Sunday, November 22, 2009

From Tea Cups To Santas

These past few weeks have had me buried in Christmas, in my own shop as well as the one I work in. You would think since we start in August and September with the Christmas fa-la-la-la that I would be tired of it. Anything but! lol I'm more geared up this year than years past. So, this week I'm joining in Metamorphosis Monday, hosted by Susan from Betweennapsontheporch. I haven't participated in a while, so I hope this change doesn't get be booted right off the web. Let's unlock the key to the cabinet and see what's waiting for us. Normally through out the year you'll find the secretary full of teacups and saucers. Occasionally, a teapot will find it's way there as well. oops I believe you see my little ole hand and camera in the mirror. It was difficult getting a decent shot without me in there some where. You'd much rather see all the goodies inside instead of me. Trust me on this one. lol
Many years back while visiting my Aunt and Uncle in Louisiana, my Aunt and I would work on ceramics. For several years in a row we would paint Old World Santa's among other things.
This year I wanted to bring those out and honor my Aunt and the wonderful memory I have of her. She passed 4 years ago this month. These bring back fond memories of her and the time I spent with her.
I started on the top shelf and added the crystal bowl with these 2 Santa's. After getting out a few of them, I sure questioned my color choices at the time. lol
I'm particularly fond of the Santa on the left. I think it's due to his gentle face and kindness to feeding the reindeer.
This is another one of my favs.. his pouch full of puppies puts a smile on my face. I think some little girl or boy is going to be very happy with the gifts left for them. :-))
Look at that face. How could you possibly resist taking this cutey home.
"Ah Santa... do I have to help pull the sleigh tonight"?
Oops!!! I think he might be pouting.. I think Santa said, "Yes"! you have to help pull the sleigh tonight.
Some lucky little girl is going to get a doll carriage full of goodies.
This picture didn't turn out the best, obviously, but I think you can see the dolly that goes with the carriage and the bear.

This beauty is a music box and plays Here Comes Santa Claus. A couple of years ago while checking out garage sales he was found in the bottom of a box. What a treasure. I think that box of goodies cost me $2.00.

Close up
After choosing what Santa's I wanted go on the shelves. I felt it still needed just a touch of something. Well, naturally; I chose bits of Christmas greenery. lol

I purchased this nativity set after Christmas last year. I thought the top shelf was the perfect spot for it.

This is one of my latest purchases. Are you familiar with Touchstone catalog? You can go to the website here for your viewing pleasure. I receive it all the time plus emails. While pouring through their catalog a couple of weeks I spotted this beauty. The cost was $85.00. Yikes!! Way out of my budget. Ironically enough, Hobby Lobby had their Christmas items on sale half off. Now, that's my kind of shopping.. lol I got this beauty for $35.00. He is out of the Robert Stanley Collection.
The details are incredible. I sure hope my name is on his list. :-))
It's time to lock the door on this little project.
So, there you have my contribution to this weeks Metamorphosis Monday. Be sure to swing by Susan's for a full list of those participating. I can't wait to check it out. I'll see you there.
~hugs ~lynne~


Tootsie said...

as always Lynn!!!....just gorgeous!

Susan (Between Naps On The said...

Lynne, these are beautiful! I love your color choices...very pretty! They do have the sweetest faces!

Four Paws and Co said...

What a wonderful idea! Now I need to rearrange some shelves for Christmas too! But first Steve needs to either install or move the 5 doors with their frames upstairs or I'm going to be hanging garland on the doors in the dining room!

I painted a "Santa in the living room scene" lamp around the mid 70's & the colors have a lot of orange & avocado... What was I thinking?!?

Jane said...

Your Santas are so beautiful...created with love and a loved one. Through your writing, it is obvious that this aunt meant a great deal to you. What a wonderful way to remember special times with a special lady!

Happy Monday!
Jane (Artfully Graced)

Donna said...

I love all of your Christmas "pretties". You have been very busy.

Anonymous said...

Hi Dear Lynne! Oh, I just keep finding out all kinds of things about you! You're so talented in painted these precious Santas! They look awesome in your cabinet. Every thing you've doe is so pretty! Love the nativity set on the top shelf.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Valeree said...

Love everything, especially your Robert Stanley Santa. He is gorgeous!! Thanks so much for sharing.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

What a wonderful Santa collection! I enjoyed seeing all of them. I can tell your Aunt was very special to you. I have an Aunt that is like that to me..and because of this post..I am going to pause and call her. :)
Thank you for reminding me that she will not always be here. She is 86 and not very well.
Love and smiles and a Happy Thanksgiving, Lynne,

9405018--Pat said...

Lynne! Love your Santas...I have a collect of Santa around 200 now...You always created a beautiful post...thanks for sharing...and Have a great Thanksgiving...Pat H

Jessica said...


Now I owe you another cartwheel! I love this! I adore your collection of Santa's...your sweet ceramics you painted with your aunt are just priceless.

Hope you & Mr. P have a wonderful Thanksgiving! :)

Hugs~ J

Nancy said...

All so gorgeous. Thank you so much for taking time to photograph them all and give us details.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Pat,wow!! girlfriend you have alot of Santas!! I probably have that many Thank you so much for swinging by today.. I feel truly blessed to call you friend. hugs ~lynne~

Picket said...

Oh my word girl!!!!! Beautiful!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours sweetie!!!!! ~Picket~

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Many Thanksgiving Blessings to you and your family….Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous Santas Lynn!

A very happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!


Tricia said...

Your collection is fabulous Lynne- happy turkey day to you and your family!