Monthly Archives: December 2013

1940s-Style Retro Mini Stockings

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christmas-stockings-1Ok, so it’s inevitable, some of the Christmas gifts we give this year will be gift cards. And, why not? Everyone enjoys them. But, maybe we can dress them up a little bit this year? No dull envelopes…how about mini, retro stockings?

These felt Christmas stockings are the perfect “wrapping” for a small gift. Slip a gift card, money, or candies inside. Or, top a larger gift package, or place on the tree. These stockings measure approx. 5 inches tall, 5 inches wide and the top of the stocking measures approx. 2 inches. They started as hum drum, basic red felt stockings. Now, they are decked out vintage style!

christmas-stockings-2Trimmed with glittered and gathered vintage “snow”, these stockings are also  embellished with a vintage seam binding bow, and a vintage ticket and holiday seal. Attached to each ticket is also a vintage mini bulb ornament and bell. A true retro delight, and will certainly dress up a gift card!

These sweet stockings are now available in the Etsy store-you can find them HERE.

Merry Christmas!

Michelle

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Traveling Santa-Spread Christmas Cheer!

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Blow mold technology, the process of creating hollow plastic parts, was first acquired by the Hartford Empire Company in 1938. However, it wasn’t until much later that the technology was advanced enough to offer a variety of applications. In the 60s and 70s, holiday decor blow mold items started to become available,  decorating homes across America.

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As these are such an iconic retro Christmas item, we thought it would be fun to send a blow mold Santa out to the neighborhoods to spread holiday cheer! Similar to the concept of “booing” the neighbors at Halloween, we attached a sign around Santa with instructions: to enjoy Santa for one night, then to secretly deliver him to a neighbor’s porch. With the concept that the neighbor will then forward to another neighbor and so on.  To monitor Santa’s progress, we also included our email address so that Santa recipients can report what city/state Santa is now in. It will be interesting to see how far Santa travels, and we will report on his progress on our Facebook page!

Merry Christmas!
Michelle

 

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Christmas Traditions

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I think one of the best parts of the holiday season are all of the traditions. There certainly is a comfort in bringing out the ornaments the kids have made over the years, baking the family Christmas cookies, or playing a favorite carol.

For the last couple years, our family started a new tradition in hosting an annual caroling party. It is so fun dressing the house for Christmas and seeing friends each year, and is especially fun having a party activity.

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For the caroling party, I fill the crock pot with apple cider, and open a few bottles of eggnog from our local dairy. My husband makes a yummy batch of home made hot chocolate. I then set up a beverage buffet with mugs of sprinkles, peppermints, marshmallows and cinnamon sticks, and brandy, Baileys and peppermint schnapps for the adults. Guests bundle up, fill their insulated cups, pick up a caroling book  and candle (in a basket by the door) and off we go to entertain the neighbors! It is such a fun time, and after about an hour (depending on how cold it is), we all come back for appetizers and dessert.

As a memento of our caroling, each year, I make an ornament party favor for the guests to put on their Christmas tree. This year, as I was on the hunt at the local thrift store searching for the ugliest Christmas sweater I could find (a good friend’s traditional annual party), I came across a box of basic, faded golden bulbs. Nothing spectacular at all, and in fact they were tied off with a tired burgundy ribbon. However, they had that grungy aged finish that I LOVE, so I picked them up, thinking I could revive them with some vintage!

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As many of the bulbs were discolored and spotty, I painted on Mod Podge and sprinkled the bottoms in golden glass glitter. Already, it was getting better. I then simply added a vintage To/From tag (I remember this EXACT tag from my childhood-funny the things we remember) with a note “Happy Holidays, The Jackson’s Caroling Party 2013.” A hard plastic vintage holly leaf (trimmed in green glitter) and a vintage mini red bulb finished the grouping. The old-fashioned gingham ribbon adds a nice contrast to all the sparkle.

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One of my most recent “finds” was a box of vintage plastic ornament hangers. Aren’t these cute??? And, they look great with these newly revived retro sparkly balls. A dozen of these now hang on a small tree by the front door and will be given out at the party. Now, if Colorado can just get out of negative temperatures, we’ll be all set! 🙂

I would love to hear about your Christmas traditions and any vintage crafts you are doing this season!

Happy Creating,

Michelle

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