I am a sucker for old fashioned things, especially Old Fashioned Christmas Decorations! So I couldn’t resist creating a little vignette next to my Christmas mantel that features a few of my favorite treasures including this 1920’s Royal Typewriter. I have been biding my time looking for a wonderful old typewriter for quite awhile now. They can be a bit pricey but my wait was worth it when I completely lucked out on my last trip to Luckett’s and found this little beauty at a shop near there for a song. It has a broken key but since I’m not actually typing with it, I don’t care!
Just because I like it, I tucked the sheet music to one of my favorite Christmas carols into the the typewriter’s roll. Does it make sense to have sheet music in a typewriter? Not really, but I like it anyway! That’s the beauty of decorating your home, your way. You get to do what you like! And I like a little sheet music in my typewriter 🙂
As you’ve surely guessed, I’m a little bit obsessed with paper medallions. Have you seen my video tutorial on how to make them? They are so easy to make which I guess explains why I have so many of them… This one features a vintage metal crest button and a jaunty red ribbon – a dash of glitter and it’s all dressed and ready for Christmas! The medallions are perched atop a vintage Scotch tin. Due to my love of plaid I always keep an eye out for pretty little tins like this. I find them at yard sales, thrift shops, antique malls and sometimes I’ll find pretty reproductions at the chain stores too. They are usually very inexpensive so I always grab them when I can.
These are my two pieces of Tartanware or Mauchline as they are also known. One is a napkin ring and the other is pill box. I am completely smitten with this stuff but it is SO HARD to find and rather pricey when you do. These pieces have a few imperfections which is what allowed me to be able to afford them – and I don’t care that they aren’t perfect, I treasure them just as much as if they were!! Here they are nestled next to my little fox jigger.
I have loved horses all my life and was so excited when I found a set of these horse trophy toppers on ebay. For just a few dollars I got a variety of statuesque steeds to embellish tables, shelves, even as a tie on to a gift! They have a screw on the bottom which makes them perfect for setting in a candlestick as I’ve done here. They were a very special find that I know I’m going to enjoy for years to come.
Speaking of a treasure that I will love for years to come – I was in one of my local thrift stores last month and came across this darling babydoll crib for less than $5. I scooped it up immediately and practically ran to the checkout! I’ve been hoping to find just such a crib for my daughter’s room but I never expected to find one at such a great price! God is good!! For now it’s residing by the Christmas tree because I think it’s adorable holding the gifts but after the holidays it will assume it’s proper place in her bedroom.
Speaking of gifts, the sheet music wrapping paper is from Marshall’s while the pretty plaid bow is from Caspari. Do you save your ribbon after Christmas? I do!! I’m such a hoarder in that way but I can’t bear to toss the pretty ribbons and bows! (Now I’m not talking about the plastic stick on bows – those guys are on their own!) But pretty fabric ribbons and bows deserve to live on, at least in my world!
The Royal Plaid paper is from Caspari and is one of my favorite plaids of all time. I have a hard time finding plaid wrapping papers that I like… Do you have a favorite one and a good resource to recommend? I’d love to know!
I like to embellish my gift wrapping with little ornaments, flowers, paper medallions, really anything that I feel makes it just that much more special. Have you ever gotten a gift from Williams Sonoma? Don’t you get excited when you see that little pineapple cookie cutter? I do! So I like to add that same type of joy to the outside of my gift as I put into the inside. And that doesn’t have to mean big bucks – here a bit of sparkly ribbon and a simple glitter bow ornament from the dollar store does the trick!
To make my Old Fashioned Christmas Decorations complete, I have a Christmas Choo-Choo Train ringing the scene. My daughter is amazed and utterly delighted by this choo-choo. She knows how to turn it on and off herself and would have it on all day long if I’d allow her too. I need to buy stock in a battery company at the rate we’re going!
Well, that’s the end of this latest tour of my Christmas decorations… I still have lots and lots in store for the days ahead so I hope you will be back! Tomorrow I’ll be sharing my Christmas centerpiece. Not the whole tablescape just yet… I’m still working on that. I’m also going to be shooting a very fun scene this week which I hope to share with you on Friday if all goes well…
By the way, there are 13 days ’til Christmas! I hope your shopping, crafting, baking, cleaning and organizing projects are all on track! I got the bulk of my Christmas cards out today (yay!) – I’ll be sharing a peek at those with you in the coming days too – no worries!
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