My little white Christmas tree of gratitude

A little white Christmas tree of gratitude, complete with memory makers and a grapevine garland via Funky Junk Interiors

little white Christmas tree at the thrift store

Last week I picked up this sweet little white Christmas tree for $20 at a local thrift store. When I posted it on FJI Facebook, I asked what you’d do with it.

One comment stood out. It was from a dear follower I met at Bella Rustica. This was Dana’s answer.

I loved the idea! But decided to put it in my bedroom instead where I would enjoy it often.

A little white Christmas tree of gratitude... with a grapevine garland. Story on Funky Junk Interiors

I call this one my little white Christmas tree of gratitude.

Dana is so right. I’ve had so many blessings along this Funky Junk journey. While my Christmas tree forest in a crate and ladder tree were fun, this round I wanted the tree to actually mean something. 

doily snow

The base trunk is covered in ‘lacy’ snow, some of these keepsakes from my mom’s collection.

Inspired by Songbird’s Christimas tree set inside trunks, this was my own take. The tree is simply sitting on top of one.

black and white photo on clipboard

 My sweet parents. They allowed me to be whomever I wished to be. And how fitting is this vintage print of them enjoying a Christmas of their own?

This rusty old bulletin board will make more sense to you VERY soon. Stay tuned!

junk girl, stamped spoon necklace via Funky Junk Interiors

Along my blog journey, I’ve received gifts.  I don’t have every gift I’ve ever received hung up, but a couple are JUNK GIRL from Rochelle via Whatever Lola Wants Lola Gets,

rusty ornament via Funky Junk Interiors

and this sweet rusty chariot from Sandra via Sandy Seashore.

I like to think of gifts from followers as gestures of ‘giving back’ what they feel I’ve hopefully been able to give them in some small way.

write a book

I also have aspirations yet to fulfil, and one will always be to ‘write a book’.

bing card tree ornament

Blogging is kind of a game of chance. You put yourself out there and see where the chips fall. I’ve created so many online connections I adore in the groups I’m involved in, the companies and opportunities that have come my way, and the followers that keep returning for more.


This passport is positively loaded.

It means a friend had enough faith in me to purchase the passport for me before I even applied for one. It was a ‘sending off into the big scary world’ gesture. 

It means Chris Srock from GMC had me flown out to the South for the World’s Longest Yard Sale, allowing me to meet friends I’ve wanted to meet for a very long time, to see the South for the first time AND help someone in need. All involving junk! Amazing.

A month later, it means Linda Lindley spotted something in me and took Bella Rustica action. 

It means HomeTalk getting involved and helping make Bella a reality.

It means having the opportunity to meet great folks like Dana and her husband, that drove 11 hours to visit me. And more. So much more.

2012 has been such an amazing year!

Little twig tree in a mason jar, via Funky Junk Interiors

This little jar filled with sticks reminds me of the farm I grew up at. Big towering untamed trees that have been there forever.

Little twig tree in a mason jar, via Funky Junk Interiors

Nothing fancy. Just natural and very very home.

rusty nails inside a snowy jar via Funky Junk Interiors

Inspired by Eclectically Vintage’s Kelly’s mason jar Christmas tree, a tiny snowy jar filled with rusty nails is to pay homage to where I came from and what I love.

My dad’s nails in the barn were always in a tin can and rusty as can be. No wonder I love rust so.

black and white photo on clipboard via Funky Junk Interiors

The grapevine garland was an eleventh hour brainstorm. And was a breeze to throw on.

rusty ornament via Funky Junk Interiors

A little white Christmas tree of gratitude... with a grapevine garland. Story on Funky Junk Interiors

Thank-you Dana, for this lovely idea. It warms my heart to look at this tree and reminisce how much each object means to me.

And thank-you to everyone, for helping to create a reason to even have this little white Christmas tree of gratitude in my home! At a time when so many are hurting, this tree theme was the perfect fit.

12 Days of Christmas JUNK decor linkup


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29 thoughts on “My little white Christmas tree of gratitude

  1. Stunning. Off to drag a suitcase up to my bedroom, where my little white tree has been plugged in. There’s nothing on it. I love the gratitude idea though…and such sweet sentiments too. The holidays can be rough for me…time to switch my focus a bit. Thanks for the great ideas.

  2. Donna!
    Love your tree – and can’t believe you found a white one at the thrift store!

    It’s perfect – your parents picture, you passport to remember all the great journeys you’ve been on – and that mason jar (thrilled to see I inspired a little piece of your tree)!


  3. What a wonderful idea Dana had and how you executed it is beautiful! I love sentimental and inspirational things and this tree is just so special! 2012 was indeed your year to shine and I’m sure that 2013 will be even more so! Hugs, Leena

  4. Only you would happen along, to find a fab little white tree for $20 :0) This is one of my favorite trees of the year. I like the story behind it and all the meaning. Thanks for sharing your memories Donna!

  5. Oh, I absolutely love the white Christmas tree with all of your cherished memories. Dana’s suggestion was awesome. I remember those trees from when I was a child…

  6. I have enjoyed reading your blog since I stumbled on it about four months ago. Lovely tree, and lovely sentiments. I would expect nothing less from a spirit like you at Christmas time!

  7. I was thinking about how I often pick up litter to use in my jewelry. This article is my muse to start making utter items from litter. Also one way to keep plastic bags from filling our landfills (at least for a few years) is to put them in a blender or coffee grinder to use as “snow”

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