Thursday, December 3, 2009

The kitchen trees

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Ain’t he caaaute?! For years I’ve wanted a fun little Christmas tree for the kitchen, and a couple years ago I found an itty bitty tree that I fell in LOVE with. I got it for about $12, which is more than I would normally pay, but it is so real looking, I couldn’t resist:

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I found itty bitty ornaments for the itty bitty tree, and this year I painted the plain pot red to make it a bit more festive. Cute, eh?

Well, last year I found the deal of the century (echo, echo) at Michael’s after Christmas. I could swear I blogged about it, but I can’t find it. I believe the tree was regularly about $80 (I think!) and because it was the last one and it was on display, I talked to the manager and got it for $15 (I think!). I can’t remember specifics but it was a STEAL. (Don’t be afraid to ask about items on the “floor” – you can usually talk them down on those.)

I skipped out of the store with glee, and I could cause the manager even carried it out and put it in my car for me. ;) This started a whole new Christmas look for our kitchen. I was obsessed with these little glass birdy ornaments last year at Target:

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And the morning after Christmas (I don’t do black Friday – I do the day after sales) I knocked some women out of the way grabbed some more of these cuties for $1.50 two. From there I went with a whole red and white scheme:

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I bought ALL of these ornaments for at least half off after Christmas – I added them all up and I think they came to about $15 for all of ‘em. Even the ribbon was half price. (Score!)

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I adore this tree – it’s all sparkly and fancy. And it sheds glitter like you would not believe. It’s made up of two different types of greenery as well, which I lurve:

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Can you believe I’ve never made a bow? Not ever? I have wanted one of those bow maker thingamabobs foreva and finally bought one last week (only $6 with a coupon at Hob Lob!). I made a little bow with what ribbon I had left for the topper. The skirt came from the Dollar Store:

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(The base came with the tree, which makes it even more of a steal.)

It fits just perfect in this spot. I adore my red and white sparkly tree!

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The whole kitchen is decked out in red and white this year – I’ll show you soon!

I can’t wait to show you what I worked on today!! Ohhhh I love it so much I could just die! Drama, I know, but it really is loverly (at least I think so). I'll show you tomorrow. I’ll give you a hint and tell you I’ve discovered just about the only thing our Dyson doesn’t suck right up is fresh, white pine needles. ;)

47 comments:

  1. Love, love, love the glass birds...and after-Christmas sales...and great deals at Dollar General! I've had a tree in the kitchen for years and find it so enjoyable when I am working in there. Keep inspiring me!!!

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  2. SO so pretty. I love the ornaments and the urns are fabulous!

    XOXO
    Jen

    PS -- I am using that sheet metal in my daughter's room redo this week. I think you will appreciate the results - if it turns out -- fingers crossed!

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  3. I am so loving your urn red and white tree too! LOVE YOUR ITTY BITTY ONE AS WELL. I am all for the SCORE DEALS TOO, AND HEAR you on the after the holiday sales. SWEEEET! can't wait to see what's in store tomorrow!

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  4. Ooohh! I love it. And I am so jealous...I really, really want a few little trees around the house...

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  5. I LOVE your trees!! Aren't kitchen trees the best? I have some cool things on mine.. have had a kitchen tree for years and this year... drumrollllllllllll... I ran out of room and added another tree! LOL.. it's awesome, love it! I also love your red & white theme.. you're embracing your inner Canadian, eh?? :DDDD

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  6. I love little trees, so pretty :)

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  7. Cute! Lucky you girl, I only have space for THE Christmas tree and it goes in the living room... I'm wondering though, the tiny tree is a real tree? What do you do with it after Xmas?

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  8. Such great ideas! Love the red so elegant!

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  9. Your trees look so very pretty! The bow is great!

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  10. Wow that itty bitty tree does look so real!! It is adorable!

    blessings
    mary

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  11. Those lil birdies (or ones very similar) are at Cracker Barrel. I was there tonight to grab an ornament for and "ornament exchange" and fell in love with the hand blown red glass. They just look classic but can be mixed with more modern decorating too! Just love 'em! And your tree...ooo I love one in my kitchen!

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  12. How pretty! I too have a tree in the kitchen (even though my kitchen is tiny) and just love having it lit when the lights are off. One can never have enough trees - it must be written somewhere!

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  13. Saaa---weet!!! Especially the little gingerbread man!

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  14. I totally have that tree skirt from the dollar store! I had to wash my old one and even though I was SUPER careful to AVOID this, the white fur is now pink. Go me! So now we match :)

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  15. You posted about the tree in January. LOVE both of them, especially the red and white one.

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  16. I am doing red and white in the kitchen as well. But no room for a tree there, not even a tiny one (one has to cook too regrettably).
    Both your trees are looking very good. I already inquired about the day after sales as well....
    Maybe you can add in a red and white wreath in your kitchen, I posted one just now.

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  17. Hey girl! You really got it goin-on! Love, love, love your potted tree and your lovely little kitchen tree. Love those red birds too. Great buys, sure wish I could be more frugal. I'm trying, I swear I am.

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  18. That little tree in your kichen is gorgeous, I thought it was real!

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  19. I love that tiny little tree! Wish I had one... :)

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  20. Oh my, girl, I looove your trees! Just love the red and white combo at Christmas.

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  21. I found two of those pre-lit at Goodwill a couple of months ago ~ $15.00 each {only no glitter}; same urn container though. I like the way you painted the other container red. You'd think it would have come with a red container. It does look real and a nice size for a kitchen. Love the red and white; it looks like candy! Can't wait to see more!

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  22. This is so cool! I love this, and the idea of picking up that coffee cup and reading the magazine, and enjoying this view. Thank you so much for sharing the great idea.

    Regards,

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  23. Sp pretty and festive!! I'm heading our to get some stuff for my kitchen this morning after the last school bus comes...

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  24. What a score, Sarah. I love that red/white tree....so fun. I have looked for a tree in an urn but have only seen pricey ones....I'm on the lookout!

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  25. I love the colour scheme! Well done, Sarah! By the way, my exams are finally over. So I'm back to commenting on almost all your entries! =D

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  26. I see you have an entryway tree as well that you've decorated. I just blogged about ours a few days ago in our apartment!

    Can't wait to have a house and get a real one!

    Great decorating, as always :)

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  27. The tree is darling! No tree as of yet in our kitchen, the elves have taken over this year!! We are having soooo much fun with them. It is turning out to be our favorite room...and my kids are 16, almost 20, and of course my hubby!!

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  28. I seem to always miss out on the cute little deals at Target. Darn, I really like those little glass bird ornaments!

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  29. I love the idea of having more than just one tree. I think they both look adorable. Can't wait for the rest.

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  30. It's beautiful!! Love the red and white look :)

    I just did a gingerbread man cookie garland for the tree to use as a count down to Christmas - make any sense?!?! 24 cookies tied to a wide 12 foot ribbon, the boy eats a cookie a day. I like how it turned out :)

    you can see it here http://paulsbride.blogspot.com/2009/12/gingerbread-man-cookie-countdown.html

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  31. Your house is looking very festive!! I think I have the same tree, the one in the urn, picked it up a Michael's on Black Friday for a steal!
    Have a great weekend...Janell

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  32. the decorating is great adn your tree is GORG...but i read this blog cause you are so dang FUNNY!!! god you crack me up. keep it up. glad you like your bow maker. i am a bow makin mamma jamma but thats cause i worked in a coffee house where we made gift baskets of coffee goodies (it was my first job-worked there for 2 years) we made the bows by hand but ive always been interested in the bow maker. please post more about your adventures with it :0)

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  33. I don't know if you got my first post or if it is in cyber space so I will try again. I love your trees and think every room in the house desrves an Xmas tree even the guest bathroom. I love your blog because you go to places we all can access like the $ stores, hob lob, etc. What is up with the black plate with a pear on it? I want one and what is in the apothecary jars, pine cones and what is in the other one? I tried to click on it but nothing happened. Are these from old blog postings? I love you soooo MUCH! Don't ever run out of ideas. When you run out of room let us know so we can pass the hat to buy you a larger home!www.rivieraboardwalk.blogspot.com

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  34. And it does sparkle and shine. Very pretty
    Pam

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  35. Talk some more about the stenciling you have around your home so I can get up the nerve to do some of my own. I can't paint directly on walls in a duplex and I need to figure out how to do your design on folding wooden door. Most of my stenciling would have to be framed and portable.

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  36. I could have sworn that was a real tree!! Very very cute. :) Love the red and white.

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  37. I love your little tree! I don't know how you get things for such good prices!!! I've wanted a bow maker too, but at Michaels (we dont have a hobby lobby in So. Cal ;-( they were 32.00....grrrrr

    I can't wait to see your big surprise!

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  38. It's just darling! And how did you get good pics of your lighted tree? It seems to be a blogger bug-a-boo!
    @cheapchichome.blogspot.com

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  39. come and enjoy my Christmas home tour....

    http://christinescottagegardenhome.blogspot.com/2009/12/christmas-home-tour-2009.html

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  40. I just came across this blog and I love your style!!! Looking forward to future posts. :)

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  41. I LOVE that tree. My favorite part may be the container that it is in. What a steal you got!! While I have your attention, how do I participate in your Christmas Tree Event? I cant set up outlook to directly link your email...I would love to be able to get in touch with you

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  42. I love it! And I am sure even the lady you knocked down to get the bird ornaments would agree it is beautiful! ;D

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  43. I love it! And I am sure even the lady you knocked down to get the bird ornaments would agree it is beautiful! ;D

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  44. I REALLY want one of those little trees JUST like the one you have in the first photos! LOVE IT!

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  45. I got the SAME tree from Michael's and the MSRP was $80. I got the last one at the local store for $30 but didn't think to try and talk them down on the price. The woman behind me in line giddily asked me where I found the tree but was disappointed when I told her I had the last one. I LOVE the urn and the size of this tree. :)

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