Check out my youngest daughter Kylee's talent with baking on her new blog, The Bluebirdbaker.blogspot.com She would love to get some followers, and it would make her feel really good if some of you would comment and become followers. She loves this new hobby, and has already gotten many jobs for Birthdays and Weddings.
I will let you see her other creations over at The Bluebird baker. She is so talented!
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Yesterday, I had the wonderful privilege of having my good friend Camille Leavitt over for a sweet little luncheon at Christmas time. A sweet little quiet break from all the business of getting ready for Christmas this weekend, when lots of family descends on us. Here is a picture of our table.
I served spiced cider, sweet green salad, with pecans, raspberries, apples, cheese and a Raspberry vinagrette with mini ham puffs and then after that, poppyseed chicken. We exchanged gifts, and she brought me a darling vintage angel candle holder, with a bottle brush tree attached. Vintage tinsel adorned the base. I love it and now have it under one of my glass domes (cloches) and am so delighted to add to my bottle brush tree collection.
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Sunday, December 18, 2011
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Saturday, December 17, 2011
There are so many Christmas items out there so easily found (like Target and Walmart) to enhance the German scrap and the tinsel, like these glittered snowflakes which are ornaments by themselves.
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Monday, December 12, 2011
Those old-fashioned Santa's have been so interesting to me. You know the ones that look old world. I read up on some history of some old fashioned ornaments, Santa's and Belsnickles. Simple ornaments or decorations were made at home by resourcful mothers, grandmothers and children using materials bought in the five and ten cent stores. In the early 1900s, these little neighborhood stores were often stocked with German paper Scrap and other German or Japanese supplies. A Belsnickle is a little Santa (more knome-like look) that has a grumpier face. Often the legend of these were said to bring lumps of coal to the children. So yesterday, I gathered things I have collected to make some Vintage Santa's. I put on some movies and went to work. I made two of them. Pretty much identical to one another with slight differences.
I love the German Scrap Santa face, and the vintage tinsel at his cap!
I have two larger Santa dolls, which are not handmade.
My truly vintage bottle brush trees.
Under glass is this little round box, that I decorated with tiny vintage trees and other
I have found some beautiful little porcelain pieces.
Nativity on a table wreath!
This banner just got finished about a week ago. I used German Glass Gllitter.
Part of my Dept. 56 Santa's village
I painted this years ago and I just can't not put it out for Christmas.
There is still more to come. I have not even shown my Christmas Trees. I will post them later on. I love Christmas decorations and the process to get there. Hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful Christmas season so far!
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Come in for a visit. Oh I wish I could have you all for a sweet Christmas Luncheon, I think I would serve, creamy chicken noodle soup and rolls, a light sweet spinach salad, and perhaps Baked Alaska for dessert! Anyway, I guess we can dream!
This year it was more about displays and some vintage ephemera decorated and glittered up a bit! There are lots of pictures so sit back and enjoy. This is just the Dining room!
I was given this superbly beautiful vintage bottle brush wreath last year, by my good friend Camille and it is probably my most favorite decoration that I have now!
Nativity on one of the shelves! ALSO a favorite!
I received this image with some vintage buttons from the recent button ornament swap, along with the felt holly, so decided to make something out of it.
I enjoy Christmas Tins
My Christmas China is the original Christmas Tree by Cuthbertson. I have loved it for many many years! Also notice the transfer ware urn, that I found at Goodwill in AZ for a few dollars. I just had to have that!
A bowlful of vintage glass ornaments
I crafted this snowman last year!
Added this new Putz church to the mix this year.
Another putz house that was a gift, and this finishes up the decorations in my dining room. In the next post you will see what is in the living room. I hope everyone enjoys their Christmas decorations as much as I am enjoying mine!
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Thursday, December 1, 2011
This swap hosted by Laurie Jackson of Button Floozies blog gave us 3 partners, so we got 3 ornaments. and the main guideline was that there had to be buttons on the ornaments. I made some non-sewn metal ornaments and glued buttons on them.
then I also sent each partner, one of these. . . . .
then I also sent each partner, one of these. . . . .
Here is a cute hand crochet Christmas Tree, with buttons for ornaments. I love the fibers mixed in. Thanks goes out to Denise from Milton, Vermont. She also sent this vintage postcard in Mylar. . . .I love it all! Salt Lake City has sure changed from these days!
Look how pretty this paper and lace ornament is. I love the delicate tatted lace that surrounds this image. Thank you to Ann Murphy of Omaha, NE She also included a lavender sachet. Thanks to Laurie and all my partners. Woo Hoo!
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