The 33rd Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes was held the second weekend in December in Weatherford, TX. Eleven sites were open for a very reasonable ticket price. These included homes, museums, a children’s home and a garden.
First, we bought our tickets at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center. I think it’s on the tour each year, but there is always a special exhibit.
This Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii) in the entry area caught my eye because the branches are so tall.
Plus, the leaves and flowers are sparse.
This is one I have at home. Following advice online, I cut the top off when it reached about 10 inches tall. Then it branched out.
And here is the inspiration for the name – Crown of Thorns. And, of course, the reference to the one that was forced on Jesus at his trial.
Now to the special exhibit: paintings of Homer Norris. The ones that appealed to me the most were of children.
Homer was one of eleven children born to a brilliant yet poor Aledo welder during the bleak days of the Great Depression. He was drawn to the romantic history of Parker County’s artifacts and relics and the stark beauty of the area.
This pictures evoke strong emotions about childhood.
Now to the house that provided the title for this post.
Just stepping upon the porch, I had the sense that a creative woman lived here. That may sound sexist, but usually, the lady of the house does the decorating.
Mercury glass ornaments hanging from the porch – what a simple, but attractive detail.
The home owners made good use of old items, like these washtubs and blades from a windmill.
The staircase ornaments looked old but probably weren’t.
Although this would be a great mantel vignette, it is on top of a bookcase.
In a small hallway, simple hanging ornaments on one side keeps it interesting.
On the opposite wall these small boxes hold a variety of items. A few Christmassy things have been added, like the jar of floating cranberries.
Most of the older homes we saw used several small Christmas trees scattered throughout the house, rather than a large one that takes up lots of space.
Now this, I could make next year.
A bedside table with unusual items.
Don’t you love how old factory thread spools and a cotton carder can be highlighted with some seasonal candy?
Old homes have character, but they also have drawbacks with small bathrooms. Plus, most only had one bathroom. So some renovation is necessary to provide modern conveniences.
You’ll see a theme. This lady likes old window frames.
A candy dish filled with old door handles. The small details really added to this home.
This old store display rack for cards stands in one corner of the living area.
What a lovely table setting.
The kitchen was updated or added on.
The homeowner made these wreathes from one old Methodist hymnal. I looked closely at them. They appear to be pages from the hymn book cut into squares, probably about 3 or 4 inches. Then each square is gathered up from the center, twisted, and stuck into a styrofoam wreath with a pin.
All of her antique (or at least, old) finds were displayed creatively. This hanging cabinet was made from scrap lumber and old reclaimed doors.
As we left the house, this tree along the street hung over the fence.
I don’t know what it is, but it was full of these small berries.
A carriage ride was included in the tour ticket. This one was waiting outside this home, so we hopped on for a short spin.
Wherever you live, it’s fun to take in events in the area. I recommend giving them a try.
The next post will finish up this particular tour.
Merry Christmas to you and your family. May your lives be filled with the joy of Christmas all year long.
“The Word (Jesus) became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14