"Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time."
~~Laura Ingalls Wilder~~
My taste in things is eclectic. Without a doubt I like primitives. But I also like certain things from the late Victorian era – velvet that is worn and thin, framed butterfly specimens, pressed flowers and herbs - especially when found in old journals with faded, spidery handwriting. And then there are old bibles, rosaries, and statues of the Blessed Mother… And I admit it; I like a little bling – especially at Christmas. Bling that shows its age. Bling with patina. I was smitten the moment I saw this jolly little Santa Claus bauble. I love everything about him. The missing stones, the patina, even the kitsch factor. He reminds me of my childhood Christmases and one of my favorite gifts – a Liddle Kiddle Lucky Locket necklace. I remember being so excited that I ran around the living room in circles, unable to contain my joy! I still have that locket stashed in my drawer of childhood memorabilia. Simple pleasures, to be sure. And that is my wish for you this Christmas. May your season be filled with simple, unaffected joy…
“Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveler, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!”
~~Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers (1836)~~
I had every intention of having a new Christmas pattern to offer this month, but alas, I didn’t manage to get it finished. The good news is I have managed to put together a merry assortment of old and early goods for your consideration this month on Early Work Mercantile. My offerings include two antique samplers, two early make-do pincushions, the best primitive box to hold your greens, and a little silver creamer set with the best patina – perfect to display a few tiny ornaments. Do take a peek!
Visit Pineberry Lane on Facebook for quick posts and sneak peeks. You don’t need a Facebook account to visit Pineberry Lane's page ~ it is open to the public!
Until Next Month...
Now, ‘tis time for me to work on gifts for family and friends and enjoy the pleasure of decking the halls…
May you be filled with peace and joy this Christmastide!
~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~
"Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart."