Tuesday, November 16, 2010

An Obsession, a Bargain, and a Quest


This morning at 6:30 am,

after getting home last night from our week away,

I was at the local HEB determined to buy some of my Thanksgiving groceries.

I had been to Chick-Fil-a, or as my youngest grandson calls it Chick-Away,

to get a large coffee.

I was ready.

Unprepared (no list, no menu), but ready.

I needed to get started.

And then I saw them…

the object of my recent affection and obsession-

creamy white bottle brush trees.


I am obsessed with creamy white bottle brush trees.

These were in the Christmas/Garden center at a price of

$3.50 for the small tree

and $4.00 for the small wreathe.

Now I am really obsessed.

I plan to experiment with changing out the red ornaments for all silver or silver and pearl,

or I may just leave them exactly as they are.


I don’t need 20, right?



While we were staying at our daughter’s house this past week, this sale circular arrived and

our grandsons did some circling.


Thank you Wal-Mart.

Now I am on a quest.


And little brother’s selection…


I may need to be at Chick Away again tomorrow morning.


I am linking to Faded Charm’s

White Wednesday.



Blondie's Journal said...

I haven't seen a bottle brush, ever. That's odd. Maybe I will this season. I think your wreath is very pretty.

Another thing I don't know much about is children's toys...whats new, fun, creative...I need some grandchildren!!


D.B. said...

CUTE! I love the all silver and white idea.

NanaDiana said...

HA! I love those crazy old bottle brush things too. I had a white one in the 60's/70's!!! yes, indeedy~ And now they are back? Be still my heart! I had blue and green ornaments on my own! On to Chick Away!!! Hugs- Diana

Cindy said...

I remember those, too! Showing my age, I guess.

p.s. I'm having a cookbook giveaway at my blog if you're interested.

Tammy said...

Oh cute! My granddaughter is only 2 but I know it will be no time I'll be getting those circulars all marked up too!
Just bought a bottle brush wreath today...love it!
Tammy :-)

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

I love bottle brush trees and wreaths. Yours are great! I found my wreaths last year at BigLots but haven't seen them this year.

Looks like Santa's elves are going to be busy.


Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Tis the season for obsessions and quests!

Olive said...

Chick-Away...too cute. I remember those little white trees..they are a lttle retro. Have fun!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Laura, I saw these wreaths at Big Lots today too. I love the wreath and the tree.
Hugs, Sherry

Theresa said...

My little ones call it "Chicken Lake"! Love those little trees, enjoy them! Hope you husband is doing good! Hugs!

Karen said...

I'm like you... those white bottle brush wreathes and trees will get me everytime. Now all I can do is try to get to HEB asap. I consider you the authority on good other-than-my-kitchen coffee... and Chick-Away sounds like I better get over there too!! (Read this to David and he got a good chuckle over it!)
Glad y'all are home. I like perfect attendance on our street!
Praying for a healing shoulder.
Ladybug Creek

Designs on 47th Street said...

Well this certainly does take me back! I do love them too. Sweet little circles your grandbabies have worked so hard on...such decisions! :)


Rust: Vintage Inspired Design said...

Great finds Laura....I have been looking and looking for a white bottle brush wreath.....no luck so far!
Happy day!

Marigene said...

I have looked for bottle brush the past couple of years and have found none in my area...I am happy for you...go buy them out!

erin's art and gardens said...

i love white bottle brush trees! did you know, that you can soak green bottle brush trees in bleach and they will turn white.....

trash talk said...

Being the get-er-done girl that you are...just add to your growing list of things to do and make your own! If loving 20 of 'em is wrong..I don't wanna be right!
Seeing those circled toys made me long for the time of my own kids and the poor Sears Wish Book.
P.S. Keeping y'all in my prayers.

Tammy said...

Oh yes you need 20. Go get them girl before some other blogger snatches them all up.
I love the circles around the wants- my son wants that same pokemon game. Ahhh boys they are all the same aren't they?

Unknown said...

I am obsessed with white bottle brush trees too! I got a stash at the dollar store of all places! I haven't found any wreaths, though :(
What is the HEB store?
Happy WW

Pondside said...

No, you probably don't need 20 - but then, you never know.....
We're deep into Thomas these days too - it will be a Thomas time under the tree this year.

Anonymous said...

Did you seriously pick up 20? Girlfriend, then maybe you need to do a giveaway? LOL, your posts crack me up. Yes, those "circled" toys are so precious, just precious.

kara@elements-interiors.net said...

HALARIOUS! I love that you are showing us the circulars with the pen marks! We do that too..circle what you want, we tell them! Im new to blogging and JUST found you! So glad i did, I LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE your site! Made me actually laugh out loud! I will be following!
I have an interior design business and blog and im doing 14 days of xmas trees...would LOOOVE and appreciate if would come by and visit! I also have a GIVEAWAY through today!


blessings xoxokara

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

I miss little fingers trying to circle what they want in the toy catalogs. Too cute. The bottle brush trees are lovely and very unique. I can't wait to see your artful display

Linda Jo said...

LOL Guess ya better remember not everyone lives in Texas and has HEB!!! And, I just bleached a bunch of green bottle brush trees. Takes minutes! I will still have to go see what HEB has, tho!!!

Marguerite said...

Not sure how or why you do that 6:30 a.m. shopping thing! lol I am in a deep sleep, state until at least 9:00! Those bottle brush wreaths are so cool, very 50'ish and why not buy 20? You could place one in every window and room. Can't wait to see what you do with them!

Janean said...

bottle brush trees ROCK!

hope you save a catalog with his little *scribbley* circles!

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Your grocery store is awesome! I'm not sure what HEB is, but I've got to find one.

Your grandsons sound adorable...

Bella Rosa Antiques

Deb said...

I love Chic-Away....

June said...

I'm sending you good vibes for your quest. When you were little, did you get as excited about the Sears Christmas catalogue to come out??? I would sit for hours on end and mark the pages. Good memories.
Oh I do love a white bottle brush tree Laura!

Sarah said...

I may need to stop by HEB later today. Those little wreaths look interesting.
Hope your husband is doing well. ~ Sarah


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