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Just pretend we're flying over in a specially constructed Fort Collins, Colorado Balloon...and the person hidden in it is me with my digital. The scene takes place as I fly over the countryside and CNN is keeping a close vigil on my progress. Unbelievable, yes? Well duh...yes it is a pretty fishy, made-up story to be covering. If you don't want to trust that coverage....I'll be in a Goodyear Blimp then; just for you...

Oh what the heck...this is just a 'bird's eye' view of my little ceramic village!



It's a small village that everyone here knows each other. And it's snowy...only as snowy as we get in South Texas!! In fact the snow is nothing but leftover fiber stuffing I used to make my crocheted scarecrow a couple of years ago. Bud laid a snow blanket that we got at the store atop the chest in the dining room. Then, he took a hand mirror to make the icy lake. Covered it all with the stuffing and situated the homes, church [you just gotta have a village church, right?], school, restaurant, firehouse...even a lighthouse in this particular village. Add some animals, trees, snowman and santa along with the villagers and voilĂ .....







I've been flying way too long over the vastness of the countryside, night has fallen and lights are beginning to show, around town. The icy snow is sparkling in the moonlight and there is a blue frosty glow in the snowy dunes. Just look ---






---actually what we did was string out a white cord with blue mini lights, hiding them below the faux snow. At night, the village is illuminated with a haunting yet peaceful hue around everywhere. Some lights inside even....it's all a winter wonderland...







POSTED: Wednesday, December 16th, 2009
12:05 A.M.

56 comments:

  1. You are so creative. I can just picture this little village. Wonderful...is that a sleigh bell I hear?

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  2. That looks so cute. I used to set up something similar. I just don't have the room in my new house.

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  3. oooo, i love you snow-covered little village...

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  4. Hip chick It's just a small, small area. About 4'x3' wooden chest covered.

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  5. What a pretty village! I've always wished I had one, but I really don't haver a place to set it out.

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  6. You've got a great village! They are so much fun!

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  7. Oh, Anni, it's just delightful! I love the idea of stringing those blue lights; it MAKES your village come alive!

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  8. Hi Anni,
    It really is a winter wonderland, just wonderful!
    Maggie

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  9. Nice photos...Merry Christmas!!!

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  10. Beautiful! I like the way you have them lit!

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  11. I just love your village and all the snow is so pretty. At night with the lights it truly is a magical scene. Just gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

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  12. Just lovely, Anni. But I know you'd not be happy if you had all that snow in South Texas! Your village must be out there in Maine, where they are really in the freezing zone now. Kev asked me for some -50 degree boots when he called last night.

    I haven't been around this week - it's been nutso around here for me.

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  13. Hi Anni !
    Gosh, you had me going ....I kept looking for my small home in the country -just outside Fort Collins , LOL ! I was thinking Anni is in FOCO - then I remembered you are now in Texas ! We do still snow on the ground !
    Love your little village !
    Kammy

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  14. I love the way the lights are glowing through the snow.
    It is a scene like this one that creates wonderful memories and the magical Christmas spirit.

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  15. What a wonderful Christmas post and story that goes with it.
    Merry Christmas

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  16. What a stunning Christmas Village! You did a great job, Anni. I am glad you invited me over. Thanks!...Christine

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  17. So cute...I love it all.
    Merry Christmas, bj

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  18. Oh Annie, your village is pure magic. Especially in the dark. I am sure CNN will show this clip. How perfect a Christmas town to share. I love it and your story too. A blimp is good. Balloons are scary.

    Christmas hugs, Jeanne

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  19. Anni, an interesting look at the new mammography technology. We don't have it here yet. Thanks for sharing. Maybe by next time I have to have mine done in 2011
    Blessings,
    Mary

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  20. Anni, so very pretty. You and Bud did a great job. I love the Christmas villages. The boys put mine up this year, as usual. I will have to take a photo when I get all this mess straightened out here.

    Visited your previous post. Technology is moving forward. Not to my neck of the woods yet.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  21. It's very pretty. I've never started a village, no place to display it, but I bet it's addictive because I have seen some big ones. Loved the commercial video too! Miller Lite was my choice at one time. Happy WW!

    My Wordless Wednesday

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  22. Love your village. I used to have one of those, too.

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  23. It really is a wonderland! I love the little group of carolers outside the restaurant - so cute. Thanks for the tour of your holiday village!

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  24. G'morn, Anni ~ love your beautiful village, but I thought it was the Fox News Channel covering this exquisite overview of the village, because of the clarity ... chuckle!

    My sweet Sherry/Cherry Jelly thought I should meet her other friends ... I am going to enjoy visiting with you often, please come join me.

    Have a beautiful day ...
    Merry Christmas ~
    TTFN ~Marydon
    **NEW BLOG**
    blushingrosetoo.blogspot.com

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  25. That was a very clever, creative story you had going. Love the village and how you created a night mood with the blue lights. --Delores

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  26. Ohhhhh, how beautiful and how wonderful!!!! love your little village!

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  27. How lovely this little village ! I adore these little ceramic houses and have several once too. they look so nice with a candle inside.

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  28. Oh what fun and very clever! Love your Christmas village, especially at night. My sister always does a village and I swear we're like little kids playing with dolls again. One of us will go in and move the people around and wait to see if the other spots the changes.

    I know I saw this on ABC this morning and I was wondering if it was you in that balloon!

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  29. Anni, Your village is so quaint! I love it. By the way, your entire Christmas blog is beautiful...Anita :)

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  30. Very sweet...I am inlove with little christmas villages. Thank you for sharing!

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  31. Very pretty and how lucky you are that Bud gets involved in the decorating.
    Mama Bear

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  32. The kids are getting awfully excited, Anni. How much longer?

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  33. Love your glitter page Anni, and thank you for the lovely ride over your pretty little village. I like the night scene. Haunting, I don't think so, just luminous.
    Happy OW
    Love Claudie
    xoxox

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  34. HI Anni,
    Your little village looks so pretty, especially with the blue lights. They make everything look icy! Your imagination can really run wild when you take the time to look around all those little houses...it's such fun to imagine it a real village!
    Have a great week, thanks for visiting!
    XO
    Heidi - Heart and Home

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  35. Oh so Christmasie here at your blog! Very nice. (Someday I will have to learn how to be more creative with mine.) I love your little village and the lights are wonderful. Merry Christmas!! :)

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  36. What an adorable Christmas village. Love the birds eye view of you swooping in like CNN.

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  37. Hi Anni! I really like the effect those lights have on the snow. What a great idea. Your village is a lot of fun. A very Merry Christmas to you and yours way down in Texas :0)

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  38. Your decorations are awesome.

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  39. Hi Anni,
    Thanks for stopping by. I hope you were able to read the font on my blog. I love your village. I've always wanted to do the same thing. Very pretty.

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  40. What FUN miniature holiday decorations! Thanks for visiting Small Reflections. I'm having trouble with my Internet connections today ... sigh! Guess I should be working on my Christmas cards instead ;-)
    Hugs and blessings,

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  41. Anni, love your houses! I have a couple of collections and always enjoy them so much I leave them up til winter is over.

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  42. love it!!! I always wanted a village, but I really cannot collect anything else!

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  43. Are you the next balloon person? The village is sweet!

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  44. Love the Christmas village. That looks like a big collection.

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  45. What cute little village snow scenes! I have always wanted to do that but, finding the space to set them up is an issue for me. Very nice post!

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  46. Those are so beautiful. I love your Christmas ceramic collection and thank you for taking us in your ceramic village.

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  47. I really like your village...so creative how you used the lights to light up the snow. I am going to have to try that! Thank you for sharing and for stopping by my blog earlier today.

    Merry Christmas!
    Kristine

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  48. Thats a great idea with the blue lights! I do white but blue seems so peaceful! Hope you're having a great week! Sherri : )

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  49. man.. I hate getting those things!

    I just want the end result to be in my favor!

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  50. Looks really good, Anni. Mrs. Jim visited your RT last night but she doesn't leave comments. I looked over her shoulder; we both thought the toffee would be deliciouis!
    Happy RT. Thank you for peeking in on our new granddaughter and Santa. And for leaving your nice comment.
    ..

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  51. That is so cute, what a lovely little village. I really like your 'coverage' of the scene. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  52. Your village is indeed magical, Anni. And for sure we're over it in a For Collins Balloon.

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  53. Oh that is so cute! A delightful winter wonderland. :)

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