Sunday, December 13, 2009

Vintage Christmas Monday

Happy Vintage Christmas Monday!  Joan @ Anything Goes Here has been our host for this fun Monday party and so many wonderful vintage items have been shared these past few weeks.  Link back to Anything Goes Here and see what is being shared this week.  The participants are listed on Joan's sidebar.

Today I am sharing some Wilton Armetale "12 Days of Christmas" pewder ornaments that my mother-in-law began purchasing for my husband over 30 years ago.  For 12 years, beginning in 1978, Wilton came out with an ornament depicting one of the 12 days of Christmas.  Every year my MIL would purchase an ornament and give it to my husband for Christmas.  The set was complete in 1989.


I have to admit that in the past few years these ornaments have not been on my "favorites" list.  They just never quite fit in with my holiday decor and I haven't displayed them for years.  This year as I got my decorations out I saw these ornaments in a different light.  I decided to get them out and display them in the guest room that my MIL will be staying in when she visits for the holiday.  Rather than hanging them on the small tree I put in her room (they are too heavy), I tied each one to an old bottle and lined them up on a shelf in the bedroom.  Each bottle is filled with various red, green or white items to help bring the colors of Christmas into the display. 







I think my MIL will enjoy seeing the ornaments that she purchased 30 years ago displayed in her room.

Thanks for stopping by.
Jane

40 comments:

  1. Hello Jane... I love those ornaments and what a wonderful idea to hang them from the little bottles...they are precious!... I am sure your mother~in~law will be so very pleased to see them displayed... love to you... Bisous... Julie Marie

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  2. Haha, I hope so! (mine wouldn't mention it! oh but that's another story! This is a *Positive* comment!) :P
    I really like them~ Your idea of hanging them on the bottle necks is a clever one. I just saw some plates at Pottery Barn in the 12 days of Christmas theme, but the price tag was painful!

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  3. Very thoughtful of you! They are really cute on the bottles. Your MIL and husband will appreciate it.

    I bought a 12 days of Christmas ornament set from OSH this year. When I opened them I realized they didn't have any hanger, not even anthing to put a hanger on! Some I could put a ribon through the design but others, like the dancer and other people, have no where to even tie a ribon, except around their necks and that's not the look I planned for! I started to just glue them to a wreath because I like the ornaments themselves but I decided to wait and see what inspiration hits me. Maybe I'll post them and see if anyone can come up with some creative ideas.
    Hugs,
    Dawn

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  4. Jane:
    I think that's a great idea for displaying them! I'm sure your MIL will be tickled to see them out.
    Have a great week, my friend.
    xoxo
    Donna

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  5. What an inspired idea! They look darling displayed on the bottles!
    :)Heidi

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  6. Hi Jane, isn't it funny how something looks one way one year, and then things change. What I did last year in my decor has evolved to something different this year. Using these pewter ornaments on the bottles gives them a completely new look and I really like it. Plus your MIL will love it! And that's a "good thing".

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  7. Awesome Jane, that is a great idea, she'll love that! The ornaments are really neat!

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  8. What a wonderful idea Jane, and they look absolutely beautiful!
    Blessings,
    Marcia

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  9. You display them beautifully, Jane. Your MIL will think she's a genious!

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  10. Jane they look beautiful displayed on the bottle neck and I think MIL will think so too! You come up with some creative ideas.

    Have a wonderful week.

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  11. Always a good idea to try and please the MIL. Nice save! :)
    Living it up at Lakewood,
    Cindy

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  12. Hi Jane - Just getting back to you on the name.....Mamie was my mother's true christian name. She was first generation American and her family was dutch and norwegian. I never thought about it but somewhere along the way I assumed it was a traditional dutch or norwegian name. Especially when I consider her middle name - Alvilda! The only other Mamie's I ever heard of were Mamie Van Doren (actress) President Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower. Hope your grandmother was as special as my mom.

    Anyway, you have some pretty stuff and I am a follower now!

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  13. gorgeous idea, they look sooo good on the bottles1!!

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  14. Tthey look so wonderful hanging from the bottles. Just beautiful!

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  15. what a clever way of displaying them...until you see them on the bottles, you don't realize how large they are. Truly lovely!

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  16. Love how you displayed these 30 year ornaments!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  17. Jane,

    What a wonderful idea!! I'm sure your mother-in-law will appreciate that! :) It's funny how after yrs we look at something in a different light.

    Debbie

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  18. Jane, I think you have displayed these ornaments in a way that really brings out their beauty, and your MIL will be so pleased to see them this way! Instead of just hanging them on a tree, you have showcased them, and I think she'll love it!
    Merry Christmas and Happy VCM!
    Carol

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  19. What a great idea, Jane! They are such a nice size to do this with, too! I'm sure she will love seeing them displayed.

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  20. I love that idea Jane! I have a few heavy ornaments I just might do the same thing with. Oh wait! I used all my jars for my buttons. Hmmmm, wonder how candlesticks and lighthouses will look hanging from jars full of multi-colored buttons. I think I'll go try it and see. This is the absolute easy-peasiest holiday decoration ever! Thank for sharing.

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  21. Beautiful collection of engravings!
    Sending you happy Vintage Christmas Monday wishes from Boxwood Cottage in Germany
    Carola

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  22. What a creative (and thoughtful) idea!
    I'm sure your Mother-in-law will like
    seeing them (again) very much :+D
    Happy Monday~
    Franny

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  23. What a great way to display and I am sure your mother in law will enjoy seeing them.

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  24. What a great way to display these gifts from your mil.

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  25. She will love this! I do too!

    So touching...

    Lou Cinda :)

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  26. what a fantastic idea! those ornaments are really pretty and even more so on the bottles! i'm sure your mil will love it!

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  27. Hi Jane,
    I love the way these look on the old bottles. Very creative use of them. Hope all is well.
    Talk to you soon.
    XoXo

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  28. Great idea to "please" the MIL...they look great on the bottles...I could also imagine these on a white tree, too. They are a cool keepsake!

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  29. What a clever idea! I hope your MIL enjoys seeing them again.
    We are putting our tree up this weekend, and I'm planning on taking some photos of my vintage ornaments, so maybe next Monday.....
    Mary Lou

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  30. Hey Jane ~
    I love the ornaments on the bottles - very neat! Now I want to collect some jars......
    Hugs ~ Kammy

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  31. Oh Jane,
    What a wonderfully creative use for these collected ornaments! I'm sure your MIL will treasure these as much as I loved the story behind them!... Dee Dee

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  32. Jane that is such a fabulous idea! I just love how they look hanging on the bottles...and with all of the Christmasy bits in the bottles...great job!!

    :) T

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  33. How creative! I'm sure she will be blessed.

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  34. This a wonderful way to display your mother in laws ornaments and I'm sure she will be touched that you put so much effort into creating this display for her to enjoy in her room.
    Maggie

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  35. What? Your Grandma is going to LOVE seeing them presented in such a precious way!!! How sweet and creative!!!
    As for the ornaments, I don't think I've ever heard of any like that...really neat.
    Have I told you lately that you are really inspiring??? For Real~
    ;)
    everything vintage

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  36. those are gorgeous - i have several bowls from that line that i registered for during the wedding days -- but i never knew these ornaments existed! and of course you make them even better with how you present them!

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  37. What a great idea Jane! We inherited dozens of mason jars so I'm always looking for clever things to do with them. I hope your MIL likes them! Happy Holidays! ~Lisa

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  38. I KNOW your husband's mom will be thrilled to see them in her room. This is just too cool Jane! I love them hanging on the bottles. What an awesome idea.
    hugs
    Thank you sweet, for your comment about the hair.

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  39. The ornaments look so great on your vintage bottles. What a fantastic way to showcase them. And I'm sure your MIL will be thrilled to see them displayed so wonderfully.

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  40. That is such a sweet idea. I like them myself. And they look really nice on the bottles.Hope MIL appreciates your thoughtfulness;)
    ~Debra
    Capers of the vintage vixens

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