Hello, my friends! A very Happy Thanksgiving to those of you in the US - we'll be watching football and eating homemade chili and raising a glass to the south of the border. Today was my Friday - I'm now off work till Monday.
I built this outfit around the boots - a nice solid to show them off is what I wanted, and this gorgeous dress called to me.
I know the colour is confusing - it looks very aqua in the stair picture, but more cerulean in the indoor shots. It is more of a turquoise, so just combine the two shades in your head.
My coworker Camille loved it - so nice to see another fashionable person!
Just silver boots with a blue dress would be too boring for me, and with the shoes having that open tongue, the outfit was just crying for some funky tights.
I briefly considered grey before my eye alit on these floral beauties. They even have a bit of aqua in them.
Masked up - this is a very matchy one from Lazy Susan's.
I had a Zoom call with Mom yesterday and she has some pink ones ready for me - exciting!
Speaking of pink...
This is one of my "sets" of winter accessories - it's very useful to have all matchy pieces.
- Cashmere beret - Club Monaco, thrifted
- Fur scarf - thrifted
- Leather gloves - consignment
My coworker Keith immediately dubbed these Space Boots, but I was singing "Silver
Bells Boots" to myself all day.
The necklace matched the tights so well!
- Necklace - thrifted
- Silver/amethyst ring - vintage mall
- Amber ring - c. 1996
- Earrings - Plum
Christmas Stuff: Trees, Garland, Lights and Some Odds and Ends
Yesterday, I got to work on getting the Christmas trees, garlands and lights up, and I unpacked a few things that I came across.
This is my main full-size tree, a 7.5' slender (as we said in the business). I like a skinnier tree so that it doesn't take up as much room.
I also found a 9' section of garland already decorated with lights, along with a mini 2' tree with some coloured lights.
I considered re-lighting the garland, but by the time I got to it, I had none of my new lights left. I did re-light the tree.
I discovered that I already had some LED lights, so I set my old lights aside.
I store them looped up and wrapped around themselves, like the extension cords behind them. They never tangle.
This is my smaller tree, which replaces one I previously had that I sold when I got the bigger tree. I used to do just this tree for a while.
This one is only 10 years old; the tall one is around 25 years old.
No pictures of Vizzini, as he made himself scarce during all of this. I worked on it for about 6 hours.
I had planned on putting that long green garland on the floor up on the curtain valance - I did that once when we moved in, but I'd had to staple-gun the garland up then and I didn't want to do that again.
Woo, these new LED white lights are BRIGHT.
We don't need any lamps on at this end of the living room!
I've secured the tree with some strong wire, which is wrapped around this middle section of wall and outside to the deck and back. Just because I have visions of Vizzini launching himself at the tree!
Our doors don't properly seal - I want to replace them, but they are a building envelope thing, so we have to wait for our Strata to have the budget to do it. However, it does mean I can close and lock the deck doors, and the wire doesn't get in the way.
I ended up lighting the green garland with some older coloured LED lights that I found, and wrapping it around the TV shelf.
I anchored it at the top under the turntable and the centre channel speaker. I had the Food Network on all day while I worked on this, watching Christmas baking competition shows. I don't do any Christmas baking, but I like watching other people do it.
This is a good spot for the tree - I'm happy with it.
I feel so merry! So sparkly!
I decided that the tree's plain white lights were a little overwhelming so I added a few strings of deep blue overtop of the white.
It'll get the decorations on it this weekend, probably.
I made a display area on top of this bookcase. There's the mini tree re-lit.
I laid that garland along the gap between the shelf and the wall (it's out from the wall a bit due to the outlet back there).
The small tree is all lit.
This is usually my Star Wars/Star Trek tree, but I'm not sure if I'll do that this year.
I found these four little tins with the houses inside. the trees, the people and the clear acrylic snowman are stored with them.
The houses are actually ornaments for hanging, but I like them as their own wee village. We have Mrs. Claus' Bakery, the Teddy Bear Factory, the North Pole Mercantile and the Wish Processing Department.
Many of my items are things that were broken or not quite right, and instead of marking them down (we didn't do a sale area), my boss would often say, "Take it home."
Which is how I acquired these two music boxes on either side of the mystery nutcracker.
There doesn't seem to be anything wrong with this one, though. There are two elves that circle the snoozing Santa in his Workshop Office, and the the fellow on the floor scrubs back and forth.
I do not know where this mystery nutcracker came from - he must have been a gift at some point, and I just shoved him into the closet.
He's missing a nose!
This music box is actually hilariously broken. The music plays at a sped-up tempo, and the Santa and reindeer whirl around the rooftops at breakneck speed!
The two pairs of elves race around the tree and snowman. It lasts for about 3 seconds, until the music box winds down.
I bought these Santas from my store - they are all by the same porcelain artist, Jacqueline Pickard.
She bought the moulds, poured the porcelain, fired them, and painted them. The left one was $35.00, the middle one was $49.95, and the angels sold for $24.95. How do I still remember that???
The Santa in the middle is my favourite - this was the first one she made, and she never painted them as elaborate again. The angel was a gift from her.
They are all marked with her initials, JP, and say the same thing on the bottom: Limited Edition, Hand Painted, Victoria, B.C.
Oh, found another!
This fellow was a very good seller - she did him with various coloured coats, gloves and bells. He sold for $29.95.
I also found one of her tags - I used to give one out with every ornament or figure of hers we sold (we carried a big assortment of her pieces).
I do remember that back in the early 90s, it bothered me that "Jacquelines" needed an apostrophe!
The 90s were a time when folk art décor reigned supreme. I didn't get too heavily into it, but it did wind its way into my brain, so I have some rather cutesy things like this folk Santa getting his sleigh pulled by a cow, a pig, a sheep and a chicken.
It's carved wood, and the chicken still makes me smile.
I love this resin figurine of a polar bear.
His staff has a heart-shaped wreath, and I love his coat, scarf and hat.
He's so jolly.
He's by Polar Kins and is called "Love Warms the Coldest Day" (so sappy) - and 1995 is probably when I bought him. I think he was around $24.95.
This is a blast from the past!
A Santa and a snowman jamming out on their Flying V guitars!
My ex-boyfriend had a Flying V guitar - I probably bought this when we were together (1989-1995).
Heh, I get a kick out of the detail on the back.
They are by Stone Avenue.
Most of my "good" decorations are still stored in their original boxes.
This one still has the price tag of $13.95 on it, and a note, "Hold for Sheila." I maintained a bag of stuff and bought them all on layaway - I got a 30% discount on regular items.
I wrote all the price tags by hand for the shop (an onerous and finger-mangling job!), including this one, for many years until we got a price gun that made instant tags (I was so happy!).
I adore this Christmas hippo.
I love animals and have a ton of animal ornaments. We carried a bunch in this line - there was a festive zebra, a giraffe, an elephant, a lion...I can't remember them all.
That face! She's by Nanco Christmas Animals and the artist is Tom Rubel (I found his resume here!).
These figures are by House of Hatten - they were very expensive and we carried a big variety. They are hollow resin, although they look like real wood, and many of them broke in shipping (always annoying).
They're again on the folksy side, but I find beauty in their ugliness.
I recall that the standing figure was over $40, the jointed elf puppet was $24.95, the Santa tree was $19.95 and the hanging bear was $13.95.
This was a freebie nutcracker - he has some condition issues.
Missing a foot!
Some paint cracking on his arm, marks on the back of his lever.
And the paint on top of his hat is crackled - he was probably in a sunny window at the store.
He is German, though - German Democratic Republic, so he is pre-1990.
Nutcrackers from Germany were expensive - he would have been around $59.95 back then.
My pile of sparkly bits of ribbon garlands - these will go on the pictures in the living room and dining room.
A paper box on the right hold my curling ribbon for presents. I won't be doing that with Vizzini around - he's been known to eat ribbon.
The grey box is wood, and it was painted for me by my former high school best friend Lynette.
I keep my spare light bulbs in here, plus bits of things that might come in handy, like ornament hooks.
She was a really good artist - she painted all of this.
It's from 1989...
She and Jim got married the following year, I think (I was a bridesmaid - check out the picture here). The box was originally filled with handmade truffles. We lost touch once she moved away and had kids, sadly.
I found our viewing glasses!
When you put them on and look at fairy lights, they make shapes around the lights.
See? This one does snowflakes.