Thursday, December 3, 2009

Holiday Cloche Party

I must confess that as of August this year
I didn't even know what a cloche was!

As of noon today
I didn't even own a cloche...

So off to the thrift store I went...

Look what I found!
(and it only cost me $1.00)
I was quite thrilled to discover that my newly acquired glass bell
fit perfectly on my old silver plated stand.
Now came the age old question
What should I put in here?

While putting up Christmas decorations
I came across a small pile of paper leaves.
During a Thanksgiving, many years ago,
I put up a small Christmas tree and asked each family member to
write on the paper leaf ornament
what they were thankful for that year.

And while this looked nice in my "cloche"
it felt like it needed "something" added.

I picked two very special ornaments
added some holly and came up this this!

This one was Pop Pop's. 
He has since went home to heaven,
but has left a legacy behind.

This one was Nona's.
She is my grandmother who suffer a severe stroke last year.
I have the honor to help care for her each week.
This is dear to me since her stroke has left her unable to
freely voice her thoughts.

Thank you Marty for allowing me to share these memories
in such a unique way.
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Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Dee Dee, what precious family memories you have captured in your cloche. I can't think of anything more meaningful for the Holiday Season. Thank you so much for sharing with us. Hugs, Marty

Millie said...

Very nice you will be hooked on cloches!

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Well I do think this is the sweetest cloche display ever! $1 is a great for such big dome - you're going to have so much fun with this!


Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a sweet idea! Thanks for sharing with us.

Tammy said...

That is beautiful and has the added benefit of being sentimental too. Thanks for sharing it-

Unknown said...

Such beautiful memories. Great job. Thanks for sharing.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

This is absolutely wonderful! I love that you have the precious notes from your family members!!

Anonymous said...

I probably won't see anything as special as this cloche is. Nona's handwriting looks so much like my Mom's. Thank you for sharing this very special idea. xo Lynn

Lisa said...

1 dollar! I AM impressed! It was just meant to be. LOL! I love the leaf idea. So original and meaningful. I'm definitely stealing that idea for next year. :)

Natasha in Oz said...

Wow Dee Dee (my Aunt's name is Dee Dee!), your display is really beautiful. I love the idea of using family mementos and a symbol of Christmas in your display-it is is so full of love.
Best wishes, Natasha.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

I am learning more and more about cloches tonight. I love that you used special family bits and pieces in your cloche.

Anonymous said...

That is so sweet. Its got to be the best idea for a cloche that I've seen yet. Rosie

Sue said...

You sound like clue what a cloche was until August and no clue what to put in mine. It looks as if we both honored those who were special in our lives. I see you didn't put a ribbon on the top of yours either...I didn't even think of it, but most did! I love yours, it is so special.


Anonymous said...

What a precious way to preserve memories of loved ones forever. You have their gratitude in their very own handwriting. How dear and sweet - Bravo for such an excellent idea! You have come late to using a cloche but you didn't come empty handed.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

What a wonderful treasurer you have there girl...just love it...Thanks for sharing....mountain hugs to you....Gl♥ria

Lara Harris said...

This is such a sweet, sweet idea!LOVE it! :)

From the Old InkWell said...

Wonderful idea! Sentimental and decorative too!

Ana said...

Oh Dee Dee I love it. What a very sweet and special idea....Your cloche turned out beautifully...can't believe you found it for a dollar. You have to love those thrift stores.
Thanks for sharing....And nice meeting you.

♥Ana~A Petite Cottage

Anonymous said...

Hi Dee Dee! Oh, I'm so glad you found your cloche today and what a deal.
I love how you've filled it with these precious memories of your family. Thanks for popping in to see me today.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

The Tablescaper said...

Such an awesome idea. We're all thankful. What a wonderful idea to put it in writing.

- The Tablescaper

Anonymous said...

Oh, my, so beautiful. All those memories and what a sweetheart you are to share.

Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said...

Hi Dee Dee, wonderful cloche (and bargin) and memories! Unlike you I knew what a cloche was (we have a lot at work) but I didn't know it was a hat too! :) We learn new things every day!

Julie said...

Hi Deedee,What a great cloche... Merry Christmas

SmilingSally said...

Dee Dee, what a delightfully, creative idea! I love it!

Jane said...

Dee Dee,
The cloche looks beautiful on your silver stand but I'm loving the beautiful memories that you have stored inside!! Those leaves are very special and deserve to be displayed under glass!
Have a great weekend.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Sweetie...
Everything looks positively beautiful. I love your messages from the heart under the glass. How precious is that to have for each holiday.

I love the sprigs of holly that you added, and I really love the mixture of silver with the glass. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful cloche ideas with me today.

I have signed up to follow your blog. I can't wait to see what you share next.

Please stop by and let me share my cloche ideas with you. I would also be so honored if you signed up to follow my blog as well.

Country hugs...Sherry

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

This is so beautiful and I know is priceless to you! What a wonderful legacy to have....


Lou Cinda

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Oh! I'm a follower! love your blog!

Lou Cinda :)

Sarah said...

What a wonderful use of your newly acquired cloche. The leaves with personal sentiments are so special. I'm afraid I'm a bit cloche deprived myself, but I did come up with one that was among my Christmas decorations. Hope you have time to stop by. ~ Sarah

Picket said...

That is just the most precious use of a cloche I have seen...I love it!

Lynn said...

This is a wonderful way to showcase those precious memories for the Holidays. So beautiful I have tears. Thank you for sharing.

Christine said...

Your artistic talents how no end. It touches my heart that you saved the precious notes from your loved ones.
Great place of honor, for all to see.

Anonymous said...

Hi Dee Dee,

I thought I would check your blog before heading to bed and my heart skipped a beat when I saw dad's handwriting! What a special man he was and how very wonderful you have this special memento of his Thanksgiving with you. He would feel so honored by your kind post. Now I will head to bed with sweet and tender thoughts. Love, Aunt Tee

Michelle said...

What a wonderful idea and so great that you saved all of them! So far this is my favorite cloche!

Anonymous said...


I am here hundreds of miles away with tears streaming down my face. Your blog has touched me deeply.... You were very precious to your PopPop. Thank you for sharing this wonderful memory of him. You are so sweet,thoughtful, kind, caring and gifted.

You are truly your mother's pride and joy!!!!!

I thank the Heavenly Father for giving you to me.

Love, Gwyn

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Yours is one of the most special cloches I have ever seen. I will never forget it! Not ever!
I don't think we have met, but this is a lovely way to learn about you and says so much about who you are!
Many hugs,

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

What a sweet and sentimental way to display your special little notes. I love how you added the holly and christmas touch. Very special! Hugs! P.S. I owe it to Marty also for turning me on to cloches! I love them!

Gail said...

This is one of the sweetest cloches I've seen. Thank you for posting and thank you for visiting me and commenting on my post. It means a lot. Nice to meet you, Dee Dee