Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Christmas Collectibles - Scenes 2015

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS! 

Since few have time to read many blogs during the busy holidays, here's a photo post with a sampling of arrangements using Christmas collectibles . . . the whimsical, the hand-crafted and things I like.  Our old faux Christmas tree was too large for our new space, so this year I improvised. . .decorating mantels, and other areas with family favorites.



Mantel decorations, by DG Hudson 2015





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'Thomasville', our Christmas Village


Christmas Village, handpainted by our family, image by DG Hudson


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Angels made from yarn and large beads:


Angels hanging about by DG Hudson

May the new year bring peace and more calm to our planet.  Wishing all of you who visit my blog a Happy Holiday season in whatever way you choose to celebrate it. I'm looking forward to new experiences and more writing. See you in 2016!!

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Are you ready for a New Year?  Are you glad this one is over or was it a great year for you? Do you try to make your collectible Christmas decorations look the same every year or do you try to change it up?

Please leave a comment if you visit, so I'll know you were here. I'll respond. Thanks for dropping by and Best Wishes for the New Year!

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15 comments:

  1. I love your village. I've always wanted one. I have a number of angels. The best ones are named Franklin and Penelope.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I like that, of course your angels are your pets. I hope I'm right about that. Thanks for your kind words about the village. I wanted a village that we could create as a family project, and these unpainted items were from a craft store. Where's the fun of just buying a village. I also added things like a bell to the schoolhouse, and toys for the toy store. Hubs got the N scale people and the carousel is an old ornament that used to twirl on the tree. Took us 3 yrs to gather enough of the buildings and paint them. Hope your Christmas is a great one, and if not, hug your pups.

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  2. Merry Christmas to you too! For ease and speed, I tend to look at the pics I take each year of the decorations and use them as a guide the following year. But the trees get decorated with usually the same ornaments just different places. 2015 was a horrible year for me. I hope 2016 is better.

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    1. I hope 2016 is better, too, JoJo! I'm tired of disasters, and bad news. I'd like to see all your Christmas crafts, since I know you do great work!

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  3. Quirky and charming.
    It looks so cosy and welcoming.
    I have been overwhelmed this year and Christmas decorations haven't happened.
    Here's hoping for a healthier 2016. For us all.

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    1. Hope your Christmas is a merry one, and wishing you a better and healthier 2016. I do like to collect quirky crafts that make me smile. In 2014, I didn't decorate much either. It was a rough year for me.

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  4. I like the village too. Merry Christmas!

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    1. Best wishes for the New Year, LG! Good luck with the writing, and do drop by when you can. . .you are missed.

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  5. Such a perfect idea--small scenes from your past to nudge those Christmas memories. Merry Christmas, DG.

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    1. Thanks, I use the same objects, but I change them around. Merry Christmas to you too, loverofwords!

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  6. Merry Christmas, D.G. I have learned so much from you this year. Thank you!

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    1. I appreciate that comment, loverofwords, and I think we all learn from each other. Reading blogposts can be very informative. We share an interest in history and art. Hope your 2016 is a good one!

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  7. Happy New Year to you also. I can't say that I'm sorry to see 2015 go and am hoping for a better one in '16.

    Love the pictures. I really appreciate the old Christmas decorations that I have now, but once were a staple in my parents home. The nostalgia brings e peace and makes me feel closer to those loved ones who are no longer here at Christmastime.

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  8. I've been married 13 years, have a 7 year old son, and have been in our current house only 5 years (4 Christmases now). Over that time has been much transition and change, amidst it all formulating traditions and creating Christmas items and collecting collectibles anew as well as sorting the family ones that have been passed down. Last Christmas (2014), I finally did away with little voices of mother and mother-in-law telling me which items to keep, where to put them, how to arrange them, etc. I sorted our Christmas stuff, picking out what I wanted to put it - whatever the theme and whether as part of themed group or not. I gave away things I didn't want anymore to our local Salvation Army thrift store. I decorated the tree with no other theme than ornaments I like or have special meaning to my family of three (well, five, if you include the two dogs, which we do). This most recent season, my husband finally got the front of the house mostly decorated (lights and such) - a feat we've always to achieve, but not yet have. It gives great promise for years to come.

    I started my husband on a collection of penguins due to his love of Linux and how cute I find Tux the penguin. Somehow, this morphed in to being part of our Christmas and winter decor. I started collecting snowmen(people) things along the way, and now our Christmas and winter home decor is comprised of penguins and snowpeople! Included in this collection are a lot of figurines, salt and pepper shakers, candle holders, etc. We don't really have a lot of shelf space for knickknacks, and to put out such stuff on our shelves, they would just get lost in the permanent residences of the shelves - all the books and such. So, I have dedicated the fireplace mantle to the snowmen and penguins every Christmas. I remove the lighthouses, wooden ship model, signs with cute sayings, etc. and arrange a massive scene of snowmen and penguins. My husband and son seem to like it. My mother has complimented it. My heart feels good about it. I will keep it up!

    We had some rough spots in 2015, but only to the end of discovering some diamonds and setting up to make them shine in 2016!

    I pray for many blessings in 2016 for you, D.G., and all of your readers here!

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