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Keepsakes From Nieces, Nephews, Friends December 29, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Home & Garden, People.

Over the years, we’ve received arts and crafts projects from nieces, nephews, and friends which we pull out and enjoy every Christmas.

Here’s “My First Santa,” carved by Earl E. Dix in 1994, next to a Christmas Tree with working lights crafted by Jane Nast, circa 1986.

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Jane Nast’s angels and wreaths adorn our “big” tree which sits on the Tilt Top Table made by dad.  My sister-in-law Laura cross-stitched the tree skirt.  The blue scarf belonged to Great Aunt Edie.

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Long before we moved to Florida, our niece Sarah presented us with a trio of alligators and a beady eyed snake.

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Her older sister Emily gave us a stocking to hang by the chimney with care.  Since we don’t have a chimney, we hang it on the hutch.

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Jessica, who just hosted us for Thanksgiving, did this adorable needlepoint of a cat eyeing a canary.

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Andrew presented us with a hand-print reindeer (in the basket on the bottom shelf of this refinished table from Vermont).

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Knowing my love of zebras, Sarah painted me one with a purple sun.


A talented illustrator, Jan Philpott, painted Ziggy the Zebra for me.


She also painted this “Think Pink” beach scene for us.

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Mike Jenkins sketched this caricature of me in college.

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And Nicki Gioseffi gave us this gift from the heart.

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Aah . . . that’s better!

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1. Pix Under the Oaks - December 29, 2014

Those are special gifts Nancy!

nrhatch - December 29, 2014

It’s fun to pull them out each year to enjoy during Yuletide.

2. Jill Weatherholt - December 29, 2014

These are all wonderful gifts, Nancy! A handmade gift is always special. I love caricatures!

nrhatch - December 29, 2014

Me too. Mike is a political cartoonist. Great at capturing the essence of people and situations.

3. Valleygrail - December 29, 2014

Well, that was another fun trip! You have the most wonderful things!

nrhatch - December 29, 2014

Thanks, VG. What we don’t have? All those “mandates” we hear about when watching TV like: double sinks in the master bath, granite countertops in the kitchen, stainless steel appliances. :mrgreen:

4. Tiny - December 29, 2014

I love the caricature! You played guitar too (I did)? Do you still play?

nrhatch - December 29, 2014

Thanks, Helen. I do still play, but not very often. Maybe I’ll strum a few bars this afternoon.

Tiny - December 29, 2014

I do too, but it’s months since the last time. You and I could make a nice band 😀

nrhatch - December 29, 2014

We can call ourselves The Rusty Chords! 😛

5. suzicate - December 29, 2014

What beautiful heartfelt gifts!

nrhatch - December 29, 2014

Some are great smile inducers as we unpack the Christmas goodies.

6. Kate - December 29, 2014

Love these, Nancy; each one so special and with a story attached. Harry has just started bringing hand-made Christmas decorations home from pre-school so we are beginning a small but lovely collection of our own. Happy New Year!

nrhatch - December 29, 2014

How Fun! Harry’s treasures are apt to bring smiles of joy and pleasure as you decorate each year.

7. Val Boyko - December 29, 2014

Heart felt gifts – and fun! I love Jan Philpott’s paintings 🙂

nrhatch - December 29, 2014

She has talent!

8. Silver in the Barn - December 29, 2014

“When you get famous, give me a backstage pass!” I love that. I didn’t know you had a love of zebras, Nancy. Filing away for future reference!

nrhatch - December 29, 2014

I have zebras sprinkled throughout the villa ~ many of them laughing.

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9. Barb - December 29, 2014

Special treasures like that mean so much more because they are made with love and care – that’s why they survive through the years. Love ’em!

nrhatch - December 29, 2014

Thanks, Barb. Hope you’re enjoying the tail end of 2014 . . . before it takes its final bow.

10. pix & kardz - December 30, 2014

what a delightful collection of heirloom treasures…. 🙂

nrhatch - December 30, 2014

It’s wonderful to be able to decorate with gifts from the heart.

11. anotherday2paradise - December 30, 2014

You really are a very ‘crafty’ family. Love the caricature pic. 🙂

nrhatch - December 30, 2014

Thanks, Sylvia. I get a kick out of all of Mike’s cartoons . . . his one of me included.

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