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A Vintage Christmas

by - Sunday, December 13, 2009

There were so many treasures we unearthed when we moved Mama HandyLuster out of her old house this summer. Many of them still sit in boxes in our basement - great art books waiting to be displayed on bookcases, a huge set of Le Creuset cookware (waiting for me to become a better cook so I'll know how to use them), little crocheted sweaters that Chloe will get to use once winter really hits - but there was one special box I couldn't wait to open up.

I scooped up these old Christmas ornaments from a big box of decorations Mama had. When I first saw them, I knew they'd add the perfect colourful and childlike element to our tree so I packed them in a box. Unfortunately, HandyMan didn't quite have the same sentiment and accidentally gave them to the Goodwill when he was cleaning out the garage this summer! When he told me, my pregnancy-feuled emotions at the time went into overdrive and I was wailing about how our unborn baby would no longer have this piece of HandyMan's history and how he just had had had to get them back to me! Trouper that he is, HandyMan went back to the Goodwill and scoured through the musty dusty bins to find the little guys. Now that's love ;)

They're a little worse for wear, some missing arms and legs, hoofs broken off, trees fallen, but nothing some glue couldn't fix. I knew just the place to use them. I wanted to add some holiday colour to our hallway and recycled this idea from last year. Picking up on the candy stripe theme of our front door wreath, I switched out the green globes with candy cane ones I picked up at Ikea last year. The vintage ornaments were the perfect final touch. Sugary sweet! There's something about having a child in the house now that makes me want to add bits of colour and whimsy here and there.


Thank you all for your comments... final tally for my Cans For Comments drive is 76 comments so I will be donating 76 non-perishable items to the Daily Bread food bank!! Way to go!

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  1. Anonymous1:30 AM

    a friend of mine had a bunch of these old beauties --- but some had missing pieces as well. She glued them to a wreath form and now they all hang from her door. gorgeous, and no one will know that her santa only has one arm.

  2. that is such a good idea- now I have a project for the stairs today.

  3. Looks super cute!

    HandyMan will probably never take anything to Goodwill with out a seal of approval from now on!

  4. Anonymous12:03 PM

    Oh my goodness, I'm so glad he was able to get them back. They look so cute and festive on your stairs.


  5. It's nice to have heirloom decorations and tie all the generations together at Christmas ... yeah Mr. Handyman for going back to get them.

  6. You never fail to deliver something creative and beautiful, love these!

  7. Adorable! I think Chloe is very lucky to have parents that would go to such great lengths to make sure that she knows her past and where she came from.

    Beautiful and unique decoations.

    take care,

  8. I love those, so festive and beautiful!

  9. I'm so glad you got them back - they're fabulous!

  10. i love the ornaments and i LOVE what you did with them! i really like old toys, in general -- you know, the basic, wooden kind that required lots of imagination. totally what being a kid is about.

    and your story about goodwill cracked me up!



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