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Reporting from the David Strand Signing …

David Blair Designs
David Blair Designs

I’ve met lots of Celebrate365 subscribers here in Southern California.  Even though the sun is hidden behind clouds, the glitter is still shining!

David has transformed his shop into a Christmas wonderland as he hosts David Strand and his fabulous glass ornaments and Ino Schaller paper mache candy containers.

David Strand candy containers from Ino Schaller.
David Strand candy containers from Ino Schaller.

Here’s a view of the Schaller display at today’s trunk show.  There’s is heavy pre-ordering going on!  Is there really a recession?  Not for California Christmas collectors!

And, here’s Wendy R trying to make some decisions.  When pressed, she decided that her favorite style is the Pinecone Santa.  That was David’s best seller last year.  Wendy has great taste!

Wendy R., a longtime Glass Links and C365 subscriber!
Wendy R., a longtime Glass Links and C365 subscriber!

JudyT2 ... I finally met her in person.
JudyT2 ... I finally met her in person.

And, here are Judy T and Gerald S., two long-time subscribers.  Gerald is trying to set a record for ornament ordering.  He had to go to a second page. That’s the spirit!

More latter!

It’s Official! She Designs Like A Star.

Sue Myal and Sue Sprunk, owners of Artistry of Poland have selected a winner in the Design Like a Star contest. David Blair, a retailer who won the first competition, assisted in the judging.
Susan Vanderhoek, a folk artist from Salem, Oregon, submitted three different designs. The judges selected her Victorian Santa entry as this year’s winning design.
According to Vanderhoek, Victorian Santa Claus is 4.5 inches. His red hood sports festive

holly leaves in  hunter green. The ornament will be painted in a gloss for shine and lightly sprinkled with German glass glitter.

It’s almost unimaginable to find an ornament line without a Santa Claus, but this will be the first for Artistry of Poland!

“Susan’s design has inspired us and we hope to add additional Santas to the Artistry of Poland line,” said Sue Myal.

Artistry of Poland will work closely with Susan through every step of the ornament creation process. She will receive 10 ornaments and her design will become part of the Artistry of Poland collection in 2010.

Susan is a member of American Holiday Artists. You can view her work at

David Strand Designs Signing Event

Jolly Old Elf Poinsettia Exclusive

Edition Size: 70 pieces

$50, 4″ high

Lavishly hand-painted and glittered

by David Strand Designs

Meet David Strand

Saturday • June 6, 2009 • 4 PM – 9 PM Pacific

David Blair Designs

17714 Vanowen Street
Reseda CA 91335

877-708-3401 • 818 708-3400
(parking in rear)

Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while you meet David Strand and have him sign your limited edition ornament.

Trunk Show

See the entire David Strand Designs collection of old world glass ornaments and German paper mache Santas from the acclaimed Ino Schaller workshop.

RSVP by May 30, 2009

(see numbers above)

It’s Time to Share! Holiday Visions 2008

Michael Storings, Central Park

New York City Central Park

4″ ball ornament

Michael Storrings for

Landmark Creations

Retail Value: $104

All good things must come to an end.

It’s time to pack away your Christmas ornaments and decorations for another year. But before you do that, I’d love for you to share your Christmas displays with Celebrate365.

Why not share the joy of Christmas in your household with others throughout the world?

Need a little nudge? How about PRIZES? Holiday designers and stores have provided the holiday items shown below. Send in your Christmas images and your name will be entered into the prize drawing.

New York City Central Park

Set of Coasters

Michael Storrings for

Landmark Creations

If you have digital images of your Christmas tree and holiday displays – indoor and out – please send them to

We’ll post your images on our web site at You’ve spent hours, days, weeks decorating. Your creations just might inspire others! Here’s what to do.

Cinnamon Bear

Landmark Creations for Spode

  • Send up to 10 images to
  • Include your first name, last initial and state (country) for identification on the web site.
  • Provide a suitable caption or explanation for each image that you send.Spode Blue Willow TeapotLandmark Creations for Spode

That’s it. We’ll do the rest!

Images must be received by FEBRUARY 28.

Winning names will be drawn on MARCH 1.

If you are among the lucky winners, Celebrate365 will email you for your shipping information.

What could be easier? Share your holiday displays, inspire others and win great prizes!

Spode Stocking

Landmark Creations for Spode

Velvet, 18″

Winners will be selected by random drawing for the prizes shown.

Thank you to Landmark Creations for donating all of the prizes shown on this page.

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