I like going to estate sales. You never know what you will find.
This Christmas gem was found last week. It had been living just two streets over from me.
To give you an idea of the size of the stocking I am 5’4” tall. This photo is of me INSIDE the stocking, arms straight up, holding the stocking over my head.
(Yes, my daughter and I were cracking up while taking this shot. :)
I know a few of you are thinking “Why on earth did you buy that?” (cough, Mr. Decor, cough)
Decor To Adore is known for its annual handmade Christmas extravaganzas. I create a new theme each holiday. But I don’t like to spend oodles of money creating the various themes.
Over the years many of you have wondered “Where do I get my inspiration from?”
So this stocking is the perfect place to share my thought process.
I often start planning Christmas in July. As a working mom, who is also a college student, I need that much time to plan and create all that goes into the final results.
When I saw the stocking I couldn’t help but admire the intricate hand beading on each of the felt accents.
It must have taken the seamstress hours to execute.
The eyelash button detail made me smile and brought back happy memories of Christmases past.
Although the stocking itself, I believe, is a hand made design I think the felt applique elements were from a vintage Bucilla kit. I can remember my grandmother and aunt creating various ornaments and stockings. They were all the rage in the 1960’s and 70’s.
Bucilla was founded in 1867 Bernhard Ulmann. He was a European emigrant who sold handkerchiefs and doilies from a pushcart along the streets of New York City. His first and only retail store was opened in 1875. The company was known as Bernhard Ulmann Company, Incorporated and featured Lace, Linen, and Accessories. Those letters in bold were shortened to the acronym BUCILLA.
(If anyone has this Wizard of Oz kit/ornaments and no longer needs them, I can provide a loving home! :)
In going down the rabbit hole to learn all of that historical information I found some lovely examples of tree skirts.
I loved the scalloped versions…
…and was drawn to shades of ivory, pink and turquoise.
The large red stocking itself has several moth holes and is coming apart at some of the seams. But I felt that the vintage needlework should live on. So I gently removed all of the applique.
I’ve decided that I am going to make a pale aqua felt tree skirt. I plan on adding on the ivory reindeer and sled to the skirt just as it is.
Santa however is going to get a bit of a makeover.
He was carefully taken apart and everything was saved to use as a pattern. He’s going to get a new pink suit.
Of course just as when you give a mouse a cookie and then need some milk to go with it, I will need to create a few felt ornaments for my happy 60’s made modern tree.
Then I spied this tree skirt with the DACHSHUND on it and thought, “Surely I need to make a table runner too.”
I’m envisioning a white doxie on either end with a gold bow on a turquoise background.
But I need to find TWO EYELASH BUTTONS. Just like those shown on the reindeer above. Anyone have two that they want to sell or donate to the cause?
I imagine all this work it will take me until….Christmas.