Monday, November 28, 2011

My "Shabby" Thrift Store Christmas Tree

This is truly a "shabby" tree. Not as in shabby chic either, but I love it. My nice, big, pre-lit tree is in storage that I can't get to this year and buying a new tree was out of the question--and budget, so I knew I'd be hitting the thrift stores.

I had seen someone with a freshly flocked tree sitting in their yard the other day and it was so pretty and I've never had a flocked tree and never really cared to, but I decided that this was the year to have a flocked tree, so I headed out to the thrifts with a budget of not more than $10 to spend on a tree--any tree.....................

The first store had no trees, the 2nd one had too big of trees and...................



the third thrift store had this shabby Charlie Brown flocked tree sitting right up front by the register. The sign on it said $12.00. I thought perfect! BUT is it really only $12.00? I asked the girl at the register if that was the price and she said well yes but.........................it was really only 9.50 because it was also 25% off! Cool! I'll take it! It came with silver and pink balls, but not the angel tree topper and that was ok with me. I wasn't sure if I had any ornaments, but I did find a box lurking in the closet. Whew!

A couple of bottom branches dangled, hanging by a thread so off they came--perfect--now it fits into it's space better. Yup, this was the right tree! And I am really enjoying a flocked tree. The lights reflect on it so much better and the ornies stand out better too.

Here's a look at a few old favorites..........................



Oh the weather outside is frightful snowman painted by my very talented friend Phyllis Ann Shows................


Long tall skinny prim snowman--he is rather tall and fits perfectly into a "thin" spot...........................................



Cute little pug in a Christmas slipper handcrafted by my friend Terri Palakie



Gorgeous white Santa with hand sculpted hands & face, made by my dear friend Donna Balfanz.................



....he holds a bag of candy and a penny on a string and has the most wonderful detail.......




sweet little Nativity made by my friend Kim Lance--sits towards the top of the tree and is the only Nativity for this year, since my tabletop Nativity is with the big tree.......................




raggedy annie made by my friend Rosemary Watson...isn't she adorable!.....................


snowman ornie I painted years ago........................................



Santa that I made and painted from a brown paper bag years ago......................


Gorgeous perfect stitching made by my friend Deb Huffman.......................



Love this little clock ornie that I made from a Dee Duncan Folk Art pattern. I sized the original pattern down and then later she came up with an ornie sized pattern........(Dee has fabulous patterns!)


glass snowman and girl skating. I love the glass peppermint ornies and the oval Santa is a unique one made by Aunt Manny from one of her wonderful patterns . It's made from fabric, with a printed photo and wax dipped. Very vintage!

I still need to find a tree topper for it and I'm thinking of making a star from a cereal box. Really they are pretty and not hokey like it sounds. LOL!

And that is the tour of my shabby Charlie Brown thrift store Christmas tree.

9 comments:

Cindy B said...

Cathy...you did good!!!!!!! I love the old favorites also...was the Santa face and hands..made from clay? wow.. a beautiful tree!

Terri said...

If I was gonna have a tree this would stand in a honored place. You have the true touch. I have some of those beautiful ornaments. Hugs,Terri

Truckin.Diva said...

Nice! I was thinking FLOCKED!!! UGLY...but you pulled it off! Loverly...I love how those lurking ornies just lurked. I wish I had lurkers! Good job on a budget sista!!!

whitey said...

Way cute Cathy love the paper bag Santa! I think I am doing very simple this year, It seemed when I tried to decorate the whole house it was over whelming when it came time to take it all down. Your tree is beautiful!

rockriverstitches said...

Love your tree Cathy!!! I think it's perfect! Love how you took photos of each ornament.

Happy Holidays my friend!
Tammy

Mary said...

Your tree is magical Cathy! I especially love Kimm's little nativity. Adorable!

terriermama said...

Last year I had to do a smaller tree for about the same reasons, and was down about it at first. But I put up a 4ft German twig tree I had used for a prop when I did shows. Then I put on bubble lights and the C7 lights (to make it look like trees when I was young). I added ornaments that Mom gave me that are over 50 years old..and candy canes. It was wonderful. This year, splurged on a new tree...8ft German twig. I gave the old 8 foot spruce to a neighbor with a bunch of children and a very tiny budget, along with all my outdoor lights.

Crystelle Boutique said...

you are so amazing!

MONTSE said...

That tree so lovely, and precious ornaments, I love raggedy annie. You have happy Christmas!