My fifth and last Christmas decorating post and I'm sure I've saved the best for last.This year we decided to get a smaller 6 1/2' fake tree and put it on a 54" round table we keep in our living room. Our large tree usually goes in the corner by the fireplace but we just couldn't bear all the furniture re-arranging that it required. I love all the Christmas decorating, you know I do, but a simpler version of a Christmas tree is best for this year. And the best part, there is plenty of room underneath to house our beautiful San Francisco Village.
I love glass ornaments and most of ours are Christopher Radko.
|At the top is a signed Radko gingerbread tree, motorcycle riding Santa to the right and a glass cottage below.|
|This glass Christopher Radko elephant was given to my son by my mother. It is signed and dated by Radko.|
|Another Christopher Radko, I love this American Indian!|
|I've made many ornaments over the years. I love the Raggedy Ann and Andy, a Bucilla kit from the 80's.|
|I've made all our dogs a mini needlepoint stocking. Woody was the dog we got when we first married.|
I purchased the village after Christmas in 1986 from an antique mall in Burlingame, a suburb just south of San Francisco. The salesman told me it was hand made in the 1940's by a man and his daughter brought it in to sell it, very sad she chose not to keep it! The homes and buildings are replicas of the family's neighborhood in San Francisco, which I think is the Sunset or Richmond district, but I'm not certain. If anyone could give me a clue I would be grateful. It once had dozens of churches and public buildings which were individually sold and were long gone by the time I saw it, so sad for me!
|I think the bandstand gets it inspiration from the 1905 Bandstand in Golden Gate Park.|
|My tinsel is real metal tinsel from Germany saved year after year. It's sturdy and shiny!|