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)

How to Host a Vintage Tea Party…in a Corporate Conference Room?!

One of my office’s amazing former intern-turned-staff members graduated from her Master’s this spring. We knew we HAD to do something special to make the occasion for her, but we also had to balance a particularly busy and high-stress work period. We regularly go out for lunch as an office but my co-workers and I wanted to try something more fun than the usual.

You know I’m always down with something vintage-inspired and our current intern is also keen to embrace the quirky and historical so we were in quick agreement to plan a vintage tea-party right here in the office.

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Fortunately, my collection of vintage goodies is plentiful so I was able to supply a few pieces that I knew would be easy to bring in to work.

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Can you spot the vintage goodness? There’s milkglass, FireKing, and a gorgeous Yugoslavian enamelware teapot – not to mention the teacups!

And yeah, I know it’s not vintage, but I just adore my Cath Kidston tablecloth.

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For simplicity’s sake we used some cute little paper plates and napkins from the dollar store but made sure the colours coordinated with the vintage teacups and whatnot.

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The teacups were filled with puffs of cotton candy to add to the whimsy of the tea party.

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We served candy, raspberries, and some delicious President’s Choice gluten free strawberry cake.

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We went “local” with the tea and served two choices from the World Tea House and the ever-charming Sense and SensibiliTEA.

Plus, doilies. Obvi.

If we can transform a boring old conference room into a whimsical, sweet vintage tea-party, anyone can! What’s your favourite vintage accessory?

~@halitrax

Just a Side Hustle

I’ve shared a few posts over the years about my love for thrifting. It’s been a fun hobby and one that really fosters my love for history.

In particular, I’m drawn to vintage and antique kitchen items. I think it’s a perfect combination of a few of my interests: history, cooking, and eclectic decor.

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Mid Century Modern Barware!
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Made-in-Canada FAB Trays!

So, as a way to sustain my hobby and share some of the treasures that I’ve discovered, I’m starting a wee site and shop on Etsy. If you’re at all into vintage kitchen items like Pyrex, or FAB trays, or Barware, or Depression glass, then please do stop by for a visit!yvk logo

In addition to the thrifted items, I’ll also be carrying a number of vintage inspired printables and ephemera. Expect to see note cards and recipe cards for digital download, for those of you who enjoy the vintage aesthetic but aren’t interested in collecting. I’ll be shipping goods across Canada and, BONUS, will offer free delivery in the HRM.

Check it all out here:

www.etsy.com/ca/shop/YourVintageKitchn   (OPENING FEBRUARY 1ST, 2016)

@yvintagekitchen on Twitter

@yourvintagekitchen on Instagram

Remember, this side hustle is a work in progress! Please do a take a sneak peek and let me know what you think!

Wish me luck!

Krista