Monthly Archives: December 2015

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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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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Vintage Christmas Golden Book Baskets

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Hello, and  Happy Holiday Season!
I hope you have been “living in the moment, ” squeezing all of the fun and excitement out of the season, and spending quality time with loved ones. 🙂
Life, as life can be, has been crazy and good, but has pulled me away from my fun little blog.  Nothing bad, just busy, and sometimes creativity block just sets in. But, I’ve missed playing with all my vintage supplies, and I’m looking forward to jumping back in! 🙂
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 On that note, I’m excited to share with you,  another fun vintage Golden Book project. You may have seen in the past how I’ve transformed these sweet vintage books into journals and cookbooks…I just love them so! This time, I’ve transformed the covers into treat baskets! Perfect for this time of year when we’re always giving little somethings away.
The images on these covers are so classic and vibrant!  With strong scissors, I was able to cut around each image, squaring off at the bottom so that I could create a base. The base was made from the left over scraps and titles. I glued these pieces together to form the box frame, then glued the whole thing to a vintage Bingo card to create the bottom of the basket. The baskets are shallow, about 1 inch deep, but are just the right size for small candies, or to fill up with  vintage goodies!
Once the baskets were made, I embellished!
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Rudolph has a red glittery nose, and a candy striped bow around his neck.
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Frosty is holding a large, clear snowflake,  his hat shines with glitter, and the rest of him sparkles with an application of vintage mica snow. A satin blue ribbon creates a scarf.
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This image of Santa is smaller than Frosty and Rudolph, so this basket is also  just a bit smaller. Green glitter jazzes up “Santa’s Toy Shop” and Santa holds up a mini vintage bottle brush wreath.
These are so fun! And, no set pattern, just free-form cutting.
If you need to jazz up a  little treat, and have some extra vintage Golden Books, consider these baskets. Hmmm….may have to see what vintage Easter Golden Books I have-could absolutely see these baskets filled with Easter eggs!
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On another note, something FUN is planned for next week!!! I’m teaming up with Cheryl Waters and Cherry Nelson for a Vintage Christmas Blog Parade-starting Monday!  Even more Christmas projects using vintage materials! Fun, right???
Have a fabulous weekend!
Michelle