Friday, December 13, 2013

Vintage Felt Projects, & A Fun Vintage Find!

 When I last left you, this was how my wall and Christmas buffet were decorated.  Well, if you know me, you won't be surprised to know that some things have already changed...

 And here it is now!  If you don't want play "What's Different?" and scroll back and forth between the two, I'll go ahead and tell you what's changed.  Yesterday, I needed to kill a couple hours, and took a trip to an antique mall.  I found three new/old Santas (sweet-faced ones that I don't have) and three new/old stockings!  So I pulled out a few of my least favorite Santas (they're on Ebay here, if you're interested!) to make room for the new guys, and hung up the stockings.

 Here's a closer look at the stockings.  The three in the middle are the new ones.  The four little ones were found thrifting, and the one on the right is one I "made".

 And a closer look still.  I adore the pastel colors of Adam's stocking, and can't get over how cute the name "Tootie" is!!

 And speaking of adorable Christmas felt projects, I told you I'd show you a little of where some of these projects started out. 

 Here is how I found the advent calendar at the thrift store.  Cute and adorable, but a little dark, and lacking "oomph"!
 And here is how the large white stocking from up above started out.  A grungy, crusty burlap (not the pretty kind like is popular now!) wall banner.  I also loved these angel banners, but again with the gross, dirty burlap- yuck!

 I also had several different vintage tree skirts and other felt projects that had seen better days as well (sorry-forgot to take pictures of those).  So I removed all the main images from their backgrounds, laid them out on my floor to start getting ideas and a color theme, added accents here and there, and voila!  I had a collection of new/old wall hangings!

Here is the advent calendar again.  Bye-bye dark green background, hello fresh cream background!  I also added the aqua and turquoise pieces of felt to work with the color scheme.  I have to say that I LOVE how it came out- it was pretty cute before, but I find it so much cuter now!
The grungy burlap angel banners were transformed to this.  I have them hanging on the insides of my front doors. 
The longer burlap banner was turned into the stocking you see here. 
 Old tree skirts and stockings turned into these hanging Santa banners, and if you'll notice, I used the tassels from those burlap banners on the bottoms!

Oh, how I love vintage felt!! Can't you tell??? 
Now another thing I put into the title of this post was "A Fun Vintage Find".  Take a look below to see what it was!
A PINK Harold Gale Santa!  I've lusted after this Santa before at antique stores, and he goes for quite the pretty penny.  Currently on Ebay, he runs between about $85 and $150.  Do you want to know where I got him?
Can you believe it??  I swear, I NEVER find anything good at Goodwill anymore.  But after spending a couple hours at the antique mall, spending "real" money on vintage Christmas decorations, I decided to stop at the Goodwill on the way to pick up Avery.  And there he was, in a big bin of unsorted items.  I guess I was in the right place, at the right time- hurray!

And doesn't he look so at home in front of the pink Christmas tree?   I think it was meant to be....!


Musings from Kim K. said...

Ok. I'm hopping on that plane to come visit your house! Love what you did with those felt pieces. The pastel colors are much more charming. I can't believe the steal you got for that Santa!! I recently found a felt angel wall hanging that looks like Josie. Felt is so wonderful.

Sally Annie Magundy said...

I love how you redid the pieces, so creative and charming!

vintage grey said...

Love all your Santas and felt decorations! I just posted my vintage inspired felt stockings I made this year. My next project is a felt NOEL banner. Happy weekend to you! xo Heather

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

You have acquired such a beautiful collection of felt treasures, I love all the colour! I can't believe you found that pink Santa.