Saturday, December 10, 2011

Saturday snapshot: Waste not, want not


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Our holly tree was getting out of control so TBG had to do some judicious pruning. I love it when the berries come out; it just makes the tree look so pretty. Since we don't get any plantings down here that even resemble anything wintery or Christmasy, I thought why let those branches go to waste. As my mother used to say, waste not, want not so I cut a few small ones and put them on the mantle where I would normally use fake evergreens. 




I like the fresh look of the real leaves and the berries are just enough color to tie in with the penguin's scarf and santa hat. Isn't he a cutie? He's made out of wood and when I first saw him, I knew he would be going home with me. Seriously, I could not leave him in the store!
Could I???

 

32 comments:

  1. Very pretty Kaye. I expected a Christmas Penguin at your house as well ---cute.

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  2. Very festive looking! And yes, I agree you couldn't leave that penguin unadopted!

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  3. Very creative, and the penguin is just perfect!

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  4. Lol, JoAnn, what penguin isn't?

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  5. Very pretty, Kaye! Very festive. Love that penguin, he's so cute :)

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  6. I love holly berries, and showcasing them on the mantle reminds me of how my mother used to do that.

    Your penguin could definitely NOT stay in the store!

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  7. Love the holly! You did put it to really good use for the holiday season! Great photos!

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  8. What a great way to decorate! It looks lovely!

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  9. Gorgeous - the tree is beautiful and I love that you brought a few inside to decorate with.

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  10. I love it! The holly looks so Christmasy and the penguin - well, of course you couldn't leave him at the store. I think of you every time I see a penguin - seriously, I do :D

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  11. What a fabulous blue sky! I love your holiday decor.

    Here's my snapshot.

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  12. Those do make for very pretty Christmas color!

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  13. I used to have a holly tree in my back yard and it was such a pest, always putting up shoots everywhere, but then mine was never full of berries like yours.

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  14. Calling by as another Saturday Snapshot participant. I think holly is an important part of Christmas decorations but it does not grow where we live now.

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  15. The penguin is adorable! Love the candles and their holders, too. I always enjoy decorating for Christmas, although this year I've tricked the hubby into doing most of it.

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  16. That is one dapper-looking festively decked out penguin for sure! He looks all ready to whip off his scarf and dive beakfirst into a big punchbowl of eggnog!

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  17. Just read your post on the applesauce. I think we must be twins separated at birth. I swear I JUST put on a pan of apples to make homemade applesauce to go with our pork roast tonight! And yes, I love it CHUNKY!!

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  18. I love Holly trees, they just say Christmas to me. I think the way you decorated with the holly is beautiful - the candles, the holly and that adorable penguin (NO!, you could NOT leave him!) are perfect for Christmas!

    My favorite decorations are always with fresh, real sprigs off bushes and trees.

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  19. Good idea. Hollies always looks great.

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  20. Wonderfully festive and very creative as well as not wasteful.

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  21. The holly looks great with the penguin. And no, I wouldn't have left him in the store either.

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  22. The holly looks PERFECT! Very Christmasy … and homegrown! What could be better!

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  23. love the penguin and he has a wonderful place to enjoy Christmas!

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  24. What a great idea for the holly tree branches! Very festive:)

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  25. What an awesome pick and I truly liked the way you used the greenery and of course, you had to bring him home!!

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  26. So beautiful and so clever!! I'm jealous that you have green leaves at all. You know what it looks like around here now...blech.

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  27. my holly is fantastic this year, just full of berries. but happily not too many penguins around here..lol

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