Sunday, November 29, 2009

From Eeek! to Chic

A couple of weeks ago my sister and I were bored and decided to check out a local thrift shop. As I was meandering through the aisles, this bowl instantly caught my eye. Why it did, I am not quite sure as it was under some ugly wood shelf-thingy and it was tarnished beyond belief.

Nonetheless, it was mine and for only $2.99, I had high hopes. See the bottom of the bowl in this picture? That is how I knew it had promise so I grabbed my Tarnex silver polish (which makes your house smell like rotten eggs for about 20 min.) and went to it.

Voila! After about 5 minutes of some good polish, my crummy little bowl looked like this!

Isn't it pretty? There is something so simple and perfect about freshly polished silver. I guess I just like that you can totally give a face look to something so quickly. Instant gratification.

Oh look - my reflection. Boy am I glad that my camera is in front of my face in this reflection. I was unshowered, unkempt and unpresentable, to say the least.

And yes Mom, I know that unpresentable and unshowered are not words and that this is making the editor in you squirm. For this, I am very, very sorry.

So, I had a pretty silver bowl that was empty, empty, empty. What to do with it...

Earlier this month I was invited to attend a charity event in which I bid on, and won, a table centerpiece. The centerpiece was basically a wine chiller bucket full of these pretty blue ornaments. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them at the time but I love the way they look in my pretty silver bowl.

Not too shabby for $2.99, eh? It has actually inspired me to perhaps go blue with the decor for this Christmas season. We'll see.

Yay for Christmas!!!!!


  1. Oh, I like to find treasures like this and the silver bowl perfectly sets off those blue ornaments.

    I know it's a long shot, but do you have any Stott relatives in Texas? My Grandparents best friends were Stotts, George and LaRue. Just wondering if there is any connection with your family.

  2. This is my kind of decor! I have been buying silver trays for a super cute "craft" on my 504 main blog.

    Beautiful! Thanks for swinging by Hip Weddings..I'll be having a book giveaway soon (like in the next couple of weeks)! And if you have any questions, feel free to throw them my way.

    Holly @ 504 Main

    PS-I'll be following too!

  3. It looks love and those ornaments are so bright and cheery! I love ornaments gathered together in places all over the home. :)

  4. It takes more than poor grammar and slang to make me "squirm".

    Love those ornaments, the reflection wasn't too bad, either!

  5. Thank you for following my blog! And I shall be following yours! I love meeting new people via blogging.

    And I LOVE your silver bowl, how cute with the blue ornaments! Blue and silver are always a good pairing.

    Looking forward to perusing your past entries...


  6. Dang! You must have a good eye. I still think about that apothecary table you spied a few months ago...

  7. ah what a fun blog you have! Thanks for visiting (and leaving a note and a link!) on mine. :) I have enjoyed poking around on your space for a while this morning.

    I come from a family of thrifters and the biggest score was a ring bought for $9.95 that appraises at...drumroll please...$7500! It is antique platinum and European diamonds, one of a kind beautiful. :)

    Have a great day!

  8. That is so cool, well done you for spotting it in the thrift shop!!

    Looks like you had a fab Thanksgiving, the food looked amazing!

  9. Tiffany - WHAT A STEAL! That is one of the best bargain hunter stories I have heard yet!

    Hillary - I still dream about that table too. A lot. I really want it.

  10. That is a beautiful bowl. I found an awesome silver creamer at a thrift shop and it cleaned up really well! have a great evening! xxoo

  11. I think I would have given up on that bowl. I love the glittery ornaments.


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