Multi-Dimensional Vintage Valentine’s Day Banner

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Happy Friday!!!!

I cannot believe that we are already 3 weeks into the New Year! And I especially cannot believe that I am still finding residual Christmas decor around the house.  I’m hoping I’m not the only one. :)

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This banner is made up of so many vintage goodies! Vintage flashcards and Bingo cards create the main canvas for all of the texture. I sprayed these Bingo cards with Glimmer Mist to alter the color. Love how they turned out. To add even more dimension, I adhered vintage honeycomb bells to the front and glittered the BINGO letters. Its hard to see in the photos, but these honeycomb bells have that great aged-paper brown tint to them.

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And, the fringe you see? That’s also a sprayed Bingo card, cut into narrow strips and fanned out.  A vintage Christmas reflector frames the vintage Valentine seal in the center. And the blue color makes the blue numbers on the Bingo card just pop!

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So, here’s a fun thing. In Northern Colorado, we have a town called Loveland, and every Valentine’s Day, you can mail your Valentine’s to their post office and get a special, very cute, seal stamped on your letter. Definitely check it out! You can find more info. on that here:

http://www.loveland.org/ValentineProgram/

I hope you have a great weekend, and Happy Creating!
Michelle

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Packing Away the Vintage Christmas Decor…

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Happy New Year!!!

I hope you enjoyed celebrating with family and friends. I’m excited to start a fresh new year-what an opportunity to work on some new goals and discover new possibilities. I’m sure we all have our “list”-we’ll have to keep each other on task!

I just love decorating for Christmas. With each box I open, its like visiting old friends-vintage ones that is! So its always so hard packing it all away for next year.  And, this Christmas, my presents included a few more vintage items to add to my decor, courtesy of my mom.

There’s nothing like getting vintage Christmas FOR Christmas.  Except if its vintage Halloween, which has happened on occasion as well! :)

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I just love the illustrations on these boxes of icicles! Santa peeking through the window is just adorable. Due to some playful kitties in my house, I didn’t add icicles to my tree this year, but I did add ropes of vintage silver garland. Can never have too much sparkle on a Christmas tree!vintage-Christmas-Firestone

This year I picked up one of these suitcase record players. I think its fantastic that records are coming back, and this was perfect for playing the vintage Firestone Christmas albums from my Dad’s collection. We had to give the kids a quick tutorial on how to place the needle on the record. So funny, and good for them to see how it used to be. The more “techy” we get, the more I worry future generations won’t value how things were.  Maybe collecting vintage is more of a crusade to preserve the past…

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A small bowl of Shiny Brites and a large Gurley Santa candle round out the new decor.  This Santa is about 10 inches tall and made a charming centerpiece to our Christmas dinner table-unlit of course.

 

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I’ll enjoy unpacking them again next Christmas!

Have a great week!

Michelle

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Christmas Treat Tree

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Merry Christmas!!!

I hope you had a wonderful day with your family and friends! :)

We were treated to a white Christmas. Just lovely, and luckily we could just camp out and enjoy it…no traveling, thank goodness.

Do you remember these vintage style mesh Christmas stockings? I’ve posted about them before-I just love them so. I remember getting these as a child…filled with candies and toys with a cute Santa paper topper to keep them closed. I assembled these as gifts for our nieces and nephews…filled with candies and gift cards.

 

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I found some great examples of the authentic vintage ones on Pinterest.  Aren’t they great?  The illustrations are just so charming.

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To top off the top of this treat tree, I created these larger sized tags, then backed them against honeycomb paper discs to add substance. They make a great tree topper but would also look cute on the top of a package. Vintage foil reflectors nicely frame the vintage Christmas images. The tag itself is a vintage flashcard with decorative paper stitched on top.

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Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy the rest of the holiday season!

Happy Creating,

Michelle

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Christmas Corsage Wreath

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Good morning!

Holy cow, we got hit with a snowstorm the other day! Expecting only about 2 inches, we woke up to close to 10. And, it was timed just right so that the schools called it a Snow Day. The kids were beyond excited, especially since Christmas break starts in a couple days. They are certainly ready for some down time. :)

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Today I want to share with you a little wreath I put together. I just love vintage Christmas corsages. Is it just me, or does it feel that “back then” we just seemed to do things with a bit more class? For instance, do you ever see anyone wearing a Christmas corsage? Sigh, unfortunately, no.  But, here is a new way to still display a nice Christmas corsage, without actually wearing it….a Christmas Corsage Wreath!

I purchased this wreath form from a really neat local shop called Cozy Cottage. If you are in the Denver or Northern Colorado area, it is a store you must visit. Crammed full of amazing home decor, and beautifully, artistically arranged.

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I think the original purpose of the wreath was to decorate the base of a candle….have to say, I’m enjoying it this way much more. The GORGEOUS grouping of hard plastic bells (my favorite thing next to glass glitter) came from my mother, who is the absolute queen of scouting out vintage. To assemble the wreath, I simply wired the bells to the form, and fluffed it up a bit. That’s it. This would look pretty too with more corsages around the entire wreath, but then, I feel, the wreath would look a bit kitschy. This, I think, looks a bit elegant. :) I have it now listed in my Etsy shop – you can find it HERE.

 

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Be sure to visit Cheryl Waters and Cherry Nelson  for their Vintage Christmas inspiration!

You can find these talented ladies at:

http://cherrysjubileehome.blogspot.com/

and

http://blog.artsyfindings.com/

Happy Creating!

Michelle

 

 

 

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Vintage Christmas Advent Calendar

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Hello, I hope you had a great weekend! Did you do any fun Christmas activities?

Yesterday, here, was baking day. And, luckily, we had a beautiful, big-flakes-in-a-snowglobe kind of snowday here in Northern Colorado, which was perfect for blasting the carols and baking away! Some of my baked goods included a fun, new recipe from Pinterest, that you can find here:

http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2013/12/03/candy-cane-kiss-cookies/

Easy to make and they look so cheerful!

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These holly cookies I make every year. Its a standard sugar cookie recipe, flavored with peppermint extract and tinted green. Before baking, I sprinkle the cookies with green sugar (looks like glitter!), and right after I take them out, I pop on red-hot holly berries. They look kind of retro don’t they?

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These were immediately boxed up for an old-fashioned cookie exchange party which I attended this afternoon. Lots of fun, and I came home with some amazing, yummy treats. Hopefully, among my family, a few of them will still be around for Christmas! :)

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Speaking of treats, I did something a little bit different for the kids’ advent calendar this year.  This summer I found this gorgeous, antique seed packet display box at an estate sale.  The metal bins are compartmentalized and are about 2 inches deep. Just the right width for a package of seeds, and just perfect for daily treats.

vintage-christmas-advent-calendar-3 vintage-christmas-advent-calendar-2 I put candies in each compartment and filled in extra areas with vintage tidbits-bottle brush trees, wreaths, plastic reindeer, etc. Very festive, and very vintage! The kids have enjoyed it. I have to say too, this has got to be the easiest “calendar” I’ve ever done. :)

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Today is the day we start our Vintage Christmas Blog Parade! Later in the week, please visit Cherry Nelson  and Cheryl Waters. You can find these talented ladies here:

Please hop over to Cherry Nelson’s blog at:

http://cherrysjubileehome.blogspot.com/

And, Cheryl Water’s blog at:

http://blog.artsyfindings.com/

Its just not the Christmas season without vintage inspiration!

Happy Creating!

Michelle

 

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