They’re Shiny Brite
Shiny Brite ornaments. Can you believe at one time I thought they were lame? Maybe you did too. The ornaments went out of style for a while. At least where I lived.
Well, now I had to investigate the demise of Shiny Brite. From what I can gather plastic ornaments began being produced in the 1950’s and they were cheaper than the glass ornaments. The Shiny Brite company closed in 1962. There is an interesting article about the founder of the company and the history of Shiny Brite ornaments here.
Want to get a look at the tree, my mantel, other décor, and a couple of other photos?
I have dozens of Shiny Brite ornaments mostly thanks to hubby. I started collecting them a few years ago and last year the JTS bought a bunch of the ornaments at several auctions he went to. Thanks honey. I don’t have all of the original boxes. I think I like the boxes almost as much as the ornaments.
Along with the Shiny Brite I have ornaments made in Germany and Poland and I’m not sure where else. In some cases the ornaments have faded or been scratched but a lot of them are in perfect condition.
I was late getting my tree up this year then I went to Arkansas for 7 days. I haven’t really had time to enjoy the tree and my other Christmas décor. Maybe I’ll leave the tree up until New Years Day. We’ll see.
I ended up ordering most of the presents for grandkids online. The traffic around town and the mall is bad in normal times and 10 times worse during the Christmas shopping season. That’s sad because I really enjoy shopping for presents. I made it to TJMaxx one day and stocked up on wrapping paper. I don’t think I bought any last year.
I decorated my mantel and hearth the same day I did the tree. You might remember I bought the horse farm picture before Thanksgiving and decorated the mantel around it. I used the picture as the base for the Christmas décor. It took no time at all to find red and green junky décor to go with the picture.
The plaid lunch boxes are fun and the vintage scales make a showing again.
I bought the fancy burlap stockings at an after Christmas sale a number of years ago. They were highly discounted. The iron reindeer and Santa candle holders came from my favorite junks shop. I don’t know if they are handmade, old or new. or what.
I bought the red wreath at TJMaxx last year. I love red. Have I ever told you guys that? The stained glass window was a gift from my daughter many years ago.
I don’t remember where I got the little plastic house but it’s a favorite of mine. Sometimes it’s the littlest of things that makes you smile. The Santa Hat pins with our names were a gift from a neighbor. She made them!
The little brown deer were in a box lot of stuff the hubby bought at an auction last Christmas season. I sorted through the box and kept some of the stuff and the rest went to Goodwill or the Salvation Army.
Fancy silver plate dishes are great for displaying ornaments.
I think I got the vintage (new?) mistletoe bell at a flea market but can’t remember.
I put some of the Christmas dishes in the kitchen cabinets with the glass doors.
My Christmas dishes make it to the china cabinet every year. I used to spend hours setting up things just perfectly….or so I thought at the time. Now I put them in the cabinet along with any thing else that catches my fancy and it takes less than an hour.
The Christmas houses look great displayed on vintage cake stands. I didn’t even try to come up with a new idea for a centerpiece this year. The houses work.
There is that black and white stripe planter I just finished…..also a dropped poinsettia leaf. I really do like the planter, patting myself on the back. I’m wondering what type of plant or flowers I will find to put in the planter after the holidays?
I need my whimsical touches too….like the Mistletoe and Margaritas napkins.
Trees in an antique cheese box.
The red gumball machine I repurposed a few years ago into a winter snow scene is on the coffee table. The snowman is resting. He fell over at some point and I’m not taking the globe apart to stand him up.
Extra Christmas decorations and wrapping paper behind the sofa.
The catchall spot in the back bedroom.
Hubby taking a break while I’m taking photos. I can’t resist getting a few pictures of him when I have the camera in hand.
I hope you have the best Christmas ever, Kathy