Wednesday, December 16, 2009

We Three Kings...



I have a small collection of "extra" wise men that I have thrifted over the years. My favorite set is this trio of handmade Magi...


I found them in a thrift store about 12 years ago. The heads and hands seem to be clay, and the bodies have a styrofoam base.
Someone put a lot of time and attention into the details...


Take a peek at this piece of vintage jewelry that was used...


I love bringing them out each year and enjoying the creativity of the unknown artist. It has become a part of my own holiday tradition.

Do you have decorations that have become a tradition in your own home?

Monday, December 14, 2009

Paper Snowflakes

I've been meaning to start a collection of hand-cut paper snowflakes for a couple of years. I get busy during the holidays and kept putting it on the bottom of my to-do list...

Not This Year!



Google "cutting paper snowflakes", and you'll get an abundance of guidance if you'd like to create your own wintry snowfall.

My two tips:

  1. Use cheap printer paper (the thinner paper folds easier)
  2. Use a pair of small SHARP scissors.

Some good links to learn the basic folds are;

http://vintagejunky.com/paper-snowflake-paper-snow-flake-how-to.html

(This link is worth checking out even if you're not going to make any...love the picture!)

http://highhopes.com/snowflakes.html

http://www.wikihow.com/Cut-Elegant-Paper-Snowflakes



After the holidays, you can lay the snowflakes flat between the pages of an old magazine and store them with your decorations until next year.

Have fun!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Happy Holidays!

I had some extra time off work yesterday...
so I decorated the family room for Christmas.





On the mantle...
a herd of deer and a small forest of trees...


I love vintage ornaments...
I have enjoyed collecting these over the years from garage sales and thrift stores...




A trio of vintage snowmen...


A trio of vintage angels...


On the hearth...
some of the nativities I've collected...


A thrifted find...
a vintage nativity set from Italy. It's missing Joseph, but note the bag piper...


I love this old paper scene...
Please excuse the wise man who has lost his head...


A small collection...
I have never been able to leave an orphaned baby Jesus behind...


Enjoy the season!