Come on into my husband's home office, for today's Trash to CHRISTMAS Treasure post, hosted weekly by Diane, at A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words.
We'll start with the Christmas Tree...
First a little Christmas History...
Eleven years ago, Kevin's dad sent me to purchase this Christmas Tree for him. He loved Christmas! He was a wonderful cook, and hosted Christmas dinner with all the fixings, traditionally on Christmas Eve each year. He spent the entire week previous, preparing for the meal. He made chicken and pastry from a hen special ordered from the meat counter at a local country store, homemade chicken salad, his famous butter beans and okra, greasy rice, collards, etc...
Along about that time, I ended up as the Family Tree Decorator. Probably not so much due to skill, as willingness. "smiles" Year after year, I put up Bill's, and my Grandmother B.'s tree, as well as my own. Bill would sit in his recliner, and Grandma, at her home, would pull up a kitchen chair, and they would both watch me put EVERY ornament on their trees, ...supervising. And they both believed in lots of balls/ornaments and lights. Such a fond memory for me, and I miss them both!
I won't go into the long story of why, since I seem to be veering off the subject quite a bit already, Bill decided that he needed a NEW Christmas tree the next year. So, Kevin, who throws nothing away, put this one in storage. This year, the tree I previously used for Kevin's home office, was sent to the company office, and I needed a tree. I remembered this one, drug it out, plugged it in, and all the lights, but those on just a few branches worked. So this eleven year old tree is certainly someone else's trash turned treasure for me!
Below, part of Kevin's "T to T" treasures, a sign from his vintage gas station memorabilia. This sign is approximately 5' in height.
Silver Ice Bucket, found on Ebay, filled with a festive live poinsettia.
We have been collecting John Deere, farm, and tractor ornaments for the MAN tree for a few years. Thought I would share a few....
I found the cute "reinDEER" ornaments at Big Lots.
Hoe! Hoe! Hoe! Santa
The Christmas ball below reads, "Farmers are Outstanding in their Field!"
See the greenery sticking out from behind the stairs, outside the office?
The greenery itself, was excess off of my neighbor's live tree.
As soon as the sun went down, I swiped it from the curbside trash pile! :)
My MIL found the beautiful silver container at either the Goodwill or Salvation Army a few years ago. I LOVE it and have found many uses for it.
Who gets rid of this kind of stuff ???"