Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Merry Christmas

Some sights and sounds of Christmas . . . 

New York (from Thanksgiving) . . .

 Display window at Tiffany's

Grandpa with Tayvee

Cookies given to friends

Christmas with Chelsey & Dean in Idaho . . .

shopping . . . . . baking . . . . . 
. . . a mini spa day with Chelsey . . . . .
and a beautiful Christmas day . . . with family . . . 
and food . . . including some of our family favorite
appetizers we've served for many years,
shrimp cocktail with Ritz crackers
and Velveeta Mexican cheese dip, 
a wonderful ham dinner 
with mashed potatoes made by Dean 
and some of his family favorites . . .
. . . a day of giving and receiving. 

Thank you, Chelsey and Dean, 
for the beautiful Christmas day 
and all you did to make it special!

 Chelsey made the wreath over the mantel
from a ceiling medallion. 
It turned out beautiful!

Hope you had a 
wonderful Christmas with your family!

~ Julie

Monday, December 19, 2011

A White Winter Shadowbox


I made another shadowbox
this year, full of vintage white treasures.

It started with an antique snow dusted
(flaking plaster) frame 
that I kept in its found condition.

The main color scheme is white
with touches of pink, green and blue,
with some vintage angels and silver sparkle.

I love the old angel tree topper in the middle.

This month, I had the honor of having
my two vintage shadowboxes on display

You can see more about the 
gold shadowbox here.

Thanks for visiting.
Merry White Christmas!

 ~ Julie

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Home Tour

If you need some Christmas inspiration,
check out all of the beautiful homes
and decorations at the wonderful
Christmas blog parties.

This year, we're keeping it simple.
A wreath and fresh evergreens to welcome guests . . .

A small tree in the foyer (a favorite).
I love the look of it in the toile bucket. 

Next to the tree is an old family Bible
we inherited from a friend.
I have opened it to the true story 
of Christmas from the book of Luke. 

Some vintage vignettes in the family room . . . 

The mantel . . . paper, bottle brush trees,
Putz houses, and a few vintage reindeer

In the living room is our 
small collection of Nutcrackers . . .
And an aluminum Christmas tree
(not really my style, but had it up and
decorated in an hour, and we get to
reminisce in Christmases past with
the whirring of a color wheel and
enjoy all of our vintage ornaments).

It's okay to keep it simple . . .
no hustle and bustle,
more time with family and friends.
We'll be spending Christmas with our daughter.

Wishing you joy and God's blessings
to you and your families
this Christmas!

~ Julie

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

a vintage Christmas tree

Are you finished with your 
Christmas decorating?

Today I'm sharing the little Christmas 
tree we have in the foyer.

It is one of my favorites.
I love the look of it in the toile bucket.

This tree has a past with special memories.
We purchased it for our daughters to use in college;
it has flown back and forth from home, and
the box still carries airline baggage tags.
It was a dorm tree and still has some 
of the pink college tinsel.

I love over-decorating this one 
with lots of vintage ornaments.

It's hard to believe Christmas is here.
It seems to have crept up on me this year.
I must get out and finish the Christmas shopping.
Hope you're enjoying your 
Christmas season so far!
Merry Christmas!
~ Julie

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Monday, December 12, 2011

A Christmas inspired chandelier

I found this chandelier at a thrift shop.

I debated on purchasing it or not . . .
 it needed some TLC . . .

 I liked the glass details under each socket
and it had wires to hold prisms  . . .
it had the old cloth wiring . . .
the sockets were bigger and could
accommodate regular light bulbs. . .

or maybe candles . . . 

it could be elegant, restored to her former glory 
with crystal prisms . . . 
or round light bulbs for a funky, artistic style . . .
I had enough ideas . . . 
I brought her home.

I didn't have enough prisms in my stash
and didn't want to invest big $$$ into this project.
I had to come up with some other options . . .
I tried the plastic Christmas icicle prisms . . . 
they could work . . .
or how about little pine cones?

and a rose hip wreath around the center?

and around every candle

She is beautiful again, 
ready to give light over a table, 
in a sun room or outside in a gazebo,
and she's easily converted to other seasons.
 Now available in my etsy shop.

(Sorry, I didn't really get any before pics.)

Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great day!
We're currently decking the halls and baking cookies. 
Hope you're having fun getting ready for the
holidays and time with family and friends.

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