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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

"Ring-Ting-Tingling Too..."

Anne here. I'm sharing a fun Christmas project I did this week. While moving my son home from college last week, we often stop in Wabash, Indiana, at an antique store there. This time my eye caught on a bowl of old brass jingle bells that had been discarded after they'd fallen off of a leather harness sometime in the last 150 years or more.

Today I found Christmas ribbon 70% off at a craft store and my project was birthed! I laid out my musical gems in order of size and sound, clipped my cording to fit the space I was going to decorate. Then I arranged them in even spaces and tied each one along the  ribbon, and viola!

No secret that I'm a sucker for nostalgic vintage history! Which of course made me wonder about the history of bells. Turns out bells were cast in bell foundries for centuries. One of the bells has a running horse and initials W.E.B. on, looks like I found a copy in GoogleBooks of the reissued patent. That's fun! He was an early American bell maker.

Another GoogleBook source states that Wm. E. Barton's grandfather started the bell works foundry in Connecticut in 1808, and W.E.B. continued it until at least 1881. Many bell works made andirons, large and small bells, baby rattles, church bells, city or clock tower bells, as well as sleigh bells. To this day, the jingle of sleigh bells brings back a time when winter sleigh rides were high fashion fun of horse drawn times. 

"Just hear those sleigh bells jingling,
ring ting tingling too
Come on, it's lovely weather
for a sleigh ride together with you
Outside the snow is falling
and friends are calling "yoo hoo",
Come on, it's lovely weather
for a sleigh ride together with you."

So, I'm adding sleigh ride to my bucket list!
Have any of you taken a sleigh ride?
And yes, sounds like a great place to start a story, don't you think?!

Merry Christmas to all!
Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots. 
Nurse Practitioner by day. 
Wife, mother, writer by night. 
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