Finding rusty old junk is fun! Nevertheless, I have found that no matter how much "stuff" I find and collect, only God can fully satisfy my heart. Matthew 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

A Merry "Very Vintage" Christmas Sneak Peak Part 2

Christmas in the Kitchen
Ho! Ho! Ho! Who Wouldn't go?

Up on the fridge top click, click, click.... a collection of creepy Saint Nicks! I started collecting these little "so ugly they're cute" Santas from the 1940's-1960's a couple of years ago. I finally had enough fill a small tee this year. Most of them were only .10.

Can't you feel the Chrsitmas magic in this picture?
I put this scene together with an old department store window in mind, where all kinds of Christmas decorations would be jam packed and where size and scale didn't matter. The more, the merrier!

A Coca-Cola Christmas village fits perfectly on top of our kitchen cabinets
I lucked into this blow mold Santa last weekend when I took a box of Christmas decorations to the consignment shop to sell because I had "too much." I spotted him in the take in room before he had even been put out for sale and asked to buy and him on the spot. I ended up bringing him home for $3.98.
$1 flea market find. Santa and Mrs. Claus turning up the heat in a little pot-bellied stove.
 This year we made a little mini-gingerbread village. It is displayed  in my favorite covered cake dish to make a cloche scene. We stuck the tiniest family of carolers in the center of town.

Gingerbread house decorating is a fine art endeavor reserved only for the most skilled artisans...
Ironstone in the kitchen, as beautiful and classic as always with just a few festive touches such as the Douglas Fir cuttings from our family room tree.

There is more ironstone in the dining area. Let's move on for the sneak peak of my tablescape...

Christmas Dining

Okay. So maybe there won't be too much dining going on at the table with all the decorations, but there's lots of eye candy at least!

I started this year's tablescape with a burlap runner and a woodsy winter theme but ended up with this vintage montage instead, which has been so much fun. I can always use the woodsy winter theme after Christmas anyway. I was struggling to get the look I wanted with a solid green tablecloth, so I searched some consignment shops this week and finally found this vintage one for $3.00 and it really tied it all together.
Transitioning from fall, I just changed out my gold chargers with red ones and filled my ironstone bowls with vintage icicles, Shiny Brite bulbs and little white trees and some hard candies that no one really ever seems to eat, but are part of Christmas just the same.

I had bought a grab bag full of little Christmas figurines at an estate sale but I wasn't quite sure where to display them, so I filled wine glasses from the dollar tree with glitter snow and a bulb or mini-bottle brush tree and made little snow scenes in each glass.
    Santa added some of his magic to this picture.

I have had these three figurines since I was four or five years old.
They are from the same Hallmark
collection as the ones I found at the estate sale which I displayed in the wine glasses.
I kept mine separate by
making a winter scene cloche from a cheese ball dish.

The centerpiece is an ironstone bowl full of Shiny Brites and a wooden furry tree ($1, estate sale) full of tiny Shiny Brites and a very old mercury glass beads garland
A little putz church adds extra sparkle. My sister made the glass tree candy dish when she was in middle school (she now is now majoring in Art at college and is always making me lovely things).
The ledge behind the table is great for displaying other Christmas odds and ends such as my grandmother's old Santa S&P shakers and a vintage Ball canning jar full of old red bulbs. One of a pair of candlesticks that I recently found at the Salvation Army store for .25 is shown here. I loved the design and the pretty scalloped edges on the peice.

That's all for this sneak peak. I need to go ahead and get my full home tour post ready so I can participate in the all the upcoming blog parties in the next few days. Have a great weekend!


  1. Just like waiting for the man in the red suit, I've been waiting for your Christmas posts. Loving the photo's. Can't get enough of the vintage look. Thanks so much for sharing. Happy Holidays!

  2. LUv LUv LUVVVVVV Your creepy Santa tree! I am sooooo doing this! Maybe with knee huggers too? Thanks for the inspiration!, Oh! Love the blow mold Santa too! I thought mine was a steal for $8.00 at a yard sale, but 4 bucks! You got me, girl!
    Merry Christmas,

  3. I had such a good time looking at all your wonderful goodies and thrifted finds. So cute! I'm recovering from surgery so can't go crazy with the decorations this year but I sure got some good ideas to tuck away for next year. I especially love the tree in the ironstone bowl surrounded by Shiny Brites. I'm your newest follower and I hope you get a chance to pop over to Cottage and Creek and follow back. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  4. Hi Amber! Love, love, love the tree with all sizes of vintage ornaments adorning it and the sparkly church! Oh so cute!! Thanks for stopping by to check out my vintage christmas @ the gathering place! I love to meet new vintage loving friends! :)

  5. Love the name of your blog! And that Santa tree is awesome. I collect the creepy Santas too, but I'm not displaying them this year. We have many of the same decorations. The way you write made me laugh. Never really thought about Santa & the Mrs. turning up the heat, so thanks for that! ;o) Merry Christmas! P.S. Your thrift stores have much better prices than mine.

  6. Gorgeous, gorgeous, glittery and gorgeous images. I am instantly becoming your newest follower (come say hello sometime) but I have to say... not sure I could get much sleep with some of those vintage Santa's hanging around.


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