For those family members far away, or unable to come by this season, as always, I’ve gone to great lengths to make things as festive as the last time you were here, or as you remember when we were all younger (what was it, back before electricity?) Anyway, Enjoy!
UPDATED!!!!! New pics added! (Scroll to “Newly Added” Section)
Notice the projection clock on the wall behind the tree?
Below – Mini Cat is not so Mini anymore
Below – It was fun getting these put in place, stretched my surgery arm to it’s limits, and it was a bit sore afterwards, so with all that effort, had to take a pic just because it’s part of it all.
Christmas Evening Screensaver (3Planesoft) On HDTV Below.
Original 1950’s Aluminum Tree, done in Blue (I almost got a color wheel for it this year, just to be Nostalgic and true to that era, although my parents had one, we always put light strands on ours)
Above Left – Can’t have Christmas without the Mini Cat baby pic!
Below – Santa Face Stockings just like we had as kids! Fireside Christmas Screensaver (3Planesoft) on this HDTV. You can also see 2 vintage Nightmare Before Christmas Santa’s sandwiched between the 50’s Clocks, and over to the left, the now impossilbe to find iKea LED Novelty lamp, and the Alien Abduction lamp.
What a geek (below) Yes, I have the complete limited edition “Andromeda” action figure set. I’m goofy that way.
The village this year. (I was a little disappointed, I am missing a box that apparently has the Penguin Crossing, all the figurines, and the Swing and Brick Walkways I usually have in this set. I do have a set of “Twinkle Lit” Dark Green Flocked pines on the way for that big empty spot though)
Below – Being a drummer I’m fond of these, and before being a drummer, as a kid, my favorite Christmas story and song was “The Little Drummer Boy”. These drum ornaments belonged to my Mother, and I’ve always loved them. One year, back in the day, (when I had more hair than brains – [it was far below my shoulders]) I actually adapted one of these into an earring and wore it on Christmas day.
Below – The Plush Versions of the Nightmare before Christmas Santa (Sandy Claws), along with one of the other super fluffly plush Santa’s, and the “People I respected and Miss dearly” Mini Shrine. This table contains Items that belonged to or were made by My Mother, Step Father, and Step Mother.
This is another Original 50’s Piece. This is a Miniature version of the Santa Plush I had as a kid. Interestingly, we moved into a new house back in the 60’s on Blackbird Street. The house was of course empty, however the Hall closet top shelf had a Smoky the bear and Santa plush. (2 of my favorites) The previous owners had moved out of state or something like that and weren’t able to be reached, so I inherited them. Coming across this mini version was a real find as I was always fond of that plush as a kid, and especially at Christmas.
Below – Mini has never seemed to care for The Grinch. I catch him every year messing with this plush. I didn’t catch it until after these pics were taken, but I had previously scatted him off the back of the couch in the vicinity of The Grinch. Now I can see he had Batted the Grinch over! (he’s upside down hanging off the edge by the silver lamp post)
Some of the next pics are left blurry on purpose. (read below)
Below – This years “Moon” over the village is just a light fixture. I usually use some sort of lighting to cast a blue glow over the village, which looked very nice with last years addition of the lighted “Moon”, which apparently is somewhere in the missing box. Each of the village houses below were put together, painted, coated, sculpted, lighted, and shadow boxed (wherever any of these applys) by hand. One being built about once a year or so. Didn’t make one this year, but have struck a deal with an ebayer to purchase 2 more sets, each with 2 houses to be built. (see my previous post that goes over the history of the village – https://dirhyllykt.wordpress.com/2011/12/25/docs-christmas-village-2011-new-fiber-opticshadow-box-addition-this-year/)
I was talking with my sister today about this pic below. I remember living on Townsend St. in an apartment, it was christmas, and Mom and Dad had the aluminum tree up, with all it’s multi colored lighting. I used to think it was so Beautiful. I remember back then (I was about 5 yrs old) talking with this same sister in front of the tree and finding out we both liked to do the same thing, stare at the tree, then de-focus our eyes so all the colors shimmered and fused together. These pics remind me of that.
Below – one of this years happy discoveries. I’m a clock freak, and also love any type of projections. Discovered the company Jasco makes a product called “Projectibles” that come in many scenes. I picked up the snow man and Santa and Reindeer and put together a little Dual display of them in the living room. (I happened across the snowman one at Home Depot. but the other Halloween and Christmas ones are already pretty hard to find.)
Below, one of my favorites. Given to me by my sister Pam. A Giant Stocking. I had told her I was asked to bring in a stocking for work one year, everyone was and they were to have gifts put in them. She gave me this one and I took it to work and hung it up. It always got a good laugh out of everyone, it’s almost 5 feet long.
Above – Nightmare Before Christmas Collectors Train set runs at the base of the tree. Highlighted here, a gift from my sister Pam, some years ago. Both her and I are big fans of “The Polar Express” and before Christmas that year we had talked about it, and she asked, well don’t you remember how he lost his bell? I shook my head, No I didn’t remember that, but it was over a year ago, and I’ve literally seen hundreds of shows and movies since. That Christmas I had a gift under the tree marked only to Me from Santa. When I opened it there was a note in the top that read:
“I found this on the seat of my Sleigh. You better fix that hole in your pocket! Merry Christmas! — Mr. C”
Below the note, lying on a soft bed of tissue was a sleigh bell tied through with a small soft loop of rope. Just like in the movie! I loved it. These types of things that tie back to a previous discussion, about something appreciated, become reminders themselves that last for all the coming future. I put this under the tree with the note displayed every year! Of course, not to be outdone, or let it be thought I could forget or let Pam forget, this was reciprocated the following year when I hand made a life size full color ticket for 1 to ride The Polar Express that was an exact replica of those in the movie, that arrived via postal mail in a special handcrafted full color picture envelope stating “To Pam, From Santa – North Pole”
I worked many days on it, but now I understand the Polar Express tickets are now professionally made and can be bought!
Below – Snap shots of gifts that arrived via mail, and placed under the tree. NOT TO BE OPENED UNTIL CHRISTMAS! (though there was some anticipation of wanting to open it, and for it to be opened early on both sides!) National Geographic Custom gift wrapping, turns out to be a pretty nice box with boxed and sealed items wrapped in tissue paper inside! 2 of them arrived this way, and on Christmas day, I was very pleased to find a couple of gifts inside that were right up my alley!
One was something I’ve always thought cool and wanted to get. (another of my odd likes, sort of fitting in with clocks, watches, steampunk and gadgets) Globes. Not the bright everyday blue ones (those are OK) but the Nice antique ones, or ones of other planets, or especially the jeweled ones! This one, a levitating globe! (shown here in the pic below to the left of my keyboard and next to my Jeweled Globe.)
and what was it in the 2nd? A Station Masters Watch and Case! Talk about steampunk! Stock Pic and Description form their site directly below, then followed by my own pics of mine!
Railroads have had strict standards for timepieces since the mid-1800s. This replica brass station master’s watch reproduces one from 1908 and features “approved for railroad service” features such as an open-faced dial with the stem at 12 o’clock. Made for display in this glass-domed case, as it would have been kept in a station master’s office.
Below – It’s new place to reside, becoming number 276 of the collection (collection displays partially seen behind. Another post about the watch collection, with each watch highlighted once every week or so will be posted here soon)
Somehow these pics of the Christmas bedroom set got left out (below)
For those of you who have heard me talk about it, but never seen, (and for those who haven’t – My step father Jack was a painter, and a wood carver, and while not a stellar painter [but he was a pretty stellar wood carver], he did good enough in painting to get the point across and it would look pretty good too! A heck of a lot better than I could do. Jack’s paintings became coveted by family members. Jack passed away in the year 2000, and in 2001 as I was helping my mother clean out his workshop, behind his work bench we came across a stack of canvasses, master drafts for paintings not done, and a completed oil painting of the famous Gorilla and Baby Gorilla picture from magazine covers. Since I was the only one who had yet to receive one of Jack’s paintings, my mother said I should take it, but not to tell anyone else I had it, because no one knew it existed, and everyone would want it! LOL. I had it framed and you can see it here) Unfortunately the clock is reflecting on it.
and lastly, someting sent to me by Pam, that simply applies here. I would like to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and basically a happy everything (insert favorite Holiday name here) and if you happen to be one of those scrooges that are out there, I’d like you to picture me holding my thumb and forefinger an inch or so apart, and moving in a slight pinching motion, then read this: