About a month before visiting the Hallmark location at the Wayne NJ Preakness Shopping Center, I was mailed a Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Premiere Event July 15-23 mini catalog. On the first page was their Merry Music Makers Collection by Kristina Gaughran. Each are priced at $24.95 US currency. They are so adorable and great if you normally have a big holiday tree.
Swingin’ Sax, Groovin’ Guitar, and Playful Piano (my fave of the three):
I especially love them because they remind me of a documentary I once saw regarding unique ice cave music concerts such as this one, Classic Concerts in Ice Cave. I was able to see all of the ornaments at the Preakness Center and they most certainly didn’t disappoint.
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!)…
2014 A Home for a Gnome
2015 Home Sweet Gnome
2016 Sneak Peek: Gnome for the Holidays Terrarium Tree Home $22.95?
Card-writing has become just a little bit more fun with my discoveries of Thomas Kinkade and Terry Redlin… along with those classic jingles, a mug of warm spicy tea, candlelight, and a large table to spread out and work. I really envy their artistic skills! Have you seen how gorgeous Kinkade’s and Redlin’s cards are? Now that I found them, I wouldn’t dream of sending out anything else; though I might allow for a few exceptions ;).
I’ve been sending Kinkade cards to family and close friends for a few years now. This Christmas I received a card from my favorite aunt (she’s been very kind to me over the years). It was none other than Terry Redlin’s “Evening Frost.” Glitter and an equally beautiful coordinating envelope! That’s it! I had to set out to find it and found it, I have! I’m stocking up for next year. Maybe this will in-turn inspire another =).
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?
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