The Nickel Tour ~ Christmas 2017

The Nickel Tour is a little tour of my house at Christmas.

So come along with me to see what I’ve been working on.

My yard doesn’t have any pine trees and the snow storm we had here a couple of weeks ago brought down quite a few limbs.  There were several downed pine limbs complete with pine cones by in our neighborhood playground.   Also,  a cedar nearby lost a few branches.  So I collected a bunch of greenery from both to use around the house.  My first arrangement is in an old minnow bucket.

A small enamel pan is filled with vintage Christmas tree light bulbs, vintage ornaments, a grain sack tea towel, and a vintage yarn Santa.

Then, I added greenery to some very large pine cones from Hobby Lobby in a metal basket.  The metal basket looks at home on an old chippy captain’s chair I picked up thrifting a few years ago.

The little Santa hot chocolate mugs are hard to find these days but I found a few recently increasing my collection size to nine.  The paint on most of them is chipping so we don’t use them for hot cocoa but I have a set from Pottery Barn that we use on Christmas Eve.

I dismantled the Vintage Santa Inspired Table Setting (shown below) and redecorated using my rusty crusty sled and a few select vintage goodies.  .

This is one of my favorite Christmas projects and you can check it out here.tourWhile thrifting in November I found these vintage Christmas picks and small decorative elf, snowman, deer, and Santa.

Then a couple of weeks later I found these two Vintage Santas made in Japan

and they inspired a tablescape you can see here.

I’ve added to the thermos and tin collection with a Santa tin I found last week and a cookie tin with West Highland Terriers aka Westies .  My blogging buddy Rita from Panoply pointed out that with a couple more Scotch Tape tins I could make a Christmas tree.  So I will be on the hunt for a couple more tins.

The coffee table in the family room holds a few of my vintage cameras and a Coke crate filled with vintage goodies.  The white urn with green relief is a cool vintage find from Japan circa 1950.  It is filled with a mini tree.  A flower frog Christmas tree and an ink stamp carousel on stacked cover-less books completes the Coke crate.  In the background you can see vintage inspired boxes I found at Ross.  Gift bags, tags, gift card boxes, and wine tubes with these vintage images were also available at Ross and I found them as a set on Amazon too but not the boxes.

Ella Mae’s corner in the dining room is all aglow in pink and gold.  She has a heart of gold and a bird on her shoulder.  You will see more of her tomorrow and what I’ve been working on in the dining room.  Think pink!!

My bedroom Christmas decor inspired by my grand-kids is a lot of fun.  I have a darling PBK quilt on my bed.  It sports little village houses and Santa in his sleigh.  Plaid pillows and PB Woody Wagon Christmas Tree crewel pillow, and PBK Christmas Tree pillow complete the look (Please excuse the cell phone photo).  My room is in disarray with gifts and wrapping paper supplies so I had to use a photo I sent to my daughter.

Santa and his elf share a chair in my room.  Both are from the 1980’s.  The Santa is mine and the elf was my Mom’s.  When she passed the elf came to me and my kids immediately named the elf Kiwi for unknown or unremembered reasons.

Hope you enjoyed the Nickel Tour and thank you for joining me today!



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  1. Sharon, I love thermos and tin collection! All of your vignettes are charming! Merry Christmas!

  2. Laurene Shewan says:

    Ella Mae looks elegantly understated but is in great shape! I came from Norwich, CT where Thermos products were made, so see them at yard sales frequently.

  3. You’ve got great vignettes, Sharon. Lucky to get the free greens – they’re pretty! I collected several on my walks, and I’m sure I embarrassed my husband as I dragged them home with me, blocks away. 🙂 I love your bedroom. It looks super cozy.
    Thanks for the shout out…I’ll watch for you too.
    Merry Christmas!

  4. Loving all the vintage touches! Love your bed! Have always loved that green mailbox. Love the colored bulbs on the stamp holder, and love your collection of Santa mugs! Everything truly looks festive!

  5. Sharon you have such a darling home. I love your Santa mug collection. I have never seen the white ones before, they are great. The quilt on your bed is soooo cute, I love it with the pillows. So delightful. Have a wonder Christmas!
    xoxo Jo

  6. Naomi Shelton says:

    Sharon, I can almost smell those evergreen branches in the minnow bucket! You’ve put together some nice decorations, especially Ella Mae decked out in her baubles. The sleigh on the table (sounds like the Elf on the shelf!) is great. The rusty, vintage look is perfect. It reminded me that I have a vintage sleigh somewhere! In the garage? Maybe! Guess I better look and maybe use it next year.

    Hope you and family have a lovely Christmas!

  7. Kathleen Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home} says:

    You always have such fabulous vintage Christmas decor! I LOVE that sled centerpiece!!! Just FYI I still was not getting your posts since the last time I re-subscribed so I tried subscribing again via my gmail address and it says that there was an error and would only accept my yahoo email address. Hopefully I will start getting your posts again! Merry Christmas!
    xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

  8. Thanks for sharing your charming tour at Vintage Charm, Sharon!

  9. Jann Olson says:

    Always love seeing what you are up to Sharon! Love the sleigh on your table! I used one out on my porch to hold my cocoa bar. I think I have the same exact Scotch tins as you have. Always on the look out for more as well. Everything is darling! thanks for sharing with SYC.

  10. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says:

    Sharon your home is full of so much vintage charm. It makes me feel right at home! Wishing you a very Happy New year.

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