Good morning. It has been such a busy few weeks but thankfully, things are finally slowing down a bit. I am so excited to start sharing the little nooks and crannies of my Christmas cottage with you and to pour a cup of tea and start visiting all of yours.
This little vignette on top of my bookcase has special significance because of the family ties that surround it. When my mom was packing up her house to move this past summer she had this oil painting tucked in a pile in her garage. It was one my late aunt painted years ago. (I am blessed to come from an artistic family.)
In it's humble surroundings I didn't think much of it and was honestly just going to try and salvage the frame but once I got it home and cleaned it up a bit, it's beauty and significance as a family heirloom shone through.
The little deer box is the craft I made with my mom and sister when I went to Houston in October. We had so much fun crafting together. I have to confess that the deer were not part of the original vignette. The centerpiece was actually a sculpted clay head that even I couldn't call quirky art, so I placed it inside the box instead of on top of it hoping it would magically get cuter with age.
When it came time to display the box, I placed it on the bookcase with out anything under the trees. I started digging through my stash and found these deer and tiny sleigh. Seeing how perfectly they go together with the painting, now I can pretend that it was always meant to be this way. Ha! Ha!
This Santa is my favorite and the only one of quite a large collection that I still display every year. My husband and I saw it at an antique shop when we were first married but it really wasn't in the budget. Without me knowing he went back to that little shop and bought him for me. He is a sweet reminder of a husband's thoughtfulness now nearly 30 years later.
Seeing bits of Christmas in the house brings me such joy...especially when they bring to mind such wonderful memories.
More to share tomorrow...have a wonderful Thursday.