Running in Circles: The schedule of a vintage ornament wreath artist

Hello all! Did you think I disappeared? It’s been far too long since I’ve been here—and I’ve missed you!—but trust me when I say I haven’t been sitting around eating bonbons.  🙂


Some of you will remember when I shared how to get creative with old ornaments.



And when I got a little crazy making wreaths…


Xmas 2014


I sold a few on eBay, but they’re so fragile—and packaging/shipping costs so much—so I decided to try to find a new venue for selling them. You know… get “all in” or get out! I wanted to try once more since making these beauties brings me pure JOY—and because every wreath has a bit of a theme going on. And if you’re a regular here, you know how I LOVE themes!


The venue I chose:  the Salvage Shop Holiday Market in Knoxville.


HOliday Market


The Salvage Shop is an architectural salvage store run by Knox Heritage, premier historic preservation advocates in East Tennessee.  Right up my alley!


Renaissance Man and I started thinking about how to display the wreaths. The criteria:

  • creative
  • venue-appropriate
  • not very expensive


Our solution:  a barn full of reclaimed wood!




The next question:  use the wood “as is”—or go back to bare wood?




“As is” won!


Then my sweet husband got busy building my display. I don’t call him Renaissance Man for nothing! And I used my Silhouette digital cutter to create a sign.


Here it is yesterday morning when we started setting up at The Salvage Shop.




I lucked out on a great location—right in the center of the room so I can use both sides for display… and right as you walk in the door!




Hot glue strings are NOT professional!


Here’s how it looked all decked out in its holiday finery…






Back side

Back side




And a few close-ups for you…


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If you live in the Knoxville area—or find yourself passing through beautiful East Tennessee in the next couple of weeks—why not stop by The Salvage Shop Holiday Market? You’ll see all kinds of antiques, repurposed items, and gifts from a variety of vendors. LOTS of creativity going on around there.


The Salvage Shop Holiday Market

619 N. Broadway

Knoxville, TN

December 2 – 19, 2015

Wednesday through Friday:  noon – 5:00

Saturday:  10:00-3:00

* * First Friday Party * *

December 4 (tomorrow!) from 5:00 – 8:00 pm




If you, too, find yourself running in circles during this holiday season…  don’t forget to slow down and love on those around you. It’s YOU they really want for Christmas!


And if you’re in need of a little inspiration this season, check out this series from Christmas Past…




ENJOY this beautiful season. I hope to see you again soon!



  1. Love your vintage wreaths! I started collecting mercury ornaments last year, such nostalgia. They are all beautiful but the pink one is beyond beautiful. Good luck at your sale.

  2. Wow! You have been so very busy! Wish we could make that wonderful First Friday show! Other commitments.:-( I certainly wish you well with this endeavor, and hope to make it by the shop during some of the other hours.

    xo Nellie

  3. Gorgeous, Susan! Love the display your hubby made for you. Shops like this are someHo of my favorite places to visit. Hope you’re having fun. xo