lovely and creative!

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  181. This would be SO perfect in my 110 year old colorfully-decorated house! Fingers crossed!
    Gail

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  182. Wow! That is amazing! I've seen A LOT of things done with vintage Christmas decoration, but this tops them all.

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  183. Don't know what I love more about it, the shiny or the rust...but I sure would love if it came to live with me!

    Timalee
    timaleesue at gmail dot com

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  184. WOW! I was in LOVE with the first one you made and SO SO excited for the chance to win one of my very own! Thanks!

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  185. Vintage Christmas ornaments and a rusty screen??
    My kind of decorations. Would love to win.

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