Happy Holidays, from our Homes to Yours

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This fabulous photograph is from Kim Ohlin, contributor at Vintage VanBlair Antiques and Oddities. Kim has a wonderful old home and an eye for mixing old and new. Her decor is so charming and also tells a story. I love her eclectic look and talent for combining mid century pieces with new items.  Kim and I also share of love for pixies, elves and gnomes, like this little guy tucked away in her mantle decor. 

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Emily of Sawdust & Scribbles is another talented maker who you can find at Reclaimed Rose. Emily loves mixing primitive style with antique items and rustic elements. Emily is also sentimental and says that her "grandma" pieces are her favorite. This antique ceramic school was passed down from her grandmother and has been on display every year since Emily inherited it. 

Here’s a pic of my grandmother’s Santa Claus. It was her favorite Santa, she had an obsession with Santa’s. After she passed away, I made sure that no one took this or got rid of it. This Santa has been apart of my Christmases for 33 years now!
— Emily, Sawdust & Scribbles
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Jennifer of Little Paws Apparel, enjoys a whimsical tree, filled with keepsake ornaments that all tell a story of moments in her life. 

Jennifer's oldest ornament is the 1976 pear tree ornament, and continues on with a hand painted ornament made for Jennifer in 1979 by her mother's dear friend. The two mice in the lantern commemorates her marriage in 1996 and her 1985 unicorn was painted by a dear friend. Each and every piece has a special meaning and is cherished by Jennifer. 

Collected pieces over time make for the best decorations, and an eye for detail makes all the difference. Check out these great shots by Kelly from Junquey Gal. She found this green cashmere sweater and vintage wool blanket at estate sales and incorporated them into her holiday decor. She incorporates vintage ceramics from her grandmother, a decoupaged trunk and several pieces sources from local makers and friends. 

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More beautiful trinkets by Junquey Gal! I don't know how many times I have passed up gorgeous vintage bulbs thinking I had no room for them on my tree. But Kelly uses them as bowl fillers, an ingenious idea! I absolutely love the little snowy cottage and bottle brush trees. Her buffet has me drooling!

Continue on to page three to see my home and other important holiday elements!