Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, December 17, 2012

The Finishing Touch

The finishing touches on Christmas
On the dining room sideboard

Are a pair of International Silver Company's lead glass sleighs
One was a Christmas gift from friend Shirley Ann

She has a pair as well.
She bought one, had a "do" and borrowed mine
And then we both realized that we both needed a pair!

She bought another from the store where she got the first two .  . .

My second one was a garage sale find for $1!

They're great to hold nuts and mints when you entertain,
The green and red Hershey kisses look good in them as well
They're also perfect for a bouquet of flowers for a luncheon centerpiece.

But this year . . .

I put some antique left over Christmas bulbs in them.

The ornaments can be dumped if we need them for nuts or mints!

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From 2003 to 2010, our Christmas tree was artifical
A big 9 foot tree (and we have 8 foot six ceilings -- but the top foot or so is usually a stick that sticks straight up!)

But it did reach the ceiling

Christmas Tree 2010
 Which means that we didn't need or use a topper!

But last year and this year, we got a real tree
A shorter real tree

Which is tall but doesn't come anywhere near the ceiling.
But alas, we didn't have any kind of tree topper.

I prefer vintage rather than new -- I like the patina of age.
And alas, there was nothing vintage in our little town
So I turned to ebay.

I found an angel, made a bid
And surprisingly was the winner!

She came today . . .

She's German, dates from the 60's, her gown is real velvet, her wings are of gold, and she's got gems in her crown and a real wax face.

She looks perfect on top of the tree
Overlooking all the Christmas festivities.

Now that the tree is complete,
The glass sleighs are on the sideboard and filled with ornaments . . .

It's time to get back to Christmas baking . . .

Tomorrow is pain des epices and peppernuts

It's Tuesday and I'm joining Marty at a Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday.


Pondside said...

Just the sort of tree that I think of when I hear Oh Tannenbaum!

Rowan said...

The tree looks great, I prefer a real tree but DH's breathing problems mean that artificial is better for us. Love those lead glass sleighs.

Rebecca said...

Merry Christmas! The angel is beautiful and so fitting for you and your home....

On Crooked Creek said...

What a gorgeous Angel on the tree!!! I've been looking for a second Angel topper for the downstairs Christmas Tree at the local Antique Mall and Shops with no luck!!! Yours makes such a statement atop the tree @ Linderhof!!! Great find!!!

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

The angel is lovely. What a find. I must keep my eyes open for sleighs like those. So versatile.

Deb said...

Your tree is gorgeous, Martha and that topper is spectacular.