Buying Christmas ornaments in spring may seem odd to some people, but not to me. If you collect vintage Christmas decor, the off-season is often the very best time to buy. Take it from a seasoned antique/flea market/thrift store shopper – I know what I am talking about. Through the years and 100 Christmas trees later, I have learned a few things about collecting vintage Christmas tree ornaments. These are my top 10 tips!
Author Archives: Jennifer Perkins
I have decorated my Some Like It Hot Tree to look like a Vegas Showgirl, a Sweetheart Tree, and this month it is a giant kitschy ode to Easter. I kinda want to leave this one up all year. Easter is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for. Why? Because out of all my vintage holiday collectibles, the Easter ones might be the most tacky. I use the word tacky in the most endearing of ways. I mean it in a Dolly Parton circa 1979 kind of way, which is a total compliment.
Hard to believe that with just a handful of items from the craft department, you can transform your Winter White Potted Pine Tree into an adorable, fluffy Easter bunny. Easter is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for and this bunny tree might be one of my proudest decorating moments. Let me show you how easy it is to make your own.
My kitsch-loving heart could not stand the thought of my Revolving Colorwheel living in the attic through a holiday like St. Patrick’s Day that embraces rainbows. Sure, a color wheel looks amazing during the Christmas holidays pointed at a metallic tree (did you see my Toasted Champagne Tree decorated for New Year’s Eve?) but did you know it also works on white trees? Not only does it work, it looks awesome.
Last, but far from least on this week’s blog hop is Vickie Howell. As the host of Knitting Daily TV on PBS, the official spokesperson for Yarnspirations and the author of countless knitting books, it should come as no surprise that her wreath involves yarn. You might remember that Vickie, a fellow Austinite, attended a recent Valentine Wreath Making party with me. This is where she and I worked side by side to create our amazing Pretty in Pink wreaths. Stop by Vickie’s blog today to see all the kitschy, glittery yarntastic glory. Also, don’t forget to enter to win our contest. We are giving away 5 pink wreaths. What will you do with yours?
Jenny Heid and Aaron Nieradka of Everyday is a Holiday have a very distinct look with most everything they create. You can almost spot their designs at 50 paces with the telltale signs of baby pink, aqua blue, handpainted baked goods and a vintage coating on top of it all. Their mixed media and art journaling work is some of my favorites and their blog, Instagram feed and book: Mixed Media Masterpieces With Jenny and Aaron are endlessly inspiring. This is why I thought they would be perfect for this blog hop. If anyone was going to do a Pretty in Pink wreath right, it was them. Pop over to their blog for the full wreath reveal and a chance to win your very own wreath. Perhaps you will decorate it with one of Jenny and Aaron’s delicious looking baked goods.
Amy Anderson is one crafty lady. You might know her from her blogs DIY Candy, Washi Tape Crafts, and Mod Podge Rocks. Perhaps you are a member of Blue Print Social. She could look familiar because you see her face plastered all over your local Michaels store. If you don’t know this fabulous lady, you need to – stat. Over 400,000 Pinterest followers can’t be wrong. Somewhere in her busy blogging schedule, the endlessly creative Amy Anderson decorated a Treetopia Pretty in Pink wreath. You can see a sneak peek of her vintage Valentine’s here, but head over to DIY Candy for the full reveal. Don’t forget to enter the contest on her blog for a chance to win your own wreath!
The name Kathy Cano-Murillo is synonymous for most people with bright colors, glitter and of course sugar skulls. To me, the Crafty Chica is a dear friend, creative inspiration, powerhouse businesswoman and one of the sweetest people I know. After today I can officially add amazing Valentine’s Day wreath decorator to her list. Pop over to Kathy’s blog today to see the full reveal of her Pretty in Pink wreath transformation. There are, of course, calavera involved, just this time they are Valentine’s Day pink. Don’t forget: every day this week we are checking out another blog and giving you a chance to win your own Pretty in Pink wreath!
I have been dying to share the Valentine’s Day wreath I made. Recently, a few crafty girlfriends and I had a wreath making party that was TONS of fun. Everyone had a unique spin on the holiday and the only theme throughout were the colors red and pink. I had so much fun having this party with my friends in Austin, I wanted to do it again with my friends online!
Valentine’s Day Wreath Blog-Hop Week is here!
- MONDAY – Me – www.jenniferperkins.com
- TUESDAY – Kathy Cano Murillo – www.craftychica.com
- WEDNESDAY – Amy Anderson – www.diycandy.com
- THURSDAY – Jenny Heid & Aaron Nieradka – www.every-day-is-a-holiday.blogspot.com
- FRIDAY – Vickie Howell – www.vickiehowell.com
I have some mighty talented and creative friends. Each day, you can check back here on the Treetopia blog for a fun bio about each blogger and a teaser of their fabulous wreath. Head over to their blogs daily for their full wreath reveals PLUS each blogger will be running a contest to give away a FREE Pretty in Pink Treetopia wreath.
So with all that said, please pop over to my blog www.jenniferperkins.com to check out my new favorite wreath. Let’s just say that if it was pink, white or red, it made it on to the wreath. As they say, everything but the kitchen sink. No sinks, but ladies’ razors and false teeth make an appearance.