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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Saving Santa





Yep, I got to give Santa a bath today! 
Don't tell Mrs. Claus. ha.
I pulled him from the auction trash last week.
He was dirty and dusty but I just thought he was cute.
I loved his old vintage style.
Turns out he is a "Kay Finch California" ceramic
wall pocket from the 1940's. 
He's large, about 12" tall.

I think he's wonderful!
I did tell him it's still summer, though, so he can take a
nap and make an official grand entrance in December.

61 comments:

  1. Ha! He has a couple months to recover from his auction ordeal and get all his elves in order. He is one clean Santa!!!

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    1. I'm sure it was traumatic to be put in a box, sold and then left for the garbage truck! He looks relieved that I saved him! lol....Maybe I'll get something special under the tree this year as a token of his gratitude. :)

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  2. Ha.. that's cute. And a creative idea for a photo.

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    1. I think his eyes got more twinkly after that bath. lol...

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  3. And shhhhhh... my lips are sealed re Mrs. Santa!

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    1. haha...reminds me of Elaine on Seinfeld when she'd say, "It's in the vault!" and act like she was locking her lips closed. :)

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    2. I remember that now - too funny! Is staying with you or going in the shop?

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    3. I think he's going to stay here!

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    4. Yes, I thought that might be the case :-) If you have a change of heart, let me know. He loves the North! Grin.

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  4. You have a great sense of humor. Makes a smile come across my face.

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    1. life is just better when it's funny. :)

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  5. Hi Betsy, What a sweet, old fashioned Santa. I love wall pockets! Love the photo of Santa taking a bubble bath!

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    1. He will be so fun to use this Christmas. He was full of dirt like someone actually planted something in him!

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    2. Thanks for your sweet comment on Rocky. I wish you could see the color of his eyes. They look like the ocean!

      Hope you guys have a good evening.

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    3. He does have a lovely color combination...and blue eyes would just the perfect!

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  6. He's awfully cute! I can't believe he was in the trash. Nice save!

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  7. He does indeed look more twinkly... and his cheeks make me grin. Love those vintage Santas.

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    1. I really love that lusterware paint.....beautiful! Yes, his cheeks are adorable!

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  8. Nice Santa and in good condition and like his big grin - but he can't go to sleep!
    He has to supervise toy manufacture by his elves . . . .
    You do find the most interesting things at auction . . . :)

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    1. He reminds me of someone. . . . . perhaps if he was wearing a hi-vis jacket it might come back to me.

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    2. haha....he has Rudolph's nose....no hi vis jacket needed! But I see what you mean...there is a resemblance, isn't there!

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    3. "Rudolph's nose"? Now you are in bigger bother than me. Tut !

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    4. Im agree:) reminds me someone... a really proud Santa!

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    5. Ho! Ho! Ho!
      Now look here you three - no presents for you this Christmas and I was going to give you all a box of crackers !!!! Pull the other one!!! . . . lol

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    6. Christmas crackers...so very British! :) Now see here, I've been a good girl. You can't just take away all my presents!

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    7. We use crackers in Canada too!
      And we wear the crinkly paper hats....and we love our prizes! Hahaha!
      Brest find Betsy....he is super!
      Cheers!
      Linda :o)

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    8. Crinkly paper hats for Christmas? OK...I want to see photos! ha.

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    9. We Brits wear crinkly paper hats as well at Christmas Parties. We pull a cracker with someone and whoever wins and gets the larger part. Inside is a tube containing a silly party crinkly hat, a silly toy, and a silly joke. Linda, I think we should do a joint Anglo-Canadian post on this - people will really think we are really crackers!!!! The jokes are extremely silly like: Q. What goes tick tock, tick tock, woof woof? A. A watch dog.

      lol

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    10. I can't remember the last time I pulled a cracker.

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  9. cute post. he is a real doll. what a fun find! Taria

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    1. Isn't he sweet? I love everything about him. :)

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  10. I can see why you fell for him. But yes, do tuck him away for a while yet!

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    1. Yes...I want to enjoy fall first! No way am I ready for Christmas...although, there are decorations up in the stores! Oh my!

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  11. Look beautiful after his bubble bath Betsy:)

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    1. Doesn't he? He was really dirty! He's 70 years old and probably never washed! ha.

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    2. I know how he feels !!! . . . . . we are both wearing well . . . but I have had a lot more baths and showers . . . . . lol

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    3. But we are both cute, aren't we? . . . . rofl

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  12. That first picture won me over...I have never been a Santa fan. What a great find!

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    1. Who can resist Santa in a bubble bath? haha....

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    1. Isn't he fun? I've never seen anything like him!

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  14. i can't believe he was in the trash! I immediately thought of the Christmas decorations of my childhood. (I was born in 1945.) How exceptional that he's a wall pocket and appears to be in perfect shape, except for the crazing of the finish, which is to be expected. Lynne in NC

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    1. I think he's wonderful...and the crazing is great, just like wrinkles! haha. I can't wait to do something special with him this December. :)

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  15. He looks quite cheery for summer
    Guess he got in a rummer
    Maybe Mrs. Claus never scrubbed him that way lmao
    I'm fine as long as he keeps the snow away

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    1. Just presents galore
      with no snow at your shore?
      When he makes a list and checks it twice,
      I hope he finds that you've been nice!

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    2. hmmmm if nice is relative I may win
      Otherwise 50/50 at my bin lol

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    3. it will be one lump of coal and one prize
      come Christmas Day, I would surmise!

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  16. Now that Santa's had his bath he can put his pajamas on and go to bed until it's closer to his big day :-)

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    1. I think so, too! He's cute, but it's too early to be looking at him for too long! haha.

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  17. Hi Betsy - can quite see why you were attracted to him .. and he'll make a grand sooty entrance ... what a great trash find .. he'll be a star .. cheers Hilary

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    1. I think he will be, too! I'm wondering if he wouldn't be adorable in the center of the wreath I hang on the front door!

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  18. He'll be practising his "Ho, ho, ho" with renewed enthusiasm now, Betsy!

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    1. Yes, I suppose after feeling neglected and unwanted, I've breathed some new life into the old guy! Now he'll be a star, as he should be!

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  19. He's cute- I have a much smaller version of that same face on a Christmas ornament. Great find!

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