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Happy New Year!

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Hello, and Happy New Year!

The blog has been a bit quiet lately….certainly not planned that way, but the holiday season got a bit busier then expected. I hope you had a WONDERFUL Christmas and that the new year is off to a GREAT start!

I’ve been pondering the changes of the new year and what my intentions in the new year will be. As our kiddos get older, I find myself wanting to simplify.  I think de-cluttering and organizing will continue to persist, but I also will strive to live creatively everyday.  Either in trying a new recipe, crafting, exploring a new shop……just trying new things is a very enriching experience.

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This mini bundt cake is an example of simple, everyday creativity.  We had one last holiday party to attend this weekend, and we always do a small gift exchange of homemade items. I originally intended to bake cranberry biscotti to go with these teas, but ran out of time. I turned instead to a cranberry orange muffin recipe, but decided to dress it up a bit by forgoing the muffin pan and using a mini bundt pan instead. A drizzle of a simple sugar glaze, fresh cranberries and pearlized sprinkles added the finishing holiday touch. 🙂

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I LOVE packaging – its a great way to make even the simplest gift seem extra special.  I hope they all are enjoying their mini cake and tea. 🙂

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I’m excited to begin living creatively everyday, and appreciate the beauty of simplicity. Thank you for another year of following this blog and sharing your inspiration, I appreciate it so much! 🙂

Happy Creating,

Michelle

 

 

 

 

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Vintage Felt Christmas Stockings

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“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there.”

                                 -Clement C. Moore, The Night Before Christmas

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Every Christmas we hang our stockings with the anticipation of  Santa (or family members) filling them with small presents and candies.  I, for one, think that the stockings are the best part!  I was wondering though, how did this tradition come to be?

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According to Smithsonian magazine, the legend goes like this:

“A recently widowed man and father of three girls was having a tough time making ends meet. Even though his daughters were beautiful, he worried that their impoverished status would make it impossible for them to marry.

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St. Nicholas was wandering through the town where the man lived and heard villagers discussing that family’s plight. He wanted to help but knew  the man would refuse any kind of charity directly. Instead, one night, he slid down the chimney of the family’s house and filled the girls’ recently laundered stockings, which happened to be drying by the fire, with gold coins. And then he disappeared.

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The girls awoke in the morning, overjoyed upon discovering the bounty. Because of St. Nick’s generosity, the daughters were now eligible to wed and their father could rest easy that they wouldn’t fall into lonely despair.”

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Another theory is that Saint Nicholas actually filled the stockings with gold balls, and that oranges became a popular stocking stuffer to represent these gold balls.

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However they came to be, I’m glad they did, as they sure look cute hanging from the mantel or down a staircase!  No surprise, I especially love the vintage felt ones. The graphics of the stockings from the 40s and 50s are so bold, and the felted ones embellished with sequins from the late 50s and 60s are absolutely charming! I love the texture of the sparkly sequins against the felt.

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 felt-wreathWhether this is the true history of the Christmas stocking or not, it definitely is a fun tradition! These small, red felt stockings were trimmed out in vintage. Vintage ribbon, a small bell and ornament, glittered snow batting, and a vintage, sequined wreath were added to dress these simple red shapes to look like their vintage counterparts.

Sweet packaging for a small gift, or as a bit of Christmas decor. These embellished stockings are now in the store and can be found HERE.

Enjoy the rest of the week, and all of the upcoming Thanksgiving preparations. 🙂

Happy Creating,

Michelle

 

 

 

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Vintage Christmas Caroler Ornaments

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Well, you know Christmas is coming when the glass glitter is just flying around in the craft room. Many things are in production for the shop. Just love this time of year!

I recently found these super detailed, felt Victorian caroler package tie-ons at the antique store. The features on these carolers are so defined and I love the touch of snow on their felt scarves and coats. Very elegant and not something that I’ve seen before. Something this unique needed to be a focal point – as a Christmas tree ornament.

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The base of these ornaments is a vintage tart pan, sprinkled with antique gold glass glitter (that will tarnish beautifully over time) and trimmed with vintage gold tinsel and vintage spun glass angel hair for snow. A bit of holly adds a touch of embellishment.  Working with vintage supplies truly makes these ornaments one of a kind and will be perfect for your tree or as a gift. You can find them HERE.

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Caroling is such a wonderful holiday tradition. For the last few years our family has hosted caroling parties.  I set up a Hot Cocoa Bar (lots of great ideas for this on Pinterest!) and once everyone has their drinks, we head out to carol to the neighborhood.  To keep us on track, everyone is provided with a caroling booklet and a candle to light the way. It really is a fun time!

 

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I love the illustrations on these vintage caroling books, and the colors are so vibrant. Inspired by these vintage books, these are the caroling books I created a couple years ago for our caroling parties.

carolbook2And, just how did Christmas carols come to be? A page from one of these books offers a suggestion…

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Love this sweet illustration, and I especially love the magical sound of Christmas carols!

Happy Christmas 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!

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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,

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