Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Vintage 'Trim'ming the tree!

Last week I had the pleasure of perusing the local outdoor flea market with Petite Michelle Louise.  We had to get one more trip in before the season closes.  What fun!  Michelle is such a doll and a pro at finding just the right treasures.  Her eyes light up and she beams when coming across something to delight. 
Alas, we forgot to take photos of our trip, but I assure you Michelle looked adorable whereas I wandered around in my husband's fleece with my hair getting the 'wind' treatment.  One vendor got a little too 'friendly' with Michelle, offering her the pretty girl price.  I could chuckle as I stood safely yards away.  :)
We both had a good laugh! 
And look what was found....
Hand-knitted and crocheted soft appliques and a lovely white embroidered tablecloth:

An amazing stash of vintage lace trimmings that Michelle and I are splitting together:

And what to do with some of that gorgeous vintage trim?  Why not showcase it in a sparkly silver tree?

I created these ornaments to blend in with the vintage tones...

I'm just starting to get the house ready for Christmas, beginning in the dining room (no hosting Thanksgiving this year!). 
This ornament placed in the bowl was made by attaching pipe cleaners together in the shape of a star, then gluing vintage style tinsel garland to it.  Next I simply taped a Victorian dresden paper angel image to the front:

Here's another easy project I recently did.  I love the look of little drums in Christmas decor, so I purchased this wreath pick decoration at JoAnn's craft store.  The drum top and bottom were a bit too shiny for my taste, so I glued on vintage music paper.  Now it fits right into the vintage/sparkly tones in this room:

It was serendipitous to find some music with the word 'drummer' in the lyric, too!

Sharing with White Wednesday and Vintage Inspiration Friday.  I hope you all have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
Stay tuned for Etsy sale news and a Christmas giveaway!


It's me said...

Wowww that sweet little angel is my favorite......seize the day darling.....love from me........♥.. ♥... ♥....

LizlovesVintage said...

So simple and lovely! I can't think about Xmas just yet but, lucky for you for starting early.
Adorable angel.
Happy Thanksgiving :)
xxx Liz

Anonymous said...

I LOVE your tree!! I may steal...errr...uhh borrow your idea!!! :) Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Blondie's Journal said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful time!! You founds some real treasures! I love days like that!

Your handmade ornament with the drum is darling. I think I stared at it for an hour! I have some music paper and my mind just goes blank thinking of a way to use it! You are so creative!

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving, Susan!

Anonymous said...

I'm so jealous that you had the chance to hang out with a fellow blogger! I hope some day to have the chance to do the same. Your finds are stunning and that tree is gorgeous!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving:)


Donna said...

What great flea market finds, Susan! How lucky you were to discover that gorgeous French lace! It is perfect for your tree, I never would have thought of that:) And I adore your sweet angel in the silver bowl. Your drum makeover is genius! Sometimes all it takes is a little tweak to totally transform something!!

Anonymous said...

OOOOOOOHHHHH!! Love, Love, this,

Cape Cod Washashore said...

Ohhhhh a flea market treasure hunt with Petite Michelle Louise! What a treat! You found some gorgeous lace trims!

Jennelise said...

Very pretty! The tree looks just lovely!

Lynn Stevens said...

Oh what fun you two must have had, I can just picture Michelle's eyes lighting up with all that vintage lace!
Your decor looks beautiful. I hope to start mine soon
hugs Lynn

Unknown said...

a sweet post mon amie and what fun we had indeed!! (and make no mistake..you looked adorable yourself in those boots!) this made me smile. I am loving all of your beautiful xmas touches around your home. that tree is just so sweet! I am on the hunt for a petite silver one myself! wish me luck! Happiest of Thanksgivings to you and your beautiful family mon amie! ;)

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Hey Picker Sister! Glad you and Michelle had fun! Your peek at the holiday sparkle in your nest is beautiful and inspiring. I'll be pulling out the totes on Friday...wish me luck!
Happy Thanksgiving Friend!!

Cindy said...

Your ornaments are all absolutely precious! It must have been so fun to go shopping with a like minded friend... looking at all the pretty stuff, and thinking of all the fun and creative ways to use them! I love the little drum with the music on it!


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