Wednesday, December 24, 2008

getting in the spirit...

Let me share with you...my spirit of Christmas...
Every year as I unwrap these ornaments and place them on the tree, I begin to reflect on memories of days gone by.
I started collecting Gladys Boylt ornaments back in the 70's...so I was thrilled to see they were online and still available through the Gazebo...a quilting shop located in NYC. There used to be a Gazebo in Beverly Hills, and once they closed I lost track of where to buy these magnificent collectible dolls. As I hung these ornaments this year I decided to track down the artist and see if she had a website. I found her works of art are available all year long...and the collections have grown so over the years.

I just love the details...each face is drawn by hand and signed by Ms. Boylt. The clothing is meticulously made, why Mrs. Cratchit sports 3 layers of petticoats beneath her skirt. They remind me of the way Barbie doll clothes used to be made. The perfect tiny buttons, the detailed stitching...you know what I mean...those original Barbie clothes were a marvel...and so are these.
Even after over 30 years...my ornaments look as perfect as when I first purchased them. My collection still holds that magic for me for I chose each ornament as a reminder from that year...

Like the year we made The Nutcracker home movie with the kids...Becca was Clara and Jesse was the Nutcracker...or our Disneyland Vacation on the big bus...or the year we made a home movie called "The Christmas Carol"...now when I unwrap these ornaments those memories come flooding back...little nuggets of the hidden treasures that have made up my life..

I thought I would share with you my collection...because for me...they hold the joy of the season...things that put a smile on your face...no matter how young or how old you may be.

Original Santa with Tree...though over the years he has given up smoking and lost his pipe...

Glenda the Good Witch in the original outfit? Or perhaps this is another fairy. I could not find her exactly like this on the Gazebo site.


The Nutcracker


The Herald Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland - look at that collar...


Tinkerbell flies in with attitude...


Tiger Lily - details...details...This one was bought when Becca was in 4th grade and studying Native American History...


Peter Pan -(looks like Bill Mumy)...is Peter his alter ego?


Mrs. Cratchit...always have plum pudding on Christmas day...Little known fact...I played Mrs. Cratchit in The Christmas Carol...


Humpty Dumpty From Alice in Wonderland...Little Jesse the new baby in town...


Clara from the Nutcracker

Captain Hook...dressed to the nines


It's Christmas Eve...and I'm excited...
Last day to enter the Pasticcio Quartz Contest...I will be choosing the winner tomorrow after Santa's visit...Good Luck...
cheers


Winter is the season in which people try to keep the house as warm
as it was in the summer, when they complained about the heat.
~Author Unknown

8 comments:

Natalie said...

Joyous Christmas wishes for you and yours. This post is such a dear reflection of you, and your *favorite things.*
May your celebrations be full and bright. Merry Christmas!

Tiglizzyclone said...

Peter Pan really does look like Bill Mumy!

mk said...

thanks for sharing- these are wonderful! one of my favorite Christmas rituals is getting out the ornaments for the tree as well, because they are like old friends with stories. Merry Christmas!

margo alexander said...

I know what you mean about Christmas ornaments and memories. I still have 3 Christmas ornaments that were put on our tree since before I was born. They go at the very top of the tree now. I love them so.

TotalD said...

These are so beautiful. The Hearld Rabbit and Tigerlilly are my favorites but they are all wonderful. They make me want to eat candy canes. Remember when your parents would spray artificial snow on a freshly cut tree, when christmas lights we huge and color was sprayed on a frosted white bulb ?

And my Aunt Marion used to make doll clothes for us. Rather than buy things she made clothes and a huge camping scene with tent and all by hand. They weren't rich so she would make things. How lucky we were.

rebecca woodward said...

Yes, it's the little things that count...like these fine details and the dearest memories. Thank you for sharing your wonderfully crafted ornaments and your thoughts and stories of Christmas past. May you have a sweet and peaceful Christmas Angela, making new memories with those you love.

Rebecca
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scb said...

These ornaments are absolutely wonderful, Angela! Thank you so much for sharing. (And I certainly remember the Barbie clothes of our childhood -- I'm a detail person through and through, and those dollclothes were a delight to my detail-loving heart.)

Although I'm late in wishing you a joyous Christmas, my wishes are sincere for a wonderful New Year.

Anonymous said...

Angela Cartwright, this is such an honor just to be talking to you. Do you know that all the time I was growing up I watched Lost In Space and I had such a terrible crush on you. You were my girl-friend and you didn't even know it. Now here we are in our 50's and now I get to leave you a message. What an honor. Just write back and say hi. You will make my year!!

Signed......Greg K.