Thursday, December 3, 2015

A New Tabletop Tree and the 24 Days of Tea Begins

I put all our Christmas decor out except the silver tinsel tree which has had a few repairs and lights replaced over the years.
This year it needed lights again so hubby suggested we look for a new faux table top tree.
We found a fir/pine mix of needles we liked with pine cones throughout and sitting in a ceramic wooden looking bucket. Perfect for the two of us and my victorian tree skirt fits even better around the base of this one. A shimmering peacock is perched at the top.
A conservative amount of lights came on the tree yet it looks pretty lit up at night. 
On December 1 I opened the 24 days of tea advent calendar from David's Tea I was gifted and have had some delicious pots brewed so far for afternoon tea.
Our Still Life Sunday prompt for this week was 'white on white' and although I looked for something delicate to photograph, this reading fairy is a favourite and kept catching my eye. On the left is SOC and the fairy looks quite silvery so I lightened the photo considerably in my Mac photos editing software to achieve my vision of the prompt.
I'll leave you with a small clump of birch at the park, many of these trees are so old they're toppling over or needing to be cut down by the town staff. I still find them intriguing and full of character.
I'm linking with:
Amy for Five on Friday

52 comments:

  1. Your new tree looks great! The 24 teas sounds like fun!

    Deanna

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  2. Your new tree looks really pretty!! I liked the silver one, and I like this one too! Thank you for joining Five On Friday. I hope that you have a great weekend! xx

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  3. 24 days of tea, how exciting. Looking forward to it.

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  4. Love your tabletop tree...we have one, too...gave up the 7 ft one years ago when it got too hard for us to tote it up ad down the attic stairs. We love the smaller one. I just finished decorating ours...so many decorations, some made by my kids and some from their days in elementary school...you can barely see the tree itself...lol

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  5. I like both your old tree and your new tree, Judith! Very festive! Your 24 days of tea sounds like a fun tea tasting experience. Love David's teas! Hugs, Beth

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  6. Love your new tree, it's perfectly splendid!

    You did a fabulous job with your white on white angel - boy is she pretty - and wow to the gift of Advent tea - someone spoiled you divinely - yum - how wonderful!

    Hope you are keeping a journal, it'd be so neat to get your thoughts on 25 teas! : - )

    Hugs

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  7. Love your new table top tree soo pretty ! Lovely white on white captures . With this damp cold weather a cuppa a tea or two is the best to warm the soul it is tea time any time here lol !. Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  8. I like your new table top tree. Your old one is so pretty too. Sometimes it is hard for me to choose new trees and décor because I grow fond of old favorites. Good thing your husband is decisive and practical.

    I think your white on white turned out lovely. Isn't this a fun and special time of the year ? Especially in blog land !

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  9. Your little tree is adorable. And how neat to have a different cup of tea for your advent calendar! Now you can sit back and enjoy the season with your decorations up.

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  10. Good looking tree! I will be glad to return to a table top one day. One day when the grands are not so disappointed with me for loving smaller trees. Your photo editing is inspired. I really like the white reading fairy. I am happily drinking tea each afternoon by the tree. Very pleasant.

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  11. Nice photos with the white on white. I sometimes reduce photos to barely any details by lightening them, with some interesting results. Those tinsel trees look so nostalgic! Too bad it had to be retired. Your new tree looks very elegant. I've been moaning about our huge fake tree for a few years now, but I don't think we'll buy a new one till one of our kids can take the old one to a new home. Love the advent tea set! The only advent "calendar" we have here is Lego from when the kids were small. Have a great weekend Judith!
    Wendy

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  12. The table top tree is such a beauty. Mine still stands bare, waiting to be all aglow. Sunday, dear tree, Sunday. I will enjoy your 24 days of tea and I adore the reading fairy, especially glowing white.

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  13. Your new tree looks fresh and lovely Judith. When I was a little girl - maybe 8 years old we went by my Aunt's house and she had one of those silver trees. I remember I was overwhelmed because I had never seen one before. I think of that day everytime I see one. Aunt Helen was ready for whatever was the latest thing! What goes around comes around again!!!

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  14. I love your new tree, Judith! It's perfect for the two of you. I don't put up our big tree any more, but use several small trees, which are much easier for me.
    I love the idea of the advent tea calendar. I'll have to remember that next year!

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  15. Your tabletop tree looks great, Judith. I've heard of the Advent tea calendar but have never seen one. What a fun idea for a tea lover! Your white/silver statue makes a lovely photograph. Isn't it amazing what we can do with technology?

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  16. Advent Calendar Tea...how delightful! The perfect thing for tea lovers :)

    I just love your silver tree, Judith. The lights really make it sparkle. I, too, bought one this year and put it in my dining room by my tea cups. I used pastel colored ornaments and it looks oh-so-pretty.

    Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs!

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  17. Hello, Judith!
    Your new tabletop tree and your Victorian tree skirt are a match made in heaven. Lovely photos of the fairy and the birches, and I couldn't imagine a better Advent Calender for you than the one you have. :)
    Have a lovely weekend!

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  18. Hello Judith, I like your pretty tabletop tree. And the Advent Calender Tea is a great gift for you. Lovely images! Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

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  19. Oh Judith how lovely your new tree looks. I probably should have gone with a new tabletop tree rather than the 9' one that I ordered and decked out by myself with old and new adornments. I pitched ours from past decade last season and I really debated and ended up even taller...silly me, what was I thinking. Have a happy weekend~

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  20. Love the Advent with 24 different teas, how lovely to have a quiet moment to reflect and drink tea. Love this advent calendar x

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  21. Your tree is very pretty. I have had a table top tree the last few years.

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  22. Beautiful tree. What a great gift, an advent tea calendar now that would really suit me taking a few moments out to sit and reflect with a nice cup of tea.

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  23. Inspiring Christmas tree! I start next week decorating the house. Groetjes, Hetty

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  24. How very elegant your tree is!!! I have to start decorating...But I have to stay home first!! Have a grand weekend!

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  25. Lovely photos... beautiful tree. The angel is sweet too. I love birch trees.

    Wishing you a beautiful weekend, Judy!
    Brenda

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  26. Hi Judith - your new tree is very sweet and the little fairy is, too! Birch trees really symbolize the season - so pretty when their branches are bare. I am a new follower to your beautiful blog. x Karen

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  27. Your new tree is lovely Judith. We opted for the larger one this year again after much debate. Speaking of tea, I must go make a cup. I hope you have a lovely weekend.

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  28. The birch trees in the park look so beautiful with their bare branches and you have a wonderful new Christmas tree Judith, love that peacock on top.
    Enjoy your weekend!

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  29. Your table top tree is very elegant! This year I have read many blogs and posts on Facebook of complaints about the trees having dead lights. Frustrating!

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  30. Your tree is the perfect size for your table and looks great with the lights and decorations. What a difference the lights have made to your fairy. Enjoy your tea, what a good idea. :-)

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  31. Beautiful tree and I love the idea of tea in an Advent Calendar.

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  32. Your new tabletop tree looks great, Judith! I know that David's released some new seasonal teas, but I've been really good and have not broken my tea diet (the last time I purchased a new tea was back in September).

    I used to just toss David's Teas' sampler tins after I had finished the tea, but now I keep them because they also fit perfectly in my stocking Advent calendar.

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  33. The table top tree is really cute, Judith! My mother decorated with peacocks a lot and I did too for a while. I have been tempted to get a table top tree too because every year I'm finding to decorate the big one is such a lot of work. Your David's Tea Advent calendar is so fun and the little angel is adorable! Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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  34. Love the new tree Judith. I love birch trees and I'm always on the lookout for fallen branches to use in decorations. I'm slow in visit from Five on Friday, it seems there is always something do do. You seem to be enjoying the David's tea. We have a new store that just opened at our mall this week. I'll be checking it out when we next visit the mall.

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  35. I need to buy one of those advent tea trees next yea. A couple of my friends have them and they are so excited each day to sip the flavour of the day. I need that joy I think!! Love the white on white photo. Isn't it amazing what photo-editing can do?

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  36. I love your tabletop tree; all decked out for the Christmas holidays. And what a fun looking advent calendar. Enjoy your week, Pat

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  37. What a lovely Christmas tree! I love that bird topper, it really crowns your tree! Have nice week!

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  38. Good morning, Judith! I just wanted to stop by and say thank you for hosting Mosaic Monday. Have a great day and week ahead..

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  39. Your tree is lovely! And you will have so much fun with the tea calendar! Especially like the bird on the tree.
    Ruth

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  40. Hello Judith, I am loving your new tree! And that tea calendar is amazing. How wonderful new tea all month! I am really enjoying your photography too!
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  41. Perfectly lovely! I love the photo of the birch trees especially.

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  42. I finally finished decorating this weekend too....A beautiful new tree for all your ornaments. I have a small tree as well already full of lights...just perfect. I bet you are having a ball with those 24 teas....a great gift for a tea lover! I am enjoying your still life photos...I should look for a course to play!

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  43. Thanks for sharing this at No Place Like Home. I do love your table top tree!

    Christmas blessings,
    Sandi

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  44. The new, little tree looks great! And that has got to be the best Advent calendar yet!

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  45. Judith, The little tree looks great! Twenty four teas for Advent is a wonderful idea. Sylvia D.

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  46. Very pretty! Have a wonderful week

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  47. I really like your new tabletop tree, and I'm starting to see a trend (which I like) of smaller trees rather than the giant ones of recent years.

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  48. Dearest Judith; Oh,wonderful new tabletop tree♡♡♡ It is great to see pretty decoration which is not so familiar to me♪
    So sorry for my belated comment,I hope you are having a wonderful week.
    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend, xoxo Miyako*

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  49. I am finally getting around to reading this post! Your new little tree is so lovely...such a nice size and you have decorated it beautifully. I think the advent tea calender is such a cute idea. I know you certainly look forward to tasting each one. Ah...and then thre are those lovely naked trees. Surely you must know how I feel about them! :)

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  50. I adore your new tree! This is our first year without children in the home so we have only decorated the mantel and a palm tree that sits next to it. :)

    Lovely image of the fairy! And those Birch trees...wow!!!

    Have a blessed week!

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  51. Beautiful tree Judith. I love the peacock on the top. I'm still going all-out decorating because the children who come home like it. And I do too :) even though it takes a lot of time!
    The picture of the birch trees is lovely. They are one of my favorites. I remember camping when I was a child and being told very seriously to never, ever strip the bark. It was always so tempting, but I never did. I was sure I'd kill it if I did!
    Enjoy your Advent teas. What a great idea!

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