Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Around the House

This year's decorations. Mostly Vintage.

My white feather tree that sits in my dining room. This tree holds my antique ornaments.


 Vintage manger made in Italy. 
A Christmas present one year from my husband. Found on Craigslist.

Dime-store manger made of cardboard
A miniature feather tree with small glass ornaments

My beloved collection of Putz houses. 
The first pic is to show them all together across the mantle.

More houses and bottle brush trees. These trees are ones that I embellished. The large red tree and the white trees were bleached and then dyed and then glitter and ornaments were added.


Vintage  Elfs - waiting to be hidden on Christmas Eve.
The family tree


A most-cherished ceramic tree made by my Grandma Kate and given to me.

Silver Angels

The front porch

Thanks for stopping to take the tour. 

Wishing you a Christmas filled with Joy, Peace and Love.

God's Blessings to You and Yours


I'm sharing this post at:

Common Ground - Vintage Inspiration Friday
The Charm of Home - Home Sweet Home

Check out all of the beautiful Christmas displays.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Gift Baskets...with a vintage touch

When out at flea markets and yard sales I often find cute vintage things at very inexpensive prices. This makes it hard for me to walk away - even if at the time I don't have a specific purpose for said item. Case in point - these cute little syrup containers.

(The one with the red lid is my favorite :)) I think I paid about 25 cents for each of these. 

Later an idea came to mind to add them to some gift baskets I was making for my daughter's teachers. 
The theme of the basket is pancakes, so these were added in for a cute vintage touch.

The basket liner is a napkin. I bought 2 of these napkins at a thrift store. Cotton napkins and vintage linens are usually very inexpensive when you find them at yard sales and second-hand shops. They make great "green" gift wrap that can be reused by the recipient.

I found this little cutie at the Goodwill recently. It is a cut-glass creamer. I really liked it and just couldn't leave it behind so it came home with me. I decided to add it to this gift basket I made for a friend. I tucked a linen dishtowel inside the creamer. Of course that was thrifted too.

These little items are so very inexpensive but they add a nice touch to your gifts. All year long be on the look out for treasures that you can store away until you are ready to give someone a gift. 

Some other ideas for using vintage treasures:

A vintage coffee canister filled with Keurig K-cups or a bag of Starbucks coffee.
Vintage salt & pepper shakers filled with homemade popcorn seasoning or cinnamon sugar.
A lovely antique tea cup and a box of herbal tea.
A glass cake plate with a homemade cake on top.
A silver spoon tied to a jar of homemade preserves. 

The ideas are endless.

Happy Gift Giving!

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Vintage Cookie Cutter Garland

I made this garland a few years back when I wanted a fresh way to display my collection of vintage Christmas cookie cutters.

This year I hung the garland in my kitchen from the open shelving. A few years ago the garland hung across a window. 

It was very simple to make. I took an old Christmas sheet (or you could use fabric or an old tablecloth) and cut some long strips for the garland. Then I ripped smaller strips of fabric to hang the cutters with. I chose to rip the smaller pieces of fabric because I like a tattered/rustic look, but you could just as easily cut them neatly with scissors.

I alternated aluminum cookie cutters with the clear plastic red ones. Each one is tied from the handle.

When I get tired of displaying them this way I can untie the cookie cutters and they are as good as new!

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Vintage Kitchen Cannisters for Christmas

I had some old cannisters hanging around and came up with this cute idea to repurpose them.

Before these became Christmas decorations I tried to sell them at a few yard sales. I pretty much couldn't give them away. I guess nobody appreciates their vintage charm like I do :)
Anyway, I like their new look now better than I did before.

Remember these - bought at the thrift for a quarter each?

Hubby rewired each candle and drilled a hole in the back of the cannister for the wire to feed through.

I like this one made from an old candy tin. It is decorated with silver and blue vintage balls.

This one is decorated with pine cones, candy canes and red and gold balls. I originally bought this cannister and a smaller one for 10 cents at a yard sale.
Who prices stuff like that?

I think they turned out pretty cute, if I don't say so myself!

I'm linking this post to Common Ground for their Vintage Inspiration Friday. 
Stop over to view lots of Vintage Christmas eye candy.


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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Homemade Ornaments

Here are some ornaments that I made using vintage/recycled materials.

Clothespin Angels

These were made using old clothespins, burlap, sheet music & silver pipe cleaners.

Some of these were sold at a craft show. Seems like people liked the ones with the sheet music better than the ones without. The sheet music came from an old hymnal.

Hoop Ornaments

These were made with needlepoint hoops that I bought at the thrift store. I look for these when I am out thrifting. The smaller sized hoops make the best ornaments.

I gathered up some fabric scraps that I had. You could also use vintage fabrics from old quilts, tablecloths & doilies for these.

I chose to use this bird fabric for some of the ornaments. I love things with birds on them.

I added glitter to the front by using spray adhesive and then sprinkling fine white/translucent glitter over the face of the ornament to resemble frost. These pictures don't show the glitter very well. I tied a twine ribbon to the top.

A vintage-look Christmas fabric was used for some of the ornaments.

There were made using muslin, black paint & foam stamps.

Rustic Stockings

To make these I started with a bag of toddler-sized socks from Dollar General. I tea-dyed the socks to make them look old. After dying them I ironed them with starch. Using scissors I roughed them up a bit by cutting some holes in the toes & heels and also making snags in the material. Glitter was glued to the front of each sock.

I added pine garland, shredded ledger paper and a candy cane to the inside of each sock. I glued a paper saying onto the front.

Instead of using a metal ornament hanger for these I hung them on the tree using an old clothspin. I think these would be very cute hanging from twine strung across a window or mantle.

I hope you have been inspired to try making some of your own ornaments using materials that you may already have on hand.

Happy Decorating!

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