Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Trash to Christmas Treasures ~ Three

Just a few things to share for my final Trash to CHRISTMAS Treasures Post,
and then a hodge-podge of pictures of various Christmas decorations.
Grab a glass of egg-nog and your favorite Christmas cookies, and get comfortable! {smiles}
Below, What to do with a slightly crumpled bow, wall planter, and hand-full of poinsettias and greenery, and sparkly accents? All from many past Christmases ago.

Throw them together, for a festive arrangement.

I found the planter below, at the flea market a few weeks ago, for a couple of dollars.

Perfect for the Gold Christmas Topiary.

The stocking candleholders were found at a yard sale last summer, for $2.00.

Couldn't wait to use them this Christmas, and here they sit on the old ice chest.

The other half of the vignette...
And remember the fresh tree scraps I swiped from my neighbor's trash pile, they seem to multiply. :) I added some to the bottom of the bird candleholder.

For more TRASH TO TREASURE transformations, visit the host of this event,

Diane, at A Picture is Worth a Million Words.

Since we are in the kitchen, I'll show you the rest of the decorations. Last year, I decorated the kitchen in a gingerbread theme, complete with a 6' pencil tree. Since then, we have added an antique butcher block and wood ice chest, so I didn't have room for all the decorations this year.

The set of three Mercury Glass Candleholders, were found at Sam's Club. They were marked down to $24.00 for the set. The greenery snaps on and off, so they can be used after Christmas.

This large jolly Santa, bobbles on his legs!
My kids love him, calling him "The Bouncing Santa!"

A Poinsettia, with rose shaped blooms.

And now on to Ashley's room.
Her red, white, and zebra tree, decorated solely by her!
She found the little red plastic, glass-looking ornaments at a thrift store.

Last Friday night, we hosted Kevin's company party.
I added a table to the end of the dining room table to make a T for extra seating.
The centerpiece was made from two old wreaths, that shed much worse than live cedar. LOL!
....tweaked with lots of fresh greenery and Dollar Tree reindeer.

And last, but not least, my prized Christmas Story Lamp Nightlight,
given to me by my MIL.
Who I would like to wish a
VERY Happy Birthday, today!
Hope it is a wonderful one, Frances!
~Rhonda :)


mysteryhistorymom said...

Rhonda! Your house looks wonderful! Love those stocking candleholders! I can't wait for yard sales to start again!;) Lori

Patti said...

Loved your posts- the decorations are, as always, beautiful- I love the lamp!!! Your treats look yummy- and the trees- very cool! Have a wonderful Christmas with your family~


Amelia said...

So enjoyed the tour...you have such a knack/talent for creating wonderful pieces without spending a whole lot.

Merry Christmas to you and your family..


Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

It's all so beautiful Rhonda. I love those stocking candle holders.

And then....I see the "major award"! What fun!

Merry Christmas!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Rhonda,
I don't know where to start...you sure have a knack for making something ordinary look wonderful! I live all of the decor in your pictures!

Have a very merry Christmas!

Thanks for linking to Trash to Treasure!


Tootsie said...

the planter....is a great find! It is not a cheap item..it is Home Interiors and sells here for $45!
merry christmas friend...it all looks wonderful

Anonymous said...

Hi Rhonda, you have such a pretty home. I love all of your christmas decorations. That little Santa is especially cute. I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!

Bo said...

Hi Rhonda...Just listen to all of us ol' hens drooling over your stocking holders from the garage sale...me included...LOL..BUT, I'd love to have any of your decor!
Your home is spectacular!
Merry Christmas, ;-) Bo

Femin Susan said...

Hello……. !
Very cute all these pictures... Great…….
You are welcome to my blog…….
Wishing you "A Merry X'Mas and A Happy New Year''

Happy To Be said...

Rhonda your home looks so full of love and warmth..thank you so much for taking the time to share with us..Merry Christmas from my home to yours...may it be safe and blessed..hugs and smiles Gloria

Smilingsal said...

You REALLY did a Trash to Treasure Day! I like that bouncing Santa!

Trying to Stay Calm! said...

Hope you have a blessed and very Merry Christmas! L♥ve and Hugs :) Shauna

Becky said...

Hey Rhonda ~ well it looks to me like you're all ready for Christmas....everything looks beautiful. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

once in a blue moon... said...

very fun blog, loads of christmas spirit and wonderful house!

White Iris Designs said...

Christmas tree scraps ...gotta love them! So Christmasy...the beauty & oh the scent!
Love your music!

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Wow Rhonda, everything looks beautiful. You are good to go now .Have a blessed Christmas.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Fabulous, Rhonda! Girl, you are GOOD!


Sheila :-)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Fabulous, Rhonda! Girl, you are GOOD!


Sheila :-)

Nancy said...

Rhonda, I was writing down my favorites in my head....then I came to the night light leg/lamp and girl, that is too cute! I do love those stocking candle holders and the santas!!! Love it all! I am so glad to have met my twin Sis in blogland...lol, this year! Blessings to you and Merry Christmas to you and your family! Nancy

Nancy said...

Oh, Please tell Ashley, that I love her tree! She did a fabulous job!!!!!! I bet she loves to help you with the decorating! Nancy

onlymehere said...

Great decorations! I love how you incorporate those pine scraps everywhere! The bouncing Santa looks so fun too. I hope your Christmas was merry! Cindy

The Muse said...

LOL...Loved the post..i read it twice and looked at all the pics...like EYE candy :)

Monogram Queen said...

Gorgeous... I am jonesing for some Christmas Topiaries in Targ*et... i'll regret not buying them i'm sure!

I am a HUGE fan of A Christmas Story! I love it!

Marie said...

Your Christmas decor is beautiful, Rhonda! I can't believe you got that mercury glass set at Sam's Club!! What a deal! Happy belated Christmas. :o)