Monthly Archives: December 2012

Merry Christmas (and my latest Kitschmas find)


Just a quick  note  from here on Croydon Place to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

Starting today things get pretty hectic for us, as I am sure is the same for all of you.  Parties, church, concerts, gifts, food and maybe too much “Making Merry” 🙂

Here is a little gem I picked up last week at a resale shop near me. The original cord and light are missing and I will be replacing those (as soon as every single store in my town re-stocks them).

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It is a mid-century Poloron Vacucel fireplace.  It is fairly large; 31 inches wide. From what I have been able to find online, it was possibly a store display piece. It is a little rough. Does anyone know how I may be able to touch up the scratches on this?

Poloron also made Christmas tree stands, blow mold holiday decor and picnic thermoses  and coolers. You may remember the aqua metal Poloron tree stand I featured in an earlier Christmas post.

This fireplace  will have a place of honor in our basement family room, not far from the aluminum tree.

Happy Holidays to all!

Some of My Favorite Kitschmas


I have overcome some of my vintage hoarding tendencies but have not yet conquered my vintage Christmas wrapping paper addiction. And I don’t just crave the paper. I want tags, ribbon, cards and all the trimmings. One good thing though, I do actually use it!

Here are a few pics of some of my hoard:

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Here are some tags:

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More paper:

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This is one I use just for display in my office:

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Here are some Kitschmas items that I have recently acquired, and a few that have been with us awhile.

Mr. and Mrs. Santa skiing and skating. I just picked these up for $1 at a local resale shop a few weeks back.

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I love this  Santa tray from Etsy.  It is hanging in my knotty pine laundry room.

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These handmade stockings were a recent estate sale find. Perfect for Hubby and I, since we are empty nesters.

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This great Tom and Jerry set is a rare pattern. It came with us from the farmhouse.

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Another estate sale find:  NOS Christmas towels, still in the package. I love the aqua in them!

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The great thing about having a holiday birthday is that my gifts are often Christmas themed 🙂  This is from my dear Hubby. I love the pine cone motif and can use it for Thanksgiving and Christmas!

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This ceramic Santa Claus Post Office Bank has been with us for 23 Christmases.

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One of my all time favorite ornaments. Another gift from Hubby. It looks just like the stove in my kitchen!

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I fill all the built ins near the fireplace.

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Some vintage gift boxes under the aluminum tree:
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I have most  of my Bradford and Jewel Brite  ornaments on that tree
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With all the festivities, you may not hear from me again until after the Holidays!

I hope you are all having a great Christmas season!

The Thrift Store Chair and More Kitschmas


We are FINALLY finished decorating for Christmas. I think.

I have a hard time stopping. I just want Kitschmas greatness all over the house!

I seem to have a fondness (bordering on obsession) with shadow boxes. This is one of 2 in the main bath:

This window in that bathroom was one of the selling features of this home for me. I just love to decorate that wide marble ledge:

Here is another shadowbox in the basement. Also one of a pair:

This wooden Santa, his sleigh and reindeer have been in Hubbys family since the 50’s. It fits perfect on the basement coffee table. This is the first year for the aluminum tree 🙂

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I stole this idea  from someone else’s Mid-Century blog. I made these from assorted sized dowel rods. I think they add a little something cool to the kitchen:

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Here are the new pulls on the fireplace built ins. I got these mid-century gems  on Etsy for $3 each 🙂

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How about these Kitschy Christmas Cards? These were bought on Ebay and at an estate sale this past summer. I cannot wait to sit by that aluminum tree and address them:

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A few months ago I showed you a $7 chair from the thrift store;  not too impressive, huh?

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Well here it is NOW!

Doesn’t it look great in the living room? I had the fabric left over from another project and just reversed it. I then spray painted the arms and legs with paint I already had. My total cost for this extra seating was less than $60.

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I reworked a large wreath that I had at the farmhouse for the front porch. Instead of lights it is illuminated by a spot light:

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This vintage bookcase is now a pretend bar cabinet near the entry. The mirror and lamp are IKEA.

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Here is the finished fireplace wall in the living room:

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I  hope everyone is having a great Christmas season so far.

I cannot wait to start wrapping. I will have to show you some of my vintage wrapping paper hoard next time.

Stay tuned!