Monday, December 01, 2008

Use-what-you-have decorations

Here's an idea from my aunt's beautiful mantel. As a use-what-you-have decoration, she tossed oranges from her grocery bag in tall glass cylinders.

Omit the water, and you can still eat the fruit when the party is over. (You know I'm all about making your fruit work double time!)

The feathery evergreen is Cryptomeria, a tree I'd love to have in my own yard.

17 comments:

Lady of the Mote said...

very pretty

Tubo Family said...

What a great shot! Thanks for the inspiration.t

ancient one said...

I'm thinking... I'm keeping an eye out for clear glass things...That is pretty...

Anonymous said...

Every glimpse I have seen of your aunt's home is lovely. Knowing now that you grew up with such elegance in your family, it is easy to see why you like nice touches on the things you do.

Sandy said...

yip, i'm working on a post along similar lines - and my husband even came up w/a great idea! ha.

happy monday meredith. i bet you had a wonderful TG, esp. with your new one! hugs!

the voice of melody said...

Beautiful picture of her mantle. I love to decorate with citrus fruit. All of them are so colorful!

Gina @ Six in the Country said...

I am loving that fire place! Beauty & frugal, too? Perfect!

Anonymous said...

Just gorgeous! So inspiring....

Brenda

Anonymous said...

Your posts remind me of a book I read when I was a young wife and mother. I think it was called Frugal Luxury, or Simple Luxury, something like that. It was all about living beautifully and tastefully without spending a lot of money. I wish I still had that book, or could remember what it was called. It is inspiring how you maintain beauty in a simple way.
Lisa

Sherry said...

Annon - The book you mention is FRUGAL LUXURIES: Simple Pleasures to Enhance Your Life, by Tracey McBride. She has another one titled Frugal Luxuries by the Season (or something similiar). Check Amazon.com. I liked her books too.

Anonymous said...

Yup that's the book. I read it cover to cover. Meredith, you think like she does. :)
Thank you Sherry!

Lisa

ispeakbeanish said...

Beautiful!

martha said...

Tracey McBride has her own new blog:
frugalluxuries.blogspot.com

Your aunt's house looks luxurious. Your home, dear Meredith, has soul, as a limited budget has revealed your creativity and value-sharpened character. Also, your very pretty children (and their escapades) give it such charm.

Meredith@MerchantShips said...

thanks so much for the link to the Frugal Luxuries blog! Think she's decided to join the rest of us as the economy falters?

I also enjoyed both McBride's books as a young bride and have listed them in my personal Frugal Bibliography as an influence!

Tracey said...

I was decorating with butternut squash for the fall and just pureed that for the baby.

I'm decorating with a bowl of Clementines now, but they go fast around our house.

I loved seeing the photos of your Aunt's home.

natalie said...

Lovely! I thought it was funny, the day I saw this I had already done something semi-similar. :-) I posted a photo on my blog, but basically I used cranberries to anchor a really tall taper candle in a big vase. The color really made it pop... and the cranberries had already been in a jar with flowers that I brought home from a wedding reception, so they cost me nothing. :-) Yet another reason to smile!

Anonymous said...

loving that look GIRL!

LEMONS FROM COSTCO ARE CHEAPER AND WILL WORK FOR THE HOLIDAY DECOR TOO! I WILL CERTAINLY USE WHAT I HAVE IN THE ATTIC AND THE STORAGE - but...

My mama is coming from arkansas for christmas - trying to straighten out my home and prepare it for my family - I NEED MOTIVATION! I love christmas, but something wierd about this year- HELP ME MEREDITH! (or anybody listening!) ha ha ha

Latrice!
working mama in the northwest