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Have Yourself A Very Merry Kitschmas

 
 
djjd62
 
Reply Wed 16 Dec, 2009 07:36 am
http://crabbygolightly.com/mt/2009/12/merry_kitschmas.html

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Have Yourself A Very Merry Kitschmas
By Elizabeth C.
IF, WHEN YOU'RE DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS, YOU MEAN SNOW, WE'LL TAKE IT.

But Christmas trees adorned with white lights? Mantels with white candles? Blah humbug!

In my house, Christmas kitsch is a requirement. There's no more fun way to deck the halls than with whimsical (cheesy?) vintage decorations.

Here's some vintage or vintage-inspired finds from around the web.

http://crabbygolightly.com/images/raining_rita_flickr.jpg
Raining Rita on Flick's brought Parson Brown's betrotheds to life in this winter diorama. We presume that's Frosty's presiding over the ceremonies or perhaps just congratulating the happy couple.

http://crabbygolightly.com/images/aka_creativity_flickr.jpg
Here we have three jolly characters to hang on our tree. The two bearded elves were handmade by Llulu on Flickr; the pipe-smoking snowman is a 1971 ornament made in Japan and is from the collection of aka creativity on Flickr. Remember when 'Made In Hong Kong' indicated crappy? Not anymore.

http://crabbygolightly.com/images/Charm_Poise_Flickr.jpg
This bifold spread from Family Circle 1964 on homemade Christmas decorations is from Charm And Poise's collection on Flickr. Can't you imagine Betty Draper making these with Sally during the holidays? Maybe not.

http://crabbygolightly.com/images/chocolatebakery_flickr.jpg
This Christmas wreath cake by Chocolatebakery on Flickr surely was inspired by the aesthetics of the 60s. Some things like chocolate cake never get old.

http://crabbygolightly.com/images/mads_lucky13_flickr.jpg
No Christmas would be kitch without these happy fellas hanging around. This collection make their home with MADsLucky13 on Flickr.

http://crabbygolightly.com/images/button_wreath_etsy.jpg
Button up the hearth with this circa 1950s button wreath
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sozobe
 
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Reply Wed 16 Dec, 2009 07:39 am
@djjd62,
Hey, where's my elf????

I used to have an elf just like the ones in the picture(s), he disappeared at some point though, dang! I love my elf.

Those birds are awesome, I may have to make some.
mismi
 
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Reply Wed 16 Dec, 2009 07:39 am
I love all the bright colors Didge. That button wreath makes me want to go to my nearest antique dealer and by some buttons for a new project!

http://crabbygolightly.com/images/button_wreath_etsy.jpg
djjd62
 
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Reply Wed 16 Dec, 2009 07:42 am
@sozobe,
i'm pretty sure we still have an elf or two like that in the attic
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djjd62
 
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Reply Wed 16 Dec, 2009 07:44 am
@mismi,
yeah, stuff like that is the best, my mom doesn't do a big tree anymore, but she still brings out favourite ornaments, and having been a teacher for 30+ years, she's got lots of kid made stuff
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boomerang
 
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Reply Wed 16 Dec, 2009 08:01 am
@sozobe,
I was thinking the same thing about those birds, soz! They are way cool.
djjd62
 
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Reply Wed 16 Dec, 2009 08:08 am
@boomerang,
better get some felt and sequins
boomerang
 
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Reply Wed 16 Dec, 2009 08:13 am
@djjd62,
I think I will!

Mo likes to "sew". Well, he likes to whipstitch -- only he calls it "rabid wire" (a combination of razor and barbed wire) stitching.
sozobe
 
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Reply Wed 16 Dec, 2009 08:14 am
@djjd62,
Already on my list. Michael's has a pretty good selection, should be able to get some of those colors. I don't have pinking shears though.
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sozobe
 
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Reply Wed 16 Dec, 2009 08:15 am
@boomerang,
boomerang wrote:
only he calls it "rabid wire" (a combination of razor and barbed wire) stitching.


cool!
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farmerman
 
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Reply Wed 16 Dec, 2009 09:47 am
@djjd62,
Now when I see this posse of trogs, I think that theres a new Stephen King book waiting to be writ. They scare the hell out of me

     http://crabbygolightly.com/images/mads_lucky13_flickr.jpg


Look at em, all evil and waiting for you to slip off to sleep. Then they come and slice your jug vein and roll around in your sanguinity.
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sullyfish6
 
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Reply Wed 16 Dec, 2009 12:41 pm
I was in Home Depot yesterday. They were selling a brown felt Grinch on top of a little plastic motorcycle and you pushed a button and heard the roar of the bike and his eyes lighted up. There was a little girl standing there and she said, "Now that's just creepy."
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