Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Going Thrifting Always Makes Me Happy .... I Needed Some Happy.

I was getting a little stir crazy.

I hate to admit it. 
I haven't driven in the winter weather yet.

Oh sure. I'll drive when the roads are all clear. 
But not when there is any kind of precipitation falling. 

Saying that, 
I haven't been out much in the past couple of weeks.

The roads were dry yesterday....so I headed up to 
what has become one of my favorite thrift stores.

Going thrifting always makes me happy. I needed some happy.

I only had a short amount of time, 
as I left late in the afternoon.

However, I managed to find some fun 
things I haven't seen in a while.

I shopped and dug and treasure hunted my way through 
most of the store and hadn't found much. 

Decided I'd take a quick look at their toys. 
Much to my delight .... I found some vintage Lincoln Logs.

Then, I found a bag of vintage Tinker Toys 
with some random building blocks. 

Oh boy. What fun! 

And next to that bag, I spotted a bag filled with vintage Alphabet Wooden Blocks!

These are fun to use to spell out names and special dates. 

I love seeing them used at Christmas 
 with the words "Merry Christmas" spelled out. 

They were priced to sell. So I snatched them up.

I found some linens too.... I'll show you those soon. 

I've got the vintage toys listed in my Etsy store
Hope they find a loving home.

Stay safe, and I hope you do something fun and memorable to bring in the New Year!
I'll talk to you then.

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Love and Hugs.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Handmade Sled. Handmade Santa's.Handmade Snowmen and Snowladies ... and an Ice Storm!

Greetings from the frozen tundra!
Well, up until Friday.... it was pretty much frozen.

Mike and I were dealing with a ice storm - power outage , hence my delay in posting about the remaining Christmas displays I wanted to show you.

The ice storm started  last Saturday , early evening. 

Mike and I were in the kitchen working 
on goody bags for gifts. 
We could see and hear that the 
storm was rearing its ugly head. 

We prepared for it the best we could, not knowing that we would be without electricity or water for a few days.

Grateful for a generator. 
We were able to keep warm with a heater. 
Water was at a minimal. But we made it through just fine.

The best Christmas gift? Electricity! 
It came back on Christmas eve day. Yay!

There are many in our area that still do not have electricity. My heart goes out to them. 

Very grateful for all the men and women that have been  working to restore the lines - all week long.  

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

A few days ago,  the sun came out..... it made the ice look like diamonds. Everything was sparkly.

Yesterday the temp was in the low 40's. Felt like a heatwave!
All of the ice has melted. 
There was a lot of crash boom bang going on while it was falling off of the trees, lines and roofs.
Anyway, glad it's all over. 

Now...on to the post that I had intended to share a week ago. 
I was in process of showing you a very special sleigh,  that a very special "elf" made for me back in the early 90's.

"Elf Mike" made this sled for me for a Christmas gift in 1992. 

I was living in Colorado at the time. 
I remember receiving this HUGE box in the mail. I couldn't imagine what it was.....when I opened it, I was absolutely blown away. I was stunned. I was overwhelmed with the sense of how much time this must have taken him 
and how beautiful it is. 

It is a piece that I have cherished and  means the world to me. Always will. 

This sled is made of oak and walnut wood. It's about 36" long. I believe this is the first time (and the last time) Mike created something that the wood had to be "bent". I don't know anything about bending wood, but it sounds like it is quite the process. Tedious. Takes a lot of patience. 
The handle is made of rope. 

There is a lot of care and love that went into this sled. I wish I could capture it's beauty in a photo. But you'll have to take my word for it. It is stunning. 

Ironically my friend, Holly, 
was creating these amazing dolls that year. 
They were practically child size. 
In fact, she used children's clothing to dress the dolls.  

Holly surprised me with a Santa doll that Christmas ! She had no idea that Mike was making me the sled, and he had no idea she was making the full size Santa! 
I had no idea about either. (hahahaaa!)
The Santa doll fits in the sleigh, perfectly!
They have never parted since. 
They are a team....they go together.  
Like they were meant to be! 

I'm not sure you can tell, but the Santa doll is wearing children's boots, along with red OshKosh bibs!
 The shirt is also child size. 
Holly purchased all of the clothes at thrift stores. 
I love the rabbit fur hat. 
His nose is made of a red button. His eyes, black buttons. 
His body made out of muslin, tea stained. 
His beard, cotton stuffing. 
He is one of a kind.
I'm sorry to say that I've lost touch with Holly. I hope someday we will either find each other on facebook or we will hook up somewhere along the internet road. I would LOVE for her to know that her Santa continues to be adored and loved. 

I think of Holly every Christmas as I set out her adorable Santa on this handsome sleigh. 

Above is Mom's other wreath she created.  
I set it with the sleigh display, in a basket. 
(If you would like to see her other wreath, 
I've posted about it here : Mom's Vintage Wreath )

I added this skinny small tree in the background. It's filled with Shiny Brite ornaments that I purchased at a tag sale this summer. The tree was also purchased at a tag sale. The tree was $2., the ornaments - $1.

Above is a Santa that our dear friend, Peggy, created. 
Peggy is one of those people that oozes "creativity". Everything she creates is amazing and inspiring. I love this Santa. It has been a part of our Christmas display since we received it. How long ago was that? I can't remember. It's been several years. I don't remember NOT having the Santa in our displays. I adore him!

As I was digging through boxes.... I came across the Snowmen. I was hoping I could find them this year... and I did! 
These were made by our friend, Sha. 

Mom and I met Sha shortly after moving to Tennessee. 
We met at a craft show. 
Sha ( short for Sharon - pronounced  "Shaw")  created the most amazing Santa's , Snowmen and Snowladies.

 Years ago, she created Santa's that were made out of old quilts and recycled vintage fur. Sha created each Santa with a one of a kind face, which was hand carved. 
Each Santa was numbered. 
People stood in line to buy Sha's Santa's. And with good reason. They were amazing!
Later, Sha began creating these Snowmen and Snowladies. 

They are very detailed....right down to the snowmen cut out of paper.

One year, Sha made a Snowman for Mom.
She  personalized the sleds with my name and my brother's name. 

The next year, I received the Snowlady. 

Mom displayed them in a prominent place in the living room. 
She loved to show them off to all who entered.
I did the same. I have them near the dining room table. 
For all to see. 

I treasure them! They meant so much to us, and they continue to mean so much to me.

After I had this display up, we received a gift in the mail from Mike's brother. He sent us this bucket of snowballs! Isn't that a hoot?!!! Too funny!
He had no idea that I had a snow display..... it fit in perfect!

The other gift that we received was from our dear friends, Leona and Dan. 
They gave us our first personalized ornament! 
Love Love Love !
They also didn't know about the Snowmen display. 

Here is the kicker..... Leona ordered the ornament from the SAME company that the bucket of snowballs was from! 
She ALMOST ordered the snowballs, 
but decided on the ornament !! 
Isn't that apropos?

Thank you Dave, Leona and Dan. 
You made our Christmas so special!

I hope you are all staying warm. 
Hope you enjoyed your Christmas. 

Thanks so much for stopping by....
I always always always appreciate you hanging out with me!

Blessings to you in the New Year!

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Love and Hugs, 

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Cabins and Santa's and Berry Baskets and Wooden Bowls

When Mom and I were living in Tennessee, she started a collection of  hand made log cabins.
Well, not the full size cabins you live in.... the ones that you collect and place in a display on a table top.  ( Insert: Smiley Face )

She hadn't gotten very far with her collection before she passed.

This one she purchased at a craft show in Franklin, Tn.
I love the stone fireplace.
It opens up from the top to store things in its "attic".

The other two she purchased at tag sales.  
was always amazed at what she found while  garage sale-ing.  She would say she needed this or that, 
and before you know it.... she found whatever "it" was - at a sale. 

I didn't put up a tree this year.  
I decided to highlight my ornaments  in a variety of containers.
This vignette, I used a berry basket tray. I used the baskets to display ornaments.

The berry basket tray  and baskets were one of the last gifts Mom gave me. 
I placed batting (that has the glitter on it )  at the bottom of each basket to give the ornaments some height . 
I found some vintage tinsel garland at a garage sale this summer. You know, the kind that is thick and weighty! I cut off about a foot for each basket. 
I placed the ornaments on top of the tinsel and batting.

The wooden ornaments in this basket are from my baby mobile. 
Mom saved them. All these years!
Yep. They have some age to them. LOL.
( Jody, thank you for talking me into keeping them)

Above are a few more vintage glass ornaments. 
Love the Santa painted on the back of the one ornament.

Here are more  ornaments I found junkin' this past summer....except for the snowman in the corner. Mom made him. I remember him when I was a child. She had several of them hanging on the tree. This is the only one that survived all these years later.  Precious to me. 

Above are a few more vintage ornaments I found this summer.

The LeLand Michigan ornament is one that Mike and I picked out while on vacation this past summer. The red snowflake is one of Mom's sparkly ornaments that I saved.

Mom had several of these birds on a tree that sat on our front porch in Tennessee. 
I sold all of them except for the one. 
I saved him to remember the tree, and how much she loved the birds. 

As you may have noticed in some of the other photos, there are little tea lights in each basket. I nestled them into the tinsel. They give off a pretty glow when they are lit at night.

I have 3 hand made Santa's that I wanted to highlight.
I borrowed 3 of Mike's hand made bowls to display them in.
2 of the bowls Mike made and the other his Grandpa made. 
Mike is an amazing woodworker.  It obviously runs in the family . 
( In my next post, I'll show you a sleigh Mike made me )
This Santa is small in size, he is made out of a clothespin. A piece of an  old quilt has been used to create his jacket. 

This is a Santa that Mom made for me.
His jacket is made out of an old quilt. 
A piece of fur from a vintage collar  was used to create his collar. 
His face was created using clay, which she painted. Some of the paint has chipped away... which gives him even more character. 
He has a miniature wreath hanging from his belt.

The other Santa in the bowl is also made of an old quilt, with a sculpted face. 
He has a small basket attached to his belt.
If I remember correctly, I purchased this in Denver, Co. at a craft show.

I found the trees at a tag sale this summer. 

The day before I started this display ... I went to my favorite thrift store. 
I spotted the red blanket. I paid $1. for it. 
When I purchased the blanket, I wasn't thinking about this display. I just thought it was red, fuzzy and it was $1. Why not. 
When I pulled everything out to create the display.... I realized I needed something to protect the table.... and .... " whala"....  the red blanket idea popped into my mind! Perfect! 
( Love it when that happens )

I am hoping I can continue with the collection of cabins. I'd like to add a couple more to this. Maybe I'll find some while out junkin' this coming year. 
Just gonna put it out there. Like my Mom did. 

The same day that I found the red blanket at the thrift store, I also found these vintage Santa hats.
Wasn't sure how I would use them .... but decided at 25 cents each, I would figure it out.
I was standing at the sink making dinner one night and it popped into my head to hang them over the window frame.
I used some twine and clothespins. 
I think it would be cute to cut out the word "JOY" from cardstock paper and place each letter on each hat. Not this year. Maybe next year I will have more time to do that. 

 I purchased the tea lights and the sparkle batting at Dollar Tree. The lights were 2/$1. and the batting was $1. per bag. I used one bag to fill the baskets.

Things around here are in high gear. Next, wrap gifts. Then, make a couple of my favorite goodies from the kitchen. 

Hope you are enjoying your Christmas season.
As always, I'm thrilled that you stopped by.
Happy Treasure Hunting!

Talk soon!
Hugs and Love, 

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A Box of "Vintage Christmas Love"

As mentioned in my earlier posts, I took some time to do 
a little decorating for Christmas this year.

The above photo is the entrance . 
I created a little vignette of  miniature vintage Christmas decor and ornaments. 

The "Merry Christmas" glitter sign is something 
Mom had picked up a couple of years before she passed. 
She LOVED it. 
I love it too. It reminds me of her. 

I placed a  red glass cylinder and a candle holder on top of some silver-plate bowls, which were sitting on  black wooden candle holders. 
It created some height on each end of the table.

I filled the bowls with vintage glass ornaments. 
I added a battery operated candle inside the above cylinder.

I added a battery operated tea light and some vintage tinsel inside this candle holder.
(I purchased the battery operated tea lights at 
Dollar Tree , 2 for $1. )
They look extra sparkly wrapped up in the nest of tinsel. 

In the middle of the table, I placed a vintage silver-plate tray.
It has an ornate pattern on it. 
I thought it would lend itself well to place the small ornaments on it to highlight them.

I found the table top chandelier at a tag sale this summer. 
I paid $2. for it. I was so excited!!!
It was already painted black which matched the table. 
The candle holder at the top of the chandelier had come apart from the tip of the top. 
It slid down the stem and is sitting on the top of the chandelier arms, leaving the top of the chandelier looking empty. 
I  left it as is and added the bow. 

The candle holders are being used to highlight the small glass vintage ornaments as shown in the above photo.

Below, I have taken some close up photos of the 
small unique ornaments 
and miniatures that are displayed on the tray.

Most of the ornaments were given to me 
before I left Tennessee. 
They were a gift from my friend , Carol. 
Carol , Mom and I use to do a lot of junkin' together. 

She knew how much I love vintage Christmas. 
Carol presented me with a box filled with unusual - hard to find - unique vintage Christmas ornaments and small Christmas miniatures. 
They are treasures to me!!! 
It's been fun to decorate with them.  
Thank you ( again! ) Carol! 

Love these guys! 2 Santa's on a slide, with a small miniature ornament. 
Looks like they are playing catch.

Wooden miniatures above. Look at that precious face.

3 dimensional miniature below. By Emgee. 

The spool of wired tinsel is a reproduction. 
The vintage bottle brush tree looks handsome sitting on the spool. 

Carol gave me 2 of these small tinsel feather style 
vintage trees with the itsy bitsy glass ball 
ornaments hanging from them. 

I have the trees displayed on both sides of the chandelier, 
sitting in vintage silver plate pedestal bowls. 

Was a lot of fun to pull out the box of " vintage Christmas love" that Carol gave me. 
I felt like it was Christmas morning, opening them up and enjoying each one as I pulled them out of the tissue that Carol so lovingly wrapped them in.

I'll be back in a couple of days to show you the rest of the Christmas decor. 

Hope you are having fun displaying your "Christmas love". 

As always, I appreciate you stopping by. Means so much.
Happy Treasure Hunting !
Hugs and Love, Julie

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