Merry Christmas from Kris’s Vintage Clothing

Last week I attempted to take a few Christmas pictures of my kids, which can be difficult with two toddlers and 9 year old who is being stubborn about how to wear her hair. But I’m pretty happy with a results.

This has to be my favorite picture though

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Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year

~Kristen

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Christmas Guest Post: Cassi from KeepingTheKidsAlive Blog

I met Cassi through a Mom’s group and have enjoyed getting to know her and reading her blog. ~Kristen
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Christmas is an extremely big deal in our home. My husband is CRAZY about Christmas. Our house is covered in decorations, we read Christmas stories daily, watch Christmas movies a few times a week and are constantly focused on the true meaning of the holiday- the birth of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.
My husband and I come from very different backgrounds. I didn’t grow up with much money in our household. I never had my own bedroom until after I moved out and got a roommate (and even then we almost always slept in the same room, we just slept easier that way). My mom wrapped up everything to make Christmas appear even bigger than it was. Those little Christmas story books with lifesavers inside? Yup, my mom wrapped those and put them under the tree. I am the oldest of six children on each side (my parents divorced when I was young, so my mom had six under her roof and my dad’s home also has/had six) so the combination of so many children and every little thing being wrapped under the tree made Christmas appear enormous. Our tree was overflowing!
My husband on the other hand, grew up in an upper middle class home. His family owns a 4 bedroom home on 3 acres of land. His father owns his own business and his mother is a nurse. They make decent money and they make responsible decisions which allow them to provide well for their children. His grandfather, who passed away in 2008, also spoiled them with gifts for Christmas. In fact, I sometimes think that he set a standard in my husband’s mind that we may never live up to regarding Christmas.
Because of these things, we REALLY do gifts. We spend more money than we probably should on Christmas and we really try to make giving a huge priority. We crave that “OH MY GOSH! SANTA CAME!” reaction from our children on Christmas morning and we love picking gifts for the people in our lives that are specific to them.
Last year my mother in law got a necklace with the birthstones of all 4 of her boys with a pendant reading “my boys” and I wrote and framed a poem for my grandmother specifically noting that she is the most selfless woman that I know- when I need an earthly example of what Jesus desires our selflessness to look like in action I ALWAYS look to her.
Spending time with my husband’s family is always special and we cherish that time. However, it is our trips to visit my family for Christmas that really remind me of what Christmas is all about. You see, my husband and I do fairly well. We pay our bills, we own two vehicles and we recently sold one home and are building a new one after relocating for his job. Sure, we worry about money sometimes. We get stressed when bills pile up, but compared to the rest of the world (not compared to my husband’s family though) we do well.
My family back home still doesn’t have a lot of money. In fact, I have numerous members of my family who do not work and whose only source of income is from government programs.  We do not spend a ton of money for gifts for our family members there- there are over a dozen children alone that we end up buying for- but we make an effort to buy gifts for them. Most of them don’t for us. They can’t. Many of them are lucky to be able to provide a Christmas morning for the children in their own homes. That isn’t what matters. It’s so exciting to arrive in town with literally a box full of gifts, feeling like Santa came to town.  When we go to see them for Christmas, we are able to give. It doesn’t seem like much- not when we have grown accustomed to the lifestyle that we live and experience with his family, but we give. It brings us such joy to provide gifts, love, support, encouragement and time to the people we love who don’t really have a lot.
I mean, when you really think about it, isn’t that what Christmas gifts are about? It’s not about what you get. When I think about Christmas (or am asked to make a list) it’s so difficult for me because I no longer have to live in a state of need. I no longer need to get socks for Christmas because if I need socks, we buy them. Or a scarf. Gloves. Shoes.
Christ came to earth to give us a gift- the gift being the opportunity to be redeemed and spend eternity with God. He didn’t GET anything in return. His gift was completely selfless. His gift wasn’t based on a spending limit, or the fact that last year he didn’t get as much as he thought. His gift was pure, and true and good.
As Christians, that is what we are called to. It’s about what we can give. It’s about how, when and why we choose to give. That’s why those trips back home are so special for me. It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle- the lists, spending limits, parties, budgets and travel of Christmas that we lose sight of why we celebrate. Going home reminds me that we celebrate a gift- the gift of Christ.
That’s a gift that  can’t ever be topped.
Cassi

Christmas Guest Post: Cynthia of Gypsum Moon Vintage

Today I am introducing Cynthia of Gypsum Moon, another one of my favorite shops to follow on Etsy and Facebook. ~Kristen

I really enjoy vintage Christmas items – I’m not one of those people who has a cow if a Santa or a Rudolph or maybe even a snowman or three shows up before Thanksgiving’s over.  We have a quickly growing Christmas/holiday section in our vintage shop on etsy, and it gives me the perfect opportunity to enjoy Christmas ornaments and décor all year long with no guilt at all!

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One of my current favorite Christmas items in our shop is this adorable Russ Berrie mug from the 1970s with two goofy mice in Christmas stockings – wouldn’t it make a great gift for a couple celebrating their first Christmas together?  Or for a couple who had their first Christmas together in the 1970s, and are still ho-ho-ho-ing together all these years later?

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I love this 1960s chalkware music box wall hanging that has Christmas carolers singing on it, and plays “Silent Night” when you pull the knob – it’s pretty groovy.  Okay, that word was a little before my time, but not much!

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Another favorite of mine is this limited edition collector’s plate from Gorham Silver from 1980, featuring a 1957 Norman Rockwell painting in the center.  How cute are the moths flying out of the man’s red longjohns that had been stored away in a trunk during the summer, and the look on his wife’s face?  The heavy silverplate frame is lovely, too, with repousse Christmas and winter designs around the edge making it look almost like a holiday wreath.

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I also adore this cut glass bowl from Mikasa Crystal from the early 1990s, with Christmas trees topped with stars cut into the glass, rimmed with lush 22 karat gold – this would be so gorgeous filled with red and green apples and nuts, or brightly colored wrapped Christmas candies, or ornaments and tiny lights …

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Remember that we’re always scouring estate sales, auctions, thrift shops and yard sales here in the southeast for vintage Christmas items and other great stuff to share with you – keep an eye on the Christmas/Holiday section of our shop, because you never know what treasures you might find, and by all means, if there’s something special you’re looking for, let us know. 

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Link to our vintage shop

https://www.etsy.com/shop/GypsumMoonVintage

Outfit Of The Day: Winter Outerwear, Holiday Party and Christmas Party

Many times I hear “I don’t have anywhere vintage clothing or how to wear it.” Guess what they are just clothes exactly like the ones sitting in your dresser and closet at home.

Winter Outerwear consists of a beautiful gray coat with real fur collar and cuffs, I added a hat and a red flower brooch for a pop of color.

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Coat Link Here

Hat Link Here

Brooch Link Here

Holiday party outfit is elegant yet simple, a lovely brown dress paired with red shoes and a poinsettia apron. The perfect hostess ensemble 

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Dress Link Here

Apron Link Here

Shoes haven’t been added to my shop yet, but check the many other pairs of shoes I do have listed.

Christmas party, I know you ladies love to be the Belle of the Ball at parties and this outfit has all the right pieces to do so. To be honest if my shoulders weren’t as wide as they are I would have kept this dress, it is probably my favorite dress in my shop.

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Coat Link Here

Dress Link Here

Headband Link Here

Christmas Guest Post: Eve of European Vintage Emporium

Today I am introducing Eve of European Vintage Emporium, her shops and blog are beautiful so enjoy. ~Kristen

Yesterday in my small village in France they turned the Christmas lights on.
The small rural streets are adorned with large stars that twinkle and in the market square stands the biggest Christmas tree I have ever seen with exception of the one at the Rockerfeller Center in New York of course.
The time before Christmas is the best I believe, the advent, the counting, wishing, hoping and giving.
Our family holidays growing up in northern Germany>
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Were a simple matter we made a advent wreath together stuck clovers into oranges and backed simple sugar cookies, ate spekulatius and Lebkuchen together.
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On Sundays we would light a red candle and sing songs.The day of Christmas we would have candles everywhere in beautiful candle sticks.
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The morning of the 24th we opened our presents, each child got one new toy and a large assortment of books. I still have every present that I got, it was always a collectors toy something rare and special.
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40 years later I continue to celebrate the holidays as they have been celebrated for generations by my family. My daughter gets 2 special gifts now that is the only difference.
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Give books, lots of books, buy special gifts that will be cherished a lifetime, bake and be merry!
Kindest,
Eve
Our vintage home site: www.europeanvintageemporium.com    

Christmas Guest Blogger: Myrthe of MyrtheDotFr

Today I am introducing Myrthe of MyrtheDotFr blog, I hope you enjoy her guest post today. ~Kristen
Joyeux Noël,
Sunday morning, November 30th, it’s cold outside and the sky is grey … A “when will the snow begins to fall ?” kind of grey … There was a lot of wind lately which made the last leaves falling on the ground … It smells like winter … tomorrow it will be December and that gives me a warm Christmas feeling …
I go for a walk and see Holly, Mistletoe and a Christmas tree …
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I took home a little twig of holly to make a special picture for you ! Merry Christmas to you from France !
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Joyeux Noël ! from Myrthe

Studio Renovations Part Three: Living Room Turned Photo Studio

I realized the other day that I haven’t updated you on my renovations in a while.

Since I last wrote about it I have sanded all the patch work in the whole apartment, which isn’t fun at all. I wear a mask and safety glass to protect my eyes from the flying debris.

The last couple of weeks I have been working hard in finishing the living room turned photo studio as it is the biggest room and needed the least amount of work. Plus it can hold all of my inventory for a while so I can finish the rest of the studio.

My husband and I decided we are going to wait till next summer to finish the floors because we are pressed for time and it has been very cold, so that took one thing off my must get done list.

When I got to the living room I had already removed wallpaper from 3 walls because of holes and tears, the 4th wall was in relatively good shape it just needs a good washing. After a discussion with a interior designer friend about it, I decided to remove it.

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One reason I wasn’t sure about removing the wallpaper because it was pretty as you can see in this photo.

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Also the doorway concern me, however I used a razor blade and was able to cut the at the corner of the arched doorway without any problems.

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The wall had 5 layers of wallpaper on it and of all the walls in this whole apartment this one was the hardest. As you can see a little bit of the floor is covered with wallpaper bits. I have a 3 step process for removing wallpaper.

Step 1: Scrap the wallpaper off with a wide blade scraper.

Step 2: Dampen the the remaining wallpaper and scrap off with a razor blade scraper, it removes it quite nicely from plaster and sheet rock walls.

Step 3: Wipe the wall down to remove the glue and dirt from the walls.

Yes it was 3 step process and it took a lot of time but once you get it down it goes but pretty quick. Plus I listen to Insight for Living by Chuck Swindoll while I work which helps pass the time quickly.

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Please do not mind the big screen tv, the computer guy downstairs set it up for his kids to watch tv in the living room before I tore it apart and he hadn’t had a change to remove yet when I took these pictures.

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Aren’t those corner cabinets fabulous?

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Sheet rock is the gray walls.

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I had to prime the walls twice with a flat white then I put a Satin Egg Shell Paint as the colors, since this will be my photo studio I wanted to keep it white for great light.

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Once the walls were pained I pulled the carpet up off the floor and the beautiful hardwood floor underneath were revealed. The above pictures were taken right after I pulled the carpet and padding up, the carpet tacks were still down and I hadn’t swept or washed the baseboards yet.

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The un-glamours side of renovating is the pile of carpet sitting in part of the hallway awaiting it’s day to be hauled away.

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Once the carpet and padding was rolled up and out of the way I had to deal with staples in the floor where they stapled the padding down in different sections. It took me over an hour to pull all of the staples out after I pulled the carpet tacks up and out of the way.

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Floors have been swept and all the wood work has been washed down makes a huge difference in this room.

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I finally mopped this room on Monday the 1st and didn’t get any pictures from that. Once the carpet is removed from the hallway I will be moving my clothing racks into the living room and start taking my inventory up there. I am pretty excited about that and can’t wait to do so in the next couple of weeks…hopefully before Christmas.