Friday, January 2, 2015

my little vintage treasures

It is friday ... the first friday of the new year ... special!!  And time to link up with Kim's finds.  I love how she has magically formed a like~minded community ... total inspiration!

"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world ... and behold,
everything is softer and more beautiful"
~norman vincent peale"

Oh my ... remember me?  I have not been present at my blog for months!  But i really do have an excuse ... you see i fell while on a photographic walk and broke a bone in my foot.  But oh no, not just any normal bone ... this happened to be a bone that is very difficult to heal.  In fact if the break had been just alittle bit further up the bone, i would have been in surgery.  So i have been non weight bearing since before Halloween!  But i did get THE most welcomed Christmas present this year ... i got released from my doctor's care and i can walk again!!  I still have a limp but i can get around now without the use of my scooter or crutches ... which means a normal life again!

Okay ... enough about my problems ... on to the beauty!

My little vintage Christmas treasures ... my shiny brites ... my vintage ornaments.  Some are passed down to me from relatives ... others i found at antique stores. They are always on the top of my "gotta have" list.

"Christmas ... that magic blanket that wraps itself about us,
that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. 
It may weave a spell of nostalgia.
Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer,
but always it will be a day of remembrance ...
a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved"
~augusta e rundell~

I have these beauties hanging on our Christmas tree ... and also scattered throughout the house in antique bowls.  I firmly believe in surrounding myself with objects i adore ... and these shiny brites definitely weave such a nostalgia spell over me.

"i will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year"
~charles dickens~

As Christmas comes to an end, i just can not pack up all my shiny brites  ... so there is always one bowl that finds itself proudly displayed in my china cabinet all year.  It is my way of reminding myself to always keep that Christmas feeling strong throughout the year.

If you find yourself with a little time today, be sure to click here to find so much inspiration!!

Until next time ... 


  1. So pretty Nancy, I remember my Mother had some when I was a child, I wonder what happened to them ? I'm glad to hear that you are on your feet again...

  2. Welcome back and with such a pretty image. I can relate. A few years back I had to have toe surgery. Longest 3 months ever.

  3. Lovely vintage ornaments. My mom use to have some like that I wonder if she has them? Since they usually come by my house or my brother's house for Christmas I don't think they put up a tree anymore. I should check into that.

  4. Walking again is a wonderful Christmas gift and one I know you loved most of all. I love your shiny brites and totally understand why you keep a bowl full of them around all year long. I have several angels I keep out as well....Happy New Year...

  5. I love the beautiful pastel colors of these and you've done such a beautiful job of portraying them. I have a few vintage ornaments from my parents, but I've never been happy with the way I've photographed them.

  6. Such pretty images! I love those fragile ornaments - I have some of my own and some that were my late sisters' and they are treasures for sure. Sorry to hear you hurt your foot so badly, but am glad to hear you are on the mend. Happy New Year!!

  7. Oh, gorgeous ... I love your vintage ornaments, NancyJean !
    Sorry to hear about your foot, glad it's better now ...
    Wishing you a wonderful 2015 !

  8. It is amazing how one little moment can change your life. So glad you are on two feet again!

  9. What a beautiful to do...remember Christmas all year. These are like candy baubles...sweet and delicious. Glad your healing.

  10. I had never thought to arrange the small ornaments in glass bowls! What a creative idea!!!
    And I love the pansy in your header!!!

  11. Nancy Jean, those Christmas ornaments are so pretty. And when you group them together in crystal bowls ... well, they're just straight-out gorgeous. Over here in Spain we keep Christmas going all the way through to the Feast of Epiphany on 6th January. Back in Ireland, where I grew up, my parents still keep their Christmas decorations up until Old Christmas Day, which was the secular name for the Feast of Epiphany so you could follow in those old traditions and s-t-r-e-t-c-h the magic out for even longer. Wishing you a very happy, healthy (hope that foot gets totally better soon) and creative 2015, Bonny

  12. WELCOME BACK! I've been wondering where the heck you've been! So sorry to learn the reason tho :(. Who says photography isn't dangerous! And I am soooo glad you leave some of these vintage ornaments out year-round, too much beauty to not appreciate ALL the days of the year.

  13. Oh my, that must have been some fall. So sorry to hear, but so happy that you are back on track again. Those vintage ornaments are so lovely. We need to meet up in 2015, but no falling allowed!!

  14. I am glad you are healing, what a rough and long recovery. I love your ornaments! They look so beautiful in the bowls, I wouldn't be able to pack them away either. :)


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