Monday, December 8, 2008

Trash to Treasure: Thrifty Garland

Welcome to Trash to Treasure on Tuesday. If you have something that has become a 'treasure' to you that someone else didn't want, please link your post below with Mr. Linky. You can do this by posting your post, then clicking on the title. Right click on the web address of your title and copy, then paste into Mr. Linky at the bottom.

Throughout the years I have been an on and off garage sale person. Several years ago, I found this garland at a bed and breakfast here in town at a yard sale, and have used it each Christmas since then.

The garland was very long, and I bought it to go around a mantle in another house we lived in. When I got home I realized that it was two pieces that had been wired together. For the house we are in now, I unwired the garland and used it to wrap around the banisters going up our stairs. This first picture shows how it looked last year-decorated mostly with red berries.

In this picture you can see the additions I've made this year with the lime green ribbon and other ornaments.
Here's a closeup of one side.
I think it looks so much more festive. With the exception of the ribbon, all the ornaments have been bought on sale with the price reduced from 50 to 75%!

Thanks for peeking at my 'new' to me garland that was once someone else's trash!



43 comments:

Sandy Toes said...

Wow..that is amazing...love it and so much different stuff..so festive!!
-sandy toes

Jan and Tom's Place said...

I love what you've done with the garland, Diane...it's beautiful!

~Blessings,
Jan

Debilou said...

I love the garland,, so pretty and festive and creative!!

nikkicrumpet said...

The berries were pretty...but it looks so GREAT with the ribbon and ornaments!!! What a lovely way to greet your guests!

Bo said...

Hi Diane...I love garland on a banister...and yours looks so full and pretty...it was very nice before but even better now with the ornaments & ribbon. ;-) Bo

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Love it, Diane! You got a great deal there! It is a beautiful garland.

As to my TtoT today, it's a little differnt. You'll see. I wanted to play with you, so I'm posting. Hope it's okay!

XO,

Sheila

Happy To Be said...

Diane this is just beautiful girl I do so love all you do...wonderfule ideas I get when I come here..thanks hugs and smiles Gloria

Southern Lady said...

What a beautiful lush garland, Diane ... and pretty transformation with your new ribbon and ornaments.

Thank you for sharing it with us.

Sincerely,

Janie

Lorrie said...

What a great garland Diane, love the lime-green ribbon you added this year! This was a great find for sure. I'm not participating in Trash-to-Treasure this week, but hope to be back with a post next Tuesday.

jeanne said...

Good morning Diane, your addition to your garland is just stunning and it matches your tree in the ribbon color and ornaments. I am loving that color of green.

Have a wonderful day.

Christmas hugs...Jeanne

Darlene said...

Morning Diane,

Your garland is GORGEOUS!! The additions have made it a stunning garland now! BEAUTIFUL!!

Dawn said...

It looks simply beautiful!!! I like the additions you made this year. The colors are wonderful. It really makes me wish I had a set of stairs in my house!

I have something for you on my blog. Stop by when you get a chance.

take care,
Dawn

April said...

Wow! That sure is pretty, Diane! You are so talented...not fair!

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Good Morning, Diane! Love your garland and the way you tweaked it to perfection! That was a great find! I'll be back in a little while to post on linky. I have one picture to add to my post, edit, and then post. ~hugs, Rhonda :)

Smilingsal said...

You sure improved that garland! There's an award waiting for you at my place!

Ramona said...

Diane ~ Oh my good golly...that is gorgeous. You decorate for the holidays like a pro! Great post!

Smiles ~ Ramona

Jen r. said...

I love your garland! It looks fabulous!

ann said...

IT'S ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS.WHAT A FIND.YOU LUCKY DUCK YOU.HA...ANN

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

WOW!! This is gorgeous, Diane! It's thick and lush and very festive.

Nancy said...

It looks beautiful, Diane! Great job! Nancy

Deb said...

I like the lime green/red/white colour theme of your garland! Very pretty & a great find even before all your wonderful embellishing.

Magnolia Memories08 said...

Diane I have added blog for Trash and Tresure. I can't figure out what else I need to do. Oh Oh Oh I love your garland. I have Cooper today sick..So we are having a big morning..

Katie @ makingthishome.com said...

What a beautiful result you got! And not to mention the price... :)
Katie

Nola @ the Alamo said...

How terrific, what a deal you got! Everything's looking so Christmasy.

Joanna said...

It looks great. I really love that ribbon!

Gollum said...

What a fantastic, full, beautiful garland! And the beauties you added made it all the more beautiful!

Shelia said...

Hi Diane! The garland looks truly beautiful with all the additions you've added to it!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Picket said...

Ohhhh I love it with all the ribbon and ornaments...makes it look so chunky and luscious! What a great effect that makes girl! Have a great day!

beth at aunties said...

I am sorry I couldn't support you in Trash to Treasure and play along this week. Eveyone's blogs look so festive. I loved seeing your garland and how beautiful it is in your home.
The lime green looks so pretty is the color we are weaving in a tree we are decorating for the gifts at my nieces wedding in just 1 1/2 weeks. This is a fun and different Christmas month for us.

Hugs, Beth

~*~Birdy~*~ said...

Hi there...
Everything looks so nice and the price had to be right! Love it all.
Nice to be able to decorate and not have to spend a fortune~
SmileS~*~ Birdy

Grandma Faith said...

The garland looks wonderful.

Susan S. said...

The garland is pretty both ways but I love the "LOADED UP ONE"....too pretty!

Jules from "The Roost" said...

Love it.....The balls and ribbon really give it a kick ;)

Jon said...

Diane, Well, you get a blue ribbon from me to add to your amazing garland! Your family must surely be proud of you and full of Christmas "spirit" when they feast their eyes on your lovely decorations. Way to go!

Jon at Mississippi Garden

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Wow Diane that really made a big difference.

ceekay said...

Oh, your garland is so nice. I don't have any stairs...so the top of the entertaiment center was it for me. I couldn't drape it...my goodness no, it would interfere with the TV! Glad you liked it though.

Nicole said...

Your "new" garland looks awesome.

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Diane, The garland looks perfect on your bannister. I love the ribbon and ornaments that you added. It looks wonderful!

MizSmoochieLips said...

It's fabulous! I like, I mean love, that huge feathery looking flower on it.

White Iris Designs said...

LOVELY...amazing what a bolt of ribbon & some berries can do for greenery garlands!!!

S said...

Wow, that is so beautiful Diane. I love that green ribbon and red berries!
Lamp Tramp

Ellen @ floors-walls-ceilings.blogspot.com said...

All the additions you made to the garland make it look like a home magazine feature. Love it!

Pat said...

The railing looks wonderful and I like how you coordinated it with your tree with the lime green ribbon! You have a beautful home and it looks so festive!