Sunday, December 5, 2010

Treasured Ornaments

A special joy for me at holiday time is unwrapping treasured ornaments.
After many years of acquiring them, I have several collections.
But none are more dear than my little
"Santas on Animals"
created and made by my daughter Kate.

I began collecting ornaments which featured
Santa riding different animals.
(I'll share those another time.)
I loved these ornaments, but could never find
my favorite animal,
a sheep,
with Santa perched on his back.
Kate surprised me one year with one she had made herself!
She is now grown and following her dreams in NYC,
but since she was a little girl,
Kate has been especially talented in molding clay.
For several years she has surprised me each year
with a new one to add to my collection.
One particular favorite is the Kitty Kat.

Can't you just hear him purring?

This little canine was inspired by my, now gone, dachshund, Lizzy.

What would Christmas be without a red cardinal?

Kate's Santas are always serious.

This is last year's creation.
"When pigs fly..." always pops into my head when I see it.

Hang on Santa!

All during her childhood, Kate had a favored stuffed bunny
which was always called "Brown Rabbit."
I wonder if he's the inspiration for this little guy?

The Christmas Parade at Buttermilk Cottage!

Santa IS coming!

My "favorite."
Thank you, darling girl Kate,
for my beautiful collection

This week I'm liking up with parties at
Between Naps on the Porch for Deck the Halls
Savvy Southern Style for Boring to Better
A Stroll thru Life for the Christmas Cloche Party
All Things Heart & Home for All Things Merry & Brite
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Holiday


Lynn said...

These are truly special! Of course, I'm lovin' the pig-enjoy:@)

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Those are just darling. She is very talented.

Stitchfork said...

Decorations such as these are more precious and priceless than anything else you could buy! What is the significance of the pennies by them?

Susan McClaskey said...

Cathy at Stitchfork,
I just wanted to give some perspective, so everyone would know what size the clay figures are.

Jenny H. said...

What a wonderful treasure! Lucky mom to have such a talented and generous daughter. :-) Merry Christmas!

Patti's Artful Design said...

Oh...I love everyone of those little treasures and the story behind them! I especially love that Izzy! Such a lovely and sentimental posting in celebration of your daughter's talent. Thank you for sharing. Happy holidays.

Shelia said...

Oh these little Santas are darling! She is one talented gal!
be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

These are wonderful! I love collecting Christmas items! So much fun to add to your collection each year! Happy holidays! ♥

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

These are absolutely precious! I know they must mean the world to you. Kate is very talented and she should make these and sell them. They are wonderful.
Happy Holidays,

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Thanks so much for sharing these at the party!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

These are all so precious and must be so treasured by you since your sweet daughter created them!

A Debbie-Dabble Christmas

Brenda Pruitt said...

I love all your whimsical riding Santas!

Robin said...

I've never seen a collection so utterly delightful! I love the pig... :)
Give Daisy a smooch!

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

Her work is awesome! What a treasured collection!
So happy to have found your blog. I'm your newest follower and would be delighted to have you follow me back!
Have a blessed Christmas season!

sweet violets said...

These are absolutely precious!!! What a talented artist!!! Thanks for sharing.....hugs, cleo

Unknown said...

How cute! This is such a wonderful tradition. Your sweet daughter must love you so much to do this every year. :)

Merry Christmas!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh what precious keepsakes, I just love them all. I've never seen anything like them, and they are all just wonderful. She is so talented. Love the one under your cloche and them all on parade. Fabulous. Thanks so much for linking to the party. Hugs, Marty

Sevenbeads said...

Love the sculptures! My favorite? Lizzie the dog. Very clever ... all of them.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Oh how absolutely darling! So sweet and what talent- wow! Thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Your collection is wonderful and what treasures as they're hand made by your daughter.

Melanie said...

Oh, I just love these Santas on animals! What a talented daughter you have. She should sell these at craft shows or online (etsy)!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I adore these ornaments with the Kitty being my favorite. How very talented is your daughter. What sweet memories these hold for you. Treasures for sure!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Wow! I think she could make this a career. Those are so cute and so unique! I love Santa flying on a Cardinal, but they are all absolutely wonderful. I know they are even more special to you, because your daughter made them. I'm so glad you linked these whimsical Christmas creations to Favorite Things Sat. laurie

Gloria said...

What a WONDERFUL collection to have from your daughter - made even more special because she MADE them for you! Happy Holidays!
Best regards,

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