I have the tutorials for “Gifts to Make” 6, 7 and 8 almost finished. But they require a bit of spray paint and it has been raining in Phoenix for the past two days.
I like the rain. It reminds me of the Christmases I experienced as a child in Northern California.
My mom would load up six kids in our white Dodge Dart and drive us to the Walton Volunteer Fire Department tree lot. As the littlest I would ride on someone’s lamp. (No seatbelt? The horror!) After we picked out a truly perfect specimen it would be strapped down to the roof of the car. Driving home everyone would roll down their windows so that the smell of pine could envelope us.
Once home my brothers would steady the trunk in a old metal stand. Bing Crosby would croon carols and cocoa would be made. We did not have much money, although I didn’t know it at the time. The majority of our ornaments were handcrafted by our family. It is a tradition that I continue to this day.
A blogland favorite was the “When You Wish Upon A Star” ornament that continues to make the rounds after its initial debut two years ago. The tutorial can be found HERE.
Or the super easy “Cute As A Button” glass ornament. Directions can be found HERE.
I really like this years creation of the Darling Deer Fauxglobe Ornament.
Every year the overall theme of my tree changes. This year I was inspired by my almost 90 year old Grandma “Jingles” (Ingalls). She ran a doll hospital for over 30 years and sent me a few of her favorites last year. During a recent phone call she confided that she missed “her toys”.
Sometimes the very best gifts are those which are created from the heart. So I decided to set up an antique toyland town that she will now, no doubt, enjoy very much.
The cast of characters includes a little drummer bear who can still rat a tat tat.
This lovely bisque doll holds a silver star made for me by Miss Sandy.
Mr. Button in Ear and Wendy Ann enjoy a spot of tea.
Old ornament favorites can still be found on the tree such as the German snow man….
… and Mr. Décor’s Bavarian Santa.
The tree was once again crowned by the Anthropologie inspired tree topper.
I’ve always loved the symbolism of the dove at Christmas time: Peace one Earth, Goodwill towards men.
The base of the tree was covered up with a new favorite given to me by dear Andrea. The antique sheet bears my initials beautifully.
Most of the gifts have once again been wrapped up in the fabric bags that I made HERE.
But the vintage laundry bag is a recent acquisition that I found at a flea.
The stitching is nothing short of spectacular. This marks the only time I will love laundry. :)
It still has the original owners name tag.
Even in the daytime our little tree sparkles. Perhaps because, faux or no, it is loved.
This post is dedicated to my mother, Nadine, who was the essence of Christmas. Happy Birthday Mom. You are very much missed.
Mom, half of me and the ultimate Barbie dream house, Christmas, circa 1975.
"All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother." ~ Abraham Lincoln