I am excited because it’s time for Marty’s Christmas Cloche Party at A Stroll thru Life and once again I am showing you some of my favorite things under glass! I still seem to be cloche impaired and cannot produce the lovely vignettes that the rest of you do. But, since it’s nearly Christmas, I would first like to show you my favorite ornament. It was a gift from my mother many years ago. She had a thing about San Francisco Music Box Company and loved to give their ornaments as gifts. So it’s not only cute, it plays several Christmas songs as well! Do you see what it is?
It’s a tiny Christmas tree being decorated by tiny mice! I love mice so much that my nickname in high school was Mouse! Oops! Did I just say that out loud? lol
Are these not just the cutest little guys? The tree has tiny gingerbread men and candy canes…which fits in to what seems to have become my stripe/toile theme this year! I love this little ornament! Ask any of my friends and they will tell you…I’m a sucker for anything that has little animals wearing clothes…especially mice!
Hmmm…Baby Kitty says it’s his favorite, too…mice under glass! lol
However, Mrs. Magpie’s kitties seem more interested in their new Christmas scarves than they do the mice! They were adopted by me several months ago when Sheila at The Quintessential Magpie so generously sent them to live at my house. They are the guardians of my Charles Faudree books!
Have you noticed the beautiful antique book beneath the cloche? That is my other treasure. I will show it to you to…er…distract you from my cloche impairment!
I bought this book for my mom in 1971 when I went to France for the first time as a college student. She asked for two things…a little bottle of perfume and a book from the bookstalls on the Left Bank in Paris. I was so pleased when I found this! It is L’Office de la Semaine Sainte…the services for Holy Week. Isn’t it wonderfully old and worn?
It is written in Latin and translated into old French. It is even filled with hand-written notes! It had a faded violet pressed between the pages when I bought it. Sadly, it has since disappeared.
But the best thing is the date of publication! Can you read it? It says With the Approval and Privilege of the King and is dated 1741…almost 270 years ago! America wasn’t even a country yet! The king who would have given his approval for its publication was Louis XV. And…I only paid about $12! Woo hoo!
Well, there you have it…two of my favorite treasures under glass! Whew! I think I managed to fake my way through another cloche party! I would also like to thank Linda at My Shabby Rose Cottage. You see, I won the cloche in her giveaway this Summer, so without her, my contribution would not have been possible! You should visit her wonderful blog, too! She's having another fantastic giveaway of a set of cute rooster plates to boot!
And my thanks to you for stopping by! I am getting an early start on my post because I am doing the Christmas Tour of Homes in Madison, Georgia today....I'm excited! More about that later!
Be sure to head on over to Marty’s to see how she is decorating her lovely home for Christmas and to see some wonderful cloches from some very talented ladies who can actually decorate a cloche! lol See you next time! A la prochaine!