December 12, 2012

Pam's Holiday Home Tour Part 1 - The Kitchen

Over the next few days, I'm going to take you on a magical mystery tour of the holiday decor in some of the rooms in my house. Today is the kitchen. Or as I like to call it - the thrifty, vintage Christmas fun-o-rama!

I kept the table rather simple this year.

Santa was an item that I had thrifted years ago. I don't think he is technically a blow mold because the plastic is very hard, but he would light up if I'd put the bulb in his back hole. Sounds painful though.

He brought his toolbox with him, so he could help assemble all those toys, except I filled it with pine cones and a tree.

More pine cones on the porcelain topped cabinet.

Along with this great vintage Santa head that I found at an antique store for only $4. One of my favorite finds this season.

Does it look like he has a tree growing out of his left hand. Sort of like Captain Hook, but with a tree?

Every time I pass this jar on the counter I think of Ralphie and his Dad changing the tire in The Christmas Story.

I made the snow jar by simply putting fake snow in the bottom and adding a vintage toy car with a bottle brush tree tied to the top. You can buy these jars at Hobby Lobby or Walmart and spray paint the lids any color you want. Doesn't get simpler than that.

Oh, and a tip for you. I took the tacky white plastic base off the tree and "screwed" a tiny little piece of tree branch onto the wire stem. Makes the tree look that much more realistic.

I use a lot of the fake holly and pine boughs, placed here and there throughout the house, for quick and easy decorating.

My snowman blow mold that I found in the summer made his way to the top of the fridge.

Walnuts are being used to prop up my reproduction holiday post card.

And Mr. Claus and the team are hanging out on the breakfast bar with some Gurley candles behind his head. I think that is the last of the blow molds at the house. Maybe.

I'll be showing you the dining room and the living room soon, but may not be doing a compelling narrative with them. It all depends if things settle down around these parts. Christmas is such a busy time around here, like I'm sure it is at your house, and I'm starting to freak out about what's left to do. Less than two weeks, people!!!

If you want to see more of my 2012 holiday decor you can check out:

Home Tour Part 2 - The Dining Room can be found HERE
Home Tour Part 3 - The Living Room can be found HERE
My Holiday Front Porch can be found HERE

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  1. My kitchen should be that tidy! Easy on the eyes, lovely to look at.

  2. It's beautiful in it's simplicity-I love all the fun antiques.

  3. This really was a fun tour! Great finds!

  4. Oh my love the molded lighted figures. I know that is what I am on the out look for this time of year at my favorite place Goodwill. And then garage sales this summer. I have one. Looking for more. Great look thanks for posting

  5. I love every last detail. You are my decorating idol. Seriously. Love your style.

  6. I love all your treasures but that Santa face on the wall is my fav! How on earth does that kitchen stay so clean and tidy? Please tell me your closets spill out onto the floor when you open them and that there is pet hair or footprints somewhere in that house? lol

  7. No clutter, I am envious. It looks very nice. Not overdone but definetly Christmasy.

  8. Pam,
    What a wonderful old santa face (love it)!!! Thanks for taking me on the that old tool box too.


  9. Your kitchen is full of Christmas cheer!! So pretty!

  10. The blow mold with the Santa and reindeer is pretty old. I think the Santa face is too. I will have to add wood to my tree stem on top of the car. It does look more realistic than a wire. You have a lot of great pieces.

  11. Okay, if that Santa face that you thrifted for $4 disappears during the middle of the night, it wasn't me........

    That has to be absolutely my favorite piece because it takes me back to my childhood!

  12. Your vintage kitchen looks all festive and ready for holiday baking. I love that little truck with the tree tied to the top. Just darling.

  13. At least your house is festive. Other than hanging the coffee filter wreath, I've got nothing inside the house. But thanks for the idea of mixing the live greens in outside. I put the clippings in my fake wreaths and they look so much better! You are a Christmas guru.

  14. I love it all, Pam! Your vintage collections make me smile. To me, that's what it's all about. A happy colorful place to enjoy.

    Is the bottle brush wreath new? Me likey.

  15. Your home looks wonderful! Gurley candles, huh? I think I have some! Will find out when I unearth the crawlspace this weekend. (lol)

  16. It all looks good!

    I can't believe how fast this month is going.

    M :)

  17. Wow, your house looks so nice and clean! You sure have some great vintage Christmas items. The blow mold Santa reminds me of one my mom had while I was growing up. I always looked forward to plugging it in. isn't is weird the things a person remembers?

  18. I love the snow jar idea! thxs for sharing

  19. Beautiful! Love the touch of whimsy. Your vintage Christmas items are so thoughtfully placed. Can't wait to see the rest!

  20. The freaking out has started inside my head today when I realized I don't have that much time left. I haven't even thought about what I'm going to bake this year - and I bake alot for Christmas.

    As always your vintage collections have me green with envy and your holiday collection is staying true to form. I love all your santa's and blow molds. You have a great way of scattering them around so they each stand out so nicely.

  21. I love all the vintage details--your decorating is perfect!

  22. OH I love it, Pam! I love the idea of putting the truck in the large jar...and thanks for the hint about using a twig for the base!

  23. Hi Pam!
    Love your cheery Christmas décor, and you've found some wonderful old treasures too!

    I'd better get moving.
    Christmas will be here before we know it.

  24. Love it!!!

    We have the same blow mold and the same Lemonade clock!!! I bought it at a yard sale a couple of years ago...

  25. Very nice! I love the car/snow/tree in a jar. I wanted to make one but had no car, no snow, no jar, no tree-- if I bought all that, forget it! Found one on Etsy for 5 bucks! 20 North Ora shop.

  26. Hi Pam, love it all. The truck in the jar is brilliant. You now an authority on blow molds you know. xo, olive

  27. If any of those blow molds come up missing, you might need to take a road trip West MI. You have a fantastic collection. I adore your $4 Santa head.


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