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Ornaments As Art …

The late Thomas Glenn was a contemporary artist whose imagination on canvas was often reflected in his ornament designs. What does this style evoke for you? I see Mid-Century

“Teal Squared” (TG724) from Thomas Glenn Holidays, $32.99

colors that I grew up with … or perhaps boldly colored pocket squares peeking from a businessman’s otherwise austere black suit. How about you?

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Almost home from Germany …

Bamberg, Germany hosts an incredible annual flea market on German Unification Day.

Even five years ago, who would have ever thought that I could post this blog while flying high over the Atlantic Ocean on my way home from Germany.  It has been a jam-packed 12 days of incredible museums, wonderful food and new cultural experiences.  While there were many highlights, as an ornament and holiday collector, visits to the Rautis Czech ornament workshop along with the annual Bamberg Flea Markets were A+ experiences.  I will post much more but my laptop is just about out of power.  So, just adding a few images to this post with many more to come.

Bamberg is filled with historic architecture, quaint plazas and charming cobblestone streets and sidewalks.
Here are some German reflectors with liquid-filled centers. They really “sparkle” on the tree. I was so pleased that the rain cleared in the early afternoon and tables were uncovered once more. What a great flea market find!

New Styles from Soffieria De Carlini

The Krampus Tradition …

St Nicholas and Krampus

If you are a child in southern Germany or Austria, when St.

Nicholas rides through your village on the evening of December 5, he does not arrive alone. Krampus is his scary companion.

St. Nicholas Ornament
Vintage Krampus postcard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Krampus, a terrifying horned figure wearing chains and carrying switches, runs behind him. It’s his job to scare children into being “good.”

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The Soffieria De Carlini Krampus ornament depicts a classic German orAustrian Krampus clad in black with a scary red face, horns and elongated tongue. And, don’t miss that tail. He is truly a frightening character … as bad as St. Nicholas is saintly!

Soffieria De Carlini has been a family-operated glass blowning working shop since 1947.  Located near Milan, the De Carlinis are the last workshop in Italy still producing these whimsical free blown holiday ornaments.

Krampus vintage postcard

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Iconic Fashion from Soffieria De Carlini

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Thirty-five Oscar nominations and eight actual Academy Awards along with 1100 movies in her five-decade career … it’s not surprising that Edith Head became synonymous with Hollywood’s “Golden Age” of movies.  The iconic costume designer “dressed” dozens of actresses such as Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn.  Among Hollywood costume designers, Edith Head remains the queen!

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Edith Head Dress Design Ornament
DC-DO7311, $54

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New Arrivals … Just in Time!

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Designer Plaid, Thomas Glenn Holidays

These 2015 styles from Thomas Glenn Holidays arrived just in time for the holidays

Do you have a fashionista on your gift list whose “champagne” tastes exceed your budget?  Perhaps this “Designer Plaid” ornament  might be just the thing.

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Modern Floral … don’t they seem like snowflakes?

 

 

 

Thomas Glenn Holidays’ “Modern Floral” evokes that mid-century modern look of times gone-by … a vintage-style look for the tree

 

 

Everyone loves penguins!  Hang this sweet 4” ball on an ornament turner and they will happily “march” around your Christmas tree.TG-1594_composite

Quantities are limited … so don’t delay!

Want to see more penguins or another favorite theme?  Click here to enter your search term.  We have over 1000 holiday items and usually ship everyday but Sunday.

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