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)

That Time I Fell in Love (with Annapolis Royal)

I’m so lucky to have friends who live in the beautiful Annapolis Valley. I love going to visit them and getting to explore the area. If you haven’t been, it’s GORGEOUS.

 

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This visit allowed for a Saturday trip to Annapolis Royal to check out their bustling farmer’s market and take in a few other local sites.

Maybe it’s because it was a sunny, bright day. Maybe it’s because of the happy faces that filled the downtown. Or, maybe it’s because of the beautiful ocean views. I just have to say, that town is BEYOND charming.

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On a stroll down George street, we encountered a friendly tour guide who welcomed visitors in for a free tour of Sinclair Inn Museum, one of the oldest wooden structures in Canada.

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I’m a sucker for local history and I get especially weak in the knees for historic interiors. I’m particularly fond of tin ceilings. They’re always so intricate and interesting. Way better than the stucco in the house I grew up with.

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Annapolis Royal has a lovely short waterfront trail that features a few beautiful exhibits of public art.

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“Maudified” House! As an homage to Maud Lewis. How great is that?

When we needed to cool off from the heat, a stop at Sissiboo Coffee Roasters was just the ticket. I swapped my normal order of iced coffee for a cold Italian soda made with fresh lemon and local strawberry syrup. SO delicious.  (Also, the decor was a dream…and, you guessed it, TIN CEILING!)

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Possibly the most interesting new information I came away from the trip with, was a lesson about Rose Fortune. She is an important figure in Canadian history amongst Black Nova Scotians and women! She was a business owner and something of a first female police officer in Canada. Very cool.

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What local travelling are you doing this summer?

Krista

Hang in there, Bats: A bad news/good news update

Remember back around Hallowe’en when I shared that terrifying story about bats? The one that indicated that the number of brown bats found in Atlantic Canada had dropped from 7,000 to 22 since 2011? (Yes 7,000 to 22.)

Well, the bad news is that this past winter we lost even more. New Brunswick researchers have only been able to locate 13. THIRTEEN. It’s truly, truly heartbreaking. At this point the Maritimes can say goodbye to the wee bats and only hope that the region will see a re-population sometime in the very distant future (if ever). Female bats only reproduce a single pup per year so the process will be slow at best.

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But not all is lost! There’s good news yet!

 Researchers at Georgia State University are working to inhibit the growth of the white-nose fungus by using the bacteria Rhodococcus rhodochrousin. 

 In the winter of 2015, 150 bats were found to have survived in caves in Kentucky and Missouri.

“It looks like bats were able to survive with the help of the bacterium so it’s promising,” says Karen Vanderwolf, a bat conservation specialist with the Canadian Wildlife Federation in New Brunswick.

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We should be grateful to the researchers who are working to save endangered populations like these. This glimmer of hope is something to hold on to when we worry about the animals with whom we share our planet.

And to the tiny surviving bats. Well done and hang in there, guys!

Interested in other environmental issues? View this post and many others at www.greenphonebooth.com where I post as Mindful Echo.

Krista