|Items Guaranteed to be lost during packing.|
Dept. 56, "Village Pink Flamingos,"
It isn't just remembering exactly each figure and the group it belongs to, so you can put it in the appropriate box. Or remembering to pack each little part, like the sign from "JD Nichols Toy Shop," or the dangling little toy from the "Portobello Road Peddler," or the lid to the overflowing CIC garbage can.
|My husband's storage shed.|
Mine would look different.
But after all of this effort post-Christmas, how could I ever consider starting an Easter or spring village?
|Dept. 56 Easter Decorating Idea|
I hope you enjoy your visit to Thomas Kinkade, folkart Retablos, and the wood sculpture from the Erzgebirge Mountains of Germany.
"Beloved Bible Stories"
|Thomas Kinkade, "Testament to Faith Lighted Wreath"|
North Pole Woods
Oakwood Post Office Branch
|Luis Rodriguez, "Easter Procession"|
Erzgebirge Wooden Miniatures True village representations in miniature, a la Kinkade, can best be found in wooden sculpture from the Erzgebirge region of Germany. The Erzgebirge (Ore) Mountains are south of Berlin on the Czech border. Artisans there still practice the traditional art of wood carving in miniature. While much of the work is produced for Christmas, there are miniature candle "pyramids" and "schwibbogen" which depict Easter and other scenes.
Seiffen Village Pyramid
"Dresden City Scenery" Schwibbogen
"Easter Bunny Workshop"
Satisfying Our Whimsy, or Just Getting it Done
Of course, when putting out such miniature sculptures villages, we can't move buildings and accessories around to create different scenes each year. We can't add or subtract people and buildings, or create our own village utopia. In short, our whimsies can't dictate how a story is to be told. But sometimes, we just have to get the decorating done, and with miniatures, it's just plain easier.