Jess Hutch.

Sunday, December 18, 2005


I find the tree-in-the-house thing to be the strangest of the holiday traditions. Strange, but really lovely. I'm always up for shiny and bright things...

I remember laying under the tree as a kid and looking up through the branches and lights and just loving the colors and reflections. The Time-Life Christmas record with Robert Goulet, Barbra Streisand, and Doris Day would be playing (I love Barbra's version of Jingle Bells - "JIN-gle-bell-JIN-gle-bell-JIN-gle-allll-the-waaay") and I would feel so content.

Our tree doesn't have as many ornaments as my parents', but we're working on it. We've got some vintage, thrift store finds, like this beautiful globe with the set-in starburst, and this jolly Santa.

I've also discovered that many of the holiday items sold at Walgreen's or other drug stores are very similar to the vintage stuff I've found - I wonder if the manufacturers understand that many folks are looking for stuff they had when they were kids, or if it's just easier to use the same molds? In any case, glitter and fluff will always be around for the holidays.

I have to admit that I'm also a fan of the Hallmark ornaments - my Mom has been buying them every year for, well, ever, and although I'm not as vigilant about it, I love to go and look at all the fun little things they have to offer. I always come close to buying whatever Star Trek character ornament they have, then end up with the Barbie travel case. I'm a complicated woman. This year I couldn't resist this incredibly charming miniature - it's a wee, wee basket (about one inch wide) with a wee sleeping mouse inside.

Seriously, how cute is that? (Click on it for a larger image.)

So Hallmark's got my number, what of it?

One thing we don't have many of is hand-made ornaments - I gotta get on that. Where's that Shrinky Dink?

This time of year also means calendar-purchasing. I was so pleased to see that Camilla Engman has a gorgeous calendar available - go look (click on "shop", then on "calendar"). Beautiful.


At 4:05 AM , Stitchingmum said...

Gorgeous decos!! And yeah, I love the Hallmark ones too - we've only had them in Australia for the last 7 years or so, and I pick a few up on sale at the end of each season. Also, just to let you know my booklet arrived safe and sound today, thank you very much!!

At 4:58 AM , Jenn said...

I love hallmark ornaments as well. the basket is just too cute!! I also have a bunch of hand-made ones my mom saved from when I was a little girl. who knew you could make so much from old christmas cards and glitter??

At 8:02 AM , missy k said...

is that hallmark basket from this year? i have not looked at those so much this year. my family has collected them, too. my mom buys my brothers and i one a year, so now we all have our own set. i should have about 30 in my collection by now.

ps - love the books!

At 7:51 PM , Anonymous said...

fun fact: you can make shrinky-dinks for free!

What you need is the kind of clear plastic box that you'll see delis using for salads and sandwiches. Many grocery store bakeries pack cookies in them. Something like this:

You probably have some laying around. Just draw, cut out, bake! Maybe brush the cookie crumbs off first.

Fun fact #2: these boxes are made out of polystyrene, the same plastic that, if you puff air into it while it's solidifying, makes styrofoam.

At 3:05 PM , laura r. said...

great post!!
i love that basket!

p.s. i would listen to the barbra christmas albumn over & over again.

At 6:45 PM , kristinknits said...

I love Christmas ornaments! I still have some of the Hallamrk ones from the 80s that I received as gifts. : )

At 7:24 AM , Sandrine (alias Didine ♥ ) said...

Christmas ornaments are like little treasures. Each capturing deep feelings ! I'm sorry it's hard to explain it in english !!! I wanted to wish you a the Best Christmas day ever !! Big big hugs from Belgium !!! PS : I will write you a long mail in few days because I don't want to bother you now !!!

At 9:40 AM , Jeff said...

When I was a kid I had this whole, complex game set up where I'd have my Star Wars action figures battling it out with my Battlestar Galactica or Buck Rogers figures on the branches of the tree...I had some story cooked up about how they were all shrunk down to that size and had to fight for supremacy.

This tree was the best ever, by the way. I'm glad you took photos of it!

At 5:20 PM , ladylinoleum said...

My best friend just found a Darth Vader ornament in glass! What a find! She's got an amazing array of glass goodies...a devil's head, Abomidable Snoman and Yukon Cornelius...good stuff to be had out there.

I'm with you on the Shrinky Dink thing!

At 6:39 PM , Autumn said...

I think you're my cousin. This is Autumn from Ohio.

So, are you? hehe.

(Either way, kudos to be linked by I love that site.)

At 1:35 PM , Helena said...

That is the most ridiculously cute thing I have seen today (the mouse). Also I have a really big girl-crush on you now. You took crafting and made it work!

Good for you.


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