Many years ago, I began to collect ornaments by Christopher Radko. I'm sure you are all familiar with him and his story (which you can read here), and know how beautiful his ornaments are. The fun part for me, though, was finding them. Yes, this was a long time ago, and long before he appeared on QVC! When I traveled, I'd always make sure to seek out the local Christmas stores to see if they had any of these treasures. And, one at a time, I would purchase them. It was a very slow process, as they were quite pricey, but I thought they were so beautiful, reflecting a true old world style.
This great guy was my first; he's so, so different looking than the ones I find now.
This is a sweet stocking from the Little Gems collection; I love these small ones.
A great Santa with a tree;
Hurricane Katrina commemorative ornament;
Oops! My #2 Assistant, Midnight, deciding which ornament to play with NEXT! Please note the wooden ornament already on the floor; I put those on the bottom!
A sort of upside down jester;
A little gingerbread house.
The 'newer' ornaments just don't seem to hold the charm for me that the older ones did; also, they're too easy to find now, thus taking a lot of the joy out of the 'chase.' (And, that's really OK. I probably have 40-50 of these, and storage in this house is at a premium!)
I have some other ornaments that I hope to share later. I'm just beyond overjoyed tonight that I finally got this tree decorated!
Hoping that everyone has had a good weekend. A lot of you will have snow this week...ENJOY!
I'll be sharing with these lovely hostesses this week: