Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Take one $3 Silver Dish...

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I stopped into my neighborhood thrift store last weekend and I found this silver dish for $2.99 and when I got to the register I found out everything was 30% off so it was a steal!  I knew it would be such a versatile piece to decorate with.  In the summer it will look stunning holding shells.
My camilla's are blooming so I floated them in water and added some small floating candles.  I think that's a very romantic look and would be wonderful as as centerpiece on my dining room table for Valentine's Day!  Hmmm...I need to find a Mr. Romantic first!!!
Then I added a mercury glass candle that I bought at Home Goods in the center and surrounded it with Christmas balls and a glittery starfish.  Very festive!


So, which is your favorite?

85 comments:

Mary said...

Not one but three inspirational ideas! I love #3 the most but probably because of the time of year. Great buy!!! I found a beautiful silver spoon that holds tea leaves this weekend. I bought it and thought that this is something you would buy and show it off so nicely....I'm clueless! Mary

Janet said...

I like #three also, but like Mary it may be because of the season.

Happiest of Holidays to you and your kids; hope you enjoy every minute of it.

Janet

Kirsty said...

I loved the 2nd one, romantic with the flowers and candles!! I'm just a sucker for beautiful flowers.

Judy said...

After visiting this blog many times during the last few months, I am convinced Cindy, that you could take a red plastic box from the dollar store and make it look absolutely gorgeous. You certainly have a way of adding beauty to everything that you do. I love visiting your blog.

Bambi said...

It's amazing what you can do with one little silver bowl! I probably would have passed right by it! All three designs are beautiful. I have enjoyed looking at your wonderful home this holiday season.

Lisa said...

I second what Judy said! You have quite a flair for transforming any old thing into a beautiful vignette. I loved all three of your ideas for the silver piece, but as it is the season, #3 appeals the most today.

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Elizabeth /Northern01 on RMS said...

I agree! You have an eye for all things beautiful. It is so difficult for me to decide, but I'll go with #3, again because of the season (and that mercury glass candle). You have once again inspired me to keep an eye out for a lonely little dish needing a home. I keep wondering if your visitors are so used to the beauty of your home that they don't notice small changes, or would they be like me and look forward to each visit, not only for the host's company, but to see what has changed or been added. You have a gift, Cindy. Happiest of Holidays to you and yours.

Jeanne said...

I love all your treasures your movie and your journal.
Christmas blessings

Tara said...

I love the shells, maybe I am wishing for summer!

Risa said...

Super cute! I love all your finds;-)

Carolee said...

Hi Cindy,

#3 is my favorite too. I love the mercury glass candle and the starfish adds a beautiful contrast with the Christmas balls.

The Old Oak Cottage said...

How fun to find such a deal. I like them all but the 3rd is my favorite...love love love mercury glass!!!

just a little bit shabby said...

Cindy,
Mmmmm! It's hard to decide. I think I like #3 the best, 'cause I love mercury glass. But,....shells and flowers...mmmm. Oh heck, I like all three.
I started working on my mosaic last night and I have all the pictures uploaded but that is as far as I got. Thought I ought to start early as I am still a novice at these things. It was so much fun going through all of my pictures, Say a little prayer that I get it all done. Then we will know that miracles really do happen.
Best Wishes for a great holiday!
Sandyt

Rue said...

Good morning Cindy :)

I love all three of them, but if I absolutely HAD to choose, it would be #2, because I'm a romantic ;)

I want to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. Maybe this is the year you'll find him? ;)

Big hugs,
rue

texasdaisey said...

That turned out very beautiful. I just love thrift stores & I have several antique stores around that have thrift store prices. Can't wait till Christmas shopping is over so I can get out to them.
Debbie

Kathy said...

I like all three, but the third way is my favorite! You are right! It's very festive! And you cannot beat the price!

Terri and Bob said...

I love the flowers and floating candle! Maybe I am ready for Valentine's day?!?

LRae said...

Cindy,
I love them all! Did you add the glitter to your starfish or buy it all glittered up? Also, which is your favorite thrift store?

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

I guess if I had to choose, it would be the last one. But I ALWAYS love your vignettes with seashells too!
Brenda

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

LRae: A fellow blogger gave me the glittered shell. She did it herself. I would say my favorite thrift store is Savers in Milpitas(I'm not sure if you live in this area?) but I also like almost any Goodwill. I also like the Salvation Army on Winchester Ave.

glenda said...

I like #3 because I love the mercury glass candle. Since my favorite color is pink, this would look stunning with pink and silver ornaments, or may pink and red silk roses?

Thanks for all the inspiration you provide.

~ ♥ LISBETH ♥~ said...

I wish you a Merry Christmas !
Hugs,
Lisbeth

Ps, wonderful photos as always, love your blog!

Melissa Lester said...

I love all three looks! Our camellias aren't blooming yet, but I will keep this pretty idea in mind when they bloom in January.

desiree@lookiloos.com said...

All three are great. But I would have to choose number 1. I love seashells. So, I have to go with that one. Although I do love mercury glass....Hmmmm Cindy I think it's to difficult to pick just one.

joshandcaronchodrow said...

I think #3 is my favorite. I truly do not know how you take things that are inexpensive and make them look like a million bucks! You truly have a gift, you should be very proud of the lovely things you create. I love visiting your blog!

Gollum said...

I can't pick a favorite--each one makes the dish look completely different. I love your creative spirit--you are an inspiration to us all.
Merry Christmas--and looking forward to the Year in Review.
Hugs,
G

Happy To Be said...

Cindy I like them all..but number 2 just speaks to me...I just love romance..hope you have a safe and blessed Christmas...hugs and smiles Gloria

Charmingdesigns said...

I love things that are so versatile.I'm sure we will be seeing more ideas from you.I hope so anyway.lol. Just so lovely.

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

I love all the various contents but my favorite photo is the Christmas one because it's framed so well by tree.

Rachel said...

I'd say the third is my favorite but the floating flowers are a close second! Beautiful displays, Cindy!

Happy Holidays!
~Rachel

Debbie from NJ said...

I love #3 also, but I like #2 for a romantic look.

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

Manuela

Liz said...

SOOO Pretty!

~Liz

southernbelle said...

Good morning Cindy,I like all three, each one has abeautiful look. Your creativity will be endless with this piece.I enjoy your blog so much and lookforward to your inspiring ideas in the New Year.Wishing you and your beautiful family the very best this holidayseason.    Merry Christmas, Mimi

Susan said...

Wonderful ideas!

Have a Merry Christmas!

Rochelle said...

Hi Cindy
My favorite is the mercury glass hurricane with the Christmas ornaments......so festive looking! You really do have a knack for all things that involve decorating. You have done wonders with your space and it looks so inviting.
Have a very Merry Christmas!
Rochelle

LillyB said...

I can't decide, so I pick them ALL! So beautiful!!
Have a Merry Christmas!!

Sandra~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

ALL OF THEM ARE VERY NICE. I GUESS IT WOULD ALL DEPEND ON THE MOOD. BUT #3 IS MY FAVORITE. YOU HAVE SUCH LUCK IN FINDING GREAT THINGS AT THE THRIFT STORE. I WOULD HAVE TO SAY MY FINDING ARE USUALLY AT YARD SALES.

Penny For Your Thoughts said...

Dear Miss Cindy,

All three are lovely... I personally am partial to the flowers and candles. Oh so romantic. It just gives you that warm fuzzy feeling inside.

Hugs,
Penny Sue

Glenda said...

I like the last one. But I also like the one with the camillas too.

Great find that's were I look first at my thrift shop is the silver shelf.

Happy Holiday

Bo said...

Hi Cindy...I can't choose a favorite because I love them all...
The shape & design are perfect for so many things...good steal, oops...I meant good deal...hehe!
Merry Christmas, ;-) Bo

MetaJewelryDesign said...

I love the glittery starfish! How pretty - what a beautiful blog!

Pat said...

Cindy, I think I'd have to say the mercury glass candle...but you know...there is no limit to what you could do with your wonderful bargain silver dish. I hope you and your family have a great Christmas and a very Happy New Year...I'm looking forward to all you do in 2009!!! Thanks for sharing...Pat

Kay said...

I love the mercury glass candle in the silver dish...I'm needing a centerpiece for my table and that would be perfect.... Now why didn't I buy one of those mercury glass candle holders when I saw them!?! All of your ideas are wonderful!!

Anonymous said...

I have 12 inches of snow outside--a LOT for here--so I'd have to pick #3 because it goes with the ambiance around here.

Antiques and More said...

You truly are gifted..love the photos of your home. All your ideas are wonderful and I find your blog inspirational for me since I began this adventure in blogland. Thanks so much for sharing! Happy Holidays to you and your family.
Lisa

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Is that a glittery starfish? I love it! Thank you for sharing your talents with us bloggers. You are an inspiration to me and the time you put into your blog is much appreciated. Have a beautiful Christmas and I look forward to the wonderful things you will be sharing in the New Year.

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

the last one...Merry christmas...

Anonymous said...

It's WAAAY too hard to choose ~ but if I must pick one I'll say the first one with the seashells is my favorite. That sure is a lovely little dish with the pretty detailed edging.

Happy Christmas!!
Karin

Jojo said...

Incredible and festive!

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage said...

Cindy ~
I just love your ideas for a simple silver dish ~ Isn't it so much fun to find something like that and be able to use it in so many different beautiful wasy ~
Thank you for the inspiration !
xoxo,
Lori

Trying to Stay Calm! said...

Hope you have a blessed and very Merry Christmas! L♥ve and Hugs :) Shauna

Rosemary said...

Hi Cindy,
My favorite is the Christmas balls and starfish!!
Love them all!
Have a very Merry Christmas!
Rosemary

Linda's Blue Gate said...

Already looks stunning ..... just lovely as always.... the silver dish is just perfect...
Merry Christmas
Linda

restyled home said...

The things you can do with something so simple...

Merry Christmas Cindy!!

Linda
xo

Lynn said...

Hi Cindy, I love #2. floating flowers.... just so romantic.

Maybe u can do a little post on your kitchen storage, i need inspiration here. Thanks!

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

They're all very beautiful, and I don't know if I can pick just one! For the season though, the last one is just perfect.

Have a very Merry Christmas!

Kady

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

All 3 are great,but my favorite has the mercury glass candle,ornaments and iced star fish. I'm over the top this year with anything mercury. You did get a steal of a deal on your dish..
From our home to yours,
Happy Holidays,
hugs ~lynne~

Lori said...

Such a beautiful post! I follow your blog and I wanted to wish you a Happy Holiday season and many blessings for the New Year!

Lori

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Cindy,
I have visied before but this is my first time commenting. I love your blog and your home is so beautiful! The silver candy dishes are just precious.
Hope you have a wonderful and blessed Holiday. Please come and visit my new blog anytime. You're always welcome! ~Melissa ;)

Angela (Cottage Magpie) said...

Oh, all three are beautiful, I love them all! What great ideas! Anyway, I just stopped by to say Merry Christmas! Hope you have a great holiday.
~Angela :-)

Pink Slippers said...

I'm a romantic too so I would say # 2. The shells do look lovely for this summer and the bulbs for winter. One for each season. Merry Christmas. Love the wrapped blue pretty present in the background.

Anonymous said...

I am all about mixing my sea shells with my pine cones and Christmas decor. I love #3.

I recently had a good day at a thrift store too when I found a beautiful box of ornaments that had never been opened. There were fifteen ornaments in the box, with one broken. I still thought it was a good deal to get the 14 ornaments for $4.
I had also picked up a hanging cherub planter for $2 and a gold picture frame for $2. When I got to the register, the cashier said, "oh, one of the ornaments are broken. Let me adjust the price for you". My total was $4. A good day!

Thank you for taking the time to still post for those of us that have finished shopping, with everything wrapped and under the tree, just aking a break from last minute baking and waiting for the big day to get here, to just get on here and see you have something pretty for us to see!

Hope you and your family have a very wonderful Christmas and get the new year off to a wonderful start as well.

~B

Anonymous said...

I do love #3 the best because of the mercury glass candle holder.

~elaine~

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Wow, it's Christmas Eve!!!! Love your silver dish! Your pctures are always so beautiful and uplifting!

Merry Christmas Cindy!

Hugs,
Maryjane

Sincerely Yours said...

Merry Christmas Cindy!!!!! Sincerely Jeannette (i love all three pics)

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Lucky you! What a great find. It's a very pretty dish.
I would love to meet you in person and hug you and tell you what an incredible impact you have had on my decorating. When we moved this August I was a little lost as to what to do. I knew I had to lighten up this dark house and all I knew for sure was that I would be painting my furniture white. Then you posted that great tutorial and off I went. Thanks and Merry Christmas to you and your family. Stop by for a visit and to take a look at my Christmas House Tour.

cindy said...

Cindy, I love all of them, but... I guess #3 is my favorite, you always make everything look so beautiful!! Have a wonderful Christmas and thank you so much for such an inspirational blog, so nice to see beauty that does not cost a fortune! Hugs, Cynthia

Kathleen Ellis said...

Don't you just love the 3-in-1 bargains! Lovely!
Merry Christmas!

Tina said...

So beautiful and so creative!

ann said...

PERFECTION AS ALWAYS.MERRY CHRISTMAS CINDY FROM OUR HOME TO YOURS...ANN

i cant sew said...

number 2 catches my eye #*_*#

sandra/tx said...

Thanks for the beautiful ideas. Love them all.

Have a very Merry Christmas, and safe travels.

Simply Dandy said...

Oh Cindy, just beautiful, I especially love the flowers and candles floating. You are so inspirational!

Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful children!

Hugs,
LeAnn:)

The White Bench said...

WOW! All stunning!
Have a blessed day with your beloved ones!
Monica.

September said...

I love all three, but the first is my overall favorite, since I adore the beach. :)

Lady Katherine said...

So beautiful, I love the flowers floating! Have a Merry Christmas!

Vintagesquirrel said...

Now, Cindy, this is certainly a trick question. They are all perfect. That was one fantastic thrift find.

Anonymous said...

Love the silver tray and all 3 ideas are lovely, but I have caught the mercury glass craze and love #3 with the candle holder, silver ornaments and glitter star fish. Found similar mercury glass votives at Hobby Lobby and Tues. Morning that have a "diamond-like" jewel on the outside of the votive. Added an aqua candle, it is so pretty when the aqua color peeks through the glass when the candle is burning.

You always find such great deals - and you are always so inspirational. I'm waiting for the day when you hook up with a publisher who will publish a coffee table book of your photos because I could sit and look at your photos all day! And when I say your ideas are inspirational - I went out and tracked down "fake snow" - finally found some at Hobby Lobby - so I could add it to a hurricane candle holder that I had Christmas ornaments in...because your glass beverage container with the silver Christmas ornaments and "snow" that you featured in earlier Dec. was so gorgeous. I could go on and on.

Cindy, thank you for being so generous in sharing your treasures and ideas and yourself. Merry Christmas and many blessings for a joyous New Year to you and your family.

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

Oh my goodness, Cindy! What a beautiful blog you have. I just love finding all of you gals out there that love the same things I do. Hope your Christmas was just as beautiful as your home. Come over and visit my new blog sometime.
~Judy

HouseMama said...

I like them all, but LOVE the one with the mercury candle. (Mercury glass has become a favorite of mine this year.)

~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ said...

Love, love, love #3!!! Merry Christmas!

Michelle said...

I like them all! You are incredible with creativity!!

Karena said...

Absolutely a find that you have made into something so special. I like #3 as well because of the time of year, and the seashells for summmer. Happy New Years!

Urban Farmhouse said...

Yum! Love the last one with the mercury glass