When I decorate, I usually put the same things in the same places, but try to mix it up or arrange it a bit differently. The Santa collection always goes in the corner bookshelf, but I try to make it look different from the last year. The funny thing about all my collections and decorations - no one ever sees it but the three of us (and the Breadman in oblivious and has never as much as put an ornament on the tree). I never have company, the neighbors don't come over and we don't entertain family other than my Mom (who LOVES my decorations). So, I truly do all that I do just for me. The fact that you guys like it and want to see it is my saving grace! But, this year something magical happened. Lara came over and looked at every single thing and clapped her hands and squealed and made my heart very happy. She gets it! She likes it! I'm not completely insane for having all this stuff! Yay!
So, on to part One of the House Tour - The Little Things.
This shelf is new and holds my miniature pottery collection throughout the year. I have enough candy containers to fill it up, so I did.
I should have taken a photo of the backs of those devil elves in the center. Baby got back. Those guys have the BIGGEST butts. Cracks me up.
Gurley Candles. I don't have a huge collection of these like a lot of the IG'ers and bloggers. But, I love the big three matching Santa's and the two smaller ones. I had plans to print out an old Gurley Candle label to put in the blank space, but I could never find a good scan on the computer. The blank space was driving me crazy, so I stuck the "holiday Cheer" sign in there.
The Dime Store Decor. I'm not sure I added anything new to this area this year. But, it is different than last year and really one of my favorite areas. I would leave it out all year long if I thought I could get away with it.
Wait! I did add those three angels in the front this year. Found them for 25¢ at the SCT. Back when I was having such a bad time with the Breadman's job loss and my Mom's accident and my Dad's heart - man that was a bad few months - many of my lovely blog reading friends sent me little packages and pick me ups. In three of those packages were those Scotch tape tins. I loved it that three different people saw them and thought I would like them. And I do! They still make me smile. (Bad photo due to bad lighting due to 8" of rain in two days and no sunshine.)
Miniature ornament boxes, angel hair, ornament hanger boxes and a few other fun things. Those Egg Nog cartons - you've seen them before. They are one of the very rare things I have ever ordered on ebay - most of my things come to me locally at sales and thrifts. But those egg nog cartons are just fantastic and I am so happy that I bought them!
More fun stuff. The angel in the middle reminds me of one of my favorite stories from all my years in blogging. If you have a few minutes, here it is.
I'll be back with more. There's always more....:)