A Ho-Ho - Whole lotta Christmas Junk!

December 17th, 2009 in blog     
shabbychick Kathy Stantz, contributor
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An old metal (rusty) clock case - a perfect spot for a little Christmas vignette.  And, I just stuck things in it, so I can easily pull it out and redecorate!
Thrift store bottles and beads.
The top of my china cabinet - a framed piece of ceiling tin, and sitting atop an old wooden ironing board (for sleeves) are vintage figurines that were made in a ceramics class I bet;  and the bottled beads.
A little snow family greets you in the powder room.  Made from old bottles, embellished with buttons, jewelry, lace, and a light sprinkling of glitter to glitz it up a bit!
My trusty rusty test tube holder - with a bit of greenery. 
I painted a wooden candlestick and glued a big pinecone on top (and a little sprinkling of glitter...well, you know, just because! Right, Janis??)
Heres my Christmas tree - a garage sale find, and lots of vintage ornaments to show off in all their aged glory!!
Heres the mini-me tree - and see that hay unloader?  What a perfect holder. 
I borrowed my hubbys ice skates for the season (didnt think hed need them...).
Isnt it just the best thing ever???  So many uses.  And, it unscrewed so I could fit the base of the tree perfectly in place!  Woo hoo!
Had to put some of my old bulbs somewhere - so a small tree in the living room was the perfect place.  Dont ya just love the old typewriter? 
In front of my fireplace I placed an old bench that I got from a garage sale - a perfect spot for our Nativity scene, and jars of ornaments and buttons (and of course a clock had to sneak in somewhere)!
A project from last year, but still one of my favs.
And, from last year too - a tree heavily adorned with vintage jewelry, and just about anything else I could find. 
An old metal (rusty) clock case - a perfect spot for a little Christmas vignette.  And, I just stuck things in it, so I can easily pull it out and redecorate!

An old metal (rusty) clock case - a perfect spot for a little Christmas vignette.  And, I just stuck things in it, so I can easily pull it out and "redecorate"!

Well, everyone around here is sharing lots of great Christmas junk ideas, and I'm trying to play catch-up and get through all of it.  So many ideas and so little time...

I'm sharing a bit of mine here.  And, it really is just "bits and pieces"... I've been decorating for a "girls' day" we had over the weekend - so, there was a whole lot of fussing with junk going on to get ready (and I "ALWAYS" fuss too much).

I'll be doing a post on my conservatory next - (it's like a little playground). :)

Take care and enjoy the holiday!



posted in: blog, seasonal, vintage, cottage, eclectic, , whimsical, christmas

Comments (16)

SantaClaus writes: If I'd stop reading & drooling over all the JM notes - I'd probably have a clean house! My passion for "Junking" is so deep - LOL! Love all the creative vignette's you have & am hoping to find an old test-tube holder. Posted: 8:52 am on January 15th
Junkpony writes: Wow, these are all such beautiful ideas. The garage sale tree was a great find! I love the pine cone in the candleholder, so simple and pretty. Great job! Posted: 9:50 am on December 24th
MimiToria writes: Love the white tree with the multi colored vintage Christmas ornaments on it. They really pop. I have a 1950's vintage silver tree that I used for 3 years with my vintage bulbs, and after seeing yours, I may need to pull mine out for next year. Its' been packed away the last 2 years.
Love the hay unloader Christmas tree stand too. Very cool.
Merry Christmas my dear friend.
Gretchen Posted: 9:41 am on December 24th
shabbychick writes: Thanks again! I really appreciate your comments and mutual love for all this "stuff"! :) It's too much fun!

Cyndi - I don't know if the unloader is a miniature - I'm not a farm girl either :) - but I sure do love this little hunk of rust! haha.

Merry Christmas, Kathy Posted: 9:37 am on December 20th
fellowjunker writes: Your Christmas displays are full of the BEST vintage treasures EVER!!!!
Merry Christmas Kathy!
xojanis Posted: 3:40 pm on December 19th
Grasshopper22 writes: Your house looks very merry...I really like the vintage jewelry tree. Posted: 7:56 am on December 19th
frstyfrolk writes: Thanks for telling and showing us the hay unloader, a mininature?, well I wish I was a farm girl! I adore your jewelry tree and assortment of Merry christmas letters, your clock box filled with a white coat Santa and goodies, snow people, jars and trees! The pine cone tree is awesome too with the tubes!

Smiles, Cyndi Posted: 12:22 am on December 19th
shabbychick writes: Thanks ladies - for all your comments and holiday wishes!

Pulling out my Christmas stuff is always interesting (and a little scary)........somehow my collection grows a little each year (not sure how I do that - must be little elves out shopping and leaving things for me I guess - ha ha!)...

Anyway - I think that little hay unloader will have many happy holidays (and seasons) in its future. And the rusty clock case - too much fun.

Oh, and by the way, the next thing up for auction will be my trusty, rusty test tube holder (sorry, just kidding). It's another great piece with lots of possibilities (this purchase was inspired by my junking friend Candy). And, Alice...your offer is very tempting! :)

Kenda - thanks! I've gotten behind in my reading, but looking forward to catching up in the next day or so.

Take care, Kathy
Posted: 3:29 pm on December 17th
alicemom writes: Kathy,
I will trade you one rusty old test tube holder for one sligthly used fish tank! lol
love it all!!!!!
Merry Christmas
smiles, alice Posted: 2:13 pm on December 17th
georgiamoon writes: Well I think you have hit the pinnacle of festive decorating! What a lovely way to celebrate Christmas with so much lovely and vintage stuff around. Great job and Happy Holidays! Geo Posted: 12:44 pm on December 17th
54girl writes: LOVE you hayloader! I've seen it displayed before. You old clock display is wonderful. Great idea! Love it all. Mary Posted: 12:39 pm on December 17th
RustyDiva writes: Hey you.....I've missed ya! I know you have been busy with work stuff but looks like you've been busy with decorating stuff too! Love how you put Christmas in every room and your collections are wonderful! Thanks for sharing them with us Kathy ~ can't pick a fav cause I love all things Christmas! Merry merry Christmas!!

Kenda Posted: 10:36 am on December 17th
monakent writes: WOW - it's hard to pick a favorite with THIS patch! LOVE the metal clock frame, the hayloader, the rusty old test tube holder (I want one SOOO bad), and of course, those lovely white vintage trees - the "mini-me" is a HOOT!!!

You sure outdid yourself with this post......what a minute.....you usually DO outdo yourself on every post!!!

Kathy, everything looks great. You've put me to shame with all your decorating. I only have a very special Santa out on display as of this morning in our house (YIKES). Thanks for the super ideas. gailmarie Posted: 9:31 am on December 17th
SnowmanHill writes: Your house looks so warm and inviting, just love all of your vintage Christmas decorations, and the hay unloader is great! Posted: 9:29 am on December 17th
Prior writes: Everything looks great Love the old clock case and the hay unloader, need to find one. Lezlee Posted: 9:22 am on December 17th
CraftingWendy writes: Kathy -- What a wonderful assortment of Christmas junk. I love the clock box, the hay unloader, the bottles, the boxes. I know it's just eight days until Xmas but I'm inspired to dig into the junk stash for new ideas. Thanks for the inspiration. Happy Holidays. Posted: 9:00 am on December 17th
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