December 15, 2014

The Original 1950 Knee Hugger Pixie Elf History ~ PHOTOS

When I was 2 years old my parents bought several RARE Aqua Blue Angel Hair Pixie Knee Hugger Elf's for my twin sister, older sister and brother in the 1950's and more in the 1960's.  Since then I have kept my Pixie Elf and have put her on my Christmas tree every year.  My twin sister has the green striped Pixie Elf and I have the pink striped Pixie Elf.
21st Century Elf on a Shelf Highly sought after 2014

The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition is a 2005 children's picture book, written and self-published by American author Carol Aebersold and daughter Chanda Bell, and illustrated by Coë Steinwart. The book tells a Christmas-themed story, written in rhyme, that explains how Santa Claus knows who is naughty and who is nice, and describes elves visiting children between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, after which they return to the North Pole until the next holiday season. The Elf on the Shelfcomes in a keepsake box that features a hardbound picture book and a small soft toy in the form of a pixie scout elf.
Cottonwood FD saves Elf on a Shelf Photo by Jennifer Hobbs
Elf and Chucky being very naughty with Frosty!  Photo by Jess B.
The story describes how Santa's "scout elves" hide in people's homes to watch over events. Once everyone goes to bed, the scout elf flies back to the North Pole to report to Santa the activities, good and bad, that have taken place throughout the day. Before the family wakes up each morning, the scout elf flies back from the North Pole and hides. By hiding in a new spot each morning around the house, the scout elf and the family play an on-going game of hide and seek.
Elf to the rescue Photo by FireRescue1
Elf on a stick with sweet baby ribs Photo by A.J. Bachelder
Elf partyin' with the Nutcrackers 2014 Photo by Jennifer Hobbs
My original 1950 Elf head is made from plastic, and the clothing is felt and cotton material. She has a string to hang on the tree. She is 4.5 inches tall in the sitting position and 8 inches long when stretched out. She has a baby face and the elf outfit and hat are felt and her hair is Aqua Blue Angel Hair with a small mole on the face.  Mint Condition with Marked Japan on back. My twin sister has the other Elf, but her's is green and white striped.
My RARE Aqua Blue Angel Hair Pixie Knee Hugger Elf 1960 from my childhood 
"Knee-hugger elves are Christmas novelty toys that were mass-produced in US occupied Japan during the 1950-1960s. As made evident by their nostalgic popularity on eBayPinterest, and Etsy, they define a key aspect of the Christmas experience for middle to lower class Americans who grew up during the 1960s. Today, knee-hugger elves are popular again due to the success of the book, the Elf on the Shelf, written in 2005 by Carol Aebersold and daughter Chanda Bell and illustrated by Coë Steinwart. The values, design, and experience of both vintage and contemporary knee-hugger elves tell us something about processes of globalization  class, multi-culturalism, and the secularization of Christmas." Quoted and written by Elizabeth Dori Tunstall.

If you are interested in buying these cute lil Vintage Elve's please visit Vintage by Jade on Etsy.

Photo Courtesy of VintageByJade on Etsy





November 21, 2014

September 11, 2014

Bears & Coyotes in the Mary Lake Subdivision ~Photos

Due to the severe drought here in Northern California, there have been numerous sightings of Bears, Deer & Coyotes coming down from the mountains and hills and into the Mary Lake Park Subdivision West of Redding in the early mornings, late afternoons and especially at night.

Numerous Cats and small Dogs have been killed, garbage cans rummaged through and just recently around 1pm, on September 10th 2014, a small dog on a leash was attacked by a pack of Coyotes on the Mary Lake Trail by the Beaver Dam in broad daylight.

Lack of water and food are bringing an unprecedented amount of wildlife into the streets, backyards and front yards, especially thoseof you who live near the lake, greenbelt and the Power Lines.

Please keep your pets inside at night, don’t leave pet food outside, put your garbage cans out in the morning of your scheduled pick up day, do not feed the wildlife, keep an eye out at all times. If you see these animals near your home you can scare them away by banging pots and pans. In these desperate times these animals will do anything to get food and water.

The Deer are found eating the grassy wet lawns from watering.  You don't have to worry about the deer, the bears will run away if you make noise, but the Coyotes seem to be the biggest killer of cats and dogs.

US Fish & Game (Redding office 225-2300) has a lot of information about wildlife in the city limits and how to detour them and respectfully live in "their neighborhood.  After all, they were here way before humans were.

If you have any photos or information you would like to share please email us here.

We will continue to post photos of spotting and keep you informed.  What it boils down to is:  WE NEED RAIN!!!!!!

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Walking up SW on Corita Place to the WAPA power lines
Corner of Kenmare Ct. and Tralee Lane - Photo by Lynn C. 
Walking on NE on Tralee, came from the hills behind Kenmare Ct. - Photo by Lynn C.



June 17, 2014

A Day At Big Lagoon Beach Music Video



My twin sister and her fiance drove me 4 hours to the West Coast Beaches of Trinidad and Big Lagoon for my birthday the other day.  We had so much fun!  We at at the Seascape Restaurant at Trinidad Harbor, looked for Agates at Big Lagoon State Park and toured our parents Redwood Trails Resort that they sold in 2000.  I was sad to see how run down the place was as it is in foreclosure.  Thank God I have wonderful memories of once a piece of Heaven and tons of great photos.  We saw Wild Elk everywhere and it was the best day I've had this year.  I love you both so very much!  Thank you again.

April 11, 2014

Awesome Funny & Smart Dogs Compilation 2014



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