Ornaments and a Winner!

Tiny Green, originally uploaded by ivoryblushroses.

Tiny things have always intrigued me and that goes for tiny Christmas decorations too! Like this itsy bitsy green ball that is all of 3/8" diameter or the little glass raindrop hanging behind it. My little tree contains many such treasures, gathered over the past few years. This little green ball is special because not only is it tiny and green, it is one of a handful of ornaments that I still have that once belonged to my Grandmother.
On December 23, 1999, our home was destroyed by fire along with the vast majority of our possesions, so most of my Christmas ornaments are new to me since then. Except for a few things we hadn't put out that year, that were stored safely in boxes in the basement where the fire, smoke and water didn't do as much damage. But from a small tree that I used to put up yearly in my bedroom, I was able to save, though forever changed by fire, a few other special ornaments. Like the clear glass bell that used to be a lovely silvery pink patina, and the little bronzy bunny that used to be white. I was so glad to be able to find a few things to save and though not as pristine as they once were, they serve as a remembrance of the time "before the fire".
White Rabbit
Since then, a new bunny has been added to the collection along with many other "new" old ornaments that have been gathered from family and friends, flea markets and antique stores as well as a few modern ornaments such as the pinecones and acorns.
Star of India
There are other decorations too, such as the green fabric star with bronze metalic braid trimming. All things gathered to celebrate this season of joy!

And with thoughts of celebration in mind, it's time to announce the winner of the "Hope" drawing! I copied the list of comments into Random List Maker at Random.org. The winner it chose is: Cat!
This seems so appropriate to me as it was one of her pieces that you can see here, (the Aug 1, 2007 entry titled "Heart of a Dove") that inspired me to start my first CQ, the cream on cream crazy quilt square many months ago! Cat ~ send me your mailing info and "Hope" will wing it's way to you on Monday!


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