Collecting–Ornaments Part 1

December 9, 2010 07:55 by ehouston

Since the holidays are here and in full effect I thought I would take a moment to talk about one of my favorite things.  That would be hauling all the boxes out of the attic every year to decorate the tree- NOT!  Actually, after the hauling is finished my favorite thing involves looking through all the ornaments I have collected over the years.  Before I share my collection with everyone, though, I thought I would take a moment to feature some cute ornaments from someone else’s collection.  Who they belonged to, I will never know, but they are all pretty cool.


Just listed, Chimney Sweep for good luck!


Angel on sled, SOLD!


Fully jointed Pinochio.


Just listed, Vintage Train.


Child on Rocking Horse, SOLD!


Postman with letter


Birdhouse, SOLD!


Gingerbread House, SOLD!


Buggy with Baby, SOLD!

I don’t know the owners of this collection personally because I purchased a large box of vintage wooden ornaments from an estate sale about two years ago in the Nashville, TN area.  They appeared to all have been made in Germany and most were even marked.  Although I did not get the opportunity to know these people, I could tell from their home that they had travelled all over the world.  There were so many unique items that clearly were brought back as a memory from their travels.  Part of the reason why this collection seemed so special was because I know that they picked these out on a trip, brought them home and I am sure the family did the same thing we do every year….go through the ornaments remembering where each one came from and telling the story behind the reason for bringing that particular one home.

Even if I have to put off something else I always make time for going through the ornaments each year and to remember all the times before.  Do you guys have any traditions that must happen no matter what each year?

Kitsch Krafts

PS- The ornaments that are still in stock are listed at my Artfire shop, here.

PSS- Stay tuned for Part 2

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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)

Kitsch Krafts

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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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