knitxcore.: it takes a village.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

it takes a village.

It never really feels like December until we put up the Christmas village. The entire house could be decked out with icicles and ribbon and I would still feel a little empty inside.

We've been adding to our little village for 8 years now, buying pieces when they go on clearance after Christmas every year, and the holidays just wouldn't be the same without it.

I can't wait to see what new pieces we find this year!

Anyone who knows me (or reads this blog regularly) knows how much I love miniatures and knick-knacks, so it's no surprise that an entire village of them brings me so much joy.


I really never realized how creepy their faces are close-up!

I love these ladies!

One of my favorite buildings!


See what I mean about the faces?

Are they any special decorations that you just can't live without?


Anonymous said...

Where I work, we sell a crap ton of this little village stuff, cheaper looking, though.. but it makes me want to start my own little village!
It looks like so much fun!

Anonymous said...

This is way too lovely. I'll keep my eyes posted in case there are any additions I can send your way. ^_^

When I lived at home, I was very serious about Christmas decorating, but ever since I left, I've not really done it. All I have in our house is a beautiful Santa carved resin statue. I should get more into it, I suppose. I'm feeling inspired!

Lilea said...

I love your village.

Do you ever mentally climb inside your village and walk around? I used to love imagining things like that when I was little (and I still do now).

Hmmm... that lady coming out of the cafe (the one holding the blue gift) looks like she's had a stroke. Someone should help her down the stairs!

I've got some individual items that are my favorites, but not any collection like yours. I love one of my stuffed snowmen given to me by a friend, and I have some really old ornaments that have been in my family from before I was born. They always get a special place on my tree.

As simple as it is, for me it starts really feeling like Christmas when I get the candles in the windows.

Anonymous said...

This is so fun! I have a village collection too! I inherited it from my grandma quite a few years ago when she moved to a smaller house. I always search the displays at Kohl's and other stores for little accessories on sale after Christmas. Thanks for sharing, it was so neat to see this!

Grateful4Crochet said...

I seriously want to also climb inside that village too. Lilea has now implanted the idea in my head that it's actually like Smallville, and it's possible that there will be a blip in the time space continuum and I will enter the tiny little Christmas village!
I have a serious case of tiny village envy going on

Grateful4Crochet said...

Clearly, when I said *Smallville, I meant to say Pleasantville

eliza said...

adorable! which was last years acquisition?

it took me the longest time to figure out that the second lady up there was holding up the green dress instead of wearing it. i didn't know where her arms were!

Stela said...

I love your little village! That ladies face is creepy!

Jordan said...

I've got this lil light up christmas cabin that I've had since I was four. Drag it out every year!

Gnarly blog, my man!

Peace, Love and Puppies

Veggie Mama said...

Oh god, I need this creepy-cute village! I've been meaning to start collecting. Perhaps this year I will :-)

kira said...

I love this, I want a whole village! We don't have many decorations yet, but I would love to put something like that on my fireplace mantle!

Paula McGrath said...

my mother has the original Dickens Village - and you're correct by saying it just wouldn't feel correct without it being around.

To answer your question: I would say my current favorite decoration is Paul under the two Christmas trees...I know, not really a decor item, but consistently there nonetheless.

Katie and Reuben said...

Oh my goodness, I LOVE these!!! Like you I am utterly obsessed with miniatures and tiny things (and have been ever since I was a tiny thing myself!) and I always swoon over the Christmas village pieces in department stores, but have never bought any because of the price tags... Maybe when they go on sale after Christmas I will start my own collection! (I don't know why I never thought of doing that before?!)

Katie x

Anastasia said...

Oof that last face... but it dont matta, I love my miniatures too. This is so cute!! Ugh I'd just look at it all day (honestly, i'd play with it too, I never adequately grew out of my polly pockets.)

btw robbie, I had a dream about you/your blog. you had a post where you painted other people's faces to look like yours and I thought it was the coolest thing. i promise its not weird, i have dreams about eeeeveryone i know/havemet/you name it. or maybe that is weird. anyway thought i'd share that! :DD

Jessi said...

I wanted a Christmas village so bad as a kid!

Anonymous said...

I want to visit Buckys Trading post!!!!

gwenstella said...

holy crap! i haven't been going through my blog feeds for a while and my my, your blog has really changed!

I really love the new layout and all the posts that you've been writing!!

I think these tin dolls are really cute, but aren't they difficult to clean??? I imagine you'll have to use cotton buds or something for their tiny faces!!!