Monday, January 14, 2013

Come to the Village!


 A friend in Massachusetts creates magic in her living room every Christmas. 


She does it with her collection of Department 56's New England Village pieces which she's been collecting since 1987. 


Sally Charter graciously agreed to share photos of her magnificent collection with readers of this blog.  Thanks, Sally!



She has the perfect place to create the village scenes with built-in shelves along an entire living room wall.


 She even changes the scenes yearly and that takes a lot of creativity and imagination.


This year Sally she went online and found deep blue paper studded with stars. 

  See the sweet little bunnies, below, huddled together at the bottom of the hill near the church?



She added the paper along the backs and sides of the shelves. 


This really made the village scenes pop with beauty.


 In a village farm scene, there's a lady milking a cow. She's squirting an amazingly thin stream of milk into a kitty's mouth. You can see it right below. Check out the nearby cow who's getting an eyeful!


Sally's collection has bears, beavers, chickens, deer, ducks, dogs, kitties, and even frisky little skunks!



 There are so many wonderful scenes to look at, one could easily spend hours perusing the shelves in Sally's lovely home.


 The details are absolutely amazing.

On some of the trees, there are tiny red cardinals and even a blue bird.




 
             


Here's Sally, to the right!  





Thanks again, Sally, for letting us have a peek at your outstanding collection.

Now wasn't that fun to see?  

HAVE YOU HEARD OF DEPARTMENT 56'S NEW ENGLAND VILLAGE COLLECTIBLES?

15 comments:

EM Illustrator said...

Hi Susan,

I love these pictures of the village, so many details and it must take a long time to put everything together.
Enjoy your week !

Hugs,
Eva

Kerrie said...

Wow! Positively Splendid!!! I can truly appreciate the work that goes into creating such beauty in the home. Thank you Susan and Sally!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Susan,
Thanks so much for sharing this amazing collection of your friend's with us!!
How she has everything displayed is just spectacular!!

LOVE IT!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Linda O'Connell said...

So cute! I think I'd hang a curtain over it and unveil each holdiay, rather than wrap and store these dainty darlings.

Bookie said...

The blue paper does really set the scene. Does she really take this down every year? Does she do a tree in addition to all this? I love her blue and whites as well.

Glenda said...

I have heard of these collections and have seen many of them, but I do not have any of them. A dear friend has a wonderful collection, including a fire station and other items usually found in a real community, and she displays it all in such a way that it appears to be on a hillside, with a lovely home on the top of the hill! I love to look at them, but would not want to take it all down after doing so much work to put it up in the first place! Thank you for sharing this with us, and I'm very impressed!! :-)

diane.stetson said...

Spectacular photos...boy oh boy. I bet you loved seeing those miniatures Susan.

a shade fancier said...

Hi Susan,
I love these collections. I buy a new piece every year for my sister- in law and her collection has certainly grown. The best part is that the kids are enchanted with these little villages and really look forward to creating the display. I'm not big on the packing them away each year -- but I sure do enjoy going over and seeing the display!! Your friends collection is adorable and the photo work is great!!
Missy M

BECKY said...

How adorable! And that blue paper with the stars is amazing. I love it all. And, No, I've never heard of Dept 56.
Thanks for sharing with us!

Merlesworld said...

It was fun to see, and her display is lovely, and no I have never heard of department 56's New England village collectables.
Merle.......

Dee said...

Amazing...what a wonderful space to display it. The paper with stars is a great addition. Loved seeing her village.

Lady Linda said...

WOW!! What a joy to get to see this!

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Chatty Crone said...

That is amazing - how can they make all that miniature so real? The cow being milked and the cat being on the receiving end! Adorable. Love your photos.

Nellie said...

What a lot of work! That is a truly beautiful display! I know people who collect the Department 56 village pieces and display them each year.

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