Now that pneumonia and a trip to Disney have past, I finally got to decorating for Christmas this weekend. My mom bought this fellow for me a couple of years ago at Ohio Mart at Stan Hywet in Akron. I actually have several of this artist's gourds and I love them all. This guy is on my dining room hutch.
Here is another one that sits on my keeping room mantle.
This is our Advent calendar, which I have had for many years. It is hand painted from The Shaker Workshop and is missing December 24, but has two December 22nds! I did not notice until I had it for a year and was too lazy to exchange it.
My favorite decorations are my Vaillancourt Santas. The one in front was my first one that I received in 1996.
I also have a few other chalk ware holiday folk - the two angels are my two girls and the Santa was made by an artist from New Jersey.
I also love this Vaillancourt Nativity that was a gift from my Mom. The angel is a little unsteady on top, so most of the time I do not have her on the roof. Her foot broke twice the first week I had her and my mom sent me a new one. The painted details are quite lovely on each piece.
This is a poor photo, but I love this Toy Shop, which was a gift from my mother-in-law many years ago. Santa is sneaking amongst the toys and it has a music box which plays Jingle Bells! The girls like to wind it up and play the song over and over again.
This is a Pere Noel made by local artist Brigitte Gottfried. She uses vintage fabrics and recycled fur trim. This one's jacket is made from and antique crazy quilt. One year I bought four of them and gave one to my mom, sister and mother-in-law. I kept this one for myself!
Of course, my favorite of all is my Christmas Tree. We always get it on my daughter's birthday weekend and I love to decorate it. (The tree skirt was also made by Brigitte Gottfried) I have a set of Vaillancourt's Twelve Days of Christmas Santa ornaments and I make sure they are each tied to their branch, so that there are no accidents! The girls and I have a lot of fun together, until they get bored and leave the dull ornaments for me to hang...
I love to look at other people's decorations, so I hope you enjoyed seeing some of mine. Merry Christmas!