Well, it would be about now that I would be dressing the shop in holiday fare. As I run my errands, I am
reminded of the beautiful store windows and how festive everything is beginning to look. Holiday home shows are starting to pop up, invitations are arriving in the mail and the festive season is truly upon us. It was at one of these shows, many years ago, that I would have the pleasure of meeting Dee Gann. She would come to be known in the Chicago area as the Santa Maker. Her Santa's are a "one of a kind" and amazingly, she is never without a name for each one.
Each one of these jolly ole fellas are made from her heart and soul with the end result reflecting the whimsical side of Christmas. They are dressed in bits and pieces of vintage clothing, antique buttons, vintage laces and velvets, castoff pieces of mens' suiting, or maybe even a collar or a jacket made of Mink or Fox. Vintage photos are stuck here and there and are often members of Dee's family
ANATOMY OF A DEE GANN SANTA...........his name, Ole Time Santa
His bright twinkling and happy face...................
Goodies ready to share in one arm.........Grandma's face hand sculptured by Dee
Another arm full of toys
........"he is dressed all in fur from his head to his foot"...............
Santa the Sailor Man
This Santa has been named Sweet Santa
Mr. S Claus
This santa has been named, Santa Delivers.............this is one of Dee's smaller santas. He is only about 12-14 inches tall.
Women's waistcoats from the turn of the century, are a favorite of Dee's, but they have become scarce. (if you happen to know of anyone who might know where to find them, I am sure she would love to know). The toys, miniatures of all that could be possibly stuffed into Santa's pack, will always find their place. One thing that will always catch your fancy, is that "twinkle in their eyes". Each Santa face has been carefully sculptured, left to dry and then painted. It is at this time that they begin to come to life. Their expressions are unlike any other Santa I have ever seen.
If you are interested in purchasing a Santa or wish to chat with Dee about a custom Santa, you can go to her website: http://www.deegannsantas.com/. She couldn't be more wonderful.......and I feel so lucky to call her my friend. You can also find her Santas represented at Scentimental Gardens, Geneva, Illinois
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