Collecting–Ornaments Part 2

January 5, 2011 02:07 by ehouston

Well, better late than never, right?  As promised last month, I am going to share a few of my favorite holiday decorations.  I did this once before, as you can see here , but this time I wanted to concentrate on ornaments.  I have a confession to make, I did not get a chance to pull the ornament shots off my camera until after we took the tree down and put everything away for the new year.  Unfortunately most of them were dark and very blurry, so I will only be sharing a few of my prized possessions this year.  But, hey, that leaves room for more show and tell this coming holiday season, right?

For years now I have collected the glass ornaments from Old World Christmas and I love their vintage appeal.  I always thought I would one day have a tree that was covered and just dripping in only glass ornaments.  While they definitely make up the bulk of our stash, we certainly have quite a few pretties that land outside that category.  Here are several of my most cherished:


The Needlepoint Santa, made by my crafty aunt after much begging.  Now she is making smaller ones for the Little Guy.  He will have an incredible collection when he finally leaves the nest (sniff!).


A classic sliver moon.  This was a gift from another aunt years ago.  It still gets a high spot on the tree every year for perfect viewing.


A newer favorite, this one was made by my mom and given to us a couple of years ago.  Yep, that sweet smiling snowman is hiding a standard light bulb.  So clever!

The next few pictures are close ups of our family room décor.  The ornaments featured here are my ultimate vintage collection and most prized.  The majority are from my grandparents attic, while the filler (more simplistic) balls are from estate sales.  I try to find different ways to display these each year.  In 2009 we placed garland around the large picture above our fireplace, on our banister and across another large display of pictures in the family room.  I used these ornaments to add some bling to the swags.  This year, all the breakables had to go up high since we now have our own personal marauder on the loose.  So, I placed them in my collection of vintage pots and vases on display in the family room bookcase.




So, do you have any pieces that come out each year that are a part of your family’s past?

Kitsch Krafts

PS- I will have more family room décor shots soon to continue the Kitsch Designs -  Christmas in January event!

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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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