Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Years Eve Eve

I had not intended on cleaning my china cabinet, but my daughter ask for some pics of  some dishes I forced me.  I took a few pictures as I cleaned.  I guess it is good for insurance purposes.

Tea set from Korea

My china.

Belonged to my Mother

Hull Pottery

Belonged to Mother 

Picked up three pieces of this pattern while living in Germany.  

Mother's Tea Set

Mother's.  Marked Nippon, hand painted.

Remembered these from my Grandmother's house.

Love the tiny spoons. 

From our wedding.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A few years ago I was introduced to Jim Shore creations. His figurines are very beautiful and detailed especially his Christmas story figurines.   I only have a few pieces but they add to the home decorating. And remembering what Christmas is really all about.  Jesus Christ, gift of salvation to the world for those who will accept and believe.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


I started acquiring nutcrackers while living in Germany.  I don't have a large collection, but the ones I have is displayed every Christmas

My first nutcracker.  He is around 36 years old.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Stained Glass

When we lived in Fairbanks, Alaska, I took some stained glass classes and enjoyed crafting during the dark days of winter.  Here are a few pictures of the stained glass items I still have. I use to make mostly sun catchers (small items that hang in a window).  I sold a good bit of the items while living in Alaska.  Some of these are early works and as you can tell, the beading is not too good.  As time progressed, I did get a little better at making the beading smoother.     


This is not really a ornament for the tree but a sun catcher
and a crystal in the middle. Also glass etched with an etching compound.


I made around five or so framed rose stained glass in pinks and reds.  This is one of my favorite rose patterns.  I wish I had a picture of a red rose I made, but I gave it as a gift and never got a picture. (time before SD cards). 
Abstract.  Lead came project.


My favorite of all time projects simply because it took the most time.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Christmas Decorations

I finally put up the Christmas trees; two this year.  I didn't decorate this year as much as in past years but at least it looks a little more like Christmas now.

While going through some of my things for a yard sale, I ran across a box of all kinds of lace trim that had no doubt been my mothers.  One particular roll was some pretty lace like trim and enough to decorate a small tree.  So, remembering a little tree that I have had since our Germany days, I thought I would bring it down from the attic.  My goal was to decorate it with the trim and some old, old ornaments that rarely get used anymore.  It is not a particular pretty little tree, but it did bring back some memories of when my girls were  little.

A  big tree has stood in the same corner every Christmas

The stockings are hung but this is only half of the stockings to hang.   (I need more hooks)

Two of my grandsons are here with us for awhile.....their elf found them........watching!