More Kitsch for a Mid-Century Christmas

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Sorry for this post-holiday entry; life seemed to get in the way this holiday season and spare time was not something I had much of.

There are a just a few new kitschy Christmas things that were added to the ranch this year. Although I am trying to take a more “sparse” approach to decorating, I am obviously unable to follow through.

This vintage Continental aluminum “pom pom” style wall tree found a place of honor in my kitchen. It was made by Metal Trees Corporation in Chicago in the early 60’s. I got it for a great price on eBay in October. It seems this company also made a plain style (non pom pom) wall hung tree that was called the “Holiday”.

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I also purchased another aluminum tree from a local resale shop at a price I could not turn down. It is a 7 foot fountain style. It came without the original box, so I am unsure of the brand. I decided to use it this year in my basement rumpus room instead of the pom pom one I had been using. I trimmed it with (mostly) plastic Jewel Brite and Bradford ornaments. The light up Santa head behind the tree is also new this year.

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This newly acquired light up lantern was also used in the basement.

101_7491For the holidays it replaced this old AMI jukebox speaker we picked up last summer at a garage sale.

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I think I have finally completed my collection of Firestone albums that were released in the 1960’s. Here are 5 of them.

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There are also a few new Christmas albums this year to display in the living room.

101_7478We are still using the gold aluminum/ white vinyl tree in the living room. I found out (through a very helpful gentleman in a Christmas facebook group) that it is called a Gold Queen Star and was made by the Stainless Metal Craft Inc. in Chicago.

Here are a few of my favorite ornaments on that sparkly gold beauty:

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The little felt Santa band ornaments were from a kit in the 60’s.

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I picked up some great retro wrapping paper this year. I have to admit that wrapping is one of my favorite things about Christmas. Oh, and the food.

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This little display was in my hall bath. I have had that Smiling Santa soap box set forever.

101_7482Check back soon for more updates here at the ranch. We have some projects on the horizon for the basement and the original tiled hall bath. As with any retro renovation project, it will probably won’t be simple. But I am up to the task!

Happy New Year!

 

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Summer Lovin’

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Well not really. Those who know me well know summer is NOT my favorite season. Especially here where it is hot and humid much of the time. I spend a small fortune on annual flowers for my patio and then by July they are frazzled and begging for shade.

I have to admit that my garden loves the weather this year. We are giving away tomatoes and peppers because we have so many.  This poor guy is a misfit. He kind of looks like Mr. Magoo.

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I still thrift when I can and add to my stash of kitschy finds.

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I am still buying bed linens, too. I know I need a 12 step program.

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I have found a new love this summer: cold brew coffee! It is great for a hot day when you need a pick-me-up but you don’t want a hot drink. Insert a tropical stirrer and you are in business.

101_6263My Pyrex collection continues to grow; these are some of my fall pieces. I use them for everything from salads to casseroles to scrambling eggs. They also look great with fresh fruit or veggies on the counter.

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I have been frantically getting my Christmas hoard listed in my Etsy shop for the upcoming holiday season. Remember all this?

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101_5242Well head on over to my Etsy shop. Much of it is listed there!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/thethriftygal?ref=listing-shop2-all-items-count&section_id=13176699

Check back soon to see the vintage jukebox speaker we have hooked up in the basement!

Heck before we know it we will be putting up the Christmas decorations.

 

Shut the (Mid-Century) Front Door

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Here it is! After 6 years of this project getting pushed aside for more pressing matters (roof, landscaping, gutters, water heater, kitchen and bathroom remodels, backyard shed, etc.) we finally have a period appropriate front door on our ranch.

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It is a Builders Choice fiberglass door that we special ordered through Home Depot. They have a few other retro styles and can be ordered either primed white or finished in several colors. We chose a primed one and painted it this great minty green. The color is called Haven from Sherwin Williams.

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The Schlage brass escutcheon was NOS that I purchased on eBay.

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Since we were focusing on the outside this spring, I thought we needed some new planters to amp up the curb appeal. These match our new garage door colors: Holiday Turquoise and Haven by Sherwin Williams.

101_6212We also painted the undersides of the large overhangs on the house using the Holiday Turquoise. It is from the Suburban Modern collection.

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I have also been changing things up on the inside. This bark cloth tablecloth was scooped off of Etsy with a Mothers Day gift card. It coordinates nicely with my drapes.

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I think Judy Jetson would be proud.

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The new Goodwill store in my town has been a treasure trove lately. I am keeping the Vegas tray. Everything else will go in my Etsy shop.

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I found this plant (?) stand at Goodwill also. With a Home Depot bowl planter I think it looks good with my turquoise hoop chairs.

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This chaise was picked up last summer and sports a new coat of paint and colorful cushion. I also spray painted those little plant stands in new colors.

101_6197 I picked up a new umbrella for the patio table. We are still searching for a different patio dining table.

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Check back soon to see the newly painted cupola and weather vane on top of the garage!