Last year I shared four of my favourite ornaments from my collection and you all seemed to like it. Well, at least Carla and Jill did. I'm not going to lie, I had fun reminiscing while I wrote it too. So this year I decided to share a few more of my favourite decorations and the stories they come with.
The fun felted character above brings me so much joy, you don't even know. His name is Ronny and I picked him up from Lulu & Lavigne a few years ago. He keeps me company at my desk all day. And yes, I talk to him sometimes. So what?
Mike and I picked this up from the market in Munich on our vacation this past summer. It made its way safe and sound in my backpack through five more countries, so you can imagine my heartbreak when I found it broken a couple weeks ago. How did that even happen? It doesn't matter, because thankfully I was able to glue it back together. It's such a sweet reminder of our travels.
I call these creatures Ugly Santa and Creepy Snowman and they are hand-me-downs from Mike's childhood. They're pretty cute in their retro tackiness, don't you think? Whatever they are, they never fail to make us laugh every single year, so they will stay for as long as they remain in one piece. They come as a unit in my mind, so they count as one decoration, OK?
This shiny engraved cupid was given to me by Mrs. Owens, an old family friend that lived next to the house I was born in. I only lived there for four years, but I can remember her home almost as clearly as my own at the time. She reminds me of tea, strawberries, the colour mauve and sewing -- when she passed away, her daughter gave us her sewing machine (and lots of mauve thread), which I used to teach myself to sew! I'm so happy to have this reminder of her.
Last but not least, my advent calendar. I always had a boxed one growing up and loved prying open each little window, but what I have never liked is the cheapo chocolate that tastes like it's been sitting around since last Christmas. Bleh. So when I spotted this limited edition, hand printed one on Etsy a few years ago, I jumped on it and snagged the last one. I'm so glad I trusted my instinct because it is now one of my most favourite decorations. We've tried a few types of chocolate in it, but this year's Quality Street seems to be the winner, mostly because we can fit two candies in each pocket. Haha! Six more days... can you believe it?