Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The new old...


Why is it that I can place a memory with faces and things but never dates? I often wonder if not knowing how old I was is part of the mystery. "Oh, I remember that I made it with girl scouts. Afterwards, we played red rover and I remember it was warm out." Not..."That was 1982." Regardless, I am thankful to have remembered the thought.


Made in my very early elementary years, this sweet Kewpie has somehow managed to survive 11 houses and countless Christmases. The first of many crafts. I remember circling her belly with just a hint of rouge and gilding those tiny wings.


A few new old ornaments from my gatherings this past year. 
This one has just a hint of green around the middle. 


A few from my father's tree growing up. 
I should tell you the rest of them are buried in a crawlspace in Honolulu. My uncle refuses to relinquish them.


A crackling snow scene.


Perfect pink polka dots.


Silent stenciled night.


Indents in new shapes.


Lovely tiny stripes.


Glittered stars on shiny brites.


And a patriotic gem.

Thank you all for the wonderful comments from the last post. I appreciate every comment and thought. It will help guide me through the process of deciding what to do with my Etsy.

29 comments:

Debby said...

Love that picture you posted of the little girl and the tree. Adorable. I can't remember the years but I do have a good memory.

vintage grey said...

Such beautiful ornaments and photos!! Your sweet Kewpie is absolutely precious and a special treasure! xo Heather

the vanilla squirrel said...

loved the kewpie picture and then......scrolled down to see your own very special one on the tree....GORGEOUS!!!!...bit of a kewpie fan you see.....lovely baubles too x

Tammy's in Love said...

All is calm, all is (Shiney) Brite! I happen to know an Airman at Pearl Harbor. Do you want me ask him to go on a recon mission???

Erica of Golden Egg Vintage said...

Swooning over that Kewpie! I've always liked them (note the one in my blog banner). Yours looks so prefessionaly painted. That's a lot of talent for one little Girl Scout!
Erica :)

Barbara said...

I'm glad your kewpie survived. And I'm glad you've managed to collect such pretty ornaments to keep her company.

ImagiMeri said...

I have very few Christmas ornies from the past, but I do have one or two that I longingly fondle when decorating the tree. I have one large gold orb from my grandma and I gaze adoringly at it and all it's crackles and just pray I don't break it.

Love ya'
Meri

Kim K. said...

I adore your silver tree. A lovely backdrop for your precious collection.

Kim K. said...

I adore your silver tree. A lovely backdrop for your precious collection.

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Lovely close ups! ♥

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love the vintage Christmas balls. I look for them at the thrift store...nothing left from my childhood except memories! Holiday hugs!

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Love all your close up pictures! Such sweet ornaments!! Your Kewpie is darling too! xo Holly

Sandy said...

Renee,
I have one very similar to these that were my folks....it would make me nuts to think that those other ornaments of your Dad's are in a crawl space anywhere, let alone as far away as Hawaii! Have faith, someday they will find their way to you! I agree with Tammy, time for a recon mission for sure! :)

Lesa said...

I understand your numbers thing. I have trouble with all of mine...age, weight, bank account, etc!

Loved looking at your ornaments. I have a few similar ones and, you're right, they are precious.

Amy Jo said...

I absolutely love that kewpie baby... such a cutie. And the vintage image is so darling.

Blessings,
Amy Jo

Chenille Cottage said...

Hi Renee!
My goodness...Your creativity was in full bloom when you were a young girl. Your kewpie doll is darling and so beautifully handmade. What a fond childhood keepsake.
I love all your ornaments. Each one has it's own story, I'm sure. I lived in Hawaii for several years and my hopes are that those priceless ornaments aren't beyond finding. The humidity is such a bugger....and, it sounds like your Uncle is too!
Blessings my sweet friend,
Carolynn xxx

Kathy said...

Renee, that Kewpie is just the sweetest thing and a treat to see. I love the little chubby-baby knees! My tree is decorated in vintage this year, too.

Perfectly Printed said...

Isn't it fun sorting through the ornaments and remembering? Love yours!

chris

LBP said...

Opening our boxes of ornaments every year is like meeting old friends again! That kewpie is adorable. What is she made of? I have a few of my grandparents and parents Christmas ornaments, they are the most special.

Blessings

Linda

craftyles said...

The ornies are so pretty. I think the one I love the most is the Kewpie. So cute and I'm sure treasured>

Blessed Serendipity said...

Your little kewpie ornament is precious. How wonderful that you still have it. Your shiny brites are so very pretty too.

xo
Danielle

GardenofDaisies said...

All of these decorations are so pretty. All I can say about the uncle is it's a shame he won't allow people to enjoy them.

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

I'm like you, Renee, in that I can't remember dates if my life depended on it but I can remember details. On the other hand, my hubby remembers dates "five years ago, we had...." Drives me nuts!! LOl
I didn't comment on the quesitons you had about Etsy as I am in the same boat. I've got several ideas but not sure what to do. The comments and encouraging words were helpful to me as well.
Oh, and do I dare say that your uncle is an ol' grinch?? ;)

busymartha said...

I found a sweet cupie doll this year in a second hand store. I want to knit her something Christmassy for the season. Stay tuned, Marilyn.

Tazas y Cuentos said...

Very nice ornaments! Some of them are very similar to the ones I'm sharing in my last post, from my childhood.
Lovely memories!
Besos, Silvina

Creative Breathing said...

Renee, What a beautiful tinsel tree filled with ornaments! I know now to begin collecting them. The importance of blogging!
Renee, I missed your post about your Etsy shop. I have to say I love all that you make. I just have not been lucky enough to get their soon enough! I'll keep trying! Elizabeth

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Love your vintage decorations!

donna said...

Oh Renee your ornaments a great. Love the sweet little kewpie doll you made. I can remember some of my brownie meetings I had as a little girl. OH BOY the shiney brites are just GREAT.
Hugs
donna

Barbara said...

I do not know how I got here but I really love all your Christmas displays I have a lot of vintage Christmas too which I just love. Wish you Uncle would give you the ornaments back.
Barbara