Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Deckig my Halls with Vintage Collections

Day 5
"Decking My Halls"

If you love are going to love this post.
This vintage "Christmas Tree Topper" collection 
is by far my most precious and beautiful collection!  

Find a mantel, china cupboard, sideboard, dresser or armoire, 
add white lights and greenery.  I use brass candle sticks (picked up at the thrift stores) 
with florist putty to display them.  

Just beautiful!

My next favorite vintage collection is card board houses
and bottle brush trees.

  Today you can find replicas in most of the stores or find instruction on the web to make these. 
I am lucky to have the real thing!
Most of my collection once belonged to Mom Murphy.
Each year, as I put these on display, I remember 
my mother-in-law and the
Happy Christmas times we shared.    

One year the houses found a spot in my kitchen, 
sitting proudly on
my cake stand collection, above the cupboards.
Fun to use the cake stands for more than just cakes!

Another year they found their way in the guest bedroom 
sitting on top of a quilt hanger. White lights twinkle at night. 
The top quilt I made as a mantle quilt but
it is perfect for this display. 
Lap size quilt hangs down past the bed...nice headboard.

A few bottle brush trees and a larger cardboard church sit
on top a treadle sewing machine side table.

One year I tucked the cardboard houses into a 3 foot flocked "feather tree" and sat them all on snow....
I don't have a photo of that.  : (

This post is dedicated to June Murphy, my mother-in-law, 
who will always has a place in my Holiday home. 
Miss you Mom.  

What is your special Holiday vignette or display?


  1. Oh, my goodness, Kathy! You are a woman after my own heart! I have my mother in law's collection of vintage glass ornaments that I treasure. I also have a cake stand collection!!
    One year I made little cardboard houses and I also nestled them among the branches on snow!
    This year I have a collection of life sized feathered birds among my branches. (I had the grandkids decorating and didn't want to risk using the vintage ornaments.)
    I love your decorating!

  2. Loved seeing all your Christmas collectibles and hearing your stories. Really sweet to see the houses on the cake stands!

  3. What a lovely memory from your MIL. I love the vintage tree toppers and the little houses look so cute on top of the cake plates.

  4. What a wonderland you're creating and sharing with us. I remember Mom & Dad having the authentic glass topper straight from Germany, alas it has disappeared during the years of my parents life changes.
    The cake plate idea is ...brilliant!! Your home is looking Holiday fabulous!!

  5. What a fun use of cake stands! I'm excited to use our village fo the first time in years.

  6. What a great tree topper display! We had a tree topper like that when I was growing up and I just loved it. Thanks for all the photos.

  7. Enjoyed seeing all your vintage Christmas collectibles! I have a large collection which includes many that were my late MILs. They bring back lots of fun memories of Christmas' past!! Thanks for sharing :o)

  8. Thanks for a walk down memory lane ... the tree toppers, the cardboard houses and the bottle brush trees. I remember them all from my childhood.

    Your vintage decorations are just beautiful! I love your idea of putting decorations on the cake plates.

    While growing up my mom had a few dozen of the cardboard houses and the bottle brush trees in assorted sizes. We had a tree that revolved and on the tree stand my mom had a big circle (a bit smaller than the bottom of the tree) made out of plywood, covered the plywood with white sparkly flat cotton, lined the inside and outside of the circle with mini lights. Then us kids got to place all the houses, trees, the manger, and other figurines on the disk. Of course when we went to bed, she rearranged the little "town" so it would look a "little" better. LOL I spent several hours just propped up on my elbows, face right up to the revolving disk looking at the revolving town. It was so pretty, I can still picture it like it was yesterday.

    Thank you for sharing your decorations with us.

    Such fun memories.


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