Wednesday, November 3, 2010

IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE...

I didn't say it but you know we are all thinking it. Jingle Bells, HO! HO! HO!, and all that jazz really and truly is just around the corner. What got me started on this vein thought you might ask, or maybe not, anyway...

Yesterday I took a friend to an appointment in the capitol city and after a lovely lunch we stopped at an antique mall near the interstate that neither of us had visited before. It was filled to the brim with awesome delights that were a little on the high end but that did not deter we bargain hunting gals. As we laughed, oohed, ahhhed, and poked each other saying, " look at this, look at that..." and in general livened up the staid atmosphere of the place (much to the dismay of the clerks I am sure), we ferreted out some fun finds.

Mine began with a quirky little tattered angel...She looked a little out of place and forlorn there among all the fancyfied antique German glass balls and I knew just how she felt, being in place a little out my price league and all, so I tipped her tag and saw that she was of my lot in life and decided on the spot to adopt her. My friend laughed at her sort of weird wink, crumpled wings, disheveled dress, and untied less than tidy slipper. I fiercely defended her and that is when the idea was born. I was going to adopt all the quirky creamy Christmas ornaments (say that three times fast!) I could find and give them a place of honor on a tiny tree at the center on my holiday table.I explained to my friend that my very favorite part of the holiday classic, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, was the island of misfit toys, which I strongly identified with and think if there were an island of misfit Christmas ornaments then the ones I bought would probably qualify and we misfits needed to stick together.

Next I found dear old St. Nick himself laying on a shelf with his big blue eyes imploring me to choose him too...My friend got into the spirit of things and found a tiny elf hiding in the branches of a feather tree. He is a cute little thing that hails from the orient and while he is not so much creamy he fits the bill perfectly as quirky...Could you resist these faces?Two soiled doves sat cooing in a box, their flocking having seen better days...
They left their boxed nest to join the rest...
This next pair caught my eye with a glint of their sparkling jeweled center and graceful shapes...
They are a fantastic pair of molded plastic clip on earrings with big shiny jeweled centers, love these!After arriving home a little homeless handmade Santa joined the group...
And we are starting to look like one happy quirky kind of Christmas family!Oh I don't mind if a they are not completely creamy and a little gold or red pops up in the color scheme, only that they capture the spirit of Christmas, a season that seems to soften with age, ripen with sentimentality, and includes a host of quirky personalities that live in any given family, different, yet fiercely loyal to one another.

Yep, it's beginning to look a lot like....are you beginning to make plans too?

Have a wonder filled day!

Blessings,
Miss Sandy

16 comments:

sugar Creek said...

Love that little angel! yep the kids and I were looking a christmas trains yesterday at Walmart. So cute! Plus I have a Christmas Ideas craft show this weekend, so I've been thinking of Christmas for awhile. Have a great day! lisa

Becky K. said...

You have a big heart, Miss Sandy!
Love that you brought these quirky little sweeties home.

Becky K.

myletterstoemily said...

i love the island of misfit toys, too.

your sweet little misfits are adorable.

Vee said...

Before you even said it I was thinking "Oh oh, she's been bitten by the misfit bug." No, my darling, I do not see the charm in them, but I am happy that you do and I know that you will make that tree bright and beautiful. There must be a lesson here...

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh I am SO glad that you didn't say it. :)

But even before you mentioned the island of misfit toys that was what I was thinking. Those type of ornaments are my favorite.

Nook Cranny Gifts said...

Thanks for sharing your darling little misfits with us.

sonya said...

Hi Sandy,
Yes I remember that movie and I use to have those misfit toys on my tree. They were as cute as they were in the movie. I found them at a garage sale still in their package and never used until me...My kids loved them.
Have a good day.
Blessings,
Sonya

Lorrie said...

You have a wonderful heart. I don't find them particularly charming, I'm always saddened by things that are discarded - did children dance and laugh under the tree they graced? Together they have a presence of the past. Enjoy them fully!

LiLi M. said...

So you're the saviour of quirky creamy Christmas ornaments and I guess your little tree will touch every mothers' hearts, love to see it when you are done.

We don't decorate for Christmas over here now, as our Santa comes about half November, gives presents December 5th and leaves immediately. After that it is time for the Christmas decorations. There are even pressure groups which are against the growing influence of (american) Christmas over here (christmas decorations before Santa has left the country).
As my children are teenagers and my daughter has her birthday too in December we will not celebrate Santa Claus (Sinterklaas in Dutch) this year, but we will have some packages under the Christmas tree. But still....November is too early for Christmas in my neck of the woods. Have a lovely day Sandy, I hope you can save much more quirky creamy Christmas ornaments!

Tina @ TinyBear said...

Oh - those are lovely finds Miss Sandy. Love that little lost santa in the last photo. I actually just posted about Christmas too - two souls, one though ;D
Wishing you a lovely day
xo Tina

Vickie said...

Oh I'm so glad you saved these little orphans for your Christmas dining table. Remember the Velveteen Rabbit? My favorite childhood story, and I bought the book for my kids, too. Be sure and show us your centerpiece with these little "jewels" when you get it done!

The Charm House said...

What a wonderful post! I totally understand! I identify with being so imperfect and the desire to be accepted. I think all of us have a little of that in us. It's like the broken seashell on the beach...I'm drawn to it!
Thanks for sharing the Spirit of Christmas with us!
Yvette

Diane said...

Sandy, their goofy faces make me smile!
Hugs!!!
Diane

Leanne said...

I have a handful of ornaments from my childhood that my Mum was going to throw out (missing feet, missing chunks of hair) that were my favoritest ornaments as a kid. They have pride of place now on my Christmas tree each year. (High enough so the pups don't eat 'em)

kathy said...

Sandy -- yes it is the misfitting , not quite pristine things -that charm me most -- and like some others --The Velveteen Rabbit --is one of my favorites -- how you become real (with your fur worn off and a little disheveled )
and a stitch or two is loose .
I think of the hands that held those lovingly and the shining eyes of the children of long ago , who loved them .
It brings a smile to my heart
thinking of the Christ child -who had a humble bed and no adornments -- KAthy - ga ♥

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Dear Sandy
Thank you so much for taking me up on that cup of tea - I hope it was to your liking!!!
This post is almost me - I'm always for the underdog, forgotten one, stray - I empathise with all of them.
As a little 5yr old at primary school, every Friday we took a few pennies to put in the "mite" box. I knew they needed our help but I really didn't know who or what they were... as it turned out they were the children in the mission stations in Africa. Now I realise it was a good lesson in caring for others as well as ourselves!
LoVe all your collection but my fave is the 'homeless Santa' of course!!
Take care
hugs
Shane x

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