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Folk Artist Susan Vanderhoek Designs Like a Star!

Making an Ornament
Making an Ornament

Susan Vanderhoek, folk artist and member of American Holiday Artists (aHa) is the winner of the 2009 Design Like a Star contest sponsored by Artistry of Poland and Celebrate365.

Susan’s Design Like a Star Victorian Whimsy Santa is now available exclusively at the Celebrate365 store. The ornaments is 5″  high, handcrafted in Poland and retails for $54.  It will be a part of Artistry of Poland’s 2010 collection.

Meet this talented artist as she talks with C365 publisher, Connie Porcher.

Susan Vanderhoek
Seasonal Whimsies

Susan Vanderhoek's Halloween "Squashman"
Susan Vanderhoek's Halloween "Squashman"

Do you sell your work directly to collectors?  If not, how can collectors find your things?

I sell directly to collectors through eBay at aHa Art (seller id seasonalwhimsies). I also accept orders and commissioned work.  In addition, my work is available at Spencer’s Alley in Salem, Oregon and at Season’s Greetings in Houston.

Will you be doing any holiday shows in November or December?

I will be selling items at Blackberry Junction in Albany, Oregon in November and at Spencer’s Alley.

What kinds of things do you create?

I focus upon holidays.  I love everything about Christmas so I create ornaments, Santas and snowmen. Halloween is my second favorite. I enjoy creating fun and spooky things for the season, especially pumpkins and witches.

I work with large gourds and paper clay the most. I enjoy the entire sculpting process from beginning to the end. I am constantly amazed when everything falls into place to create a one of a kind piece.

How would you describe your style?

I think my style is light hearted and whimsical. I am influenced by antique German paper mache Santas and Halloween pieces. Hopefully my pieces spark the childlike wonder of those old things.

Do you have any formal training?

I have taken some art education classes. I take classes from other accomplished artists online.  I am interested in all kinds of art and plan to continue learning new techniques and methods.

Susan's Halloween Pumpkin Box
Susan's Halloween Pumpkin Box

How long have you been doing this?

I have been sculpting for 9 years now.

What honors have you received?

I have been honored to appear in Celebrate365 magazine and recently won the Design Like a Star contest held by The Artistry of Poland and Celebrate365. The winning design is a sculpted Victorian Santa Claus ornament.

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!


Back Cover
Back Cover

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


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