Saturday, December 27, 2008

Old Spun Cotton Ornaments

Decorated Feather Tree

I finally collected enough things to fill my feather tree this year. I had to get bits and pieces for a few years now until I had a treeful. I have a habit of stashing my finds , squirreling them away for the future, so it was a bit of work to find it all, but I`m pleased with the outcome. The tree itself is a fake feather tree that I found at a yard sale for $1. ,thinking I`d use it as a pattern to make my own real feather tree, but that hasn`t happened yet, one of these years I`ll get to it.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Christmas Decorating

I was inspired by this old postcard when I went to put up a tree 2 years ago. I heard my Mom telling a story about how she had walked in the snow to find a tree. That means they just went out and took whatever was growing , however it was growing, no trimming for years to give it that nice shape. So I decided that`s what I wanted to try. I went out and walked until I found one I thought would work and the trunk is very small compared to the ones you buy at a lot . I put it in this old bucket with a plastic bucket inside to prevent leakage, placed stones for support and wired it to the wall. I made folded paper stars and strung popcorn and cranberries. Baked gingerbread cookies and cut out shapes with my old cookie cutters. Clipped on candles ,but never lit them, and added white lights. A carved angel on top that was made by my friend. Added some dolls and animals from my collection and was very happy with the results. I`d love to see your early style trees too, send me a link .

Primitive Christmas Decorating

This basket looks like an upsidedown Christmas tree made from twigs. Cone shaped. Fill with greens and hang from a nice hanger. Again, having this wonderful doorway helps most colonial decorating look nice.

I love decorating with natural ,simple things. A candle in the window, a bough outside the window and of course having a great window in the 1st place helps too. This restored log house looks great on it`s own.

Moravian Stars

Love these moravian stars for holiday decorating. I found mine, one Summer, at an auction out in the country. I really enjoy it.

Christkindle Market Mifflinburg,Pa.2008

This is a Christmas pyramid. A giant version of the ones many people had in their homes. The small ones had candles and the heat from the candles would turn the propellers on top. This one is placed in an intersection on the street where they hold the Christkindle market each year. It turns by electricity.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Christmas at Primitive America Shoppe

The recent Christmas open house at Primitive America in Pennsdale ,Pa. was filled with wonderful primitives and early antiques and there were great ideas for decorating for Christmas.This shop is open on Fridays 10-5 , but on the open house weekends she`s open Friday and Sat. 514 Quaker Church Rd.Pennsdale,Pa.17756 570-546-6220.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving from Melanee

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday. I`m truly thankful for the abundance I have. Once I understood I have just what I need, right now , at this point in my life, if I could just see it, I then understand it`s enough. Health , wealth and abundance to you all! And may you love and be loved. Thank you for reading my blog. Melanee

A needlepunched mat I made, my own design. 2008

The larger paper mache turkey I found early one morning at a flea market a few years ago before they were so popular. The one on the left could be a repro..

Turkey Red embroidery floss box

Friday, November 14, 2008

Decorating Ideas from Primitive America

A simple ironstone cup, the red against the pale white, gives the "early" feel of Christmas.

The old blue of the metal .Pinecones with a touch of white paint and a bit of glitter. This is an inexpensive simple way to decorate.

Pinecones in old primitive containers,baskets,measures,wooden buckets.

Faux plum puddings with aged cheesecloth.

Candles inside old tin graters, in a box of greens.

Candle on a hogscraper.