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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

My Vintage Christmas “Fantle”

My Christmas decorating seems to be slow going this year. The decorating elves are welcome to show up at any time.

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As we live in Phoenix there isn’t much of a call for a fireplace or a mantle for that matter. I am once again improvising with a faux mantle or “fantle” by using the center of my large entertainment center.

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The vintage theme is courtesy of my husbands wish for a Christmas like those he knew in his childhood. I have assembled quite a cute cast of characters: the jolly snowman belonged to my Great Grandmother Bradley, the reindeer is from my childhood and the wee Santa in the background is from the 1930’s.

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There is a 1960’s Santa, a tree of elves that belonged to my mother Karen and a frosted elf that belonged to Grandma Mary.

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I also strung up some vintage and antique garland.

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In the center are some vintage sugar bells.

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A few of my favorite old ornaments balance on crystal candlestick pedestals. The entire vignette is swirled with angel hair. (You can find it at Hobby Lobby.)

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I still need to address the shelves on either side of the tv, wrap several gifts, get started on the baking...

Yoohoo ~decorating elves?

Laura

Linking to:

The Lettered Cottage, A Stroll Thru Life

31 comments :

sissie said...

Very sweet Laura and very vintage.

hugs
Sissie

Amy Jo said...

That is so cute! I was wishing I could do a vintage Christmas too. But to change everything would be to expensive...so for now it will have to be my normal stuff.

Blessings,
Amy Jo

♥ Sonny ♥ said...


you have beautiful vintage items Laura. it looks lovely.

Maria Elena said...

Laura, it is so pretty! I love all your special pieces! Hope you are having a great week!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love the vintage ornaments, Laura! I find myself drawn to them more and more each year.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I love that you decorate that area so beautifully for all the seasons. How wonderful to have such beautiful keepsake pieces. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

Christine said...

Thank your husband for me, love the vintage theme!
"Fantle", this is funny but it's what I do, also. I'm going to use that word from now on.

Terri said...

Laura, your mantel is totally perfect as a vintage Christmas display! Your hubby must love it all!
I have not done my mantle yet, hoping to get to it today.
Thank you for sharing your inspiring post!
Hugs,
Terri

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Just beautiful!!!!! Hubby and I were in Camp Verde for my birthday and there was a beautiful antique there!!! Had so much fun!!!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

What a beautiful vignette, Laura. I love the vintage feel!

Vicki said...

I ADORE the DECOR on your fantle!

Jen said...

I love all of the vintage delights! How wonderful that you been able to keep these treasures from your family Christmases.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I haven't seen angel hair in years and years, Laura! It reminds me of my dad. I just might have to hop over to Hobby Lobby and grab some. Love your vintage ornaments, too.

XO,

Sheila

Denise said...

Thank you so much Laura for your sweet message.I must ask My husband again next year what theme He would like for Christmas. I've asked Him before He never really answers.It's always "whatever you want".I won't stop trying though.Your husband must be about My age-We have the same memories. Merry Christmas-Denise

Karie's Chic Creations said...

Absolutely beautiful. I love vintage Christmas things. And when they have special meaning it is that much better. You always do your decorating beautifully. Thank you for sharing, and thank you for visiting my blog. Hugs to you, Karie

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Laura, What a dream Christmas it will be with your vintage treasures. I love your fantle and the darling little ones displayed there.
I can see you are making it very special.
Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment. So special to see you.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Shelia said...

Hi Laura! I love your fantel! :)What sweet vintage ornies and to think they belonged to your family! You've set up a sweet little spot of cheer.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Diane | An Extraordinary Day said...

Goodness...I'm so glad to know that there is another decorating slow poke out there! :D
I love your vintage ornaments...I remember many growing up...and thought that I might still have some, but they have disappeared.
Thanks for the walk down memory lane.
Merry CHRISTmas!

Vel Criste said...

Beautiful as always Laura, lucky you have all those beautiful pieces to decorate with, mantle or not.

Ms. Redo said...

Nothing better than a vintage Christmas, I love yours and the stories of the ornaments. If the elves show up at your house, please send them here when you're done. Thanks. Mary

Ivy and Elephants said...

What a great idea! Here in Florida I too am mantle-less, but your gorgeous display has shown me a perfect option. I love all your vintage pieces displayed in the angel hair is just a winter wonderland. So beautiful!
Hugs,
Patti

Auntie Em said...

Love your pretty vintage ornaments...although it pains me to call them vintage since I grew up with similar ones in our home. lol
The sugar bells are so pretty. I love your solution to no mantle. I don't have one either (fireplaces are too messy and drafty for me, even with our cold temperatures) but I do have shelves built in all around the room and lots of places to hold all those Christmas treasures.
Thanks for sharing your beautiful display! :)

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Beautiful mantel!..the elves are ever so cute!!!

Carol said...

Oh my, what memories these wonderful vintage ornaments stir up. I think it is so wonderful that you've found a way to display them in such a beautiful way.

openid said...

Laura,
Your shelf is a miniature, whimsical journey to a simpler time. Is there a Red Ryder BB Gun on Mr Decor's Christmas list? :)
Your Friend,
Deborah
FairfieldHouseNJ.com

French Basketeer.com said...

Love all the ornaments and decorations, and especially the sentimental attachment and memories that go along with each one of them!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

You are so lucky to have all these beautiful items to remember cherished loved ones by. Decorating/baking has not started here either. I still cleaning!! Obviously, I didn't take your earlier cleaning post to heart!
Best wishes for a blessed Christmas!

The Boston Lady said...

Please send them over this way when they are finished at your house! I didn't know they still made Angel Hair! I haven't seen it in eons! Mr. Decor is certainly getting his Christmas wish! Ann

sandy said...

Love this, wish we had a Hobby Lobby. I haven't been able to find the Angel Hair in a long time.

TSL said...

Charming in every imaginable way. A few Christmas' ago a vintage elf doll absolutely stole the show in a family photo. It was peeking out from behind the Christmas tree. It was a riot in the photo. Thanks for entering my giveaway. I will be a new follower here as well!

Jacqueline said...

That just gave me chills of happy memories as a child! My parents and my aunt had so many items just like these. We were all supposed to get some but the executor of the estate has kept them all. She said she didn't want to mail them. I doubt I will ever get them but your pictures brought me such happy memories.