December 21, 2008

Having a ball...for a buck!

Well, I finally settled down and got some holiday decorating done at the shore house (about time, no?). First order of business was finding something to do with the Christmas balls I bought this summer. There were the ones I bought at a flea market as part of my everything-you-can-stuff-in-a-bag-for-a-buck purchase:



And the box I bought for 10 cents (!!) at a yard sale, shown in this picture along with some other purchases from that day:

Let me tell you, there's quite a bit you can with a buck's worth of holiday balls. Like these ones that I hung from branches I gathered up on a walk with Maggie:


And these ones that I tucked into the pottery palm on my TV stand:


And the ones I used to fill my apothecary jar and the mini glass stand on my china cabinet:



And I still have leftovers! Next year I think I'll try the Eddie Ross crafty project...you'll have to click through to his web site to see for yourself. Fabulous! And easy. My favorite combination.

The china cabinet is turning out to be my seasonal display perch. I was pretty happy what I did with it in the fall, but I'm really liking the silver and blue theme I've got going for Christmas:


The tall silver vases give some height to the display. I bought those in Lambertville, NJ, when I went on the
house tour there in the fall. I was looking at the taller one, which was on sale (of course), but was sort of hemming and hawing about the whole thing. "Do I really need it?" (Of course I don't.) The owner said if I bought it he'd throw in one that he broke but glued back together (you can't tell unless you're up close), and I still gave it some thought until he offered to knock another 20% off the price. Deal!

I popped in a tall mercury glass candlestick I already had to add height behind the house, and also so you'd have something to see when you walked in the room...


I bought the fabulous house last week at a store in Asbury Park that's going out of business. While I'm bummed to see this relatively new store closing (I'm pulling for Asbury Park!), I was selfishly a little happy for the treats I scored for 50% off, including this vintage-looking house for $18.

I set this all up yesterday, but made a little addition today after seeing a great use of game pieces on Lime in the Coconut's blog tour of her friend's lovely Florida beach home. My godmother just gave me a few games as a housewarming/holiday gift (note to self: what a great idea! And thanks, Aunt Peggy!):


So, I added these to the little china cabinet vignette:


Next year I'll probably add some evergreen branches and white lights. But for now, it's onto decking the halls...

23 comments:

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

You got some great bargains! Love what you did with the balls throughout your home!

diane

Sue said...

Love what you did with the scrabble letters....

Lorrie said...

Hi Laura, I love all the decorating you were able to do with your bargain Christmas ornaments--what a deal you got.

I really like the Scrabble letters too. I bet you're just loving your shorehouse in this season.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, how adorable, Laura! I love what you did with these. AND I want that house! How cute it that! And the Santa and Snow Day... just too clever! It looks wonderful, and your buck purchase was the best! I want to do one of those Eddie wreaths, too.

Great job, Mrs. Shorehouse!

XO,

Sheila :-)

desiree@lookiloos.com said...

Everything looks great Laura. I love all the silver and glass.

heidi said...

LOVE the scrabble letters!!!! And seriously.... you've got great shiny balls!

judicreations said...

How beautiful your home is with the Christmas decorations. Just lovely. I just love all the coloured Christmas balls...the dishes...the containers and the sign "Snow Day". Everyone should have at least one...stay warm.
Enjoy this holiday season.
Come by and visit..
Judi

Joyce said...

I love the bargins AND your decorations AND the colorful balls... Oops I think this means I LOVE everything!!
OK I'll come to your cookie exchange if you come to my house and help decorate!!!
Simply beautiful my friend!!!!!

Linda Lou said...

Isn't great to find a bargain Before Christmas?? i love your tablescape, i have started a little bit of Mercury Glass myself, and I hope to find some after Christmas deals on those...great idea on the outdoor ball decoration....Merry Christmas to you and yours.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Laura, It is all looking very magical. That you bought these ornaments at flea markets and yard sales makes them even more special.
♥, Susan

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Pretty, pretty Laura! I love all those glass balls you scored & I'm with you, I think I'm gonna try the Eddie Ross glass ball wreath trick. All I need is 80 balls! After Christmas sales should do the trick.

Have a wonderful Christmas, dear Laura!

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Your blog is just lovely, it's my first time visiting. Love your little white house with the glittery roof. As far as I am concerned I can never have too much glitter. Spent summers at the Jersey shore as a kid and still love it there. Lucky you.
Stop by for a visit some time.

tam said...

What fun-looks sooo festive and pretty! Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas!
~Smiles~Tam!

Maureen said...

I love that you pulled the letters for a display. Such a great idea. The top of the china cabinet looks fabulous.

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Love the Scrabble words! That's fun. Everything looks great! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas week. :-)

please sir said...

Love your decorations! I'm still on the lookout for vintage christmas balls!

Laura @ Shoot-Scoop said...

Love what you did with the balls! Nothing like some Christmas balls spread throughout the home...and what a witty idea with the scrabble letters!

You're so very clever!

Merry Christmas

~The other fabu Laura

Jersey Girl in DC said...

I love, love, love everything, but especially the game pieces!! What a great idea! Hope you have a Merry Christmas! :)

please sir said...

Hi there again - just saw your comment on Smitten (I think that was you!). Just wanted to say thanks for it - you are so sweet!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Slipping back over to say that I hope you, Mr. Shorehouse and Shorehouse Mom have a wonderful Merry Christmas! You are such a joy, Laura, and I love you LOTS!

XO,

Mrs. Magpie (Sheila) :-)

Jen r. said...

I love what you did with the scrabble pieces! Merry Christmas!

Rue said...

Hi Laura :)

Everything looks so beautiful and the addition of the scrabble pieces are perfect. You DID score on that little house! So cute :)

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. Thank you for being so sweet to me! I'm so glad I "met" you through blogging :)

xoxoxo,
rue

Grace@PoeticHome said...

What beautiful decorations! I especially loved what you wrote with the Scrabble tiles. It is indeed amazing what you can do with $1 of flea market finds :D