|The chair is still out of place because my tree is still up-undecorated but up. I have to cut the lights out of it and haven't found time.|
Growing up a military brat made me jealous for large family gatherings that included aunts and uncles, cousins and grandparents. I grew up watching The Walton's Christmas specials and the like, earnestly desiring those family Christmases. That way of life was so appealing to me. I dreamed of "one day" when I would have a home for longer than three years where my family would gather around. I imagined candles in the windows at Christmas and white picket fences.
|A transitional vignette from Christmas to winter.|
At times, I do romanticize about days when there was no television, internet, or even electric lights! When a candle in the window was really a candle and lanterns were the source of task light at night. Stores did not entice one in at ridiculous hours or on days that were considered sacred, holy or meant for family gatherings. There were no cell phones on dinner tables or relatives texting someone from the safety of a corner somewhere. They were quieter times when "noise" was made by many voices talking to one another...nice to imagine but not our reality these days.
|I still have to have some of the ocean represented so I left the starfish in the cloche with boxwood and a pinecone|
|I left the greens on top on the hutch. They are dry as all get out but not being bothered up there.|
A few days after Christmas I stopped at Joann Fabrics for thread. I never make it out the day after Christmas in spite of what I try to tell myself. By the time I get out everything is well pick over but this year I found some good stuff on sale!
|One of mom's Thomas Kinkade prints with greens and painted pinecones.|
These cute little cardboard houses were meant to be ornaments.
|Cardboard tree ornaments with a little sparkle.|
They light up and warmly bathe the houses and the white picket fences with a welcoming glow, bidding the passerby to come in and rest from the cold.
|Simple construction....maybe I should make some...|
|Don't you want to go inside?|
The next aisle over I found glass cloches; ideas were formulating!
Mister is the music minister for our church and each year at Christmas the congregation graciously gives him a gift in appreciation for his work. This year the gifts were attached to a little birch tree that lights up on a timer. I did not know what I was going to do with the tree afterwards but now it was fitting into my plans nicely.
|I couldn't decide to use one or two cloches. I like both for different reasons.|
Last Christmas my dad sent a painting that had belonged to my mother. She had found it a little shop up north. It is a scene of a New England village covered in snow. It was painted on an old bread board and I have admired it from the first time I saw it. In the painting are little houses and bare white birch trees and a wooden, picket fence and a quiet stillness that only winter seems to possess.
I put the elements together: the houses covered by the cloches, the painting and the birch tree along with a miniature Christmas tree strung with lights. and suddenly now my house doesn't seem as barren and I get to hold onto my dreams a little longer.
while I linger.
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