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So glad that you found me! My blog is about everything I love like gardening, decorating my home & garden and crafting. Although I'm from Germany I write my blog in English so that hopefully every visitor can read it. Hope you'll stay a while and will leave me a comment so that I know that you were here! xoxo Carola

Thursday, December 01, 2011

White Vintage Christmas inspiration 2011 part 1

Many Christmas parties are going on this week so fun!
Update ~ joining the above named Holiday party here:  http://www.jenniferrizzo.com/2011/12/welcome-to-holiday-housewalk-party.html
Update ~ joining another blog party today called Holiday Copy Cat !
Update ~ joining White Wedensday No. 129 over ar Kathleen's Faded Charm blog and
the  Mantle party over here on Nikolaus day Dec. 6th!
Welcome back dear blogging friends and readers to the first Vintage Christmas Inspiration Friday!
I'm linking up with Debra's party today and the next Fridays, see the Vintage Christmas Inspiration button in my left side bar. Finally it's December my favorite month for decorating! I started decorating my home and garden for Christmas/Winter early this year, so todays pictures are all taken in November and lot's of things have already changed again, my decoration is always evolving and never really finished. I start the tour with some Christmas decor in my studio today. Hanging a white metal star on the black board and writing White Christmas under it was a very quick but effective decoration. The idea I got from Beth over and the Patina White blog. I love all of Beth's whimsy decor, wish I could visit her gorgeous home and shop one day! I guess this counts for the copy cat challenge from the Picket Fences Christmas parties I'm linking up and joining over here today! Although mine isn't nearly as beautiful at Beth's I still like it.

On the old wire lampshade I found in Sweden this Summer, I hung another metall star, which was blue before and quite ugly so I decoupaged it with old German sheet music paper and now I love it again! There are also some oval soldered Christmas ornaments hanging from the wire lampshade that I made 2 seasons ago and still love as well as a decorated bisque doll arm and a china doll leg, another idea I saw somewhere in the www. most possible on Pinterest. Btw. if you still need white vintage Christmas inspiration please visit my Pinterest board  where I collected over 750 wonderful pictures on my favorite seasonal theme.

This is my always growing colletion of vintage German glass tree toppers from Thuringia, that I simply put in some of the altered bottles I made this year. I find them especially pretty and christmasy in front of the antique family photo:

These are some vintage Christmas flea market finds from this fall:

I decorated the antique German feather tree on my faux white wooden mantle and I'm linking up my Winter Magic mantle with the Mantle Party over at "My uncommon slice of suburbia", where you find mantle inspirations from over 230 participants!

along with my favorite bleached bottle brush trees I got from some dear US blogging friends over the years and of course not to forget my wonderful silver glass glitter garland from my dear friend Madai and a sfabric stocking and fabric collage from my sweet friend Paula. Please let's take a moment to think at Paula a very delicate angel friend who is just recovering from an open heart surgery and still has a lot of challenges to go through. Sending you love and strength my dear!

Here is a picture from a wider angle of my dining room corner and the decorated antique transom window:

I put a star or snowflake ornament in almost every window:

Here is my parlor in the November sunshine:

and again in the November evening candle light. Not sure which I prefer though.

Some more candle light pictures from my parlor:

and the first tree is up too, it's the feather tree my daughter gifted me with when she came back home from Buffalo N.Y last Christmas. I decorated it with old silver glass ornaments from the flea market:

Here is a a vintage soup toureen full of glittered spun cotton snowballs and a spun cotton snowman I had fun making in November:

Meanwhile I also put some fresh green picks in the toureen and it looks even more festive.
 The white fabric and lace birdies in the picture below look also very festive to me. They are all lovingly made by dear Paula, send to me in her friendship swap parcels this year:

 a shelf scene with Santa in a tiny wood:

....... hours later: I was interrupted this afternoon at 2 pm and couldn't finish my post, so I do it now 12 hours later lol. My collegues came to pick me up for this years Christmas party of our company. Now it is 2 am and we just came back from Hamburg where we had a lot of fun.

Actually I just realise how very tired I really am, so I just let the pictures speak for themselves:

Wishing you all a wonderful second advent weekend!

And hope to see you here again next Friday for more Vintage White Christmas Inspiration!

xoxo~ Carola


irena said...

very nice, I enjoy, I hope that you are satisfaid, being on my blogs list.


irena said...

Very nice, hope you are pleasent with being on my blogs list.


Sherri said...

What beautiful photos and ideas! Thanks for sharing!!

Hampton said...

All wonderful, Carola.As always!

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!!!!Sooooo inspirational:)
~Debra xxx
Capers fo the vinage vixens

Grace said...

how beautiful! What a gorgeous post. I love the spun cotton snowman and snowballs. Grace

Tina @ TinyBear Studio said...

So wonderful as always Dear Carola - love your decorations. Your home is so pretty.

Love those pearl sticks you have in the white boot (don´t know the right word for those) - can´t find any of those up here. They go perfect with the christmas trees.
Have a wonderful evening sweet friend

oldgreymare said...

I almost..almost ....feel as if I just stopped by for some tea. Carola, part 1 is wonderful, can hardly wait for part 2.
Merry Christmas friend, enjoy every minute. <3

Lorrie said...

Very pretty, Carola.

kandeland said...

seriously Carola, I would never leave the house if i were you! ...ok, just to go into the garden!
wishing you a happy December!
xo natalea

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi dear Carola, Your Christmas decoration is beautiful! The transom window is so pretty with the snowflakes and stars and I love all of your sweet feather trees. Your faux mantle is decorated so wonderfully too and your studio looks very festive.
Have a lovely weekend :-)!

Lisa said...

Oh how I love your cottage! In the summer when you show the patio with all your flowers & the inside all fresh I think 'oh that's how I love it most'. But then I see it all cozy'd up & glowing for Christmas & it takes my breath away. I can't decide which vignette I like best, the mantel? The window filled with snowflakes? The bottles topped with beautiful ornaments....Oh heck, love it all!
PS Your package should be mailed Monday. I got a little distracted with the newspaper story.
PSS I'd like to send Paula a card. Do you have an addy?

Cape Cod Washashore said...

Your Christmas home is gorgeous, Carola! I think my very favorite parts are your wonderful mercury glass tree toppers inside of your altered bottles! (And a party in Hamburg!!! I was sent a little "Hamburg" charm by my Tante Vera for my bracelet when I was a little girl - I still treasure it.) ;)

June said...

Oh Carola, I loved walking through your beautiful Christmas home with you. Everything looks just magical. You have put so many lovely touches everywhere. You already know how much I adore your home.
The November garden post was so beautiful too. I loved seeing all the green you still had there in November.
sending hugs...

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

Carola, I thank you for sharing so much in the holiday cat party. Simply gorgeous. I have a German friend who lives here, and her name is Carola too.

Kathy said...

Carola, Beautiful! I love your photos and the candlelight photos make everything look magical. I would love to spend an evening at your home baking cookies and enjoying all your beautiful decorations

the cape on the corner said...

oh my goodness, does that say "winter magic?" how fabulous! i love all the sparkly pretty goodies you have displayed.

sweetpea said...

carola, each pic is more beautiful than the previous one. merry christmas to you.



~*Feathers and Flight*~ said...

Just Beautiful Carola! Your Work and Photographs are Perfection!
Have a Wonderful Week!

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Carola,
everything just looks beautiful.Love the bird ornaments!TFS.Have a wonderful week.

☼Carolina Artesanías☼ said...



Carole said...

I love your home both ways....in the day and at night with the twinkle lights


Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Everything is so pretty! Thank you for linking up to our mantel party.

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Not sure if my first comment went through...gorgeous!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Oh my goodness Carola, what a fun time I had visiting your beautiful home. Looks like pages out of Jeanne D'arc. It's all so pretty but I think my favorite is that dear sweet white stocking. xoxo

Anonymous said...

Impressive publish! STICK WITH IT!

Teresa at Magazine Your Home said...

Your home is gorgeous, I really enjoyed looking at all the beautiful pictures. Just joined your blog.

Rusty Hinge said...

Hello Carola, I am also linking to Jennifer Rizzo's holiday house tour and I found your blog! I love it! It all looks so nice! I am your newest follower!

Leah C said...

So very beautiful! Love the glass tree toppers:)

Heidi said...

Carola ~ your home is always such a dreamy wonderful place! Thanks for sharing it with us!
Happy Holidays!

Jennifer Rizzo said...

You home looks beautiful! I love your mantel!I am so glad you could join in on the party!

Kirby Dunton Carespodi said...

This is beautiful! Exactly what I'd expect to find in your beautiful country!

janet said...

Your home is gorgeous..I love how you have everything displayed and your rooms are so inviting..
Merry Christmas..

Kathysue said...

so serene and beautiful. I too did an all white dining room this year!! It feels all snowy and ethereal, I am really enjoying the feeling it gives me! Merry Christmas

The Arizona Russums said...

i love all the stars! :)

susie said...

Your Holiday Home is delightful...I ADORE your parlor in fall & winter! It seems like such a perfect place to get reprise.
Thanks for sharing friend,

rachel@Acts of Life said...

Hi Carola,
So pretty! I love the glow of the lights at night...that is always my favorite time to lay on the couch. Having the candles lit makes it feel so magical. Do you have any pics of the outside of your house that shows your home? I would love to see the front of your house.

All the best,
Rachel :)


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