Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Holiday decorating ..

and a few reindeer .. just for RuthAnn ... I'm not sure exactly when I started collecting reindeer. DH and I have been married 33 years, so let's just say I've been collecting for about 30 years. We have a room divider that is actually older than the collection .. it was the first piece of furniture that we bought as newlyweds .. it a great way to display all the reindeer don't you think? So this is a picture of most of the divider, there's one more shelf on the lower right that I couldn't get in the picture ...

Here's a close up of the top right ...

the top middle ...

and the top left ...

the next pictures are of the individual cubbies ...

oh this is the bottom shelf ...

more individual cubbies ...



and this is the front of the divider .. it sits at the end of the dining room .. because we don't spend much time in the dining room, you'll see that most the reindeer face the hallway, which is the major hallway from the upstairs and entryway and the family room/kitchen .. but of course you can't have dinner with a bunch of reindeer butts facing you .. so some reindeer get turned around ....
Here's my Christmas salt and pepper shaker collection .. I've been collecting them for as long if not longer than the reindeer .. DH helped with hanging my stitching around the shelves .. I think it turned out really nice :)




It's stopped raining thank goodness .. but there are still towns having to dig out of the muck and mire .. what a horrible way to start the Hanukkah/Christmas holiday .. Happy Hanukkah to any of you that celebrate it ...
No stitching this week yet .. but I've almost gone my Christmas cards all done *smile* I'm itching to stitch though, so tomorrow I'll be working on my Fair and Square exchange piece.
I'm grateful for my reindeers, they make me smile and remember ...


20 comments:

Sally said...

Wow, what a fantastic collection of reindeer and salt and pepper pots!

Amy said...

Wow Michele, I see I'm gonna have to be on the lookout for more reindeer & Christams S&P sets, you clearly don't have nearly enough yet! That reminds me of my snowman collection (which I didn't get out this year)! lol They are all cute & I LOVE your xmas stitching! That TCF tree looks familiar??? Hugs Pal!

Barbara said...

Oh my goodness, what formidable collections!! :D

Teejay said...

I love your collection of reindeer, so varied. Do you keep this and your shaker collections up all year or do you just display them at christmas time?

karen said...

WOW! you have quite a collection there girl! I will have to find you some Arizona S&P shakers! great stitching! love those reindeers too! hugs

Ruth said...

Cool, Michele!

I love the HERD of reindeer and the shakers! Too cute.

Here's to you (and your collections) not floating away. If you could see your way to sending some of that rain towards Julie and Chris, I'm sure they'd appreciate it!

Stay safe!!!!!

Vonna said...

THAT is a lot of Reindeer! :)
All are cute and I love how you decorated!

Paisley said...

What great collections! I love your displays!

Lisa said...

I have a collection, but not as manyas yours! Impressive! Reminds me of a high school friend's mom who collected turtles.
My collection is owls, and hubby's is gargoyles. Needless to say, the kids have grown up use to something watching over them.

Marie-P said...

Wow...I need to start a collection of something :) Your reindeer and salt/pepper collections are wonderful! Do you keep them up year round?
Looks like we almost share a birthday...mine is a few days after you on the 29th...will be 48!

Susieq said...

Wow!! Very impressive collection. I have a friend whose husband's name is Wayne, and she always gives him a "Wayne"deer for Christmas, I'll have to tell her about your collection.

Michelle said...

Wow! I love your collections~this helps me in my PIF :) Michelle

Alberta ('Berta) said...

Michele, I love the rustic reindeer you have on the top shelf! What a great collection!

Cheryl said...

That sure is quite a collection!

wanda said...

Thanks for sharing your collection, WOW!! Everything looks great.

stitcherw said...

I loved all your reindeer and salt and pepper shaker collection pieces. Thanks for taking the time to take all the pictures. The pillows are perfect hanging off the shelves too. What fun decorations to be able to put up and enjoy.

Your LK Ho Ho Ho piece tuned out wonderful, and with the banners like they are the finishing on these is perfect too when the holidays can be so hectic. Your cookies sound delicious, its been years since I've made cookies. Wish I lived close and could beg some off of you. :)
Sue

Carla said...

o_O oh wow! you have a huge collection!!

Shelleen said...

love your reindeer collection and you have a great way to show them off.

monique said...

What wonderful collections! nice way to display, too :)

The Silver Thistle said...

Now see, THIS is why I know you're my kind of person!!

Anyone who shares my love of multiple, hooge, sentimental collections has GOT to be a 'good guy'!! lol