Sweet Stripes & Simple Trees

Sunday, December 19, 2010
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As a homeschooling family, I was always on the lookout for fun and yet educational activities to do with my children. One that we all remember very fondly was the year we attended A Civil War Christmas. This was an interactive afternoon put on by a reinactment group. What fun we had and we especially loved seeing a period decorated Christmas tree. Since then, I put up my own version of a simple tree. Usually in the dining room. This year I almost skipped this due to time getting away from me but Friday afternoon I decided I didn't want to skip it. So I headed to Walmart to purchase the most important element of my simple tree.......

Bob's Sweet Stripes...much more authentic than candy canes.

Since I will not be using all 8 of my dining room chairs, I decided to go ahead and set the trees up on 2 of them. I really like this look.

No lights on these trees but they are lit by the hutch light.

I put the trees in a couple of vintage, red-rimmed enameled pots. In the past I've used baskets or galvanized buckets but I am thinking I like this look best.

Sweet Stripes tied on with fabric strips.

A vintage box of Shiny Brites..I considered putting them on the trees and then changed my mind. I liked what the box looked like there and just left them.

Besides the candy, the only other ornaments are some simple wooden cutouts that I found years ago.

Some of my pinecones used as filler. I sprinkled a little cinnamon fragrance oil over these to give a nice scent to the dining room. Not too much though...a little goes a long way.

After that decorating, there is nothing like a large beeker of cocoa and those Sweet Sripes make a wonderful addition to the cocoa.

Sharing at some of my favorite blogs!
Ceilo's Show Off Your Cottage Monday (all about the Christmas Tree)
Lady Katherine's Tea Time Tuesday
Sue's REDnesday
Suzanne's Vintage Thingie Thursday


  1. Tina G said...:

    Love the trees! I have a few small ones. They came with lights on them, and I can't ever decide how I want to decorate them...so I never do. You've given me some ideas! Thank you!

  1. artteachergirl said...:

    Beautiful, sweet trees! Bob's candies bring back so many childhood memories. The Bob's candy plant is also in my neck of the woods, making your post even better. Merry Christmas! Vicki

  1. arkie said...:

    I love your simple trees with the enamelware pots!

  1. Gail, what fun trees to decorate simply. Those Bob's sticks are so soft, compared to other candy canes, and I love them on your tree or in hot chocolate. Joni

  1. Vanssmomc said...:

    The trees are so pretty! I really like the fact that they are so simple and the enamelware pots are a great spot for them. Cathy

  1. Lovin' your rustic trees Gail! Just noticed the Sweet Stripes this year for the first time at Walmart! Merry Christmas Week:@)

  1. Love the teapot! I have a 6 ft. alpine tree and I love it, decked out in gingerbread goodies! Merry Christmas Gail!!

  1. Tammy N said...:

    I bought a box of these the other day...I love them at Christmas time.

    Love how you decorated with them!

    Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas! ♥

  1. Sherry said...:

    Your trees are perfect. I love that period in history and love that you were decorating by it. Your pot of cocoa looks lovely too. Have a very Merry Christmas!

  1. Ann Nichols said...:

    So nice! Everything!! I especially love the name of your blog!! Perfect!

  1. Judy said...:

    Everything is beautiful. Thanks so much for stopping by today and following. I am following you right back. :)

  1. Your little trees are adorable. And I just love that old-fashioned, soft peppermint candy.

  1. Hello, Gail. Love your little trees. I have always wanted one of those trees -- They look so earthy to me, yet very high-end also! I have been discovering your blog. I will comment on some of your other posts. Your children look so nice, and is that your home in the header? I LOVE it, even if it's NOT yours. :)
    Best regards,
    P.S. I am your newest Follower!

  1. Hello Gail !
    Your little trees are just adorable! I love the idea of putting them on the country chairs. You have a beautiful home! I love your blog and I LOVE LOVE the header picture ! It must be your farmhouse! I would love to live there.
    Thank you so much for leaving your wonderful comment on my turquoise tree.

    Blessings & God Bless ♥

  1. LDH said...:

    I LOVE your simple trees! Lovely on either side of your hutch and sitting up on the chairs. Perfect in your cozy room and home!

    My daughter bought a box of the same candy canes the other day. My schnauzer helped himself to most of them. He groaned by the front door for a while then got a large drink from his water bowl. His tummy then spouted out the prettiest color, freshest smelling stuff! Will he ever learn his lesson about the dangers of eating what he shouldn't?!?


  1. Lady Katherine said...:

    I love the trees in the pots! Fit right in in my old home. I do love peppermint so much, I always serve Hot Chocolate on Christmas Morning with peppermint stick! Yes, I think I would love to have these sticks of peppermint, than candy canes! I shall look for them. Love the trees and the Tea! So happy you did the Trees this year. I love them!

  1. Lady Katherine said...:

    Just wanted to say Have A Merry Christmas!
    I know your already having a Merry time this week!

  1. AshTreeCottage said...:

    Your simple trees are lovely! Merry Christmas Gail.

    Susan and Bentley

  1. Kathleen said...:

    Laughing at LDH's comment!
    The simple trees are perfect! Love how you put them in enamel pots with pine cones too!

  1. Love the sweet trees and those sweet stripes! I used them to make Candy Cane Syrup this year for Christmas! Your post is so inviting and warm!

    Merry Christmas!

  1. Dena E's Blog said...:

    These were soooo very heartwarming Sweetie,,just delightful...May our Sweet LORD cover You with blessings while you seek Him in this, His beautiful season.
    Isn't it magnificent knowing He is the Reason for every Season......
    Praying God's Blessings on You not only for Christmas but, all the New Year too!!!~~~Hugs Dena

  1. Sarah said...:

    Cute idea. I wish I had a sweet stripe right now.

  1. Sue said...:

    Gail, I like this simple look. Those enamel tubs with red rim are wonderful tree holders! I'll have to check out those peppermint sticks- are they softer than regular candy canes? Here's wishing you have a wonderful Christmas celebration! ~ Sue

  1. Melody said...:

    Merry Christmas Gail! The trees look wonderful.

  1. Everything is so charming! I adore your little trees on your chairs and I've always loved candy canes on trees & your peppermint sticks are even better!

    Wishing you the Merriest of Christmases,

  1. LV said...:

    A great post filled with wonderful memories.

  1. Anna said...:

    I love your trees, that is such a fun way to decorate. Bet that cocoa was gooood. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  1. Margie said...:

    I think your trees look great in the enamelware pots ... but then I think anything looks great in enamelware! Have a Happy New Year!

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