Hello, My Friends!~~
We have pulled out the tree and the bins full of holiday cheer and have decorated our home! I thought you might like to see what we have done. Nothing spectacular like the Griswolds, but our holiday home is cozy enough and doesn't take more than half a day to put up. The most difficult part is assembling the tree. Every year hubby swears we are going to get a tree that is easier to assemble, like one of the pre-lighted deals, but our fake tree doesn't really look that fake and the newer pre-lighted ones can be quite pricey.
Anyhoo, here is our holiday home, which is primarily confined to the living room. Enjoy!
Here is the tree! We put pretty much everything that can fit on it. We used to spread out collections around the house but now many of them go on the tree. Here are a few...
A crowd of knee hugger elves. I think they are up to something...
Santas and deer out of reach of the elves.
And Holiday doggies ready to run from the elves.
Last year I particiapted in a holiday ornament swap and have placed them on a feather tree that I made from a kit years ago. I love these ornaments and cherish them. The cat has attacked them twice but now leaves them alone.
Dime Store plastic Santa and snowman join in the fun!
Snowfolk and more inside a fun metal fence that Suzy gave me over ten years ago.
And speaking of Suzy, you may know about her fabulous and insanely popular wreaths, one of which was on the cover of Romantic Homes magazine last year, well, I actually am the proud owner of one of the very first wreaths that she made about 15 years ago when she was testing her methods.
She no longer uses the evergreen base and her construction method has been perfected to pure bliss, but I still love this wonderful piece that she gave me so long ago!
Here is a vintage holiday tableau by the front door. A portrait of our dog, Sheila, watches over them. Our neighbor's mom, Sandy, painted this wonderful portrait!
This vintage movie poster advertises a really bad Santa Claus movie (you MUST see it if you haven't), but I love it so because my dear grandmother took me to see it when I was five years old. That same year she took me to see the first movie I had ever seen in a movie theatre: "A Hard Days Night." My grandmother was so cool!
And speaking of cool Grandmother, this is her aluminum tree and ornaments which we now proudly display in our front window! Dig that rotating color wheel!
A pair of blowmold Santas keep watch over the kitschy aluminum tree as well!
A perky snowman candy container sits on a tray from my great aunt between two piles of holiday books and vintage catalogs. I just love his sweet expression and he is full of gingerbread flavored Twix bars! Win win!
To complete opur holiday living room, is this "major award" leg lamp, Ralphie Parker's house and forest of bottle brush trees and cotton figures!
Doggie Sheila peers out the front door which is festooned with the biggest ornaments I could find instead of a wreath. At night they are illuminated with battery operated lights!
And last but not least, is this jolly very vintage snowman who waves a cheerful hello and welcomes you to our holiday home!...
Thank you for stopping by! From all of us here at Dime Store Chic, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a fabulous New Year! See you soon with more estate sale adventures, hand made whimsies to share, and dime store delights!~~~XXOO, Beth (and her merry family!)