Vintage Christmas

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred,
and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit,
become a child again at Christmas-time.
~Laura Ingalls Wilder

Red Bottle Brush Tree Tag

My favorite Christmas decorations are the ones that remind me of my Midwest childhood Christmas, especially Grandma Heaton’s house. Grandma and Grandpa Heaton never drove a car, so they did all their shopping within just blocks of their home on Mechanic Street in Bloomfield, Indiana.

Brown Bottle Tree Tag

Grandma got her decorations from the Ben Franklin Five and Dime on the city square (you may have to be over 50 to remember those). Ah, man, if we could only walk into one of those today and pick from their isles. Well, you might find something like these.

Green Bottle Brush Tree Tag


Tips & Techniques

We’re nuts about Etsy.com at our house, especially on Shop Small Saturday and Cyber Monday. My daughter is a wiz at finding fabulous treasures there and she turned me on to Julie Collings’ store of vintage finds. I added some mini bottle brush Christmas trees from Fancy Pants Designs with a glue gun, a sweet sled and sentiment, some seam binding for ribbon, and, of course, glitter. It wouldn’t be vintage Christmas without tons of glitter.

Red Bottle Brush Christmas Tree Tag

The stamps I used came from Purple Onion Designs.  Michele’s having a fantastic sale right now through December 10th. All stamps are 25% off, including Stacey Yacula’s newest collection! You can skip the long shopping lines, support small business and fill your stockings with stamps.

Holiday 2013 Sale blog

Here are the rest of the goodies I used.



Happy Saturday everyone. And, may all your Christmas tags be Vintage.

Vintage Christmas Tags

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  1. Linda, these are AWESOME! Totally adorable and vintage… LOVE ’em!

  2. Awww.Love your tags. And FYI, if you are ever in Croswell, MI there is a Ben Franklin. Hit it every year when I’m home visiting. Amazing the treasures you find there.
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  3. These are so sweet….I DO remember Ben Franklin stores! But not as a child….we had Newberry’s!! And Woolworths! I love these little tags…those trees are adorable and I love the sled….and PO stamps! Sweet memories!
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