Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Last week I attended the yearly event in SLC called Festival of Trees - trees of all sizes - and wreaths - are decorated and donated - then auctioned off - with the proceeds going to Primary Childrens Hospital. There are literally thousands of things to see so the day can be pretty exhausting - but it's always an outing I enjoy. Here are a few pictures I snapped while I was there - the first one was my very favorite - the only one that had a slightly prim theme going on.

Here's a close up of the above - wreaths made from old bicycle tires and recycled water bottles that had been painted and cut to look like flowers:

There were also some quilts donated and auctioned:

The next day I went to Midway with a new friend Jan, and we got to experience what they call Swiss Christmas. There was a small craft show with only about 30 vendors - one booth was full of wooly goodness, but unfortunately the gal who makes the stuff doesn't have a website or blog that I can share with you. Here are a few of her things.

We saw lots of decorated gingerbread houses and some of them were over the top in the creativity department:

My favorite part of the day was walking through the creche exhibit - hundreds of nativity sets on display that were on loan from their owners for the weekend - they came from all over the world and were made from every material you can possibly imagine. The setting was so lovely - with live Christmas music playing - and lots of artwork and lit trees adding to the ambience of the event.

Made from dried orange peels!

One of the displays had some wonderful sheep as part of their display - I would have LOVED adding one of these to my collection!

I have more to share with you, but they'll have to wait another day. I hope you're all enjoying the Christmas holiday - sharing traditions with your family - and getting all your shopping and decorating done!


Cheryl said...

Wonderful pictures of scenes of the season! Thanks for sharing. I wonder if the quilts raised lots of money. You always wonder if the general public knows their value.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Gayle ~
What fun! Thanks for sharing.
Pug hugs :)

Lori said...

What a terrific way to get into the holiday season!! A visual feast!!!

bayrayschild said...

Thanks Gayle, I really enjoyed seeing all of those wonderful displays.
I want all of those quilts.
They are beautiful!

Thanks for posting!

Angie Berry ~ Berry Homespun Primitives said...

Was this in St. Louis? I think this is the same event that Mary Engelbreit blogged about. Did you see a section with her trees? They had like 7 or 8 of them encircled in a little red fence. I like the "recycled" wreaths.

The Swiss Christmas event looks like it was really neat! Love the Candy Land gingerbread and all the lovely nativity.