Wednesday, December 1, 2010

JOLLY, RED, VINTAGE Goodness!

     LOL, How's that for getting everything in the title!
First, a Mommas got to brag! Right now, at this very moment, my baby girl is singing at her very first performance in China at Tianjin University! If you missed what she is doing in China, please visit my post from Sunday
     
My first RED, JOLLY share for today is my new bloggy look! Don't you love it! It was so easy to do, in fact, I'm amazed how easy it was. I got the design here, at Lee Lou's. She has the easiest directions to follow.
    
Next I wanted to share these JOLLY, RED, VINTAGE Salt and Pepper shakers. 

My Mom bought these in the early 70's and as you can see from the worn off paint, they were used at every meal during Christmas.  I love their little pudgy faces! The table cloth is also vintage and belonged to my mom.
     
And finally, a little tease! Two weeks ago I shared the little red truck and "vintage look" toy ornaments I bought and I finally decided what to do with them. I have one of those bump out garden windows in the kitchen and decided this would be the perfect spot for the little red truck with the tree in it's bed. Well, the whole idea has snowballed, literally and figuratively! I decided to transform the whole garden window into a mini store window from the 40's/50's, think of the scene from "A Christmas Story" when they are looking in the store window and he spies the Red Ryder BB Gun. I've got vintage toys, a little snow mountain, a knee hugger pixie, and a toy airplane suspended from above. I'm not quite finished but thought I'd share this little glimpse!

Have a wonderful day everyone!
I'm linking this post to:
Vintage Thingey Thursday at Coloradolady
and  Alphabe Thursday for the letter J at Jenny Metlocks

38 comments:

  1. Nan, I am truly in a holiday mood after this visit! I love your background! Snowflakes are falling outside my window at this very moment, and your cute toy scene sure fits my mood! Happy, happy! Elizabeth

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  2. Nan,
    I love this post. Your banner is really cute. The vintage goodies are wonderful. I'm also doing a vintage toy theme this year, but it's in front of my fireplace. Love that firetruck!

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  3. Wow, I love the jolly, red, vintage. There's no better way to decorate for Christmas. The salt and pepper shakers are so cute! Vintage trucks are a favorite of mine---see my website, my sis and I are having a truck decorating contest for Christmas.
    Happy Rednesday.
    Ann

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  4. Enjoyed your Santa salt and pepper shakers. However, the little truck really caught my eye.

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  5. I love all of your vintage Christmas! The salt and pepper are so cute- I have seen the little mugs before but not these.
    Can't wait to see your dime store window!
    Hope you are having fun decorating!
    Hugs- Tete

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  6. Everything looks so Christmasy. I love how you decorated your blog.

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  7. These are beautiful! I have a Santa pitcher with 4 cups, but they are not in as good of shape as yours are. I love the car. My mom still regrets letting my brother's go.

    Take care,

    Kathy

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  8. Love your new look! The truck vignette is adorable as are the vintage salt and pepper shakers!

    Congratulations on your daughter's performance in China!

    xo
    Claudia

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  9. Hi Nan Thanks for sharing your X-mas spirit. For us a bit early as we first have Saint Nicholas'Eve on the 5th December. This has nothing to do with Christmas but everything with giving and receiving presents. He is not the same as Santa Claus. Christmas is celebrated on 25th and 26th December.
    How wonderful that you went to the Efteling. That is a lovely place for young and old.

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  10. Nan,
    Oh! Oh! You have really got Christmas going on!!!!!! LOVE IT!!!!! I am sooo ready for this, aren't you????? Santa....we are ready!!!! :) Love ya! Sandy

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  11. Hi Nan!
    Your new blog look is so much fun. I keep thinking I'll spruce mine up - have in fact intended to do so ever since day one but have never gotten around to it. So many choices and so little time. So mine has remained exactly the same. Woe is me.
    I love this post, so charming! Oh my gosh, your window vignette is terrific, you are so clever and talented. You must smile every time you see it.
    ARGH! I could kick myself - my mom had some santa mugs and I gave them away because the paint was literally flaking off in sheets and that creeped me out. Very poorly made. But they still would have been cute for decorations. WAH!

    Happy Rednesday,
    Sally

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  12. Nan! The store window is just perfect. What a fabulous idea. Now you will have to do one for Valentine's and Easter too. :) Now please tell me what to do with all the candy canes I bought at a church yard sale a couple of weeks ago. They are like 2 feet tall each and I have about 20 of them. Some red and white, some red and green stripe and they have that wonderful "been outside" weathered patina. I just put them on the front porch just laying against the chair but I need some over the top ideas. xoxox

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  13. I have a little Fire truck. Not vintage but has the look. Mine has greenery in it. I leave it out all year round. Love your blog. It's very festive!~Ames

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  14. I have the same identical salt and paper Santa shakers!!
    i bought them at a church flea market!!

    Hugs,
    Debbie @ A Debbie-Dabble Christmas

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  15. Oh how cute, Nan! I've been waiting to see what you'd do with the truck, but I'm very anxious now to see the whole window display. Of course I love the s&p shakers, and you've definitely decked your bloggy halls, because it looks so merry, especially the header! And congrats to your daughter. You must be bursting with pride!
    Happy REDnesday!
    Carol

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  17. SO CUTE!!! I am a Santa freak and these shakers are adorable. Can;t wait to see your "store window" display

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  18. That's such a cool red truck and jolly santa clause!

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  19. Your holiday looks is such fun. The truck is so cute. Sounds like it is in the perfect spot.

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  20. The blog design is just perfect. Thanks for getting us all in Christmas mode!

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  21. This is so wonderful to read and see! I love anything vintage and the memories that go with them.
    Funny thing, brother had one of those little cars you have on display in your "store window"! I wish I had that for VTT!
    Terry
    PS I'm now following your blog, its adorable!
    T.

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  22. That looks wonderful! I love the truck.

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  23. Love your jolly Santa S&Ps! Your Christmas background is very merry :-)

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  24. coming from Alphabe thursday , I like your new blog look, it's very easy to install I know I had a new template from Heather at Butterflygrlms last year. the snow is great too :). Nice jolly vintage feel.

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  25. Love the new look. Wonderful santa and Mrs. and your antique toys are wonderful. Blessings. Debbie

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  26. If this post doesn't get you in the Christmas spirit, nothing will!

    Thanks.

    =)

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  27. what a perfectly gorgeous display..i love your vintage toys!! x

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  28. Your layout really looks Christmassy! Cute thingies too.

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  29. Look at your Bloggy! So Festive! Wonderful to have the vintage S&P Santas and the Table Cloth from your Mom. Jolly Good for the Letter J!!!

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  30. I know where I will visit in the days ahead when the Christmas rush gets too hectic...what a fun blog you have - love all the touches!

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  31. Popping by on my Alphabe tour. This was such a wonderful Chirstmasy stop. I think your vintage toys will look wonderful on the window sill. Good luck to your girl in China. My eldest is only 15 and I don't even want to think about her so far away. You do survive though don't you?
    Dana

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  32. Those Santa S & P shakers are just too darling!

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  33. Your blog looks so festive! I love the truck! Have a happy day! Twyla

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  34. Your background made me smile the second it opened!

    It feels so festive here. I am totally getting into the holiday spirit. I have those Santa S&P's in my collection, too. How fun!

    And I love the idea of a window vignette. The truck is perfect for that! Can't wait to see what you do with it!

    Thank you for linking. What a joyous stop.

    A+

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  35. OMG!!! My grandmother had those salt and pepper shakers!! What wonderful memories they hold for me!

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  36. What a very special idea from Christmas past. It's a lovely theme and you've done wonders with it.

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  37. Love those salt and pepper shakers, and your blog looks great. The window looks like its going to be a lot of fun.

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