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Monday, December 3, 2012

Toyland, Toyland

Did you know that I never showed you my tree from last year? It’s true, you can check.

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As I finish up this years tree I thought perhaps you might like to see it. The tree was dedicated to Grandma Jingles childhood.

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It was surrounded by the toys of her girlhood. Mr. Bears can still play, but I showed the kids once and then told them “Paws off!”.

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I truly love this sweet doll. She stands quite tall. The ornament she grasps was made by my dear friend Miss Sandy. Miss Sandy has just finished creating a new blog site where she shares tutorials of all her ornaments and décor. You’ll love it.

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Of course the German sled held several other well loved favorites who enjoyed a tea party.

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The antique wagon was also wheeled in. It showed off a recent acquisition I had found ~ a wonderful old laundry bag.

The other bags were made a few Christmases ago and shared HERE.

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Look at the stitching!

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I wonder why Mr. Ruttenberg didn’t keep it? Of course the bag was absolutely filthy when I found it. Nothing that two days of soaking, line drying and ironing couldn’t cure. :)

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I used a treasured antique French linen sheet as the tree skirt. I have yet to decide what I will use this year.

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But rest assured, it is a completely different tree. The tree shown here did not make the move to our new home.

Our elf Romeo has made a second and third appearance. (The recap will be on Saturday.) Mr. Decor is loving it and SO appreciative. So much so I came home from a day of shopping to find ALL the laundry had been done. Now that is romance!

Fa la la la la, la la la la!



Jen said...

I love this tree! Such a beautiful, festive and special tree to have. Your theme, honoring your grandmother is so, so sweet and a perfect way to celebrate the season! I love how you displayed all of Grandma Jingles' toys.

Have a wonderful week!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

It was gorgeous Laura, what a neat idea!
It just glows!!
Hugs friend,

Teresa said...

One could live the entire month of December in your Tree and not getting bored :)
So lovely! Dreamy in fact.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Looks amazing Laura!!! I loveeeee how you turned the sled into a tea party!!!!

Susan said...

This is such a lovely tree. I can not wait to see this years tree!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Laura, this is so pretty, and I love the fact that your grandmother's toys are surrounding it. And what neat toys they are! Love the antique linens, too, and the fact that you used one as a tree skirt. Thank you for sharing. I loved seeing this!



♥ Sonny ♥ said...

what a beautiful Memory tree you made. so many very special items on and around it.. enjoy every moment~!

ImagiMeri said...

I remember you showing me all those dolls a couple of years ago, how sweet to display them like that. Can't wait to see what you do this year.

Isn't it porn for women when men do household chores???? LOL

Love ya'

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

:) Love that he did your laundry! Hope all your Christmas prep comes together well for you. My Grandma died last night and I am remembering Christmases past. Bittersweet memories!

openid said...

I finally got a few moments to sit quietly and read your words. I adore your shadow boxes and advent calenders. I agree with Mr Decor's findings. I think women care more about what a tree and decorations look like and men and children care about how they make you feel. I think Mr Decor will be very pleased with his advent box of nostalgia! Grandma Jingle's toys look right at home around your tree. I am including my very special doll in our Christmas decor as well. :) I love the laundry bag and french linen sheet. I need to find one with T and D.
Your Friend,

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Laura, what a beautifully sentimental tree! All of the nostalgia is so sweet! Love all of the vintage elements. Very pretty!

Shelia said...

Oh, Laura! Your tree from last year was so beautiful and nostalgic! I love the olden things so much. Now I'm off to check on your elf post.
I've been so busy trying to get decorated around my house, I've been missing posts! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Denise said...

Hi Laura,

This is such a nice post; I like to read about your Granny Jingles. :)

These old-fashioned toys are sooo sweet! It's wonderful that you have them. The little tea party on the German sled is perfect for under the tree.

I've hung my little elf for CeeKay on our den tree. He looks quite cute; I'll try to remember to get a good photo for you. I hope CeeKay is doing some better?

Have a great day!

Denise at Forest Manor

Kelley Highway said...

Deck the halls, baby! Nothing like romance at Christmastime... to keep the home "afars" burning! Fa la la shazam!

This "last year's tree's" so sweet! For us, the second tee-less year in a row. Again, we'll be off-island: YAY!

Looking forward to seeing your 2012 tree!

Merry Christmastime!

Auntie Em said...

Your tree is beautiful! I love that you dedicated it to your grandmother. What a sweet thing to do.
I am glad you shared it this year. Thank you! :)

Deanna said...

Dear Laura, Thank you for sharing this Christmas spirit! Love the toys you had displayed about the tree.

God bless and may your Christmas Season this year be delightful,

Karen Albert said...

Laura that was such a cherished holiday memorial to your Grandmother. Very special!


Carol said...

This tree is so beautiful, Laura, and what a wonderful tribute to your Grandmother. I'm sure she's smiling down on it!