Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Over the years I have collected a few vintage ornaments - some are from family and others were purchased. The ones that I didn't put on the tree this year ended up in the dining room plate rack.

I've enjoyed having the antique apothecary jars filled with some of these ornaments along with the vintage tree toppers on the top shelf.

I'm always on the lookout for the vintage ornaments with a cardboard hanger such as this blue one. These are from World War II when all metal was diverted to the war effort, even hangers for Christmas ornaments.Last year, I made the white bottle brush trees using Manuela's
(The Pleasures of Homemaking)
tutorial for bleaching & dyeing the trees. The only thing I did different was to remove the attached bases and replace them with wooden blocks that I decoupaged with red and white scrapbook papers.

The centerpiece on our dining room table, for now at least, is one of my favorite Jim Shore Santas sitting on a wreath and covered with a cloche.

I'm joining in the following parties:
Linda at Coastal Charm
is hosting a Christmas Open House on Dec. 9th
is having her annual Christmas Cloche Party on Dec. 10th
Join these gracious hostesses for the festivities!


Shelia said...

Hi Sally! Oh, I love your cabinet and how you've decked it out for Christmas. The pretty tree toppers sitting on the top are so lovely. Love your little bottle brush trees too! You're good and everything looks wonderful!
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Anonymous said...

Hello Sweet Sally!! It has been forever since I have been over here or posting posts for that matter. We are happily very busy with ministry but blogging seems to be the one thing that gets set aside.

I love your tree toppers! They look so pretty on your hutch. I remember those cute bottle brush tree boxes you made last year and had it in my mind to make some for this Christmas but..... got a little decor up but the usual tree in every room is not happening this year!

Bee blessed

Myrna said...

Beautiful, Sally! I especially like the transformation you did on the bottle brush trees..the box bases are a wonderful and unique touch!
Thanks for visiting me!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Love the way you have displayed your vintage tree toppers on the shelf. Those bottle brush trees are great. I have seen them everywhere and they are not cheap. One of these days I will purchase some. I love their look.

Marilyn said...

Greetings from up North! I never knew about the cardboard tops to ornaments until now. Very interesting. I've wanted to collect tree toppers like yours for several years, but don't have the space until I really sort through things. Not happening very soon.

Hudson Gardens are in Greeley on 23rd Avenue and 4th Street. Saturday was the first time I've ever been through the gates and am sure it must be lovely in the summer. You can see a bit if you click on the link in my post.

Only eight more days...the kids must have had a few issues today as the principal said he'd been on the phone to parents most of the day!

Thanks for sharing with us. ♥♫

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Sally, Everything looks so pretty! I love the vintage apothecary jars with ornaments. I have a few bottle brush trees to bleach and I really like the bases you added to your trees. I hope to see you at my party which starts 12/15.
Happy Holidays,

bj said...

O, I do love your vintage tree toppers. What a great thing to collect. Love the apothecary jars, too. Everything looks great.

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Hi Sally, your shelf is beautiful! I love the unusual ornaments and the red dishes. The bottle brush trees are gorgeous...I'll have to check out that tutorial. Beautiful post! Linda

Manuela@TPOH said...

Sally your cabinet is just beautiful! I love the tree toppers! That's something I've always wanted to collect. I thing your bottle brush trees are just gorgeous!

Have a wonderful Christmas!


SmilingSally said...

I love your cabinet display. Those apothecary jars are delightful, and your little bottle brush trees look extra special with their "transferware-looking" bases.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Wow.. I love all your vintage tree toppers! Your header full of ornaments is gorgeous! hugs ~lynne~

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

What a beautiful header:) Thanks so much for coming to my OPEN HOUSE...your home looks outstanding.


Chatelaine said...

It all looks so lovely. The vintage ornaments and tree toppers and those wonderful bottlebrush trees.

I am glad you did not pare down your decorations because I want to see them all!

very merry vintage style said...

Everything looks amazing. Love the trees, they really turned out nice! It's all beautiful! Come on over and link up to my holiday link party--love to include it! http://verymerryvintagestyle.blogspot.com/2010/12/something-old-something-new.html

Karen @ The Whimsical Lady said...

Your bottle brushes are great! I'm going to have to try to make them like that. It's so interesting about the ornaments produced during the war. I never noticed that before. Hmmm... The plate rack looks beautiful. Some eye candy there!


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your decorations are all fabulous and your santa under the cloche is stunning. So pretty. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

Olive Cooper said...

Your cabinet is lovely and the little trees are adorable.

Gail said...

Love how you have display your beautiful vintage ornaments and I love your bottle brush trees. Thanks for sharing.

Enjoy your evening,

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your Jim S Santa is very pretty! I've recently had the pleasure of seeing some of his work in person and it is beautiful-enjoy:@)

Liz said...

I love your apothecary jars that are in your banner!! And those little trees darling.

~Merry Christmas

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Hi Sally, your home is beautiful. I love it. Very festive and Christmassy. Love the hutch you decorated too.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I need to find some bottle brush trees. I love them bleached...that is so cute!!

Grannys Attic said...

You did a great job. I love Jim Shore pieces and your Santa is so pretty. Thanks for sharing, Vicky

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Decking the cabinet is really is wonderful.

Love your treasuresaround, cloche, the apothercary and all those tiny decos. FAB!

Happy Party time...

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Sally...

How are you doing, my friend? Are you busy with the Christmas holidays quickly approaching? I have been puttering along...at my slow pace I am hoping that I can get everything done that I would like to. But I'm not going to sweat it if I don't! hehe! I hope that my note is finding you and all of your sweet family doing well. I am hoping that my daughter Jenni and her family will be able to make it for Christmas but I'm not sure yet. If not, it will just be Russell and his two children and me.

Well dear lady, I really loved getting a peek at some of your Christmas pretties! I love the antique apothecary jars, Sally...they're fabulous! Your plate rack looks gorgeous all dressed up for Christmas...love the red transferware dishes and the vintage tree toppers! You know, I never knew that they used cardboard hangers for the ornaments during the war...I have never seen any like that! Thanks for sharing it with us...I'll have to be on the lookout for them!

Well my dear friend, I do hope that all is well down your way. The wind blew like crazy today...brrr! We have our little wood stove going full force...all the time these days! Have a wonderful weekend, my friend!

Love ya,

Sue said...

How wonderfully clever to have placed the bottle brush trees in the little decorative boxes!! They look so cute. I have yet to find anything but plastic trees, which do not bleach. :-( Your tree toppers are so pretty- I love vintage ornaments. You have some lovely vintage things.
~ Sue

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Sally, those shelves look so pretty! I'd be tempted to leave the Christmas decor on them year round. Love your collection of tree toppers. Your Jim Shore Santa is beautiful. I love the little boxes you made for your bottle brush trees - you clever lady! laurie