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Day Twelve here we are. This was made for me by my godson, although, he may have had a little help. I don’t think he or his helper knew that crescent moons are a favorite of mine. I have a collection of crescent moon brooches; come to think of it, perhaps a tree completely decorated with crescent moons is in my future.

What is in your future, readers, is another year of fashion, style, vintage, and the arts here on ODFL.

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It’s Day Eleven and we’re taking a peek underneath the tree at the felt NYC taxi cab with a Christmas tree atop.

This ornament is too big to hang, but it’s a perfect addition to the scene going on under the tree. I bought this felt cab at Leroy’s Place in Brooklyn. Yet another reminder of yet another travel adventure.

Our last day is tomorrow. You made it this far, don’t miss Day Twelve.

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Welcome to Day Ten. Today we have a boy snowshoeing, something that I would like to do some day. He’s made of wood and is hand painted. I have quite a few of these wood ornaments and they have a European feel to me.

We’re getting close to the end. Come back tomorrow.

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On Day Nine we take a trip to South Korea.

Traditional Korean clothing (called hanbok) had no pockets, so people carried little round pouches (called jumeoni) to hold their necessities. There are different styles of jumeoni and while some are embroidered most include traditional Korean knots. The ornament pictured above is made of silk fabric in traditional Korean colors and is a welcome reminder of my travels to South Korea.

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This crescent-moon-shape Santa is so very charming. He was part of a package of miniature ornaments that I bought at the Mills College Bookstore. They often had random things and I lucked out with this find. I love a whimsical ornament.

If it’s Day Eight then it’s New Year’s Day. Happy New Year!! Wishing all ODFL readers a stylin’ 2022.

And what will Day Nine bring us? Come on back tomorrow and find out.

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It’s a festive shoe on Day Seven. I found a set of painted wood shoes at the Victoria & Albert Museum gift shop. Each one a different style with a different painted pattern. The package said: Designed in the UK, Made in China.

When I unwrap these ornaments, I imagine a shoe shop all decked out for the holidays complete with a table top tree on the counter decorated only with little shoe ornaments. It makes me wish I owned a shoe shop. But no, I am writer and perhaps this vivid image will end up in one of my stories.

Stop by tomorrow for Day Eight.

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We are half way there! Day Six and it’s one of my very favorites.

This London Double Decker Bus is an actual ornament that I bought at Kensington Palace. When my partner and I traveled to London for the first time together, he had us taking the bus all over the city. I usually take the Tube so this was a whole new view of London. I learned that just getting on a bus and riding anywhere is a great way to see all kinds of neighborhoods. The bus we took the most was the 44. I wrote in black ink “44” on the front of this bus. It’s our bus, full of our London adventures!

Another ornament that, when I unpack, takes me to another time and place.

There’s more to come tomorrow.

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Day Five of The Twelve Days of Tree Ornaments is hand made from salt dough.

I found this festive fowl along with several other salt dough ornaments shopping one day after Christmas. Isn’t he charming? He’s nicely preserved with some kind of shellac, which is why I have had him all these years. Miniature ornaments are hard to come by, so this was a lucky find.

Check back tomorrow for Day Six and see what more luck I’ve had.

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Welcome to Day Four of The Twelve Days of Tree Ornaments. Today’s ornament isn’t really an ornament, but instead this bear is part of my small stuffed animal collection and he’s very special. I place him under the tree.

His name is Felix and he was a gift from my father when I was ten years old, so that makes him an Elder Bear. On top of that he’s a Steiff, which are German made and are collectible (or used to be – is anything collectible anymore?)

Felix is wearing a smart sweater that was hand knitted by my friend, Kathleen. I can’t look at Felix without thinking of my father and all the Christmases of my childhood, which he always tried to make extra festive. It’s nice to revisit these memories.

Revisit ODFL tomorrow for another installment of The Twelve Days of Tree Ornaments.

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Today, Day Three of the Twelve Days of Tree Ornaments, we have a silver skate charm.

About ten years ago I decided I wanted to learn how to ice skate. So, I took a class and then I took private lessons. I loved bundling up in vintage sweaters, pulling on my bright white new skates and learning how to glide across the ice. Well, it was more learning how to fall; the gliding was hard to come by.

At the time, a friend of mine from work was collecting antique silver charms. We had the love of antique jewelry in common and we often shared our latest finds. I asked her to keep an eye out for a skate charm for me and she said, “Or I could just give you the one I have.” A few days later she came to my office with a box containing a silver skate charm. I love the detailing and the bottom opens! It’s a nice addition to my tree and it holds pleasant memories of my skating adventures and my friend from work.

Tomorrow is another day, another Tree Ornament. Tune in.

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