I've started decorating for Christmas, so my sweet Father Christmas has to come out of the closet. He was designed by my good friend Morgan Elser, a wonderful artist from my home town of Delavan, IL. Take a moment to read about Morgan here. I had the cape for him and a pipe of my husband's grandfather, and she did the rest. He has traveled with us quite a bit, and was created probably ten years ago.
Morgan was recently commissioned to create a commemorative tree in a park in Morton Illinois, and here is her picture with the young man whose company helped to erect and stabilize it in the park, Matt Parker.
She is a really special lady. Kudos to you, Morgan! Here are some pictures from her art gallery.