Treat yourself! …To another macabre Christmas tree

December 23 |

Christmas comes but once a year so I have to share ANOTHER dark Christmas tree from a reader — even though we already showed one gothy purple tree! Whatever. I really doubt you guys are going to complain that we have too many AWESOME VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS PHOTOS.

Monochrome Mantel

This is haplesschyld's version of Christmas.

The whole tree!

She's pitched an Edward Gorey-themed tree decked out in handmade Gorey-fied ornaments.

The Ornaments

Dracula!

And I MUST show love to her personalized black Christmas village:

The Dark Snow Scene

I really love winter villages, but they don't really fit in my decorating style. The answer was finding old ones at thrift stores, and spraying them with silvers, pewters, and blacks. Once they were dry I painted the details in glue and glittered them.

Talk about YOU doing YOU. Beautiful chilly decor without even a whiff of tradition.

See more from haplesschyld on Flickr.

  1. This is awesome…I love the Gnashlycrumb Tinies! :)

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    • Believe me Ag, I have wanted to buy one every fall since I moved here, but the aathctment is over $400 for my mower. It's one of those things I say I will get next year then something else comes up.So far I have mixed feelings about Fable 2. It is very dumbed down, you are basically led by the nose to your next quest, following a glittering trail of sparkles. That's not to say that it's easy though. The combat can be quite tough. Usually it's not a single opponent but rather a group coming at you at once which can quickly surround you. I found that you definitely need to invest your spell points in an area effect spell that can hit multiple opponents at once. Alternatively, another good one is Raise the Dead, where you can raise a defeated enemy to fight for you, providing a distraction for some of the multiple opponents.

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  2. i LOVE the Christmas village! my brother and i used to paint these every Christmas and they're still on display at my dad's house; i just love this twist on an old tradition!

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  3. I might have to go snag up some village pieces tomorrow and do this exact thing next year! Very creative! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. This tears it. I have to have a Halloween party for Christmas next year. I just hope it won't freak out my by-then-almost-two-year-old wee one.

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  5. I love this so so very much. Is there anyway ya'll can bribe or beg her to do a non-Christmas photo house tour? Cause the peeks her photos show of her normal decor look awesome and I want to see more…and peeking in stranger's windows is generally frowned upon in polite company.

    Pleeeeeease?

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  6. Simply to die for, I'm passing this on to my friends.

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  7. Repainting thrifted villages is the best idea ever. The nice ones are so flipping expensive, and the cheap ones are ugly.

    Love the feather wreath and the whole mantle thing going on. Very pretty!

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