The shelves are stocked and organized … the new ornaments have arrived. We are ready to roll ‘n roll for the holidays!
Climate controlled storage … but poor lighting for me! I often use a flashlight when finding ornaments to fill your order! But, the owners are so nice … they let me use their WiFi so I can adjust inventory errors as I go. Let the shipping begin!
Just arrived and available online … 2015 Styles from Thomas Glenn Holidays
Year business began production: 2000
Country of production: Poland
Designer: Thomas Glenn (deceased), Brent Lawyer
When contemporary artist Thomas Glenn created his first ornament collection in 2000, he infused it with ultramodern colors and graphics. Chartreuse, magenta, turquoise, orange … Are those the colors of Christmas? They are for Thomas Glenn Holidays!
The Thomas Glenn collection has always been known for using a unique color palette, and I want to continue this and broaden the spectrum even further,” explains Brent Lawyer, current company owner. This year’s collection includes traditionally colored “Pop Art”* in red, green and white. But, that’s where “tradition” ends. You won’t find a Christmas tree or Santa on this ball ornament. It’s fully glittered with circles and squiggles. A sunburst-style graphic creates the central motif. Lawyer also created a blue and green version of the design.
Lawyer also continues with Glenn’s more “traditional” style designs as well. Thomas Glenn collections always maintained a strong Asian theme. This year’s “Koi Pond” depicts these brilliantly colored ornamental Japanese fish as they placidly swim through still blue waters.
Collectors can delight in bringing Thomas Glenn works of art into their own home and onto their holiday trees and year-round displays with these exceptional European crafted ornaments. Artistic vision continues in 2015.
*Pop art is a movement that emerged in the mid-1950s in Britain and a few years later in the United States. Artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein attempted to connect fine art traditions with pop culture elements from television, advertisements, films, and cartoons.
See moma.org/learn/moma_learning/themes/pop-art for more information and examples.
You know that I’ve been traipsing around Germany and generally having a fabulous adventure. Now, it is back to reality … and Halloween.
I love the fresh, crisp shades that autumn brings. I did look for vintage Halloween decorations at the Leipzig Flea Market but did not spot a thing, Of course, German Halloween production was primarily exported to the United States. So, perhaps we have it all here! Amid medical appointments at the Cleveland Clinic and preparations for our trip to Germany, I began a serious efforts to search and find long-overlooked Halloween and fall styles that had appeared in past issues of Celebrate365.
I’ve added quite a few pieces in both the “Halloween” and “Opportunities” category themes in the store. Some are one-of-a-kind. Others are from Bethany Lowe Designs and Bruce Elsass … long-retired and difficult to find.
One-of-a-Kind designs from Debbee Thibault, Jerry and Darla Arnold, Vergie Lightfoot, Debra Schoch, Kristen Beason, Casey Mack
Hoping you will find some treasures to love at celebrate365.com
You know you are a serious shopper when you are willing to leave your hotel at 5:30 AM and drive for two hours to the Leipzig flea market.
The Leipzig, Germany flea market is has earned a reputation as the Europe’s largest with up to 5,000 vendors when filled to capacity. Our little tour group braved chilly drizzle as we trouped up and down rows of outdoor vendors seeking unique Christmas treasures that caught our fancy. We had barely begun when I spotted the hunch-backed Santa in a brown mohair coat. He is German and from the 1890 – 1910 era. He will need a bit of repair but he’s going to be an outstanding addition to my collection. He is a real treasure!
Beside all of the outdoor dealers, Leipzig boasts two huge vendor halls inside. We ventured inside when the drizzle turned into a steadier rain for awhile. License plates identified exhibitors from the Czech Republic, Poland and other European nations. As with any flea market, one person’s treasure is another one’s junk! Of course, we saw much that was of little interest, but it was good to be able to walk right by. We walked and walked from 7:30 AM until noon with one bathroom break and a brief snack time. I certainly logged plenty of steps!
For an avid antiquer, this was a dream scenario. We passed up many things and narrowed our purchases to things that were treasures or super deals. And, bargaining was like a comedy act! As you can well, we will be coming home with Christmas treasures and colorful memories.
To find out more about Leipzig’s monthly flea market, visit these sites:
Having a wonderful but tiring experience here on day 4. I have had difficulty connecting with the hotel WiFi here so I thought I would make a quick reminder to take a look at the Celebrate365.com De Carlini “Pre-Order” area. The final day that I can increase quantity numbers is Sept 30. Free shipping on pre-orders will end that day as well. So, if you usually buy Italian ornaments for gifts, you might want to take a look.
We are in the wood carving area of Germany and I am certainly seeing some wonderfully focused museums. I am gaining quite an education about “Miner and Angel” figures along with the parade uniform figures … well just about anything from this region. It has been wonderful! We will be checking out of this hotel tomorrow and moving onward to the glass blowing / ornament area. Of course, that is what I am most looking forward to. And Glass Links member Jane Feuer who is here in Germany for 6 months will be joining the groups soon. We will be going to Inge-glas on Friday … along with lots of little glass workshops. You know that I will have lots of photos to share!