Today, December 6th, is the Feast Day of Saint Nicholas, and a few of his representatives stopped by my armoire today for a quick convo.
(They can be seen in image one and their full story was featured on TLLG's FB Page this morning @ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=585222898193754&set=a.355589574490422.73015.247917655257615&type=1.)
One of their talking points included the importance of reindeer, and reindeer were something that I discussed in my prior post here on HT.
The reindeer I discussed are very special as they are made from parts of Christmas trees which often get discarded by their sellers, parts such as twigs, branches and stubs from their "trunks," and I talked about a variety that I discovered in 2011 (photo-ops are included in the aforementioned entry).
And I ended that post by stating: "As for me, I still have the company of branch-and-trunk reindeer this season but mine are much smaller and from a different group of Christmas tree/wreath vendors who are also from Canada, and I'll tell you about them in Part Two of this series re the loveliness of Christmas Tree trunks."
So now, as promised I'd like to tell you a little bit about some other reindeer and the special people who make them. The artists (AKA Christmas Tree vendors) Stéphanie, and Sebastian that make these reindeer are also from Canada and they collaborate with Alex who is from Paris.
Like the reindeer that I discussed earlier today, these reindeer are also made from twigs, branches and stubs from their "trunks"; however, I find these to be much more whimsical as well as emotional due to their unique expressions which are whittled in such a way that each reindeer has his/her own personality!
This is a fact that you might surmise from photo-ops of the dear deer which can be found in image two (from 2012) as well as image three (taken of 2013 reindeer at Stéphanie, Sebastian and Alex's vending stand) which is a picture that was included in a posting (on Blogger) about the lessons folks can learn from reindeer and the entry can be found @ http://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2013/12/a-lesson-from-reindeer.html
Besides being "green" (produced from natural materials that would be discarded), these deer have a long life because their antlers (as seen in images four and five) as well as their tails as sen in images (six and seven) are both made from fresh Christmas tree branches which can be replaced every year!
Even Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer is represented by the branch and trunk reindeer! This is evidenced in image eight (a group shot of him with Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blixen) where they posed in my armoire, and in image nine, I have a close-up of him taken in the same place.
However, for Stéphanie, Sebastian and Alex, the use of "tree parts" is not limited to making reindeer and this season they offered an array of menorahs (a few can be seen in picture ten) made from the same materials that they used to make their reindeer.
Moreover, the reindeer were pleased to help display the menorahs, as you might surmise from pictures eleven though sixteen.
Additionally these tree-artists use their materials to create holders for votive candles as well as snow-people. I am the grateful recipient of Stéphanie's first snowman and it can be seen in image seventeen, where her snowman is being admired by some reindeer in my armoire.
Word of talent travels fast among the cast of characters who are visiting my home for the Christmas season, and it wasn't too long before an entourage of snowmen came to admire Stéphanie's snowman (they can all be seen together in image eighteen.)
Moreover, close-ups of the snowmen admiring Stéphanie's creation can be found in images nineteen through twenty-four.
But, unlike the snowmen, I wasn't surprised at Stéphanie's ingenuity re creating a snowman and using string for his muffler, for last year she made Christmas balls, (admittedly without the use of tree parts) from materials one often has at hand.
Her 2012 Christmas ball can be seen in image twenty-five.
In any event. as you must know from this posting, the use of the re-puposed decor complements the use of a cast of characters (and vice-versa). And if you follow my HT postings (or any of my cyber venues) then you also know that employing casts of characters (as it is something I've included in a number of my HT entries) re providing ambience in one's succulent garden and throughout the home is something I find to be nurturing.
Readers have asked me where they might procure the whimsical character-driven figurines. Most of the non-re-purposed figurines, as is the case with the majority of figurines that I've included in previous posts, are available by contacting Steve Mohr of More and More Antiques at 212-580-8404.
As for the reindeer, menorahs, and snowmen made of "tree parts", from now through Christmas you can find them at Stéphanie, Sebastien and Alex's vending spot at the northwest corner of 88th Street and Broadway.
Their "store-front" may be a street corner, but they have decorated it with a number of artifacts (which can be seen in images twenty-six through thirty) and, in addition to the items that they craft, trees, garland as well as wreaths are available and they do deliver!
Therefore between the findings at More and More Antiques as well as the findings at the vending station of Stéphanie, Sebastien and Alex, it should be easy to have yourself a merry little holiday season.
Oh, Christmas Tree, Oh, Christmas Tree, How Lovely, Your Trunk! Part 2
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Published December 6th, 2013 10:00 PM