I love to take evening walks and look in the neighborhood houses when their curtains are open and their lights are on. When the kids were little I used to like to go Trick or Treating with them so I could stand nearby when they rang the bell and peer in the house to see how people decorated. Nosy, nosy, nosy.
If you were to walk by my house tonight...you would get lots of holiday peeping.
I got most of my decorations up over the past few days. Today I spent time pulling the blow mold Santas from the attic and getting them into place on the front porch.
If you look beyond the Santas you can see some white garland hanging in the arch between the living and dining room that is thickly hung with assorted Shiny Brites.
Beyond my giant light up Santa in the front window you can see the giant Snowman head that I brought back from Round Top this year. He lives in snowman land (post coming). Fun glimpses into what looks like a crazy holiday land.
In the front window you can peek in past the THREE vintage aluminum trees that decorate my front window. (Thank you Aunt Tillie) It was fun to use a huge amount of my stash of vintate ornaments to decorate the trees.
In the kitchen you get a glimpse of Santa land and my much loved vintage style refrigerator. Just a few holiday peeks in the window tonight. Promise to share a few more posts on some crazy holiday decorating.
I am in the midst of crazy holiday decorating right now. As I pulled my vintage foil candy cones from the holiday bin, I realized how many I had and thought it would be a good collection to share.
These little foil cones were used as candy containers and hung from the tree filled with treats.
They come in a variety of styles. Stripes are super popular like those above. These are embossed with an ornament/tree design.
Sometimes they are just plain shiny colored foil. I really like when they have the original price on them. The cone on the left has the original price sticker from Olds and King for one dime. The other two have the nickle price written in grease pencil. The containers come in assorted sizes. Here we have big, bigger, biggest.
Darling Santa graphics.
Cones embossed with Merry Christmas greeetings.
The adorable reindeer is a different shoe shape, but still opens up to insert a treat.
When I pulled them from my holiday bins, I realized I have collected quite a few over the years.
If you were wondering how I display the candy cones, I hang them from my banister with some white garland and some holiday ornaments.
Some fun holiday bling. A bannister is often an overlooked place to decorate and this spot is perfect for this collection.
If you have an idea for a future collection challenge, leave me a comment and finish the sentence, "Show me your collection of ____". The collections just keep on coming, don't they?
Santas are more than ready to spread some holiday cheer at my house.
I am chomping at the bit to get my house decorated for the holidays. The lack of the week between Thanksgiving and December this year has really put the pressure on. I still have two more shows and holiday parties scheduled here. I also have one more round of holiday Etsy to go.
I need to deal with this pile of inventory in the living room first.
Musical piles here. Inventory was in Ben and Kate's room prior to Thanksgiving. Inventory moved to living room so they could have their rooms back for their visit. Kids back to college on Sunday and inventory back to their rooms. THEN the decorating can begin!
Melissa from Andromeda Vintage challenged me to show my collection of bow ties. I have a stash of them in my studio that have been collected primarily for crafting. I let some of my fancier ones go this year in a craft project, but still have some fun ones left.
Interesting the variety of shapes with a simple bow tie.
The classic black.
I think this bow tie is wisely named...the Butterfly Bow.
Here is my favorite holiday bow tie. If I was a fellow, I would be sporting this all during December.
The crafting project that I used these bow ties for most recently? The little stands I made with old collars and vintage bow ties. Thanks for the challenge Melissa. If you have an idea for a future collection challenge leave me a comment and finish the sentence "Show me your collection of ____."
P.S. The newspaper ads in the background are all from my stash of vintage newspaper from Lawrence, Kansas dated 1936. I bought a library archive of newspaper when in Kansas a few years ago. A great resource for old advertising and such.
I got out my one bin of Thanksgiving decoration and decorated for the holiday. My house is a chaotic mess right now with inventory for my shows everywhere, but I have one little spot of Thanksgiving.
One spot CRAMMED full of turkeys.
I seem to find a few turkey candles to add to my stash each year in estate sale land. The other day I picked up a random grab bag at Goodwill of Christmas and there was a lone turkey candle in with all the holiday.
Turkeys are mostly ceramic or candles. Current candle count is 17.
Looking forward to the holiday. Both of my kids will be home from college and have not seen them in two months. I sure miss them. They will only be home for a few days, but looking forward to some family time.
Almost a full month has passed since my last estate sale. I hate this time of year when the slow down. Today turned into a banner day though, with the holiday show at Monticello this morning, an estate sale at noon and then Plucky Maidens tonight. It was a good day for vintage and to see friends.
I was soooooo thrilled to hit a decent estate sale.
Loving the giant Santa head.
I did well in the Christmas department. Not over the top great, but a good holiday fix. Two strands of mercury glass garland, a Rudolph book, an assortment of smaller ornaments and a NOEL candle holder. I love this ice bucker with the red design. You can also see the pink garland in the background that I found.
A floral tin, a paint box for my collection, a couple of metal cups and a box of pin curl clips. A vintage glass refrigerator dish and a cute little ceramic fish. My favorite find was this roll of stickers from Erv's Market and Delicatessen. I love these old advertising items and did a challenge on them here. I rarely find an item like this so was super happy. The vintage Easter is pretty great too.
The estate sale had tons and tons of clock parts and clocks. The man must have repaired clocks at one point and it was fun to dig through his stash of them.
This clock with the curtains molded on either side of the face is awesome. Note the little star tieback.
The clock faces will be perfect for re purposing for New Years. The tin red and cream clock frame is another favorite.
Another great find was this big mirror. I liked the shape. You can tell by the reflection that we had a beautiful day here today! A good day full of vintage fun and blue skies. Hallelujah!
Yesterday I took a day off. I went out to hit some antique stores with my Mom. We drove south, hit some shops and had lunch. We drove scenic back-roads and chatted. It was a nice break from holiday crafting (I actually still worked an hour in a half in the evening).
I was hoping some of the antique stores would have some crazy Christmas out. That wasn't the case, but I did get a few small things. My HEAD OVER HEALS purchase of the day made my quite HOPPY! HAPPY!
An adorable wood cutout bunny.
He is the end of this CRIB! They were selling the footboard and the headboard separately and I thought this would make a great Easter decoration in my front window. Since it is the end of a crib it is about chest high on me. I knew I would never find another..it is awesome!
A nice break with my Mom and a awesome vintage find. Back out to the studio this afternoon.
P.S. If you are local, Monticello Antiques has their big holiday show starting tomorrow. Amy and I fluffed our booth this a.m. and it is busting with Christmas. (yes, I forgot my camera)
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I pulled out my ONE bin of Thanksgiving decorations. Thanksgiving is hard to find. I have posted a couple of challenges in the past on turkeys and Thanksgiving. This post I thought I would share my paper items that I decorate with for the holiday.
Large cardboard turkey.
A parade of smaller cardboard turkeys.
Some vintage bridge tally cards . For those that played bridge as part of their Thanksgiving holiday celebration. Note the cute little puppy on the left playing with his turkey friend.
A pair of the cutest little cardboard pilgrims. Complete with rosy cheeks and a bird perched on that musket. Paper turkey coasters. A lone cardboard cornucopia.
An assortment of vintage Thanksgiving paper plates. The pack on the top is unopened. A portion of a paper turkey tablecloth. It has been cut apart, but someday I will use the turkey graphic for a project.
Last but not least three honeycomb turkeys in a variety of styles.
If you have an idea for a future collection challenge, leave me a comment and finish the sentence "Show me your collection of ___".