Christmas In January Continues

January 5, 2011 10:23 by ehouston

As I mentioned in my last post, I had a few more décor shots to share.  We traveled to see family rather than having a house full of guests, so the decorating was a bit subdued this year.  We did dress up the almost-finished-bar a bit in the dining room.


(Vintage Aluminum tree, with glass garland and vintage glass topper.)


  (A vintage molded paper tray from Japan featuring Santa and his sleigh helps corral my old pal the vintage paper mache snowman, complete with cigar.  Yes, a cigar!)

We also added some fun to our fireplace with stockings, hangers and candles.


(These are our old, funky, joke stockings, which were replaced with cute knit ones late in the season (see below).  These are the felt kind with iron on letters- a first Christmas together joke that just kept on giving.)


(Oh, the longing…..)

I posted the close up shots of the vintage glass ornaments in my pottery collection yesterday


Here is the room before the light touch decorating.


Below is a shot of the entire display, including the vintage waving Santa and some pine boughs that made the room smell great. 


We also set up or handmade nativity that we found on our trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico a couple of years ago in this room.


It’s itty-bitty.

Of course we still put up a live tree in the living room and the silver tinsel tree sat lighted in the room above our front porch.  We always add some lights to the bushes at our entry and the tree above the porch just added a little sweetness.

Merry After Christmas Everyone!

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Artfire Collection–Classic Christmas

November 11, 2010 07:40 by ehouston

One of my vintage wooden ornaments from Germany was recently featured in a Classic Christmas collection on Artfire.  Yeah!  My little Postman ornament is sharing the stage with some other really great retro themed Christmas items.  Please head over to to rate and comment on the collection.

Of course I give it 5 stars!  ;o)

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Some of My Favorite Christmas Things

December 23, 2008 03:44 by ehouston

This year we were planning to travel for the holidays and sometimes when we plan for travel we also decide not to get a real tree.  This was one of those years and I have to admit I have really missed the usual smell of pine that wafts throughout the house.  This year we put up a new tinsel tree that I purchased early in the season for a craft fair display and due to the smaller size we only hung up the hand-blown glass ornaments that I have been collecting over the years.  I think they filled out the tree nicely and it was good to at least be able to unwrap these old friends for the holidays.  I also had to bring out several other fun things I have collected over the years that just scream kitschy Christmas to me!  Enjoy....


New 4.5 ft Silver Tinsel Tree covered in "Old World Christmas" glass ornaments.


Vintage German glass tree topper from my Grandparents collection.


Vintage Japanese paper/cardboard tray with strangely stylized Santa and Reindeer.  Topped with old, but not vintage model trees and a paper mache snowman.


My favorite part about this battered little man is that he is smoking a cigar.  Another Japanese interpretation of idealized American holiday kitsch!


Vintage chip bowl, minus the clip on dip holder and matching bowl.  I love to fill this with more vintage German and Japanese hand-blown glass ornaments from my Grandparents' collection.  My Grandfather brought so much of this stuff back from his time overseas during the war and all of it is still in very good shape many years later.  This is only a small portion of the whole collection.


Close-up of a funky vintage Santa ornament.  We have all seen these in various sizes as ornaments or cake toppers, etc.  I just cannot get enough of his funny little stance.


One of my absolute favorites.  I am not sure what this would have been used for, but he is so funny, marching along with his little bitty Christmas tree.


Merry Christmas Everyone!

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Craft Fair Hell Has Ended...FINALLY!

November 3, 2008 11:17 by ehouston

A month ago I got this crazy idea I would attend a local craft fair.  Luckily I already had some stock and I figured things would just fall in to place.  Then, I started back to my old thrift store scouring ways and began finding all kinds of bits and bobs to create new items.  That is when everything went haywire, then and when I decided to attend a second craft fair a week before the other.  For you crafty types out there, you know how it is.  You start to get ideas and then you have to get those ideas out of your head and create...whatever it is you are dreaming up.  So, that is how I spent the last month.  I had a good time, but I did end up with a lot more stuff than I ever would have imagined possible in such a short time frame.  In the end, both craft fairs I attended were pretty much a bust.  I made back my booth money, but no real profit.  Most of the other people in the booths around us had the same experience, and some of us could not decide if our stuff was just mismatched to the rest of the attendees or if the economy really just had people so down.  Either way, it was fun to show off what I had created and I did get lots of very sweet compliments.  Although, I wish some cash had traded hands along with the kind words.  ;0)

As promised, I am including photos of my bigger booth set up.  These also include items that will be posted to my Etsy shop over the course of this next week.


From way back...vintage quilts and tablecloths are the base.



Front right side of booth....keepsake and jewelry boxes.



Front right side continued....with holiday decor....


Right side, back stuff...


Back stuff, vintage fabric decor, bookmarks and handbags...


Front left side back to left corner....vintage fabric pocketed aprons and more handbags.

Here is my mom fixing up her display of handmade ornaments on our kitschy silver tree.  She created the most hysterical things from polymer clay and recycled light bulbs.  Her imagination always amazes me and when all was said and done we did a great trade for Christmas gifts this year.  I know some lucky people that will be getting some pretty cool ornaments for their trees!

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Arranging the ornaments.... and my Holiday Albums underneath.

Some of her creations....

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Pig with Lipstick (she could not resist!)     Smiley Bumblebee                                  

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Sweet snowman with earmuffs            Smiley Reindeer

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Very cool Mermaid                 Funky Dragonfly

I also stumbled upon several other Etsy crafters while I was there.  Kim Smith, owner of White Cottage Design uses quite possibly the coolest color combos evah!  I really wanted to indulge myself and purchase one of her owl shadow boxes, but I never got a chance to go back over to her booth.   She shared her set up with Jodi Reeves of The Creative Jar, also known as "Jodi The Crafty Chick".  She makes really neat paintings and being textile obsessed, I also admired her fused plastic bags with bits of fabric- super hip!  I had a very fun conversation with the owners of Ragan's Fabric and Goodies and Just For Us Girls.  Cheryl and her husband were a hoot and she makes the sweetest clothes from Amy Butler fabrics. 

Check out these shops when you get a chance and help support some really great people/crafters/artists while you are at it!

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Holiday Kitsch- Coming Soon!

October 21, 2008 05:45 by ehouston

Have you ever made something so cute you can hardly stand it?  Or, something you just like so much you are torn about giving it away or selling it?  Well, my latest projects fall into that category.  I found some vintage holiday fabric cut-outs at a thrift store a while back and although I normally would not have bought something like that, I threw them in the basket anyway.  I am so glad I did because I think what I decided to do with them turned out pretty nice.  I was thinking about all those pictures that my parents took over the years of the Christmas tree decorations and then the tree with all the gifts underneath.  And, of course, the tree, gifts and sleepy kids in PJ's picture we have from every Christmas.  I thought it would be funny to have an album of just those pictures and maybe even a couple of notes about the holiday that year.  It seemed like a cool thing to look back at each holiday to get your nostalgia on.  So, I used the vintage cut-outs and created these albums:



They have a sweet vintage red polka-dot fabric on the inside and the edges have vintage rik-rak inlaid in the seam.  My favorite part is how someone decorated the trees with sequins and beads.

I have also been working on some boxes that I thrifted a while back.  I finally decided to use some other vintage fabric and embroidered linen scraps to cover them and make keepsake or jewelry boxes to sell.  Here are just a couple:



I have been working away lately to get ready for a couple of local craft fairs that are coming up in the next two weeks.  No matter what I decide to create I keep feeling like I just won't have enough stuff to fill up a booth.  Then I am afraid I will kill myself only to have a surplus when I don't sell anything.  It's so hard to judge what will happen at a craft fair.  Then the pricing nightmare.  I know what I need to price my items at, but I also know that people are cheap and rarely want to pay for the work involved.  Whatever items are left over will be added to my Etsy shop after November 1st.  Wish me luck!

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