Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Patricia Breen Complimentary Ornament, Historical Christmas Barn

Wouldn't you love to have been the lucky recipient of this fabulous Sublime Santa? This ornament was one of many complimentary ornaments given away at Sunday's Patricia Breen event hosted by Historical Christmas Barn, Wilton Connecticut.

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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Patricia Breen Event

We enjoyed a day with friends at the Historical Christmas Barn for this fall's Patricia Breen ornament event. It's always a joy to see collecting friends and subscribers once again. Today met all of our expectations!

I'll post just one image this evening since I need to go to bed early. (The plane for Cancun departs at 6 AM tomorrow!)

Here's one of today's ornaments ...
Beguiling Orb, $140, Mistletoe (fully glittered)
White w/ central oval in light green w/ mistletoe topiary, green jewel band border
Mistletoe sprays embellish the ball on both sides

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Halloween and Vine Folk Art Show

If you are in the area, don't miss it!

Many of the artists featured in the upcoming Halloween issue of Celebrate365 will be at the show. And, I can promise that they will all have wonderful things for your collections.

Halloween and Vine

Illustrator and folk artist, Matthew Kirscht, created "Lighting the Way," featured on the cover of our upcoming issue. He will be exhibiting at Halloween and Vine and intends to offer the original painting at the show.

Bev Verbeke, our graphic artist, digitally created a frame around Matthew's painting that sets the mood for the issue.

Monday, August 25, 2008

What's in the future ... with Christopher Radko?


NEW YORK CITY – (August 25, 2008)—Christopher Radko became famous by creating and marketing high quality, hand crafted glass Christmas ornaments that have become collection heirlooms throughout the world. He sold his ornament firm in 2005 and took a break from business but now he hints he may be returning with a new venture.

In his first "journal" entry on his personal website, christopherradkoinperson.com, he says that he is thinking of introducing a new line of products.

Christopher was somewhat mysterious in his reference to the new business, saying only the inspiration for his new venture came while he was doing extensive traveling over the past year, including trips to Provence, Assisi and the Umbria areas of Italy as well a his ancestral homeland, Poland. Photos from his travels are posted in the "gallery" section of his site.

"While it's very early in the process, I can tell you that I'm working on some ideas that are rich in history, art and nature," Christopher says. "We all realize the importance of good friends in our lives and now that I've had a chance to visit with dear friends scattered across the world and hear from others via email, I've decided to develop products that can be used to honor friendships with elegance and in a unique and personal style."

About Christopher Radko: Christopher Radko is an iconic name in American home décor. He began designing and producing keepsake holiday ornaments, gifts and home décor items in 1986. Today he focuses on design and consulting services. For further information please contact jmarkham@aol.com.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Golden Glow Convention 2008

Pre-convention activities included hands on workshops and the Christkindltmart. Here C365 subscriber Al S. admires Debbee Thibault's new Fairy Lanterns. That's Debbee in green on the right. The lanterns are created from authentic antique German ornament molds. The booth was buzzing with activity!

My personal favorite! The lanterns are currently shipping.
Take a Look!
Kitty's Ltd
., Delaware
Christmas Traditions
, California

A Celtic piper band from York, PA kicked off the convention at an outdoor ice cream social. In addition to the stellar entertainment, Glow members were invited to come dressed as their favorite holiday "character".

And the winners?

St. Nicholas and Krampus who traditionally greet German children on December 6.

The convention offers lots of "shopping" opportunities, of course. But its strength lies in its members' willing to share and educate. There are always amazing displays and museum rooms filled with a breathtaking array of rarities.

Rare German Santas and toys ...

Trees filled with ornaments (here from subscriber Al S.)

And things you might never had considered collecting, displayed in an imaginative way.

And, you just never know who might sit beside you at an educational round table ...

Yes ... that's really Christopher Radko!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

At the Golden Glow Convention

I'm in Lancaster, PA attending the annual Golden Glow Convention (http://www.goldenglow.org). There are about 675 Christmas collectors here. The group focuses upon pre-1996 things but does host a pre-event Christmas market that show cases new artists.

Debbee Thibault's new Fairy Lanterns made the booth a popular destination. The lanterns are German glass clip-on or hanging ornaments adapted from authentic antique molds. Each will hold a small battery-operated candle that will created a golden glow through the translucent glass. The large clown face is my favorite.

Here's Debbee with Glow member Kitty of Kitty's Ltd in Delaware. (http://www.kittysltd.com). This was a rare moment when the booth was not mobbed!

And, do you recognize any of these lively elves?

The Glow hosts asked members to dress as their favorite Christmas character.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Christopher Radko Personal Web Site

Christopher Radko
Media Contact: Jackie Markham





NEW YORK CITY ˆ (June 18, 2008) ˆ Acclaimed Christmas ornament designer Christopher Radko has launched a personal website: www.christopherradkoinperson.com to enable him to stay in touch with friends, colleagues and collectors of his work.

"Many people have found it difficult to reach me now that I am on my own again, so I've created a simple website with a direct personal email link," Mr. Radko said in announcing the new site.

The designer, whose hand-made ornaments are prized pieces in ornament collections from the White House to the homes of celebrities, said that he expects to announce new entrepreneurial ventures in the near future.

"My intention is to move in a creative direction that will enable me to make a contribution to important causes and charities that benefit the less fortunate among us," Mr. Radko said.

About Christopher Radko: Christopher Radko is an iconic name in American home décor. He began designing and producing keepsake holiday ornaments, gifts and home décor items in 1986. Today he focuses on design and consulting services. For further information please contact jmarkham@aol.com.