Ornament Trees, Stands, Displays

August 3rd, 2017 Posted in Holiday | No Comments »

A great alternative to tabletop trees either real or faux are the numerous ornament trees, stands, and displays on the market.  Some are also easy to build and customize to your heart’s content.  The one I recently purchased from eBay as old new stock is the 2006 Spring Ornament Display.  It is perfect for storing most of my Marjolein Bastin ornaments and has the added bonus of taking up very little space on my shelf.   Yes, I still owe you a picture of mine ;).

*Photocredit: Hooked on Hallmark

Here’s another design which could easily be hung on a wall or you could build your own to accommodate larger ornaments.  If mounted on a wall, it wouldn’t even consume any table space!

*Photocredit: Hooked on Hallmark

If you have other great ornament display ideas, please comment below.  I would love to hear from you :)

Other Very Cute Hallmark Keepsakes

August 3rd, 2017 Posted in Holiday | No Comments »

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):

*Photocredit: Hallmark

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.

A New Season of Hallmark Keepsakes

August 3rd, 2017 Posted in Holiday | No Comments »

Here’s another mini haul during Christmas in July ;).  I picked up three to add to my collection while wandering around New Jersey’s Preakness Shopping Center:

Eighth in the Series: 2017 Candied Christmas Rose from Hallmark’s annual cupcake collection (please see my Hallmark cupcake ornament post for more information),

*Photocredit: Hallmark

Floral Birdhouse by Edythe H. Kegrize, which is a Spring ornament for my garden themed collection,

*Photocredit: Hooked on Hallmark

and Welcoming Wreath by Nature’s Sketchbook: Marjolein’s Garden/Jim Kemme.  I will add this ornament to my Marjolein’s Garden post.

*Photocredit: Keepsake Caboose

They bring a smile to my face every time I look at them.  I always store all my Christmas ornaments away once the holidays are over but I normally keep my spring/summery ones out year-round unless I need extra space for other things.  I will include a picture soon on a separate post.

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 Artists, Julie Forsyth and Jim Kemme…

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

 2017: Welcoming Wreath #4

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 Artisthallmark 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

 

Eight in Series: 2017 Candied Christmas Rose Christmas Cupcake

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