25 November 2008

Holiday Presence :: Day One

The mantle is decorated, as it has been...for some time now. But, I love these vintage Gurley candles the best, yes...even over anything I actually made with my own two hands. They remind me of my childhood. Since my mother collected them since she was little...I was always so excited she wanted to share them with us. I loved helping her get them out and arranging them all around (In fact, I was just at her house last week...and I saw her little Pilgrims in a bag and I almost slipped them in my pocket...I may have done it if it was the Indians, but I think they would have noticed.) I have been studying these candles more and more lately...there are so many for the different holidays...and I look forward to getting my little collection out every year. They make my heart skip a happy beat. I currently have all the Pilgrims in different sizes, but not any of the Indians...or actually the dark blue set of pilgrims...and if you look closely, you'll see that my large Pilgrim man is in a gray outfit and my large Pilgrim woman is in a brown outfit...perhaps I will remedy all of that soon (sometimes it's hard when you're relying on thrift stores for your finds though) Until then, I have collections of candles I will never burn...which is a bit ironic as there seems to be a burn going on somewhere around here...hazy skies and a house that smells of woodsmoke...


flutter said...

I love it!

Anonymous said...

What a sweet vignette!

She sure is strange! said...

Those candles are so so sweet!!

I don't have any Thanksgiving decorations at all. I'm wanting to his tht thrift stores in advance of Christmas to replenish my stock though.


velvet brick said...

I love this post! I so remember these candles.... I was about 3 or 4 and my mom had them...I would hold them and look at the painted on eyes, lips, etc. and sometimes I was naughty and would scrape some of it off with my finger nail! I grew up with those as being just a traditional part of the holidays and it makes me sad that they are no longer part of that tradition for most. So I am so happy when I see you set your collection out, and even more happy that you wrote such a sweet post about it! You rock, S!! By the way... I do lurve that heart mirror.... a-dor-a-ble! : )


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