December 12, 2013How Kitschville Decks The Halls
By Eartha Kitsch
I am so excited that we are well into holiday themed posts here at No Pattern Required! I do have to admit that it is my favorite time of the year and I love seeing how everyone decorates and what fun ideas folks come up with. Did you see Ruth’s post earlier in the week showing her beautiful decorations including a manger built by her grandfather? Such fun to see and if you’d like to look back, you can view her post here. Following on the heels of her tour, I thought I’d take you all on a little visit through my Kitschville ranch!
We have four kitties including one little tabby who eats every wire and cord that he can find so in the interest of no house fires, we don’t have any Christmas trees at all this year. We also can’t keep any decor close to kitty reach so we have to take a well-calculated approach at decor. Lots of things on the walls and high perches! Vertical or bust!
We got this huge Santa head blow mold at a junk store. He took up the entire back seat of my car! I’ve been tempted to light him up on the front of the house but I’m too scared that someone will steal him. Stranger things have happened in my neighborhood, trust me!
Snowmen are my favorite holiday collectibles and the nuttier and more homemade the better! One of the guys in the middle was made by someone with butter tubs and the guy next to him in the natty red scarf was created with a brandy snifter.
Behind them on the wall is a vintage Paragon Tree Pak ornaments set. The Mister and I found it complete in the box and couldn’t bear to remove the ornaments. He made a glass shadowbox for it and it hangs in the dining room year round.
This guy…lordy, he’s huge. My Mom and I were at an estate sale and she said, “Oh! That is sooo you! You have to have that!” and the next thing I knew, I did. He’s flocked in more glitter than considered humanly possible and I think that he was made to go in a pretty large centerpiece back in the day. He cracks me up.
This was a wreath that I dreamed about for decades. It looks pretty average to most but it’s the same wreath that my late Grandmother always kept on her back carport door. When I found it in an antique store, I went NUTS. When I walk past it in the kitchen and smell the plastic foliage, I always think of my Grandmother’s home at Christmas.
I love to collect old products and packaging and am known in some circles as “the lady who collects crummy old floor wax bottles”. My second favorite genre? Snow!
My Mom got this snow couple for me from Etsy. They are made with satin Christmas tree balls. I really love her little stole made out of chenille!
Not even the characters in my “I Don’t Know These People” portrait hall are safe from festooning. I got this pup at an estate sale and he has the grin of an eternal optimist – so this year, he gets to be Santa Baby!
And finally, this little portrait of Bill, Jimmy and their sister that I got from Grandmother’s Attic. I love the boys’ sweaters complete with candy canes and bears. I’m also really pleased with how whoever colorized this portrait went heavy on their rosy cheeks! I don’t know these little scamps but they’re spreading cheer on my mantel!
Oh yes, another thing that I collect are old candy boxes. You’ll see one of my favorites there on the right. It’s from Dinstuhl’s Candies in Memphis and I learned online that they are now going five generations strong! When I bought the box, it still had old fossilized chocolates inside. And no, I did not taste them, you sillies!
Thanks for coming along on this tour of Kitschville at Christmas! We’re living proof that families with cats (who are out to destroy the world) can decorate for Christmas too!
How about you all? Do you have any obstacles that you have to overcome to deck the halls? Are your holiday decorations up in full force or do you think you’ll just skip the hoopla this year? Do tell! Just like an elf, I’m all ears!