December 19, 2011

My Vintage Inspired Christmas

Even though I’m still not finished with my Christmas decoration, it’s quite Christmassy in our living room. Would you like to take a look?


This vintage wooden thingy I had found at the flea market this year. It’s part of a meat grinder or something like that. I’ve just printed out one of my favorite Christmas graphics from THE GRAPHICS FAIRY and added a bit of seam binding and a small bauble.


A large pine cone in a painted peat pot. Fast and easy to make.


These lace and/or button trees I had sewn last year. They were pretty time-consuming but I think it was worth it.

lace and button tree

button tree1



These two lace trees were fun to make.

lace tree1

lace tree 

A large French canning jar, filled with lots of small pine cones and embellished with another beautiful image from

The Graphics Fairy.

jar with pine cones

This package came from Carola over at Boxwood Cottage, when we had a swap last year. I had re-wrapped the box because it looked so very pretty and use it now for my Christmas decoration.


This is the second cake stand I had bought this year and painted white.

cake stand1

cake stand

card and tree

christmas bag

I have a collection of cast-iron Christmas tree stands. A couple of them I have painted white and use them as candle holders. This is one of my favorites.

christmas tree stand

Lisa’s tobacco tin ornament was just perfect to use as a decoration for this shutter.


Since the tree needs some more ornaments before I can show it, I’m off to the studio now …

I’m linking up today with The Graphics Fairy’s Brag Monday


and on Friday with Debra’s Vintage Inspiration Friday


Have a wonderful time until Christmas and don’t get stressed out too much by all the preparations.




Wendy @HerBallistic Garden said...

Oh I go again...falling in love with another blog! I can't help the Christmas tree stand/candle holder idea. I have an old one and I was going to do something else with it but now I'll have to make a decision. Came over via Graphics Fairy. Love that entry as well! Have a lovely Christmas! xo

Antiques In Old Town said...

Love your button trees ! Beautiful Home ! Merry Christmas...

Bente said...

You did it again. So many beautiful decorations you made, Julia. Love it.

Have a fantastic Christmas.

Hugs from Bente

Viola said...

Hallo liebes Julchen, Deine Weihnachtsdeko sieht ganz zauberhaft aus. Deine Tannenbäumchen sind echt toll geworden. Das glaube ich gerne, dass sie viel Zeit und Arbeit gekostet haben.
Aber das Ergebnis kann sich wirklich sehen lassen. Super gemacht. Alles andere aber auch. Und Etageren kann man nie genug haben.
Noch eine schöne Weihnachtswoche und ganz viele liebe Grüße, Viola :-)

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Just beautiful, Julia! I especially love the shutter, the three tiered stand (on my must find list for the year) and the vintage Christmas tree stand!

I wish you and yours a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!


Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, I am so glad I found you at the Graphics Fairy - I love love love your Christmas decor - the lace! the graphics! the candle holder! the trees! I'm adding you to my blog roll so I can continue to see the beauty. Merry Christmas to you and your family.


Rhonda said...

It is all the wonderful details that keep me visiting your blog over and over. Julia, your creations are beautiful. Have a wonderful Christmas. xo Rhonda

Cindy said...

So many good ideas! I love the different trees. I thought I was done with Christmas crafts, but I might have to make a few more.

Rostrose said...

Hej du Süße, hab ich nicht grad erst bei deinem vorgen Post kommentiert ;o) Und da bin ich schon wieder! Es sieht wirklich wunderbar Christmassy bei dir aus - hübsch, nostalgisch und einfach nach Julia-Vintage-Art schick!!! Hab noch ein paar gemütlich-feine Tage bis zum 24sten! Nochmals alles Liebe, Cecil-Küschler und rostrosige Adventgrüße :o)

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Oh Julia, your home is so beautiful, peaceful...I love your sweet touches...Have a Merry Christmas!!

Robin said...

Everything looks so wonderful Julia! Love that spool of thread with the ornament on the top. I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!


Lynne Moncrieff said...

Dear Julia
I sat in front of the laptop and relaxed as I toured your beautiful home. I had no doubts that your home would be filled with beauty.
The lace trees are stunning and I adore the cone in the peat pot. Peat pots are so underused.
Thank you so much for allowing me a peek into your home at Christmastime.
Warmest Wishes to you for the festive season.
Lynne x

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi dear Julia,
your Christmas decoration is a dream and your shutter came out beautifully.Can't wait to see your tree:)Have fun in the studio.
Sending big hugs your way,

Sandy said...

Oh Julia ich sehe Weihnachtshausen ;)
Meien Güte hast Du wieder toll geschmückt. Und sovieles davon selber gewerkelt. Ich mag alles zusammen. Ich hoffe, im nächsten Jahr treffen wir uns Weihnachten wieder bei Dir.
Ich wünsche Dir noch eine wunderschöne Woche. *winke*

Tina said...

Beautiful decorations Dear Julia - Love the cake stand. I´ll have to look for some at next years flea.
Have a wonderful day

My Creative House said...

Oh dear Julia your house looks wonderful with all these beautiful Christmas creations, love that it all are in the same color tone, dearest friend hope that you and your family will have a wonderful Christmas time together, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Hugs Anni

Rochelle said...

Wow Julia! You know how to decorate with white! Such a showcase of beauty....and I love all your little projects you made!
Have yourself a very Merry Christmas!

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

All of your vingettes and images are so pretty. I love the shutter idea!

suziqu's thread works said...

Dear Sweet Julia
I am mesmorised by all this Christmas beauty! Every detail makes me go back and look again. You have put your heart into each item.
Love the cake stand, the candle holder, your lace and buttoned trees and the sweet lace tree in the peat pot.
It is all so white and fresh! Is that snow I see outside the window sweetie?
I can see how much pleasure the assembling has given you.
Sending you loving thoughts and lots of warm and heartfelt wishes,

Dorthe said...

Hello dearest Julia,
and thankyou for the view into your beautiful home- what gorgeous trees you have made,they are so very beautiful, and the etagere is a fantastic find,and so great with all the glass ornaments,and the bottles on top , I also love how you used your tree -foot, and the peat-pot tree,and pinecone-looks so sweet, as does the wonderful paper rondeles tree.
Your home is so cosy and inviting, dear friend.
Wishing you a merry christmas, sweetie.
Viele liebe grüsse, und küsse-und KNUS, fra din, Dorthe

Carole said...

I knew your home would be extra special for the holidays and you did not disappoint. Using items from friends makes it even better and reminds us of how lucky we are to have blogging friends from all over the world.
I need all the inspiration I can get, still working on my decorations at home.


Martina said...

Liebe Julia,
Deine Weihnachtsdeko ist wirklich ganz zauberhaft! Ich könnte die Fotos stundenlang anschauen....sowas von schön!
Hab noch eine schöne und stressfrei Vorweihnachtswoche

Gaby Bee said...

Deine Weihnachtsdeko ist wirklich wunderschön, Julia! Die Flaschen mit den Christbaumspitzen, die Etagere, die Weihnachtsbäume...einfach wunderbar! Besonders gut gefällt mir der Baum mit den Knöpfen!

Ich wünsche dir ebenfalls eine stressfreie Vorweihnachtswoche... mit vielen Plätzchen und Glühwein:)

Gaby xo

Alexandra said...

Wow tolle Deko Julia, dein Tannenbaum hat es mir angetan. Ich hoffe wir bekommen auch noch den neuen zu sehen ;)
liebe Grüße Alexandra

Beth Leintz said...

Just beautiful- your blog always gives me so much inspiration, I want to run to my craft table and make something. Thanks for sharing all your pretties with us!

Karen said...

Oh JULIA! Everything looks just wonderful. That package really was too pretty to be torn open and tossed. Now it has a life of it's own that you can enjoy year round. Perfect!
ANd those trees that you thought might be a bit too time consuming? GIRL! THEY WERE WORTH IT!
Enjoy! and Merry Christmas!
Big hugs from my ocean to yours! Karen

June said...

It is all SOOO beautiful Julia!!! I could look at your Christmas decor all day is amazing to me. Your home is full of such beautiful light and the serenity of it all is wonderful. Oh thank you for showing us your lovely livingroom dear friend!
You have made s many special Christmas things to decorate with. I love your three tiered stand full of so many pretty things.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!
hugs from here...

Gaby Bee said...

Ich wünsche dir und deiner Familie ebenfalls ein wunderschönes Weihnachtsfest und einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr!

Liebe Grüße,

vintagegirlbirgit said...

Liebe Julia,
danke, dass Du uns Deine schöne Weihnachtsdeko zeigst....da sind einige Teilchen bei, die könnte ich Dir sofort stiebitzen :0))).
Besonders gut gefällt mir die Idee, die Christbaumspitzen so in verschiedenen Behältern aufzustellen. Und natürlich die Bäumchen und all die Spitzen und, und, und.....

Ich wünsche Dir und Deiner Familie ein zauberhaftes Weihnachtsfest und alles Liebe und Gute für´s neue Jahr.

Liebe Grüße,

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Julia,

thank you for taking us into your beautiful home and showing us Christmas at your place.
Love your wonderful decorations, all the gorgeous cream colours are so beautiful. Isn't it lovely when we have gifts from friends that we can show off.
Warmest wishes for a merry Christmas and a year filled with happy days.


Anneke said...

i have enjoyed to see these beautiful designs and decorations.
love the trees, the bag with santa, the christmas balls and more.
have a merry christmas dear Julia and a happy new year.

Debra@CommonGround said...

The shelf is just wonderful! Love all the wonderful types of Christmas trees! thanks so much for linking up for the party, Merry Christmas, xo!

Unknown said...

I am a new follower! Absolutely love your post & the tree with the vintage lace is what caught my eye from the Linky Party at Common Ground. Thanx for sharing, Tiff

Guriana said...

All looks so wonderful!!:))
Merry Christmas to you and yours dear Julia:))


Marge said...

Thank you, my friend, these sooo beautiful inspirations again!!

♥ I wish you Merry Christmas! ♥

Hugs, Marge

Minna Perälä said...

Thank you for your inspiring and beautiful blog and Merry Christmas to you!

Hugs, Minnamarika

Rostrose said...

Liebstige Julia Julia ;o) - vormittagsch emffele ich die annialohollische Wariandde von meim Bunschhh...
Güschelbüschelschen von der
PS: Feiert schöööön!

Old Paper Roses said...

I'm in LOVE with your Christmas decorations, so beautiful!!

I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a wonderful new year!

Hugs Michelle

Lisa said...

Your Christmas decor is beautiful. I knew it would be~ I adore all the wonderful things you made, from trees to large wooden thingies, LOL. Love that lace bottle with the ornaments as a topper too. If I ever come over you might be wise to put that 3 tiered cake stand away.
I hope your Christmas is the best ever Julia. Will you & your Mr be home? Take care sweet friend.

d e l i g h t said...

Your decorations are so beautiful and I love that they are handmade. A very Merry Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

Karen said...

Beautiful decorations Julia. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Everything is so beautiful! I love those bottles with the tree toppers, your trees, ornaments....everything!
A Very Merry Christmas to you and your family.

WW said...

Merry Christmas!!!

Lynn Stevens said...

Everything is so gorgeous Julia!
Wishing you and yours a Joyfull and Blessed Christmas!
hugs Lynn

Unknown said...

I love your christmas decorations, wish you a merry christmas,
love from Belgium,

Jen.Ant said...

Julia, you're a real witch! Excellent work! Merry Christmas!
JenAnt, Russia.

Donata Curtotti said...

Merry Christmas Julia!
Thanks for your kind words... that made me discovering your beautiful blog!

Jill Marcott-McCall ~Feathers & Flight~ said...

Merry Christmas Julia!
Oh My, How I Love your Beautiful Work!You have a Wonderful Eye for Color and Composition!
You are the Sweetest! Thank you for your Visit!
Have a Wonderful Day My Friend!

Evy said...

Merry christmas Julia, I hope that this day is of the happiest for you and your family!
Joyeux Noël!!!

Beautiful day

My Beautiful World said...

Love this post so lovely. So nice to meet you Julia just found your beautiful blog and so happy I did. I have enjoyed looking around and I'm now following you, if you find a spare minute hope you visit me sometime and follow back so nice to meet new friends. Sending you special wishes for a very Merry Christmas Day and look forward to keeping in touch in 2012.

Always Wendy

Les Cotrions said...

Hope you had a great Christmas! Your decorations look faboulous!
Happy new year Julia!!!

Kathy McElroy said...

Your blog is always filled with wonderful eye candy. Beautiful photo's.

Debra@CommonGround said...

Hi Julia, your creations are always so beautiful thank you so much for linking up the inspiration. I'll be featuring this post on VIF later today! xo

Sugar Lump Studios said...

what a gorgeous home and Christmas vignettes you have a created! I adore your vintage mantle (breathtaking)! I hope you had a Merry Christmas and may 2012 bring many blessings your way!

Boxwood Cottage said...

Dear Julia,

just saw you playing along at Debra's favorite vintage post of the year too and had to come over again to tell you how beautiful I find all of your little trees, sewed fabric, glued lace or dyed bottle brushs ~ everyone is gorgeous! Your white sofa with the white table and etagère looks so pretty and fresh!

I had a good laugh btw over your last comment, when you almost missed your doctors appointment while commenting on my blog. This happens to me a lot in the mornings, when I almost forget to go to work because I'm just deep down in our wonderful blogging community. Glad you made it almost in time at the end and came back again to finish your comment :)

So what are you up to for tomorrow, the last night of this year? Roxy, Riley and I decided to make us some yummy vegan pizza and watch a beautiful movie, I guess I'll opt for The Help.

Wishing you, your hubby and sweet Cecil a very happy and healthy and of course always creative new year 2012 my friend!

xoxo~ Carola

Marge said...

I wish you, my dear friend, HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012!!♥

Thank you for your blogfriendship!♥

Many warmy hugs, Marge

marie said...

Your wintery white treasures certainly made me smile today. I love everything about this post - especially that you re-wrapped the package from Carola and now use it as Christmas decor! It's so beautiful!
Happy New Year Julia!