A Very Vintage Christmas

It is so easy to be dazzled with every new sparkle and bobble that fills the stores this holiday season. I get it. I freaking love Christmas. Still, the environment takes a huge hit by the end of the month when every family starts to trash their packaging and gift wrap and all the plastic decorations that won’t survive another year.

I try to limit myself this time of year – though it’s really, REALLY difficult – to only buying one or two new decorations for the collection. It keeps the impact on the earth low and forces me to be creative with what I have. It’s a fun challenge to try to make something new and crafty or just decorate using the pieces that I already have in new and interesting ways.

For me, vintage is an easy medium to work with in terms of decorating because my favourite Christmas vignettes are the ones that evoke a feeling of nostalgia. I like to think of the old pieces in family homes spruced up with a little holiday cheer.

Here are few examples of how to incorporate vintage into your holiday decor.

Simple Silver

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Combine a few bottle brush trees with vintage silver pieces. BIG thanks to my gal Renée for scoring the tray and the sugar, creamer set for a cool 25 cents! A quarter! Talk about a Christmas miracle.

A Colour Story

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Pick your favourite Christmas colours and make their proximity part of the holiday scheme. These vintage books and other red pieces only needed a few candy canes to drive it home.

Merry Milk Glass

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Milk glass is the perfect vessel for your holiday treats and trinkets. I threw in this red Pyrex fridgie becuse I just love red and white – must be a twinkle of Canadiana Christmas spirit.

Mixed Metals

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Deck the halls with copper and mercury glass and gold leaf! I painted some white canvas with gold paint for a bonus backdrop as well.

If you’re looking to add some fun, high quality vintage pieces to your own collection – ones that will last for many Christmases to come, check out my Etsy shop where you’ll find some of the pieces pictured above and many new pieces added weekly.

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Like this post? Check out my other holiday posts here:

The Quintessential Feminist Gift Guide

Simple and Rustic Christmas Tree in a Frame

100 Movie New York Christmas Countdown

Minimalist Eco-Conscious Alterna-Tree

Best Worst Christmas Movies

30 Acts of Kindness (And a Christmas Printable)

Mindful Water Use on #WorldWaterDay

It’s World Water Day! So, what’s the big deal?

Well, access to clean water is something that many of us take for granted. Unfortunately, for so many others that simply isn’t the reality. You may be surprised to know that even in Canada, a country filled with lakes and fresh waterways, there are still communities who live with long-term boil advisories for drinking or bathing or brushing their teeth.

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So, what can we do?

Well, like with any issue of this size and scope, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the daunting task of solving the problem alone. Fortunately, we can share the burden together.

5 Mindful Ways for Water Consumption

  1. Shower shorter.
  2. A reusable water bottle is your new best friend.
  3. Keep a pitcher of cold water in the fridge and ice cubes in the freezer. It will save you from running the tap to get it to the right temperature.
  4. Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when full.
  5. Share! Rather than dumping that extra gulp left in the pitcher, pour it into a pet’s dish or onto a houseplant.

Bonus: Never, ever, EVER buy bottled water. If you live in a community where clean drinking water is available, then you really shouldn’t be supporting water privatization by purchasing water from a company. It’s unsustainable, expensive, wasteful, and, in extreme cases, entirely stolen away from non-western communities.

Thirsty for more?

One of the best ways to embrace and enforce change is to stay informed. Here’s some reading to get you started.

Statistics Canada’s water study should spark federal action to protect water

36 eye-opening facts about water

Take back our water: How Trump’s appetite for privatization threatens your drinking water

How are you saving water this #WorldWaterDay?

Shower Shorter

Is there anything better than a long, hot shower? Especially this time of year? Seriously, coming in from a cold walk or after a brisk snowshoe, a hot shower can warm your bones and clean away the sweat in the most refreshing way possible.

Personally though, I find it way too easy to waste time daydreaming and singing my way through Adele’s latest hits (badly, I might add), rather than sticking to the necessities of actually getting clean and getting out in a timely manner.

Unfortunately, as we all know, water is a finite resource. Those of us who are fortunate enough to have flowing fresh water at our easy disposal should be cautious to reserve as much as possible, rather than let it flow down the drain.

SHOWER

1. Check out a low-flow shower head.

Unless you have super thick hair, chances are you don’t need to have extreme pressure all the time. I know some people think the water should pelt you to an almost painful degree, but if you can still rinse with a little less, then give it a try. 

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2. Shut the tap when you shampoo and shave.

The water definitely does not need to stay running while you’re getting your lather on. 

3. Set a timer. 

You could use an old-fashioned kitchen timer or, if you know all the words to Paradise by the Dashboard Light, you can sing your way to an 8-minute shower.

4. Cool it down. 

Does it have to be burning hot? Not likely. If you can keep your cool and still get clean, you’ll save the energy from heating up all the water needed for your shower.

And here’s a bonus tip:

When I was an undergrad my house had an upstairs and a downstairs shower with which a couple of my roommates would have “shower races.” Someone would start the timer and whomever made it back to the living room first (clothed but usually still totally damp) would win.

What are your best tips to keep your showers short?

Krista