|view to patio, flocked snowflake|
|reindeer on box, kitchen|
During the take down I took a few photo's since Husband thought this years decorations were the best ever. Funny, they are essentially the same as they have been for a while. I did not put up my Big tree, I could not lift the darn thing up the steps! I think those days may be gone with the wind!
|snowmen by coffee-pot|
|the only gingerbread in the kitchen this year|
|skinny Santa's, there are many more, where?|
|from Son & DIL, kitchen table centerpiece|
First thing in the morning these little guys were there to greet me as my coffee was brewing. When I took this down it became very clear that I will need to paint my kitchen this season. It must be done before the Spring/Garden season or it will sit for another year, waiting for some inspiration. Once the weather warms there is no passion for painting inside.
Gingerbread. At one time I had a small business making gift baskets. My house resembled a factory several times per year. Just think about a Gingerbread House factory, at Christmas, in addition to everything else. After a few years of that I closed that door forever. These two wooden plaques I picked up at Shaker Woods in Columbiana, Ohio, during that phase of my life as inspiration. They have been packed away for years. I brought them out into the light to let them know that it was not their fault that I was a Gingerbread maniac. They are so cute, standing at attention by the mixer waiting to inspire another Ginger Bread House, they are still waiting.
Somewhere in the Christmas warehouse is a huge collection of skinny Santas. I suspect they are on the shelves behind that gigantic tree, that never was moved.
Son and DIL are amazing gifters. This Poinsettia and Geranium centerpiece is beautiful. I am hoping the Geraniums bloom during the long, dark, and dreary winter.
My Byer's Choice collection is here and there. On the dry sink in the dining room and on the fireplace mantle. On the "Criers" lady on the left those little, itty-bitty dishes are real porcelain. I have to wedge her into a corner because she is a bit top heavy with the basket of dishes. These little collectables are so well articulated, I never cease to be amazed. Their clothing and accessories are so cute. They expressions are priceless.
If you are interested in these here is a link to the homepage The little people at Byer's Choice. Some of the retired people are now quite valuable.
I love sheep. The little Shepardess and her flock grace the upper shelf of the dry sink. The black felt sheep in front came with this particular doll. The rest are collected here and there.
|Byer's Choice and the herd on dry sink|
|dining room centerpiece|
|the Christmas Season dishes|
Service for 8, with many small and large bowls, salad plates, serve-wear and accessories. Most of it is already put away, these were left out and now I have to take them all out again, restack and repack, it is these types of activities that keeps me out of the bars and off the streets.
|my wool Santa pillow|
|skinny, living room tree|
This tree is decorated with old ornaments from Husband's Grandmother, some mini-teacups and teapots, my sewing machine made lace motifs and some silk Poinsettia stems to fill in the bare spots.
|Christmas lace made with embroidery program on sewing machine, Viking #1+|
|funny little Polish Santa, one of Husbands favorites|
|centerpiece, Thomas Kincaid, from MIL|
|Byer's Choice on mantle, family room|
|shelf, entrance hall|
The lady here, in the back, has lost her pie. I need to glue it back into her hands.
|family room skinny tree (it looks much better in person, really)|
|new hand-made Polish ornaments|
Now I'm going to try blinking a lot and maybe all this stuff will magically be put away. Merry Christmas 2012!