Monday, 14 December 2009

Christmas Preparations

It has been hectic weekend doing last minute jobs for Christmas before I fly off to New York at the weekend with my lovely girl. Josh was quite happy to take it easy though in his new Cath Kidston bed I found for him on Ebay.

I have used mainly vintage decorations this year that I have been collecting over the year, they are so much nicer than new ones. I found this little angel in a bag of vintage baubles I bought for 10p in the Summer at a table top sale.

The tree is finally up and I have changed from the usual red and gold theme to use loads of multi coloured vintage glass baubles and I think it looks so much more festive.

The decorating in the hall, stairs and landing is virtually finished at last ! After years in a cupboard we have wired in one of a pair of lovely Arts and Crafts lanterns we bought a number of years ago on Ebay. These came from a house in Bournville and belonged to an elderly lady who was a member of the Cadbury family. They are really for an outside porch but for now I want to enjoy them inside. When I received them they came with some old unwrapped bars of Cadbury chocolate from the war.

I have really enjoyed decorating my kitchen dresser shelves with glass baubles, fairy lights and tea lights. I had these shelves this year as a birthday present and I love them. They came from a lovely old house in a village near Stratford upon Avon. I started off trying to be restrained with what I put on them but I seem to keep squeezing more on.

And finally here are my lovely Advent blocks from the talented Annie at Birdcages and Butterflies. I was so excited when I received these in the post , I meant to buy some from her at our vintage fair in November and didn't get a chance. They are displayed with my Christmas Stanleys and my vintage American Disney decorations. Hope you all have a lovely week and a special hello to all my family reading this up in freezing Scotland. x


Sal said...

I love it all!! Have a wonderful time ;-)

Annie @ Birdcages n Butterflies x said...

WOW! It all looks Gorgeous hun! And the blocks look like they were destined to live there too!! thanks so much for including a pic of that hun..I love to see them in their new environment xx
You did a Fantastic job with your Decs hun x
Annie x

Country Cottage Chic said...

It all looks fabulous! I have a very similar angel but her clothing was beyond saving so I made her a body & dressed her in vintage lace & now she sits on the top of my tree.

Jayne said...

Your home looks beatiful! suzie. xxx

Ticking stripes said...

Lovely - I've decorated with vintage baubles too - I agree they loook so lovely. I haven't put as much on as usual and less is certainly more! I love the tin(?) behind the blocks!

jane and the happy crow said...

your tree looks beautiful! I really love those little doggies stood on top of the tin, sweet. Have a great christmas. Jane x

sarah-jane down the lane said...

Wow Annie your tree is the best! I love colour at Christmas, I especially like the little birdie I spotted!

Have an amazing trip to the Big Apple,

Sarah x

Wendy said...

Oh Annie, your home looks so fantastically festive. I love all your vintage Christmas finds, there is something so much more homely about them. :)
Hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas.

a mermaids purse said...

woweee!! beautiful magical christmas at the corner house- looks fabulous!! love those little doggy decorations with christmas hats and the sweet angel ;0) lovely post! xx

Pennyblossoms said...

Just popped by to say have a lovely Christmas. Hope you missed all the travel hiccups and had a fab time in NY and your doggie is SO cute.

Zoe x