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Friday, December 14, 2012

A Nifty Thrifty Christmas

Welcome to my corner! Why don't you sit back and I'll show you around.




First of all, how about a Christmas treat and a cup of coffee. Would you like a piece of orange bark?



Want the recipe?




If you know me, you know that I am a thrifty person. I love a bargain and I get such a thrill out of finding one.

When looking over my Christmas decorations, I realized that I hardly spent a thing when collecting festive Christmas decor. 

My yo-yo garland didn't cost a thing since I had all the fabrics already. The silver glitter star was a gift at the beginning of the season. I usually put a yellow yo-yo on top as a substitute star so I'm happy to have a more traditional star this year. The wrapping paper (which I talked about here)  was dollar for each roll. The aqua pot which the tree is in was a graduation gift from my best friend Kate. 



Moving on to my aqua table, you will find two more gifts. The tray was a Christmas gift from my friend Hunter and the holly candle holders were given to me by my dear friend Britni. The holly in the pitcher is a 95¢ Walmart find. It goes great with the display and I'm really surprised at how well it looks for being 95¢



This might be my favorite display. The top of my desk is the perfect spot. I found the gingerbread houses in Target after Christmas on sale for 19¢ each. The trees were a Marshalls sale item. I believe this was the most expensive item of all my holiday decor at $4.99!



I just love my yo-yo tree (directions can be found here). It's so "me." I paired it with a spruce candle that my grandmother gave to me. 



I took my copies of A Christmas Carol off my bookshelf to use as decorations for this month. The candle holder is a loan from Mom. 



This graduation gift got a bit of Christmas spice with a clipping from an old card and some stamped paper.



I can't remember when I first got these. I think that they were after Christmas sale items but I can't be sure. The birdhouse picture holder doubles up as a winter decoration, too, which is always fun. 




Hope you enjoyed your visit. Come again whenever you like. I'd love for you to stop by!


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18 comments:

Barbara F. said...

Everything is so lovely and perfect. Such darling gifts from friends. I love your wrapped presents, Kati. You are all set. Blessings to you, and Merry Christmas xo

Kristin said...

I drool over your tin (?) trees every year! :-)

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Oh it looks wonderful and cozy and like you are ready for Christmas around your home! I almost stopped dead in my tracks when you mentioned Orange Bark. I've NEVER had that, but I do love white chocolate bark and I'm thinking orange must be DIVINE! Thanks for the recipe!

So glad you linked up, Merry Christmas!!

Jodi-Marie said...

you did a wonderful job. I love the yo-yo tree. You have inspired me to re-do the Christmas in my room.(only 1/3 of my tree lights!)

Diane | An Extraordinary Day said...

Oh my yes, I would love a piece of orange bark!!! Yum!!
Your home looks so warm and inviting...and I love the little village your created with the gingerbread houses and the trees. So sweet.
Merry Christmas!!

jeanne @ Inspiring Ideas said...

It's all lovely - very homey and warm!

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

So sweet. I love your style!

Claire said...

I love it! Those Gingerbread houses are quite the find. :) I try to buy a new ornament or two after Christmas when everything is on clearance, but I'm not very creative/crafty. I will have to start putting my Christmas cards to good use! :)

Liz Brown said...

Christmases with homemade things and treasures from friends are so much better than the ones with ritzy store-bought fixings. :) Yours looks just about perfect.

Marie Danielle said...

LOVE the yoyo tree. Adorable!

Denise said...

Precious home :)

Rhondi said...

Very pretty and thanks for the orange bark. It was delicious!

Carrie said...

Love your little tree with the gifts surrounding it. Very cute! Popping by from the Nester's party to wish you a very Merry Christmas!

gingerandlily said...

Your christmas tree is so cute! All your decorations aw lovely.

Ann-Marie said...

Your Yo-Yo tree is just darling! What a cute idea!

Judy K said...

Everything is just gorgeous. I love the aqua colored pot that your tree is in. That's my favorite color. I am visiting from The Nester. Merry Christmas.

melissa@joyineveryseason said...

I thoroughly enjoyed visiting your little corner of festivity this morning! those gingerbread houses are holiday perfection ... Merry Christmas!

~~Rhonda said...

I love the tray with the pitcher and the tea lights. So pretty! Thanks for sharing your Christmas decorations! ~~Rhonda