You know how you check your blogroll for new posts every day? I've been hoping that somehow, some day, some way my blog would update itself! Well, that never happened, so I'll share some decorations I've been putting up around the house.
I made a hat and scarf for my pink flamingo (waves to Beckie!). It tickles me no end. My other outside decorations are C4 lights on stakes along my driveway, lighted garlands on my porch railings, a lighted tree on my porch, and a few other lights.
I love vintage/retro decorations. The red cellophane wreath and gold candelabra are in my front kitchen window.
These sweet little bells are in my hallway (the tree branch is real).
I love these little bottlebrush wreaths and have several of them in my entryway.
These are some newly-acquired, old decorations! I love all the deer... and the pixie knee hugger looks evil close up. Speaking of evil...
I keel you! (Apologies to Jeff Dunham.)
I mentioned I like deer, right?
Well, I really like deer. Especially these two. The ribbons and bells and white spots are just so sweet!
I love this little angel with her own all-around halo.
Here's everybody on top of my entertainment center.
I love the trees and Santas, too.
The larger (5 feet tall) of my two Norfolk Island pines is my main Christmas tree, decked out all in retro ornaments, from the 1960s and earlier.
About 10 years ago, I would have found all the retro stuff kitschy and tacky. My taste was more German. For example, my friend and sisteroo Susan sent me most of these wonderful Steinbach ornaments. Isn't the beekeeper adorable?
I still like my German decorations. I keep Twirly (pyramid) and Nutty out all year, in fact. The skier and bearded dude are smokers, not nut crackers. They hold incense and smoke comes out their pipes.
I also like Scandinavian decorations, which grace my coffee table. The little dude to the left holding the tree is my favorite. I really like understated and minimalist design, so Scandinavian things are perfect. I think that's why it took me a long time to warm up to retro American decorations! But now I love both styles!
Speaking of tacky, this is my little kitschy korner. My friend Aunita surprised me with the darling salt and pepper shakers, and the rest were bargain finds: I don't recall where I got the mistletoe snowman, but I got all three knee huggers this year: Santa for 25 cents at the Ann Arbor Thrift Store, green pixie for free while helping set up for the Kiwanis Christmas sale ("no one would pay for that, just take it"), and red pixie for 25 cents at Recycle Ann Arbor's ReUse Store.
Stay tuned for more of my favorite retro decorations and trip reports from Meijer Gardens and the Chicago Christmas Market!