Thursday, December 3, 2009

Christmas Cloches and a Big Thank You!


I want to thank everyone who has sent me get well wishes in e-mails and in blog comments. Having a concussion has set me back in my holiday decorating exactly three weeks now, and who knows when I’ll be back to my old self. According to everything I’ve read in the doctor’s literature, it could take up to several months, if not longer!  It’s been a little rough because I’ve been suffering from vertigo and headaches since Nov. 12 when I fell and bonked my head. But dizzy or not, I still wanted to participate in Marty’s party. Today has been a fairly good day, so I was able run around the house and collect some things and put together a few cloches for you to see.


baby cloche1

This large cloche holds a baby picture of yours truly at just over the age of a year old. These are my first leather baby shoes. Just for whimsy, I filled them with tissue paper and a couple of snow covered bottle brush trees. My mother told me back in the “olden” days, babies often had bells attached to their shoes. That way, you always knew where the baby was!  I laughed to myself as I tried to imagine what sounds my tiny little feet may have made  as I tottered across the floor while learning to walk! 

baby shoes2




bear cloche

I found this vintage glass bear ornament in my favorite antique store in Tipp City on one of my last forays. I thought he might look cute hanging above some colorful candy mints.

bear closeup2

What little child could resist that sweet little face OR the candies?  This “big child” ate a few while setting them up in this display.  Alright, more than a few….




A miniature Victorian family stands in this snowy wonderland, looking as if they have just returned from a holiday shopping spree.

family closeup



gingerbread cloche 

I tucked this little gingerbread house amidst some glittery angel hair.  It smelled so good… it took so much restraint not to take a little nibble out of it!

gingerbread closeup




A gorgeous Waterford ornament given to me by a sister-in-law takes center stage in this tall cloche in my kitchen hutch.

closeup ornament




This kneeling and praying angel is surrounded by reindeer moss and graces a cloche on the small buffet in the dining room.



I wish that I could’ve been more imaginative and started putting more things together a lot earlier than today, but I feel really blessed and lucky accomplishing what I did today.  *big, big grin* I’m looking forward to visiting Marty and seeing what all of her party-goers have done for her cloche party. She expects it to be her largest cloche party to date!  Stop by to see her on soon!

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blushing rose said...

Sue ~ I hope this all passes quickly & you are hopping around for the Christmas season.

I love, love! LOVE!! the baby shoes cloche. So precious the memories ...

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Lori E said...

There you are Ethel. Good to see you. I told you those rocks in our heads take a long time to settle back down.
What an adorable cloche with your picture and baby shoes. I can hear in my head the jingling of the bells. That stuttering kind of walk that babies do.
Take care and remember there is always next year to go decorating crazy. Just concentrate on the simple stuff that you can do for now.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Your really did good! I really like them all, but if I had to pick a favorite it would be the one with your baby shoes.

Lou Cinda said...

Sue, these are beautiful! LOVE the baby shoes! That one is my favorite!

Hope you are feeling better! Don't rush things even though that is hard to do at this time of year!!

Take Care ~

Lou Cinda :)

Millie said...

They are all so nice, and the VIctorian one is especially cute!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Sue, all of your cloches are wonderful. I absolutely got a heart tug at the picture of you and your first baby shoes. I do remember the bells on babies shoes. lol Your Bear with the candies is such a great idea and our Victorian family and Gingerbread house are all such wonderful examples of the season and so beautiful. Thank you so much for joining the party. I really appreciate it and your cloches are all stunning. God Bless. Hugs, Marty

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Hi Sue!

Well for not feeling so hot, you did pretty darn good! The trees in the baby shoes is so so cute! I'm going to save that picture and do that next year with the daughters shoes. Love the Victorian family one too.

Don't do too much! There's always next year and Valentines Day and Easter and 4th of July......LOL!

Take care,


Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I love your Cloches Sue! I was one of those mommies who put bells on my girls' shoes.:-)

Hope you are back to your old self very soon!!

Kendra @ Domestic Princess in Training said...

Cute, cute! I love the little ginger bread and the family around the tree.
Thanks for sharing!

Tammy of Yarborough House said...

I hope you feel better soon. I know it would be crazy any time you had a concussion but to compound it with the holidays- jeesh..Hang in there.
The baby shoes cloche got me- yeah pulled the heart strings something good.
thanks for sharing - tammy

Sandy said...

Beautiful pictures. You really out did yourself, hope you start to feel better soon.

ceekay said...

Your cloche with the baby shoes and picture is precious. I love the bells on the shoes and the little trees. Great job!

marmielu said...

Hi, Sue! I thought the baby themed one was my favorite until I saw the Victorian family, but then I saw that little gingerbread house, and I knew which was my favorite.
Hope you keep mending. I get various levels of vertigo with sinus problems, and I can sympathize with you on that.
Mary Lou

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I think you were very imaginative!!! These are just gorgeous, each one is put together so beautifully! That first one with the baby shoes and that victorian family are awesome! I'm glad to hear your feeling a bit better, hang in there my friend! Hugs, Cindy

Lisa said...

You have such a beautiful collection of cloches! Each one is so unique. I am especially fond of the baby shoe vignette. It is so precious! What a wonderful keepsake.
PS So glad you are on the mend.

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Sue! I'm so glad you felt like posting! We have been worried! You did a wonderful many pretty cloches! But my favorite is your baby picture and your baby shoes...precious!...hugs...Debbie

Natasha said...

Gosh Sue, you have such a stunning collection of cloches and each one has been decorated beautifully. I also love the baby picture and shoes-what a cutie you are!

Best wishes and hope you feel better soon, Natasha.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

So many beautiful cloches! I am especially fond of that first one with the baby sweet!

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

Love your cloches! My mom put bells on my baby shoes too. What a cute idea to put them in a cloche. Rosie

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

This was my first time putting together a cloche and I was clueless. I love your first one, I have my first shoes and they are bronzed. I had no idea of the things that would go into these arrangements. I hope you get to feeling better soon.


The Painted Garden said...

Hi Sue,
I hope you are feeling better.I will add you to my prayer list for a very speedy recovery.

Your cloches are adorable and so original. The baby shoes are just precious.
Take care and feel better.

Lara Harris said...

These are lovely! Praying for a speedy recovery for you!

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Sue, my fav is the baby shoes! SO SWEET!

Ana said...

Hi Sue,
So sorry to hear about your condition. I pray everything will pass soon and that you will be completely back to normal soon. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful displays with us. My favorite is the first one. Love the idea. Have a wonderful evening.

♥Ana~A Petite Cottage

Kathleen said...

That little angel is praying you feel better soon!
I feel terrible for you, I know you enjoy all the decorating so much.
You did a great job, you have quite the collection of cloches..I love the Victorian did a great job on all of them!
I am behind too, but health and family come first..
Heck there's always St Patrick's Day!!! And we will party like it's 1999! LOL ( I have fluffed too many wreaths and bows today, it is getting to me!)
Feel better, Sue!

The Tablescaper said...

Wonderful cloches! I'm so sorry to hear about how you're feeling. I'm also impressed that you felt up to putting it all together.

- The Tablescaper

Jenny said...

Those are all so nice! I like the first one with the baby shoes best!

Julie said...

Hi Sue, I love it all ... the baby shoes is to cute....Everything is perfection... Merry Christmas

SmilingSally said...

Sue, my daughter used to have bells on her baby shoes. It did sound so cute! I am glad you felt well enough to play.

Michelle@Sweet Something said...

Hi Sue, wonderful collection and displays! I love the baby shoes and the village family. Hope you are up to your old self soon.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Sweetie...
Everything looks positively beautiful. I love your little family of carolers under the glass. How precious is that to have for the holiday. So very festive.

I also love the little gingerbread house. The angel is so sweet and that little bear ornament is just the best. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful cloche ideas with me today.

Please stop by and let me share my cloche ideas with you. And sweetie, I hope you get to feeling better, please take care and stay off ladders.

Country hugs...Sherry

Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

Well Sue, dizzy or not, you managed to put some beauties together. Those little shoes with bells made be smile. You're always so inventive with your displays. Obviously you have a knack for it. I bet you've been put to use in your husband's store! I loved the little Victorian village too. I didn't get around to the Christmas stuff. I just seem to run out of time every single day! Hope the dizziness is gone soon. I recently experience vertigo. Bent over with my camera and fell to the ground. Watch out for the tilting and bending of your head!

The Stylish House said...

I'm impressed; you did such a beautiful job with your cloches! You had me at the baby shoes. I'm glad you're slowly, but surely feeling better.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Good Morning Sweet Sue...Girl I hope you are getting better my friend...Now you know I would love the victorian family one the best....but Girl I also love the kitchen scale I seen there...WOW!! you know old hawk eye me of checking the antiques ha ha!! May you have a great weekend my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Kelee Katillac said...

Hi sue!

Thank-you for visiting The Katillac Shack!

I love the cloche with your baby picture--wonderful!

love, kelee

Holly said...

Beautiful displays! I love the baby shoes; I seem to remember bells on babies...
Really like the Victorian family too. Well, I like all of them!

Shelia said...

Hi Sue! Poor One, I'm so sorry you're having to go through all of this! Hopefully you'll be over this soon.
Now, dizzy or not you've put together some beautiful displays! Love every single one.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Linda Q said...

Wonderful cloches, very special and pretty. Do hope you get well really soon and God Blesses you with good healing!

Sandra said...

Oh no, Sue. You poor thing. I hope you get to feeling much better soon. I love all your displays.
Have a wonderful day.

Joy said...

What pretty cloches but I think I like the first one the best. What a sweet idea. Have a great weekend!

Sharing with Sherri said...

Hi Sue,

I'm so glad you are feeling a little better! Yes it will probably take some time to fully recover from your conk on the head, but I hope it won't be too long:)

You did a great job on your cloches! I'm especially loving the one with the little Victorian family...really cute!!

Take care,

Sarah said...

Hope you continue to improve. I've suffered a concussion many years ago and also had vertigo. Neither are easy to deal with. Don't push yourself.
Your cloches are all adorable. I love what you spotlighted in each. ~ Sarah

Gwen said...

We're about the same age. I still have my baby shoes, a well as some of my sibs' baby shoes, and yes, my mom had bells on them as well. Sooooo cute! I put bells on my own kids' shoes when they were little.

Picket said...

They are beautiful and I love the one with your baby photo and little shoes...hope you get to feeling better and are back to your old self in no time (not that you're old mind you! lol) Merry Christmas to you and yours. ~Picket`

Lynn said...

Hi Sue,
I am a new blogger and just stopped in to see all the creative designs in cloches. Am sorry to know you fell and had a concussion. I have heard they can be nasty. You have beautiful cloches. I think the baby shoes was my favorite. Take care and hope to join in on this after the holidays.

Alicia said...

Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm sorry to hear about your concussion and I'm glad that it's getting better for you. I'm so happy that you were able to find some time to put together these lovely cloches. I can't believe how beautiful just the cloches themselves are! But I loved the baby wonderful and special to have those. I remember putting bells on my babies shoes so I could hear them tinkle. You brought back a sweet memory. Take care of yourself!

Jane (Frugal Fine Living) said...

Sue, your holiday cloches are gorgeous! I especially love the one with the big plum bow.

Lifting you up in prayer for a speedy recovery from your fall.


Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

The baby shoes with the trees stole my heart Sue. I put bells on my babies shoes...didn't everyone? And my cat wears a bell on her collar to, to warn the birds (didn't work the other day though). I didn't know you got hurt. Poor baby! That's awful. I will definitely say a little prayer for you that you are perfect for Christmas...but then you always are. :) xo (It just started to snow)

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Sweetie!

Your cloches are beautiful! Great job girl!! I sure feel for you, I know what it's like to have vertigo - it's so NOT fun.
I'll be keeping you in my prayers Sue.

Christmas hugs, Sherry

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Your cloches are so lovey, Sue! Beautifully arranged! Get well soon and don't over do!


Blue Creek Home said...

I am glad to see that all of your pretty cloches are straight and weren't affected by your vertigo!!!
My favorite one is the first one - weren't you just the cutest child!!!
I love the one too, with the hanger.
Also, lovin' the simplicity of the two ornaments on the vintage scale - sweet!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Beautiful cloches!! And you did all of this not feeling in top form! I am so sorry you conked your noggin so hard! That must have been some fall!! I don't get around as much as I would like and missed hearing about your fall. Be careful! Falling is such a frightening thing but to end up with a concussion is terrible!

Deserae said...

Simply beautiful....every single one of them! Hope you feel better soon :o) (((HUGS)))

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Your cloches are wonderful! I'm so glad I didn't miss seeing them! I ADORE the baby shoes with the bells and the Christmas trees. The Victorian family is so perfect in that cloche. You have some beautiful cloches, and you have such a knack for arranging them. I loved seeing them. laurie

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

So sorry to hear of your tumble. I hope you feel right as rain soon! Your cloches are all beautiful...I like the one with your baby shoes and photo. Very sweet. All of them are just lovely! Hugs!