Sunday, 21 December 2008

A load of old baubles..

The kitschen is starting to get it's festive frock on!
Friends have been over to ice biscuits...
Mums joined in, of course - I mean what's the point of letting them make all that mess if you can't join in?!
It has been said I can be bauble obsessed this time of year....!
I LOVE our Christmas tree decorations. They are all stored, from twelfth night to December 1st, in a high cupboard in protective boxes, each item carefully wrapped up in vintage paper napkins (which makes the re-wrapping more fun). Once they are unwrapped I check for damage, reminding myself just why I love each one. Remembering their history in my family, asking hubby about his memories, sharing it all with the beautiful boy. And for the ornaments we have thrifted over the years, wondering what other trees they have adorned in the last half century, looking forward to putting them all together on our tree.
I have so many favourites. The delicate glass ornaments, many hand blown which have survived many years of wrapping and moving and re-wrapping. I thought I'd share a few.
The hand painted ones are especially precious. Who was the person who stencilled this angel or frosted that little black glitter snowman? I love them both!
And then there are the plastics! Oh how I love the kitsch plastics! These are very much the decorations of our childhoods. And Christmas wouldn't be complete without a pipe cleaner santa!
And every year we add one or two very special new ornaments. This year we bought mini nutcrackers. Isn't he a handsome chap!
Of course as well as the baubles and ornaments, there are the paper lanterns. This is an especially favourite one.
And since this year, for the first time, we have found that we have more vintage baubles than we can find room for on our tree, I have made garlands. Two obsessions in one festive flourish!
I hope you are all enjoying the season. I shall be back before the big day to sign off! Meanwhile, glitter, mincepies, trifle recipes, making the last few special gifts.... not much to do.....
Happily I actually gained a whole day this weekend when our local baker informed me that, if I wanted to collect my bread order for Christmas Eve, I would have to come by on Wednesday not Tuesday.... well, I've been busy, I get muddled.......bye! t.xx


Hen said...

I love the vintage handblown ornaments in particular. I'm sure the kitschen pink homestead must be looking spectacular!
Hen x

cocoa and blankets said...

oh how lovely...I was asking mum about our old baubles last week and she got out boxes (and I mean boxes)of original baubles from my childhood..all in original tissue...I managed to persuade her to give me one..they have such memories dont they.... Have a lovely christmas...H

Knitty, Vintage and Rosy said...

I love the delicate glass ones! So vintage.

Wishing you and yours a peaceful and joyous holiday.

Knitty, Vintage and Rosy

Tea with Willow said...

Ah, beautiful baubles! If only they could talk! I bet they would have lots of stories of Christmases gone by, in all the different houses they've lived! Hope you and yours have lovely Christmas.
Willow x

Anonymous said...

What a lovely collection and how nice that you take such very good care of them!
We have four survivors... Unfortunately the rest was passed on to some distant cousin's husband for some odd reason a few years ago. I am still quite heart-broken to be very honest.
So it is all the more enjoyment to see baubles popping up everywhere in blogland!
Enjoy the day gained..!


Sal said...

I have managed to find quite a few vintage baubles this year..mainly from Totnes...and my mum gave me some too.
I also had a gift from Munich..three of those little Nutcracker decorations..I was so thrilled!
Have a great time ;-)

Libby said...

Merry Christmas to you all.

Thank you for your wonderful and inspiring blog.

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Delicious cookies, old fashioned baubles and paper lanterns...what more could you ask for?...

I made my mince pies yesterday - how have you got on today?
Niki x

thriftymrs said...

Love those decorations!

Ragged Roses said...

Love alll those decorations, I bet your house looks scrummy! Wishing you and your family a really wonderful Christmas

Country Cottage Chic said...

Vintage baubles are, of course, my absolute favourites - love all yours looking so festive & pretty!

Adventure Mother said...

Those biscuits look too good to eat and your decorations are beautiful. Merry Christmas and enjoy!

The sewing room said...

Love your decorations we have been married 34 years today and still have some of our baubles from way back then does that count as vintage i hope so.

have a wonderful time relax and enjoy.

Kitschen Pink said...

Hen - aren't they precious! t.x

C&B - ooh lucky you! What a clever mum you have! t.x

KVR - thank-you! t.xx

TWW - if they could talk it would be very noisy around here! :-) t.x

Jo - oh you poor thing! what a horror story!

Sal - another clever mum!! t.x

Libby - thank-you for visiting! t.x

Niki - clearly I'm a bit behind!!

Tmrs - you have such good taste! t.xx

RR - thank-you! t.x

CCC - of course ! t.x

AM - truth be told, with all those silver balls those biscuits were rather tricky to eat! Tooth crushers! t.xx

TSR - Seems to me vintage is an open definition - if your marriage is a good vintage then I guess the decorations are too! :-) t.xx