Today, a little tour of the dining room here at Red Gate Farm. You may notice that the built in cabinet has a bit of Christmas tucked into each glassed in opening.
And this little guy perched on the stool? Well he is one of the non-vintage items... well at least not vintage yet. My mom used to make Santas of all shapes and styles. She made me this one when I was in my "cream and gold" Christmas decorating phase... about 15 years ago... hey, maybe that's vintage by now!
She did use many vintage items in Santa's little bag and the fur trim is real fur. She collected fur collars and small women's accessory pieces and used the fur to trim out her Santas. Since his "bottom" is filled with beans he sits quite nicely and isn't knocked about since he is fairly tall... about 20 to 24 inches.
Of course one of my favorite vintage Christmas items is Shiny Brite ornaments. I've collected quite a few piece by piece but I have come across "lots" 3 times now. The most recent score was this year at the local thrift store.... 25 of them for $6.99. Some were plain and some were quite ornate. That little pink horn on top was one of them... now I have 3 of those little horns.
I think my favorite ones, and ones I've never seen before, in the lot were these two with little "balls" on the bottoms... two of them in perfect condition! The votives that they rest in are part of the non-vintage... but everything else is vintage right down to the silver pieces.
And these little guys.... well I get excited every year when I bring them out of their box! They also came in a lot on eBay a few years ago. One is a bit larger than the other... and also in that lot? A vintage corsage... you can just see it peaking out behind the mushroom on the right.
From a bit of a distance, all the Shiny Brites looks so fun and special displayed on my old silver tray. Plus when I need the dining room table completely clear... well it's just one tray to move!
The tree again, in the daylight. This tree is soon to be "vintage" itself! I purchased this skinny
Some of those ornaments up close? Well they look like this one....
and this one... both which came in my lot from the thrift store! I like this berry/grape cluster one... I don't have any others like this one either.
Since this tree is on the buffet... and there isn't much room for gifts... I nestled a vintage ornament box under the tree.... complete with vintage tissue and a couple of vintage ornaments. The little egg ornament is a diorama of a winter scene.
And as you exit the dining room, just through the pocket doors and to the right... a sneak peek of the main event...
But you'll have to stop back by to enjoy more of my vintage holiday,