Monday December 2, 2013
A smaller tree by the front door holds goodies for any kids that might come to our Christmas party or to visit.
This year the tree has LEGO plastic ball ornaments. Each ornament has the pieces to make a small figure, such as a reindeer, Santa, a Christmas tree or a fire truck.
Small candy canes and ribbons add a little color to the tree, along with the LEGO snowman wreath as a tree topper.
Read more: The Trees of December
Sunday December 1, 2013
A look at our golden New York City tree. Actually it's not really gold, more of a platinum. Until the lights are turned on. then it's an amazing golden color.
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Thursday November 28, 2013
Wednesday's newsletter had a bit of a delivery problem. I'm not quite sure where it is . . probably floating around the web and I'm not sure if it will land or not.
Here is a link to the newsletter that was supposed to be delivered in your email box (and just might show up yet!)
Wednesday November 27, 2013
Saturday November 23, 2013
We love Advent Calendars around here and over the past few years have used one with a new twist. This year it's the Edwardian Advent Calendar from Jacquie Lawson.com
and if it's like the past few years, every day will be amazing with loads of animation along with the beautiful graphics. This year there are two digital calendars, the Alpine Village from last year and this year's new Edwardian calendar.
It's $4. for one, order more for gifts and price is reduced. If you send these as gifts to your friends and family, I guarantee they will think of you every day in December.
Tuesday November 19, 2013
It's not so hard to decorate a John Deere Christmas tree, right?
Wrong -- it is when you want to do a yellow one. Most people are so familiar with the green machines, they often don't realize, there are lots of yellow Deere around too! So when I started to come up with my idea for a themed John Deere tree, I didn't think it would be so difficult, it took a lot of thinking outside the box, but I loved the result.
Decorating with the yellow stuff!
Read more about our 100th Anniversary Tree, the John Deere tree!
Monday November 18, 2013
This week marks the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy. Although there were other world wide events before this, it was the first event that I remember "where I was". Watching a rerun of Bachelor Father
on TV. So silly that I remember that show and I also was young enough and silly enough to be bothered that they interrupted the program. That's all there was on television for days. As it should have been.
Collecting John F. Kennedy memorabilia is similar to collecting other memorabilia. If it's a personal piece, e.g. from the person/family, be sure it is authenticated and that the provenance is excellent. Of course, condition is always of the utmost importance.
And for those who were around back then -- where were you?
Sunday November 10, 2013
Collectors can be avid about their holiday collections and with good reason, it's one collection that usually makes people smile with their happy memories. There are dozens of sub-categories in holiday collecting that it can be hard to decide what way to go. Although many collectors don't specialize, collecting a bit of everything, that can easily become overwhelming when faced with so many things to choose from.
One way to solve the budget and space problem is to pick one or two types of collectibles and try to focus on those. Notice I said try, that doesn't always work, but it does help a bit and makes me think twice before adding to my stuff.
One of the more popular holiday collectibles are ornaments. Ornament collectors have a wide range of companies and artists to pick from, in prices from inexpensive to the sky's the limit!
Wednesday November 6, 2013
It's coming up this weekend and if you're an avid toy or holiday collector, you most likely already have checked out the online catalog and might have even registered to bid. Loads of tin toys, Santas, Belsnickles, and more Dresdens than I've ever seen for sale at one time. For collectors, it's pretty much a dream auction. I know I've already entered an online bid and I'm not done looking!
Tuesday November 5, 2013
Continuing our Southwestern and Native American series of articles, this week guest author E. Lombardi explores the culture and tradition of collecting these objects. As with many other cultures that also should be carefully respected (think Black Americana), it's important to be aware of the taboos and be respectful of the Native Americans.