One of my very favorite vendors at Crafty Wonderland is Magpie Ethel. She's a Portland artist that uses vintage decor to create super cute and whimsical Christmas, Halloween and Birthday re-invention decorations.
One item of hers that made me give a hearty "I can do that" are her beautiful bottle brush trees. I figured that she bleached them and redyed them. I found a tutorial tonight that confirms my thought. Crafty Minx gives a complete tutorial complete with photos of her process.
Caution about this woman, her site is addictive and if you don't set a timer for yourself it can suck up more of your time than Farmville and Pinterest combined!
Happy early Christmas crafting!!