Monday, November 9, 2009

Come on in...






...I'm talking Christmas again...I just can't help it! We always put our tree up the weekend before Thanksgiving, so I am already scanning my online decorating "file" for Christmas ideas and inspiration. When I went into it today, I realized that I have a lot of Christmas inspiration to share with you...so I figured I better narrow my topic down a bit for today...




So that leads me to vintage ornaments. A few years ago my in-laws gave me a large box of vintage Christmas ornaments that they didn't want anymore...and I have been hooked on them ever since. I think they blend beautifully with the newer ornaments we have, while lending a magical nostalgic touch to our tree. You can hang them from your tree, yes, but you can also simply pile them up and let their beauty speak for themselves...here's a few of my favorite pics...

I just love how they worked the ornaments into the window treatment here...











I heart this silver tray...





And really, is there anything that doesn't look better under a cloche??!










The next two pictures are of vintage inspired ornaments that are now in stock in my SHOP ...yeah...finally! Trust me, they are gorgeous! And don't worry, I have saved quite a few for myself...







Most of the rest of my order is scheduled to arrive at my house on Wednesday, so I will be very busy this week unloading merchandise and processing orders...wish me luck (and let's hope it doesn't rain because the crates that will be coming are far too large to go anywhere but on my driveway)! The "pre-order" status will finally be coming down off of most of the items in the next day...yipee...

My link back was not working on my last post (that darn Blogger), but I wanted to let everyone know that the little button ornaments that you loved so much were made by the talented Jude over at Tapestries of Nature!


Have a fabulous week... and I will keep you posted on my "adventures" this week :)


{images: 1 betterhomesandgardens, 2 countryhome, 3 & 9-10 jeannedarcliving.dk, 4 houseandhome, 5-8 countryliving}



Tracey










84 comments:

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Love your vintage ornament inspiration photos. Sigh. Oh, and you must be so excited to receive your big crate this week, filled with so many beautiful things.

Leah C said...

Oh so pretty! Love, love vintage ornaments:) Back in stock...yay...does this mean my ornament will be on its way to my house soon? Oh goodie:)

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Oh darling. Just sweet and darling.

Now tell me why you decorate before Thanksgiving? I would SO do that if my family would let me!!

We put ours up on Thanksgiving night! Such fun.

Martha said...

I love the vintage ornaments as well -- am always on the lookout even though our tree is so full!

*The Beautiful Life* said...

Yay! I know you're relieved! :)

Beautiful ornaments!

My shipment is due next week! (Fingers crossed!)

Have fun with all the new goodies!!

Ruth

Simply Me Art said...

I Adore old ornaments, so so Pretty. Good Luck with your shipment and order filling. Have a great week, xo Jamie

Florence said...

Oh how want Thanksgiving to come fast so I can bring out the Christmas decorations. You inspire me to do it right now, but I will have to wait. Florence

Farmgirl Paints said...

You are definitely putting me in the Christmas spirit. I'm going to put up our tree a little early this year too. Our tree is like the Charlie Brown version...lots of multi-colored lights and colorful ornaments. I bet yours is white and silver;)Love those sweet vintage ornaments...reminds me of our ornaments growing up.

Diann said...

Silver, the shinier the better, is my color for Christmas. So this post was Heaven to me!

Tattered Goods said...

Hello there! I hope your day has treated you well... I love the gray door with the velvet green ribbon yummmmmy... I know whatever you decide on will be fabulous.

Sheila

aveledeizi said...

Tracey, I absolutely LoOove your blog!
Very beautiful Christmas ornaments..I love everything Vintage..:)
Have a good week!

Elzė

The White Farmhouse said...

They all look so pretty! I don't know if I could just pick out one or two!

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello Tracey... everything is so very pretty... I have been collecting vintage Christmas ornaments and actually vintage Christmas everything for over twenty years now... there is nothing like trimming a tree with these lovely old ornaments that have seen so many family Christmas's and traditions... I like to think their original owners who have passed on are now part of my family too and watching over their precious Christmas treasures with love... they can be assured I will never part with them and I will love them too! Your family heirloom ornaments are beautiful! Love to you... xoxo Julie Marie

The Little Red Shop said...

Tracey, thank you for all of the beautiful Christmas inspiration! The Mint Truffle Hershey's Kisses I'm having for lunch just aren't doing the trick! I have to get my shop ready for the holidays...but with construction planning on the brain, I'm just not getting it done. Eek!

Happy crate unpacking!!! I'll pray for nice weather for you!

: )

Julie M.

Jen R. said...

I love that ornament idea with the drapes! Very cute! Jen

Beth Gales said...

Your pictures look like they could be in a magazine. I love vintage ornaments and love to decorate with them at the holidays. Best of luck getting things organized for the shop! I willbe checking it all out!

LuLu said...

I have the serious holiday bug! I can't wait... i am sooo excited. Love the pictures, have fun unpacking!
LuLu

Queen Bee said...

Gasp....what awesome Christmas ideas...you always have the BEST pictures...thanks for brightening my day!!!!!!!!!!!!

Camille said...

Beautiful, beautiful.

In Canada, Thanksgiving is in October, so it's technically not tacky to put up decorations any time after that (though my neighbor puts hers up well before Halloween and it always annoys me). It makes me happy because it's a lot of work for only four weeks. I think we'll be starting ours this week. Thanks for the inspiration!

Vintage Junky said...

I adore vintage ornaments... however, all glass ornaments will be left off the tree and out of reach from Baby Hughes who will think they are a toy! Beautiful photos!

Smiles!
Michelle

Kasey said...

yeah...you got the ornaments!!
I hope you save me a box!
xo

chair up said...

Hi Tracey, it sounds like you have a busy time ahead. Really praying for fine weather for you!
I don't own a single cloche (just don't see them around for sale or they're too pricey) but you're so right...what doesn't look better under one?
Thanks for these lovely pictures, I'm slowly getting in the Christmas mood.
Angex

Mary said...

Oooh...so glad the ornaments came! I've been waiting...and of course I am in love with that first pic of the chippy gray door. Gorgeous!
~mary~

TAPESTRIESOFNATURE said...

MORE GORGEOUS PICTURES, AND I SEE THAT SOMEONE ELSE, WHO COMMENTED, THOUGT THAT YOU SHOULD BE PUBLISHED ALSO! I'M SERIOUS!

THANK YOU FOR THE MENTION. IS THERE ANY WAY THAT I COULD PURCHASE A PHOTO OF THE THREE BUTTON ORNAMENTS? IF YOU ARE WILLING AND ABLE TO DO THAT, LET ME KNOW. O.K.?

LOVE YOUR DOOR. IT'S SO SIMPLE BUT SO INVITING AND CHARMING. AS THE ENGLISH WOULD SAY "IT'S BRILLIANT"!

TA, JUDY

The Vintage Modern Girl said...

lovely ideas, Tracey! i am a HUGE fan of vintage ornaments, too. i found a box of very old mercury glass ornaments at a garage sale a couple of years ago...for 50 cents! ever since, i've been hooked like you! i can't wait to see what you do with your house for Christmas!

Living It At Home said...

Beautiful photo's and ornaments. It is hard to believe that it is almost time to start decorating. Time to get busy! ~Jamilyn

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

Good luck Tracie,
Welcome to the world of boxes, tissue, bubble wrap and packing peanuts! lol Hope the weather is good for you! Love all your Christmas inspirations!

Karyn Bernard (French Charming) said...

GORGEOUS inspiration! I'm so excited to decorate and I love the old silver ornaments!

Anne Marie said...

that first picture....like that one....and I can't wait to see how you decorate your place and the shop this holiday season....
~did you get to that sale?~

Rebecca said...

Hi Tracey
Say congratulations on your blog photo in Romantic Homes, I saw it in this months issue...looks great.
Love your pictures!
Blessings
Rebecca

Jo said...

You are putting me in the holiday spirit! I've got an itch to start pulling out my decorations!

Jo

Sandi said...

Tracey I love these photos! I am especially enjoying the first one of the old door. Is that from a recent BHAG magazine issue or an old one?

I love love love vintage ornaments and have had quite a stash over the years. Last year and this year I have pared them down to mostly silver with a great patina.

Blessings~

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tracie,

What an inspirational post and I love all the wonderful vintage ornaments and cloches.
Also love the green bow on the door knob.
Good luck with the weather and I hope that you have fun unpacking and organizing all your goods.

Happy week
Hugs
Carolyn

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

Well, I think you know how I feel about a Christmas themed post. Tsk tsk! ;)

I love the inspiration shots you shared, but that's no big surprise, since I love every little thang you do.

a little bit vintage said...

Mmmm....thanks for the lovely inspiration Tracey! I heart your vintage ornaments. :) Last year, the day after Christmas, I scored some vintage ornaments at one of my fave antique stores for 75% off! I couldn't believe it! You can bet that I bought all the ones that I could get my hands on! LOL! :)

Smiles,
rachel

Sarah said...

I love vintage mercury ornaments. They are so imperfectly perfect! My color palette this year is going to be pink, white and blue. But I always have apecial tree set up for my boy's favorite traditional ornaments too!

Anne Marie said...

too bad you missed the sale...

next time I find out about one - I'm totally going to invite you!

so you don't miss out........

I even got a swan oil for nada!

Heather Cameron said...

I heart that silver tray too - in fact, that is one of my shots. I put that together for a shoot a few years ago for Country Living. It does seem to pop up from time to time. Thanks for the reminder!!

June said...

I am definitely inspired by your inspiration file photos. I can't keep Christmas off my mind either, so I'm not even going to try anymore.
Hugs,
June

Tracy is ... Loving Pretty Things said...

TRA-CEEEEEE.....

You see those vintage shiney-brites that are beautifully displayed in those pictures you've selected? Last year, I snagged many a pink and just last month at the flea, I scored some of those DREAMY tiffany blue's!

Oh-so fun. I love these pics - I'm not as ready as you are for Christmas, but ALL your pictures are making me anxious to get Christmas-y up in here!

You're fabulous. and the little garland that you're going to send off to me over the next week or so is going to look FABULOUS with the Christmas everywhere!

xoxoxo

Jacqueline said...

What inspirational pictures, Tracey ....you are scaring me how organised you are.It's 6 a.m. and I'm in panic mode as I am trying to think of what presents I am going to buy everyone. I'm usually much more organised than this.!!!!
I love the first image. I'm going to do that on some of my doors.
I have the little silver acorn baubles. They are so pretty, aren't they Tracey. XXXX

Julie said...

Lovely pictures. They're getting me excited to decorate for Christmas.

Wishing you lots of luck! :)

Firefly Hill said...

It is always so beautiful here...serene and elegant. I love the ornaments you are receiving....esp. that little acorn.

Wishing you luck also,

annie

Tracey Leigh said...

Hi there,
love, love, love the grey door.
So glad I found your blog. Thank you.
Tracey x

Backyard Candle Co. said...

I am home from work today and I am fighting off every urge i have to put up the Christmas decorations, and now, it's even harder after seeing all of the lovely pictures you shared! What am I to do??????

AuroraSuzette said...

My poor children! saddled with a Mom who won't put a tree up until about a week before Chritmas (gasp!). You're right about cloches, and that mirrored platform is calling to me. Your style is quite dreamy. Thanks for visiting my blog yesterday.

Martha said...

Oh how I LOVE Christmas posts ~ your inspiration pics are wonderful!...and of course those ornaments on that silver tray....just L.O.V.E...and your ornaments are so wonderfuL!

traci said...

i love christmas decorating!!!! i usually do mine that weekend too, but i will be out of town this year, so it will have to be the following weekend. thanks for all the beautiful inspiration. i love vintage ornaments. found quite a few last year in my shopping. hope to find more this year. i love the ornaments you have, let me know how many you have and if you are getting more of the sold out ones, i would be interested in purchasing a few of each. thanks tracey!!!

Heather Cameron said...

Hi Tracey
yes, I did the whole house in three days in July. I see you have it as House and Home - we shot the place three times - once for House and Home, then Country Living, then Style at Home. All over a few years.
I wish I had more vintage ornaments. They are so unique - like little treasures.

Jeanneoli said...

You are going to have so much fun going through everything!!! I can't wait to get my order and I am excited for Christmas too!!

The Flying Bee said...

So gorgeous! I am loving that first picture...that grey door!

Love the ornaments!

I am so ready to decorate!

xo,
Adrienne

Tracey said...

Beautiful pics and great ideas! I need to think to check the local thrift shops and goodwill for vintage ornaments! :)

Les Cotrions said...

Hello Tracey! What a beautiful and inspirational post! Your vintage decorations are so charming! They make a magic atmosphere! It's nice you're so enthusiastic on Christmas....may be you can make me change my mind! I loved Xmas much more when I was younger!
Enjoy this exciting moment!!!!
Big hugs
Vale

Marie said...

J'adore vintage ornaments, especially when you showcase them in cloches and glass vases. Now you're starting to gear me towards Christmas.
-marie

Jill Elaine said...

Lovely! Oh, I just can't wait to decorate! I've always done everything under the sun with ornaments. We've never had a tree! Comes from being part of a church denomination that frowned on having a Christmas tree. But since we are no longer part of that - this year I'm having a tree!! I've got some ideas for it that don't include a lot of ornaments. I don't want to buy a bunch and the vintage ones I have always find a spot elswhere! Sounds so fun to get creative with all of the festive stuff!
I need to make a trip to Targe soon. they always have fun Christmas stuff. Hobby Lobby had fun blown glass ornaments last year. Have you checked them out this year?
Keep the pics coming I love inspiration from other places:)
Jill

Lissa said...

AMAZING inspiration here! I'm still trying to decide on those letter~

Junk Girl said...

Just found your blog today and boy, am I glad I did! Really lovely pictures! Love the white...light, airy pictures. I'm excited to decorate for the Christmas holiday myself, but also anxious to decorate the table for our Thanksgiving feast! Blessings, Andrea

The Brocantess said...

This just might get me in the mood for the holidays. That white button garland is amazing....so simple but so cute. In case you can't tell I have a thing for white buttons too.

Rita said...

Hi tracey,
thanks for stopping by.
j'adore your post... puts me alrady in the holiday season's mood, which is a bit early in Italy as we normally start with our decorations on December 8, a Catholic Holiday celebrating Holy Mary.
What wonderful ideas you have shared with us, and I've felt truly inspired. Thank you.
until the next time,
take good care
Hugs
rita

koralee said...

Thank you for your well wishes my dear...this bug does like to hang on. Your decorations have cheered me up...off to check out your shop...I am feeling in the Christmas mood.

Cathy said...

What gorgeous images!!!

Your blog is lovely!!!

I have peeking around this afternoon and I love it!!!

Have a wonderful day!!!
XOXO
Cathy

Rebecca said...

Hi
Say, I have an award for you if you care to come and get it. Hope all is well
Blessings
Rebecca

Lee W - The Way I See It said...

Tracey, you have such lovely taste- but I want to see more of yor home! All of my Christmas ornaments are in a storage locker in Maine. I hope we can get to some of it when we arrive. I'd like to decorate for Christmas while I unpack. Good luck with all of the merchandise coming. There are so many things I'd like- do you have extras? --Lee

Lori said...

I absolutely adore vintage ornaments! I have some from my grandparents farm that I display similar to picture #5 in the big glass urn. I have one of the little pinecones but I love the little acorn one too! I just may have to head on over to your shop.... hmmm.

paperbird said...

I love your Christmas inspiration. I have been collecting pretty vintage Christmas ornaments for several years now- my favorite way to display them is with greenery under a cloche- so pretty.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Hi Tracey...

Your blog is just glorious....I always have the best time here.

Hugs,
Spencer

Anne~fiona and twig said...

I'm headed to your shop right this very instant! Just hoping all the good stuff isn't gone yet!!!
XO,
Anne

Kellie Collis said...

Oh so dreamy and stylish - so beautiful! Love Christmas time !

Gypsy Fish said...

These pics make my heart swoon! Thanks for the eye candy!
{{gypsy hugs}}
Beth

KarenSue said...

Oh you are so sweet to comment on my silly little blog. Yours is just so beautiful and elegant. I love vintage ornaments. My new kitty got 10 of them last year! I have about 100 and always on the look out for them.
Happy Wednesday to ya!

Barbara said...

Your vintage ornaments are charming! Luckily I have quite a few from my mother and grandmother...and even have some lovely old glass tree swags.

paperhill said...

what gorgeous inspiration! i love those ornaments! i think i need to start buying the old ornaments. enjoy your week, hope you get all your things done. susan

Chrissy said...

Do I need to tell you how much I love this post......like the pages of my fav.decor book,you never let me down!! Have a great day,talk soon,Chrissy

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

I am having a Christmas tea party early December and really searching for new decorating ideas. Thank you Tracy for the inspiration. :)

neybursguy said...

I love everything about Vintage Christmas decorations which is why my wife and I started our site http://vintagechristmasdecorationsblog.com for that reason.
Keep up the great posts!!

cammy said...

Oh Tracey, your site is such a beautiful and inspiring place to visit. Thank you for sharing your talents with us. This reminds me that I must order Jeanne D'Arc Living from you.
xo

Madame Sucre said...

oh I love every single detail you have .. wow you do celebrate in style!!

BellaRosa said...

Tracey, what beautiful christmas images, I can't wait to start decorating either, here our tradition is to start the day after Thanksgiving, but being that we all miss my dad so much, I think it might help us all to start decorating sooner this year :) I can't wait.

When you get a moment, please visit me, I have an award for you, I know that Rebecca gace it to you too and being that you will be soo busy for a bit, I wanted you to know that I wanted to give it to you to for having such a beautiful inspiring blog. besos, Rose

littlebyrd said...

I agree - everything does look better under a cloche. I was wondering yesterday if I would ever get tired of the look but I don't think so. You have gorgeous decorations - I bet your home is such a wonderful place to be!

trash talk said...

I am in the process of gathering for a Christmas Open House at Winnie and Tulula's and you have provided some much need inspiration. Thank you...it's all beautiful!
Debbie

Jenns Three Graces said...

This makes me think of people who sew and can't bare to throw a scrap of ribbon away - with the bow on the door - I see why not - it's lovely. Jennifer

{ L } said...

That idea of the cute bow on the doorknob is adorable. I want to try that.

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour! Beautiful ornaments - I'm in the mood for Christmas. Thanks for stopping by my blog and your kind comment - I guess it does sound funny that I'm bringing stuff from the US to France, but now that I'm living there I need to have some of my sentimental things with me.

mandiegirl said...

Just wanted to say that I always love looking at the pretty photos you collect and share! :)