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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.”

Krampus ornament

 

 

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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Closed for Maintenance Until March 1

Well, it has to be done! Closed for MaintanenceWeb master Leslie has been after me for well over a year to upgrade the Miva shopping cart software. This seem like the perfect time. Christmas is over. Most of you are taking down your holiday trees. You probably aren’t thinking about shopping for ornaments!

In addition, I’ll be away for most of January and February. I’ll be attending Atlanta’s America’sMart for seven days (Jan 11 – 17). I’ll be previewing the 2012 collections for all of the major ornament designers and manufacturers.

Watch for blog updates, Facebook posts and Tweets during the big reveal!

Progreso Mexico
Some of you know that I have a newly retired husband who detests Ohio’s winters. He didn’t have to twist my arm when he announced that he wanted to “go south” for the winter. Little did I know that his “south” would turn out to be on a beach in Progreso, Mexico.We have rented a house on the beach for a month (see the pool, the beach and the Gulf of Mexico in the photo aabove). I’ve paid for a month of internet service … but let’s see how “high speed” it turns out to be. I have plans to work on the web site update along with working on lots of the images from my week in Atlanta.As you can see, I will be working in heavenly surroundings. I wonder what it’s like to work on the laptop while resting in a hammock? Hmm …
Needless to say, the first 2012 issue of Celebrate365 will be somewhat delayed! Since the site is closed for shopping, you won’t be able to re-subscribe. But, no rush … remember, I won’t be home to deal with your order anyway. Relax … just like me!Watch for blog updates, Facebook posts and Tweets from Mexico, too.

 

2008 Soffieria De Carlini Exclusive Ornaments

News just in from Italy … Celebrate the Holidays with De Carlini Ladies

Each holiday season, the De Carlini Workshop creates a set of very special ornaments to celebrate the holiday season.  This year’s exclusives are six free blown Italian “ladies” costumed for holidays throughout the year.

Miss Valentine’s Day
Miss Mardi Gras
Miss St. Patrick’s Day
Miss Independence Day
Miss Halloween
Miss Christmas

Each style is limited to 200 pieces and each is signed and numbered.

$51 + Shipping from Italy

Available only from Soffieria De Carlini

Free Blown Italian Ornaments … the Magic of Soffieria De Carlini

Flamboyant, whimsical, abstract and timeless; these are the words that describe the mouth-blown character glass ornaments of Soffieria De Carlini. Treasured around the world, the De Carlini workshop near Milan has been producing unique and fanciful creations since 1947.

Indicators of the De Carlini commitment to excellence abound, such as their 10-year dominance as the principal manufacturer of Italian glass ornaments over the huge American market. The talented family was “discovered” in the early 1980s by Wally Bronner, of Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, Michigan. One of America’s largest Christmas retailers, Bronner was captivated by the intricate hand painting of De Carlini’s unique pear shaped ornaments, and he shrewdly decided to import them. An immediate success, the De Carlini reputation was about to grow quickly.

Always a family affair, the De Carlini business has maintained a strong artistic presence since the beginning. Using feathers, lace, ribbons, maribou and glitter to elaborately decorate their mouth-blown characters, they became famous for a unique look in a crowded ornament industry.

Doesn't this finial capture the true spirit of Christmas?
Italian Finial

Today, Rosa De Carlini, her husband Guilio Terruzzi and son Luca run the family workshop.  The trio, as well as staff artisans, creates the fanciful figurals using traditional manufacturing techniques while also embracing 21st century technology. One of the best examples of this is their charming web site, designed to showcase their talents and offer exclusive styles directly to collectors.  Each design is limited to 200 pieces, is hand numbered and personally signed by Rosa De Carlini.

Highly collectible, the De Carlini ornaments produced over 55 years ago are as timeless as today’s styles. The infamous Coco Chanel once said, “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.”  I think collectors everywhere would agree the De Carlini designs fit this to a tee!

— Susan McCann

The Celebrate365 online store offers a wide selection of free blown Italian ornaments from the De Carlini workshop.  Add at bit of whimsy to your Christmas tree!

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