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15 April, 2014

Retro Ornaments

These ornaments are a flashback to a time not so long ago. When there wasn't a delete key and you could only be a few inches from the base of your phone. How things have changed over the last 30 years. Kids today wouldn't even know what these devices are let alone how to use them.

Perfect ornaments for your "Mad Men" themed tree.
 
http://www.vintagetreasures-ornaments.com/Vintage-Telephone_p_2505.html
 

14 March, 2014

Clothing Swap


There is nothing better than shopping for clothes...unless those clothes don't cost anything. Three years ago I started hosting an annual clothing swap with my friends.

I was cleaning out my closet and doing some much needed spring cleaning. Before I knew it, I had a substantial pile of clothing. Most of the clothing was like new but I was tired of seeing it on me. Some pieces of clothing seemed like a good idea in the store but then months later I just didn’t love it. I thought...what a waste of perfectly good clothing. That was when I thought that if I had this pile of clothes then surely some of my friends did too.

Three years later and 20+ women with bags of clothing show up to my house for the annual clothing swap. It is a great "girls night out" at little to no expense. Everyone leaves with 5-6 new pieces to add to their wardrobe. The added bonus..and why I believe it turns out so well is that all of the left over clothing that isn't swapped gets donated to local charities.

The rules of my swap were simple. Bring any gently used clothing, shoes, belts, scarves, purses, jewelry and any other accessories or clothing related items. As long as you bring something then you can take something. This has worked just fine for my swap however if you have friends who are very competitive or who don't bring their fair share of clothing then you can issue a number to them based on the number of items that they brought. If they brought 5 items then they can take up to 5 items.

I usually have 4-5 large trash bags full of clothing by the end of the night that can go to a local charity. So the next time you are cleaning out your closet try organizing a clothing swap with your friend. You will get a new wardrobe that doesn't cost anything and you can help those in need. Have fun with it.

04 February, 2014

Symbol of the Koi fish


Koi, or Nishikigoi are the ultimate pond or garden fish. They have been carefully bred for many years, and have been called the national fish of Japan. Often referred to as "Living Jewels" or works of art, Koi are traditionally considered lucky and are regarded as symbols of love and friendship.

18 January, 2014

Dresser Drawer Display


I am always amazed when someone comes up with a clever or fresh way to make a display really interesting.  I often wonder why I didn't think of it before. 
I came across this wonderful display over the weekend and thought it was an awesome way to display collections that you may have.  Most of us probably have an old dresser that we aren't even using anymore or could find one at a salvage yard on the cheap.  The great thing about this display is that nothing has to match.  You could use drawers from all sorts of old dressers.
 
The drawers are just stacked and then the open parts can be filled with anything you like.  This picture happens to be a beautiful display of Christmas ornaments.  I think this type of display would be a great way to show off beautiful linens, add some old black and white photos and vintage jewelry and you will have an eye catching vignette.  I also think this would be great to do on a back porch and fill it with gardening tools, old seed packets and then plant some spring time bulbs in a few of the drawers.  The possibilities are endless.

11 January, 2014

Legend of the Rooster


Legend states that the only time a rooster crowed at midnight was the night that Jesus was born. The crowing of the rooster at the dawn of each morning symbolizes the daily triumph of light over darkness and the victory of good over evil.

26 December, 2013

Wedding Ornaments - Bride's Christmas ornament set

We know that Christmas is over but we wanted to let you know that ornaments make great gifts for other occasions all year round.

Today's gift idea is a Wedding set. Everyone always gives appliances, house wares, towels etc for wedding gifts but what happens when the Newlyweds get to their first Christmas together? They end up with a Charlie Brown tree because they don't have any ornaments.

Why not put together a wedding set? A beautiful box of ornaments that will not only be needed for their first Christmas together but made up of ornaments which have a special meaning behind them.
For this set I just went to my local hobby store and purchased a beautiful box to display them in and then filled it with 10 different ornaments to give the Newlyweds a good start to their first Christmas. You can fill this with as many ornaments as you like. Many of the ornaments that I selected have a special meaning behind them and you can get a list of those meanings here.


Another idea for this set would be to include ornaments that represent where the couple may be spending their honeymoon....so in this set we included this suitcase ornament for Italy (bottom right corner). Or you can fill it with ornaments that represent things that the couple loves. There is no right or wrong way to do this but you can be sure that this is a wedding gift that they will cherish for years to come.

More ornament legends.

03 December, 2013

Legend of the Pickle

The Legend of the Pickle has been around for ages and if you have never heard about it then you will be in for a treat.  I have always heard that it was a German tradition and no doubt it was coined a German tradition because Germany was the birth place of these beautiful glass ornaments.  Even though my true German friends say that it isn't a German tradition (I am sure it was dreamed up by some American) it is a fun tradition to share with your friends and family.

The Pickle ornament was the last ornament to be hung on the Christmas tree.  Parents would hide the pickle in the green boughs of the tree on Christmas Eve when the children were sleeping.  When the children would see the decorated tree for the first time on Christmas day they would carefully look around the tree, observing each and every ornament until they found the pickle.  The child who found the pickle knew that they would get a special gift for being the most observant child.

Try a new tradition with your family and make memories that will last a lifetime. 
http://www.vintagetreasures-ornaments.com/Food-Drink_c_56.html

13 November, 2013

21 October, 2013

Stingy Jack

"Stingy Jack." According to the story, Stingy Jack, an Irish blacksmith and notorious drunk, had the great misfortune to run into the Devil in a pub. Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him. True to his name, Stingy Jack didn't want to pay for his drink, so he convinced the Devil to turn himself into a sixpence that Jack could use to buy their drinks in exchange for Jack's soul. Once the Devil did so, Jack decided to keep the money and put it into his pocket next to a silver cross, which prevented the Devil from changing back into his original form. Jack eventually freed the Devil, under the condition that he would not bother Jack and not try to claim his soul for ten years. When the ten years had passed, Jack ran into the Devil as he walked down a country road. The Devil was anxious to claim what was due but Jack stalled. Jack thought quickly and said to the devil. "I'll go, but before I go, will you get me an apple from that tree?" The Devil thinking he had nothing to lose climbed the tree as Jack pointed to the choicest apple. Perturbed, the Devil climbed high into the tree after the apple Jack selected. When he was high up in the tree, Jack carved a sign of the cross into the tree's bark so that the Devil could not come down. Jack, very proud of himself made the Devil promise to never again ask him for his soul. Seeing no other choice the Devil reluctantly agreed.  Soon after, Jack died. As the legend goes, God would not allow such an unsavory figure into heaven. The Devil, upset by the trick Jack had played on him and keeping his word not to claim his soul, would not allow Jack into hell. Being unable to go to heaven or hell Jack asked the Devil where he should go. The Devil only replied, "Back where you came from!" The way back was very dark so Jack begged the Devil to at least give him a light to find his way. The Devil tossed Jack burning coal from the fire of hell to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved-out turnip and has been roaming the Earth with ever since. The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as "Jack of the Lantern," and then, simply "Jack O'Lantern." Today we commonly spell it jack-o-lantern or jack-o'-lantern.In Ireland and Scotland, people believed that spirits and ghosts could enter their world on Halloween. These spirits and ghosts would be attracted to the comforts of their earthly lives. People not wanting to be visited by these ghosts would set food and treats out to appease the roaming spirits and began to make their own versions of Jack's lanterns by carving scary faces into turnips or potatoes and placing them into windows or near doors to frighten away Stingy Jack and other wandering evil spirits.

So remember this Halloween when you are carving your pumpkin the moral of the story of Stingy Jack.


12 October, 2013

Symbol of the Hummingbird

Symbol of the Hummingbird

The Hummingbird symbolizes beauty, love, and joy. It has the ability to fly backward which teaches us that while we can look back at our past, we shouldn’t dwell on it and always keep moving forward. The hummingbird can also hover above a flower while drinking its nectar reminds us to savor each moment and appreciate the sweetness.
 

22 September, 2013

Autumn

     Living in Texas can sometimes make it hard to enjoy the approaching Autumn season when it is still 90 degrees outside.  I normally so straight from summer flowers to decorating for Christmas and skip the Autumn season altogether...but not today.  As I was walking through my grocery store I passed by the most magnificent box of pumpkins I have ever seen.  The colors, shapes and sizes were amazing.  Who knew that there were so many varieties of pumpkins?  I quickly grabbed a cart and started loading them up.  Ten pumpkins and two squash added up to about 70 pounds of colorful Autumn goodness.

     Thankfully I had just the perfect farm house table to put them on.  I grabbed a piece of old burlap that I had in my shed and laid it across my table and then placed all of the pumpkins on top.  I just love the way it turned out!  I am not sure about all of the varieties that I selected but after some searching on the Internet I believe these are some of the pumpkins that I have:  Cinderella pumpkin (dark orange), Buckskin pumpkin (pale peach color in the back left of picture), Blue pumpkin (pale green on the far left of picture),  Cushaw pumpkin (large green stripes), One Too Many (white with pale orange stripes on the far back right of picture), Casper (white pumpkins on either side of the dark orange pumpkin), Pump Ke Mon (small white and orange pumpkins). 
 
                                               

20 September, 2013

Octoberfest

     Octoberfest is always a great time to be in Germany.  I mean, who doesn't like a reason to eat and drink.  Since I no longer live in Germany I thought it would fun to post some interesting things facts and traditions that I have found about Beer. 

     In medieval times, monks brewed beer for a nourishing drink, which was permitted while fasting during lent.  Considered a valuable source of nutrition, beer played an important role in daily lives and workers were often paid with jugs of beer. 

     Have you ever wondered why people clink their beer mugs together when toasting?  In medieval times men would clink their beer mugs with each other hard enough to make the beer spill over and into another's mug.  Because poisoning was often the method of choice between enemies, it was thought that if someone wouldn't clink their mug with you and allow your beer to spill into theirs then mostly likely they were an enemy. 

     So I will sit tonight with my mug of nourishment....and try not to spill.  Clink, clink.
    
                                                               

02 September, 2013

Symbol of the Turtle

In honor of a friend of mine who is currently swimming with the sea turtles in Mexico, I thought it only fitting to share with you the Symbol of the Turtle. 

Taking their homes with them wherever they go, turtles remind us to remember our roots while still welcoming new places and phases in life.  They teach us to appreciate life's simple, true necessities:  shelter, food, drink, and most importantly, faith.  The turtle's slow gait requires the animal to have faith that it will eventually get where it is going and that its needs will be satisfied along the way. 
 
A turtle ornament would be a great gift to give someone who may be starting over due to a major life event such as a death in the family or a divorce.  Attach a card that tells them what the turtle symbolizes and that with their faith they will eventually get where they want to be.

21 August, 2013

Winner

Our Pin it to Win it contest was a great success.  So thankful for everyone who entered and shared our pins.

Congratulations to Jann D. who was the winner of our Santa with Roses ornament. 

11 August, 2013

Legend of the Sand Dollar

One of my favorite places to be in the summer is sitting on a beach.  Breeze in my hair, sand in my toes and looking for shells.  As a child when we would go to the beach we would search for sand dollars and were always so excited when we found one that was perfectly in tact.  Most of them were often broken in half or would have a piece broken off.  For the sand dollars that were slighly broken we would always take one and break them in half just so we could see the little doves that would fall out.  Of course they are not real doves but it is part of the Legend of the Sand Dollar. 



The Legend of the Sand Dollar
The markings on the shell of the sand dollar symbolize the birth, crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.  On the top side of the shell of a shell, an outline of the “Easter Lily” appears.  At the center of the lily is a five-pointed star representing the Star of Bethlehem.  The five narrow openings symbolize the four nail holes and the spear wound made in the body of Christ during the Crucifixion.  Turning the sand dollar over, you can see the outline of the Christmas Poinsettia and also a bell.  When broken, inside the shell are five “doves of peace.”  Some say that they are the angels that sang to shepherds on the first Christmas morning. 

05 August, 2013

Repurposed Suitcase

The last few times my mother and I have been to the flea market we have seen these really cute decorated suitcases made from the old hard shell suitcases.  My mom went home and dug out her old suitcase and decided to put her spin on it.


After giving the old suitcase a good cleaning, it was spray painted an off-white color.  You can use any color spray paint depending on the look you are going for or you can leave the suitcase in it's natural state. 

 
The next step is up to your creativity.  The top of this suitcase was then embellished with old doilies, ribbon roses, scraps of lace and old buttons.   Hot glue works great for this project.   Some other ideas you can use to decorate the suitcase are old photos and  sheet music too.  Now you have a decorative piece that you can display in any room and you get extra storage to boot. 
 
 
 

31 July, 2013

Pin It to Win It Vintage Treasures Ornaments

How many of you love Pinterest?  I can get lost on Pinterest and before I know it...three hours have passed and I pinned hundreds of things to my boards.  Well we decided to combine the love of Pinterest with a chance to win this beautiful Christmas ornaments.  This Santa with Roses ornament is full of details, hand painted and made in Poland. Click the link to see the rules.   Pin It to Win It

 

New Start

After months of planning, redesigning, and planning some more, we have finally finished our new website design.  And with that came a new blog look too.  Now for the New Start...I am vowing to master the art of the blog.  I guess for some this comes naturally but for me it just seems to be a very foreign concept to write about random stuff to people I don't know. 

Maybe some of you master bloggers out there can offer me some tips and advice.  Or at the very least you can tell us what you think of our new look.

22 July, 2012



We have finally put together a few videos of some of the theme trees that we decorate around our house.  It just goes to show you that you don't have to wait until Christmas to decorate a tree and because these trees don't have that Christmas look, you can keep them decorated year round.  This video is a Patriotic themed tree.  Everything is red, white, and blue and we used a white feather tree instead of a traditional green tree.  I hope this inspires you to think outside the box and decorate a tree that you can display through out the year.

01 May, 2012

April showers bring May flowers

Summer is almost here and the flowers are in bloom all around my yard.  But why should I let my yard be the only place with flowers?  Afterall, I have a pretty good collection of flower ornaments that I have collected over the years...and a few bug ornaments too.  So I have a few options....I could use my tree that held my Easter ornaments or I could lay a bunch of flower ornaments in a pretty glass bowl.  Do you have any ideas for decorating with flower ornaments?   Here are a few of my favorite flower ornaments.

Lady Slipper












Pansy
Rose
Hyacinth

01 April, 2012

Easter Time

The arrival of this adorable set of Easter ornaments from Germany has me so excited.  They are even packed in Easter grass.  Do you decorate and Easter tree?  I put a small pink tree up every year for Easter with all of my favorite bunny, egg, and baby chick ornaments.  They always put a smile on my face.

Thought I would share a photo of my Easter tree too.





10 March, 2012

Sweet Treats



This fun display of ornaments would make a great conversation piece at your next party. What about giving your guests a Piece of Cake ornament to take home with them after a wedding reception...you could even write the wedding date on the bottom of the ornament to remember the special day.

15 February, 2012

Dinner Table Dressing

Having a dinner party any time soon? We found this easy way to dress up your table and provide a party gift for your guest. Wrap the back of your chair with festive ribbon and a bow and then fasten one of our beautiful ornaments under the bow. It will provide glamour to your table and your guests can take an ornament home with them at the end of the night.  The chair in this picture was decorated for a fall dinner party with pine cone ornaments hanging from the bottom of the bow.
This idea could be used for any party theme.  I think this would be a great idea for a baby shower and hang our baby bottle, pacifier, and baby's first Christmas ornaments.  Instead of the guest going home with  the ornament as a party favor why not give it to the guest of honor so that she has a set of baby ornaments for their first Christmas.  This would also work for an engagement party and the soon to be newlyweds won't have a Charlie Brown Christmas
The possibilities are endless and won't your guests be impressed!

31 January, 2012

Ornament of the Month

Tomorrow kicks off the start of our ornament of the month.  Each month we will feature an ornament that we think is special.  It may have a fun legend or symbolize attributes that we find interesting.  We may feature a special ornament that represents a holiday or a theme.  Check back every month to see what ornament we have selected.

25 January, 2012

New Opportunities

We are so excited to be a proud new member of Shabby Cottage Shops...a great online shopping mall.  They offer great links to a wide variety of shops featuring everything from home decor, clothing, antiques, collectibles....and now Christmas ornaments. We have already received a warm welcome from many of the current members and look forward to sharing ideas and finding new opportunities. 

Please head on over to Shabby Cottage Shops and check out all of the great shops.  Stay tuned as we start providing some new links to some of our favorite shops.

Let us know what some of your favorites links are

03 December, 2011

December

December is here and I can't believe it.  Time to start getting all of the Christmas decorations out and decorating the tree. 
Our family will be spending Christmas at Disney this year.  Has anyone experienced Disney during Christmas?  Would love to know if you have any tips or advice.

01 November, 2011

Market Days

Heading toward Houston, TX for our first big show in Nov.  We will be in the Woodlands for the Jr. League Christmas Market.  This is our first time at this show but we have heard nothing but good things.

Then on the 8th of Nov. we are on to Houston, TX for the big daddy of all markets.  The Nutcracker Market is in the Reliant Center in Houston, TX.  Hundreds of vendors and more than 95,000 shoppers attended last year.  This year promises to be an ever bigger success.

If you are in the area be sure to stop by our both!

22 October, 2011

Getting ready for madness

One more week and we will be full force into the holiday season.  As crazy and hectic as it gets in November and I think I can't go on a second more, the month ends and I am wishing November was here again.

I think it is a combination of putting up all of our displays, meeting new people and the excitement of all of the people shopping.  Let's hope this year is the same or better than last year.

10 October, 2011

Halloween Ornaments



Some of my favorite Halloween ornaments that I wanted to share with you.  We still have most of these available on the website but they are going fast this year.  Everyone must be getting into the spirit early.  Which Halloween ornaments are your favorite?




Spooky Trees

How do you decorate for Halloween?  My mother and I put up Halloween trees.  My tree is a standard 4ft black vintage style Christmas tree.  My mother's is a tree that we made years ago by taking different lengths of heavy guage wire and coverd them with brown floral tape.  I love the way it turned out.

I decided to go to a local Halloween shop and picked up a plastic skull that was a chip bucket for Halloween parties.  I filled it with Plaster of Paris, put a piece of pvc pipe in the center and let it dry.  Then I just stuck the base of my tree into the pvc pipe.  I stretched that packaged cob web stuff around the base to cover the plaster.  I think it makes a really cute base for my tree. 

29 September, 2011

Tree Stands

I don't know about you but I always find myself trying to cover up the plastic or metal Christmas tree stand that comes with my artificial trees.  They are so ugly so I try and find anything I can to cover them up.  I use old quilts or table clothes...anything to hide the unsightly stand. 

Last year we decided to get a little creative and replace the stand that comes with our tree with something that complimented the ornaments we have on our trees.  We found that you can use just about anything to add pizazz to the base of your tree.  A quick trip to our local Hobby Lobby and we came home with a cute resin elephant and a pair of resin cowboy boots.

Both of the resin statues were already pretty heavy.  You will want to make sure that the item you pick for your base is heavy enough and wide enough to prevent your tree from tipping over.  We purchased a small piece of pvc pipe...circumference big enough to fit the base of the tree.  Using a drill we carefully drilled a hole in the center of our statues that was wide enough to accommodate the pvc pipe and deep enough so that the base of the tree has stability.
Mix up a small amount of Plaster of Paris and drop it into the hole you drilled.  Push the pvc pipe into the hole and leave it to dry.  This should hold the pvc in place nicely.

Once the plaster has dried you are ready to insert the base of the tree and decorate.  Aside from these statues I have also used a cute galvanized pail (fill with Plaster of Paris and a pvc pipe in the middle) and decorative urns for my fancier trees.  If you don't like the look of the plaster at the top of your urn you can always sprinkle with glitter while the plaster is wet.



This elephant was used for our animal themed tree.



The cowboy boots worked great for our Western themed tree.




Our girly tree with a decorative urn.

17 September, 2011

Mantel Garland

This is a great way to decorate your mantel or to simply show off your favorite ornaments.  We have taken some inexpensive garland that you can pick up at your local hobby store and draped it across our mantel.  Then we selected our favorite clip on bird ornaments and clipped them into the garland.  You can use any clip on ornaments or even hanging ornaments for your garland.  Just be sure that your hanging ornaments are properly secured into the garland.  This project only took a few minutes to do but really makes a statement for the holidays.  Put as many ornaments as you like or even add ribbon for some extra color.  You can find birds for your garland project on our website along with other clip on ornaments.  Bird Ornaments