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Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Christmas decorations for home

Searching for Christmas decorations for home?  We have ideas from our home from Christmas 2020 to share with you while we ready our home for 2021.

Dining room table with Christmas garland decorating table
Our dining room table set for dinner 


Wondering where we have been lately?  


We have been working with the elves to get ALL, ok maybe not all, but many of our Christmas decorations out.  


We are getting pretty excited to share them with you too!


We love getting our home ready for the holiday season making it warm, and cozy, and getting sparkles everywhere while making amazing memories for the following year.


Speaking of sparkles, peanut and I were covered in them yesterday!  I had to stop him from trying to lick them off yesterday. 

 

Gluten Free Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies
My yummy Gluten Free Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies



Oh the trips down memory lane we go while readying our home for the holidays.  


Memories including both old and new…  memories from our childhoods, and memories as a new couple, and memories as a married couple, our first Christmas in our home, first Christmas with our beloved peanut... the list goes on and on.  


German Shepherd Beagle on Christmas morning
Our kiddo on Christmas morning 


Of course, we enjoy making new memories too.  


It gets pretty interesting around here about this time of year.  I want to get every Christmas item we own out, and Mr. VS has to tell me I need to scale it back.  


This year, I even decided the kitchen was a must to decorate!  Oh, I am pretty excited about it too.  Just need to put the final touches on it... and then if Mr. VS has any input, he will tell you I am never finished until the BIG DAY arrives!   


Do you share memories of Christmas’ past with your loved ones? Sometimes sharing the same stories over and over again?  I am one who thoroughly enjoys reminiscing... I think it allows us to honor loved ones who are no longer with us. 

   

Homemade wreath with dog ornaments
Wreath I made last year with pups on it 


This year, we are thoroughly enjoying working for the most part with what we have around the house.  


We would like to share with you how you can get a new look, but use the same items year after year.  With the delays in shipping, and the idea of just strolling down memory lane, we have been having a lot of fun getting our home ready for the holidays vintage style.  

Are you worried about not being able to get items shipped to you before the big day?  I have to say, I am not as worried as some I have spoke with.  I typically begin my Christmas shopping early, usually way early.


Do not discount homemade gifts too... below is something we made to give as a gift.  We really enjoyed the project, it was fun, and new memories for us.  Plus, the recipient loved it!


Handmade Christmas Tree Farm Sign
Sign we made for Christmas present 


Christmas is our favorite time of year, I usually have everything purchased by now. If I am being honest, wrapped too.  This year I do not have anything wrapped yet. I could not seem to find the wrapping paper I wanted.  I was searching high and low for vintage wrapping paper.  

I decided on a tartan plaid wrapping paper, tartan plaid is my most favorite pattern, especially for Christmas.  It just rings classic to me... so I am patiently awaiting it's arrival.  


Decorating on a shoestring budget for the holidays 


Last year I had it in my mind I would have tartan plaid curtains in our tv room.  Mr. VS was not as excited about the idea as I was since I wanted them up all year round!  He asked, aren't they more for Christmas?  My reply?  Of course not silly!  We can have them up ALL year round!


Musical train for Christmas
Gift from Mr. VS, I keep it out year round in our china cabinet 


I love our china cabinet and how it allows me to display so many favorite items.  I have some of my most beloved items in here, and a lot are Christmas related.


The gift from Mr. VS was well thought out since he knows I love trains, snow globes, and music boxes.  This one plugs in and plays Christmas music.  I love it!    

I have been wrestling around in the attic going through the items we have picked up over the years.  Thankfully, we are off this week so I have the time to do this.  


For being a cozy cottage, I sure do pack a lot of "stuff" in our home.


Buffet decorated for Christmas
How we made the glass Christmas candle holders 


Our anniversary will be in December too!  December is a busy month for us, peanut's birthday, our anniversary, Christmas!

Do you see the roses under the glass cloche?  Mr. VS had them made for me, they are roses dipped in iron.  Iron is suggested for the sixth year of marriage... yep, we buy each other traditional anniversary gifts.  We enjoy getting creative and giving these sorts of gifts to each other.  




This was my version of a snow globe last year.  It was one of the first items I shared on Hometalk.  

I hate letting go of Christmas every year, so I began making Winter crafts to share for those of you like me.  I was amazed at how well it was received and so many of you loved it. 
  



Christmas would not be complete without my beloved red truck that makes an appearance around our cottage often.  I am always fussing with it and deciding what should go in the back of the bed.

I would love to own a red Ford truck just like this one that I can drive.  My only issue, I do not know how to drive a stick shift.  Many have tried to teach me, and failed.  I just do not think I am coordinated enough to keep it all straight.  HA!  




After the Christmas decorations were down, I missed my lights in the hallway.  They really lit up the hall, so I made this nightlight for us.  


We both loved how it lit up the hallway and even filtered upstairs when we get up in the middle of the night.  




I have an affinity for lanterns.  You have seen many around our cottage.  This one is pretty rustic, I picked it up at a barn sale.  What a mess it was, but it cleaned up and enjoy all it's imperfections. 




Above are planters we made for Christmas/winter for the front porch.  I never seem to do the same thing on our porch.  I already had everything on hand to make these which was nice, especially with everything so hectic last Christmas. 

If you click on the link above, you can see how to make these planters in detail.   
  



I love this table, it has another memory for me that we made together.  It became a real labor of love for us.  Do you know this table was the first post that began it all? 


Yep, the first post ever written for Vintage Style Gal, which might I add is another anniversary we will be celebrating soon!  How exciting, huh?  


A blog born out of covid, I have so enjoyed meeting all of you fine folks, and your comments, and stories you have shared with us.  We cherish each and every one of you.  Thank you again for letting us share our home with you and continuing to stick with us through all of our learning experiences.  It has been so much fun!    


We hope you have gotten some ideas for your own home today, and of course, thanks for walking hand in hand with us down memory lane.


Are you getting ready to kick off the holiday season in your home?  Do you wait until after Thanksgiving to get started?  We used to wait, but I have found I need a pick me up earlier and earlier every year.  All this holiday decorating really helps to lift my spirits!    


Have a wonderful week!    

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