Each December our Historical Society decorates the old home the group owns. We choose a theme, this year it was handmade items and Civil War pieces. A Christmas tree, the Arts Council building, the Housewright house (pictured below) and a small village operated by the Historical Society are all decked out for the Holiday Open House and tree lighting that will be held this weekend. I helped decorate the Housewright house. We use colonial style decorating, greens, berries, boxwood wreaths and candles. We had quilts, tatting, samplers and a few other pieces to use this year. Below are pictures of the house. The outside features swags, wreaths and Williamsburg-style fruit plaques.
A mantel with a crocheted mantel scarf, cedar with blue berries and red candles.
Framed samples of tatting made by a former school teacher in the county. She was able to tat well past the age of 100. Sadly she's gone now but we do have these beautiful pieces of her handwork. There were two other framed pieces, large doillies, that Mrs. Camp tatted. In the showcase are letters and other papers from the Civil War. On the showcase is a black Civil War-era top hat and some greens and berries.
This mantel was draped with more greens, red apples, antique books, tin lantern and a framed pair of silhouettes. Below is a beautiful crazy quilt.
I always enjoy the day we get together and decorate, it really sets the mood for the Holiday season. You can visit my Facebook page for more pictures of the tatting, quilts and samplers from the 1800's plus more of our decorating. Next year's theme is already chosen; it will feature yellowware and spatterware.
I'll be finishing up the last of my special orders this coming week and I plan to have two more dolls ready for Ebay before a Christmas break.
Wishing you all a good weekend, I'm sure it'll be like mine...a busy one!