After being away much of December and returning home with a bug of some sort, Christmas decor at my house is at an all time low. Surprisingly, this is what I was hoping to do even if I had been home and hadn't gotten sick, so I'm loving it all the same...but it is a bit of a change for me.
While in Paris, I visited a few flea markets and hoped I would find some vintage items along with some ephemera. I found plenty of ephemera, and the day before we left we visited one more flea market and scored some wonderful finds, like the vintage bottle above, which holds my rustic version of a Christmas tree.
I decided to place some of my wonderful finds in the windowsill above my sink this year for a simple and vintage inspired theme.
I also found 2 crocks...this one which would have originally held flour is perfect for holding holiday greens.
And a visit to Bon Marche, a lovely old department store in Paris, yielded some gorgeous star trimmed ribbon. It wasn't cheap, well nothing really is at Bon Marche, but Mr. Tide convinced me that buying it was cheaper than a plane ticket back to France once I got home and couldn't get that ribbon out of my head...the man knows me well! :)
Of course he was right, and I love how it added the perfect touch of shimmer to my simple window vignette.
The other crock I found in my travels was from the same dealer as the flour crock shown above, and I wasn't sure I should get both, but was convinced that you can never have too many vintage crocks. The dealer was very sweet and wrapped them beautifully knowing they would be traveling a long way before finding their new home.
After paying him, he bid us farewell and said, "now it is your turn to keep them safe." Mr. Tide said it was as though he was parting with a couple of his children...and maybe for him he was! They appear to be old, but who really knows how old they are, and really who cares...they make me happy and that's what matters!
Buying these things (and I have more to show you soon) was like having an early Christmas. And as if that wasn't enough, yesterday I received another beautiful and skillfully wrapped present from England. One of the guys I play an online game with lives in Northern England and he knows my affinity for vintage wares, so he gifted me with the most lovely blue and white creamer he found at a boot sale! What a treat to receive such a lovely and thoughtful gift from across the pond...thank you PP!
And because I seem to be in a vintage mood, I thought I would share a few images of Paris I processed with old vintage postcards in mind. I may have to think about creating a set of note cards or postcards using these, and other images that lend themselves to that vintage look...hmm.
I am off to finish up cleaning and shopping...how is it that those 2 things are never ever truly done?!!!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to each and every one of you! xoxo