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Red, white and blue … it’s not just for July 4th!

I’m in Atlanta attending the July market for wholesalers. I’m gathering info & photos for the Halloween and Christmas issues. But, I sent the SUMMER issue off to the printer before leaving home. I should receive the pre-press version tomorrow evening for approval. If all goes well, the issue should go to press on Tuesday.

While we patiently wait for the real thing, here’s a preview of Bev Verbeke’s awesome covers. Did you know that patriotic ornaments were originally used just at Christmas? You’ll see some examples in the issue. The feature interview is with Ohio feather tree maker, Dennis Bauer. Bauer’s work has appeared in Martha Stewart Living magazine three different times! And, you’ll read about the history of this original artificial Christmas tree.

Which artists and designers do you recognize on the covers?  Leave us a comment!


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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.

What’s New … JingleNog Ornaments!


     JingleNog is a fresh new line of hand crafted European glass Christmas
ornaments that will premiere at the January 2009 markets in Atlanta and New York.

Paradiso, Made in Italy
Sno-Jingle, European glass ornament from JingleNog   Paradiso, Italian free blown jeweled design
    JingleNog’s owner and creator, Melissa Byrne, produced the ornaments in Poland and Italy.  Byrne has over 20 years of experience in the Christmas and gift industry. She created exclusive products for the Lord and Taylor Christmas Shop for many years, working closely with European craftsmen. She then moved to Christopher Radko, working with the company’s namesake and founder, where she served as Director of Product Development. Now she has created her own pieces to share.
Holiday bosco  

    The JingleNog line began with Melissa’s drawings and stories.  The resulting group of 60 unique ornaments has been crafted using the traditional handmade methods of glass making.  The JingleNog collection showcases the artistry and skills of European glassmakers with a fresh and whimsical twist.
   Celebrate365 will be meeting with JingleNog’s owner Melissa Byrne at her Atlanta market exhibit.  Looks for a report update in mid-January on this page.

Holiday Bosco

For more information and to view this new line:
Visit the JingleNog website:
Or contact Melissa Byrne:
Phone: 914-219-5395

  Peace Be With You

Peace Be With You, Italian free blown ornament


Christopher Radko Brunch in Tarrytown, NY




The Public Is Invited to This Charming and Fun Family Event

TARRYTOWN, NY (November 17, 2008) –Lyndhurst, a museum property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation is pleased to present “Brunch with Santa,” a delightful event for families, to be held on Sunday, December 14th in the Carriage House of this magnificent Hudson River estate.  Christopher Radko, considered a holiday icon by ornament collectors around the world will be the special guest at brunch and will also meet and greet visitors during the Fairy Tale Holiday evening hours on the 14th.

Mr. Radko will join Mr. Claus in welcoming guests of all ages for a delicious holiday brunch in the carriage house, a chance to see the magic of the fairy tales in the mansion and a special opportunity to have a photo taken with Santa.  This event is a wonderful addition to the continuing tradition of Lyndhurst’s fantasy holiday spectacular with eighteen of the period rooms of the stunning Gothic Revival mansion decorated in a different fairy tale theme.

“There is no other historic home in the entire country that celebrates Christmas with such lavish yet whimsical joy as Lyndhurst,” said Mr. Radko, designer of brilliantly colored hand-made ornaments and decorations that are prized by collectors and are part of the holiday festivities throughout Lyndhurst and a tradition in homes throughout the world. Mr. Radko sold his ornament design company in 2005 and remains a best-selling author and top consultant on home décor and style.  He is the author of Christopher Radko’s Ornaments (Clarkson Potter), Christopher Radko’s Heart of Christmas (Random House) and several other books.

“Brunch with Santa” will be served in the Carriage House at 11 AM.  Mr. Radko will be on hand all afternoon as well as for the Fairy Tale Holiday evening hours of 3-6pm.  Tickets to the brunch event are $45 for adults and $35 for children age 4-14 and are available by advance reservation.  The children’s ticket price includes one 5” x 7” color photo with Santa taken by a professional photographer.

Built in 1838, Lyndhurst was once the country estate of financier and tycoon Jay Gould, as well as New York City mayor William Paulding and entrepreneur George Merritt.  Situated on 67 acres overlooking the Hudson River, the estate was privately owned for more than 120 years until Mr. Gould’s youngest daughter gave it to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1961.

Lyndhurst is located 1/2 mile south of the Tappan Zee Bridge on Route 9 (Broadway) in Tarrytown, NY.   Open for Fairy Tale evenings in December; Saturdays, 4-7 PM and Sundays 3-6 PM.  Admission is $15 adults, $6 children 3-12, children under 3 are free.  Historic guided tours are available on weekends and Holiday Mondays Nov.1 – mid-April 10 AM-3 PM. Admission is $12 adults, $11 seniors, $6 children 6-16, children under 5 are free with a paying adult.  For more information, visit or call (914) 631-4481.

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