Every year for the past three years I’ve participated in an international ornament exchange. It’s mostly between expat women abroad, but some of us consider ourselves “international” even once we’ve moved back to the states. I’ll eventually post a picture of the hand-made one I sent out, but look what just arrived in the mail from Germany!
The ornament is all lace, made by hand. It looks lovely on our tree, amongst the hand-made ornaments my (French) friend Julie made last year, and the snowflake topper I got last year from an expat in Denmark. Thank you, secret elf!
For holiday DIY, or simply decorating blank walls, vintage artwork can add a lot of charm. Check out the Vintage Printable site I just found, where you can download images which are free and in the public domain. Sweet!
Some of my favorites:
Alder Typewriters Advertisement
Santa Claus Sugar Plums
Fisher Price Catalog
Christmas Displays and Decorations
Inspired by this product found via Ohdeedoh a while back, I grabbed an old wine box we had laying around, added $4.50 worth of casters, and voilà! Toy storage for the den:
With a little more time and research, we could score some awesome colored skateboard wheels to resemble the $100 original, but for now, we’re pretty pleased with the result.
Can you find a better toy than a diaper box?
Me, circa 1979
Jax, December 6., 2009
It snowed last night for the first time this year, so this morning we put on snow pants and headed out to play in what was left of the accumulation.