Thursday, December 11, 2008

Heidi's Very Vintage Christmas Swap

One of the best parts of this blogging thing is the swaps you can sign up for! I LOVE getting mail, and getting boxes full of stuff is even better. I was very excited to be a part of 3 different Christmas swaps this season. Heidi of Foxgloves, Fabric and Folly hosted the Very Vintage Christmas Swap and boy, did I rack up the goods!

My partner was Mommy Holly and she hooked me up.

With a box this festive you know the stuff inside is gonna be GOOD!

First up: a cute little Christmas card!

Everything was hidden by tissue paper and packing peanuts, and it was such fun to dig through and pull things out. Like this gorgeously wrapped package. Red and white toile-like paper printed with Christmas scenes, topped off with a luscious wribbon, a bling bling snowflake and a little bell...this girl is too much! In the best way possible! Inside that package was a glitterly gold "Happy Holidays" banner that is being showcased on my living room wall at this very moment.

Look at all these goodies! I was so impressed with how pretty everything looked together. Holly, you totally get the prize for most visually harmonious group of swap goodies.
And here's what I sent Holly!

Look at that precious wreath! Totally looks vintage. That postcard in the middle is actually vintage, complete with handwritten message, cancelled stamp and postmark from the early 1900's (I think...I didn't take a picture of the back before I sent it!).
Holly doesn't get snow where she lives so I included the snowflake stickers to help her imagine piles of snow all over the place. I don't get snow either, Holly, and I am severely jealous of those of you who do! I just want one good white Christmas and then I'll be fine.
The little house on the left is a box of chocolate covered graham crackers from Germany. It was called the Witch's House or something like did that merchandise order go? "Yeah and uh, send us 500 of those Christmas Witch treat things. Americans love Christmas Witches"...I'm a sucker for treats made of real ingredients (none of that hydrogenated stuff, please) and from other countries. You know I have about 5 more of those things at my house right now. We'll see if they actually make it to all the stockings I bought them for...

Here's a close up of the "VINTAGE" banner. Made it myself! These are definitely not traditional Christmas colors, but that snowman paper was too cute to pass up, so I let it dictate the color scheme. Holly says it is on her tree. Holly, you need to post a pic of your tree so I can see what else is on it!

The sparkly white stars were made from wool blankets from the 1930s. The reindeer is a vintage wax figurine that I think used to hold a think red taper candle; there's a spot in the back just the right shape for a skinny candle; its even got bits of red wax on the edges. Aren't those little snowpeople so cute! You can buy these and other chenille characters at Country Route Prims on Etsy. No connection; I just like to share the good news about great products!
I had such a great time putting together Holly's swap box and getting to open the one she sent me. Thanks to Heidi for hosting such a fun event. Join the fun and go sign up for Heidi's Very Vintage Valentine Swap!