Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sunday Sketches and Holiday Stuff! My Camera is not working!!!!Ahhhhh.

I am going to start sketching animals just to switch it up.  I am drawn to the lion because I am a Leo. Rrrrrrrrrr. I am so a Leo!

I wanted to give you a tour of my home and some the ornaments that I got from my Christmas Swap(I just got the last one on Friday) but since I have to get a new card for my camera. I will show you some Christmas things that are important to me.
These little dolls were my parents . When my Dad moved out of his house we all went thru all the Christmas items and took turns picking. I knew this was one of the first things I wanted. When I was a little girl I just adored these. We each got 2.


These birds my mother made. We had these boingey(I know it's not a word) things. (I don't know what they are called but they are everywhere in PA.)  So anyway my mother decided to make ornaments out of them. She was so clever.  She put rhinestones and pearls(Not real ones of coarse). in them. Now this is a toss up on which is my favorite. The little angel or the boingey birds. They are such a part of my Christmas.

This one was a set so my sister Heidi and I spit the set up. I know, I know we are bad. But we both get to have memories when we look at them.


This little guy was Nelly's first ornament. It is broken at the top and a little worn out but it reminds me of my sweet little girl.  She is not allowed to have it until I am dead. And that is not going to be for a long time.  I also have her stocking that I told her she could not have until that time.  She still has to come to my house and get her presents.


This is also my parents. It is a bank that they always had sitting somewhere in the house.  I love this. It sits on one of my mantel in the dining room.


This is the last I will show you today. But this Rabbit is the rabbit I gave my Mother when she was in the nursing home. My mother collected and made stuffed bears. She was so talented.  I knew she would love this one. It is a little Christmas Bunny. When I gave it to her I knew that she loved it because I got a happy reaction from her. It was our very last Christmas together. So you can tell that my parents really made a wonderful impression on me. In our household as in most Christmas time was the most joyous time full of art, fun, family and friends. I will never forget those memories. How lucky I am to have grown up with such a close knit family with lots of love. Nothing more you could ask for.  I have such deep gratitude for my parents.

Well I hope you enjoyed. Now I am off to do the last of my Christmas Shopping.

Happy Shopping to you all! I hope you are more prepared then I am.

Next year I swear I am going to be more organized. (I think I say this every year)



25 comments :

Pamela Holderman said...

Beautiful ornaments and I really like that lion too. He is so regal. Merry Christmas to you and your family,
Pam

lissa said...

makes me of the wizard of oz when I see this sketch

cute ornaments, I like the little doll with her blond curls

Brian Miller said...

nice lion...you captured his regalness well...and cute candy cane kid...

Jenny Blair said...

oh, what a lovely post, so wonderful reading the wee tales behind your ornaments...how blessed to have such wonderful memories :)
Love your lion too! very regal looking, just getting ready to rrroarr!!

Tammie said...

lovely tour of your treasures and the leo the lion is wonderfully LION!

Christine said...

that's a handsome lion, you did a great job. And thanks for sharing your precious ornaments.

Mary said...

the candy cane guy would have to be my favorite. I like your lion too - we leos have to stick together!

dthaase said...

that lion is marrrrvalous

Heather said...

Hi Heather,
this is such a heartwarming post. i love the fact that you have shared all of the special memories that your ornaments hold. it sounds like you grew up in a house full of love - how wonderful. i love the candy cane guy and nelly's first ornament...reminds my of my childhood ornaments.
of course, I LOVE the Leo the lion...I am an aries, but i have some very good people in my life that are Leos, and they ROCK, just like your sketch! xxoo merry christmas to you, love your ornaments!

Fair Rosamund said...

Such a wonderful sketch, and I loved reading about your different Christmas mementos! :) I'm glad to hear that you received the giveaway items too :) ~Lauren

Jack Foster said...

Great stuff Heather! Merry Christmas!!

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Hi Heather, I'm a fellow Leo and am particularly taken by your lion. I like the curves and lines. Fun collection of ornaments. I'm partial to the sugar cane and Nelly's ornaments; fun.

Gallery Juana said...

your lion drawing came out very well.
and your ornaments are sweet and cheerful.

Heidi said...

Love this post! Such wonderful memories, you made me cry.

I love your lion sketch too.

Louise said...

Hi Heather. I love your lion. He looks majestic, but also friendly.And thanks for following me.

olivia john said...

Great work.Love the guy and the lion.Happy Christmas for you.
Arts and Crafts Library

Marlene said...

Love the lion, he is terrific. Your ornaments are so sweet. Love the birds, my mother also had birds on our tree and I have to have them on mine now.

Lenora said...

i think th is lion is wise! like the lion in Lion Witch and the Wardrobe. I love the candycane boy

Diane said...

I Love, Love, Love the Christmas items that are very valuable to us personally--just the memories and feelings that they bring. Maybe it's because we only bring them out for a little while each year--I don't know, but this is my favorite part of Christmas, aside from us all getting together.
P.S. Love that lion--you're so darn talented!!

Sonya McCllough said...

Love your ornaments and I hope you get your camera fixed soon.

Kristin Dudish said...

Your lion is fabulous... such a regal mane!

I loved hearing about your Christmas decorations... I always tend to be nostalgic, but even more at Christmastime. (I laughed about Nelly having to come to your house to get her presents - hopefully she will bring one of her beautiful handmade bracelets for you!)

xo
Kristin

Lori Saul said...

A beautiful expressive drawing Heather! Thank you for sharing your special holiday ornamants too - what a wonderful collection. The best to you this Holiday season!

Sophia said...

I love your little doll keepsakes! Awww. So cool that you have all of those from your parents. :)

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

I too love your lion sketch. Is that charcoal and pencil? He looks like you! You look like a Leo with that beautiful mane ;)

I cherish all my old ornaments from my grandmother and just love to see others. You have some wonderful ones. I haven't been able to go through my mother's Christmas boxes yet, still too hard. I love that Christmas bunny, it reminds me of my mom, she loved bunnies. Aren't we lucky to have grown up with such creative parents who encourage our art?!

EVA said...

Fabulous lion!!!! And so wonderful to see your favourite ornaments. Lovely history and sentiments in them.

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!