A Patricia Breen Complimentary Ornament …

I was able to photograph my sister’s prize from the Patricia Breen event held at Stacey Leuliette Gracious Living in Birmingham, Michigan. It is a “cachette” in Breen-ology. I would term it a candy container — something like those from Ino Schaller in Germany. This is much heavier and, as you can see, exceptionally beautiful!  This was Benita’s first Patricia Breen ornament event.  She certainly was a very lucky winner!  Thanks to Patricia, James, Stacey and the staff for hosting an outstanding ornament experience!

Halloween Issue in the Mail!

It’s in the mail … the much anticipated Halloween issue of Celebrate365 … featuring ornaments and folk art from these designers:
Halloween Front Cover Halloween 2010 Back Cover
Front cover: Scott Smith, Rucus Studio cover photo and design

Back Cover:
Center Painting

Joanne Harper
, Boo Wacka Doo
$120, 8 x 10”; acrylics on gallery-wrapped canvas
Inspiration: The illustrations of John Held Jr.

Surrounding, clockwise from top:
Joyce Stahl
Pumpkin, $39.95; Johanna Parker for Bethany Lowe Designs Shriek the Cat, $34.99; Robert Brawley Who is On the Moon, $25; Debra Schoch for Bethany Lowe Designs Owl and Moon on Pedestal, $49.99; Becca Bilas, Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Ornament, $14; Allen Cunningham The Trinket Peddler, $165; Eric Cortina Estate Garden Urn, $32.50; Elaine Thomas Pumpkin Bucket, $38; JingleNog Jack-O, $80; Debbee Thibault Halloween Queen, $45; Soffieria De Carlini Witch’s Web, $38.

Layout: Bev Verbeke, Gohr’s Printing, Erie PA

To purchase a single copy of this issue, CLICK here!

Featured in this issue (sources):

Allen Cunningham

Alycia Matthews

Amelia Schaefer

Apple Tree Gallery

Artistry of Poland

Becca Bilas

Becky Federico

Bethany Lowe Designs

Bruce Elsass

Carmen Ellis

Carrie Murtha

Cathy Nash

Christina’s World

Christopher Radko Ornaments

David Blair Designs

David Everett/Chicken Lips

Debbee Thibault & Kitty’s Ltd.

Debbie Hawkins

Deborah Adams

Debra Schoch, see Bethany Lowe

Dee Foust, see Bethany Lowe

Elaine Roesle

Elaine  Thomas

Eric Cortina Collection

Flora Thompson

Greg Guedel Originals


The Heart Cottage

Historical Christmas Barn

Inge-glass of Germany

Iva Wilcox

Jamie Moore

Jerry & Darla Arnold


Joe Spencer

Johanna Parker

Joanne Harper

Jorge De Rojas

Joyce Stahl

Kerry Howard-Schmidt

Kittys Ltd.

Table of Contents, 10-3
Kris Hurst

Laura Irrgang

Laurie Hardin

Lisa Haxmeier

Lisa Nelson

Lori Ann Corelis

Lori Rudolph

Matthew Kirscht

Mother’s Dream Artworks

Moth to A Flame

Old World Christmas

Pam Gracia

Patricia Breen

Phillane Harris Saathoff

Robert Brawley

Robin Seeber

Scott Smith, Rucus Studio

Sheila Bentley

Sheryl Parsons

Shirley Olsen

Soffieria De Carlini

Stephanie Baker

Sue Franke

Susan Houldin

Susan Vanderhoek

Susie Pastor

Sylvia Smiser

Tannenbaum Treasures

Vaillancourt Folk Art

Vergie Lightfoot

Wendy Leaumont

The Whimsical Whittler

Williams Nursery

Tinsel Time … the Magical Shimmer of German Lametta

I confess.  I have a thing for tinsel.  Not just any tinsel, mind you.  I want that wonderful, heavy metal stuff from my childhood, those silvery strands that my father patiently hung on the tree one by one.

What incredible dedication.  And, what a magical sight to behold! Mom certainly did not have time for that!  Taking down the tree was just as time consuming.  Off they came one by one to be carefully flattened and saved for another year.

How did this tradition begin in our little family?  I never knew.  Since decorating the tree was Dad’s domain, I think that tinsel must have been a Mitchell family tradition remembered from his own childhood Christmases in Dayton, Ohio.

Wow! Have you ever seen so many icicles?


I know that tinsel or lametta originated in Germany in the early 1600s.  German glassblowers from the Lauscha region crafted crystal ornaments, some looked just like icicles.  When the candles were lit on the tree, oh how those icicles glistened!  As the years passed, craftsmen created icicles from tin and even silver.  By the 1920s, the time when my grandfather Edgar Mitchell was celebrating Christmas in Dayton, Ohio with his wife and children, German craftsmen had invented lametta, tinsel icicles made from lead.  My grandmother’s family was German-speaking.  Perhaps that’s how my father’s love for a Christmas tree dripping in tinsel began.

Later generations have not experienced the magic of tinsel on Christmas morning.  Lead based lametta has been banned from the American market since the 1960s.  The past two Decembers, I’ve walked the aisles of German Christmas markets in search of the real thing.  Sadly, this magical tradition seems to be out of vogue in German households nowadays.  Although we visited markets, stores and flea markets in city after city, sightings of that old-fashioned lametta were few and far between.

But, I am persistent. During the past two years, little by little, I’ve gathered quite a collection of tinsel lametta, both vintage and newly manufactured.  I’ve come to appreciate the graphics on those early packets.  They represent an era – a time gone by.

I hope that you will appreciate them as much as I do.  Who knows?  Perhaps you’ll find something new and affordable to collect!

Click here or on the angel to view the tinsel collection.  New stock arrive this fall!