11 December 2008

The Making of a Village -- Part II

Well, the entire village is finally up! As promised, I'm posting a few additional pics today.



This year, I put the houses with movable inside pieces on top of the china cabinet in the dining room. I've put houses there in the past, but the height makes them difficult to see, so I'm not sure I'll do this again next year. With a little better planning, I can fit all of the buildings onto the fireplace shelves.
This is a close-up of some of the Christmas Carol houses within my set. (I apologize for the blurry photos...I don't have a fancy camera, so this is as good as it gets in low light!)

Back in the family room, I placed a few pieces on the mantel. I have three coaches and this is a good spot for them. This year, I placed a house on either end of the mantel but didn't light them (the cords are problematic).

Yesterday I posted the "other side of the tracks". Today, I'm posting pics of the "business district". On this side of town, you'll find the bank, several shoppes, and a couple of inns.

In this photo, you can see the puppet theatre at the far left side. Like most of the buildings, it was a gift from my parents. It is particularly special because they gave it to me the same Christmas that they constructed a real puppet theatre for Daughter. :-)

Just outside the bank, there is a small band playing -- Christmas carols, no doubt.



The East Indies Trading Company is my very favorite building. It's a bit larger and heavier than most, and it has a totally different, somewhat exotic, look about it.

With the exception of the houses I set up in the dining room, this is how the entire village looks. I'm very lucky to have a good place like this to display it. And as hard as it was setting it up this year, as my good friend Sharon commented, my village really does bring warm memories of my mom.

13 comments:

goooooood girl said...

your blog is very fine......

Sharon said...

Thanks for sharing all of your village with us, Janet. Not only did it bring warm memories of your mom,but it also has helped me with memories of my mom at this sad time. There is much to be said for family traditions at this time of year.

Kristina said...

Your village looks wonderful! I have many sad/happy memories this time of year in regards to my mom also. She LOVED Christmas and always made it a big deal, since she's been gone, the holidays aren't the same, but we are trying hard to remember the good times and to create new memories for our family.

Lorrie said...

beautiful!!!!

Linda said...

Your village is beautiful!

Sarah C. said...

What a wonderful village! :) I can't believe how many pieces you have. So cool. My stepfather sets up one every year. I always enjoy looking at each of the little buildings and their fun details.

annie2006 said...

aww its a gorgeous village

KarenSue said...

simply beatiful!!

Benita said...

Wow, your village is so beautiful! I've always wanted to do one of those. I love your fireplace & all the wood as well!

Shirley Fyfe said...

What a wonderful village! You've certainly got a lovely collection there!

Maureen said...

Beautiful Janet! And Lily was no where in sight, like Godzilla attacking Tokyo.... ;)

I have a friend who collects these, and her new puppy has proceeded to eat some of it. Gah... I certainly wouldn't even risk putting it out if that were to happen.

Your home is really lovely.

toners said...

Oh my, this is beautiful! And that mantel is perfect for displaying all the pieces together :) So glad that it brings you happy memories :)

Darcey said...

looks great, TFS.