Monday, November 5, 2012

A Christmas Open House

Hey there!  This past weekend our local downtown area had their Holiday Open House.  All of the amazing businesses participated and we were thrilled to be a part of that since our shop is now located in this beautiful area.

I don't know about you but I absolutely love decorating for Christmas and decorating our shop was just as much fun as decorating our home.  I really wanted the Holiday decor to reflect who we are and what our shop is so I put a lot of thought into it.

I really wanted to create a Christmas tree that was unique but vintage and industrial so I told my hubby to keep his eyes open on his picking trips for something that we could repurpose into a tree.

He definitely didn't disappoint, though he never does.  I woke up one Saturday morning to find this sitting in the back yard.



At first I thought to myself  'what the heck is that doing in the back yard?'  So, I asked him what it was for and he told me he thought it was the perfect Christmas tree shape.  Perfect!

Here's what I turned it into....


I wrapped the entire base in white wedding lights and then attached lots of vintage Christmas and Thanksgiving post cards from 1900-1904 with tiny wooden clothes pins.  Each card has actual messages written on the back from the sender and reading all the sweet sentiments from a time gone by makes them even more special.


For the star, I bought two metal barn stars from our local farm store, glued them together and then cut out a small hole in the bottom with metal cutters, then inserted a small dowel rod and glued in place with hot glue.   Then I inserted that into the hole that was already at the top of the base that held the part of the wind mill that blows around, and it fit perfectly.  It was the perfect Christmas tree to represent our shop.


For the other tree on the table, I wanted to keep it very understated, natural and simple so I placed it inside a vintage wooden egg crate, wrapped it in very wide burlap ribbon, added lights and a vintage wooden star topper.  I love the look of the tree sitting in the crate.

To add to the decor, I decided to make my own snow globes, so, I rummaged through our storage and found a case of old Kerr canning jars.


To make the snow "globes", I sprayed the inside of the jars very lightly with spray snow and let dry.  To do this, make sure to keep the jar quite a distance from the spray snow or you will end up with globs of it on the jar instead of a light mist.  I placed the jars on the ground and then stood above them and sprayed, letting the "snow" fall into the jars.

I found some little mini street lights in the Christmas miniatures section of the craft store.  I hot glued each one to the bottom of the jar and then covered with fake snow, not the spray snow.  Next I spray painted the jar lids with antique brass spray paint.  To give the jars a sparkly effect, I sprayed the lids with silver skin glitter spray that I found in the Halloween costume section.

After everything was dry, I drilled a small hole in the center of each lid and threaded a piece of hemp twine through the hole, knotted it, and then hung in varying heights from a very old wooden ladder that we hung from the ceiling.  I absolutely loved the look.  Very magical and who doesn't love tiny scenes inside jars.



I also made a few with tiny white Christmas trees, also found in the same section of the craft store.  You could also find these in the play train section.


I have to admit, the lamps are my favorite.....



I had so much fun decorating but even more fun at the Open House.  I spent the night before making cookies and caramel apple cider for our customers.


Throughout the afternoon, we literally had 100's of people come in and we felt so blessed.  It is such a joy talking with our customers and finding out what special treasures they are looking for.  Finding those treasures is very important to my hubby. 


It really couldn't have been a better day.  :)


A very special thank you to all our customers who visited us and who continue to return to our little shop.  This new adventure we are on has exceeded our wildest expectations and that couldn't have been possible without YOU.  Many, many thanks!

P.S.  If you'd like, you can follow along with our shop, as well as, find info such as the location and hours by liking our Vintage Accents Facebook page. :)

27 comments:

  1. What a creative spin on the snow globes. I LOVE them. :) I may just need to make a few of these. Happy Monday, sweet friend of mine.

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  2. Your store looks so pretty! Wish I lived near you so I could see it in person!

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  3. Oh how I wish your shop was in Oregon. It looks so pretty all decked out. I love the snow globes AND the "tree". I had one of those giant windmills in my yard when I bought the house and I gave it away. Darn. As always, everything looks great. Congrats on a good turnout.

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  4. Beautiful--wish I lived nearby and could come there to shop!

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  5. Gorgeous!! I love the tree idea. Looking to something different this year on a smaller scale myself. Happy Holidays!

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  6. The two of you truly know how to create magic!!!

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  7. I am totally and completely in love with those Kerr jar snow globes!

    So... when are you opening a branch in Iowa?

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  8. What a beautiful display! I wish I lived close enough to stop in!

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  9. Magical! Congratulations on your shop doing so well!!
    Kris of Barn Loft

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  10. The tree is gorgeous! I love the snow globes too!
    So pleased everything is going well with your shop!

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  11. Your shop looks so amazing, I wish it were close enough for me to visit! I'm so excited for you and your husband that this dream has come true. :) Wishing you much success!

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  12. Wow, those snow globes are fantastic!! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Love your snow globes just might have to make some :)

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  14. Great and beautiful job on decorating your shop.....it's so pretty and magical. Much success with your beautiful shop.

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  15. Love the shop. Wish I could visit. I love the Christmas tree. And the chocolate chip cookies look great could you share the recipe?

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  16. I always miss the open house - I always forget it for some reason then see pics posted on Fb & realize I missed it. Your shop looks beautiful. I love your 'tree'.

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  17. Diana, you have such a gift for styling. It is obvious that you and your hubby together have an amazing gift. I can't wait to see where this adventure takes you. :)

    You are always top of my inspiration list.

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  18. Wish I lived close so I could visit your beautiful shop. DId you use battery lights for the inside of your globes ?

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  19. You are so creative ... I adore the use of the vintage cards =D I am sooooo happy that the store is doing wonderfully!

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  20. wow, how creative! I love the windmill turned tree...and the snow globes in the window...absolutely terrific! What a cute shop! wonderful....it's perfect....
    It is putting me in the mood...
    Nancy
    http://wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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  21. Your shop is beautiful! I have to tell you that I really love the signage on your front window! That is perfect!

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  22. Just love you window snowglobes....Your blog gives lots of inspiration!! Love from the Netherlands!

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  23. I love your jar snow globes, so cute!

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  24. I liked the "tree" so much I asked my husband to make one for us out of wood we had on hand. You can see what he created in one of the pictures in this post. http://thebowmanchronicles.blogspot.com/2012/12/holiday-fun.html You have a beautiful blog and lovely style.

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