Thursday, December 10, 2009

Vintage Thursday: Christmas Around the House

I'm following my friend Janet, who followed Colorado Lady's lead, and posting some photos of vintage Christmas items at my house. These pics are from last year, because our decorations won't be up until this weekend. We're running late! But I plan on a live tree this year, and want it to last until after Old Christmas (January 5).


Santa greets guests on the porch on top of a washstand given to me by a friend about 20 years ago. The sled and birdhouse were yard sale finds.

In the log room, the fireplace is built from stone collected from our property. The chair hanging on the wall was inside the old log cabin we took down to build this room.

The carved Santas on top of the silver chest (that belonged to my parents) were carved by lance Powers of Elkview, WV in the 1980's. See the fresh mistletoe? It was destined for the kissing ball!

Last year's tree was all vintage and handmade ornaments, from my paper stars to the apple and orange garlands to the hand-beaded ornaments made by my mother years ago.

I like to use old books for decorating. These library discards are perfectly at home on top of a table bought at a junk shop for 10 dollars. The table is pegged together and had part of a Ouija board inside its drawer when we bought it. The churn is one I used for several years to make butter and the coffee grinder we still use occasionally. The silver teapot was a $3 find at a resale shop. You can see a little of the hand-cranked washer in the corner; it was patented in 1883 and I bought it from the man whose mother ordered it new from Sears in the late 1800's.
That's all for now. Maybe next week I will be able to post photos of this year's decorations.

17 comments:

Maria said...

Thanks for the visit at my blog, I make post in my native language and try as good as I can to do so in english as well since I know I have some visitors from abroad.

The Santa you have standing above the the fireplace by the sign story teller looks really nice. The arrangement on top of the "quijaboard" is pleasant to look at as well.

Nessa said...

Your house looks the way a house should at Christmas. Lovely, warm, traditional.

Car Goes Boom

My Grama's Soul said...

What wonderful pictures for VTT - it looks like a good old traditional Christmas.


Cheers,

Jo

Granny Sue said...

Maria, your English is fine, and I appreciate your efforts.

Thank you, Nessa. It's a homey place, where people can leave their shoes on and kids are comfortable.

Traditional it is, Grama! And a good bit country too :-)

Keetha Broyles said...

I'm sure likin' your digs, Granny!

Janet, said...

Hi Susanne, glad to see you joining us. I like your vintage thingies, you have so much.

Allison said...

It looks like you have a very warm and cozy Christmas!

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

My first time here. Enjoyed the tour of your home and decorations. Thanks for sharing.
Living it up at Lakewood,
Cindy

LV said...

I loved all your Christmas keep sakes. Next VTT I have a little Santa I am featuring. Your reminded me of him. Thanks for your comment.

Postcardy said...

I love your log cabin room and fireplace.

Coloradolady said...

What a charming post and home you have...your tree is so pretty, I really loved it. You have some wonderful things and decorations. Happy VTT!

Angela said...

Hey Granny!

Love all of your decorations! Your home just looks so welcoming, warm and cozy.

Vintage Thingie Thursday!
Angela

Roslyn said...

A nice old fashioned Christmas house!

Granny Sue said...

Thank you all for your nice comments! Our house is a cozy place in winter. I have enjoyed seeing all the vintage items on so many sites. A lot of us take the same pleasure in the older things.

Maureen said...

What a beautiful fireplace and house. I'm glad to hear that I am not the only who hasn't put up their tree yet. This weekend..I think. I hope.

Granny Sue said...

That's our plan too, Maureen. With a live tree, wood heat can be devastating and make it dry out too fast. So I'm willing to wait and reduce the fire hazard.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wonderful pictures. Thanks for sharing them. It's been fun to visit all the VTT blogs.

Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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