Ready or not . . .

 . . . . Thanksgiving, the Christmas will be here before you know it.  I’m getting a head start and brought in a few holiday decor things to my booth at Stars this week.  Then tomorrow I deliver to the ‘Every Husband’s Nightmare’ show in Hillsboro.  After that show ends next Saturday, I’ll have even MORE holiday goodies to bring to Stars.

Here’s what I’ve done to start off the season:

P1370188I think my decorating theme for this year is ‘simple elegance’.  Lots of pretty vintage glass baubles in jars and bowls with mini fairy lights give off a truly magical glow!

It’s almost impossible to truly capture the beauty of the little lights in pictures and in the well lit store; but you get the idea.  Some of these arrangements are ‘all inclusive’ pieces, where I have priced the container with the lights and baubles to be sold together as one item.  The rest of them are priced individually so you can just buy what you need.  If you already have the glass baubles and just need the container to put them in, OR if you have the container and just need a few more glass baubles.

SO many different ways to display these holiday lovelies.  Think outside the box and use what you have to place your ornaments in.  Or buy something that will serve multiple purposes.

P1370193This is actually a cupcake stand!  Pretty little boxes with bows always add a festive touch to your decor, and you’ll have a gift box handy if you need one for a last minute gift!

P1370189I’m pretty sure that the white metal stand filled with ornaments was intended for this very purpose.  But you could also use it at Easter to hold your colored eggs.

Milk glass punch and candy bowls look pretty filled with ornaments too!

You can even fill the dome lid of your cake stand with baubles!  It’s a bit of a tricky process and you have to be sure that no one inadvertently takes the lid off ‘to see what will happen’.  A mess.  A mess will happen.  Which is why I didn’t fill the ones in my booth with glass baubles!

I’ve got some awesome vintage crystal snack plates with cups for you holiday entertaining.  And some beautiful silver espresso cups and saucers.

There is never a shortage of Milk Glass dishes or vases in my booth!  The milk glass vases are really pretty with vintage glass baubles on top of them too!

Always a plentiful supply and variety of stoneware dishes too.  Be sure you have all the serving bowls and platters you will need for serving your holiday feast.

P1370208I hate to admit it, but my wall space become more of a depository for ‘all the stuff I can’t fit into my big booth’, as opposed to a theme planned vignette.  A few bits of fall still available in my wall space.

Stop on by and get into the holiday spirit.

Stars is open 7 days a week; 11am – 6pm.

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Thinking Christmas

Usually by this time of year I am knee deep in Christmas crafting projects; so I am REALLY behind schedule this year.   Got these little Gold star bowl fillers done the other day:

I’ve had the gold mesh stars for a while now, just didn’t know what to do with them!  First I printed up some words on my compter and cut them into little individual tags and glued one to each star.

Then I happened upon these gold rim ‘pedestal’ bowls I made a while ago and had packed away. (I think I was going to fill these with handmade snowballs!)   The little stars would be perfect in these!

So then I was trying to decide how to package them to sell.  It never works to sell stuff  ‘in sets’ at the antique mall.  (IE the bowl WITH the stars in it.  The stars will ‘disappear!)  So I had to make the stars ‘difficult to steal’.  Cello bags work great because they are NOISY!  hehe

Unfortunately, for the sake of picture taking, cello also creates quite a glare!  (sorry!) To pretty up the packaging a little I added some of my custom basket fluff.  (made using assorted pre-packaged basket filler products and some hand cut vintage book and music pages)

And I used some scrap card stock to make header cards, for a more polished look.

These little stars would be cute to use at holiday place settings; or scattered on a platter of pillar candles for a centerpiece.  Great as a little holiday hostess gift too!

Updated photos from our space at Camas Antiques

Our booth is JAM-PACKED with product; especially lots of sweet little (and VERY inexpensive!)  Christmas gifts!

The ‘Chocolate calendar’ shown above is a great gift!

Handcrafted BIG (6″ across!) snowflake ornaments.  Tie them onto a package or give as a gift.  Lots of ‘sparkly snowball bowl fllers’ too; packaged up with big jingle bells.  Just pour them into a pretty bowl for a quick and simple holiday centerpiece.

 

Ooo000 ~ la ~LA!  Pretty sparkly gold and black Paris wreath.

 

CUTE little lighted houses!  Red ‘treat cones’; prettied up with bows and bells and balls ans filled with CANDY!  Use as an ornament after you eat the goodies.

 

Holiday stationary sets (journal & notecards) Blue and silver snowball bowl fillers  and a gift mug filled with gourmet cocoa packet and chocolate treat.  handcrafted monogram tags; tie them onto packages or tuck them into cards as a little gift.

Stocking stuffers!  Decorated sugar cookie, flavored cocoa packet, snowflake ornament tied up in a decorated cello bag with a ‘warm wishes’ tag.  Perfect ‘little something’ for co-workers.

Little decorated gift boxes filled with a fleece scarf and an ornament tied on.

 

Handcrafted holiday banners.

Sheet music paper shred; and vintage book pages, hand folded and hand cut paper shred ‘just for fun’ to add to your packaging.

Vintage newsprint magazine shred.

15′ burlap garland.

Stocked up on this FUN pink and brown spotted wrapping paper.

Sweet little white bottle brush trees in jars with snow.

 

Vintage blown glass ornaments.

Silver glittered mini bottle brush trees.  I decided to ‘package’ these so you won’t have to WEAR the glitter!

Holiday bottle labels.  Great fun for a party!  Put them on your bottles of wine and mixers.

Jar of vintage glass ornaments.

Monogrammed ceramic balls.   Nice little something extra to tuck into a gift basket.

Little signs make great gifts.

 

Hand stamped, holiday themed tea dyed muslin ribbon.

ADORABLE itty bitty decorated carry out gift boxes!

 

Handcrafted snowballs centerpiece includes glass bowl.

Vintage suitcases and hat boxes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glittery gourds

Used these craft store ‘sugared’ gourds to paint and glitter up for some fun cottage style holiday decor.

I used regular craft paint, which covered completely in one HEAVY coat (stippled on with a stiff brush)

Let paint dry, brush on clear varnish and sprinkle on glitter while varnish is still wet. Varnish adheres the glitter just like glue; but is thinner and brushes on easier.  (Plus I accidentally bought some GLOSSY varnish that I can’t use on anything else!)

The pink set was  painted pink with pink glitter. The aqua set was painted various shades of aqua and glittered with white/clear glitter; as are the stars.  IF you are prepared and work FAST, you can just sprinkle your glitter directly over your wet paint!  Save yourself a step and a little $$!

This is another pink set I did after finding some darker pink glitter, and could do different shades.

And while I was glittering anyhow, I added some glitter to these metal star ornaments!

If you get bit by the glitter bug but don’t want to spend a fortune on different colors of glitters, I suggest you start off just buying a clear/white glitter which can be used over any color. The color of your item will still show through, as you can see on my aqua gourds.

TIP:  If you want to minimize the amount of glitter you glittered items will inevitably shed during use,  buy some CLEAR spray paint and give them a good spraying after you glitter.  SOME glitter will always shed, but this final clear coat will keep it to a minimum.

Glass pedestal bowls

Make beautiful display bowls for filling with sparkly Christmas pretties by simply gluing together an inverted goblet and a glass bowl!  I’ve used CLEAR, but any colors will work.  Just be sure you use an epoxy glue that specifies it will work on glass.

This last one is a small plate topped with a glass ‘cheese plate dome’. . .