Vintage Santa Inspired Table Setting

Welcome friends to a vintage Santa inspired table setting.  The inspiration for this holiday tablescape is the vintage Santas I found last week.  Also, we have a spectacular yet uncommon snowfall for Atlanta.  You can see it in the background of some of my photos.  It is beautiful but I am ready for it to melt.  I am not ready for life in a snowy land.

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably have already seen these two guys.  I’ve had this cross stitch Christmas table-cloth for a while.  You can read about it here.  I had it in my booth last Christmas but it didn’t sell.  It is a bit small and barely covered my kitchen table, so I threw it on the table diagonally.

These adorable vintage Santas are the inspiration for my tablescape.

In place of a centerpiece I placed three paperwhite bulbs in water down the center of the table along with the two vintage Santas.

I found these paperwhites in the fresh produce section at Wal-Mart.

They started blooming along with the snowfall this past weekend.

The white square chargers (Wal-Mart) support funky out of round red plates (Home Goods).  I love these crazy red plates and topped them with luncheon plates (Simply Shabby Chic – Target) with a lacy edge.  A Fire King Jadeite Jane Ray salad plate holding a chocolate covered marshmallow Santa tops the stack of plates at each place setting.

The flatware is Spode Christmas Tree.  The napkins tucked in between the white charger and funky out of round red plate are traditional red plaid.   The milk glass goblets are from a set of milk glass dinnerware I found here.

The four little vintage Santa mugs are from my collection.  My collection includes eight vintage mugs that I’ve collected over the last few years.  Unfortunately you cannot drink out of these but I have a new set from Pottery Barn that we use on Christmas Eve.

Target has such cute banners in Bulleye’s Playground that I have gotten lazy about making my own.  This one with red and white checks and Christmas trees on each end is adorable.  I couldn’t even buy the supplies to make it for the $3 it cost me.  I couldn’t get a good photo due to lighting.

You can’t have a  Santa Christmas Table Setting without a vintage Santa blow mold.  He is my favorite Christmas decoration.  I want him to have a reindeer friend, so I’m always on the lookout for one.

Over on the side table I am displaying a few of my red/plaid thermoses and tins.

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Christmas Knee Hugger Post Box

 Welcome friends to a Christmas Knee Hugger Post Box decorating project.

Do you guys remember when I won this adorable green post box from Tania at Little Vintage Cottage last year?  She had a contest on her blog sponsored by Bits of Vintage to give away a vintage inspired post box to one lucky reader who turned out to be me.

Today, I am going to convert it to Christmas decor.

Here is how it looked on St. Patrick’s day.

 

After St. Patrick’s Day I removed the all but the greenery and the bird.

After looking through all the Christmas greenery in my stash I didn’t find anything that worked for my project.  So off I went to Hobby Lobby and fortunately for me all Christmas decor was 50% off.   I found a couple of picks for my project.  My first step was to place the greenery on the top of the post box with stems in the mail slot.

Post Box

Now, to place the Hobby Lobby woodsman knee hugger.  I like him sitting in the middle of the greenery.

A few vintage Christmas cards should finish off this post box perfectly.  I went through all my vintage cards but unfortunately I don’t have that many from Christmas.   Finally, I found three from a group of mixed vintage cards I purchased from Donna at Distressed Donna Down Home a while ago.  These three are perfect.

I found some red tipped clothes pins in my stash and used them to clip the cards to the post box and to each other.  I love that the Christmas Knee Hugger Post Box greets you as you walk in my back door.

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Junky Christmas Tree, Oh Junky Christmas Trees

Junky Christmas Tree, Oh Junky Christmas Trees how I love thee.

  While visiting the thrift store this week I spotted a group of glass globes stacked on each other and thought how they looked like a little frosted Christmas tree.

It was a light bulb moment for me and I tried different combinations of glass globes to make my tree.  Here are the four globes for my Christmas tree.   The four glass globes, graduated in size, were half price so a thrifty project too.

This one has little tree like shapes around the bottom of the globe.

The glass globes I picked are all frosted glass and look like a flocked Christmas tree.  Once stacked I had to decide if I wanted to glue the glass globes together.  Yes, it would make it more stable but I like the idea of being able to use them for another project.  Plus with the glass globes apart they are easier to store.  So no glue for me, but if you want more stability you can certainly glue the globes together.

Now, for a topper.  I went through my vintage brooches looking for a star or snowflake.  No luck but I remembered a set of Christmas clear bubble lights I found thrifting a while back and they make the perfect topper.

They needed a little something more.  I found some tiny tinsel in my stash and wrapped it around the neck.

I love my Junky Christmas Tree so much that a trio of trees seems like a good idea.  Four glass globes from a ceiling fan I took down a few years ago that were ghosts in a past life are now transformed into two small Christmas trees.

A Trio of Junky Christmas Trees!

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Mama’s Mouth-Watering Cornbread Dressing Recipe

Today, I’m her to share a mouth-watering cornbread dressing recipe with you.

Our family tradition is turkey and dressing at Thanksgiving but not at Christmas; however, I  know that many of you have turkey and dressing at Christmas.

Therefore, I wanted to share this recipe before Thanksgiving so you might try it for either holiday.

Normally, I make my cornbread dressing from memory just like my Mom did it.  A few years ago a co-worker, Steve and I both volunteered to make cornbread dressing for our office’s Thanksgiving luncheon.  For the sake of consistency I asked Steve if he followed a recipe.  He did, so I asked him if he would share it with me.  Steve graciously shared his grandmother’s recipe with me.  Oh my goodness, it is the best dressing I have ever put in my mouth, simply mouth-watering, but let me warn you it is rich.  Here is the recipe.

Mama’s Mouth-Watering Cornbread Dressing Recipe

First, make the egg bread

Ingredients for egg bread (Cornbread is sometimes called egg bread in the South.

  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups self-rising cornmeal
  • 2 sticks butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Beat eggs, add buttermilk together.  Add salt and cornmeal together and beat into egg mixture.  Add melted butter.  Pour mixture into greased pan and bake at 350 degrees until golden brown.

Now prepare the dressing

Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf white bread
  • 2 medium onions chopped
  • 1 cup celery hearts finely chopped
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • Chicken or turkey broth (I use Chicken Broth)

Make dressing while egg bread is hot.  Crumble egg bread and the loaf of white bread together. Soften with broth until bread is moist.  Add beaten eggs, melted butter, pepper, onions, celery, and seasonings.  Mix all ingredients together well.  Add more broth if the mixture is too thick more bread if too thin.  Pour into a buttered baking pan.  Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown.  Remove from oven and pour a cup of broth over the dressing and return to oven for 10 extra minutes.

Cornbread dressing

Now serve the best cornbread dressing you have ever put in your mouth.

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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.

No. 2

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 Cocoa Stand

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Wordless Wednesday 122 ~ Vintage Doll Suitcase Decorated for Christmas

Doll Suitcase

No. 122
From the post ~ How To Decorate For Christmas – Vintage Style

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