Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Decorating With a New Puppy

I love decorating for Christmas. I have been collecting ornaments since the early 1970s. This year we have a new puppy that is a little too curious for her own good. So this year I am not putting up a full Christmas tree and exposing my ornament collection to the whims of a very nosy pup.

This year we are decorating in miniature and high off of the ground.
I placed my silver tree with all of my small Shiny Brite ornaments on top of my display cabinet.

In the cabinet I placed my other vintage Christmas items as well as some dolls and silver. Everything is thrifted except for the Midge doll.

I had to find a way to display my larger Shiny Brite ornaments so they are nestled in a tiered basket along with my large vintage bottlebrush wreath.

My final bit of decorating is my stack of vintage doll suitcases. I tied them up with large red ribbon to look like presents.

So far the puppy hasn't been able to reach anything. The house isn't quite as festive but at least everyone and everything is safe.

This is linked to:
Beyond the Picket FenceBlue Cricket Design, Brambleberry CottageCoastal Charm, Creating a House of Grace, Life Made LovelyMod Vintage Life, My Uncommon Slice of SuburbiaRook No. 17, Savvy Southern Style, The 36th AvenueThe Colorado LadyThe Shabby Creek CottageThe Southern Institute, Thrifty DecoratingType A and Very Merry Vintage Style


  1. We all have to know our priorities.
    Safety for pup and stuff.

    I think it is very festive!

  2. Look at all that vintage loveliness! So festive and pretty!

  3. Love your miniature Christmas tree, the beautiful Shiny Brite ornaments, the mercury glass garlands, and the bottlebrush trees... everything!
    Reminds me of Disney Christmas. ;-)
    Greetings from Denmark ♥

  4. Although it is all out of your puppy's reach, I am loving your decor. Especially loving the suitcase pile with the red ribbon. And the metal vintage card holder. And your bottle brush trees. And the glass bead garland... I love it all! :)

  5. I love it all too - it's a beautiful collection of vintage sparklies. I have quite a few vintage baubles (on the tree - my kids have been warned!) but I'm after some bottlebrush trees now having seen them on blogs...next year maybe!

    Have a wonderful Christmas

  6. It all looks lovely! Cats are much harder than dogs because they jump so nothing is out of reach. My tree will go up on Christmas Eve this year, otherwise it has to be re-done every day as Willow just can't believe it's not there for him to climb and that the baubles are new toys.

  7. Lovely vignettes--my fave is the vintage suitcases and the beautiful white basket filled with pretty ornaments. Have a Merry Christmas!

  8. Improvising makes some lovely vignettes. I love how you've improvised. :)

    We have a pup, too; the thing is, she's two years old, and we still have to keep things up. I don't have a tree this year, but I've put little groups of ornaments here and there as well.

    Hope you have a terrific Christmas, Lynda!

    Tracy Screaming Sardine

  9. I love the way you decorated in miniature to protect your treasures from your energetic pup. Your Shiny Brite ornament collection is incredible, and your Nancy Ann Storybook doll caught my eye!

    With all the activities and festivities of this past week, I'm really touched and appreciative that you took the time to be a part of "A Little Birdie Told Me..".


  10. You were VERY wise to place everything out of reach, Lynda. Reading your post reminded me of the year our black lab decided to extract several glass ornaments from the tree and roll them across the floor like balls. How he kept from breaking them in his mouth, I'll never know. ;)

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. Hope to see you again this week.

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage


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