Christmas Tour, Thrifted Merry Christmas Blog Hop, & Link Party


Welcome to the Thrifted Merry Christmas Blog Hop. Today I join four other bloggers in sharing our vintage Christmas decorating and we’re inviting you to share your vintage style with us at the link party at the end of this post.

Thrifted Merry Christmas Blog Hop & Link Party

Welcome to my home in upstate New York. As you can see, we’ve had just a bit of snow over the past couple of days. Our Thanksgiving snow had melted, and then we experienced a few warm-ish days, and then bam–several days of rain, ice, and snow. It looks pretty on the decorations, though, doesn’t it? The vintage skates are hanging from a vintage wooden sled that still has some red paint on it. Both were purchased at garage sales.

Thrifted Merry Christmas Blog Hop & Link Party
These vintage maple skis rest on the other side of our entry. Both the wreath and the skis are garage sale finds. Come on in and see the rest of the house.
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In the foyer, on an antique oak dresser, I put together a Putz village of sorts. I’m enjoying the white and silver with touches of pink. The green feather wreath is a recent estate sale purchase for all of $4.
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I gave a sneak peak of this glittered house and bleached trees on a pedestal stand last week. In the background is the TP tube ornament I blogged about last week as well.


Imagine my delight when I walked into an estate sale last week and found this trio of Putz houses for just $4! No, it’s not vintage, but it sure comes pretty close.

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Isn’t the snowman adorable?
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A little peek at the vintage runner under all the Putz. A great find for just 50 cents.

To the left of the foyer you will find our living room. Honestly, the only vintage in my mantle display are the French door and the hooked rug!

Thrifted Merry Christmas Blog Hop & Link Party

The tapestry stockings, a gift from a dear friend who sewed them for us, have a vintage look, though.

Thrifted Merry Christmas Blog Hop & Link Party

I like the mix of deep red poinsettias and the white pearl picks (the ribbon matches better than it appears in the photos!).

Thrifted Merry Christmas Blog Hop & Link Party

Early in our marriage, my sweet mother gave us the most meaningful decoration in our house — our beautiful nativity.

Thrifted Merry Christmas Blog Hop & Link Party

Moving on from the living room, the family room is next. In front of our large sectional sits a good-sized, round coffee table. I just recently purchased this off-white tray, which was medium brown wood before I rushed to paint it. It corals these decorations nicely. The large bottle brush tree on the left dates from the 50s (and is currently available in my Etsy shop). The candy jar (garage sale, $1) holds almost a dozen vintage bulbs–I love them. The little guys are vintage as well.

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The cloche I purchased at Target during their after-Christmas 75% off sale. Isn’t it darling? I made the stand it sits on out of a small glass dish and a candle holder. E6000 glue secures them together nicely. I wrote a post about making pedestal stands.

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Upon exiting the family room you find yourself in my kitchen. In the corner is a cupboard, purchased at a garage sale about ten years ago for $75. It’s one my favorites.

I’m in the process of filling it with vintage ironstone. I try not to spend $5 on any one piece. The chocolate pot on the top left cost me $6–hard money for me to part with. I acquired most of the other pieces for about $2 or $3.

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As you can see, I’ve tucked vintage aqua bulbs in and around the ironstone and hung a bottle brush wreath from the large white pitcher. A newer bottle brush tree pokes out of the gravy boat.

Thrifted Merry Christmas Blog Hop & Link Party
Thrifted Merry Christmas Blog Hop & Link Party

On the wall next to the corner cupboard, hangs a recent creation. Ever since I wrote a post about decorating with Christmas bulbs, I’ve wanted to make one of these trees. I purchased the old screen door on our recent trip to Pittsburgh.

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You can see in this photo that I just poked the wire hangers through the screen to attach the bulbs.
Thrifted Merry Christmas Blog Hop & Link Party
I recently purchased three vintage coal shovels, with the idea that I’d use one or more for Christmas. What do you think?
Thrifted Merry Christmas Blog Hop & Link Party
I have a pretty extensive collection of jars that I’ve been accumulating over the past several months. The large cracker jar holds some of my recently bleached BB trees and a newly glittered house. I call the jars on either side of it (holding candy) drug store jars. They both have nice ground tops. On the left is another of my TP tube ornaments.
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Next to the sliding glass doors standss a country cupboard that was a wedding gift from a college roommate. It used to serve as our phone center, but since we barely use our land line, I’ve taken it over with my bread boards. I Christmas-ed it up a bit, starting with a quartet of vintage stockings.
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Vintage BB trees tucked in ironstone, an old truck, painted red with a newer tree on the back, an old plaid thermos, a cut-out Santa (a family “heirloom”), and woolen socks laying on a bread tin.

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This close-up shows my less-than-successful attempt to apply red paint to an army green Tonka truck. Sigh. Not every project is successful 🙂

Thrifted Merry Christmas Blog Hop & Link Party
Wishing you all a beautiful and blessed Christmas season.
For to us a child is born, 
to us a son is given, 
and the government will be on his shoulders. 
And he will be called 
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, 
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, (Isaiah 9:6).

Thrifted Merry Christmas Blog Hop

Today you have the opportunity to see how five different bloggers
use vintage to decorate for Christmas.Diana at Adirondack Girl @ Heart (me!)
Laura at Hey, What’s for Dinner Mom?
Dianne at Deannie’s Stash
Jill at A Little Bit of Everything
Anny at Random Anny
Be sure to visit us all–you’ll find great ideas 
and receive inspiration for your own decorating.
A huge thank you to Laura for setting this whole event up for us!

Linky Party

Now is your chance to participate in the party! I hope you will link up your vintage Christmas posts below. We’d love to see your vintage Christmas and how you incorporate it in your holiday decorating. Your posts will be visible on four blogs at the same time! Please use the button below or a text link to link back to this party.


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  1. Everything looks wonderful, Diana! I love all of your sweet vintage finds and your Christmas ball tree creation on the screen is really cute! I'm sorry we haven't gotten to get together yet. Maybe we can aim for after the holidays? Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 🙂

    1. Thanks Shelia–we will, we will. No rush–get yourself all settled in. Moving across the country is a BIG DEAL!

  2. Diana, these are all so terrific! Your shopping trips must give you so much satisfaction in how little you spend for how much you gather! Love it all, but especially the jars in the kitchen and the country cupboard with your boards and other vintage items together. The ironstone with aqua is really pretty too. Have a great week (in spite of the weather, ugh, I really don't like snow, and so far we've been lucky to avoid it!).

  3. Eye candy everywhere I look! You've created a gorgeous decorated home. Love your sweet village and your Ironstone collection is amazing!

  4. So beautiful!!

    I'm very intrigued by your ornament tree, it's one of kind!!

    I love your cut out Santa, that's a lovely family heirloom to have!

  5. Love the porch, the little houses, vintage ornaments, ironstone….my porch also has the thrifted vintage sled and skates. Now I'll be on the look out for the skis! And I think your little truck looks perfectly vintage!

  6. Your Christmas decorating is SO pretty, Diana! I love everything! Thanks so much for hosting!

  7. Be still my heart friend! Your vignettes are amazing! And that ornament tree that you created is stunning! This is my kind of Christmas decorating!!! Wishing you a wonderful week friend! Nicole xo

  8. This is so exciting! I have a vintage Christmas throughout my house! And you have such lovely decor! Happy holidays, Diane

  9. HOW CUTE! I always forget about cloches and you've done them so well! I love your green feather wreath and entrance too 🙂

  10. Diana, I LOVE all of your thrifty goodness–especially that bulb tree! So funny, I have a different version scheduled for later this week 😉
    There is still time for you to link your thrifty posts to my Creating Christmas–it's open til Friday! Merry Christmas! Cecilia

    1. Thanks Cecilia! I'll be looking for your ornament tree later on. Thanks for the invite–I'll head over and link up right now–
      Merry Christmas,

  11. I love the wreath on the skis. The pink decorations are so pretty. Hope we get some snow next week. Merry Christmas! Linda

  12. Hello dear, your Christmas decorations are really looking adorable and it will be great if you can share the details of the stuff you used for the decoration. I am also planning a Christmas party at DC venues and really need your help.

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