Saturday, December 5, 2009

holiday decor

The kitchen window sill is sporting red and white. Can you believe these candles were from the dollar store a few years ago? I can't bring myself to burn them. Isn't that silly?! I made the red paper ball. They are so fun to make and can be done in any size or color or patterned paper. You just cut a lot of circles, fold them so they have triangle centers and glue them together to form a ball. My friend, Sharon, taught me how to make them. The greeting cards are from the 1940's and the one with the tree sticking out of the car was signed from my Mom to my Dad in 1947.

This snowman candy jar is a treasured item that I grew up with each year for as long as I can remember. I couldn't wait for it to be unwrapped from the newspaper that protected it inside the box of Christmas decorations stored away since the Christmas before. I have continued to fill it each holiday season with peppermint nougats, like my mom did. Sometimes when I was little I remember my mom would fill it with ribbon candy, but I can't always seem to find ribbon candy in the stores. When I do, I get very excited. I love Mr. Snowman, dirty Styrofoam face and all.

I have been looking for my felt elves with the plastic faces. They are still packed up somewhere with the other Christmas stuff. I love Christmas elves because my Grandma's house was decorated with the same little felt ones from Japan, called knee huggers. She also had an aluminum tree in the corner of her living room with the color wheel that would spin and cast a different colorful glow against the tree as it turned.

I tucked this folding snowman card on the porch of the doll house. The kids have not yet decorated it this year and I thought it looked a little bare and neglected. Click here-the doll house decorated in the past.

N. commented, "A Snowman on a porch???Oh Mom!!!!"


Dawn said...

I just came across your blog. I love it! I think it is so neat that you have a card from your mom to your dad. I enjoy mixed media art myself...I'm going to try that red paper ball you made.
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Shelley said...

Hi Amy,I loved seeing all your wonderful Christmas decorations....the little snowman is so sweet and very special too that you have it from when you were a child....I also like the way you use your vintage books to decorate with..I enjoyed my visit..blessings

The Urban Chic said...

Amy,I am always amazed at the wonderful things you have from days gone by. My children only wanted their old ornaments from their childhood, so we remembered which belonged to whom. My mom didn't save anything, but I do have part of her milk glass collection. I haven't even started decorating like I used to do. Hope to see more beautiful things. Hugs, Pat

Gerushia's New World said...


I am really having a ball browsing through all of your curious and fun Christmas decorations. Seeing that yellow doll house made me remember something. We bought my daughter a gorgeous wooden doll house several years back. She wanted it for Christmas, but we discovered soon after that she was just too young for it. My husband put it in the rafters of the garage. I just asked him to get it down for me. I think I feel a project coming on!!!!

Gerushia's New World

k.rowe said...

Hi there! I was just checking in with your blog and I see one of my cards on your site! Haha! That was a surprise ;) You didn't send that card out!!? lol

Reading about the aluminum tree with the color wheel... Growing up one of my best girlfriends had a tree like that in her home. I thought it was the coolest thing ever!!

I hope you have wonderful holidays! They are fast approaching! I'm getting my house decked out, and trying to make happy holiday memories for my son :)

Take care..

She'sSewPretty said...

I love that you have a card from your mom to your dad. What a treasure Amy! I'm also glad to know that I'm not the only one who hates to burn her candles. LOL

cammy @ freckledfarm said...

OMG, we had that same snowman candy jar. I loved it....I wonder where it is now. Have to see if my mom has it stashed away somewhere.

Lori said...

Hi my sweet Amy
OMG the cupboard idea warmed my heart!! Loved the little shoes, found um! I would feel like a kid in a candy store at your house! Christmas at your place has to be magical with tons of memories! Sending love,Lori