Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Vintage Living for Christmas

Imagine my surprise when on Christmas Eve Day
( I know I’m a little late in sharing this with you)
a big box showed up at work.
When the UPS truck pulled up I thought it was a
long lost backorder from one of my suppliers.
Misguided hubby thought I should refuse it.
Can you imagine?
With all the commotion of Christmas I had forgotten I was expecting a parcel
so I take a little responsibility but
Thank goodness I didn’t listen to him!!
Rebecca  (A Repurposed Life)
sweet girl that she is, sending me gifts and also  
3 other lucky winners on her birthday.
vintage Christmas
I knew as soon as I opened the box and laid eyes on the
card that this was something special and
certainly NOT from my suppliers.
                                          close cardblue
Delicately hand glittered and embellished with
tinsel, ribbon and glass ornament enclosed with vintage music paper.
card 1

more card

Now I would have been happy with the card alone. hehe
But I was given this gorgeous church.
overall closeup
It had arrived at the perfect time
since I had been struggling with what to use
on my back table in the Family room.
It’s an area that needs something large
and up until then had my array of old apothecary and
chemistry bottles ……more Halloweenie then Christmas.

Now it was time to clear all that and Christmas it up.
I know I’m late but this is always the time
I decorate.
Most of you are tearing it down…..
I’m just putting it up!!!!

The Christmas season is the time to enjoy being home and relaxing
but for us it begins after the 25th.
My decorations will stay up until February.
I’ll slowly take it down room by room…..removing
the real Christmas ornaments (Santa Claus stuff) and keeping what I call Winter decor last.
Do you do that too??
or do you decorate on or before Thanksgiving?
lite church
If you thought the church looked wonderful in the sunny window
then you should see it at night with
the lights on.
These photos don’t do it justice.
It’s spectacular looking at night with the warm glow that it gives the room.

sepia film
Showing the photo in this polaroid format reminded me of an old
50’s photograph.
Like it’s been in our family for decades.

at night
…..and every year from now on when I pull it out
 and set it up I will be reminded
of you Rebecca, my dear sweet friend.
I think many of you bloggers already know Rebecca but for
you non bloggers you really should visit this talented lady.
Here’s just a tease of some of her
creations and her home.
Rebecca’s gorgeous stars


Rebecca’s home is quintessential Romantic Vintage Victorian
full of incredible marble fireplaces and
chandeliers dripping in crystals.
She just recently converted part of her attic as
her very own sanctuary. She painstakingly wallpapered the room from
old bible pages. It was so worth all the work because it
came out beautifully.
Easy for me to say! 
I didn’t do all the work))

The curved window is festooned with antique lace.
Oh, how I would love sitting in that nook in the morning
feeling the sunshine on my face and quietly pondering the rest of the day.
Look! she’s even left me a cup of coffee
on her desk!

Or maybe I would be content just sitting back and gazing upon all the
lovely handmade treasures that she has been given by other bloggers
or made herself.

Her lacy and feminine photo albums
notice the bible cover on the wall
I could just be happy taking a nap on this daybed and lose myself in those soft cloudlike pillows.
I think she’d have a hard time getting rid of me….
can you blame me?
Thank you Rebecca for letting me dream of your space….
and of course the wonderful Gift!
Thanks also to you all for stopping by……
and with all this Pretty WHiTe
I just have to link up to
White Wednesday with


Itchin' Stitchin' said...

Oh that church is wonderful! What a lucky lady you are. I love Rebecca's nook and I am thinking of doing something very white shabby chic like to our shed in the back this spring. Oh these pictures are just an inspiration - thanks for sharing.

Dorthe said...

Dear Carole,
Oh you won the beautifull church, you are so lucky.It looks absolutely wonderfull in your home.
I was lucky,too, did you see, on my blog,(some few posts away) that this dearest sweet Rebecca,giftet me with a beautifull winter wonderland figure- that I`m totally in love with. I`m keeping my winter deco, up, too-as I`m also very late in decorating, because of the shop.
In that way I can now enjoy rebeccas gift, with some other lovely images, -for a while.
Wishing you a wonderfull wednesday afternoon-and evening.

Jacqueline said...

Oh Carole,
What a lovely gift to receive from Rebecca. She is SO talented and makes so much at Christmas time. The church looks so pretty and I can imagine how magical it looks at night.I still love vintage lace and that room wallpapered with pages from an old bible is brilliant. My brother-in-law's study is papered in an old script wallpaper and looks great. I am now trying to think where I could do it in our home !!
Enjoy your Christmas decorating Carole.....oh, and thanks so much for re-commenting on my deleted post !!!! You are a top-class blogging friend. XXXX said...

Wow! What a great gift:)And to think you are going to enjoy it until February. Conratulations!!!Shedoes have a lovely home. Enjoy the snow this weekend:)
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

slommler said...

The church is amazing!! It is gorgeous!!
I keep decor for Christmas up until Feb as well!!
Then it is time for the hearts to come out!

Brenda Kula said...

That church is beautiful! So are the photos of her home. I'll have to jump over and pay her a visit.

time worn interiors said...

Wow! I love that church! Rebecca is one talented lady and she is one the sweetest people I have ever met! Thankful you did except it!

Emilie M. Paper's said...

Love the church yes what a wonderful suprise indeed...thank you for leaving me a comment about my tree.we always have gone real but we thought we might do fake only if we can find a nice one and he did it all on his own...Hope you have a wonderfuly blessed Christmas and happy new year also...xoxo Emilie

Heaven's Walk - said...

Wow - Carole! What a beautiful surprise!!!! What an incredible friend! I would definitely keep that sweet church on display all winter. It looks so perfectly wintery! And Rebecca's house.....?? Holy cow! She's a worker, that girl! xoxo laurie

tales from an oc cottage said...

What amazing treats!!!!!

m ^..^

oldgreymare said...

Hey there, don't you be getting cozy on Rebecca's daybed..I called dibs weeks ago : D. Ok I'll scooch over and make are bringing the wine yes?

The church pics esp the one at night are lucky girl you.


Fish Tail Cottage said...

Loving all the glitz & glitter! What a sweet friend!

Rostrose said...

WOW! Wonderful pictures, dearest Carole!!! And thank you so much for your kind wishes! I wish you and your loved ones the very very best for the New Year! Many hugs and till soon Traude

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hey Carole!!!
Well you lucky girl.. that present is absolutely delightful.. what a kind and generous person Rebecca is... You must have been flabbergasted!! hehehe

Now though we are all going to be jealous of her home.. wow... what a lovely place to escape the world.. she is uber talented.. I'll have to pop over to her blog and tell her you sent me!!

Have a wonderful week... ciao xxx Julie

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Actually.. it's almost the weekend.. have a wonderful weekend!! xxx

Rebecca said...

Hey you crazy Girl... didn't know you were going to do this! Such a surprise, thank you so much for the bloggy love, your pictures are wonderful.
Love you!

The Feathered Nest said...

Hi sweet Carole!!! What beautiful treasures from Rebecca...she is so amazingly talented, and what an honor to receive her gifts!! I wanted to wish you a wonderful new year dear friend ~ hugs and love, Dawn

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

What a sweet gift, Carole. I decorate my house Dec. 8th every year and take it all down on January 6th, but sometimes I leave the stuff that makes me smile all year round out...even if it is very Christmas looking....who cares!!

Gloria said...

Hola Carole, todo soñado!! Tu regalo y las cosas de Rebecca, lindísimas cosas y rodearse de la belleza siempre es buena y no tiene tiempo! Un beso, Gloria.

Kathleen said...

It's beautiful, C! Just lovely!
Everything is down, but not put away. That takes many trips to the basement.
More white stuff falling!

Renee Finberg said...

somebody loves you!!
it is beautiful.


maría cecilia said...

Hola Carola, your friend Rebecca has created a gorgeous home, incredible!!!
Wishing you and family much happiness and blessings for 2011.
maria cecilia

Giulia said...

Hi great was that to realize what the delivery was about? Terrific pictures & details.

Also, yesterday was 12th Night...& now the weekend. As far as I'm concerned most Americans rush to "get it over with" & then hyperventilate to take stuff down. I grew up with 12th Night traditions & am keeping them. Not taking everything down even on the weekend. It's cold & dark & snow may be on the way. I like the lights & cheerfulness. There's a way to get rid of stuff that's tatty & old looking & still keep some things around. Well, I think so anyway. Cheers to you & yours from DC. xoxo Susan & Julie, la gattina.

vicki said...

Carole- where start- there is o much to see here! Your friend has gifted youbwith such a treasure- I adore the card. Love, love, love it!

Every photo of your friend's home is fabulous- such beauty every where- I am totally mesmerized!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Congratulations on winning that beautiful church, dear Carole! You deserve it, sweet friend! Our Christmas decoration is still up. When I mentioned to dear hubby some days ago that I should take it down, he didn't agree. He likes it so much and would like to look at it for a little longer. So I will leave it for a while :-).
Hugs to you,