Black Friday Shopping 1964

I looked on the internet to see when the term "Black Friday" originated, it has some history dating back to 1869, but was really not coined until the 1960's for the day after Thanksgiving shopping.  

I have a "Picture Magazine" insert to the Minneapolis Tribune from November 22, 1964, and I thought it would be fun to look at the advertising.  

Pre-Christmas Ads 1964
Christmas Decor from Dayton's to "Set Christmas Aglow".


Grubby Button Christmas Tree

Do you know what grubby buttons are?

These are what I call grubby buttons.  Usually metal, some are wood but a lot of the paint is worn off.  I used to make primitive snowmen with these grubby buttons.


Clipboard Crazy Christmas

I have to admit, I have a thing for clipboards recently!  

Framed Photo Clipboards
First there were my framed photo clipboards.


A Rustic Christmas Shadow Box

Last year I had just found four Santa mugs at the consignment shop, so I worked them into my shadow box display here.
Vintage Christmas Shadow Box
A little bit kitchy and vintage!


Shabby Angel From Re-purposed Towel Stand

What was at the thrift shops yesterday for me to repurpose into Christmas ornaments?

Just a countertop hand towel stand, made of wood with a metal bar.  Pretty boring...

Thrift Shop Wooden Letters and Junk Wood Become a Christmas Sign

I love to try new ideas that I see on Pinterest and on blogs.  When I saw Becky's rusty ornaments from the Beyond the Picket Fence blog, I knew I had to try her faux rust technique.

These rusty, white metal-looking ornaments actually started out as felt ornaments.  Click on the link or photo above to see Becky's felt ornament transformation.  The papier mache deer also got her rust treatment.

My sign project begins with these wooden letters purchased at the thrift shop for $1 each.


A "Re-Purposed" Christmas Tree - Frames and Buttons

Today I have three more re-purposed tree ornaments made from picture frames that I already had stored in a drawer.

This framed is from the Dollar Tree.  I painted it white a few months ago for a project that I never completed.  A fail!

Repurposed Christmas Ornaments Made from Frames
 I tried a rusty metal textured paint technique on this frame.  (I will give you the details on this technique in my next blog post, but for now I will tell you it's Becky's technique from Beyond the Picket Fence.)  


A "Re-Purposed" Christmas Tree - Clipboards & Bulldog Clips

The idea for a re-purposed clipboard Christmas tree ornament came from Funky Junk Donna.

Funky Junk Interiors Christmas 2012
Yes, I was inspired by Donna's clipboard on her White Christmas Tree of Gratitude.  Donna used a full size vintage clipboard and displayed a black and white Christmas photo of her parents.

I wanted to use a smaller version of this idea so I purchased a cheap clipboard from Kmart for $1.69.   The new clipboards are much more flimsy, lighter in color, and have a different type of clip than the older ones.
As you can see, the clip has been cut off and the board cut into fourths.

A "Re-Purposed" Christmas Tree - Vintage Ekco Flipper Lifter Spatula

I still haven't run out of re-purposed Christmas tree ornament ideas.  I just can't run out yet, or I won't be able to do a whole tree!

This is a vintage Ekco Flipper-Lifter spatula, or pancake turner.  When I saw it at the thrift shop, I thought snow shovel.


A "Re-Purposed" Christmas Tree - Biscuit Cutters

Repurposed Biscuit Cutter Snowman Ornament
If you are a regular reader of "Organized Clutter" I bet you can guess where this easy biscuit cutter Christmas ornament re-purpose is going!


Vintage Christmas Finds & a Christmas Party Announcement

Do you collect vintage Christmas decorations?  I used to collect just little angel figurines from Napco or Lefton that I remembered from my childhood, but now I pick up other vintage decorations as well.  

Today I'm sharing some of my recent vintage Christmas finds.  These items have never been in any of my previous Christmas posts.  

Even if you don't collect vintage Christmas, I think you will remember some of these old Christmas collectibles, or some like them.

Vintage Santa
A vintage cloth and plastic Santa from the 1960's.  8 1/2" tall.  Maker unknown.


A "Re-Purposed" Christmas Tree - Miniature Listerine Bottle

I hope you like my re-purposed ornament series.  Today I re-purposed a miniature Listerine bottle.


From Framed Lobelia to Framed Christmas Greenery

I love it when some of my decorating props can be used for different seasons!

Barnwood Framed Lobelia
Yes, I'm talking about my most viewed garden post of 2013.  The barnwood framed lobelia bucket.

Temperatures here in northern Minnesota are dropping, and we have a little of the white stuff on the ground.


A "Re-Purposed" Christmas Tree - More Salt Shakers

One of my very favorite Christmas re-purposes from last year was the Anthropologie tree in a salt shaker with faux snow.

There were many Anthropologie "inspired" pins on blogs and on Pinterest last Christmas.  Isn't this fun?


A "Re-Purposed" Christmas Tree - Vintage Jello Molds

Continuing my series on "re-purposed" Christmas tree ornaments, today I remade Jello molds.

First an individual star Jello mold, (used in my Kitchen Fairy Garden  last summer)


A Junker's Re-Purposed Yardstick Advent Calendar

Hoping to think of a great project to make with yardsticks, I bought three last month at an antique shop.  They were $3 each.

Re-Purposed Yardstick Christmas Tree
Last year I made this Christmas tree out of a yardstick, jute and a metal snowflake.

The first step in my new project was to cut the yardstick off at 25 1/2".

A "Re-Purposed" Christmas Tree - Crystal Salt & Pepper Shakers

In case you haven't been following along here, I have challenged myself to decorate my Christmas tree with all re-purposed items this year.

To bring you up to speed, you have missed...

Re-purposed Christmas Ornaments:
1.  Zinc Jar Lids
2.  Teaspoons
3.   Ice Cream Scoop

Today, Christmas tree ornament number four in my challenge is a re-purposed set of crystal salt and pepper shakers with silver plate covers and tray.  I have had this little set for sale in a consignment shop for over a year.  No takers.

Re-purposed S & P Shaker Christmas Ornament


A "Re-Purposed" Christmas Tree - Ice Cream Scoop

A vintage ice cream scoop picked up at a thrift shop for $1 is the next item to be re-purposed as a Christmas tree ornament.

Re-purposed Ice Cream Scoop Christmas Ornament with Snowball
This is the scoop.  I forgot to take a "before" photo.  As you can see I already have a strip of sheet music Mod "Podged" onto the handle.


A "Re-Purposed" Christmas Tree - Teaspoons

This year I am going to challenge myself to decorate my Christmas tree with second hand items I find thrifting.  Since I find a LOT of kitchen utensils and kitchenware, it's likely a lot of my repurposed ornaments will be made from utensils.

I have already posted the zinc jar lids here.  They will be the first repurposed tree decorations.

Zinc Jar Lid Ornaments
Repurposed Christmas Tree Ornaments #1 - Zinc Jar Lids

Repurposed Teaspoon Christmas Tree Ornaments


A Framing Project with Vintage Lartz Photo Mounting Corners

Today I am using another of the photo gallery quality frames that I purchased at a consignment shop, here.  This one was $4.

A Consignment Shop Frame & Photo Mounting Corners


A Shopping Trip to "No Place Like Home Again"!

My favorite antique shop just moved to a new, larger location.  No Place Like Home Again now occupies an old renovated church building.  The girls did an awesome job getting the new location ready to open today, November 1.

Here is what I bought:

Bone Buttons in a Jar
First this old jar of bone buttons.  I love using jars or bowls of buttons in my vignettes.