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Retro Holidays 2016

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Not much changed this year in my Christmas decor. I only found a few new things that “made the cut”. Trying to keep it simple (the struggle is real) has made me much more selective.

Of course there were a few exceptions!

This pretty Christmas card box is a new addition in the peach bathroom.

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So are these sweet angel girls. They are actually candle holders.

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This great new Hallmark ornament is modeled after a split level mid-century home. I think it looks swell in my knotty pine mudroom.

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Our cozy basement family room was decked out for the season.

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My rolled gift wrap is corralled in an old shopping cart on wheels.

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This table is where I do my wrapping and writing cards. It doubles as an extra dining space when we are entertaining. After Christmas it is perfect for puzzles on a cold winter day. The tablecloth was a recent estate sale find as were some of the Santa and snowman mugs in the buffet.

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Some new albums were added to our collection this year.

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Here are some of my winter Pyrex in action. I think I was whipping up a hot meal for our oldest who was flying in from Canada for the holidays.

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These atomic dishes were a Christmas gift from my youngest. I just love this pattern; it looks great against my counter tops.

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I got these great books from my Toronto boy. The Mid-Century Ads is a gem and chock full of colorful advertising on every single page.

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Until next time, I hope you are enjoying these slower paced winter days.

We have a few projects planned for the next few months;  be sure to check back.

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The Winter That Never Ends

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If you have been wondering where I have been (or maybe you have not even missed me!) I have been holed up here on Croydon Place, watching snowstorm after snowstorm blow past. In addition, several times the temps have been so cold our local officials have warned to just stay home!

While I have been staying hunkered down much of the time, here is what Dear Hubby was doing. Nonstop. Every day. And night. Without end.

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Here are a few things I got as Christmas gifts this year from my sweet family: the chalk ware ballerinas were from Hubby, the aqua/ black Hazel Atlas ovide dishes are from our youngest and the atomic aqua/ gold travel themed glasses from our oldest. Do they know me or what?

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Here are Santa and Rudolph, waving to my poor postman, who really lives up to the Postman’s Creed. I think he was delivering me more Pyrex?

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On those cold snowy days when I had to venture out for groceries or shipping items, I have tried to hit at least one thrift store. Here are a few of my newest things; some of these are for my Etsy shop.

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This dollhouse will be just the thing for my soon-to-be granddaughter. It is an L-shaped ranch 🙂 It even came with all the furniture.

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I have been searching for the elusive “atomic/ shooting stars” Shiny Brite ornament; here it is in pink! It was in that big Woolworths box:

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Isn’t this little Santa band great? I think I will keep them.

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Here is a tension pole lamp I picked up for $30 at a local antique mall. The fact that this shop does not turn the heat on does not deter me one bit. What is a little frostbite, anyway? How do you think it looks in the living room?

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This pull down light was a $10 garage sale find from 2 summers ago. We just now got around to putting it up in the kitchen. I guess we think if we keep adding cool things to that room that we will never have to fix all that is WRONG with it 😦

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For some reason being snowed in makes me think I need to cook, bake and spend way too much time in the kitchen. Here is some homemade macaroni & cheese I threw together last week in one of my vintage Pyrex casseroles:

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So what have you all been up to this long winter? Any remodeling projects? Any thrifty finds? Let me know!

Stay warm folks!

Boomerang Chairs and More Cool Stuff

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Remember this pair of chairs that we picked up last spring for $10 each? Yes, $10.

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Well here they are sporting their new looks just in time for the Holidays. One for the living room and one for the basement. I picked up the upholstery fabric on Ebay for a song, had them rebuilt and recovered and repainted the iron legs. We spent less than $280 total for both chairs. Hows that for a bargain?

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I was recently at a sale in a 1967 home. This was the basement kitchen floor. What I would not give for them to reintroduce that pattern now!

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This pair of Oriental chalkware plaques were an antique mall find at 75% off: $5 for both!

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This coffee table in the basement may get me into trouble with other mid mod enthusiasts; It is a newer table in a retro style.

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This atomic Fire King casserole with stand was just too cool to pass up for $17. I have never seen this pattern and it is in great condition.

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As was this $12 aqua and black swirly enamel one:

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These cute brown poodles were a gift from my youngest son and his girl. They are in the main bath.
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This huge lamp weighs a ton and has ended up in the living room on the corner table. I want to paint the base but am not sure which direction to go. Ideas? We are leaning towards charcoal gray.

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Here is an orange footstool found at a garage sale for $2:

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After a date with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser she cleaned up pretty good!

I cannot wait to frame this for the Holidays:

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Won’t be long and we will all be putting up Kitschmas decor.

I will check back in then!