Monday, December 15, 2008

A Pretty Little Christmas...Blog Party

Heather (Pretty Petals) is hosting "A Pretty Little Christmas" Blog Party today. She has invited everyone, that wants to participate, to blog about your own Pretty Little Christmas...anything you like...whatever makes your heart sing. Sounds like fun!

So, here goes...WELCOME!

First, I want to show you the Holiday Book that I started making on craft day last week, and have now completed. It was a fun project!

Now, let me show you what makes my heart sing...the Christmas decorations and ornaments that hold extra special meaning...

From my very first Christmas, this angel bell--a gift from Santa Claus. I love her heart shaped lips and chubby little cheeks:)

When Rick was two years old, his father was away at Christmas, in Korea, serving in the army. In the gifts that his father sent back to the family that year, was this Santa and reindeer for Rick. It's great fun...each Christmas, at least once, we sit on the kitchen floor, wind it up and watch Santa travel in a big circle. There is a bell on the back that rings and sounds like an old bicycle bell:)

Giving Santa a little help, perhaps, are these elves...

My mother loved Christmas and always decorated BIG for the holidays! I think it was about 25 years ago that she was running out of room for all of her decorations and asked me to go through some of the older things and keep what I wanted. The elves came home with me and I love them as much today as I did years ago. They kind of remind me of Snow White's seven dwarfs, if only there was one more--maybe it's Dopey that's missing. (hmmm, it suddenly occurred to me how politically incorrect the Snow White story is.)

This angel also came from my mother--she gave it to me because she knew how much I loved it. I photographed her surrounded by the glass ball ornaments because Mom used those a lot in her decorating. She had glass ornaments tucked here...there...everywhere! It was beautiful.

The box that the angel came in is great too. Adler's was one of the big department stores in downtown Kansas City, and downtown was a hopping place when I was growing up. Department store windows were filled with magic--decorated trees, motorized dolls and woodland animals...there were holiday lights everywhere...and huge crowns hung across the streets.

Rick and I have inherited several ornaments, some from his parents and some from mine. I really love them all...

but this little church that came from Rick's family is one of my favorites.

The ballerina ornament was my mother's. I thinks she looks like she could be a dancer in the Nutcracker ballet.

I love the winter ivory clothing this young couple is wearing. Mom loved dolls so it was natural for her to be attracted to, and buy, porcelain doll ornaments.

A tiny bear that was Mom's when she was a little girl. So sweet.

And I just had to share these vintage greeting cards with you!

Lastly, a peace dove that I made two Christmases ago...

May your holidays be filled with peace and joy.

Thank you for taking the time during this busy season to come for a visit!

For more pretty little blog parties, click the button below...Heather has a wonderful list of participants for you to visit.



Lori said...

Marilyn, your vintage ornaments are lovely...and i just LOVE your holiday book, it is SO very pretty indeed...thanks for sharing your Christmas with us!!!

Shawn said...

I love all of your ornaments and that dove is adorable!! Love your book! We need to make a few more of those :)

Anonymous said...

Love your vintage angel! So 60's! Sweetest blessings!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I love the Santa and reindeer. I too have a few elves. Some have pinecone bodies! Love em.

Bethany said...

I enjoyed all of your pretty things :)
So glad to meet you through Heather's party...esp. loved that little ballerina and the dove you made :) Merry Christmas!

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

Oh, Marilyn, I just loved seeing all your vintage Christmas pretties and reading the memories behind them!!
You might enjoy my Christmas blog; lots of vintage decor on there:
And of course, I participated in the Pretty Little Christmas on my regular blog as well.
Merry Christmas!!

Miss Sandy said...

I love this sentimental journey of learning about your special ornaments. You must be one of Karla's crafting buddies! The book is spectacular!!!! You ladies are amazing. Have a wonderful Christmas.

Fete et Fleur said...

Thank you for sharing what you love with us. Your holiday book project is so pretty. I love it!

Merry Christmas!

MB Shaw said...

Found your blog today and it has filled me with the holiday spirit. Just lovely! Those elves are simply too cute.

3rdEyeMuse said...

sorry I missed the party, but I am thrilled to have been treated to some of your most favorite ornies ... I think my two very favorites that you shared are your moms bear and that adorable dove that you made! everything is so lovely ... thank you. :)

Miss Sandy said...

I am so glad you dropped by for a visit! Thank and feel free to drop in anytime! Have a wonderful day!

Secondhandrose said...

Oh, I love the elves the best. Thanks for sharing. Come for a visit.

Gail said...

Oh Marilyn,
Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I so enjoyed seeing all your lovely vintage ornaments and decorations, thanks for sharing them with us all. It's so much fun to hear everyone's personal stories about the holidays, isn't it?
Have a very Merry Christmas!

Sabii Wabii said...

Your book is beautiful.