Monday, November 18, 2013

Vintage Christmas Finds and Vintage Projects

Oh boy--I've been having vintage on the brain 24/7!  Last week my (vintage) neighbor came and showed me vintage textiles she has purchased over the years.  I told her about my desire to make an applique felt Christmas Tree skirt.  I fell in love with a number of them last year perusing on line, but I didn't want to buy one, I wanted to make one.  I started collecting materials this time last year and here is what I have so far--it has been slow going.


Though I would love to use only vintage materials, that simply won't happen.  I purchased wool blend felt (and some gimp) form Etsy.  I scavenged the thrifts for spangles and sequins and bought some new.  I sorted thousands of sequins by hand from the thrift stores.  I've only managed to find a little gold and silver rick rack.  I splurged and bought 6 foiled ruby colored glass hearts and a little trim from the same buyer on Etsy.  Glass seed and bugle beads came from the thrifts.  Found an unopened roll Lee Ward's gimp too!  Recently I purchased a vintage white felt skirt with little embellishment in hopes of being able to re-use it for this project.  Today's felt just isn't the same--we'll see when it comes.   Anyway, there is going to be a lot of planning as first I have to decide on a design. One thing for sure, it will be pastel.  Here's a picture of one that inspires me.



After finishing the blue/gold ornament wreath yesterday, by evening I was already thinking about the next one.  I needed to re-sort some of my red ornaments and threw some of the older ones in the lid and then I started adding other stuff.  Here's my palette.


I wasn't planning on hitting the thrifts today, but it happened.  Got more glass ornaments--of course, but found some other gems too!  Here's some of the fun stuff.

I had to buy 3 bags of mostly junk to get these 4 Shiny Brite ornaments.  But it was worth it.  There was enough miscellaneous stuff I can use in crafting--the rest I'll donate back.  They'll probably make bags with just one Shiney Brite in each again to get people like me to buy them (sigh).  I don't have any of the 'tops' shape, so I was thrilled.  I was also thrilled to get these beautiful light turquoise/aqua ornaments.  I think they are Coby.  They will go into making my pastel wreath.  And deer are always a score.  I got the chenille spun cotton angel and deer next to her yesterday, that alone made my day!

I'm pooped, I need to make something for supper--but my mind is still on vintage Christmas!

6 comments:

  1. Oh, how fun ... :) Can't wait to see what you come up with regarding your Christmas Tree skirt! :)

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    1. So many decisions! We'll both see what happens ha-ha!

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  2. Oh my gosh! I'm so happy to have found your blog tonight. It appears that we both have the same passion for Vintage Christmas! I can't wait to see how your tree skirt turns out. I have a couple old ones. And your wreath turned out amazing! I made one last year, and it was so much fun! I found a TON of vintage x-mas last weekend and I'll be posting it on my blog over the next couple of days. Hope you can visit. I'm your newest follower!
    Erica :)

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    1. Hi Erica! Oh I must come see what's going on at your haus! A TON of vintage Xmas--I'm sure to drool all over my key board!! For me it's been a slow grueling process, but I can't stop--totally addicted to the hunt! And yes, the wreath was totally fun!!!

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  3. Love the ornaments finds! My theme this year is sock monkeys but next year's theme is vintage, and I am already starting to prepare. I will be making good use of your posts over the next year!

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    1. I've never started the Christmas thing so early! Vintage hunting for Christmas gets you started early doesn't it?

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