Part two of the holiday decorating today. The living room was part one and sharing the rest of the craziness today. I always look forward to putting up my white garland between the living and dining rooms. It is covered in vintage glass ornaments. After the ornaments come down, I use it for New Years and Valentines Day.
My china hutch holds a huge amount and variety of Santa figures...plus my Santa mug collection.
I don't pick up Santa mugs anymore unless they are a style I don't have. My kids are 23 and almost 25 so it delights me to bring out the Santa photos from when they were young. I decoupaged copies from vintage holiday cards to decorate the frame. It holds 15 years of Santa visits. I just found this Santa this year. He came without the wreath. I saw a photo of him on Instagram with the wreath and realized I had it in my stash and had found it elsewhere. Meant to be.He lives in a line of bottlebrush tree on top of a window ledge. My banister got decorated with white garland to match that in the dining/living room. It holds my collection of vintage foil candy containers and other vintage bling. The metal duck is the finial on the stairs. It is an old child's bedpost. This year I found a second plastic Christmas tree that I use to display my glass bell collection. I never find these trees so I was pretty giddy when I found one at an estate sale. Two trees...time to find more bells! On Instagram this year I put together my collection of Crystal Pine trees so I could do a photo in some snow that we got (a rare occurrence with snow). I decided they had to be displayed somewhere this year, so I popped them onto my dining room table with some vintage deer Gurley candles.
My collection of Christmas list boxes live on my kitchen counter. I just found one more this year...I don't collect doubles. A little sass on my kitchen windowsill. I did not set out to collect vintage Salt and Pepper shakers. These were going to be crafted with. When I saw how great they are lined up...they became keepers. And of course there is snowman land in my kitchen.
Two long holiday posts! Happy Holidays to all! Happy Day!
I decorate with vintage stuff for every holiday, but Christmas is the biggie here. Over the top. Quantity and displaying like with like. It makes me smile every year. Lots of photos, but I'm not a holiday minimalist!
It would not be Christmas without my Santa collection on the front porch!
A forest of four aluminum trees in my front window full of Shiny Brites. Vintage inflatable reindeer frolic beneath.
Every year I hang an old mirror in this spot and use it as a backdrop for decorating. My santa boot collection also lives here.Usually I display a bunch of vintage cardboard Santa store displays on top of this cabinet. This year I mixed it up with inflatable Santas. They became part of the Santa crazy wall. This year my giant stuffed moose head came out. I gathered up a bunch of my vintage trees and displayed them on a tiered tray on my coffee table.
Hello Santa! He was a squeak toy but has petrified over the years and is rock hard.
I used my white vintage trees to display my collection of angels. This year I added some vintage honeycomb lanterns to the mix of garland on the trees. I always have a reindeer land. This Rudolph is new to me this year. His nose even lights up! I rounded up all my bottlebrush trees and displayed them in old card boxes. I threw in a few oddball creatures to live within the forest.
Inflatable angels. I like that you never know what to expect at my house. A vintage wonderland. That concludes part one. To be continued....
This was my eighth year as a vendor at Crafty Wonderland and I love that show more and more every year. It is super well run (thank you Cathy and Torie for this awesome event). The crowds come and I love visiting with other vendors. It is awesome. Awesome.
I get a 10 x 10 booth and I craft hard for this event. There are close to 20,000 that come through the doors during the three day show (Friday night early buying and then 11 - 6 both Saturday and Sunday). I have to be prepared with lots of inventory. Picture heavy post.
We have a 7 hour window to load and set up for this show. I have it down pretty well and can power through set up. It sounds like a lot of time, but when you have a gazillion little things to put out....it takes forever.
I use quite a few vintage kids ironing boards for display. I like the color, the different heights and they are an unusual display piece. You see them scattered about my booth.
My silver display tree always looks so fun packed with my creations. I had a good assortment of ornaments this year.
I love collecting vintage Putz houses and then flipping them. They are often in such disrepair and it is fun to give them new life. I call this little subdivision of homes Ethelville.
There is no cookie cutter look to Ethelville.
I have a bunch of old dish drainers that I use for display. They are great colors and add some quirk.
The forest of bottlebrush trees is always a magnet for shoppers. I love the untraditional colors that I use.
I think Santa would approve of what came out of my workshop this year. (note his little SC belt buckle. He is an old Rempel squeak toy that has petrified over the years)
Thanks to all who came and shopped. Thank you to everyone who has supported my Etsy business this year. Thank you to all those blog readers and all those Instagram followers (20,000 plus right now with followers!). It really is a fun little niche I have found. Happy holidays to all.
I think this was the 5th or 6th year as a vendor at Laurelhurst. I love this show. It is well run by parent volunteers. There is great community support with customers and it is in the most charming old fashioned school. I look forward to this event every year.
I have a TWO hour window to set up and was down to the absolute wire to get the booth put together. I have so many littles to get out! My photo taking was fast and furious before the crowds descended. Here we go. I used white tablecloths with assorted collected vintage netting overlays. Despite my best intentions, I got one askew. They are still darn cute.
So many little holiday goodies. I pack pretty much every square inch of this booth.
This little snowman putz house scene was a favorite. The house is larger than what I usually find. It also still had the original price tag on the bottom from Meier and Frank for fifty cents. It is a gem. There are always party birds in my booth. Always.
If you follow me on Instagram you have seen these giant head wreaths. I did four of them and kept one. The wreaths were vintage and made from old plastic bags. It was fun to finally but them to use.
I had some old burned out ice lights. I love the texture and color and I crafted them into some of my wreaths this year. It was a really terrific show. Thank you to everyone that came out an shopped. It was an awesome day. One more show to go. Saving the biggest for last. I have a 10 x 10 booth and I always have a magical world of vintage holiday.Tis the season!
It is always fun to see photos of my booth and use it as a diary for shows to come. I collect and craft all year and it is exciting to actually see everything come together in one happy holiday booth. Picture heavy. Here we go.
I had a 10 x 20 booth right near the entrance to the show. It was a great spot. Look to the left.
Look to the right.
Look everywhere in between.
There are always gussied up deer.
I love this big tall display suitcase. It is full of shelves for all my littles and simple to transport from show to show.
I sold lots and lots of tiny ornament boxes.
I sold a trio of snowman figures. Papa Snowman, Mama Snowman and Baby. They were darling. It was a good show and thank you to everyone who came and shopped. Three more shows to go locally. Laurelhurst, Crafty Wonderland and the front window at Monticello Antique Mall (with Amy). Details listed on the right sidebar. Tis the Season!
More holiday snippets to share today. I do love the Christmas Season.
One of my favorite holiday decorations is a garland that I hang between the living and dining rooms. It hangs from fishing line from wood ceiling trim and hugs my ceiling arch. I decorate it with a mass of colorful shiny brites. This is my photo from Instagram this year. (the photo has my most likes ever for a photo...at 1287!)
A little spin through the dining room today.
I have my frame with the photos of my kids on their Santa visits. I decoupaged this frame years ago with color copies of old greeting cards. There are 15 photos of my kids and Santa. I did a blog post on it way back when in more detail here.
I did not think I collected many more Santas this year, but my china hutch top certainly is very full of the jolly fellow.
Santa mugs in the cabinet. Santa figures above.
The light up fellow on the far right is new this year.
The largest Santa is new this year as well. He is styrofoam and I bought him to resell. That never happened.
Ive also got a little forest of vintage bottlebrush trees lined up on my window valance. One more snippet to share tomorrow. Tis the season...
Today we are whirling about in the living room. I don't decorate the whole house, but those rooms I do decorate really get the holiday spirit.
I'm lucky to have an old house with built in niches. This little spot is perfect for my deer and vintage tree collection. I really like decorating like things with like things.
I don't think I will ever tire of the giant deer head. It just is the perfect thing in this display. This year I managed to hang it with my vintage handmade wreath encircling its head.
The styrofoam fireplace I found last year with the deer on the side also works so well in this space. I've got a little boot, candy cane, Santa display over here. I pull out the mirror each year specifically for this display. The big Santa head on the right is new this year. I like the way he is missing part of his beard and that just seems to work with not hiding the mirror.
I've got a few Santas displayed with some old bottlebrush trees. I corral the trees up with handmade vintage card boxes.
I think the show stopper of the living room is this crazy wall of Santa heads. There is no missing this when you walk in the door. I added about 4 new heads to the wall this year. The cardboard Santas on top of the cabinet are mostly old store displays.
To the left
To the right
My cabinet in the center has a collection of mercury glass and chenille candles. A shelf of shiny.
Stockings are hung.
I have an obsession with little white vintage trees. I tucked them all on this cabinet and decorated them with my chenille angels with porcelain heads. I also tucked my other ceramic angels in this spot. Vintage mercury glass garland rounds it out.
My coffee table has another little white tree with my trio of funny faced ornaments.
Another snippet shared. A new one tomorrow! Tis the season...
Christmas week. How did that happen? I will have a few posts up this week to share my holiday house craziness. I certainly love decorating for this season. I added one new blow mold Santas this year to the front yard. I try and not do duplicates. I never tire of my Santa front porch.
This is my new fellow. He came with a reindeer. I had no idea where I would put him and the bushes in the front of my house just support him.
He joins rest of the gang that decorate my front porch.
I did the aluminum tree in my front window again this year. I am so busy during December it is easier to pull it out of the box that go hunt down a fresh tree. I love the aluminum kind, but I miss the smell of a fresh cut tree.
My little Santas stand guard this year and gaze out the window.
Before we head inside, I decorated my driveway this year as well. I have a little neighbor gal who is almost 2 and exchanted with my house. I did this little scene for her so when their car pulls up, this greets her.
I also found these terrific SEASONS GREETINGS wood letters at and estate sale this summer. I paid $5 for the box. They fit perfectly across the trellis on my garage. Meant to be.
Time to head indoors. I usually tuck my store display stork away somewhere for the holidays. This year I gave hime some mercury glass garland bling and let him live by my aluminum tree.
My aluminum tree is decorated with only vintage ornaments. It really does sparkle and shine.
I have a big collection of vintage holiday boxes. I have never quite figured out how to display them so this year I tucked them under the table with my tree. I like all the vintage graphics peeking out.
Last but not least one of my favorite finds this year. If you follow me on Instagram you have already seen these. A trio of inflatable choir angels. Those sweet little faces!
More house snippets to come. If all goes according to plan I will have a post each day until Christmas Day. Tis the season...
Wow! What a weekend. This was my seventh year as a vendor for Crafty Wonderland and once more it did not disappoint. 20,000 was the official count for weekend customers. They added a Friday night early buying event this year so it was a long weekend. Long, but awesome. I arrived at 10 a.m. on Friday to set up. Customers came through the doors that night from 5-9. I was ready for them.
Saturday and Sunday the show was from 11-6. I had a helper both days. It was great to see so many people that read my blog or follow me on Instagram. It was just a really fun show. Here come the photos.
This black shelf is the perfect place to display Ethelville.
I switched up my colors a bit this year too. I used a pink/coral curtain for my backdrop. I found a bunch of green netting table covers with white ball fringe in estate sale land this summer. I used that with white tablecloths and really liked the color combination.
Crafty Wonderland also means my show season is over for the year. It is a 6 week period of hard work. All Saints, Plucky Maidens, Laurelhurst, Etsy, the front window at Monticello Antique Mall and then Crafty Wonderland...I'm a busy gal.
Tis the season.
Thank you to all who help support my little business and who follow along with me on my blog, Facebook and Instagram. Happy holidays.