Saturday, November 30, 2013

Vintage Christmas at Sugar Creek Hollow/Victorian ornaments

Hello and thanks for stopping by! The new two-week challenge starting today (11/30/13) at Sugar Creek Hollow is "Vintage Christmas" and we welcome a Guest Designer for this challenge, Avril Branthwaite. Be sure to visit her beautiful blog!

I love vintage ornaments and have several really old ones from my Mom's family. I did some research into vintage Christmas decorations and learned that the terms "scrap" and "scrapbook" came from the Victorian era (who knew?). As a way to keep their children busy and entertained,19th Century moms would cut out scraps from magazines and give the children albums (often handmade) to paste them into. I also learned that young Victorian ladies would spend hours making tree ornaments from things they had on hand--trimming scrap images from magazines and adding tinsel, ribbons, beads and so on! I thought it would be fun to try my hand at these "scrap and tinsel" ornaments. It is a really fun and inexpensive way to use vintage digis or images! I had the Stickles, ribbons and free digis; the only items I purchased were adhesive glitter stars from Michaels, a Heather Hudson ditigal collage, a one dollar ornament, tiny tinsel cotton balls, pipe cleaners and gold cording.  I made several to decorate my feather tree and I hope you'll have time to scroll down through the photos!

Image: Graphics Fairy

Image: Heather Hudson

Image: Graphics Fairy
For the next one, I re-purposed an inexpensive ornament from Target. I replaced the bell that was hanging in an open oval with an angel image and hung the bell from the bottom of the ornament: 

Image: Clearly Vintage 

 Image: Clearly Vintage
Image: Clearly Vintage; Rosette: Paper Source
In closing, here's a photo of my pretty feather tree (Vermont Country Store) decorated with my "Victorian reproduction" decorations.  A couple of the ornaments are too big for the feather tree and I'll move them to my big tree. Actually, this is so pretty I'm tempted not to use my big tree!
Would you like to read more about Christmas in the Victorian times? Here's a link to a neat website. 
Thanks for visiting my blog; I hope you had fun. I don't know about you but I'm really in the Christmas spirit now! Have fun crafting and don't forget to post your Vintage Christmas creation at the Sugar Creek Hollow challenge ! Please leave me a comment so I'll know you were here!


Rebecca Deeprose said...

Hi Sherry~ These are such beautiful vintage ornaments!! I love them all!! The soft vintage colors, attention to detail and folded embellies make for a gorgeous collection!!! ((hugs)) Rebecca

Donna Hanley said...

Yes, you've put me in the spirit. These are just gorgeous. You did a marvelous job on each and every one of these ornaments. I love your little feather tree. Thank you so much for the information on the Victorian Era and how scrapbook came about. Very interesting. You took care of my one thing I had to learn today so thank you for that. I try to learn at least one thing new every day, the problem is I don't always remember what I learned or I remember half of what I've learned. Enjoy your weekend. Here'e to starting our Holiday Season.

Moz said...

Absolutely stunning! Each and every one a beauty! In love with your tree Sherry!

Heather said...

Beautiful Ornaments Sherry!! I love the tinsel trim around the one you made using my image....I just bought some myself the other day to use!! They are all beautiful!!

Meggymay said...

Stunning ornaments, your tree looks beautiful.

sherry varga said...

Sherry, the ornaments are just darling and your tree is beautiful!!
You are so talented!!!

Karen The Graphics Fairy said...

Oh wow, these are all so gorgeous Sherry!! You did such a beautiful job on them!
Thanks so much for the shout out. :)

Pia S said...

Such lovely glittery vintage Christmas ornaments! You can be sure that no one has got exactly the same decorations by making them yourself - I find them absolutely gorgeous!

Paula S. said...

These are lovely Sherry! I've always been attracted to paper, vintage style ornaments. Something very warm and inviting about them.