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Monday, December 12, 2011

Old Fashioned Santas and more decorations at my house!

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
Christmas miniatures.
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!


Cindy said...

I love your decorations, especially the vintage bottlebrush trees and your handmade Santas. Thanks for sharing.

ImagiMeri said...

Hi Michele,

What a lovely home you have, and all your Christmas goodies are just amazing!


JoAnne said...

Everything looks beautiful Michele! Happy holidays my friend!

Wendy said...

I absolutely love the Santa's that you made...they are just lovely....and your displays of nativities are just beautiful....

Erica said...

Beautiful decorations! I love the banner you made. It looks truly vintage.

Jessica Rodarte said...

Your ornaments are so pretty and one of a kind!


Beautiful! I just signed up to follow you....please stop by Hibiscus House anytime for a visit. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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