Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Terrific Under 10

A few weeks ago, Kindra started hosting her Tuesday event, Terrific Under 10 Tuesdays. As Martha would say, "It's a good thing." It has to be made or bought for under $10, and it has to be home related (DIY, thrift find, makeover, food, kid related, etc).

This week, my contribution is "my side" of our entertainment center.  I'll spare you the sight of the other side until I can get it a little more presentable!

My total cost to decorate these two shelves was probably less than $10 because I used what I already had.

Top Shelf:
Pip Berry willow tree - gift I received from my sis-in-law a few years ago
Pictures of the boys - I bought these frames from Pier 1 almost 10 years ago, so I just had pay for the pictures
Tractor part & candle holder (more about this in a bit)

Bottom Shelf:
Pictures of my hubby's niece & nephews - A local department store was having a sidewalk sale last summer, and you could fill up one of those big paper bags for $20.  The frames were only two of the many things my mom and I were able to stuff into the bag!  Again, I just had to pay to get the photos developed.
Books - (Bottom to top) The Canterbury Tales used to belong to my grandma, and was printed in 1947; Red Pepper's Patients was printed in 1917, and I was able to get it for 50 cents at the local library's annual book sale last summer; and The Pirate of Panama was printed in 1914, and used to belong to my great-grandpa.
Ceramic Pitchers - I purchased these a few years ago with a gift certificate I received for Christmas.  The dried greenery and daisies were from a floral arrangement I received a couple of years ago.

These two wonderful rusted items have been identified as tractor parts by my gramps and great-uncle.  I found the one that is laying down at my grandpa's farm.  The one standing up was found at my great-uncle's farm many years ago.

I used some vintage twine that I found in my grandpa's garage to wind around the tractor part a few times, then tied on a skeleton key that was in a box of skeleton keys I found.  I plopped a 3x4 candle on top, and called it good!

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  1. Great idea to make those tractor parts into a candle holder! Love items like that! I love the diplay. Shopping around your house is the best. :) Thanks so much for linking up today!

  2. Hi Heather,

    I love your display. I need to learn how to make vignettes using family photos. I would have never known those were tractor parts, you're so clever!

  3. wow!!!!!!!!!!!
    gorgeous things you've found!
    gorgeous photos!!!!
    take care,

  4. I just wanted to stop in and say hello :) I ran across your blog at Kindra's linky party! I love your shelves, especially the way you used the tractor parts!! I look forward to following your blog.



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