I was looking around the house for something interesting to share for Show and Tell. Didn't really come up with anything, so here's a picture of our mantel with the stuff on it.
From left to right:
The blue bottle was a gift from a friend.
The ceramic vase was purchased in Nove, Italy. It's a fantastic place with warehouses full of any kind of ceramic item you could ever hope to find. I even got some Banana Republic ceramics seconds (a cake plate).
The nesting dolls were purchase by my husband in Uzbekistan or Afghanistan when he served there in 2002-2003. I'm half Polish, so we've always had sets of nesting dolls around in my family. But, since I don't know if they have lead paint, they have to be up where my daughter can't reach them.
A mantel clock inherited from my aunt. My grandmother (dad's mother) purchased it, probably in the 1940's or earlier.
A cloisonne vase purchased by my sister in China when she and her husband went to adopt their second daughter there. When they went to get their first daughter, she bought us cloisonne Christmas ornaments, but mine broke before I could use it. More lead paint questions...
An American flag given to my husband on his return from serving in Afghanistan.
The picture also implies that we might have some low ceilings, as the mantel and the crown molding appear to be really close. Actually, we have a REALLY tall mantel. My husband built it and I'm not sure why it's that tall.
So, go and visit Mel to see what everyone else is showing today!