Monday, November 30, 2015

Vintage Christmas Kitchen:DIYChristmas Tins Tree

Hello there from dreary, bleary, dark Chicagoland. After the lambasting of 16" of snow a week ago, we've been locked in with rain and dreary almost everyday since then, with 4-5 more days of such forecasted. If I wait for natural light it will be NEW YEARS before I ever post again.

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So please suffer with the flash photgraphy, and...I am starting to think Christmas. I was in a thrift store last week and staring at the huge stacks of cookie tins...and thought...perfect! We always make tons of cookies and baking for gifts, but where to store them in a small house and pantry-less kitchen.

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An idea hit me! A Christmas Tins Tree!

My collection of tins is a bit rag-taggy. This OLD Fannie May here is ancient, and held my grandmother's emergency mending. The OLD golden one I bought for Fall, the blue one I have had for ages. The green one is relatively new, tall and has a handle---too cute.

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This tin was a hand-painted REDO from a friend, who patiently splattered a myriad of blossoms on it, with all the paint I gave her to play with. I had taught painting classes and had oodles of multiple bottles, so I loaded up a bin and gave them to her. Thanks E for the gorgeous REDO tin.

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I picked up two of this snowman series at a local thrift store, I don't think they were used at all. Really large and green---perfect for the bottom and only 25 cents each!

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Bottom of what, you ask? Here's my completed Christmas Tins Tree. I think it is perfect on the white bookcase in the kitchen surrounded by my vintage kitchen utensils. The broom lady gives us some advice from an old Danish proverb, "If everyone would sweep in front of their own stoop, the whole world would be clean."


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These pics were taken at noon with a flash and doctored to bring up the light...all the auto-lights outside were on it was so dark.

My GREEN plants come into the house in Fall and we have to live with them. The Rosemary bush on the left side is wrapped in a NEW IKEA 2014 apron, and the Ivy planter in the urn will get some decorating and bitty lights soon. I have plans for the large ring mold, my Mom's.

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The tins tree is surrounded by vintage and antique kitchen goodies, the REDO tree is reminiscent of OLD Christmas' past. My runner is maybe 20 years old, but still fits into our Scandinavian Kitchen Christmas theme.

The OLD tree jello molds I picked up this year at a cute shop...4 for $2.00.  The OLD blue jars came from my mother-in-law and are my REDO canister set for all my staples.

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The OLD wooden and tin Cookie press is Danish and circa 1926, so it was probably my great-grandmother's, as my first grandmother died in 1927. Such a fun find! This was in my second grandmother's undealt with leavings. My mom never opened a single box and did anything with it. I'm happy to enjoy each and every find.

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I have the original box, but it is pretty gross. On the box it says Fløde Kage og Bollesprøjte. Smut--translated to Cream Cake and Bun Syringe. 

I have no idea what smut means, and in that context neither do the translators. I do know the oval tin cutout was used for pressing out dumpling dough---or bolle...for soup. Num, I will have to post that recipe sometime and use the antique press.

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The OLD round jello molds were my gramma's probably from the 1940s or 50s. The OLD salt cellar was my mother's, the OLD sieve was from parent's summer cottage.

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The green glass candlesticks are Jamestown glass from a trip there.

The OLD glass jar is vintage, a smaller version of my grandmother's and now holds her best almost unused, Sandbakkel tins, these are the shiny ones jammed in the jar...but I have a secret.

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When wanting to make a glass jar look full, insert a clear jar or glass in the center and arrange around it. The glass holds your items in place without really showing at all.







Sandbakkels are basically tart tins...however the Danish recipe dough is made with finely ground almonds instead of just flour.

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Here is a Sandbakkel recipe and picture from Lefse Time without the almonds. I will have to dig for the almond recipe. There are great Scandinavian recipes on Lefse Time and lots of Scandinavian cooking equipment. 


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The OLD crank nut chopper was my grandmother's. The vintage cheese grater could certainly be used for other baking and grinding.

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Now, baking need to fill the REDO Christmas Cookie Tin Tree. That may take some doing---Cookie day is December 13th here this year, stay tuned!

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THIS is a preview of our family's freehand approach to Old-fashioned cutouts!


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26 comments:

  1. That cookie press is awesome. What a treasure. And your cookies look delicious.

    We were happy to have the 16" of snow since we plow it for a living. It's all gone now, isn't it? That melted quick!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by. The cut-out recipe is hubby's great-grandmothers and has buttermilk in it...so they are delish! And yes, the snow is gone---and first day of sunshine for a few minutes today...LOL. Sandi

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  2. I love your vintage cookie tins and tart tins. A great blog post.

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  3. Sandi,
    Amazing collection of OLD and REDO, dear one!!!
    I love all things vintage!!!
    Thank you for your sweet visit and kind words today!!!
    Christmas is rapidly approaching. . .Let's get Ready!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  4. Hi Sandi, what an amazing collection. I love the vintage cookie cutters and molds. I would be in ornament painter heaven to have so many. They are getting harder to find in the antique markets. All those cookies look so delicious and my have you been busy!!The tins are great too and I have a bunch in my collection and they are the best to hold the stash we bake and give away. Thanks for stopping by today and your sweet comment. xo

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    1. I will keep a lookout for you---if I fall into a huge stash. The Christmas tree molds were only 4 and that is the first time I have seen them since I was a kid. Thanks for stopping by...and like I said, I will watch for you!

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  5. Wow! You have a beautiful collection of vintage kitchen goodies, especially your mother's salt cellar, such a pretty piece :) Love the idea of the tin tree, what a lovely way to use those cookie tins and the cookies look absolutely divine! Merry Christmas! Hugs, Poppy

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  6. Wow! You have a beautiful collection of vintage kitchen goodies, especially your mother's salt cellar, such a pretty piece :) Love the idea of the tin tree, what a lovely way to use those cookie tins and the cookies look absolutely divine! Merry Christmas! Hugs, Poppy

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  7. How fun to have such nice family pieces...love that cookie press! Cookie day sounds fun!

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  8. I Love Old Tins and Vintage Glass Containers, especially for my Art Studio Storage... so Pretty and yet so Useful! Creating Vignettes with them is always a Bonus. Our Friends and Family back East are Enduring such harsh weather now that I almost feel Guilty for Sharing any Glorious Weather Postings now! ALMOST... ha ha ha. But remember, during Summer we're spontaneously combusting here, so each area has it's merits and downfalls. *Winks* Dawn... The Bohemian

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    1. thanks so much for stopping in, I'm trying to get my craft crap under control...and you have such a great start in your craftroom, I think i will start buying more tins...lol. I have a display in the office/bedroom---I will take a pic of ..when that gets cleared out. and Winks, back at ya!, Sandi

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  9. I Love Old Tins and Vintage Glass Containers, especially for my Art Studio Storage... so Pretty and yet so Useful! Creating Vignettes with them is always a Bonus. Our Friends and Family back East are Enduring such harsh weather now that I almost feel Guilty for Sharing any Glorious Weather Postings now! ALMOST... ha ha ha. But remember, during Summer we're spontaneously combusting here, so each area has it's merits and downfalls. *Winks* Dawn... The Bohemian

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    1. thanks Dawn, yes weather can be beastly everywhere. The 16" disappeared quickly but the last 3 seem to be sticking a bit. thanks for stopping by, I'm sure in a month I will enjoy looking at your Arizona desert. Sandi

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  10. Love your tins, they make an awesome tree!! Love your cookies, they look so fun and yummy!!

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    1. Cookies are good, I willl be posting the recipe closer to the 13th. Thanks for stopping by, Sandi

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  11. A cookie tin tree - what a cute idea! You have so many great vintage pieces! I heard there was bad weather throughout the midwest. Didn't realize you got so much snow, though!

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  12. Thanks for stopping by Amy. One advantage of having relatives that never got rid of anything and also being older than dirt...everything is vintage, I have. Grins, thanks, Sandi

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  13. A great collection! What a great group to house all of those delicious cookies! Have a happy Christmas month!

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  14. Wow, Sandi, now THAT's how a collection ought to be used - fantastic, both the tree of tins and all the baking utensils! Love that much of it is passed on to you from your ancestors. And those sandbakkels look like something I would totally gorge myself on. Happy December!
    Rita

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  15. OH!!! I want one of those cookies! So pretty! LOVE your tin Christmas tree! Great idea!

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  16. OH!!! I want one of those cookies! So pretty! LOVE your tin Christmas tree! Great idea!

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  17. Love the idea of a Cookie tin Christmas Tree!! So cute and what a great collection of vintage Kitchen wares!! Thanks so much for visiting!
    Hugs.
    Deb

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  18. Hi Sandi, thanks for linking up your fabulous finds to my "Thrifty & Vintage Finds" link party on Dagmar's Home! I hope you'll link up again. I'd like to feature you -- please mention my party in your post :)

    Dagmar
    DagmarBleasdale.com

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    1. I must have missed it, added now and thanks so much. Love your home. Sandi

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  19. What a clever idea, Sandi, and it looks wonderful in your kitchen. I love the jar of tin tart pans, too. You certainly have been baking up a storm--I think you're going to need every last one of those tins! Thanks for linking up with Vintage Charm :)

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    1. thanks Diana...tomorrow is cookie day for the whole family...will take pics of that hopefully---it's crazy...thanks for hosting VC

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And great to meet you, Sandi