Most Popular Post of 2016

Some years I am completely surprised by the most popular post of the year.  This year I was not surprised at all.

Top 5 Things to Look For at Yard Sales This Year

This post was part of a blog hop that included 14 bloggers.

So here is the update on what I did buy throughout the summer and fall at yard and estate sales and my favorite thrift stores.

Vintage Ladders

 I did pick up a couple of wooden ladders that went straight to my booth.  Since they went straight to the booth I don’t have any photos of them.  Speaking of my booth, sadly I am closing it at the end of January.  When new owners took over I wanted to give it time to see how things went.  They made some improvements but overall I’m just not happy there anymore.  So I’ve decided to open an Etsy shop.  More about the new Etsy shop later.

This red ladder is in my booth so I will be bringing it home.  It is a keeper.  I envision several uses for it over the next few years.

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Vintage Outdoor Bits and Pieces

A few picnic baskets made their way home with me.  Some went to the booth while others joined my collection.

This picnic basket is in my stash awaiting a makeover.

A picnic jug was a fun find to add to my thermos collection.

Another great find was this Coleman enamel ware camping set

with matching flatware.

I always pick vintage tennis rackets with a brace and this one has a bonus – a vintage cover.

No. 3

Vintage Fishing Equipment

Here is where I failed.  Epically!  I didn’t buy any vintage fishing equipment but it is still on my radar and I did find a couple of reels in my garage that belonged to my late husband.

No. 4

Vintage Christmas Decor

This group is where I scored the most finds.

At an estate sale I picked up a bunch of Shiny Brites and

bubble light strings with

replacements.

There were also several strings of vintage Christmas lights and bulbs.

A cool mid-century round tablecloth made its way home with me from one sale.

Two candle holders made in Japan and

a Santa planter were excellent Christmas finds.

A vintage Disney Merry Christmas snow globe made my grandkids very happy.

My very favorite vintage Christmas find was this apron. that cost me less than a dollar.

No. 5

Ironstone and China

Britain Castles ironstone fits right in with all my blue and white dishes.

A pretty tea set that I cannot part with made it into my china cabinet.

Currier and Ives Rocky Mountain by Royal China went to the booth and sold quickly.

Pretty platter and a pink depression glass bowl were excellent finds.  I kept the platter and took the bowl to the booth.  It has not sold.  Depression glass isn’t as popular a collectible as it once was.

I fell in love with this pretty ironstone pitcher the moment I saw it.

Another pretty platter

and a sandwich plate with a cross stitch pattern joined my collection.

Clearly, I cannot pass up dishes decorated with pink.  There were several more ironstone and china purchases along the way.  I figured you had seen enough.

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Merry Christmas 2016

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Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season

A Charming Pink Christmas Tree in the Dining Room

I’ve wanted a pink Christmas tree for a while so I finally gave in this year and ordered one.  I am totally in love with it.

It has a mixture of vintage ornaments and new ornaments.

This little birdy was a Walmart find.

As was this little birdy.

Two of the ornaments were on my first Christmas tree.  This is one.

This sweet little pink ornament is the other.

My youngest granddaughter picked out this ornament.

My other granddaughter picked this adorable cupcake ornament.

The angels I made ended up here on the dining room table as part of the centerpiece.

The hunt board is host to some trophies highlighted with a few ornaments.

The two larger trophies are from Target but the smaller one was an ETSY find.

This Santa is one of my all time favorite ornaments.

Most of the ornaments are pink as are the lights.

It is a small tree about four feet tall.

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Super Easy Christmas Angels Made With Salt Shakers

More angels, you say.  Oh yes!  

I’ve been collecting orphan salt shakers for a while with this Christmas angel project in mind.  Let me apologize for my photos in this post, my lighting was not the best.  

Now that I have the salt shakers I need wings and halos. This angel got her wings from an old bar pin, a silver chenille wire halo, and an earring part face.

Embellishments are a must too.  This angel has a rhinestone earring embellishment.

Now to put my lovely little angels together.  This little angel has a crystal head, metal wings with attached halo, and an earring embellishment.

Hot glue was my friend on this project.  

When I was finished with the salt shaker angels I saw two little cone shapes sitting in my stash and I had a light bulb moment.

  These two cone shapes could become angels, so they did with some odds and ends from my stash.

 

Hope you like all my angels.  

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Wordless Wednesday 123 ~ Christmas Beverage Bar

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From the post ~ More Than A Hot Cocco Stand

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Wordless Wednesday 122 ~ Vintage Doll Suitcase Decorated for Christmas

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From the post ~ How To Decorate For Christmas – Vintage Style

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A Vintage Charm Christmas ~ Four Precious Christmas Angels

They are just four little Christmas angels so how could they mean so much.  I am going to share their journey with you.

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Don’t we all have a Christmas traditions or two?  For me, the Christmas angels are my timeless tradition.

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The four charming angels were my mother’s.  They always played a big part in our Christmas décor when I was growing up. The angels were our family’s Christmas tradition.

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 We moved a lot while I was growing up.  My Dad was a construction engineer for a growing electric company and we followed him when he got transferred to build a new electric plant.  Every Christmas the angels were carefully packed away but came out no matter where we were every Christmas.

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She displayed them in the living room on a table with a blanket of snow.  She believed in angels and she fostered that belief in me.

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When she passed away the angels came to stay with me until I pass them on to one of my daughters who I hope will cherish them as much as I do.

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She bought them to decorate the tiny two-room apartment that she and my Dad rented in an older home.  They had gotten married in October and this was their first Christmas together.  The year was 1950.

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Being newly married she didn’t have much money to spend and they most likely came from the dime store.

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Do you remember the dime store or the five and ten?  I think my age is showing.  You can faintly see Japan in blue letters on the bottom.

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They are not fine porcelain or china but nothing could be more precious to me than these four little Christmas angels.

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Sneak Peek at A Vintage Charm Christmas Blog Hop

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Just popping in to remind you to join us on Sunday for the Vintage Charm Blog Hop.   As for what you might expect from the Blue Willow House, think angels.

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Wordless Wednesday 121 ~ Peace on Earth

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From the post ~ The Nickel Tour

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Favorite Vintage Christmas Ideas

Now that Thanksgiving is over I can think about Christmas.  I’m one of those people who can’t move on to Christmas until the Thanksgiving turkey is gone.

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So here are a few of my favorite vintage Christmas ideas.

Christmas Lunchbox

This vignette is completely composed of vintage items.

Christmas Scene

The jar and deer are the only non-vintage items in this vignette.

Snowy Winter Scene 2

A humidor I found at the thrift store became a waterless snow globe.

Flower Frog Tree

Love to group a few of my red, green, and silver thermos and add an altered Christmas tree made of flower frogs.

Funnel tree

Another altered Christmas tree with vintage Santa mugs underneath made my kitchen merry.

Star Ruler Minnow Bucket

One of my vintage folding yardsticks folded into a star is a fun easy Christmas decoration.

Doll Suitcase

A vintage doll suitcase filled with Shiny Brites is a great way of saying Merry Christmas.

57 Chevy

Bringing home the Christmas tree on a 57 Chevy is special for me.  My Dad owned a car like this when I was a kid.

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A poinsettia in an old champagne bucket and vintage Christmas ornaments on silver makes for a pretty entrance in the foyer.

Cookie Cutter Tree

A vintage cookie cutter Christmas tree in a rolling market basket by the window in my kitchen is my favorite little tree.

Santa's Workshop

I had fun putting this little scene together a couple of years ago with a vintage house ornament.

Peace on Earth

I created this globe vignette in my bedroom a couple of years ago.

Demijohn lights

I enjoy twinkle lights on my hearth at Christmas.

Red Truck

Of course, I couldn’t leave out the iconic red truck bringing home the Christmas tree.

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