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Julie's 12 Days of Christmas

First day...Ketterley's Christmas tree

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First day...Ketterley's Christmas tree
A cheap but realistic tree, picked up at Nantwich Dolls House & Miniature Fair on November 9th, this year, and dressed by me. I've cut down the candles from taller ones (bought from eBay seller canvas_demon). All the hanging ornaments came from the USA, via US eBay sellers lacyhome4boys and barblip. The tinsel I've had in my stash for so long, I can't remember when or where I bought it. The star on the top was cut from an old Christmas card.
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6:57 PM on January 1, 2016 
Thank you, Sarah.

I have found some narrower tinsel - for just 25p per foot - from Homes in Miniature, a 1:24 specialist. It's available in four colours - red, green, gold and silver. I've ordered four feet each of the last two - besides Ketterley, I've six 1:18/1:16 houses wanting better-scale tinsel for their Christmas trees!
10:33 AM on December 30, 2015 
Beautiful tree and perfect decorations.
6:30 PM on December 29, 2015 
Thank you very much to everyone who has commented!
6:07 PM on December 29, 2015 
Debbie S
4:57 AM on December 28, 2015 
Very festive Julie.
9:07 AM on December 27, 2015 
Perfecta, all in scale, looks lovely.
Zoe H
5:52 AM on December 27, 2015 
Aw, lovely! A very authentic vintage tree. The baubles are fab but the addition of the scale candles make it.
4:26 AM on December 27, 2015 
Thank you, Valerie and Judy!

All the hanging ornaments (and more!) are still available from the two eBay sellers mentioned. lacyhome4boys also has these trees!
Judy C
3:55 AM on December 27, 2015 
Beautiful little tree.
6:45 PM on December 26, 2015 
This looks really good Julie!
6:20 PM on December 26, 2015 
Thank you, Freda and Linda!

At 5 3/8" tall from base to tip, this tree isn't large, so finding tiny decorations isn't easy - or cheap! I'm chuffed that cutting the candles down worked. I think the tinsel could be finer - I'll have to look out for some which is. It'll have to be silver, though, because Ketterley is set in 1940 - as far as I'm aware other colours of tinsel weren't available for Christmas trees in the 1930s.
Linda B
5:59 PM on December 26, 2015 
Beautiful. It's really hard to get decorations in the right scale but this really works.
Freda Knight
5:37 PM on December 26, 2015 
It looks lovely, Julie.

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