Sunday, December 20, 2009

Vintage Christmas Monday~ Number5

This is part of my spun cotton Christmas ornament collection...

And a few other things.

Spun cotton Christmas ornaments were made in Germany.

The insides are like Q-tips. They have a painted coating sometimes glittered.

They need to be stored in a dry location. Moisture damages the coating.

And this little oil lamp was on my Grandmother's and my Mother's trees before it came to me.

It is my favorite childhood ornament.

This metal house is a Christmas tree light cover. Bought at an Estate Sale.

I will be hosting a one time only Vintage Valentine blog party so if you think you might be interested leave a comment and contact info, and I will be back to you. I haven't picked a date, but I have picked a theme~ Vintage Valentine Cards, of course. A Vintage Valentine Card Party!

Anyone want to take on coming up with a button? I made the same request last time and look what we got! If you want to try your hand at a button just be sure to include "Vintage Valentine Card Party" and my blog address:


  1. Hello Joan... your spun cotton ornaments are so beautiful! My favorite treasure you have shown is your little oil lamp that was once your mama's and your grandma's... you know me, the memories that go with these treasures mean so very much...thank you for hosting this most wonderful party... I am sad to see it end, but excited to see what everyone shows for our final party... I always love to see your post of recapping the party as well... love to you and Merry Christmas to you and your family! Bisous... Julie Marie

  2. Good morning Joan! I love your spun cotton ornaments and that little lantern from your grandmother's tree...Those family pieces are such treasures! I will be posting my Vintage Christmas tonight and am excited to be part of your vintage Valentine party! Thank you for hosting this party has been lots of fun!
    Take care, Laura

  3. I have never seen cotton spun ornaments before but they are fab! That is one of the things I have enjoyed most about the vintage posts! All the wonderful things I never knew existed but got to see because of this great party. It will be missed.
    Thank you for hosting this...I will have my post up later today.


  4. Joan, that oil lamp ornament is precious- in more ways than one. I can see why that's your favorite. Thanks for offering your time and energy to keep us organized and entertained with the VCM party! I would love to be a part of the Valentine party! Thanks again!

  5. Good morning Joan,
    I always love seeing your vintage Christmas items. You have some of the most unique vintage Christmas! Definitely include me in the vintage valentine party!! I have some wonderful old valentines that I would love to share.
    Thanks for hosting this party. It was a great idea and such fun to see everyone's vintage items.
    Happy Holidays.

  6. Joan, This has been so much fun! Thank you for hosting and you have done a great job. I do love those spun cotton ornaments. I think we have all learn something during this.
    Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  7. Joan, these ornaments are just amazing. How wonderful that you have these!

    Hope your day is filled with love and magic!


    Thank you for sharing all your lovely vintage Christmas treasures. I have enjoyed seeing them. I would be interested in the
    vintage valentine.
    I hope you have a lovley Christmas.
    Deb :)

  9. Merry Christmas to you and for taking your precious time to host this fun vintage blog party...I've had a lot of fun as vintage has always been my favorite thing, I love oldies from the past and appreciate them very much. mind has been on that for weeks now... you know how shop owners are...we HAVE to be so ahead. So I would love to be a part of this and look forward to vintage valentines and thank you in advance for thinking of this and also keeping the blog list available.
    Merry Christmas, hope its special.

  10. This has been so fun, I'd be interested in doing the Valentine one too. I'll try and get my post up later today. I love that little oil lamp ornament. I've never seen one like it.

  11. This is a bit sad, because I remember broken spun cotton elves that my grandmother kept for a while before throwing out in the 1970s! Maybe they had got damp...

    I haven't been able to join your Vintage Christmas, because I was organising my own Pause for Advent, but I would be interested in joining you for a Valentine's party! Thanks for your great ideas.

  12. Joan, this event has meant a lot to me this Christmas. Thanks to you I have found great new blogs to follow (including yours)!
    Like the others I too adore the spun cotton ornaments and the little oil lamp. Best wishes to you in the new year and Merry Christmas!

  13. Thoses are so pretty! I've never seen anything like them. So interesting seeing everyones ornaments...a whole world of different ones I've never seen :~)
    I'd be interrested in the Valentines party too

  14. Oh Joan, Your ornaments are simply adorable. How precious to have that oil lamp ornament from your Grandmother on your tree. I've never seen spun cotton ornaments before. You have a wonderful collection of items. I am enclosing my link to my post for this party. Thanks for hosting. Merry, Merry!

  15. Another thing that I never knew about until I started blogging: spun cotton! Those ornaments are so beautiful and unique. And that little oil lamp is so darling. What a great family heirloom!
    I have my post up. Thank you so much Joan for hosting this party, because it was a blast!
    I don't have a whole lot of vintage Valentine stuff, but I could always go and get more, couldn't I?!
    Merry Christmas!


    It has really been fun participating this year and I cannot thank you enough for being our gracious host for this event.

    Happy holidays to you,



    I'm so going to miss seeing all of your neat vintage Christ-mas stuff!!! I've learned a lot...about kugels and spun cotton ornaments. I know that I'll be looking for those sort of things at yard sales and estate sales in the future!!! Thank you so much for sponsoring Vintage Monday...hope you and your family have a very blessed Christmas!!!


    I have enjoyed The Vintage Christmas Mondays so much. What am I seeing about Valentine's Day? I may have to check out the shops for vintage hearts!

  19. Wow, these are just fabulous ornaments! Thanks for hosting this great blog party! xo, suzy

  20. Joan, I don't think I've ever seen cotton ornaments. They are beautiful and so unusual. The little oil lamp is dear. I have the original candle clips that my German grandmother used on her tree. I wanted to share them, but they don't show too well. It's special to have them though, just like I know your little oil lamp is dear to you.
    Merry, Merry! ~ Sarah

  21. Hi Joan,
    i always love all your ornaments and especially your spun cotton ones.
    i finally got a chance to participate this week!!!

  22. Beautiful ornaments!
    I can't thank you enough for the enormous amount of fun you have allowed me to have here.
    Thank you for all your time.
    I truly appreciate it.
    God bless you
    and everyone who took the time to share their precious memories!!!!

  23. oops, here is the link!

  24. Joan, thanks for hosting this wonderful Vintage Christmas Monday has been fun. Definitely count me in on the vintage Valentine cards as I have many to choose from. I've never heard of or seen spun cotton ornaments before so thank you for sharing these.
    Again, many thanks.

  25. The spun cotton ornaments are not only exquisite but something I've personally never seen before. What a wonderful collection you have. A very Merry Christmas to you Joan and a big thank you for hosting the party.

    Take care and see you in the New Year

  26. Hi Joan!
    It's Monday morning here and I had my post up soon this morning :)
    Still looks like I'm late again lol
    I must say that I love your white tree with the vintage spun cotton ornaments. These are very hard to find here, also they are mostly coming from Germany. I recently started creating my own spun cotton ornaments. They will be vintage too one far away day he he.
    We have got lot's of snow here lately and now our hopes are high that we are in for a white Christmas this year!
    Wishing "Happy Holidays" to you and yours!
    xoxo Carola

  27. P.S. Great idea to sort your list in alphabetical order because I have always difficults knowing whom I already visited and whom not.

    Sadly I have no collection of Vintage Valentine cards so I can't participate in your next party.

  28. Thanks again, Joan....It's been fun. Hope you'll have time to see the charming vintage cards/tree ornaments I featured for my final "entry." I'd almost forgotten about them until I searched for something to post!

  29. I love that first picture. Your ornaments really look nice on the white tree.

  30. Your cotton ornaments look good enough to take a bite out of!
    Thank you for hosting such a fun and memorable party, and thank you for being such a gracious hostess!
    It's been fun, and I look forward to your Valentine's Day party, too!
    Have a Happy Vintage Christmas Monday

  31. the spun cotton ornaments are amazing! i have never seen anything like them! love the white tree too, it looks gorgeous!
    looking forward to vintage valentine cards! count me in.

  32. joan, i want to thank you for organizing the vintage Christmas monday blog party ..i have enjoyed it tremendously .. count me in for the valentines party .. would love to participate .. and any future parties you organize ..

    by the by .. i love spun cotton ornaments .. they are so delicate looking .. and yes, they always reminded me of q-tips also .. esp the smaller pieces ..

    troy & rod

  33. A beautiful post and look forward to returning. I came to see you by way of Hill Country House. Merry Christmas! cheers, -s

  34. Merry Christmas Joan, I love the spun cotton ornaments. I have never seen them before.
    You have been such a great hostess, hence this VCM has been a great journey. Thank you so much. Have a great holiday season...julie

  35. Thanks Joan!!!! I will start keeping my eyes open for them! Usually stores won't sell metals that have been blessed. They will sell new ones "unblessed" for about a quarter each but I love the old ones you found! My daughter collects old holy cards so I can't steal hers!
    Thanks for the quick answer! I have your post on my blog! Love it! Have a great day!

  36. Joan,
    THanks for hosting this wonderful party the last few weeks...I have been taking care of my mom and haven't gotten done everything that I wanted to and this has been just perfect to keep me inspired for the season!

  37. Hi Joan, these spun cotton ornaments are new to me. I've never seen them before, but they are precious! And that little oil lamp and metal house...just love 'em! Thanks so much for having this weekly party, I've just enjoyed it so much. I'd love to particiipate in your Vintage Valentine Party! Sounds like a lot of fun!!!
    Christmas Blessings,

  38. Hi Joan, I am so glad you are leaving the participants on the side bar because I need more time to look. haha.
    Please include me in your Valentine blog party, I think its going to be lots of fun.
    Merry Christmas...

  39. Hi, Joan,
    Just letting you know I just posted for Dec 20 Vintage Monday.
    Thanks for hosting this fun party.
    Have a wonderful Christmas with your family.
    Also, I love your ornaments. I love the little lantern ornament, too.

  40. joan - thank you for the wonderful concept of vintage xmas monday, and for the time you've spent to make it work. i've learned a lot, too - i never knew there were spun cotton ornaments, for example. happiest of holidays to you:)


  41. Wow, I've just discovered Vintage Christmas Monday this week, but I've looked at some of the earlier posts and I'm just amazed at all the wonderful Christmas treasures that have been shared. And all the wonderful memories, too. Thanks for brightening up my (snowy) day!

    Happy Holidays from Joysweb

  42. Your white tree is so pretty and I just love your tiny lantern that holds so many memories for you. Sadly, I don't have any ornaments that have actually been handed down to me but I always like to imagine the stories behind the ones I buy at antique/thrift shops.

    Thank you so much for including me in the Christmas Mondays festivities these past couple of weeks. It's been like a little treasure trove of great blogs to discover. I'll definitely be back to visit yours and others. Have a wonderful Christmas.

  43. Hi Joan~
    I've never seen spun cotton ornaments ... very cool!
    I'm just getting my post up now ... running a bit behind ... and I haven't read all the comments above, but I would love to work on the Valentine button ... if nobody has volunteered as yet!
    Thanks again for hosting VCM ... I learned a lot ... and enjoyed all the goodies!

  44. Joan,
    Thanks for hosting the Christmas Vintage Monday. I have had a lot of fun participating. Good thing this is the last week I'm all out! I love your ornaments I have never seen anything like them. Have a Merry Christmas!

  45. Hi Joan, I'm just getting around to visiting. I had to throw my post together quickly at my mom's yesterday. We had a large family gathering that lasted much longer than I expected.

    I've never seen anything like the spun cotton ornaments. The tree is a wonderfully fresh mix of colors.

    I'm sure there are others who would like to try their hand at a Valentine button but if no one comes up with one by the time you are ready to spread the word let me know and we'll whip something up.

    Merry Christmas!

  46. Joan...those spun ornaments are gorgeous...never heard or seen them before!!
    Thanks so much for hosting this superfun party...just got my post up know how it is!!
    Have a fabulous Christmas!!
    xOxO Nerina :)

  47. Hi Joan,
    I would love to be apart of the vintage valentine blog party. Let me know when you have the details. I had such a great time with Vintage Christmas Monday! I hope you have a very Happy Christmas and New Year!

  48. Your vintage ornaments are lovely -- especially the German spun cotton.

    This is my first participation in Vintage Christmas Monday. Here is my link:

    Merry Christmas,

  49. Your ornaments are just amazing! I have to say I've never seen ones like these before, so unique. I also want to say thanks so much for hosting Vintage Christmas Mondays, it's been wonderful to see all the great Christmas finds around blogland! And, MERRY CHRISTmas to you!

  50. Hi, Joan!!
    I am taking a bit of time to get caught up .... and I wanted to say I LOVE the little lamp ... I HAVE ONE TOO! Thanks again for sharing and hosting this fab event! I would LOVE to participate in VINTAGE VALENTINE post ... just let me know the details.
    Betty :)


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