Friday, October 3, 2014

Count Down To Christmas

It's Time to Set your COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS CLOCK....
 

 
 
A new tradition began in our home when Hallmark offered it's first Countdown to Christmas Clock ornament in 2010. 

It's fun to set the clock anytime after October 1st and watch it count down the days, hours, minutes and seconds until the BIG Day when it will wish us a Merry Christmas!

 


The youngest to the oldest members of our family are captivated by this ornament.   It's hard to walk by without checking how much time remains, and we smile as the clock is literally ticking towards our favorite Holiday of the year!



Hallmark has now offered a variety of  "countdown clock" ornaments.
Check out all of the options to get into the "Countdown" spirit!
 
... in closing today we want to send a big THANK YOU!! and shout out to Brooke at Everything Else Brooke - she posted about Hooked on Ornaments on her blog and we are simply delighted!! We love to hear from our customers and we truly enjoy hearing how we are able to help our customers with their Hallmark collections - all around the world.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

2014 Carlton Heirloom Ornaments Have Arrived!

The 2014 Carlton Heirloom ornaments have arrived! and they are AWESOME!! The delivery truck arrived yesterday and the warehouse is jam packed with the new 2014 Carlton Christmas ornaments.

 
 
 
 
Jessica and Jennifer have been busy this morning sorting ornaments and pulling orders. If you have a pre-order in the system (with no October release ornaments) you should expect your Carlton order to ship by the end of the week at the latest. You probably received a duplicate order confirmation from the original order yesterday when we moved the orders from "Holding" to "New" for processing. (Some customers reported receiving more than one copy. As long as they all have the same order number, they were just inadvertent duplicates and we do apologize for any inconvenience.)
 
Jessica and Jennifer sorting ornaments.



 
 
We are really thrilled to see that the ornaments are even better than last year! We are extremely happy with the quality of the ornaments and the packaging. The colors are vibrant and the sound quality on the magic ornaments is great. Carlton is offering a superb line of ornaments this year.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Another nice feature on the magic ornaments is a hole in the box that allows you to test the ornament without removing the ornament from the box. Batteries are already inserted, so the ornament is ready to go from the box straight to your tree. If you look at the picture below, we've pressed the button on the Godzilla ornament and the base is lit up.
 
 
Jennifer with some of the new 2014 Carlton ornaments.
 

Marc and Aaron - Boxin' em up and movin' em out.
We are delighted that the Carlton ornaments have arrived and look forward to shipping the pre-orders this week. We are certain that you will be as excited as we are with this year's Carlton ornaments. (Once you receive your order we would be most appreciative if you would return to the website ( www.hookedonornaments.com ) and leave an item review.)
 
Until next time!
Happy Collecting!


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

2014 October Ornament Debut Limited Quantity Ornaments

The 2014 October Ornament Debut is right around the corner. Visit your local Hallmark Gold Crown store to find out details on any special plans they might have for the event.

 
October Ornament Debut Weekend
is October 4-5


Remember  the Limited Quantity ornaments from the last few years have truly been limited quantities. Some ornaments sell out rather quickly. If you miss your favorite locally, be sure to check with us at Hooked on Ornaments. (Here's a link to our 2014 Special Editions page)


 
 Jack's Peculiar Pet
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
1495QXE3713 * Sharon Visker * 3 5/8" H



Jasmine & Rajah
Disney's Precious Moments
2495QXE3716 * Porcelain * 3" H
 
Bane
Batman The Dark Knight Rises
1495QXE3736 * 4 1/4" H
 

Lionel Pennsylvania Torpedo Repaint
1995QXE3746 * Die-Cast Metal * 3 1/2" W
 
White Chocolate Moose Repaint
1295QXE3773 * Tracy Larsen * 3 3/4" H
 

Very Merry Christmas Fairy Repaint
Fairy Messengers
1295QXE3783 * Kristina Gaughran * 3 5/8"
 
GI Joe 50th Anniversary
1995QXE3786 * 4 3/8" H


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Lights! Camera! Action!


The cameras were rolling at Hooked on Ornaments last week as Nicki Pierce, company owner was interviewed for a film on Ornament Collecting.

 
"The filming made me nervous...stressssssful!" reports Nicki,
"But, I was happy to participate and look forward to seeing the resulting film clip".
 

 This photo of Nicki and Adam the film producer was taken during the set up of the equipment. Stay tuned....we'll post the clip once we have it!

Happy Collecting!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Don Palmiter Kiddie Car Signing


 
We wanted to share this signing opportunity for collectors in the Kansas City area.
Should be LOTS of fun for all!
 
Amy’s Hallmark at Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo., will host a Kiddie Car Classics Artist Signing event, featuring Don Palmiter, on Sept. 6, 2014.Don Palmiter will be at Crown Center to meet Kiddie Car Classics collectors, sign pieces from their collections and share a little about his work. The details for the day are listed below and included on the attached poster.
Kiddie Car Classics Signing EventFeaturing Don Palmiter

Date: Sept. 6, 2014Time: 10:00 am–12:00 pm & 1:00-3:00 pm
 
What: Bring your favorite Kiddie Car Classics and have them signed by Don. He’s excited to see some of your favorites and will share a little about his creative process. On Sept. 6, as part of Amy’s Hallmark’s Grand Re-Opening festivities, we’ll also be selling a limited selection of Kiddie Car Classics from our private collection.
 
Don will sign two Kiddie Car Classics per collector during times posted above. If time permits, collectors can rejoin the signing line to get an additional two pieces signed.
Where:Amy’s HallmarkCrown Center2450 Grand BlvdKansas City, MO 64108816-283-0459
 
 
Hooked on Ornaments is offering a coupon for
50% off all in stock Kiddie Car Classics Collection
valid through Sunday, Sept 7th.
Our in stock Kiddie Cars are already SALE priced -
so there are some UNBELIEVABLE BARGAINS available.
(Coupon valid for Kiddie Car Classics Collection only; NOT valid for ornaments.)
 
Hallmark Kiddie Car Classics Collection at Hooked on Hallmark
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hooked on Ornaments - Media Spotlight

Nicki Pierce, owner of Hooked on Ornaments was interviewed recently regarding the Football Legends series and the new Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers Hallmark Keepsake ornament. Aaron Rodgers is 20th in the Football Legends series that highlights outstanding NFL Football players.

 


Here's a link to the article in the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel by Paul Gores.
http://www.jsonline.com/business/new-aaron-rodgers-ornament-excites-wisconsin-businesses-b99327315z1-271526131.html

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Up Close and In Person

Now that the July Premiere has passed and the July release ornaments are on the shelves at your local Hallmark stores, we've had a chance to see the ornaments in person and there are a few things that might be worth mentioning about a few of the ornaments.

Missing "Series Symbol"
As you probably know Hallmark Keepsake series ornaments have a little Christmas tree symbol with a number inside on the ornament that indicates which number in the series the ornament represents. There are three series ornaments for 2014 that do NOT have the series symbol on the ornaments. The ornament packaging indicates that the ornament is "X in the Series" on the top of the box; but the symbol is not present on the ornaments.

The ornaments affected are:

  • Nostalgic Houses and Shops #31 Andy's Cars
 
  • Classic American Car #24 1970 Buick GSX

  •  Marjolein's Garden #1 Simple Gifts


Not As Pictured
Through the years we have found a number of ornaments that didn't quite match up to the ornament pictured on the ornament box. What happens is the photography for the ornament packaging is usually done with an ornament prototype. That prototype may be changed before the ornament goes into production or changes might be made during production or it may be just a difference caused by the manufacturing process.

We have had several collectors contact us regarding the 2014 Mary's Angel indicating the ornament in the box doesn't quite match the ornament on the packaging. If you look closely, you might be able to see the difference.
 

 


The angel that was produced has her tongue sticking out just a bit as she concentrates on getting her artwork just right. I personally find this completely endearing and I think it gives us a glimpse at this little angel's personality!


 
 

Odds and Ends
We noticed during testing that the sound for Great White Menace does not seem as loud as we are used to hearing from the Hallmark Magic ornaments. So if you get one that you think should be louder, rest assured this is how the sound is on this particular ornament.



Our pic for don't miss it? Be sure to check out Woodstock on the pipe organ in the Hark! Music Fills the Air ornament - he moves to the music!
 
 
 
Until next time,
Happy Collecting!