January 4th, 2011

Happy 2011 everyone!

How’s your holiday been? Mine was alright-ish I guess, just pretty much stayed at home, which to be honest just felt like any other usual day with the family.

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Today, I took down all the Christmas decoration around the house & D chopped up the Christmas tree to a manageable size to take to the recycling centre. The living room feels stark without the 6 foot tree that was festooned with “un”-colour-coordinated baubles, but having them tidied away feels so ‘right’ in that “New year = fresh start” kind-of-way, it’s good. I feel ready to tackle things again.

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Coco&Me - vintage Christmas baubles - Coco & Me - www.cocoandme.com

(The baubles)

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The baubles for the tree are all vintage, purchased on several occasions on eBay. That’s why it’s all different sizes, colours & textures! I decorate the tree with these & with multi-coloured fairy lights thrown in the mix too. It is very definitely colour-overkill & uncoordinated. Lol! But y’know what, I like it just like that – ‘uncoordinated’. I wouldn’t want top-to-bottom colour coordination or an expensive ’gold-theme’. Mish-mash & haphazard, that actually suits me.

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Most are plain coloured silk woven baubles (perfect for a house with children because it doesn’t break!), but I also have some unusual ones in the mix that I love love love! Below are pictures of some of them!

Coco&Me - vintage Christmas baubles - Coco & Me - www.cocoandme.com

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There’s apple shaped one, pointy one, disco ball one… Then there’s frazzled ones that’s seen better days, & a bauble that I can’t bring myself to take its old sticker off (…17… maybe it used to be 17 pence??). There’s also a gold bauble that got transformed in to a Santa face! Cuuuute I think & it deserves a noticeable part of the tree to hang from, but my son is unbelievably spooked out by it (!!) – he thinks it looks like a head that is chopped off, so it got dangled out of sight at the back of the tree … (maybe this year Santa face has centre stage hopefully??)

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The beauty of eBay is that all of these were dead cheap (for example just 99p for 20 baubles!). And now & again there’s a nice little surprise – unexpectedly amazing bauble in the mix (the apple-shape), or like one of the bauble box had ‘Made in GDR’ stamped on it – that’s German Democratic Republic, former East Germany! To think that these baubles & box had been around for atleast more than 21 years…!!

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Dearest readers, I was going to write about how my trade went in the last two Saturdays leading up to Christmas, but I’ve run out of time, so that’s ’til next time I guess!

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On that note, I’m signing out for the night,

Tamami xx

13 Comments »

  1. I love your Christmas ornaments! But then I also go for the vintage, uncoordinated look… you should see my flat! :D Seriously though, I think it’s much nicer to have things that have a history.

    Happy new year, and best wishes for 2011. I look forward to hearing about your Christmas Eve market day whenever you get the energy to write about it… xx

    Comment by Rachel - January 4, 2011 4:53 am

  2. For several years after my son was born, all our ornaments were unbreakable plastic or resin ones. When I started buying fragile glass ones a few years ago, I felt so grown-up and excited!

    Yours look fun and festive. I bet your kids love the tree with all the shiny and fun colors.

    May the new year (and new decade) be a bright and healthy one for you and your family. これからますます寒くなります、お体にお気をつけて!

    Comment by cocopuff1212 - January 4, 2011 6:44 am

  3. happy new year Tamami. I loooove your baubles. they look amazing. it might have been a home chritmas, but they’re the best kind. xx

    Comment by fanny - January 4, 2011 7:46 am

  4. The baubles look a lot like the ones i had at my granny’s place when I was a child… Totally uncoordinated. I did not think about looking for them on ebay, I certainly will when I have a stable home – I just hate buying new decorations!

    Comment by Caffettiera - January 4, 2011 11:27 am

  5. i love bright baubles on a tree, myself. but i’m afraid i agree with your son–the santa head is kind of creepy (of course, i don’t see anything funny about clowns, either ;). i’ve been harassing the daughter to take down the tree for 3 days now, but a bad cold is running through the house & no-one feels like doing anything. i think that our new year is going to start a week late! it is a feeling of ‘farewell to the old’ when the tree leaves the house. our little city picks up the trees curbside & hauls them off to be mulched.

    Comment by petoskystone - January 4, 2011 2:16 pm

  6. Great post Tamami – and thanks for a lovely day pre Christmas. Our 2 were unwell for much of the hols so sorry we didn’t get round to having you over. Catch up soon in 2011. HNY to you and family x

    Comment by Jim - January 4, 2011 5:07 pm

  7. Rachel! I bet your place is full of lovely arty things!!!
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    Cocopuff1212, as much as I love the woven silk baubles, I would actually love to purchase more of the tin glass(??) ones, but they shatter so easily… Like you say I’d have to wait a bit longer before I invest in more of those!!
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    Fanny, being at home is definitely okay with me but there’s always that “Student-y Friday night syndrome” if you know what I mean – that feeling of we ought to be out partying or be seen dead! It can feel a bit gloomy especially when you hear fireworks outside as the clock turns a year. (a friend canceled out on us the night before so we didn’t celebrate New Years Eve like we normally do.)
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    Petoskystone, oh noooooo!!!! You don’t like the santa bauble?! I do understand what you mean about clowns though, we’re atleast on the same book, same page with that one! ^^
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    Jim!!!!!!! Oh wow! What a lovely surprise to see you commenting here! It’s news to me that you have checked this blog out! Ta! – Sorry to hear that A & K were unwell… Must meet up soon – Iss wanted to go around to yours this afternoon when we passed nearby!

    Comment by tamami - January 4, 2011 7:16 pm

  8. Happy New Year to you too!

    Am a sucker for random christmas decos – anything goes on our tree and the more that are handmade or chosen with care the better!

    Comment by Gillian - January 4, 2011 8:16 pm

  9. Gillian! ^^ random decoration chosen with care…! That sounds lovely!

    Comment by tamami - January 5, 2011 3:39 am

  10. Happy new year Tamami! I like your uncoordinated Christmas tree decoration spirit.

    Comment by tommy - January 5, 2011 8:46 pm

  11. Happy New Year to you Tommy!!!!!!! May 2011 be just as amazing (& even more!) for you! xxx And hope to see you again soon!!! ^*^

    Comment by tamami - January 5, 2011 9:56 pm

  12. Tamami must congratulate you on soldiering on through the snow – whatta gal!!

    Just looking at your cakes again has convined me I must get down to see you at the stall quick smart!

    Hope to catch you soon XX

    Comment by Layla - January 14, 2011 4:03 pm

  13. Layla darling!! How wonderful to get a comment from you!! ^^ What a lovely surprise! ^^ Yes, you oughta get yourself down here quick girlie! Take care of yourself, & perhaps our new year’s resolution ought to be to meet up more often?! xx

    Comment by tamami - January 14, 2011 5:45 pm

 

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