Monday, December 6, 2010
Ho Ho Ho Santa Vignettes
I have always loved Christmas. As a little girl, I would pass the time before Christmas by making new decorations or making gifts for my family. You wouldn't believe my collection of vintage Christmas decorations. I have a tree of some sort in every room of my house. Each room is decorated a little bit differently and I generally tend to put all one sort of collectible together. Small vintage collectibles make more of a statement when they are grouped. I just finished my den using my vintage and handmade Santas.
The room has a built in desk unit with bookshelves. I normally use the shelves to just display my collection of transferware. At Christmas I nestle the Santa figures in among the dishes and add a few vintage bottle brush trees and fresh cedar.
Check out my display.
A few close-ups.
German Santas and one of Christopher Radko's first issued candy containers
Some of my Santas are handmade. My husband carved the Santa on the top left for an Art class project in college. I made the little red wool St. Nick on the lower shelf.
I have several "Denise Calla" St. Nicks which are signed and dated. Denise went to grade school with me. She is a very talented artist. It seems hard to believe that a small town girl could create work that would become famous.
I set some of my "white" St. Nicks on a little antique cherry side table. One is a "Denise Calla", but the other two are St. Nicks that I made. The tall skinny one has a painted cloth face and a wool coat decorated with vintage braid. The more traditional woodland St. Nick has a porcelain face and is carrying a basket of vintage ornaments. I make my own little trees for my St.Nicks to carry.
An adorable celluloid baby rattle Santa
On my antique cherry table, I use a feather tree with a collection of vintage and handmade Santa ornaments. I use a piece of vintage garland for just the right amount of sparkle.
This is my favorite ornament, a vintage candy container. Candy was placed in the mesh bag before it was hung on the tree.
On to the next room with my Christmas decorating. Stop back to see the rest of my vintage Christmas decorations.