Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Hugs to all my Photo Challenge Friends!

Today is the last day of the November Photo a Day Challenge. It’s been fun, frustrating, exhausting, exhilarating and most of all educational.
Thank you all for playing. I have had such a great time getting to know you better through your photographs, blog entries, layouts and kind comments on my blog.

I was reading about snow globes on Mandy’s blog and it made me think. Okay, you know me by now; everything makes me think in the most unusual directions. But I was pondering why people love snow globes.
It occurred to me I personally love them, because I love the idea of a tidy, self contained world. But the downside of living inside a snow globe, of course, would be the random shaking followed by glittery storms.
It seems whoever has their hands on my snow globe knows just when I get to settled and comfortable and shakes things up a bit. I wish I was a steadfast as the tiny people inside all the snow globes I see displayed on shelves. But alas, the shaking leaves me dizzy most of the time.
Last night I practiced photographing the village under our Christmas tree. David’s grandmother had the most spectacular Christmas village, you know the kind that take up half the living room, and involves three weeks of setup. I don’t know if anyone ever took photographs of her complete set. She worked for years to collect it, and after she died the pieces went to various family members. We have one ceramic tavern from her collection under our tree.
We also have a collection hailing back to my mother’s fascination with tiny houses. She tells me she made her first collection of toy houses when she was about five and someone gave her a pack of construction paper. After my older sisters were born, she designed a spectacular playhouse for us, and commissioned a family friend to make small scale furniture.
After we were in school, Mom went back to work as a high school art teacher. By the time I was a teenager; we had a ceramic kiln in our garage, along with a collection of molds, paints and craft tables. The car sat outside. To darn bad about the 20 degrees below zero, the girls gotta craft!
One year we made ceramic cottages. I still have most of them under my tree. A few years ago Mom sent me some more tiny houses for our village. These were made out of plastic mesh, sewn together and decorated with yarn.
Last year I found a few more ceramic pieces at a bargain at the local five and dime, so three more houses were added to the town.
My village is sadly out of scale, the people tower over the doors, they couldn’t fit in with a shoehorn. But I’m afraid I have the tiny house bug. I love setting up the funky little village under the tree. I guess it entertains the little girl in my soul.


Julie Ann said...

Thanks so much. It was fun.

Benita said...

Wow, I love this picture! I've always wanted one of those villages myself.....maybe one day. Great job.....I've truly enjoyed your pictures throughout this challenge :)

Dar said...

Great photo and journaling. I don't think that I will look at my snow globes the same way again.

Thanks for this challenge, its been great fun. Hugs to you.

scrappin-Barb said...

Oooooh, I love your photo... and the journalling about snow.

Thank you so much for organizing this challenge and for all the feedback you've provided on my blog. I've really enjoyed getting to know you and the other Pubsters in this challenge via their photos and stories. Plus I think I've learned a thing or two about how my camera works... and I'm this much closer (fingers held very tightly together) to convincing my dh I need a dRebel for Christmas. LOL

I'm in for the weekly challenge in December, so I'll see you on those threads! :D

daphne said...

Great photo...great story to go with it! And I'll use your snowglobe analogy once more...I was living in one of those snow globes until you came around and shook things up a bit. Thanks so much! I really needed it and now that things are more settled, I'm looking forward to many more experiences like this challenge...see ya in December! {{{{Hugs}}}}}

Becca said...

What amazing photos--I can't believe November is over already and so is the November POTD. : (

Thought I'd have a chance to play with you but the days got away from me. *sigh*

Wonderful, touching journaling too. TFS.


Wendy Reed (Wishin4MoreTime) said...

What a perfect story and picture to end this challenge! Great shot again!!!

melissa said...

beautiful blog entry today!-love the story behind the picture. thank you so much for running this awesome challenge.-definitly going to miss reading everyones blogs w. their wonderful pictures. BTW-love your new avatar ;)

*Paula* said...

I was looking at the photo before I read anything and I couldn't for the life of me figure out what it was! Love the photo! I also have a specialy fondness for little villages...maybe that is something that my family can start collecting this year!

Mandy said...

I agree,I loved the POTD and will defiantly miss it,but i`m glad we are doing the weekly photo ;) Wow,This picture is gorgeous,Love the snowman!I can honestly sit and look at it for hours,I`m like that with Christmas villages,snowglobes,train sets,I just get mesmerized like a little kid.I loved reading your blog this month and will defiantly add you to my blog buddies!

klp said...

Thanks for hosting the Photo-A- Day challenge. It was so much fun!!!