Nature’s Sketchbook by Marjolein Bastin (Marjolein’s Garden)

December 29th, 2016 Posted in Holiday | No Comments »

Here’s another very cute ornament collection from Hallmark called Nature’s Sketchbook designed by artist, Marjolein Bastin and rendered by Hallmark Keepsake Artist, Julie Forsyth…

P.S. You can find out more about Ms. Bastin’s work here: https://marjoleinbastin.com

2014: Simple Gifts #1

2015: A Home for Wren #2

2016: Winter Wonder #3

A Home for a Gnome

June 3rd, 2016 Posted in curiosities, Holiday | No Comments »

In 2014, Hallmark launched it’s first gnome home keepsake entitled “A Home for a Gnome” by Hallmark Keepsake Artist Tammy Haddix and while I wasn’t sure if this would indeed become part of a series, I searched again this past year 2015 while I was at my local Hallmark purchasing holiday greeting card sets.  Lo and behold, there it was!  I have a soft spot for the elementals so here are the two I have collected so far with a special Hallmark sneak peek for you (time to get excited!)…

*Photocredit: Hallmark

 

2014 A Home for a Gnome

hallmark ornament a home for a gnome

2015 Home Sweet Gnome

hallmark ornament home sweet gnome

2016 Sneak Peek: Gnome for the Holidays Terrarium Tree Home $22.95?

hallmark ornament gnome for the holidays

 

 

A Little Housekeeping

June 3rd, 2016 Posted in curiosities, Holiday | No Comments »

Hi Everyone :), gosh I have really missed blogging!  I’m back finally and doing a little Spring cleaning… major housekeeping.

My first post back is going to be about the darling Hallmark holiday ornaments I had picked up either before Christmas or during the 75% off post-holiday Hallmark sale back in January 2016.  I have 3 favorites from Christmas 2015.  You can probably still find these in new and pre-loved condition on eBay.  Two of them are musical ornaments and one even lights up.

*Photocredit: Hallmark.com

 

Christmas Cardinal:

“A flash of red against the snow,

it’s always  such a thrill

to spy a handsome cardinal,

who stays despite the chill

to brighten frosty winter days

with color and a song.

No wonder he is a such a

feathered favorite all year long!”

Hallmark Keepsake Artists: Rodney Gentry & Jim Kemme

Music: “Joy to the World”

hallmark christmas cardinal

Christmas Wishes:

“When you carry Christmas in your heart,

fun and happiness are just the start.

You’ll truly be more joyful you

when you carry Christmas all year through.”

Hallmark Keepsake Artist: Debra Nielsen

hallmark ornament christmas wishes

Holiday Hoedown:

“It’s time for the Holiday Hoedown-

the annual “Jingle Bells” showdown

where Santa and crew

pick and grin just for you

in a toe-tappin’ musical throwdown.”

Hallmark Keepsake Artist: Sharon Visker

Music: “Jingle Bells”

hallmark ornament holiday hoedown

Hallmark Limited Edition Ornaments

November 2nd, 2011 Posted in curiosities, Decor, Holiday, Home & Garden, Special Projects | No Comments »

I’ve been trying to wrap up my stocking-stuffer shopping for this year at Hallmark and Pier 1.  I have many people to shop for.  I found this sweet little 2011 limited edition cupcake ornament at my local Hallmark and discovered that they began their holiday cupcake series last year.  I was off to search on eBay for the missed 2010 cupcake!  I’m planning to have a small cupcake holiday tree for the first time this Christmas and will share pictures of it =).   This post will continue until the series is completed so come back every Christmas to check out my updates.  I may decide to include pics of my other non-Hallmark cupcake ornaments in a separate blog post; haven’t decided yet…  We’ll see.  Please place a request if you are interested in the second blog post idea. P.S. So far the 2010 and 2011 ornament versions do not have string included to allow for the ornament to be hung.  Any thin gold but sturdy string would compliment nicely!

 

First in Series: 2010 Oh, So Sweet! Christmas Cupcakes

USA Price: $9.95

Canada Price: $12.99

Christmastime is oh, so sweet and full of yummy things to eat- The season wouldn’t be complete without at least one homemade treat!

By: Ruth Donikowski, Hallmark Keepsake Artist *Photocredit: NYCupcake

 

Second in Series: 2011 Simply Irresistible! Christmas Cupcakes

USA Price: $9.95

Canada Price: $12.99

Instead of milk and cookies, this would top ol’ Santa’s list! Frosted, fresh-baked goodness- who could possibly resist?

By: Ruth Donikowski, Hallmark Keepsake Artist *Photcredit: NYCupcake

 

Third in Series: 2012 Berry-licious! Christmas Cupcakes

USA Price: $9.95

Canada Price: $12.99

Once upon a cupcake neatly sat a berry, oh, so sweetly, Trimmed in frosting… mmm… so yummy- what a treat for someone’s tummy!

By: Ruth Donikowski, Hallmark Keepsake Artist 2012 hallmark cupcake ornament *Photocredit: Hallmark

 

*Special edition ornament; issued in limited quantities and first available at the 2012 Keepsake Ornament Debut Event. Season’s Treatings! Christmas Cupcakes

USA Price: $9.95

Canada Price: $12.99

A cupcake with a snowman face- a holiday delight. Too yummy to resist and yet too cute to take a bite!

By: Ruth Donikowski, Hallmark Keepsake Artist 2012 hallmark snowman cupcake ornament

*Photocredit: eBay

 

Fourth in Series: 2013 It’s Snowing Sweetness! Christmas Cupcakes

USA Price: $9.95

Canada Price: $12.99

Like a sweet little cloud made of stardust and sprinkles, this silver-blue cupcake deliciously twinkles!

By: Ruth Donikowski, Hallmark Keepsake Artist

hallmark cupcake holiday ornament 2013 *Photocredit: Amazon

 

Fifth in Series: 2014 Mystery ornament cupcake: Sweet (green) & Even Sweeter (gold).  Something sweet awaits.  Guess what’s inside…

USA Price: $9.95

Canada Price: $12.99

Cupcakes are always in good taste, and now’s your chance at the season’s latest treat- the Golden Cupcake.  Does your box hold the exclusive treat?  Only you will know.  Take it home, open it up, and discover the sweetness of Christmas.

By: Ruth Donikowski, Hallmark Keepsake Artist

hallmark mystery ornament cupcake

*Photocredit: Hallmark

 

I was hooked on this one too for 2014!  Adorable!

With a face made of candy and frosting so thick, I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick!

USA Price: $9.95

Canada Price: $12.99

By: Ruth Donikowski, Hallmark Keepsake Artist

hallmark Sweet St Nick cupcake ornament*Photocredit: Shopord.com

 

Sixth in Series: 2015 Tasty Tannenbaum

USA Price: $12.95

Canada Price: $14.99

O Christmas treat, O Christmas treat,

how lovely is your icing-

With ornaments so yummy-sweet,

you’re really quite enticing!

By: Ruth Donikowski, Hallmark Keepsake Artist

hallmark ornament 2015 cupcake*Photocredit: Hallmark.com

Seventh in Series: 2016 Peppermint Swirl Christmas Cupcakes

USA Price: $12.95

Canada Price: $14.99

When time becomes meaningless and she becomes absorbed in her art, Ruth Donikowski knows she’s onto something big.  “It just happens- I get lost,” she says.  She especially enjoys mixing materials like glass and metal to make elegant ornaments that have a classic yet modern feel.  The result: a meaningful hanging memory.

By: Ruth Donikowski, Hallmark Keepsake Artist

*Photocredit: Hallmark

2016 Cupcakes for Christmas!

USA Price: $17.95

Canada Price: $23.99

When time becomes meaningless and she becomes absorbed in her art, Ruth Donikowski knows she’s onto something big.  “It just happens- I get lost,” she says.  She especially enjoys mixing materials like glass and metal to make elegant ornaments that have a classic yet modern feel.  The result: a meaningful hanging memory.

By: Ruth Donikowski, Hallmark Keepsake Artist

*Photocredit: HookedonHallmark

Holiday Cheer

December 10th, 2008 Posted in Decor, Holiday | No Comments »

Decorating for the holidays can be a lot of work but after all that’s said and done, home just feels that much more special. I love…

clear Christmas lights (makes everything look soft and classy)
our wool hat & mittens advent calendar from Garnet Hill
pine-coned wreaths
mini Christmas trees (true or faux)
pink tinsel
vintage European glass ornaments (from my childhood)
handmade ornaments of cotton batting, felt, wool, wood, or yarn
Rudolph & The Misfit Toys
resin villages which light-up
classic renditions of holiday music
the scent of balsam fir

I also prefer thoughtful cards and stocking stuffers to one large present (it’s much more exciting).

*Photocredit: Anthropologie, Garnet Hill, Unknown

Some of My Current Anthro Faves (Part A)

December 8th, 2008 Posted in Holiday | No Comments »

For those people who dread Christmas shopping and want to score brownie points with me, no one could ever go wrong by getting Anthropologie for me.

Holiday Cards

December 8th, 2008 Posted in Holiday | No Comments »

I almost forgot to post these holiday cards up! The Thanksgiving one is really cute and funny. I can picture one for Christmas (probably has been done before), of a highway full of bumper-to-bumper cars with Christmas trees strapped to all the tops. I just love the deer silhouette design with its serene setting.

As an aside, I was just curious why many people don’t usually send out Thanksgiving cards as much as they do for Christmas or New Year’s?

Holiday Windows at Bergdorf Goodman Unveiled

December 3rd, 2008 Posted in Holiday | No Comments »

This year’s windows at BG are breath-taking =). Reminds me of Gene Moore, who used to dress the windows at Tiffany’s. I love Christmas even if it has become somewhat commercialized. Holiday beauty is everywhere, whether in those small communities who take pride in decorating their main strip or gracing the windows of these shopping giants… Macys, Saks, Neiman Marcus, BG….. I hope everyone will have a very happy holiday season this year!

*Photocredit: Bergdorf Goodman

“Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Holiday are all beautifully celebrated in this holiday season’s windows. Artful scene that invite you to go on a year-round journey with Bergdorf Goodman. Utilizing a range of imagery all done in an ethereal white-on-white scheme, each window draws inspiration from natural history museum dioramas to create a blend of natural wonders and opulent BG splendors.” ~BG

Artist Adolf Dehn

November 28th, 2008 Posted in Fine Arts, Holiday | No Comments »

I was looking to purchase holiday cards entitled “Avian Holiday” by Adolf Dehn. I think I missed out on the boxed card sale already and can’t find it anywhere =(. Oh well, I deserve this for waiting too long. I did a little research on this artist and instantly fell in love with his work…

*Reference: wikipedia.org
“Adolf Dehn (1895-1968) was one of the most notable lithographers of the 20th century. Throughout his artistic career, Dehn participated in and helped define some important movements in American art, including Regionalism, Social Realism, and caricature. He was known for both his technical skills and his high-spirited, droll depictions of human foibles.”