Monday, December 30, 2013

The Sixth Day of Christmas

Patricia Youngquist (The Last Leaf Gardener) also gives voice to figurines rendered by artists.

The last time I posted here on Blogger was 12-5-13, twenty days before Christmas, and, now it is already the sixth day of Christmas, a day when someone's true love gave to them "six geese a laying . . ."

While I do have a true love, he did not give me six geese a laying, but my visiting crocodile (pictured above with six Christmas trees atop his back) reminded me that on this sixth day of Christmas, I do not need six geese a laying because in the main room of my studio apartment, I have six Christmas trees a standing . . .  

My crocodile is correct, for in the main room of my apartment, I do have six trees a standing. Three of them are in my armoire as seen in the image below.


Patricia Youngquist (The Last Leaf Gardener) also gives voice to figurines rendered by artists.

And you may recall, dear reader, (from previous posts here on Blogger), members of casts of characters "hung" out for the Halloween and Thanksgiving seasons in my armoire for it has become a place where whimsical characters have designated as a place to meet 'n greet, to network with one another, and to save me from taking myself too seriously.

In any event, the three trees pictured here (two on the top shelf, where the one to the far right is nearly off camera, and one on the bottom shelf) are flanked by an array of characters who have been visiting me for the Christmas season.

All three of the trees in my armoire take pride in the fact that nine of the visiting reindeer are made from the parts of Christmas trees (as seen in the image below where Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is front and center), which are "normally" discarded.


Patricia Youngquist (The Last Leaf Gardener) also gives voice to figurines rendered by artists.

This is an image you may recognize from my last posting here on Blogger which you may refer to by clicking here.

The tenth reindeer in the image prior to the one directly above, can be seen standing to the far left on the bottom shelf of my armoire. A close-up of him is posted directly below.


Patricia Youngquist (The Last Leaf Gardener) also gives voice to figurines rendered by artists.

He is not made from tree parts, but he had much to offer his comrades in my armoire, especially when he discussed "the reindeer effect" on hometalk.

But getting back to the three trees in my armoire, the one that is in the center of the image on the top shelf can be seen in close-up below.


Patricia Youngquist (The Last Leaf Gardener) also gives voice to figurines rendered by artists.

To its far right in the "group" shot are four snowpersons, all of whom can be seen in close-up in the following images.


Patricia Youngquist (The Last Leaf Gardener) also gives voice to figurines rendered by artists.

Patricia Youngquist (The Last Leaf Gardener) also gives voice to figurines rendered by artists.

Patricia Youngquist (The Last Leaf Gardener) also gives voice to figurines rendered by artists.


Patricia Youngquist (The Last Leaf Gardener) also gives voice to figurines rendered by artists.

The first three pictures in this series of snowperson pictures were included with a story on hometalk, and the latter picture featuring one of my snowpeople may look familiar to you for this snowperson in it was discussed in my most recent entry here on Blogger, albeit with a diffrent image.

To the aforementioned tree's immeidate right is Mr. Cane and to the tree's left is Cane's sister, Miss Peppermint twist. They can be seen in close-up in the image below.



Patricia Youngquist (The Last Leaf Gardener) also gives voice to figurines rendered by artists.


Patricia Youngquist (The Last Leaf Gardener) also gives voice to figurines rendered by artists.


You may recognize their faces from one of my November 2013 entries here on Blogger. In any event, to Miss Peppermint Twist's far right is Little Miss Boo, hiding amongst some of the trunk-'n-branch reindeer. 

Little Miss Boo may look familiar to TLLG readers for she was here at Halloween  (wearing a different coat) and she is still carrying her Jack-O-Lantern as you can see in the collage posted below.


Patricia Youngquist (The Last Leaf Gardener) also gives voice to figurines rendered by artists.

This collage was included in a post on hometalk where I described how Miss Boo  helped me place the figurines in my manger scene. But as for where Miss Boo has placed herself in the armoire — nearly hidden by reindeer — the second of my six "main room" Christmas trees can be found.

It is a small silver tree which I have had for a number of years but it is still extremely camera shy and would only pose with her friends for a close-up which can be found below.


Patricia Youngquist (The Last Leaf Gardener) also gives voice to figurines rendered by artists.

In the photo-op featuring my silver tree, she is joined by a snowman that I introduced earlier as well as Snoopy who is currently busy doing preparing for his annual gig in my succulent garden.

Besides Snoopy and a lone snowman, three other trees agreed to pose with my sweet camera-shy silver tree. One is directly behind snoopy and he is made of a thick cloth so is not a thin-skinned tree like she is. At this time the cloth tree is in a small town in Illinois where he has traveled to be with my mother for the holidays and the tree bearing a gingerbread treat is currently in my manger scence (which I'll get to in a few minutes).

This leaves the tree decorated with Christmas balls, and he now stands on the bottom shelf of my armoire as seen in the second image of today's Blogger entry.

He is flanked with a cast of characters whom I will introduce after I complete the introduction of those "hanging out" on the top shelf, for directly to the silver tree's left is a snowman who is often found warming himself (but not to a point of melting) as evidenced by the following image featuring him in close-up format.


Patricia Youngquist (The Last Leaf Gardener) also gives voice to figurines rendered by artists.

And to the silver tree's left and cold-blooded (as in thin veins that need warming) snowman's right, a little snow guy was volunteered to monitor the flame; he can be seen in a solo photo-op in the picture below.


Patricia Youngquist (The Last Leaf Gardener) also gives voice to figurines rendered by artists.

Both of the aforementioned snowfolks were included in an entry on hometalk.

The first two of my six "main room" Christmas trees that are located on the top shelf of my armoire as I've just described have expressed the fact that they feel blessed to be in the presence of twin boy caroloers whose singing voices are directed by a snowman who happens to be a maestro (conductor).

Both the twins and the maestro can be seen in the group photo-op (second image in today's entry), as well as in close-up format in the image below.


Patricia Youngquist (The Last Leaf Gardener) also gives voice to figurines rendered by artists.


Patricia Youngquist (The Last Leaf Gardener) also gives voice to figurines rendered by artists.

This brings me to the end of the intros for the characters flanking my first two Christmas trees and with that, I'll move to the intro of my third Christmas tree, who hangs out on the bottom shelf of my armoire where she is flanked by an array of characters (as seen in the second image of this entry).

A solo photo-op of her is posted below.


Patricia Youngquist (The Last Leaf Gardener) also gives voice to figurines rendered by artists.

On either side of her stand a couple of carolers who call themselves The Tam Twins (for obvious reasons). They can be seen in a close-up below and they were included in an entry on hometalk.


Patricia Youngquist (The Last Leaf Gardener) also gives voice to figurines rendered by artists.

The twin to the right of the ball-decorated tree has some interesting folks  standing to her left, and they include a bubble-hatted caroler, an ecumenical choir boy, and a woman dancing with her daugter's doll. All of them can be seen in separate photo-ops posted below.


Patricia Youngquist (The Last Leaf Gardener) also gives voice to figurines rendered by artists.

Patricia Youngquist (The Last Leaf Gardener) also gives voice to figurines rendered by artists.


Patricia Youngquist (The Last Leaf Gardener) also gives voice to figurines rendered by artists.

The first two characters in the pictures posted directly above were featured on hometalk.

Meanwhile, the twin to the left of the ball-decorated tree also has some interesting folks standing near her (to her right). They include a couple of carolers (whose stories were "heard" on hometalk) and their close-ups are featured below.


Patricia Youngquist (The Last Leaf Gardener) also gives voice to figurines rendered by artists.

Patricia Youngquist (The Last Leaf Gardener) also gives voice to figurines rendered by artists.

And on bottom shelf, standing in front of the ball-decorated tree as well as the carolers positioned there include the characters in the following images.


Patricia Youngquist (The Last Leaf Gardener) also gives voice to figurines rendered by artists.

Patricia Youngquist (The Last Leaf Gardener) also gives voice to figurines rendered by artists.

Both of these pictures were featured in separate entries on hometalk with interesting back stories, for the info on the pix with the gingerbread twins, click here and for the info on pix with the skiing santa click here.

This brings me to the conclusion of the circumstances for three of my six main room Christmas trees.

Two of the remainder of the six have opted out of hanging out in my armoire to be in a more sacred place. They can be found within the crèche that I have atop a shelf on the wall opposite my armoire as seen in the following picture.


Patricia Youngquist (The Last Leaf Gardener) also gives voice to figurines rendered by artists.

The two trees can be seen at the left of the image and the silver-leaf one is like the small silver one which is in my armoire, the one that I've told you is extremely camera shy. 

Since I do not like to have my photo taken, I respect the wishes of this larger tree who only wanted to be showcased where he is standing in relation to my crèche. The other tree near to my crèche is less shy about these matters as you might have surmised from what I said about her earlier in this post when she posed with the smaller silver tree that hangs out on the first shelf of my armoire. In any event, she did agree to having her close-up done and it can be seen below.


Patricia Youngquist (The Last Leaf Gardener) also gives voice to figurines rendered by artists.


She claims she was inspired to bring a gingerbread to the crèche by The Little Drummer Boy who is standing to the far left of the manger scene and in a solo photo-op below.


Patricia Youngquist (The Last Leaf Gardener) also gives voice to figurines rendered by artists.

Humble as he is, he feels that he has bragging rights because I featured him on hometalk.

The larger animals (sheep, ram and donkey, all seen below in their own photo-op) within my crèche are ones that used to visit my succulent garden in bygone years, and you may recognize their faces from prior Christmas-decor-themed posts here on Blogger as well as on tumblr.


Patricia Youngquist (The Last Leaf Gardener) also gives voice to figurines rendered by artists.

Patricia Youngquist (The Last Leaf Gardener) also gives voice to figurines rendered by artists.

Patricia Youngquist (The Last Leaf Gardener) also gives voice to figurines rendered by artists.


As for actual manger scene it can be seen in close-up below,


Patricia Youngquist (The Last Leaf Gardener) also gives voice to figurines rendered by artists.


and as you can see it is fairly simple and standard, but the angel watching over it, as you can see from her close-up has quite a figure.


Patricia Youngquist (The Last Leaf Gardener) also gives voice to figurines rendered by artists.

And this brings me to the conclusion surrounding the circumstances of trees four and five of the six trees which are in the main room of my studio apartment.

The sixth tree that I have in the main room of my studio, is a real tree! It was chosen for me by the folks who created my branch-'n-trunk reindeer and who created my tree-trunk snowperson.

On this sixth day of Christmas my tree has his lights but so far only two ornaments representing birds are alighting upon its lovely branches and a photograph of the aforementioned tree is posted below.


Patricia Youngquist (The Last Leaf Gardener) also gives voice to figurines rendered by artists.

The tree is very sweet and in some ways mirrors the Christmas trees (three) that I have in my terrace garden (as you might surmise from the image below). My outdoor Christmas trees were also chosen by the same folks who chose this one, but since this is The Sixth Day Of Christmas, and I did not receive six geese a laying I will keep this post's content as a dedication to the sx trees in my main room.



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