Friday, December 3

Vintage Christmas Inspiration

I'm joining Debra & everyone for Vintage Inspiration Friday, but before I do I just have to say a little something about my week.
It's not fun being the center of controversy but I think some good came from it.
It's a subject that we all feel strongly about, one way or another. 
 It needed to be addressed & discussed.
Thanks to Dawn & Karla for posting a tough topic in a respectful way .
 And to everyone who called, commented & emailed....
Thank you so very much!
It reinforced what I already knew, that blogging is wonderful!
The sharing & friendship far outweighs any negativity.
So enough with all that -  Christmas is coming!
As much as I love my whites & neutrals, Christmas in our house is very old school.
The kids love it & that's what it's all about right?

I've collected & inherited scads of decorations.
Still I can't seem to resist the after Christmas sales & always end up buying a few more things every year.

 These old felted reindeer came from a garage sale one year.
  I bought my big Santa face in Canton a few years ago. 
I tell the kids he's watching them!
 The child's skis came from Round Top. 
 I may have to move them to a safer place, the boys keep trying to ski off their bunk beds!
 This felt appliqued tree skirt came from Anthropologie after Christmas one year, it was marked down to $30.

I collect vintage ribbon of all kinds, I think it's too pretty to hide, the old elf boots are one of my favorite things. 

 We still haven't finished decorating outside but do you see where I'm going with this?
My Christmas china came from a thrift store. 
These Santa's are saying 'let me out!!'

 Christmas blooms.
By the day after Christmas I am so ready to take it all down & get back to my low color!
After visiting Ann & seeing her beautiful white winter wonderland, I decided I could have the best of both worlds.
I did our bedroom in vintage whites. I'll show you more when I do my big reveal.

I've been working on several projects from Karla & Beth's Romantic White Christmas e-zine.
I loved their Victorian boot banner, I'm a nut for fabric transfer so I made mine 3-dimensional.
I'm working on a few more for gifts.
The lace wrapping paper idea was one of my favorites, I'm doing all my gifts with it this year.  But I decided to take it a step further & apply it to furniture.
This little desk sits on the deck outside of our bedroom.
If you need some great ideas & techniques to add some romance to your holiday decor, check out their E-zine.  There are tons of great projects!
 Thanks again Debra for inviting us all to share our vintage inspiration every week.
Check out Common Grounds for a big 'ol dose of pretty!
Have an awesome weekend friends!


Debra@Common Ground said...

Lisa dear, you have been in my prayers this week. I hope you know we all love you, admire and respect your great God given talents, and cherish your friendship, Just know you and your integrity were not doubted.
Now for your "old school" Christmas, I LOVE IT!! I had to laugh about you're being ready to get back to "normal" after Christmas! Thanks for all the wonderful photos and inspiration!
much love, dear friend,

Rebekka Seale said...

Wow, your home looks so cozy and perfect for Christmas! I especially love the peppermint-stripe amaryllis (sp?) and the Anthro tree skirt!!!

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Hi Lisa, so many pretties to look at.... I love all your Christmas decorations, and your tree is gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing!
Blessings~~~ Daphne

Claudia said...

When I was a kid I loved the reds and greens of Christmas - Your kids are loving it, I'm sure. I love your decorations, Lisa. They are perfect in your home.

You know already that I am a true fan of your work and of your integrity, which is never in doubt.


Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Lisa, it all looks so pretty! I have to say that while I didn't comment I kept shaking my head at the cruelty that's out there in the blog land, but you are right there are still enough good people in this world to make you want to keep blogging and it's your "true" friends that will have your back when needed!

Miss Sandy said...

Hey Sweet Girl,

Love the old school red and greens! I like how you mixed them in with your "low color". The little flocked deers and glittery house are so sweet. I love how you have the house displayed next to your pictures of houses, so cozy and sweet.

I hope to get to my decorating next week. I woke up under the weather and think I will rest up this weekend and tackle it next week. It is so nice to see what everyone else is doing to holiday up their homes. Thanks for sharing your heart, talents, and holiday decor.

Have a GREAT weekend!

Pam said...

I'm loving your reds and greens. And that huge Santa sitting in front of the tree. Very cute.

Mrs.Kwitty said...

What a cozy and cute home---so Christmassy! I just love that tree skirt..oh, and just everything!
Smiles, Karen

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love your decorations. I am drawn to the red and green during this time of year. You do it so beautifully!

Dorthe said...

Lisa, what a real christmas home, dear- I so love your santas in glass cloches-both red,and white, and the house is a dream,as is your tree.
Also your boot is so sweet, and beautifull, dear friend,love your print on it.
Sending you big love and hugs.
OH and also love yout little ones in glitter frames-so sweet.
XOX, Dorthe

Heidi Meyer said...

I love all of your vintagey Christmas finds!! And ribbons in a jar ~ love the idea of keeping pretty and functional in the same place. ;-) Thanks for sharing!
Blessings ~ Heidi

Storybook Woods said...

Oh so many charming vignettes and so much inspiring ideas. Love it xoxo Clarice

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Love the way you do up Christmas at your casa! I especially love that big old kid-sized Santa sitting next to the tree.

Listen, if anybody ever gives you crap about anything, always know that I have your back. :-)


sissie said...

No one, absolutely no one had better pick on my Lisa cause the Sissie will kick some major butt!
There, I said it. Can't imagine anyone hurting you in any way. You are perfect in my book.

Love all your Christmas decorations too. Everything is so vintage and sweet. I can see why the kids love it too.

Big hugs.


Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Your Christmas decor is beautiful gotta have some color @ Christmas, you know? {{{hugs}}}

Beth Leintz said...

Love the way your desk turned out!

I think your best decoration is little boys in red pajamas by the Christmas tree.

Debby said...

OH!!!!! I love all your fun and whimsical decorations. Love the elf shoes. Everything looks awesome. Thanks for sharing with us.
Love you,

Linda said...

Love all your fun decorations, Lisa! Sorry you've been dealing with so much...I'm sending love and good thoughts your way...XOXO

sonya said...

Hey Lisa,
Praying for better days ahead for you. I believe something good ALWAYS comes out of the bad.
I love your decorations. I sold most of my vintage Christmas decorations and will probably always regret it. To me, they never go out of style.

Anonymous said...

I love your vintage Christmas items. You are so blessed still having little ones to enjoy them. Beautifully done. Thanks for the inspiring post.

Terri said...

Your Christmas treasures are wonderful. I love the little dear!
All your vintage pieces are really fab!
What a lovely home and family.

Nook Cranny Gifts said...

Love the tin basket full of greens on the fence. I have asked for one of those for the holidays. I can't wait!!!
Love your vintage decor.
Happy Holidays

A Cottage Muse said...

I love that your kids expect the traditional decor...mine do too! I also spied your plaid thermos collection and just love it!

trash talk said...

Girl, you are creating your own Christmas echoes for those kiddos. Love love, triple love it all and I'm with Beth. Where do I get me one of those cute boys in red p.j.s?
P.S. Don't you know people always take aim at the biggest star? Those who know you, love you and those who don't...are just plain throwed off.


Being a mother of two boys, I had to chuckle when I read that the boys were trying to ski off of the bunk bed. Boys will be boys, for sure!


sweetpea said...

warm and cozy just as i knew it would be lisa. i am out of the loop on whatever happened to you so i must investigate and find out. you know i love ya right?



Charlene said...

LOVE your post!!! I remember being with you when you bought the ski's! And those elf shoes 2die4!
I'm like you... LOVE it when I put it up but, by DECEMBER 26 I'm OVER IT ALL & WANT IT GONE!

I didn't email during the hub bub because I knew how upset you would be. And I just didn't want to add to the stress & anxiety! YOU & I have discussed this subject before... there is almost NO new ideas but, each persons take on what they've seen, learned... So glad it is behind you now. THIS beast will again raise it's ugly head somewhere but, the merry go round goes round & round. HUGS!

Jensters said...

I love every one of your photos and so very old school....wonderful to look at.

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Lisa ~
I love your Christmas decorations!! ~ This will
be the first year that I
won't be doing the traditional
colors so it might be kind of weird.
I am sooo excited to see
the room reveal!!


Miss Gracie's House said...

Hey Lisa.
Kids do love the *old school* stuff, don't they...and that is what it's all about anyways!
I missed the drama...but I do know that you are incredibly talented!
Thanks for the compliments sent my way...

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Goodness!! Where do I begin???
I just love everything!! You vintage items are so precious!!

Debbie @ A Debbie-Dabble Christmas

Vicki said...

We do it up old school too! My kids have been collecting nutcrackers since they were little. Most are written on bottom where they came from or who gifted. So, I have to mix those in along with all the other treasures they make at school. When it's all done, I love it. Yours looks great. I love it all! Great idea to make the bedroom your low color vintage white wonderland...can't wait to see. Love the projects you are working on!

Anonymous said...

Well, Miss Lisa, you have a lot of fun stuff and you are giving your children a host of wonderful memories! Thanks for posting about Karla and Dawn's posts! Excellent reading!
Hugs and love,

Sheila @ Dodging Raindrops said...

Those Santas under the cloche crack me up! :)

Wow, that is a lot of inspiration! I need time to look at, I mean, drool over all your things!

June said...

Sweet Lisa, I am sorry about your week. You know I LOVE you, right!!!!
I have read Dawn's post, but not Karla's yet.
Your home is so warm and beautiful. I loved seeing all your lovely Christmas decor. You have created magic for your children. A childhood home at Christmas they will always remember and try to emulate for their own children.
I feel so blessed to call you friend.
hugs to you....

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hey Lisa, thanks for stopping by today. I don't know exactly what happened with you, but kinda figured it out from reading Dawn and Karla's posts. It recently happened with another sweet blogger friend. I will tell you like I told her, when you do something well and with heart and people are drawn to you, there are always gonna be those who are envious and only know how to lash out negatively. The problem girl is you are just way too talented. Ha! Even if I tried to alter a bottle, it would never, ever look as beautifully as yours. Just let it all roll off your back. All the naysayers can just keep their crappity crap to themselves.

Love your Christmas tree and that big Santa sitting next to it. And you would be the one to love the elf shoes. You do have a thing for shoes, don't you???!!!

Take care and keep creating! Best wishes, Tammy

Leanne said...

*blink* well, I picked a great week to go away :) I'm sorry your week had not been great... I posted in response to Dawn's post earlier today, and yours is one of the styles I can recognize instantly...

I haven't even gotten started on Christmas....... good for you for getting it all up!

LizlovesVintage said...

My fave so far, is the gate. I can see where you are going with this theme. Lovely:) Hugs, Liz

The Tin Rabbit said...

Lisa..This is CHristmas~!!!! I love the old fashion Christmas things...I'm pulling all mine out too! I love the ribbon in the jar! Oh and I have the same little silver frames with my kids in them too~ Love Ya!

Anonymous said...

Lisa, re: the little cabinet I repainted...well what were you thinking! LOL! Get yerself back on over to Hobby Lobby and see if they have any more! ;-) I'd love to see what YOU do with it!
I'm always on the lookout for old ones but dang it, they're getting pricey. Saw one for $29 in the antique store the other day and't resell that one if I wanted to make anything on it on Etsy. Can't even MAKE one for less than that.
Hugs and blessings!!!
Diane said...

I'm with Beth, the little guy in red sure caught my eye!

You do red right, It looks good. And abundant....

Thanks for doing the boot from the class in such a cool way! I'll add this link to my blog roll.

Diva Kreszl said...

I just love all the beautiful photos you've shared! while I too love white & neutrals our decorating is more traditional, my family would protest should I try to change things. thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words on my last post!

Rebecca said...

This all looks so festive... I actually do not do all white either and I will be confessing I mean posting :)
I am glad you have seen through this crazy storm and have focused on something that isn't so silly. I don't mean you are silly but the whole fact that you have to address something like this is foolishness. I love your artwork... yours!
You are a talent my friend...
Call me, I have been wondering how you are doing... are you healthy.
Many Blessings to you today and
much love

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Love Love LOVE all your vintage decor! You have sweet vignettes EVERYWHERE! Thanks so much for sharing your lovely holiday home!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents


Swoon! Loving the wee ones. Oh, and that Christmas decor is enchanting and happy. Your energy is admirable, to say the least as you have created a true winter wonderland! ~ Angela

Laurie said...

oh, so much gorgeousness!

Erica said...

Your decorations are beautiful! Just my style. I bought that same Santa head in Canton several years ago! I still haven't dug him out of the boxes this year.

vicki said...

Oh dear Lisa - I adore your vintage Christmas thrift store decorations! You have everything displayed so beautifully - and cheerfully - what a wonderful Christmas celebration in your lovely home~~