Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas Ornaments



It has been so much fun to get out all the Christmas decorations this year. I put the tree up a week ago, but I am finally going to blog about it. I inherited some great ornaments from my Mom and Granny and now more than ever, putting up the tree is a trip down memory lane as I unwrap each one. The ornaments on the red background are homemade. My mom crocheted around glass balls and the mini ones are cross-stitch. The glass ornaments on the green paper background are antique from the 1940's or 50's. I love their unusual shapes. And the colors are so faded after all these years. They have a lot of character.


The next grouping of ornaments are all from my travels around the world. The horse is from Sweden. Santa in an airplane is from Germany. The Blue Delft Tree with the Windmill on it is from Holland. The mukluks are from Alaska and the little Asian girl is from Taiwan (I don't even think it is meant to be a Christmas Ornament, but I re-purpose stuff all the time, the Delft tree is on a key chain!) And finally, the little man is a Canadian Mountie from British Columbia!                                            

I love handcrafted ornaments. I have several from craft fairs and art shows.The quilted ornament I got on a trip to the Amish Country in Pennsylvania. (the Santa behind it is a wooden carving from Thailand) Some  that I inherited from my mom include the beautiful angel  made of seashells and  this rustic wooden ornament. I have a couple of these and they are all different!   The knitted girl is from a trip to Hawaii!
Seashell Angel
Turned Wood

Harrods Bear
There are ornaments that remind me of family. This Harrod's Bear (another key chain) reminds me of trips to London with my Dad and I made this ornament with my Granny's photo on it especially to place on the Christmas tree because Christmas was one of her favorite holidays.
flight attendant
Then there are the ornaments that I get because of my job! I love my little flight attendant. I always have lots of airplanes on my tree. And it wouldn't be my tree with out some Nancy Drew ornaments on it! Of course this is only a small sampling of the ornaments I have. Each year I pick and choose a few old favorites, a few new additions from my travels and I rotate through them each year. There are so many and I can't part with them when they mean so much. It would take a 7 foot tree to hold them all!! The editing process adds to the enjoyment of trimming the tree in my opinion.
Nancy Drew
Santa on Airplane
But there are lots of ornaments that did not make it out of the box this year. Maybe next year!!


Papercrafts by Cindyellen said...

that angel is just amazing!! i love all the ornaments, but that one is my favorite - no creepy weeping from that one.
we put Danish paper stars and baskets on ours as well, and lots and LOTS of Disney ones. all of them are special, aren't they?

Anonymous said...

I have some of those "antique" ornaments from my grandmother too. I recently saw some in an antique shop priced $5 apiece. Not selling mine. ~speedsquare

Goofy girl said...

Those are Beautiful!!!

Rabid Quilter from California said...

Great ornaments! By all means, Amanda, get a 7 foot tree and put them ALL on it!

Lea said...

Pretty sure I was there for the acquisition of the Mountie and the Amish ball - and hey, that Old Click Nancy looks familiar too!

Anonymous said...

We still have a very few of the antique ornaments as well. I believe they originated with MY grandmother and now hang on my daughter's tree.

Anonymous said...

The wolf cubs still love the 16 bit Santas they got from your mother's house!
The Wolf Family

Amanda from Seattle said...

I have one of those Santas on the tree this year too! :-)