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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Handmade Vintage Christmas Ornaments

My grandmother was a pretty crafty lady who lived with my family all the years I was growing up until she died when I was almost out of high school. She was quite an accomplished seamstress, crocheter, cook, and had many other talents as well. She taught me how to crochet when I was quite young, probably 8 or 9 years old.

Gram, as everyone called her, liked to make pretty Christmas ornaments from kits, similar to what we might buy today from Herrschner's or Mary Maxim or your local craft store. Dimensions is the brand that comes to mind when I see her felt and sequin ornaments.

Here are a few of the ornaments that my grandmother made which I was able to remove from my mother's Christmas tree and add to my own. I'm not quite sure my mother knows about this, so let's keep it our little secret, shall we?

Handmade Vintage Christmas Ornament - BellThis bell is made of straight pins, sequins, beads, gold trim and some glue. Its core is a dense styrofoam-type material that holds the pins securely once the glue they were dipped into dries. I love the sparkle it adds to the tree.

Handmade Vintage Christmas Ornament - BirdThis colorful bird has felt pieces sewn onto the main green bird base and is decorated with sequins and beads that are also sewn on. The gold trim is sewn as well and the whole thing is stuffed and about 5 inches from beak tip to tail. It is decorated the same on both sides.

Handmade Vintage Christmas Ornament - DrumI remember Gram made several of these little drum ornaments and over the years a drumstick or two went missing. When I absconded with this patriotic little gem, it was the last one still sporting both drumsticks. I do recall my mother telling me I couldn't take it for that very reason...it still had both drumsticks. Of course I reasoned with her, saying that was precisely why I wanted that one. And here it is hanging on my tree so many years later. I wonder if Mom really thought I would put it back on her tree and take one of the others with only one drumstick.

Handmade Vintage Christmas Ornament - SnowladyAnd this lovely Snowlady has always reminded me of my grandmother. She could tie such beautiful bows with the sashes on our fancy dresses and in our hair. And she used to wear fancy hats too!

So these are some of my vintage ornaments made by my grandmother's hands many many years ago. Every stitch and pin and sequin and loop were perfectly placed. I always hang them on the front of the tree so they will be seen by everyone and if someone asks about them, I can tell them about my grandmother. Sometimes I wonder if the little things I make to decorate my home and Christmas tree will be treasured years from now the way I treasure these ornaments. I guess only time will tell.

Happy Stitching!

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  • I'm telling your mom!!! *evil laugh* ;)

    Lovely ornaments, but all the sweeter because of the memories they evoke - hopefully your own projects will inspire your kids the same way!

    By Blogger Sandra :), At December 20, 2008 at 10:40 AM  

  • If I get to Mary's mom first, I'm telling!!! 8-)
    Great ornaments that your Gram made, and funny how all those wonderful memories stick with us hey!?! 8-)
    I just posted some of my favorite ornaments...will post more tomorrow... I over-did that post! Yikes!
    I have my 3 for PIF, may even have a 4th yet... 8-)

    By Blogger Myra, At December 20, 2008 at 10:01 PM  

  • The snowlady is my favorite. I was looking at a vintage Buscilla kit earlier this year~so fun.

    By Blogger Decor To Adore, At December 21, 2008 at 10:07 AM  

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