Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Like a lot of people, I became interested in vintage Christmas when I inherited ornaments from my parents and grandparents.       Then, I started picking them up at garage sales, etc.  None of them are particularly old or valuable --  the value is in the memories and tradition.
When Christmas comes around, I change out brown transfer ware for some red; and add some of my bottle-brush collection, tree toppers, and ornaments.
I'm partial to the bottle-brush trees that have the little red wooden bases - most of these belonged to my grandmother.

I always look for ornaments with the cardboard hangers, which date them to World War II when metal was scarce.

This tree is decorated with all glass-blown ornaments, some are new that we have purchased when traveling or have been gifts.  But, it also includes some of my parent's Shiny-Brites and some of Bob's family's glass ornaments.
 I'm particularly fond of the yards of tiny glass-beaded roping that was my Mother's.  They are so fragile, I'm surprised they have survived.
Still to come -- our big tree that is full of our family traditions.

 I'm linking to the following:
Have a Daily Cup for Vintage Christmas Decor on 12/13
Thrifty Decor Chick for Christmas Trees
Delightful Order for Delightfully Inspiring Thursday
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Boogie Board Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Knick of Time for Knick of Time Tuesday
Vintage on a Dime for Welcome Home Wednesday


Anonymous said...

This is just so beautiful,Sally. Wonderful post.

I dug out some of my Shiny Brites today. Wasn't going to, but decided I needed them in the hearth room.:-)

Marilyn said...

Whenever I stop in, I always learn something more about things. I am liking red transfer ware now and have a few plates I found at a real junk store (not a thrift!). There were more plates and things, but they had chips in them and I really want to use these for special company. Your shelf looks so festive!♥♫

Lorilee said...

I love your vintage ornaments and brush trees. They remind me of when I used to help my Grannybput up her Christmas tree.

A Few Pennies said...

Beautiful tree; love the beads draped and all your gorgeous ornaments.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

So beautiful! I didn't know about the cardboard tops!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love the vintage ornaments I have from my Mom. They mean so much to me also. Great display you have and the tree is lovely! Hugs, Linda

Shelia said...

Hi Sally! OH, your hutch looks so beautiful! Love your little vintage things. Your trees ad ornies. I didn't know about the cardboard on the olden ornaments. Your tree is pretty too.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

GardenofDaisies said...

I love the way you mix in the bottle brush trees and the tree toppers with your dishes. It just looks gorgeous while looking natural. You just have a real knack for decorating!

Jann Olson said...

Sally, what a precious collection you have. I love that gorgeous garland! None of my ornaments have the cardboard top. Yours are fabulous! Thanks for sharing with 'Creating Christmas'.

County Line Road said...

I love the tree topper collection and the mercury garland beads are beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Kim

Sue said...

Sally, Your tree is beautiful, with its vintage pretties! It's so amazing that you still have those lovely glass beads. Keep them safe. :-). Merry Christmas!