Monday, November 28, 2011

Grandma's Santa Painting

Several years ago we had a flood in the basement of our old house (due to a water heater malfunction) and thank goodness I was able to rescue this painting my Grandma did of Santa. The board he was painted on all swelled up and one corner broke off but I did my best to try to "fix" him.
I glued the piece back on and with a little white paint and glitter tried to make it look like a icy break. Then since I string beads over practically the whole house, I strung some beads on Santa's portrait too. He is a little warped--but I am so happy that I still am able to display him. It is my favorite picture of Santa, and even better that my Grandma painted it!

Everyone who visits my blog knows I am not big on traditional holiday colors. But I did make this little bookcase area to house the Santa and my musical Christmas dolls. I used to have a large doll collection and before moving I sold them all..except a select few. I had to keep these two because the kids love them and they bring back memories of Christmas' past.
In closing I will show you our tree...
 Isn't she a beauty?!
I picked this up from 3 men (tree farmers I'm guessing-but maybe wise men?) that had a nice fire going and it was so peaceful to stop by their Christmas tree display. The kids are past the age of wanting to go out and cut one so this is the route I went. Maybe next year things will be less hectic and we'll have time to go cut the tree ourselves..but who am I kidding? Probably not.:) The guys wanted $40 (and my budget was $30) after saying I would go over budget to $35 he said he would take $30. Nice guy. My Mom thought that was so expensive but I have been looking at all the stands and I know that's the best price I could get on a 8 ft Noble at this time of year. Coming from the background of owning a business for over 20 years I have to stay within my small budget but I also always want to be fair to the person trying to make a living! I strongly believe that corporations aren't the only ones greedy in this society. I love a good deal..but also believe in being fair.

Just wondering..what does a fresh cut tree cost in your area?

Well this is the last time you'll see this tree naked...stay tuned for our fully dressed Christmas tree coming soon!


rkbsnana said...

I love your Santa - and pretty much everything you have. Trying not to

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lovely~ i really like how it matched the 2 figurines:)

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Anonymous said...

Ooooh i just popped over from Sandy's blog after reading your comment that she might have a book out in 2012,i really hope so i will be buying it straight away.
What a beautiful painting and so happy for you that you rescued it and your Christmas tree is just beautiful,enjoy decorating it x

Heirloom treasures said...

OH I love your grandma's Santa painting. It goes so well with your Christmas dolls. In the little recess it is perfect.
That is one big tree, I've no idea what they cost now,because I haven't bought one for years. Happy decorating. xx j

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Oh what a precious portrait of Santa. Your grandma was a very talented lady. The entire grouping is so pretty. Love your tree. $30 is a great bargain. I know that my daughter cut hers at a tree farm for $50. We always got a fresh tree when our kids were growing up. Now I have two fake ones. Easier clean up, but I do miss the smell of a fresh tree. Happy Holidays to you!

Bunny Jean said...

Love that Santa! I know how heartbroken you must have been to see him all wet and warped... but you did a great job of saving him.

Your tree was a bargain, even at 40 bucks. But then you live in tree country! They go for 65-80 around these parts.

Thanks for putting up the Pet Parade button on your sidebar :)

xoxo Bunny Jean

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Your Santa painting is precious. I love it! You did a great job "saving" him.

Marigene said...

Love your Santa...happy to hear that it wasn't ruined from the water. Your grandmother is very talented.

Doll in the Looking Glass said...

Family traditions are the best part of the holiday season. Enjoy your Santa painting and the dolls with all the memories they represent.

Visiting from the Bunny Hop, Debra.

Honey at 2805 said...

The Santa painting is adorable! I will be watching for your decorated tree next week!

Thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday!

CraveCute said...

Your Santa is such a wonderful keepsake. Thank goodness you were able to rescue him! Your tree is really beautiful and lush. Linked with Potpourri Party #14!