Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Crafting and a side of Thrift

Can you believe it's only 3 more days until Christmas?!? And what did I go and do, but brake my camera. Yep. My poor camera has a broken screen, so it's been sent away for a (doubtfully) quick fix. And right at Christmas too! So I've had to borrow my Mum's camera to take these pics. The rainy weather doesn't help with the quality either, but at least it's not hot.
First up, this gorgeous holly bowl I scored at the oppy for only $1!No chips or anything, it is just gorgeous, and going to be a part of my Christmas decorating for years to come!I also got these cute little ornaments and bottle trees for 50 cents each, and these cute dog and cat Christmas figurines were also 50 cents!I nearly missed this reindeer basket, as you could hardly see the deer in amongst all the tinsel and stuff.I brought it home for only $3 and gave him a revamp.Now he's part of our Christmas display on the TV cabinet, holding some of the smaller presents. It looks so much better in person!If you click on the picture above and enlarge it, you'll see the tins next to the basket. The red reindeer set I got from Kmart in the after Christmas sales last year for only $5. The tin on top I got from the oppy for 50 cents, and the long cylinder tin on the very right with poinsettias I recognize from last years biscuit tin stock in stores, but I scored the plain tin for only 50 cents from an op shop! The nativity scene I have two of. One has been in my family since before I can remember, the one pictured was also only 50 cents.

I used this idea to create a gold and red tinsel tree, along with making another button tree like last years.See the felt one at the back? I made it too, but haven't had the time (or the right things) to decorate it with. It's not as dark as it looks but a much nicer green. I'll look in the after Christmas sales and hopefully find something to jazz it up with. The reindeer statue I found at Kmart reduced to $2 each. His twin is at the other end of the cabinet. Here's a pic of the tinsel tree from my camera, before I broke it.Finding this plain pine cone tree at the op shop for 50 cents, I cut off the ruined bits, painted him up and glued a little birdie to his upper branches.Sorry the picture's so dark! I also scored this great hand painted ceramic plant saucer turned Christmas bowl for $3.50.I couldn't pass it up! Last but not least, I scored a truckload of crafting mushrooms and walnut ornaments from Spotlight at 50% off!I've decorated our "tree" in walnuts, birds, mushrooms, reindeer, and other woodsy creations this year.

6 comments:

Christine M said...

I need to come op shopping with your Amanda! You find the best things.

BubzRugz said...

I agree with Christine above....
I love the decorations...
Hugz

Cubby House Crafts said...

Can I come too!lol! Your Christmas decorations look gorgeous
Hope you have a lovely Christmas Manda!
Lisa

Jennifer Rose said...

that basket looks so much better silver! lovely decorations :D

Sandi Butler said...

Love your holly dish, a great find at the op-shop. I like the makeover that you did on the basket, it looks much better now! Your home must look very christmassy!

val said...

love everything! Jealous about those mushrooms...can't find them over here except online! Lucky girl!!!