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Bits Of Christmas: Shiny Brites, Christmas Houses, Vintage Decorations, Homemade Chocolate Candy

It will be time to decorate for Christmas soon and I was looking back on my decor from years past. I enhance my decor using vintage, handmade, and whimsical items. Most of my decor comes from thrift stores, junk shops, and flea markets. 

Christmas Houses on vintage cake stands decorations by Petticoat Junktion 2022 (19) (1)

I do buy a few new things each year but that is getting to be less and less because I have so much stuff.

Christmas houses

I’m sharing bits and pieces of my decorations in the family room and the dining area since that is about all I got decorated. The Christmas houses are some I bought at a locally-owned home decor store several years ago. The store is now closed and I miss it.

seaasons of cannon falls Christmas village house

I love these “snow” covered houses and display them each year on a few of my cake stands and plates. I also add the silver glittery cardboard trees and I top it all with Epsom Salts and fake snowflakes.

Christmas dishes displayed in China Cabinet

I opened the doors of the China cabinet so you could see the pretty stuff inside. The glare from the glass doors is a problem when taking photos. I display my Christmas dishes and Christmas glasses every year. I collected them over a number of years, only buying them after the season when they were drastically marked down.

Christmas dishes

I usually only use a few of the bowls and casserole dishes and some of the decorative plates. I put a few other Christmassy pieces in the cabinet along with the dishes. My China cabinet has a mirror backing and is lighted. It looks great at night.

handprint Christmas wreath (2)

The handprint wreath is one my son made at daycare when he was really young and it is a treasured piece. Our son is now 39! Where does the time go?

vintage plastic Mistletoe Bell

I’m not sure if the plastic mistletoe bell is vintage or just a cheap plastic piece but I like it. It hangs in the family room from our attic door pull down string, lol. It’s a handy place.

glass Christmas tree candy jar

I bought the hand-painted glass tree at my favorite junk shop  a few years ago.

small Christmas wreath (2)

This small wreath from Hobby Lobby hangs from the wardrobe in our family room. That is where I have the Putz House village displayed. If you missed that post because I forgot to change the email title from Furniture Fixer Upper Day you can see the sweet village display here….These Charming Putz Houses Are My Estate Sale Find Of The Year

Christmas angel

I didn’t notice until looking at the photo above that the angel only has one arm…..the other broke off somewhere. Sometimes I don’t pack up my stuff as well as I should. The thermos with the red lid is a junk buy and the red house is from Dollar Tree.

Ceramic Christmas House

I bought the little blue house at the junk store too. I put an LED votive inside and you can see the light in the bottom right window!

brass santa and sleigh

The JTS (aka hubby, aka junktion technical specialist, aka Ray) bought the brass sleigh with reindeer and Santa back from his first tour in Korea in 1984.

mantel decorations (2)

A little peek at my mantel decor. I didn’t take the time to set up the proper lighting for all of these photos so there are not many of them and the ones I posted here are not the best quality. It’s a time-consuming job to set up and take photos properly, with high resolution and perfect specs. In this photo, you see a few more of my angels….and they have all of their arms!

diy hardware Christmas treeIf you have been around here for a few years you probably remember my hardware Christmas tree. I made it back in 2012 so it’s been around for a while. Each year when I unpack it I usually have one or two pieces to hot glue back on. We store the stuff in our shed attic and it gets hot up there.

vintage Christmas angels

I like displaying my favorite ornaments on old bed spring coils.


Christmas tree 2022 (2)

The picture of my tree is a little blurry but not too bad. I draped and draped white beads and silver garland till my arms hurt. Then I filled the tree with Shiny Brites and other vintage glass ornaments and a few sentimental photo ornaments. Next, I showered it with fake snowflakes.

glass Christmas ornaments (2)

As you can see there is not color scheme or any theme…..just lots of color. Take a look at all of the beautiful vintage glass ornaments hubby bought at an auction here…..Vintage Glass Christmas Ornaments For The Christmas Tree

pretty wrapped Christmas presents

I love wrapping presents and making them look special, but it’s time-consuming. I start out all gung-ho, then end up hurrying through the last ones I have to wrap so they don’t look as good.

This year, I noticed the white poinsettia bushes I bought at Dollar Tree down in the workshop, so I clipped a few blooms and put them on my packages. I normally wrap one piece of pretty ribbon around the package and knot it leaving two short ends with no bows!

vintage glass Christmas ornaments

And as you could see from the tree, I have a ton of vintage glass ornaments. Some are Shiny Brite and others are vintage made in Germany, Poland, etc. Then, I have some fairly new ornaments here and there.

I have lighted Christmas Village house in all of the rooms of the house, and that’s about it. Oh, but my kitchen countertops are covered with decorative tins to hold my homemade chocolate candy, which I have not made yet…..

Christmas village houses

My Christmas specialties are chocolate balls made with powdered sugar, coconut, and a ton of pecans then there are the Millionaires or Chocolate Turtles made with, you guessed it, chocolate, plus pecans and caramel.

Salted Chocolate Caramel Pecan Turtles
Salted Chocolate Caramel Pecan Turtles

And to mix things up last year I added sea salt to the top of the Millionaires/Chocolate Turtles. It was a winning combination. See the recipe here….Salted Chocolate Caramel Pecan Turtles Recipe | Millionaires Candy

Pretty Putz Village slide show…

Small Putz Houses make a Big Display

Well, that’s about it. How did you like the decor? Any favorite thing? Leave a note if you have time and thanks for being here, Kathy

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com


  1. What a beautiful tree!
    I have 2 cats and put my tree in a greenhouse frame covered in chicken wire!
    I haven’t put a tree up 8n a few years and I was determined to have one that that my mischievous cats wouldn’t destroy.

  2. I love your tree! It’s gorgeous! Pinned your recipe & the pic of all your ornaments. Thank you

  3. Your tree is beautiful! The prettiest I’ve seen this year actually. The draping, that made your arms hurt lol, is wonderful. It looks like it would be worth a little bit of arm hurt!
    All of your decorations are delightfully displayed! Just my style! Thank you for sharing and I hope you and your family have enjoyable holidays!

  4. Kathy, I love the china closet display of your Christmas dishes. I have a number of pieces of Pfaltzgraff Winterberry Christmas china that I bought after the season like you did your Spode pieces. I don’t have a good place to display them during the holidays though, like you do, So I just get them out if I have guests. I also really like all the Putz houses and the larger ones also that you display. Little houses have long been a favorite of mine and I swear that over the next year I am going to learn to make them. I like your “un-themed” holiday decor. That’s what mine is like–a collection of favorite things from different places and eras. I don’t like it to look too “curated”.

    Anyway, I hope you and your family have a wonderful, happy Christmas and New Year. Thanks for sharing your beautiful eclectic holiday decor. I really enjoyed seeing what you do at your house!

  5. Your tree is amazing!! Looks very vintage and lovely. I also wrap my presents the same way! Wired ribbon is the only way to go. Have a Merry Christmas!!

  6. Kathy, I love your China cabinet display-just beautiful! And your tree is like WOW! I am inspired for next year. Merry Chtristmas!
    Barbara Gardner from NC

  7. The tree is absolutely beautiful. I love the great ideas you shared. Thank you and have a blessed Christmas.

  8. Enjoyed looking at all!! Fun learning about Putz houses,,,, had not heard about them. Love, love your tree and your beautiful vintage bulbs. the holly hand wreath from your young son makes my heart smile. Merry Christmas from Little Rock!

  9. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Christmas decorations are beautiful love the table with the cake plates and houses sorry about your porch but Christmas canes and we will enjoy……🎄

  10. Everything looks fantastic! I love it all but especially the putz houses and angels. 💕
    Your china cabinet looks beautiful! You act like you didn’t do much but it looks like you did a lot to me. We all know it takes a lot of time. I hope you have a beautiful
    Christmas ❤️🎄💚

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