"What one can see out in the sunlight is always less interesting than what is behind a windowpane."

Friday, July 11, 2014

Visiting Byers Choice Christmas Museum

Let's celebrate Christmas in July by taking a
trip to the Byers Choice Christmas Museum
in Chalfont, PA.
When you go in, you're greeted with
an old town of England scene.
In this theatre, you can sit and watch
how Byers Choice figurines started.
 It's a great place for photo-ops and
it's NEVER crowded.
 You can look inside the windows
to gorgeous Christmas scenes.
 And, of course, you'll see tons
and tons of the figurines captured in
different miniatures villages.

 One room even had some Halloween!

 This is the Observation Deck where you can
look down and see the artists creating
the figurines.  Looks like we caught them
on a lunch break!
 In some areas, there are scenes behind glass.
This one represents Russia.
 Scandinavian Christmas.
 Merry old England
 Germany - my favorite!
Another rooms houses huge scenes of
smaller figurines - I think they're elves.
 The room with all the little elves helping
Mrs. Claus bake was my favorite.

 Another room houses walls of
Nativities from around the world on
both sides. 

 Little guys were popping out everywhere!
This fella was on a pole.

What's inside? 
 You also have professional portraits
taken here.  They have early century
costumes to dress in and you pose
on the main avenue.
 And it ends with the gift store.
They're open most days and it's a free day
trip.  My kids are feeling a little old for it now,
but it still made a hot July day feel cooooool!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Found these behind the kitchen counters

After 13 years we're finally hoping to install
a dish washer.  I know, we're just crazy modern
aren't we?  Anyway, to do that Ted had to see
the condition of the floor and walls behind the
1939 METAL cabinets.  We feared the worst. 
Turns out not only were they in excellent shape, but
 Ted also found some old ephemera that has been sitting
back there the last 60+ years.
A metal Oscar's Frozen Food Service calendar
holder dated 1950.  It's also a magnet so now
decorates our refrigerator.
 Children's Fun Book for traveling.
 And now, boy's and girl's, we're going to learn
all about the importance of oil and how
60 years from now, your parents will barely
be able to afford it.  The End.
 I Spy game
 Drawing by Number. 

 How many pictures start with the
letter H?
 Try and remember all the objects
in the picture.  Look at the way the
toy cars were drawn.  Sign of the times!
 Maze to Happy Motoring station.
Showing where all the Happy Motoring
stations are.  They were popular.  Wonder
whatever happened to them?
 True or False section all about oil.
How stimulating!
A car travel tip guide.

 This is what the booklets
were stored in.
It's also used as a trash bag to
try to stop people from littering.
Ted also found a coupon booklet.  
 No dates but judging from the graphics,
looks like still in the 50's or 60's era.
 And a very crispy $5.00 bill marked 1934!
Now I'm trying to talk Ted into
removing the cabinets on the other side!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Breathing New Life Into Old Dolls

As much as it pained me to have to
cut her dress away from her body,
it's not about the dress - it's about the
creative process.  And it would have
pained me more to not work with my hands.
Besides, I think she likes her new look!
 She carries a Victorian cone, also known
as a "tussie-mussie", filled with
4th of July goodies.
 And my girls keep growing.
Found this old Avon after-shave
bottle yesterday.  Doesn't it make
make for a unique display piece?
 Hmmm...this picture reminds me
of my relationship with my friend, Beth.
She's always been what I call my "Cosmo
Girl" while I'm the Plain Jane who loves
to hear all her stories of travel and adventure!
 I attached a sign for the one
doll to hold that reads, "Glorious
Freedom."  I ripped the words
out of a 100-year-old hymnal.
The old Civil War photo in the background
is one of Ted's great-uncles.
I think the pictures pulls this vignette all together.
*WHEW*!  After dressing all those dolls it
inspires me to take a good hard look at my
own wardrobe!