Friday, November 29, 2013

Gathering Christmas Joy for Decorating

Although I have been very good about NOT decorating for Christmas till after Thanksgiving, I have been storing up some new goodies all along the way!

Danielle at Delightful Mom posted this pinecone wreath earlier this Fall and I fell in love. I finally made it, a little bigger to fill the wall above my mantel. I love it's simplicity and pure whiteness! I have pinecones in baskets around my house year round as there is just something about them, so this wreath spoke to me loud and clear..."You need to make me and hang me above the mantel in the parlor!" Since one of my passions is wreaths and making them I had to oblige!

I am going for a more rustic, vintage look this year in my Christmas decorating. I have stored up a lot of decorations over the years to fill up every room in my house but I always find myself wanting to do something a little different every year.

This idea to decorate vintage and rustic started when I saw this 1950's elf at efinegifts on Etsy. There are pages and pages of delightful vintage items and wonderful Christmas decorating items in this shop.

I had been wanting a pixie elf of my own as it sparks a kind of childhood memory in me. The Elf on the Shelf was not a tradition in our house when I was growing up and I had not heard of it when my girls were little so I missed out on that whole thing! I just love the way he looks perched on my kitchen cupboard.

I found this beautiful French inspired, rustic farmhouse tree, handmade by Amy, at ProvencalMarket on Etsy. It goes well in my Victorian pink and cranberry parlor and in my rustic, farmhouse dining room.

I just may have to leave it up year round!

Dru at The NestinSLT on Etsy makes these beautiful banners and I just had to have one for my parlor mantel. I chose JOY.
There won't be any Christmas decorating pictures just yet.....that will be in a future post. I am still gathering new things and planning my vignettes in my head!
There is a wonderful country store in Chesire, a small town near Canandaigua Lake in the Finger Lakes of Upstate New York. I have to visit every Fall to see what is new and I was not disappointed.
I saw this candle holder and was holding it in awe, going through my mind how I was going to afford it and pay for it when my husband saw the look on my face. "You want that?" he asked. I said something like "how can you tell?" and he said "give it to me" and went and paid for it! I was speechless and did not protest! It has been hanging out on top of my wooden truck in the dining room waiting to be placed, probably on the mantel below the pinecone wreath with the JOY banner underneath. That tree to the left is a new find also, a small retro silver tree that I have the perfect vintage silver and ivory ornaments for.

Good Old Days Country Store is another wonderful country store in Pultneyville, NY and on a recent visit I found two things I just had to have since they sparked that vintage, rustic feel I am going for.

I found an embroidered snowman runner for my kitchen table. It was more than half off because of a few spots on it which I think add to it's character. And a woven snowflake garland that I just had to have. Still thinking on where I will use it.

And then there are the things I have been picking and thrifting for to sell in my Etsy shop NaNa's Things. I made a little vignette out of some of them for the basket listing and I liked it so much I am leaving it there till it sells or I just have to keep it all for my decorating!

The basket is a suitcase style wicker basket so perfect for a display like this. The kitties are made from c.1800's quilts, the tray is an Avon item from 1983, the tree is a vintage ceramic tree with the green and red speckled and drippy glaze and the Santa head is a chalkware bank. All can be found in my shop.

Tomorrow we go to get our live tree and a wreath for the front door. That is when the official Christmas decorating begins!

Have you started yet?

Or are you all done?!

AnnMarie xoxo

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  1. I really enjoyed reading your post! I got inspired to start decorating!

  2. Your home should be on a Christmas Tour!
    Just gorgeous.

  3. I love that adorable banner that you found and will lookk forward to seeing how you display it for the Holidays!

  4. It's certainly getting Christmasy at your house! What great decorations.

  5. I love all of the pretty things for the holidays and I felt the same way this year...wanting to do things a little different. I have a few more 'prim' vignettes. I collect the little pixies and have them here and there. It sure is hard to find them now though. Thanks for the links...I'll go visit some of these shops! Sweet hugs!

  6. Love the pillows. Hope you are having a wonderful Christmas season. Linda

  7. I'm in the midst of decorating! Mine is usually pretty vintage. As my birthday is in December I often receive Christmas decor and ornaments as gifts. I looked around yesterday and there is very little that I have actually bought.I really like that white pine cone wreath--might have to do it for my dark front door! Thanks for the lovely tour!

  8. Yep, it is time to pull out the storage bins and start decorating. I usually start with putting up the stocking by the fireplace, then the Christmas wreath on the door. Your collection is beautiful.

  9. Love your new candle holder - and the white pinecone wreath is outstanding.

  10. Hi Ann Marie! I just found you through the social media party at Life on Lakeshore Drive. New follower on bloglovin! Would love for you to follow me back.

    - Tasha @ Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body (

  11. What great ideas AnnaMarie! The pinecone wreath is fabulous and I love banners. The little tree wrapped in swaddling cloth is such a cool idea. I'm really inspired!

    Please stop by to see what we've been up to getting ready for Christmas. We'd love to sip a cup of tea or java with you!

    Holiday blessings, Edie Marie

  12. Thanks for sharing these at Talking Tuesday Over the Fence! Love this look!!! Pinned for later....


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