Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A Blue Christmas

So far we have established that of the many types of vintage in the land, vintage Christmas is one of my absolute favorites. Depending on the time of year, it almost always occupies the #1 or #2 spot on the list, switching back and forth with vintage fabric.

I become especially weak in the knees around vintage ornaments which is how this group came home with me. They were really filthy after spending an eternity in someone's barn but they washed up quite nicely. 

And upon further inspection, I wondered if they might be hand-blown because they're very irregular in shape. Some are almost lopsided. And their tiny, tiny metal caps say JAPAN in even tinier letters. Pre-WWII, possibly?

See how oddly shaped the one on the left is compared to the Shiny Brite on the right?

BTW -- I do not recommend washing your Shiny Brites.


When I'm not busy washing/ruining vintage Christmas ornaments, I'm adding vintage Christmas loot to my etsy shop, PeppermintBark.

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And there's lots more to come. Hope you're having a wonderful day -- *beautiful* blue skies here today!


  1. You probably just saved a bunch of Shiny Brite lives by posting this! I had no idea that these couldn't be popped in some soapy water. I'm sorry you had to learn the hard way, but I really appreciate you passing this along!

  2. Oh so much vintage yumminess! Scooted over here from Vintage Sue--and can I say that you had me at Blue Christmas? (Hint: I wrote a book with that title.) I'll be back!

  3. The blue ornaments are so pretty. Can't help with their history. I'm off to check out Peppermint Bark.

  4. I use lots of blues at Christmas, because my house has so much blue in it. But my tree and decor truly is multi-colored.

  5. Hello Amy....!

    I've just popped over from Sue at Vintage Rescue Squad after seeing a pic of your sweet BOOTHLET.... :o) !!

    I'm LOVIN' your blog so much that I've added you to my list so I can keep an eye on you....!!

    I've just read back to the 23.10.09 & am wondering if you will be making any more of those TO DIE FOR Christmas Sachets....?? If you are I would LOVE a bunch for sure....!

    Well....BACK to my reading & to the EYE CANDY that is....So Into Vintage....!!

    Cheers from Australia,
    Tamarah :o)

  6. OMG we had Santa candles just like the ones you pictured above when I was a little girl! Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

    Warm hugs,

  7. Just saw the shirt you fixed up for Laurie/Ethel. You really did a super job!

  8. I love how the shirt you made for Laurie turned out~ sooooo cute!! I love that candy cane binding!
    Thanks for the helpful hint about washing Shiny Brites. You saved me some heartache. Can't wait to check out your etsy shop. I love Christmas too! I just can't help myself. It's all so fun!

  9. I popped over from 521 Lake Street and had to tell you how excited I got when I saw your vintage Christmas stuff. And I love the towels that you make out of vintage tablecloths. Very cute! I'm going to follow you so I don't miss any cute vintage Christmas stuff that you have coming up.

  10. Be still my heart... just happened upon your wonderful blog and etsy shops...I just love it all! I am a new follower...

  11. Oh. I am in love with your vintage bauble garland. Actually can I invite it out for dinner?

    The distressed look of those blue baubles is just beautiful.

  12. Christmas vintage is the most wonderful isn't it.

  13. Oh how I wish I read your post sooner. I recently purchased several boxes of the most beautiful pale aqua ornaments (totally faded from original color of blue). These were also stored in a barn and were covered in mouse droppings. I put them all in a nice tub of warm soapy water only to see all of the lovely color flake off :( I will not make that mistake again!! Is there a way to clean these without ruining them?

  14. Oh those shiny brites, not to worry, they now show character, there was a time when i was young that i would have thrown them out. Now that i have aged and am full of flaws i look at vintage items in a new light. Merry CHRISTMAS Terri :O)

  15. I have a set of ornaments I was thinking the same thing about... different sizes and even shapes--just slightly so. Thanks for providing a possible answer!


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