Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A Very Vintage Christmas

I'm writing this post and publishing from my smartphone which is a first for me. Perhaps it will allow me to post briefer posts on a more regular basis but no promises as December looks to be even busier with a trip to Melbourne planned the week before Christmas in order to attend our son's graduation ceremony from RMIT university.

I decided to concentrate my Christmas decorating to one room this year. Our open plan family kitchen/ dining room where we do most of our living! I set up our tree in the corner window and thought I would use some of the vintage props we purchased this year for our business.

I have also decorated our Stanley stove and will bring in more greenery for it closer to Christmas day. The picture I took a few years ago of our decorated candlelit stove seems to be getting lots of repins on pinterest at the moment.

This morning I brought in a little vintage step ladder and draped it with the long, slender fronds from the Kashmiri cypress which graces the front of our home.  I adorned the steps with pine cones, tea light candles, doilies, a favourite Christmas book, added a bundle of cinnamon sticks embellished with a silk flower and now I have the perfect place to set out those little gifts that get lost under the tree! 

Our Christmas tradition of making crackers for the table became a real family affair this year with my 8 year old twin daughters taking over! I had cut out some sweet pictures of British birds and nests from Country Living magazine. They made up the crackers from a kit, covered them in crepe paper and glued on silk ivy and white flowers. Apart from needing some help with tying on the ribbon, they made the crackers themselves with only verbal instructions.  I was amazed at how they knew to fold in the edge of the paper to create a neat seam. They are so motivated to make another set which is a good thing as I have invited a number of the Chinese students and backpackers we have befriended this year to come for Christmas dinner.  If they all decide to come we will have a full house! At least I will have enough plates with all this vintage china, cutlery and crystal I have collected and I have every intention of using it for my very vintage Christmas! Hear the collective groan from the children who know that it cannot go in the dishwasher! The very thought of serving guests food that we lovingly cooked and baked on plastic or paper plates is one that makes me shudder!

I have no idea whether this mobile app for blogger will let me upload more than one photo. So let's tap done for the text and see what happens!


Pam said...

How delightful to get your update Ann.

I am eating up every morsel of your vintage Christmas. I would love to have the twins give me a lesson in making Crackers; I have always loved the idea of Crackers, but have never participated in the fun event. It would be fun if you posted what you put in them and how you enjoyed them on Christmas. We haven't put our tree up yet. We plan to do that this week.

I have always liked your "Christmas Stove" picture, and have no doubt as it getting a lot of pins. Our stove is in full swing today with cold temperatures and snow. We will decorate our mantel (rather than the stove) and that is always part of the fun. Thanks for all your delightful inspiration.

Have a wonderful December

Love and Blessings

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

Delayed comment as the other day it would not allow comments!!!Looks so beautiful...I know your love of Christmas and you have the knack to make it very special. I hope we get to catch up even if just a quick coffee whilst your in Melb!!!

living from glory to glory said...

Hello Anne!
I think Christmas will always be a bit Vintage for me! I think it is all the lovely and familiar traditions. But it is the sweetest because so many are open to the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
I do hope you can post more often, as I miss you! Merry Christmas,
Blessings, Roxy

Amelia said...

Oh how lovely and warm!

I too so love vintage, just old pretty, sweet things. : ) Our Christmas tree has lots of old ornaments and the old fashioned silver icicles and reflectors.

Your idea of decorating one area sounds good to me! : ) It is our open area also that is decorated.

Such a lovely home you have there and I have a feeling the loveliness comes mainly from your love for our Lord and the love you all have for each other.

The crackers are lovely... <3

So great to see your blog this evening, I enjoy your natural vintage style and your sweet heart.

Love, Amelia

Shane Pollard said...

Hello dear Anne
I love the old ladder - it looks beautiful clothed in green foliage.

I love your tradition of your beautiful vintage Christmas crackers.
The twins have done an amazing job - they've obviously been watching and observing - you must be so proud of your girls Anne.

I've been back working the past week so I'm way behind. Not to worry!
There are only 3 of us for Christmas Day this year and I'm keeping things simple and delicious!

Blessings to you and your wonderful family dear Anne
Much love and hugs

Shane Pollard said...

Hello dear Anne
I'm just popping in again with New Year wishes!

Wishing you and your family "Health, Happiness and JOY in 2014".

Farming On Faith said...

Happy New Year Friend!


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