6 Ft Of Beautiful hand forged bead chain...When I made this a Victorian Drawing room kept coming to mind....It looks fantastic draped around your chandelier...hung in a doorway, perhaps tossed casually on your mantel...The beads catch and reflect light....Delightful.
A few of my hand carved antique Mother of Pearl pins........ Over the years I have discovered that these beautiful and intricately carved pins have a long history that reaches back across time. Many of them have been carved in Bethlehem. Where since the time of the crusades artisans have been carving mother of pearl for the tourist trade. Yep...Even hundreds of years ago tourists bought souvenirs. During WWll from what I have been told the 5 point star was somehow tied into women who's son's served in the military. But that I have never seen in print. If you you happen to come across a pin or pendant and you are unsure about it's age. Flip it over and look at the clasp. Made of brass or silver with a C clasp (that is just a piece of metal bent over in the shape of a C so the bar can hook into it) A newer pin will have a modern clasp that has been glued on. The older ones have been drilled into the shell..And the pin will have an old patina. You may also see the name Bethlehem stamped into the metal or carved the shell. If you find one or have one of your own you know what a delightful treasure they are ...Glowing with a a life all there own. I for one can't seem to stop collecting them and even though I have about 85 pieces I am always finding one that I just can't live without. Thanks to Jill and Lauren my fellow Junkin Gypsies I discovered a real beauty yesterday...Sigh. My fingers are crossed it will still be in that antique store case next week.
Christmas was pretty darn nice this year...A slightly smaller gathering than usual at my parents home. Some of the family is out of state, some out of country. Maybe next year we can all come together again. But..be that as it was. It was wonderful being with my parents, sister, Aunts and Uncle..cousins.. The Picture above is of three things I recieved as gifts this year and I just had to share with you. The Book is from my parents...(really my dad) who is 79 and my original estate sale...garage sale...antique teacher. He took me and my sister with him saleing...lol. We both learned very fast what we liked to c ollect. This beautiful book published in 1958 is about African Sculpture. It just happens to be a discard from the exact same Jr. High School my sister and I attended. He did not even realize it when he found it at a sale. The gold filled bracelet is from my parents also. Another garage sale find over the summer (my parents have such easy daughters...and they spoil us rotten often with their treasure finds) I don't know what the stones are...but when I tried it on I just gasped. My dad got the hint...smile. The beautiful intricate mother of pearl and sterling pin is from my husband...I had pointed it out to him earlier in the year....That man has great follow through. Anyway...The best part of the last two days is the extra time spent with family...
Two little houses sitting on Jodies plant shelf
Another beautiful treasure on Jodies shelf
Glowing Light Ball
Vintage Resin Christmas Tree With LED Light inside
Beautiful Christmas Ornaments made By My Sister In Law Jodie
We got a little bit of a late start getting our Christmas tree this year...but at last on Sunday we made it out to our favorite tree lot and cut our petite Noble Fir. My hubby with a small bit of prodding had it up in no time...and (I laugh at this) after I started putting the lights on myself got into the spirit and finished them for me...This is our ritual every year...and after 23 Christmas's together it never changes. My lights are on...crystal garlands strung and the vintage and antique ornaments are just starting to go on.
My Sister-in-law Jodie has a divine collection of Christmas trees. She starts bringing them out right after Thanksgiving. Every nook and cranny is Christmasized. Tiny lights twinkle...mercury glass glows. Tinsel trees, feather trees, large trees, small trees, glass trees, paper trees....(Oh..and shoe trees) It is a wonderland. These pictures are just a few...I am hoping to take more pictures on our next visit soon (I am also so very lucky we live pretty close together)
Tomorrow is baking day...my husband is home on vacation...so I am going to put him to work as a baking elf.....Sweet dreams everyone
It is hard for me to believe but I have never made a paper fan flower, or rosette, or what ever these beautiful ornaments are called. I have tried. Oh! I have tried, but never quite got the hang of it. Jill put me in touch with a blog she has been following Artful Afirmations. Terri has made a fantastic video on how to make these. Thank you Terri!! Such a simple looking ornament. But it really does have to be folded right....Now my next task it to line up my papers better. This first ornament was made with vintage violin music, a hand cut chipboard disk (oh I need a 2 1/2 inch punch) and a punch out from a vintage postcard. I am not sure how I am going to use this first one...it may just get a string and be added to the tree. On to a garland for the mantel!!!
Oh look at the beautiful header Jill is working on for me...I think this is just the start. Our families got together today to watch our University of Oregon Ducks stomp Oregon State Beavers in our civil war game and about 3/4 of the way thru she and I drifted to the computer...A month ago or more she said it was time to give everthing a fresh look...silly me I said...nooooo. Lets wait till after the first of the year. Well....she changed my mind. I just adore the way it is shaping up....hmmm I think I am going to make her a special little treasure box...maybe she will share with you what was inside.
Lady Victoria keeps secrets. A tiny key hangs from her charm lariet...Her husband never even notices...A small chest..hidden deep in her closet. When the wind blows cold from the north...She sits by her fire and dreams.
Three beautiful charms..A gemmy amethyst, a tiny key (what secrets does it keep) sparkling crystals...perhaps from a favorite dress...a night to remember.
This delightful small place setting tag comes from Germany. As you can see it is perfed to fold in half so it stands. All you have to do is write in your guests name with a beautiful gold pen. This little card has been in my collection for about 35 years...Enjoy
Today my family and I went for a little visit out to the country side of our family...(we are the townies)...My sister-in-law and her husband live on a sweet piece of property just south of town. A lovely Oak tree covered hill filled will soft mosses, ferns and fairy folk. Jodie (my sister-in-law) is a true keeper of Christmas. Walking into her home this time of year is a delightful experience. She has just started pulling out her wonderous (and very large) collection of mini Christmas trees. By Thanksgiving...... I expect the house to be aglow with tiny lights and sparling ornaments.Visiting her home really makes me feel in the spirit. One of the things Jodie loves to do is make Christmas ornaments for all her friends and family. Every year a new one. This year.....she took me into her work room to show me the newest edition. I was like a puppy...I just could not wait to unpack the basket and see what she had created. Beautiful large hanging ornaments. They are two sided on thin foam board. I just love them. Lucky me..... she let me pick out 3 to bring home.