About ten days ago I took a trip to Ikea. They have a lot of fun things on offer. I especially liked the Christmas items they had:
The gnome-y picture shows a package of printed paper bags that come in a set of nine. The gnome on top of that is a flat ornament made of felt with a printed paper face. The gnome cone is quite substantial. It could hold candy or nuts and not collapse. The Swedish paper star is two-sided. I've tried once or twice to make these with strips of paper with no luck. I was happy to buy the set of six. Maybe for hanging in windows. The stuffed toys in the other picture are especially cute. I consider myself a seamstress, but it would take me ages to sew little toys like this.
This ornament came out of a battered Shiney Brite box from the thrift store. It looks unremarkable, but it pleases me to no end. It is a WWII era Christmas ornament. It is unsilvered because materials of that nature were all being used for the war effort. The red, white and blue color theme was in keeping with the patriotism of the time. If this little ornament could talk, I'm sure it would have quite a story to tell us.