Saturday, December 18, 2010

Dear Santa…

 

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Hello, dear friends!

What a grey, drizzly day it is here in California…not too good for my photos, as you’ll soon see!

First of all, I really want to thank you all for your kind and thoughtful comments on my last post—each and every one was so appreciated.

On to cheerier things today!  A couple of new projects to share with you.  First…

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…a snow globe purchased after Christmas at Target a few years ago, finally put to good use!

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On the inside…a mini collage made with real vintage ephemera, courtesy of the Victorian Christmas kit from Vintage Street Market

…a piece cut out of a page from an old German book is topped by a vintage Santa image…beautiful.  Surrounded by Platinum Stickles.

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On the back side, another beautiful piece cut from a scrapbook sheet included in the kit…

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…around the base of the globe, a little arrangement made with vintage flowers, pinecones, ornament balls & greenery, all from the kit.  Easy peasy and very fun to do!

Next…

…something new for my “family tree”…

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…a mini hanging with a little boy’s Christmas wish upon it…

Teddie K Gorrell---boyhood portrait

…this particular little boy is 6 year-old Teddy Gorrell, my husband’s grandfather.  Here he is about 1911, when he wrote this little letter to Santa Claus…

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A blank form in the local newspaper in that December of 1911, just waiting to be filled out by an eager little one…

                                                   Phoenix Ariz.  RR 3

“Dear Santa,

I am a little sick boy and would like to have a drum, a pair of shoes, a new suit, a tie, and a cap, a little croquet set, nuts, candy, oranges and bannas (bananas).  Good by,

                                            Teddy Gorrell

                                              Age 6 years”

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An envelope addressed to Santa Claus, Toyland, Northpole…

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…and a small afterthought added in his mother’s hand, dictated, I’m sure, by little Teddy… “trumpets, raisins, little trains.”

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I added his signature to his picture on the collage…how nice to have his name written out in his own little-boy hand to use here…

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And the little angel I’m sure he was hoping to be…from Crafty Secrets’ “Altered Fairies” Creative Scraps…the postcard image is from their “Christmas” Creative Scraps.

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I just had to add a little halo…very rough and bent, but perfect, I thought, for a little boy in 1911…

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…and perfect vintage buttons found…always a happy coincidence!

And to close today, a little more Christmas to share…

…just a peek of a Christmas scene from my dining room…

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…another softly lit village, this one filled with beautifully glittered cottages from Teena Flanner (I love them!), and an assortment of bottle brush trees in lovely ivory tones…

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…and the best decorations a woman could ever have…these three little sweethearts sitting under the tree.  My daughters, Chelsea, Sarah and Annie…Annie’s very first Christmas in 1996.  I’m a lucky mom.

I hope your weekend is wonderful, and that each and every day of the coming week is merry & bright!

See you soon with something new…

Julie