How to spend Christmas on the Road-Music Biz Family

My Husbands beautiful Christmas CD. Wrapped in White.
Hear it and buy here. or download buy here at CD baby.
"Eiffel Tower on an silver angel hair cloud with books bought at a old shop in Ireland"

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My Christmas traditions for the past 25 years are different than the years before. My husband and I go on tour. Touring John Doan's Victorian Christmas Show. Check the calendar by clicking link.
This year we will be in Oregon, California, AZ, Oklahoma City on Dec. 21, and finally spending time in Santa Fe NM for our Christmas vacation quietly together on the road.
"Each year one new item starts the decorating frenzy. This year it was the broken doll by Nicol Sayer a repo Angel from TJ Max's. I spent a day restoring her and making her pretty again."

Over the years I had to give up the usual Christmas time ways. Making a gift, having a Christmas party, going to a Christmas event, etc. And now I catch Christmas on the Road while I give everyone else a very special Christmas with the Victorian Christmas Show. It is really the meaning of Christmas isn't it?

The wreath in the back was from my many trips to Goodwill at Christmas. And the little antique lights with little beads are from a antique shop in the California Mt. Shasta area. They were tiny angels with plastic ugly round heads and silver beaded tutus. I snapped the heads off and was left with the wonderful little lights set. Click the photo to see it big.
I learned a few things on the way over the past 25 years.
One is that a real Christmas tree doesn't last from Thanksgiving to a week into January. I tried every thing including flocking a tree. But it just looked white and droopy..dead!
So now my trees are creative but fake. Last year I bought a pack of green bottle brush trees from the craft store. The ones you use to decorated villages. I put them in bleach water and made them into snow trees. You can dye them with rite dye if you want.
My little Coco doll wanted to join the fun...put now she is put away safely. She sold to a doll collector in Germany and she is awaiting her flight.
I still fit making a little Christmas craft each year. I just do it early in Nov. I made the Noel with cardboard, Martha Stewart German Glass glitter and a string. I found these wonderful old paper bells that I hang at the end of the string. It makes me think of the 1940's black and white Christmas films and of course beautiful France in the 1920's.
My husband likes me to keep everything up through January. For him getting ready for the really big show starts in Nov. and everything is a blur till the last show is over and he puts away the instruments. Then he wants to enjoy the pretty lights and all. But for losses its sparkle. But I leave it as long as I can stand it.
This year rather than getting out the wonderful Christmas tree I have that is a Japanese Cedar...fake. You can see all my last year photo's by clicking here. So much snow and beauty hope you visit the 08 Doan's Christmas. So even though I don't have the classic tree I sure have the lots of trees.
I added this little beauty last year. A tiny cottage. It makes me think of Wales. Have you hear or seen the "A Child's Christmas in Wales" Video? I lived in England as a child. 10-13 years old. The little English children came to your door and sang carols out of a little book. They gathered the big Penny's of the 50's for the poor. It was so special opening the door to one little tiny boy singing at the door. I was enchanted with the song.."The Holly and the Ivy".

Last year I put up a branch in the urn where the Christmas tree was. I put on little lights and it was left all year. Rather than taking out as we were going on tour early this year I turned it into a ice storm...with glitter things all over it. I will post on Sunday more photo's of it.
Before I made dolls my self...and by the way it has only been one year! My my and I have had them in ADQ twice and Artful Blogger! Wow. I always went to my fav little gift shop now closed sadly..she is moving to MN blessed you! Anyway I would buy little paper mache whimsy's. This little girl is one of them.
I live up high...8 hundred feet on a cliff...I used to feel it in my body but now I don't notice..I guess I am like a mountain goat now. We built this house. The windows I got at a antiques mall on one of our tours. They just fit unplanned in these windows. I planned for them elsewhere but the size was wrong..the contractors messed up..a God surprise they look so wonderful in the Great room!
I like to buy different salt and pepper shakers for the kitchen table to decorate for each season. I put them in the kitchen cupboard so I don't loss them..I have a stash of other ones somewhere in the Christmas pile but where or where. I like these best and I can find them now.
These little house's delight me!

This snowman was carved just for me! For a few years I used to go out with a trailer I decorated and toured the South West in Oct. with a craft show called "Harvest Festivals" Sometimes John would fly in to help me. It was so hard but fun and it got John's amazing music out to the people who would love it. Anyway I would trade things for CD's. I this little boy came from a trade.
He is perfect standing in the blue sky. It makes me think of our upcoming trip to the OKC and Santa Fe.
Another Christmas wreath I got last week at the Stars Antique Mall in Sellwood Portland Or. I put my new little Nissi elf ornaments on it. For sale on Etsy.

And finally my new little house...

I made this wonderful little house with my Doll making friend JO James. Check out her great Dolls and a tutorial for the house. It is so pretty lite up too. The windows shine.

Merry Merry Christmas Decorating to you my friends. And my new Friends! Off to do another show Victorian Christmas Show tonight...
Sweet snowflake dreams!


LuLu Kellogg said…
This was like walking through a wonderland :) I love the doll angel that you lovingly fixed. She's just beautiful!

You have a very lovely home.

Happy Holidays,
LuLu Kellogg
Deirda, your home is just beautiful. I so love the Nicol Sayer doll. I'm a big fan of her work and you did a wonderful job on her. I especially love your brush trees. They came out fantastic and you must tell me how you to do this! LOL I see your little girl amongest the trees looking out at all of the beautiful decorations. Have a wonderful and safe Holiday Season. I especially love the last photo. God Bless you both always!
Love and Light
Linda K. said…
I love the beautiful music. I'll have to come back and get the cd. I'm an instant fan. The brush trees are beautiful, I'll have to try to dye some. Gorgeous post, Deidra.

maryboys said…
i'm so glad to have found your blog and lovely art. your christmas home is beautful and peaceful - and i love how the light has fallen in several of the photos:) warm winter wishes to you!

Amy said…
Your Christmas decorating is so beautiful, absolutely breathtaking. Thank you so much for all the wonderful ideas, and for sharing all these beautiful details. Have a wonderful Christmas season on the road.
stefanie said…
your home is gorgeous, thanks for sharing
Unknown said…
WOW! Your home is amazing! Your decorating is just exactly what I love. I still have your e-mail about places to visit while you're here for a day or so and will get the info together and send it to you. I'm sorry it's taken so long, I've just been in a decorating frenzy here.
I love the creative, artistic touches you have here! such a beautiful song too! your attention to detail just shows the LOVE you have for this season...thanks for sharing.
peace and joy,
Charlene said…
Your dolls are wonderful! And I LOVE the windows you showed. The peek out that one with the tree tops are magical. I bet this is a wonder to wake up to. Enjoy the Christmas season wherever you may go. Thank you for sharing your home. Merry Christmas! Charlene
Welcome to the Vintage Christmas Party. I had added you to the list. Remember to add the button to your sidebar and/or put a link in your post back to me so that your readers can find the other participants. xo Joan
Karen Valentine said…
Oh Deirdra I'm just in awe! Your home is so beautiful. I can't believe you found the Nicole Sayer doll at TJ Maxx! I tried to bleach some bottle brush trees I found at Big Lots but they didn't bleach out at all. I guess I'll have to keep my eye out for another brand. Your husbands music is really beautiful.
Thankyou so much for letting us peak into your Holiday! Merry Christmas.

My Desert Cottage
Lovely! Have a wonderful time on your tour, and Merry Merry Christmas!
xoxo lulu
Unknown said…
What a gorgeous home you have and filled with such delights! It is a feast for the eyes. You have the Christmas spirit. It shines through in your posts. You husbands music is wonderful. I enjoyed the video you two made together. You have a lovely voice.
I love all of the trees and your angel doll looks perfect now. Nicely done.
Happy Holidays, Deirdra,
Hampers said…
Just gone through your blog
How to spend Christmas on the Road-Music Biz Family and found it to be wonderful. Christmas season is a magically special time when family and friends come together to celebrate
Janine said…
How wonderful it all is! Every picture is a joy to see! Love your window and your view!

Happy Holidays and safe travel!

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