Monday, October 26, 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like...1962?



'Tis the season...not for Christmas, but, for people to be saying "Can you believe they already have that Christmas Stuff out in the store?"  and "They are already running Christmas commercials on TV!"  And when I hear those comments, I smile and nod, with my glue gun and glitter-spattered hands behind my back.  See, I am officially in retail now, and, I am "one of those" (i.e.: already selling and promoting my Christmas goodies!). 

I have been making vintage-inspired and vintage-collage wreaths for years now.  I think one of the first I tried was for a family "Yankee Swap" and included a lantern like the one above.  (The above wreath was a gift to my sister and brother-in-law last year.  An "outdoor wreath" with New England weather-friendly adornments.)

This 1960's wreath was a gift for my friend last year.  She was a kid in the 1960's and loved it!

For my other friends who were youngsters at the same time, this 1950's and 1960's themed wreath was a gift two years ago.  He is a Science Fiction writer so I used mostly silver and blue with a space-age theme!

My aunt has more refined taste then some of us, so, this lovely pink and gold glass ornament wreath went to her last Christmas....

...and for the girl who has everything, and wants to look at everything all the time (me!) I made this for myself last year as well.





All four wreaths above were made for and sold at a sale last year.  They included an outdoor wreath with antique ice skates and knitted gloves, a 1950's themed wreath with hard plastic ornaments and all sorts of goodies crowded in there!, a vintage children's themed wreath that was a lot of fun to put together, and this knitting themed wreath above, which really came out great, and, was purchased by a friend of mine who is a lifelong knitter!


If you are lucky enough to be in the Massachusetts area, my friends Christine and Claudia at Salvage Chic have been making and selling incredible handmade wreaths for a few years now.  They are the two who convinced this "archival glue girl" to go hot glue gun.  You really need the hot glue gun to make these work or you'll lose your mind!  These two beauties above by Christine and Claudia respectively are incredibly original, beautiful and of course, retro-fun!  Take a look at their wares at the link above!


At Carmen and Ginger we have been listing several new wreaths in our sister handmade shop Hang Out a Shingle.  Click either of the two above images, or, the opening image of this post to check out some wreaths currently for sale!  We not only offer wreaths, but, a number of vintage barkcloth Christmas stockings as well!

We are adding items weekly - wreaths, stockings and garland! - so check back often.  Also, as always, Carmen and Ginger is chock full of vintage Christmas goodies!  Check out a few below and keep watching, as we are frantically adding more year-long finds each week...




1 comment:

  1. Those wreaths are incredible. I think my heart skips a beat when I see vintage Christmas stuff. I especially liked the 50's and 60's wreaths mostly because I love those eras. Again, great stuff! I am now going to your Etsy shops... Oh, had my first sale today!! Yippeeee!

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