Wednesday, December 28, 2016
This is a re-post from a few years ago.
My mother in law gave me a glass bead Christmas tree kit that she had purchased nearly a decade ago. It was a Christmas Tree made from wire and glass beads. The kit had a few ornaments and a wood base and a glass dome and hundreds of miles of wire and glass beads. The branches took a very long time to try and get into place and attach to a wire armature. I added a few items including a string of working lights. I hid the battery pack in the giant red present. The lights are by Lemax and I was disappointed that they are not very bright. I used a some antique ribbon that I found in an old building nearly 25 years ago in Nevada. I believe it dates from the 1920's.
Here are all the items under the glass dome. I hope that you all have a very Merry Christmas!
Friday, December 23, 2016
My mother-in-law has been collecting nativity sets since the 1960's. Her collection includes sets from all over the world. Some have great sentimental value while others have great stories to go along with them. This year she has them on display all over her house. I thought I would share some of them with you.
|This set is from Mexico|
|This is a set that was sold by AVON|
|This set has a Native American Theme|
|This set is carved from volcanic ash from the Mt St Helen eruption in 1980|
|This set was purchased on a trip to Germany|
|This set is made from blown glass|
|This is a wall hanging by Willow Tree|
|This is a large Jim Shore piece|
|This is a Jim Shore nativity Set|
|This nativity is made from a laser cutter|
|This beautiful hand painted nativity came from Russia and stands about a foot tall|
|This nesting doll nativity set also came from Russia|
|This small hinged nativity stands only a couple of inches tall|
|This set is actually ceramic but the glaze looks like pewter|
|This nativity is one of my favorites. Each piece is about a 12" tall|
|This set is from Mexico|
|She made this nativity in a ceramics class|
|This is one of her first sets from the 1960's|
|This set was purchased on QVC|
|These metal figures stand over 1 foot tall|
|This is a large ceramic tile that has been engraved and sits on a easel|
|This large ceramic nativity stands over a foot tall and was a gift from her daughter|
|This acrylic nativity stands about a foot tall|
|This piece is a handmade music box from a friend|
|This snowman themed nativity has a matching table runner and matching place mats|
|This nativity is very small and came from Russia|
|This small bell is carved from Myrtle wood which only grows the northwest United States|
|This nativity came from Peru|
|This is actually a large snow globe|
|My daughter brought this nativity back from a mission trip to Tonga.|
It is made from coconuts, palm tree parts and sea shells.
|This nativity is actually a glass block filled with Christmas lights.|