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PARTY IN THE GLASS BOX

Although this is a poor picture, this is one of two china cabinets in our small dining area. There is a door immediately to the left which opens into our workroom. There is a corner cabinet on the other side of the doorway. That Depression glass compote is not supposed to be on top; my husband forgot where it was supposed to go and stuck it up there. lol I was not about to complain because he was cleaning up after Christmas dinner, although I did tell him later. Anyway, I took this picture to show where another small Christmas display is sitting.

The two little Santas have sentimental value. The left one was a gift to my children from an older lady Mrs. Steinhardt, who lived across the street from us in the late 60's. The right Santa was a gift from one of my students many years ago; she handpainted him.

The glass hurricane candleholder was a gift one year from our Great-Aunt Mabel. The milk glass pitcher and large plate belonged to my late mother-in-law.

This is the same glass box with a mirrored back that I use for several different displays, including the chicken scene most of the year. In this holiday display, it has a Christmas dresser, a table and one chair in it. (Early in the holiday season it holds the gift-wrapping display!)

I took it out of the china cabinet in order to get a clearer picture. It looks a bit misshapen because I had to take the photo at an angle so I wouldn't capture myself and the camera in the mirror. The green braided rug is from Sadie Ludeke.

This dresser was a piece intended for the Christmas house which I never finished..

Here's some china pieces, and a red Chrysnbon candy dish, atop a long Jeanetta Kindall doily.

The plates at the back of the shelf are paper coated with a glaze and given a gold rim with a fine marker. The smaller plate in the center is Chrysnbon, as are the green candy covered dish and the red cups.

The mug, a gift from Karen Stull, barely holds my full name (Juawanna). Now you see why I'm known as just Wanna on the internet!

Oh, dear. Should've checked before snapping; that red goblet is severely tilting! I should've glued those onto clear plastic as I usually do because Chrysnbon is so lightweight. Wonderful, but lightweight! I will do that in future. There's a chocolate cake with either raspberry or plum sauce; I forget which.

The doily is by Jeanetta Kendall. I only used one because more would obscure the other items too much. The Santa mug is one of those pewter pieces that you paint. I don't particularly enjoy painting; never feel satisfied with anything I do. The candies in the glass bowl are Fimo.

I bought the brass plate with the image of Mary and Joseph a long time ago. Unfortunately the scene doesn't show up here. The tiny Santa is plastic; don't remember where I got him. The lollypop tree was brushed with white paint, then dipped in colored beads. I should have covered the base with something.

The base for the flower arrangement is a button on a little square of fabric edged with bunka. It actually looks better in real life than it does in pictures. I need to replace the greenery; it has beome brittle and the color faded somewhat with age.

The candlestick on the right side was one of several I made as token gifts for my then-mini club. It is contrived of various jewelry findings and beads. The candle is real, cut down from one of those long very thin party candles.

The top drawer has Christmas towels, the second drawer has placemats, and there's a candy tin in the bottom drawer.

The gingerbread house inside the doors on the bottom shelf was a gift from my friend Josefina, who made many of the great Christmas ornaments on the white tree (see Josefina's Tree Workshop in this same section).

Here is the table, set for a small holiday party; another example made from a cut-down frozen orange juice can. A new cardboard top is glued on for stability and a smooth surface. The glass round adds more usable space. The fringed topper has cardinals and other tiny Christmas designs on it.

The chocolate cake with the marzipan cherries was a gift from a friend. The gingerbread cake is from a package of mini Christmas ornaments. The ceramic tree was also a gift from a friend; I think she made it. The cold cuts are Fimo.

The napkins are cut from the corners of single-ply Kleenex. I used a red pen to draw on the ribbon trim. The small plates are paper; the larger ones are china.

We were in Lubbock once for a funeral, but swung by The Little Shop for a few minutes. Norma was gracious as always, even if it was very late in the day. I was so disappointed at not having more time, but managed to purchase this little Santa candle anyway. I think it was made by Mary Bures.

The white frosted cake with red sugar roses was an early Fimo experiment. The rolls are also made from Fimo. Triangle shapes are rolled up exactly the same as the real rolls are done. Chalks were used for browning.

The red snowflake-design of the chair seat is cut from embroidered Christmas ribbon, which I also used for a table runner on a dessert table. There are two chairs with these seats; one used in this scene, the other is used elsewhere.

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