Saturday, December 18, 2010

Dear Santa…



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…


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


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.


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


…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!


…something new for my “family tree”…


…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…


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”


An envelope addressed to Santa Claus, Toyland, Northpole…


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


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…


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.


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


…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…


…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…


…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…