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11 December, 2011
My Vintage Santa Postcard Tree
Of course, our faithful co-host Baby Kitty was only too happy to lend me a hand…er…paw!
First, I found a series of lovely vintage Santa postcards here...many of which were French.
Next, I printed them in a size to fit shipping tags that can be found at any office supply store and used rubber cement to attach them since it doesn't wrinkle the paper.
I decorated them with glitter glue from Dollar Tree…three different colors for only…what else…$1.00!
Finally, I added some red ribbon to make them a little more festive. Aren’t they wonderful? Most of the postcards I chose represent a French-style Santa or Saint Nicholas wearing long robes…
…but I did add an American-style Santa with his traditional red costume.
On the back of each one…vintage sheet music found here to which I added the words Joyeux Noël.
At the base of the tree…a wicker tray found at Goodwill several months ago filled with almonds, tangerines and apples…reminiscent of what my sister and I used to find in our stockings on Christmas morning.
And at the top of the tree..a special corn husk Madonna and child that was the tree topper on the very first tree that I had on my own almost 40 years ago!
Something was still missing, though, and I knew when I saw this vintage-looking table runner at Target that this was just what was needed...my one splurge! I love it! Almost everything else was already on hand...so... free!
Beside the tree is a favorite little wooden Santa and his team of reindeer emerging from a little forest of miniature trees that I have been collecting.
Also on the table…a three wick candle topping a rustic stand…the bottom half of a recent find from Joss & Main. I will show you what I did with the wire cloche that goes on top in another post! I added holly from my yard to brighten it up.
And there you have it…my vintage Santa postcard Christmas tree! I love its nostalgic simplicity! Stay tuned because I still have lots more to show you!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my Christmas decorations! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Kate at Centsational Girl for the Holiday Craft Link Party
Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday (first Monday of the month)
Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Beth at The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Judy at DIY by Design for Fall into Fall
Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick for a Christmas Tree Party
Jill at French Cupboard for Voila!French Inspiration on Thursdays
Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
Sherry at No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Honey at 2805 for the Bloggers Block Christmas Tree Party
Diann at The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Fabulous Fall Fun
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Jen at Tatertots & Jello for the Weekend Wrap-up Party
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
See you next time! A la prochaine!