It’s taken a bit … most of you know that I underwent serious surgery on April 11. I am recovering well here at home and I will not require further treatment. But, enough about that subject for now … let’s talk about something a bit more fun. How about Italian ornaments?
In early January, you viewed all of the free-blown glass designs when we ordered them at America’sMart in Atlanta at the Soffieria De Carlini showroom. While I love their contemporary designs, my heart just “soars” when I’m presented with throw-back styles from the 1960s and 70s.
We have most of the new designs on the website now and available for pre-ordering with an anticipated fall 2022 delivery. I’ve divided the image presentation into two themes: retro styles and fashion ladies. Several retro styles feature multiple colorations. Look and shop to your heart’s content
Although pandemic conditions seem to have waned, for now, other issues continue to plague global business. War is on Italy’s doorstep, and fuel costs have skyrocketed. Just like in the U.S., it’s difficult for Soffieria De Carlini to purchase paint, trims, packaging … really, all of the supplies that they require to create their free-blown ornaments. Many do not realize just how “tiny” the Soffieria De Carlini workshop is. They employ a mere ten skilled artisans, two of whom are the husband and wife owners, Luca Terruzzi and his wife, Sabrina.
I’m giving you this bit of background information to let you know — this year I will not be able to place re-orders for ANY of the styles shown online. The workshop actually has MORE orders than they will be able to produce. What does that mean for you, as a collector? When an available quantity shown online reaches zero (0), our website is set to automatically ask you if you would like for us to re-order the style. Well, yes … we can do that. However, the ornament won’t arrive until 2023 and the pricing will increase. While I dislike making dire predictions about a topic that should be simply FUN, this situation is now our global supply reality. So, buy it when you see it in 2022!
Family memories … for many, Christmas trees are like family scrapbooks. Each year as you bring out the totes and boxes, you unwrap remembrances of special moments, special friends, departed loved ones, and Christmases past. Perhaps your family tradition involves listening to a favorite Christmas album, drinking hot cocoa … maybe even placing a pickle on the tree for little ones to find.
Think about each decoration and the memories it evokes. Start you own tradition … give a gift that tugs the heartstrings, always “fits” perfectly, and evokes memories for years to come.
This year there are only a very short three weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Santa has his work cut out for him … and so do you!
We are here to help!
We have lots of new designs for 2019. Not only will they dazzle your guest on your tree but they make wonderful gifts as well! Each ornament is individually painted and glittered in Europe by experienced Polish artisans.
What are you waiting for? We ship everyday except Sunday. Do you have special needs? Just let us know!
Ornament Quick Links:
TG515R, Scallops in Red & White 4″ ball, $42 TG1944, Nordic, 4″ ball, $46 TG1909, Patchwork, 4″ ball, $46 TG1514, Lost in Space, 4″ ball, $45
2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the first footsteps onto the moon. This year has special meaning to the citizens of Wapakoneta, Ohio as the man who took those steps, Neil Alden Armstrong, called that community his hometown.
He experienced his first airplane ride at the age of six and began taking flying lessons at fourteen. By age sixteen, he had earned his pilot’s license.
As a recent high school graduate, I will always remember watching that “first step” on a black and white TV in the restaurant where I worked before beginning college. Then four years later, now a college graduate, I accepted my first teaching position at Wapakoneta City Schools. The Armstrong aura and legend were still fresh memories in the small Auglaize County seat.
Armstrong continues as a Wapakoneta local legend. When a 90-year-old retired elementary teacher passed away this winter, one of her former students remembered: “I never forgot her story that Neil Armstrong was her prom date. However, he only had his pilot license so his father had to drive them to the dance.”
Heroes are human too.
For additional information about how Wapakoneta and the Armstrong Museum plan to honor their “Hometown Hero”, visit these sites:
Can you say “SPARKLE“?
Thomas Glenn Holidays … not your “grandmother’s” Christmas ornaments!
Sparky Santa, one of this season’s top sellers, was inspired by a retro Christmas card. Additional inventory just arrived. Don’t be disappointed … order yours now!
This pearlized ball portrays retro Santa faces with assorted hat styles … can you pick them out? Don’t you love the angular retro-style beards and mustaches? And here is yet another design that begs an ornamotor to provide a 360 degree view.
Made in: Poland
Size: 4” ball
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