Monday, December 20, 2010

A Santamaker's Christmas Tour

Hi Friends,

So nice of you to join me for a little tour of my home at Christmas.

I have so much fun playing with my Father Christmases, both old favorites and brand new ones just created weeks ago.





This one is one of my all time favorites. He is dressed in brown velvet and from the minute our eyes met, I knew I would not be able to part with him.

Today, I had my Christmas lunch, just a small group of my neighbors and friends...


The salad plates are old world Father Christmases that I bought 6 years ago.




All together, there are 4 different designs, these are my two favorites:



The dinner plates are a red transferware that I bought at the Charlotte antique show several years ago. I was told they came from a convent. I wish I knew a little more about their history.
They must have a fascinating story to tell....




Step in to the family room...
I love taking pictures without flash at night. They are so much softer and romantic.


This was a vignette that I created this Christmas with one of my "new guys"... another of those who whispered in my ear, " please let me stay, don't take me to market"...


Here's the same picture taken with flash. While everything is much more visible, some of the ambiance is lost...






Another new creation for the 2010 collection: Simply Elegant, wears a mink trimmed animal print coat with pheasant feathers and offers many beautiful gifts.




Some of my favorite blown glass ornaments that adorn my tree...



A charming "In the Garden" Father Christmas is decked in denim and antique coat. He carries bounties from the farm as well as a feathered friend...




My dining room is always done in reds, blues and golds. I love playing up my blue and white plates with the blue ornaments on the feather tree.




My living room was a nice backdrop for this Winter White Father Christmas. So soft and regal, he is striking in his vintage surroundings.






This year I got a special order from a lady in Texas for a "western Santa". He wears suede coat and badge that reads, "Texas" over his heart. Between the lasso and the flag, I believe he fits in just fine in his new home in the Lone Star state.



This French Country Father Christmas is as charming as they get. He got a new home in Arkansas.




He pulled on my heart strings and was a hard one to let go of. This Father Christmas of the Seas was one of my all time favorites. He went home with someone at Scott's Antique Market here in Atlanta.


Be still my heart...how could I have let you go?....






Thanks for dropping by.






Meeeeeeeeeeery Christmas!


16 comments:

Mary Ellen said...

Goodness your Father Christmas creations are just amazing!! What beautiful faces they have - I couldn't imagine parting with them after all that work you put in them!!

You house is just gorgeous!!! My you have been a busy little elf getting it all ready for Christmas!!

Always enjoy coming by you place!!

Merry Christmas
mARy

Joan said...

Your Santas are just too beautiful! What a wonderful talent you have! Merry Christmas!

Painter's Place said...

Everything is beautiful! I don't know how you part with any of the Santa's. They are gorgeous!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Rose you are so talented! I adore your Santa's and hope to see them someday in person. It must be hard to let them go but you know they are loved in their new homes. Your home is stunning this Christmas and thank you for sharing.

salmagundi said...

This is my favorite Christmas post from all of the blogs this season! Your talent is so wonderful it has to be shared. Thanks for posting. Have a glorious Christmas. Sally

Deanna said...

All very charming and festive!!!
Enjoyed my time at your place.

Merry Christmas and God Bless,
d from homehaven

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Everything is just breathtaking! I wouldn't be able to let any of those Santas leave!! They are all just stunning!!! I know their new owners are just thrilled beyond measure!

Thank you for sharing and

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Lou Cinda

Vivian said...

Your home is beautiful and your Santa's exceptional. Love the one you sent to Arkansas. It would look great in my kitchen.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Christmas Blessings to you and your family, From my mountain to yours Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

bj said...

Oh, Rose...your home has ALWAYS been one of my very favorites and it is MAGNIFICENT all decked out at Christmas. Your Father Chritstmas creations are so AWESOME.
If I EVER win the lottery, one of your beauties will be the FIRST thing I buy for myself. They just flat take my breath away.
Have a special and wonderful Christmas.

cge4211 said...

Your Santas are exquisite. I have seen many Handcrafted Santas and I always judge them on their faces and eyes. I don't often see any that "talk" to me. Yours are perfect and so expressive. Not many do them well. You are very, very artistic and detailed oriented. I would invite any of these into my home. They are beautiful. Do you show at the Southern Christmas Show in Charlotte? Carolyn In charlotte

Donnie said...

What a beautiful table you have made. I loved all your decorations. Have a Merry Christmas.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh how beautiful your Santas are! I would love to see your process of giving "birth" to such lovely artworks. Merry Christmas!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Oh my gosh!! Your Santa's this year are more gorgeous than last year. You have such a gift my friend. What I wouldn't give to be on your Christmas list each year. Your home is truly a magic place to visit. From our home to yours darling. Happy New Year!! I'll toast an electric "glass" your direction..hugs ~lynne~

Helen said...

Dear Rose ...

Happy New Year!!

Tardevil said...

Just came by to tell you Happy New Year, and saw this post. Oh my words, that Santa of the Sea was my absolute favorite, but the French guy came in 2nd. The fabrics, trim, toys, etc. you add to them are just gorgeous. How did you learn to make them? I can see what you've been doing. Please post more as you do them! I always love looking @ Santa's. Happy 2011!