vintage ornaments


I have to admit I have joined the vintage ornament brigade.  I am totally smitten with their muted colors and chippy goodness and have been busy scouring thrift stores for a few to add to my new collection.

I have had no problem finding gold, red and green but have had to hunt a little harder for these beautiful soft blue and orange ones.  I have yet to stumble on the pinks but my hunt continues...

I am finding that the more I decorate with them, the more I want them to be the star of the show and have scaled back a lot of my other decorations.

Somehow they look best to me, in tarnished silver and mismatched glass bowls.

And pairing them with mercury glass (mine is new and not vintage) seems to be a natural mix.  While I am not ready to abandon my traditional Christmas colors and decor, it's fun to change it up once in a while and see things in a new perspective, don't you agree?

I have finished with the family room (except the tree which will be selected this weekend) and am on to the dining room and kitchen today.
We are in for a wonderful few days of cloudy, rainy weather so once I'm finished, a nice hot cup of tea with the twinkling lights going is at the top of my list. 

Thank you for sharing your "yes, I did," moments with me. It's always good to know that we're not alone in life's laughable moments. And yes, I was rushing out the door so I am sure that's why I didn't take that final peek in the mirror!  Oh well, we have to be able to giggle at ourselves if we are going to stay sane in life, right?

xo, Patty

I will be picking the Shabby Apple give away winner tomorrow morning and there aren't many entries, so your chances of winning the $50.00 gift certificate are pretty high.  If you haven't left a comment, you can head over to this post and leave one today!


  1. Nothing like glitter color of all the beautiful balls so far in your Christams containers.

    Even if you can see a reflection in the Chrismas balls. The taker of them. I guess it is you my friend.( #1 and # 2)

    I like this. You are the star in your ball reflections.

  2. Don't you love how you show up in the reflection on the ornaments... no matter what angle you try to photograph from! :)


  3. Hi, Patty,

    I like the colour and shimmer of your "new" vintage ornaments. I have a hodgepodge of Christmas tree decorations, most of which were gifts from students or friends over the years. It's nice to think of those people as I hang each ornament on the tree. I'll have to get that tree soon!


  4. Oh Patty, I love the old ornaments too and did actually add to my pink collection which I'm using lots of this year. It's more of the light blue I need, lol! I have been looking for the plastic Jewell Brite ornaments also.

  5. Hi Patty, I have a lot of vintage glass ornaments on my tree and they include turquoise, copper and pink along with the traditional colours. I didn't realize those were rare colours to find so I wish you success in your search for them. I've been decorating with vintage balls for about 3 years now and I absolutely love them! You have a nice start to your collection and I love your mercury glass owl. So cute. ;)

  6. I love them, too. They were what we had when I was a child. I found a box of the turquoise ones that I just love- xo Diana

  7. Love the old ornaments too...especially the boxes! I have been mixing mine with pine cones in old rusty the shiny and rusty and woody mix! have a great day!!

  8. I love them too Patty. I found a faded orange one this week that is kind of pretty and interesting.

  9. Oh just wait until you find some pink ornaments! You will be in heaven:-)

    Happy Holidays!


  10. I am new to Shabby Apple -- a jewelry girl here!!

  11. Patty ~ I love vintage ornaments. It is like stepping back when I look at them, I wonder who hung them on trees or put them in bowls before me. I guess I am just sentimental that way. I have found a few pink ones and our Sofia broke one the other day ~ no big deal. They are made to be used, loved and adored and if they break, no worries.
    Hope you find some pink ones soon ;-)

  12. This year I decorated the tree with vintage ornaments that had been Mom's. Then I carried it a little further by decorating the sideboard with some of her decorations. I really like how it turned out.

  13. Patty this is so pretty. I love the owl too!!

  14. Hi Patty! I love the olden ornies and you've displayed them so well. So pretty.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  15. I love vintage ornaments too. So pretty.
    Hey, wanted to comment on previous post regarding you wearing different earrings! Yes, I have done it....I was wearing two different shoes!!!!
    xo Kris

  16. I find most of those old (vintage) ornaments in thrift stores. Clean them with an alcohol wipe, paint and decorate them. This year I made Mr & Mrs. Snowman. Years ago my mother gave me some for my first tree. I bleached them out and filled them with colored water. Boy, were they heavy.


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