Sunday, November 15, 2009

Update: They're HERE!

I knew that the idea of 700 feathers would conjure up a little excitement ... but I had no idea that it would spark so much curiosity! Since they arrived (with the exception of 50 that were accidentally left out of the order) on Friday, I thought I'd share what we're doing here ... well, a "tease" anyway! :)

That's right. Peacock! Now, if you take the time to google "PEACOCK CHRISTMAS" you'll come up with no more than 8 trees. All of them beautiful, but not necessarily in keeping with the CdlV style. I couldn't understand why there wasn't inspiration to be had in the photo world, until I got the feathers and started to play with the idea.

It can go south quite quickly: from chic and sophisticated to cheap and tacky in a snap! So I've put it together, taken it apart, put it back together, and then taken it back apart - bought $40 worth of Moroccan lanterns ... then put it back together, well, you get the idea. Definitely the most difficult of the "themes" I've ever come up with ... and I've been tempted to toss the idea. But I think that I'm on track now, and I'll make sure to show you soon!

The good part is that in all of the frustration, I took a break to finish the live green arrangement outside. Wanna see?


  1. Of course we want to see it. Everything you do is spectacular!

  2. Morrocan lanterns a zoo of peacock...Oh do we EVER want to see!

  3. Art~~

    I just know this will be stunning. And you ARE quite a tease!!


  4. Ack! You big tease! yes, I wanna see it ALL!!!!!!!!

    Justine :o )

  5. I am going to fly up there and bust your a** , if you don't get on with it...I want to see it all!

  6. Purple lights, seven hundred Peacock feathers and now Moroccan lanterns. I am totally mystified!
    Hugs -Brenda-

  7. Oh Artie...
    You tease. I can't wait. I love the peacock feathers, they will be so beautiful and irredescent with the lights. It will be spectacular. I bet Scott is just as excited. I am loving the colors of the balls that you captured with the colors of the feathers. You caught every single color Artie.

    Wait till you see my tree. By the time I got through layering it, you would never even know it is black. It is spectacular. I am going to try and get some pics of it tonight and post it. I can't wait for you to see it. Next I am moving to the living room one we talked about with the pheasant feathers. Thank for sharing my friend.

    Stop by soon. I so love your company. Country hugs...Sherry

  8. We must be on the same page because I'm doing peacock feather this Christmas too!!

    I'm sure you will go all out and do a much better job than I will, but its funny that we both went with them as decorations this year :) Great minds think alike!

  9. Ooooo you're so naughty to tease us like this! Can hardly wait to see your divine creation!
    xo xo

  10. Such a tease! ;-) Of course we want to see silly! I so get the putting it together and then pulling it apart and putting back together...oh my.

  11. a) I love the idea!

    b) I wish I had your budget! I'm using a color this year that I've never used. Boxes and boxes of all colored things and not one piece with this color. I found some things over the weekend but I wanted a truckload more.

    I can't wait to see your finished projects.


  12. I’m reminded each time I visit your blog how a passion well expressed can inspire. Thanks for sharing, all the very best and a lovely week.

  13. Love Love peacock feathers! Can't wait. Once had a friend who had 35 of these delightful birds who roosted in and on her barn. What a sight and so many feathers during molting.
    I am trying to enjoy the Thanksgiving season and the demise of fall but you are really pushing me to get my tree up.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  14. You had to ask if we want to see? You don't know us very well. ;)

  15. Just wanted you to know that there is a picture of a tree using peacock feathers here:

    It has others to--but it is there

  16. OMG, peacock! Send some of those to me, will ya, Artie? You know I am crazy about them. Come and visit me and see my peacock tassel....Christine

  17. I agree! You are quite the tease! So... ok peacock feathers! I'm seeing a better picture in my minds eye now...Oh will you show us for goodness sake! =)


  18. Hi Artie,
    How are you guys? I hope good and glad you are feeling better! Oh a peacock tree will be great, they are so in this year. I remember in the 60's growing up when that shade of blue was so in in decor.
    I am hoping my decorating comes together this year, I am in a slump, not into it so much this year. I have been thinking of an asian themed dining room for this year but not sure that will happen.
    Thanks for dropping by my blog!
    Hugs, Linda Q

  19. uhm, I couldn't find any. I'll just go ahead and wait for yours :)


    How divine: Peacock feathers. I, too, have utilized these wispy pieces of pure shimmer (I think I'll write that down and use it again in my blog--you've inspired me!) and I can't wait to see what all you do with them.
    Blessings, Lana

  21. Can't wait to see all of it!! I checked out peacock feathers @ pottery barn something like 6 for $40..yikes. love your blog, thank you for everything. Makes my day!xoCO