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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....

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

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Vintage German glass tree topper from my Grandparents collection.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Merry Christmas Everyone!


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Holiday Tree Treasury- YAY!

November 14, 2008 16:59 by ehouston

One of my holiday trees made from vintage ties, lace, books and buttons was featured in a very sweet treasury.

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3rd row down, 1st image.

http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=20887

Check out the others in my shop.  I have a deal set up if you buy all three.  They look really cute all together.

Happy Holidays everyone!


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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:

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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:

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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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