Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Thrifty Thursday #46 and a Tablescape

Hi! It's Thrifty Thursday! I am your host, Leigh. Thank you so much for stopping by and additional thanks to those who also participate in Thrifty Thursday! I am most delighted to have you join in..for it's YOU who makes it a "show and tell party". I also participate in Tablescape Thursday the host of that fun carnival is the Hostess with the Mostess...Susan of Between Naps on the Backporch. That's no lie or exaggeration, each week I visit Susan's porch and just long to be a guest at any of her tablescapes...especially those held on the porch.
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Today's Thrifty Thursday is in the spirit of Christmas. I am sharing a bit of my Christmas decor, all of which is on a budget. The first item is a bit of a project. My mother made this angel about 30 years ago or better.
It is made using one cone shaped styrofoam, one ball shape styrofoam and a paper sack. She used watered down glue to shape the bag, just as you would paper macha.
She pleated the dress by folding the bag accordian style in the chest area.
Using a sharpie, she made the eyes and mouth. A paper doily for a collar.
She used straight pins to fasten the wings. The wings seem to be constructed using cardboard and then decoupoging the bag to the cardboard.
This would make a fun project to do with children during the holiday's.

My thrifty find is a nativity that I found at the thrift store last week. It was $3.88.
It came in a bag, so I couldn't tell much of what I was getting. All I could see was the stable, but very little of the pieces inside. I thought it would be nice for the kids to play with. When I got it home, I began unwrapping and was thrilled to find it was crafted in Italy and each individual piece is stamped on the bottom, "Italy".
I love the details in the faces and the animals (it came with only 2 animals-a camel and a donkey).
The bad thing....The set is missing 2 of the kings, Joseph (I am using a shepard as a stand in) and most importantly....the baby Jesus! I hope to find one at the dollar tree to use as a stand in. We cannot have a manger without the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes!
My Dad would say, "For $3.88 you got what you paid for." But for $3.88 I was still pleased. I just love nativites! And I am hopeful to perhaps pick up these pieces at the Dollar Tree.

Now, onto to Tablescape Thursday, which is hosted by Susan of Between Naps on the Porch.

This tablescape was photographed at Harmony Landing (I posted a slideshow yesterday if you missed it.)
I thought so beautiful, wintry and elegant in it's whites, browns, silver, browns and greens. I just love it.
What is a tablescape without the food? I invite you to stop by my food blog, PLATES & PLACES, tomorrow for Foodie Friday!

ABOUT NEXT WEEK- Next Thursday is Christmas Eve.Sorry to put anyone in a panic. But, it is. One week from today!

I will be observing the Holiday and postpone Thrifty Thursday next week.

However, I do have something very special planned. I hope you will drop by and celebrate with me.
In the meantime, I want to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas! I am so very blessed to have you drop by and visit me. I  lift you and your family in my families prayers. And want to once again, tell you I appreciate you! Merry Christmas!

Thanks to all of you for stopping by and participating in today's Thrifty Thursday. Please use Mr. Linky below to link up your blog.I encourage you all to spread the love and visit the other thrifty Thursday participants, for that's what half the fun is. Aside from seeing a cool treasure it's making friends!
Thank you, all, FRIENDS! I appreciate YOU!



Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

These pics make me want to go to Harmony Landing even more than your last post did!! This must be a privately owned store, rather than a chain.?? Love your mother's angel, too. Happy Holidays!

Kammy said...

I love your pictures ! Thanks for the party !

Anonymous said...

HI Leigh! What a precious little bag angel your mother made. You've certainly taken good care of it! I love it.
What a bargain on the sweet little Nativity! I love bargains like this.
The table is so beautiful! Fluffy looking.
Merry Christmas, Leigh!
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

And a very Merry Christmas to you, Leigh! How sweet to have your mom's paper angel. It must have so many memories attached to it. I've been keeping an eye out for nativity sets too at the thrift shops, but no luck. Yours is very pretty. The tablescape has given me some ideas for my January table. Thanks so much. Have a wonderful week!

Jane said...

Hi Leigh:
I just love the angel that your Mom made. What a wonderful treasure to bring out and display every year!
I've linked for this week's party! Have a great Thursday.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello Leigh...

My friend, I just adore your sweet sack angel that your mother's absolutely adorable! It really reminded my of the paper mache' work that my mother did about the same time frame. She made the three wisemen...each were about 20" tall and she used different fabrics like burlap and then painted painted them...they turned out gorgeous! It's funny...I hadn't thought about those for years! I also really enjoyed seeing your fabulous Italian nativity! What a treasure! I sure hope that you can find the baby Jesus though! Hehe!

Thank you for sharing this beautiful tablescape with really is gorgeous!!! I love the cream and silver elegant!!! Ohhh...and those dinner plates are fabulous! What a beautiful all the tall white, sparkly trees!!! Well my friend, I sure do appreciate you hosting this fun filled thrifting event!!!

Warmest wishes and Christmas blessings to you and your family, my friend!

Chari @Happy To Design

Funky Junk Interiors said...

That angel is sweet! And what a lovely momento knowing your mom crafted it herself.

And wowsa to that tablescape. I LOVE the layered plates! So glittery!

Thanks for hosting. :)

FJ Donna

Keetha Broyles said...

Your paper bag angel reminds me of one I made as a craft at a Ladies' Night Out once. Hmmmmmmm, I wonder where mine is and what condition she is in!!!

Your's is much fancier than mine.

Merry Christmas!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a sweet angel! Love the tablescape -- wish I could visit that store (but I bet my pocketbook is happy!) Wishing you many Christmas blessings!

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

I really do love that paper angel and it is in such perfect condition after all these years! I would love to try and make one of them. And you got a great deal on that Nativity Set!!! And it's from Italy. Amazing!

Old Time Cindy said...

That tablescape is gorgeous. I love white and silver together. Happy Holidays!
Living it up at Lakewood,

Swampgirl said...

I love the paper bag angel! I can just see her on a burlap table runner! Porch Tour was rained out!! Maybe next year...

Julie said...

Love the adorable angels, and your nativity is a fantastic deal! Beautiful for Christmas...
Loved the tablescape in white and silver a favorite combination of mine!
Thanks for sharing again!

j said...

I can only imagine how priceless that angel is. How BLESSED you are Leigh to have something handmade by your mom that is really pretty too :)

Love ya my friend!


Lori (All That Splatters) said...

I love your dishes, glassware and flowers. Everything is beautiful!

jennypilgrim said...

I have a framed piece of Sheet Music that my granddad wrote. It is called Moonbeams. When I married my name changed to Moon so when my daughter got married, we had my granddad's song played on the harp during the seating of the mothers! Everyone in my family recognized it immediately!