Wednesday, July 25, 2012

a box of treasures

 A box full of these pretties will make do a happy dance any day! How about you? At an estate sale I came across a chest full of vintage Christmas ornaments, and more. I felt like a giddy kid at Christmas going through this chest. I couldn't hide my smile! 
There is a variety of ornaments from Shiny Brites to others that just say, "Made in the U.S.A." This is my first huge lot of these charming jewels, and I am so excited for Christmas  to display them on my tree. They may even get their own special tree. 
Here are some of my favorite ones, but really they are all my favorites. :) 
Some mercury glass balls, a pink pine cone, and how neat is the aqua one with tinsel inside! 
Aren't they just lovely? They are also very fragile, and one already broke on the way home from the sale. So, I need a little help on the best way to store them without breaking or ruining the paint. Do you have a special secret in storing vintage ornaments?
These were some other Christmas goodies from the chest. Love these sweet houses and pine tree! So full of character! 
 A cool gold star, a bearded Santa, and an accordion card of two sweet kids dancing that was made in Sweden. 
I love the bells on his feet. Have you ever seen him before? Not sure if it was handmade or the era. I'll have to do some research, because he is so intriguing for some weird reason.  
Well, I finally finished the granny squares for my blanket!! So excited to start putting it all together. It is on the smaller side, like a baby blanket, but I wanted it to be a little easier to make since it will be my first granny square blanket. Wish me luck! 
Hope you are having a beautiful and creative day! 

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  1. Oh man, I would do the happy dance! My mom has the glass bulb with the tinsel in it. It belonged to my father and was always his favorite. He always looked for it when we started decorating the tree! Fantastic find!!!!!!

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    1. Thank you Karen! What a special memory of your dad! Love hearing them!! xo Heather

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  2. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! I collect Shiny Brites and those little Putz houses are INSANE!!!!!!!!! That was quite the find!!!

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    1. Thank you!! They definitely make me happy! xo Heather

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  3. Wow, great vintage Christmas treasures!! I especially like the Swedish card!!

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    1. Thank you! The Swedish card is very sweet! xo Heather

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  4. I would have made a hoop and holler if I would have found that box. My hubby and I have collected vintage ornaments for over 20 years and have found fewer and fewer as the years have gone by. Lately I will even buy an entire bag just to get a few nice ones.

    You hit the jackpot with this box!!!

    Congratulations on finishing your squares, can't wait to see how it all turns out. xo

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    1. Oh, I can only imagine how beautiful your collection is!! Thank you!! xo Heather

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  5. ok that santa is a bit creepy. the rest of the items are awesome! Congrats on getting the Granny Squares all lines up.

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  6. Hi Heather!
    Terrific finds!!
    I have a few precious old ornaments, and I store them in white tissue paper in their own box.... so far, so good.. none have broke.

    Congrats on getting all those granny squares finished!
    It's going to be a charming blanket!!

    Smiles :)
    Kerin

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    1. Hi Kerin! Thanks for the tips! Thank you, the granny blanket is coming along. ;) Have a great Friday! xo Heather

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  7. what lovely christmas treasures!! your granny squares are beautiful!! can't wait to see it all put together!

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    1. Thank you Kerri! I am looking forward to finishing the blanket! Have a great Friday! xo Heather

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  8. I love digging throught old christmas ornaments, they are one of my favorite collections. Congrats on getting some great ones! Jean

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    1. They are such a fun collection to have, and for me to start! Thanks! xo Heather

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  9. I love vintage ornaments......these are beautiful! And your granny is so pretty. I've done mine with white edging ,too but I have a very long way to go!

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    1. Thank you so much Deborah! Well, I decided to make it smaller, so maybe the next one will be larger. ;) Have a great Friday! xo Heather

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  10. So many pretty ornaments. On a cheaper side I wrap my ornaments in tissue paper. Some are very old and have even survived a cross country move. I have however seen boxes made specifically for storing ornaments.
    Your grannies are so cute. How will you connect them?

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    1. Thank you Trish! I will be going on the cheaper side in storing them, unless I find the boxes on sale. ;) Thanks for the tips! I started connecting them by the back loops. What is the best way you have done it? xo Heather

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  11. We come across so many vintage Christmas decorations while out and about at the estate sales - they are always so pretty. Shame we already have far too many decorations ourselves. I always wrap our old decorations up with kitchen towel and try and store them as flat as possible.

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    1. Hi Rachel! They are so pretty, and it seems to be harder to find them in bulk. Thanks for the tips!! Have a great Friday! xo Heather

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  12. Oh I can help, just pack them up and ship them out...These are lovely. You did very well. Sometimes I put mine in egg crates and sometimes I put them in shoe boxes. Love your grannies...Smiles...Renee

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    1. Thanks!!! It was a lucky find! I have heard about the egg crates, and will have to try to start saving them! Have a wonderful Friday!! xo Heather

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  13. Great Christmas goodies. I store my vintage ornies in an ornament box with tissue paper in between the dividers.Love that Santa. Your grannies look great. You never stop crafting, do you?That must be why you get so much done!

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    1. Thank you so much Leslie! I will have to check out the ornament box! I never do; always having to keep my hands busy! :) There are just too many projects I want to do! Ha, I'll eventually have to stop or at least take a break. xo Heather

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  14. Awesome vintage ornnies! Seems like a few of us treasure hunters have been finding Christmas goodies. I just wrap mine in paper towels and put them in plastics totes.
    Deb :)

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    1. Thank you Deb! The paper towels are a great idea! Thanks! xo Heather

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  15. What a great find in all the Christmas ornaments!!! I wrap mine tissue paper, multiple layers! Oh, and your granny squares are just the best!!

    chris

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  16. These are gorgeous! What great ornaments! You always find the most beautiful pieces!

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    1. Thank you so much Lindsay! Your so sweet!! xo Heather

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  17. Those are sooooo cute. Amazing you have them...they are so old. Cute new afgan, too.

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    1. Thank you Mary!! I am so glad to add these pretties to my Christmas decor! Have a great Friday! xo Heather

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  18. Wow Heather, happy dance for sure! I store my Shiny Brites in the sectioned off boxes; a little tissue paper around them. Don't wash them! The glittery stuff will come off, just gently wipe with damp towel to clean them. Lucky girl!

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    1. Thanks Tammy! I probably won't even dust them! Some are so fragile, my finger could go through! Ha, hopefully that won't happen! xo Heather

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  19. oh me oh my...I am doing the happy dance along with you my friend. xoxoxo what a find...i love vintage christmas. Hugs

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    1. Thank you for dancing with me!! ;) I love vintage Christmas,too! Happy Friday to you! xo Heather

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  20. Heather your vintage ornaments are so wonderful! What a shiny happy find. I love your granny squares too. I'd love to make one in pretty colors.

    xo,
    Danielle

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    1. Thank you Danielle! Do you crochet? xo Heather

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  21. Great finds on the Christmas stuff...really great! I usually just wrap my ornaments in tissue and store them in a plastic bin.
    Great Santa with the jingle bell feet. Will have to remember that when I am doing my Christmas crafting.

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    1. Thank you Laurie! The jingle bell feet are so neat!! Looking forward to your Christmas crafting! xo Heather

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  22. I can just imagine what you were feeling when you found these! I'm happy for you! It's always so much fun to find x-mas stuff! Tissue paper and plastic bins have been the best for me. I buy the sectioned off "Rubbermaid" one's that are made for ornaments, after x-mas each year at Target for 50% off. But you have to get them the first day of the sale, because they sell right away! :)
    Erica

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    1. Thank you Erica! I love finding such neat vintage Christmas goodies. I will have to keep my eye out for the tubs. Have a great Friday! xo Heather

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  23. I am squealing over that box of Christmas treasures. I cannot get over the variety all in one box! I agree about the Santa but have no clues to offer. Bravo on the blanket - it is beautiful and just the right size for a lap robe.

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  24. umm so how often do yo go estate sailing? And I need to start coming with you! And these ornaments are insanely awesome! But your granny squares are even better than that. Can't wait to see it all put together.

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    1. You are more than welcome to come any time! I usually go about twice to three times a month, and then I go to the Rose Bowl flea market every month! Thanks! I was so excited to come across such a variety! The blanket is coming along!! ;) xo Heather

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  25. I LOVE Christmas baubles like these, you are so lucky! The blanket is fab, can't wait to see the finished beauty! Ada :)

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    1. Thank you Ada! I am looking forward to finishing it!! Getting close! xo Heather

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  26. I do love vintage Christmas ornaments, what a great find!

    Sandra x

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  27. Oh wow, wow, wow - definitely your beautiful shiny Christmas decs will need their own very special tree! They're gorgeous! And your Granny Squares are too precious. Have fun putting it all together and am looking forward to the "ta dah" post when it's all done :-)
    xx

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    1. Thanks Gilly!! I am going to have to get a special tree just for them!! Maybe a vintage white tinsel tree! I am getting close to finishing the blanket!! xo Heather

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  28. DEar Heather, You make great work.. :)) Your baby granny blanket will be amazing.. Really amazing.. The colors are so pretty. But when It will be finished you will be proud of your woderful blanket..:))
    All best wishes and all happy days..:))

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    1. Thank you sweet Beck! Have a beautiful rest of the week! xo Heather

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  29. Gosh, Heather! It really is Christmas in July in your corner of the world. The ornaments are so beautiful -- definitely fragile. I have some glass heart ornaments that break so very easily (one already bit the dust). And that Santa -- he is very unique.

    So happy to see your pretty granny squares all together. When you posted them one by one, it was hard to tell how they would match up but the color combinations are so lovely. Yea for nearing the finish on that one. Wishing you a fabulous day. Tammy

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    1. Oh, it has been such Christmas luck with these pretties! Thank you!! I am looking forward to finishing, almost there! Have a great Friday! xo Heather

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  30. Ohhhh! That is my kinda buried treasure! . . . and that wonky Santa is just too cute!

    xxo P

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    1. Thanks Patrice!! He is definitely wonky! ;) xo Heather

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  31. Oh my goodness. I just love happy endings. What amazing treasures. I can't get over all the lovely ornaments in such wonderful condition. Good for you!!

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    1. Thanks Kim! It was such a great find, and it probably won't happen again!! Have a great night! xo Heather

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  32. Oooo! I can't imagine a chest full of vintage ornaments! I've been buying them one at a time here and there! I wrap mine in tissue and some bubble wrap, too with nothing heavy on top of them.

    Good luck with your grannies! It's going to be so cute! I had a granny square vest in grade school. :)

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    1. It was a rare find, but so glad I came across them! Thanks for the tips! Oh, I am sure your vest was adorable! ;) xo Heather

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  33. what a find!!! I love the christmas tree and the little houses.

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    1. Thank you so much Prudence! xo Heather

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  34. Heather you lucky girl!!!!!!! Oh I just love the ornaments. What a great score. Your granny square afghan looks so pretty. I can't wait to see it completed.

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  35. Goodness! I would probably want a whole tree for those too! They are just the greatest! I have never seen some of them, and the little Santa is so cute. maybe he came from a craft kit. My mom used to by kits for us to make when we were little every year. so excited for your Granny square blanket. i been working on an 100square blanket for awhile, but not grannies.
    Bless you!
    Susie

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    1. I know, I hope to have a tree full one day! They are such a treasure! Oh, he could've come from a craft kit. His face is sort of like a porcelain. Oh, your 100 square sounds beautiful!! I have a crochet book with different square blankets that I am eager to try! Have a beautiful weekend! xo Heather

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  36. Hi Heather! What lovely vintage ornaments! And your granny squares are just perfect. :) Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving
    such sweet comments!

    Laura :)

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    1. Thank you Laura!! Wishing you a beautiful Friday! xo Heather

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  37. MERRY VINTAGE CHRISTMAS TO YOU! From one sweetie to another~~~~Roxie

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    1. Merry Vintage Christmas to you, too! ;) xo Heather

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  38. I love all your granny squares. Don't they all look beautiful laid out ready to put together. You must be so pleased. Your Xmas ornaments are great too.

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    1. Thank you so much Jacqui! I am pleased, especially now putting the squares together! Have a lovely Friday! xo Heather

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  39. i actually just found a bunch of christmas ornaments (in my own house) today!
    and i love the granny squares. can't wait to see it!

    www.twosmuppies.com

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    1. Oh, how lovely!! They are the best! Thank you so much!! Have a great Friday! xo Heather

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  40. Heather you found some really pretty vintage treasures! I love, love collecting those vintage Christmas ornaments, so fun and magical feeling. I'm always on the look out for them too! Your blanket looks like its going to be very beautiful! I wish I knew how to make those grannys! Hope you have a lovely day! xo Holly

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    1. Thank you sweet Holly! I am always on the look, too! Oh, you could learn! Let me know and I can give you the blog of where I learned! Have a lovely Friday! xo Heather

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  41. Hi Heather,
    I came across your blog from Coco Rose Diaries.... Congrats on your afghan. I just finished all the granny squares on my first blanket this last week. I'm working on attaching all of them now. :) I can totally relate to your excitement! :)

    ~Liz

    P.S. I'm following now... come by and say hi! :)

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    1. Hi Liz!! So happy to have you here! I am heading over to see your pretty grannies. Looks like we are at the same step! Have a great Friday! xo Heather

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  42. I love the vintage Christmas baubles, they are so nostalgic to look at! Your grannies are going to make such a lovely blanket:)
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend, Heather!
    Helen x

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    1. Thank you so much Helen!! Have a lovely week! xo Heather

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  43. This post makes me want to go to every estate sale around...so many treasures!

    That blanket is going to be beautiful! Can't wait to see the final product.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day! Love your blog!!

    Happy Tuesday.

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    1. Thanks Megan!! Thank you for stopping by! Wishing you a beautiful week! xo Heather

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  44. Heather, you scored!!! Love all of the old Christmas things. Your chenille Santa is from the 50's era. That is a great find as they fetch (here in California) a price of 10-25.00. LOVE his jingle bells for shoes!!! Glad to have found your blog. I am looking to have Keren update mine and love yours!

    Becky

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    1. Thank you Becky! Thanks for the fun info on the Santa! :) He is quite the character! Keren is the sweetest and so talented!! Happy to have you here! xo Heather

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  45. Oh, such beautiful Christmas stuff! Love it!!! I store my ornaments in the divided cardboard boxes that modern "glass" ornaments come in. And the extras go in a tote with lots of styrofoam peanuts.

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