Monthly Archives: December 2015

Sofa Table Christmas

Yesterday our living room underwent a modest Christmas makeover.

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There’s a pair of vintage black skis that I bought in Wisconsin,

plus my old Christmas tree from the late, great Eddie Bauer Home.

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No, it doesn’t look real, nor do I like it very much.

Yes, it’s time to get a faux tree from THIS century!

Exhibit A:

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This is Vickerman’s Bed Rock Pine tree,

 which I couldn’t love more, + which why don’t I just get one?

The 5′ costs around $150 on Amazon.

Stay tuned.

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Meanwhile, back at the living room,

let’s view my Santa collection on our sofa table,

which has been nicely tucked into our window bay.

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The table consists of an old, white enamel top with a red border.

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 (Please disregard that the curtains I’ve sewn have not yet been hemmed.)

Anyway, as I was saying,

that enamel table top rests on a pair of vintage wooden sawhorses.

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I elevated our new Target lamps on vintage books.

Now on to those Santas.

Exhibit B:

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It’s my Rowe Pottery salt-glaze pottery bell Santa!

His cloche is actually an odd dome-shaped jar from a flea market.

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I created my own cake stand pedestal

 by repurposing 1 of my blue + white bowls + a plate.

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This cast iron Santa bank was from the Sundance catalog.

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How sweet is that vintage striped bowl?

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Another Rowe Pottery Santa,

whose cloche was once a French cherry preserves jar!

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I bought this Santa when we visited The Country Store

in Salisbury, MC.

They have (or had) a terrific catalog,

+ at one time, my stenciled signs were in it!

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Santa’s heavy, greenish glass cloche is a jar from Pottery Barn.

Most of the year, I have it right side up + filled with old baseballs.

TY for viewing!

Stay tuned for more Christmas fun!

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My Yuletide Powder Room!

I love Christmas!

It makes me so happy to give my homes their Christmas makeovers!

Since this year, we’re in our new house,

it’s like FUN, times 100!

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So far I’ve tackled our front porch.

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What’s going on inside the house, you ask?

Sadly, not too much, really — until just a few days ago.

This year, I started with our powder room. 

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HA!  Doesn’t everyone start with the bathrooms + branch out from there?

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Anyway, back to said powder room —

its everyday “look” features both this darling vintage shelf, from etsy . . .

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. . . + this sweet vintage photo (circa mid 50’s)

of a 3 or 4-year-old ME,

with our pet Beagle, Scamp.

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I know!

ADORABLE!

So.  Check this out:

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It’s an ornament that I made,

using an old photo (circa early 60’s) of my sister, Lisa.

OMiGosh, look at the way she was gazing adoringly at Santa!

Priceless!

I liked it so much that I made another one to send to her.

I think I also gave one to my other sister, Kathy.

I CRS (Can’t Remember Stuff), so I’ll ask her later today.

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So, anyway.

While I was already traveling down Christmas Memory Lane . . .

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. . . I included this pretty glass bell ornament in my vignette.

It reminds me of one that our mom had.

Group hug.

Finally, those plaid circles have a bit of a back story, too.

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They’re displayed in a trio of vintage metal embroidery hoops

that I’ve saved for a few years.

I bought the plaid flannel a few weeks ago.

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 Here’s one, sewn as a rustic Christmas pillows for my biz,

RedBird Vintage Home.

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YAY!  Bells!

Aaaannnnd SO.

Stay tuned for more Christmas photos,

just as soon as I complete a few more vignettes!


Christmas On The Porch

This is our first Christmas in the Dutch colonial,

+ it has me wildly enthusiastic about decking our halls!

Isn’t there something about a new house + holidays

that makes us want to just go nuts!?

Anyway, I started on our incomplete front porch,

which, sadly, is still awaiting its rails + steps:

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Does my display look goofy on the unfinished porch?

I hope not.

Let’s look at everything up close, shall we?

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I bought that old, gray bench in an antiques store in Galena, Illinois.

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I bought the old red mailbox this past summer

from Hammar’s This + That, here in town.

My plan was to store my gardening supplies inside it.

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The large number cards are from

the Scout Flea Market in Yorkville, Illinois.

416 is our street address.

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The 2 small urns were less than $20 each at Lowe’s.

Don’t you love pairs of things in the garden?  I do!

I bought those faux evergreen trees at IKEA last year.

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I couldn’t resist buying that new-but-looks-old watering can

at my favorite garden center, Blumen Gardens in Sycamore, Illinois.

Ouch!  That thing is heavy when full of water,

but at least it looks good!

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My sled was a gift from my friend, Alan.

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Don’t you love those primitive red mittens?

I bought those a long time ago

at a wholesale market in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

Anyway, I think that’s going to be it for the outside.

Slowly but surely, I’m adding a bit of Christmas inside the house.

It’s hard, though, because I’m super busy

with my RedBird biz this month.

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I am participating in my friend, Amy’s, Plaid Umbrella Pop-Up Store

in the next 3 weekends in December.

If you’re from the Chicago area, I highly recommend this show.

Fantastic displays, awesome + affordable merch, nice people!

Etc.

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