Season’s glitterings: Christmas jewelry #17


One last sterling silver bracelet charm for this year.

This one celebrates the reason for the season, in a teeny tiny stone house. There’s Mary in her traditional blue, and Joseph in brown, and the baby laid in the manger. He’s so small he’s more of a suggestion in white enamel than an actual shape.


On the reverse there are three completely incongruous Gothic windows. No stained glass, though. There must be a mighty draft blowing through the teeny tiny stone house!

This charm is like a miniature 3-D Christmas card. Consider it my greeting to you, on this the fifth of the twelve days of the feast of Christmas. May your last week of Christmas be outsized with feasting and joy!

My favorite vintage ornaments: margarita bells!


I own just a couple of these glamorous bells.

They’re goldy-white plastic, with their bottom edges dipped in gold glitter like salt on the rim of a margarita glass. Don’t lick the glitter, now.


Inside, a little glass ball as a clapper!

I hit the after-Christmas sale at the thrift shop


And this is what I scored! Read the rest of this entry »

My favorite vintage ornaments: Sputnik has landed!


Fresh from the starry future! Sputnik is made of silvery space-age plastic.

Alas, one of the star arms is broken. Sputnik must have launched itself from a tree branch at one time and hit the floor. “Space-age plastic” apparently does not mean “unbreakable.” Darn.

Season’s glitterings: Christmas jewelry #15

The light shines in the darkness . . . 


. . .and the darkness has not overcome it.

This tiny pin has no rhinestones at all. Just paint. But it’s pretty! I like the two-tone effect on the candle flame.

I’m guessing it was intended for a child, it’s so small. Just an inch and a quarter¬†tall! And unmarked.