Sunday, December 14, 2008

Welcome to the WhisperWood Cottage Stop on the "Christmas in Bloggyland Tour"!

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Welcome to the "Christmas in Bloggyland Tour" hosted by Cynthia @ Muse Swings. I just found Cynthia's blog yesterday through the SITS (The Secret is in the Sauce) blog hosted by Heather & Tiffany. If you are not a SITSTA and/or don't know what that it means, click here to read about becoming part of the Sitstahood!


If this is your first visit to my blog, you will want to know that I am a "junker." What is that? Well, in short, it means I like to find unique items that others might consider "junk" and use them in new and creative ways. I love searching at garage sales, flea markets, estate sales, antique stores, salvage yards, and roadsides for any item that inspires my creativity.


What do you do with an old decrepit sled? Make a seasonal coffee table, of course! I simply used the glass from my usual coffee table.

Add some candlelight, a Mexican sugar mold, a vintage letter game, a vintage Christmas tree stand candleholder, and glittering silver and glass pieces to set the mood...

The sled has a broken handle? Great! Now we have a new candleholder...

The authentic Mexican sugar mold, bought at the flea market in downtown San Antonio, takes center stage in this setting. Now, how did I get those tea lights to sit up so high? I filled the cone-shaped openings with gravel from the driveway! Shhhhhh!

One of my favorite shots...(Can you tell I like to be creative with my camera, too? I try anyway!)

The ski display...all finds from this summer! I started with the metal container from an estate sale. It is marked U.S.F.S in red letters. It stands for U.S. Forest Service. Add the two pairs of wooden skis from another estate sale and the vintage wooden ski poles from yet a third estate sale. The wool blanket is from Sweet Salvage in Buffalo, MN, and the matching wool pillow was from the Junk Bonanza (I picked them up at separate locations on the same weekend! It was meant to be!). The four red and green camping canteens and mess kits were free from my parents' basement just last weekend! 

The mantle includes a mirror picked up at a garage sale the first year we were married. The garland was another freebie from my mom. See those pointsettia flowers? They are felt napkin ring holders I made when I was a young child. So simple compared to the detailed handiwork on the three stockings made lovingly by my grandmother! One for Hubs, one for me (the big one in the middle...I must have been good this year), and one for the dog.

Here is another of my favorite pieces because it was hand-painted by my grandmother. This ceramic Santa takes the spotlight in the cylindrical lamp base.

Hub's mother buys him one of these ornaments every year. Here they are displayed as a collection...

The tablescape...

Up close, you'll notice a vintage Christmas tree stand in the center holding the kissing ball, a house jack used as a candleholder on the left, and a car jack stand as a candleholder on the right.

And, last but not least, the reason for the season...


I have several previous holiday posts that you might like. Please visit the WhisperWood Cottage links below!


Thank you for visiting and including me on your holiday tour. Please leave a comment so I can visit you, too! Then pop on over to the Muse Swings to continue the "Christmas in Bloggyland Tour"!


  1. Great tour of your place! I am already coveting that sleigh table and those wonderful candles! They would look perfect in my log home. Please stop by for a tour! Can't wait to visit you again!

  2. Wow. I am envious of your creativity. :) That is some great stuff that you have given new life to. Looks great.

    I stopped by from the Christmas in Bloggyland Tour.

  3. I love your junk! You have a magic touch with it.

    Thank you for the tour!

    Merry Christmas!

  4. I love your blog! I put you in my blogs I follow. Your table is great!

  5. I was going to comment on the things I covet, i.e. the blankets, the sled, etc. But then I realized it would be too long of comment. I COVET EVERYTHING!

    So I'll say what I DON'T covet: the house jack (woohoo, I got one at a garage sale!) and the sugar mold candle holder (woohoo, I got one at a garage sale!).

    GPOA (great photography once again)!

    The Texas Woman
    Oh, and thanks for sending me to the deer leg post. What a hoot! I'll post soon on three-legged deer! Thanks for the idea!

  6. How I admire those with such creativity; to make such ingenious
    creations out of anything with intense imagination! Thoroughly enjoyed my stop along the tour. Thank you for sharing, and have a blessed and Merry Christmas to your and your loved ones! Petra :))

  7. Alvyn! You make magic out of discarded items. Thank you so much for joining in on the fun and sharing your beautiful home with us!

  8. I just discovered your blog in the Bloggyland Tour and I have to tell you, I LOVE IT! You have amazing ideas! I'll definitely be back. Thanks so much for sharing. :-)

  9. Lovely home. The candle pix are my favorite. merry Christmas!

  10. Wow if that is junk can I send you mine to fix up. What wonderful treasures. I am here from the bloggyland tour but will be back for sure to visit longer
    Happy Holidays

  11. My fav is the skis and Christmas tree in the galvenized tub. Love it! You are quite the inspiration with all of your creative juices! ~Mindy

  12. I would just love to visit you house!! It looks so cool from just the few pictures I have seen!

  13. What an inviting and charming home! I loved spending part of my day here...Merry Christmas from Arizona!

  14. Merry Christmas in Bloggyland!

  15. everything is so pretty!! merry christmas {in bloggyland} ! :)

  16. wow girl, you've got christmas going on!! I love "recycling" things into new stuff!! And the Santa by your grandmother is wonderful! Thanks for the great Bloggyland Tour!

  17. You are such a little smarty pants with all your clever ideas! Love it all especially the blanket. Where's my martini? Debbie

  18. Beautiful photos! I especially love the ones with the candles. You have a gift. Thanks for sharing & happy holidays!

  19. Stopping by from SITS I love the ornaments! Beautiful :)

  20. I seriously love all the candles burning. I'm going to have to go and light a bunch myself. Perhaps that will cheer me a little. Thanks for the inspiration and warmth.

  21. Amy, your wool blanket and pillow are both from my friend Kathy. She sells at Sweet Salvage and the Buffalo Nickel plus she was in the tent at the Bonanza. They are her 'signature' pieces. She upholsters footstools with the blankets, too.

    Your photography is gorgeous. It's always fun to see what you will come up with next!


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