I really got over-excited this morning, when putting the vintage decorations on the tree on my studio. I’m not sure why it made me so happy, I know in the scale of ‘life’ putting baubles on a tree really shouldn’t have such an impact but I really did enjoy myself.
One of the first things I did was quickly photograph the boxes open, so I can put the baubles away ‘in the right place’ when the tree comes down. I know. I’m weird like that. I also found myself leaving everything ‘exactly as it is’ in terms of crappy bits of string etc dangling down, I like the imperfections, it’s what makes these beauties so special.
One of my favourites to open, was an old plastic Jacob’s crackers box that contained a very eclectic mix of trinkets folded in old bubble wrap. I remember bidding for this but it arrived after Mum became quite ill and was shoved away untouched, so opening it today was the first time I’d see the contents. It was quite a large lot of decorations that went reasonably cheaply (oh my goodness, I’ve noticed the Ebay prices this year are through the roof for these things!!) perhaps because it contained some ‘tat’ and wasn’t as perfectly presented as some items.
It has to be said, I do like a bit of tat and it’s usually here that the real gems lay. Take the fairy, she is quite knackered, but was sitting at the very top of the box and I was so pleased to remember I’d managed to get a tree fairy in the mix. Check out her dodgy eye!
The same box contained tree more clip on birds (I’d already collected a few) which I really do love as Gran had similar on her tree, when we were kids.
and bunnies…so cute!
I remembered that a main attraction of this Ebay lot, apart from the fairy, was that it contained a load of clip-on candles, which really did make me a happy bunny. Our primary school tree had these and they used to light them on the last day of school and we’d each get a present from underneath. I’m obviously not planning to light these, that would be a bad idea.I also treated myself to a new set of lights, in the form of these little coloured lanterns. The cable is a bit clunky but the colours are so nice and I think it really works with the old decorations. I’d love to have an original set, but would be afraid of burning the house down, plus the idea of a bulb blowing and spending hours trying to work out which one doesn’t really appeal.
Even the scary clown made it up there.
I found it really difficult to get decent photos, especially of the whole tree so you get one minus the top. It’s sitting by my work bench, in the middle of the window area, I’m quite nervous of the boys (or cat) knocking it and the misery of a pile of broken glass, I’m sure there’ll be at least one casualty but that’s life.
Back to work, I have the bathrooms and hallway to clean today. I’m going to put a festive movie on whilst I work, oh yes folks, I really am getting in the mood!