Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Santa's in the house...

It seems that some of my holiday collections have, well, exploded this year... in a good way you might say... My collection of vintage Santa mugs grew by 3 or 4 this year.  I have "minis" and "regulars".

The front porch decorating is still not finished... nor the tree... I guess this qualifies as a bit of an explosion too.

But back to those Santa mugs... some cute wink-y ones with a pitcher I picked up last year... perhaps it is time to remove that string from the handle, hmmm?

This Santa makes me think of the sixties... or fifties.  I picked up two red and a green plastic frames at a trip to Ikea.  Cheap plastic but they sure look festive with a vintage Santa card... AND they're actually double sided so you could put TWO cards in a frame if need be.

 This Santa is a bit of a cheat... since it's a candy cane toboggan filled with a choir boy, two angels and a dark haired Santa.  It's one of my favorite vintage items... the original box is pretty fabulous too.

The top of my fridge is brimming with Santas... my $3.00 Pepsi crate is on it's side and is just right to fill up with these jolly ole elves.

I removed a couple of pages from a vintage Little Golden Book to cover an existing picture... and this Santa mug face is one I really love... with some of his paint rubbed away.

Here's a shot of the whole shebang... this cabinet is above my kitchen cabinets.  Originally there were doors but we removed them so I can have a place to put all my crap display all my fabulous stuff year round!  The Santa pitcher below was a find this year for just $2.99... it is also missing a bit of paint but that's part of the charm.  It's a Howard Holt pitcher.

Another upper cabinet... The Santa tree topper is still in it's original plastic.  A Martha Stewart one back when she and Kmart were still friends.  The came in green and red... I should have gotten one of both... oh Martha how I miss you.

 Another upper cupboard... with vintage Lifesaver book.  This one is pretty old based on the look of this Santa... We always got one of these for Christmas when I was young.... of course mine wasn't as old as this!

A sweet little Santa face to sit by the stove...

And even chippy, cement Santa is in the house this year... The wet weather takes a toll on him on the West facing porch.

Just three more bins to unpack and one more tree to decorate...

So are you still decorating?   Or have you finished?

Friday, November 23, 2012

A weekend of decorating....


I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends....  Today is all about the decorating!  I'll see you in a couple of days... after I unload 18 bins of holiday decoration fabulousness!

Friday, November 16, 2012

made in japan


I'm excited for the day after Thanksgiving.  Nope, not for the typical Black Friday kind of reason.  I'm counting down the days to breaking out the Christmas boxes and getting this decorating party started!  Fortunately for me (and everyone around me) Thanksgiving is the earliest date it can be this year and that means I can get started soon... I'm planning to spend this weekend cleaning the place from top to bottom so that come Friday... well it can all be about the decorating.

Now you may be wondering why this post is titled made in japan?  I'm honoring these beauties today.  Growing up a family friend had a set of putz style houses... complete with snow, lights, a lake and skaters.  Every year she set up her little village in her dining room.  Oh how I loved that little village.  Fast forward to the 90's and when ceramic villages hit the stores I started my own village... only it wasn't quite as small and not really the same thing.

This year my mom surprised me with an early gift.

A whole box of little "made in japan" putz houses!  She had told me a few weeks ago about a sale she went to at a local retirement community... and how she saw this box of houses and somebody swooped in on her and got them instead....

Obviously, she was fibbing... she not only got them... she got the whole box for $1!!  Yup, a single dollar.

 They're all a little different... in colors, in glittery goodness.

Most still have a little bottle brush tree attached... along with a stray bit of cottony snow.

The colors run the gamut of blue, green, red, white, aqua....

Just look at all those Suess like trees!

AND they have the little holes in the back for lighting... just like that village of years ago.

I've got lots of trusty little strings of battery operated lights left from the wedding.  I like the Ikea ones the best and since they are LED they last a long, long time on two batteries.  No need to disturb the village after it's all set up.

Lights, action, camera... look at those little cellophane window GLOW!

And the lights really make the snow sparkle and glitter and gleam....

They're in pretty fantastic shape... except for a church steeple roof...

And one poor little house will be a bit drafty in the village.

Perhaps I can craft up a little top for that steeple...

And I have 6 whole days to plan where this little village will nestle... and rustle up a vintage mirror for a skating pond perhaps?

But in full holiday decorating disclosure?  Well, I actually do have one little, teeny, tiny  Christmas tree out already... but I'm the only one that has noticed.... and you won't tell... right?


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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Serendipity

Serendipity as in a "happy accident" or "pleasant surprise".  Specifically, the accident of finding something good or useful while not specifically searching for it....

And that's the kind of day I had yesterday, a serendipitous one!

For the last 3 or 4 years I've been heading to a local thrift store that supports a chapter of the Humane Society.  They save all their holiday donations throughout the year and put them out mid-November... this year that date coincided with the Veteran's Day holiday.  We were there a bit early to wait in line for the 9:30 opening.  Of course, there was lots of peeking in the windows to see if a treasure or two could be spotted... and I found my share of treasures and it's time to show them off share them...

I found quite a few fabulous items... this string of vintage mercury glass beads for $2.00.

Two of these vintage mercury glass sprays for $3.00.  And they are in pristine condition!

The cutest little box of teeny-tiny mercury glass balls... for $1.00... and I'm not sure which I like more, the little balls or the box!

A slightly bigger box of mini balls... with another fabulous box, also $1.00.

And I couldn't pass up these little deer... a momma and babies.  I got 5 or 6 packages for $2.00.  Perhaps to use in a mason jar snow globe or two?

Some vintage balls, still wrapped in tissue... made in Japan.  And a bargain at $3.00.

Sugar bells... the cutest little ones... also made in Japan (see the label) and both of these were just $.50!

These funky little odds and ends... probably to use as package tie-ons or in corsages... were just $.50 for all three.

This box of small vintage ornaments was $6.00.... some of the ornaments are probably from World War II when the mercury glass/Shiney Brites were not "silvered".

And this matching set, still in it's box with a tree topper and all was just $7.00!

These little mercury glass candles were $2.00 each... my husband wasn't a believer when I showed these off but aren't they fabulous?  I can hardly wait to start decorating for Christmas....

And the best find of the day?  Why it was serendipitous?   While standing in line I meet this fellow blogger (Hi Holly!)!!  What a nice and unexpected start to a wonderful day... she even helped me find a couple must haves at the sale... obviously she's checked out Red Gate Farm a time or two because they all had "me" written all over it!

So, a great way to start a day and a short work week... a fun sale full of vintage holiday finds, a day with my mom and FINALLY meeting a blogger friend!


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Thursday, November 8, 2012

A timely reminder....


There are times when it can be easy to forget that many of us have much to be thankful for.  I was reading this yesterday and it reminded me how lucky I really am... to have what I have...

Then when I got home and the sun was bright and shining on this chilly November afternoon...

I was quite surprised to see this beauty...

A deep pink Hollyhock in full bloom.  With low temps in the upper 20's predicted overnight it probably won't be blooming much longer.

 So like this vintage little gal...

I'll be counting all my blessings,