Sunday, December 20, 2009

Vintage Christmas Monday

For my first VCM post, I shared a Christmas shadowbox that my Mom made when I was little.  I didn't have a shadowbox, so I improvised.  I made a two tiered shelf by stacking two antique sewing machine drawers.  These are from my Great Grandmother's Singer.  I filled the shelves with little Christmas trinkets I've collected over the years- and a few vintage finds that I've recently picked up.  The picture flanked by the two flocked reindeer is of me and my parents Christmas 1971.

The card I found in my Grandmom's scrapbook.  My Grandparents were married on December 8, 1945 in Kenansville, North Carolina.  Their honeymoon was a train trip to Cheyenne, Wyoming where my Grandfather was to be stationed.  This card was their first piece of mail received at their new home in Cheyenne.  My Grandmom, ever the "labeler", has 1ST MAIL written at the top!  So cute.

The Santa was a gift from family friends when I was about four or five years old.  He makes a jingling sound when you shake him.  I always had this in my room during Christmas.  Now he decorates my son's room.  I had to take him out of there to photograph though- dear son is not a room cleaner!  The little tree next to Santa I made by hot gluing wood beads from an old garland and the tips of poinsettia party picks to a bottle brush tree.  The picks are new "old stock" and the plastic was so brittle, the pick part just snapped off when I bent them!

Swing by to see Joan, the hostess of Vintage Christmas Monday at her blog, Anything Goes Here .  On the right hand side she will have all the participants listed.  She will keep the list up until December 31st to give everyone a chance to catch up in case they missed some posts.  Thank you Joan for your time and energy to organize this fun event!  I have really enjoyed looking at all the wonderful memories fellow bloggers have shared.  There are some amazingly sweet and creative people out there in blogland.


  1. Paige, I love that idea of using those old drawers to make a shadowbox! And I like all of the treasures inside them. That old card is such a great family keepsake, and it's nice that your Grandmom wrote on there why it was so special. What a sweetie! I'm going to miss VCM so much!
    Happy VCM and Merry Christmas!

  2. Hi Paige,
    You have some wonderful vintage Christmas items.
    I especially love the card you found in your Grandmother's special to have the first piece of mail they received in their 1st home together.
    Happy Holidays.

  3. Hi Paige... your shadowbox is adorable and your little Christmas deer are my favorites! The card that was your grandparents is priceless! And the best part of all are the happy memories these treasures carry with them for you... love to you... Merry Christmas! xoxo Julie Marie

  4. I love how you put the two drawers together to make a shadow box.

  5. What a great idea to decorate with the sewing machine drawers. I love the little card to, it's nice that you have things that belonged to your grandmother. Have a wonderful Christmas.

  6. That was a good idea to stack two drawers for your display.

    I love your grandmother's old Christmas card.

  7. Hi Paige,

    You have some great vintage items, the card is so cute too!


  8. What wonderful memories! Very creative use of the sewing machine it. Thank you for sharing.

  9. I love the santa and the card that is labeled "1st mail". Sweet family memories!

    Thank you so much for participating in Vintage Christmas Mondays!!!

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! xo Joan, your hostess


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