Thursday, October 30, 2008

Donna Lee

Hallmark Keepsake Artist - Donna Lee

Hallmark Keepsake Studio Artist, Donna Lee sculpted hundreds of Hallmark Keepsake ornaments before her retirement in 1993. At the time of her retirement Donna had sculpted all of the Nostalgic Houses and Shops, one of Hallmark's most popular series. The ornaments that Donna designed for Nostalgic Houses and Shops were inspired by the buildings, the people and her memories from childhood; as were many of the ornaments that she designed.

One of the original four artists chosen to begin the Keepsake Ornament department, Donna Lee joined Ed Seale, Peter Dutkin and Linda Sickman as the artists responsible for giving life to the Hallmark Keepsake ornament line that we still love today. In 1975 Hallmark introduced the first 'handcrafted' ornaments to the Keepsake line. There were twelve handcrafted ornaments that first year and Donna Lee was responsible for the six Adorable Adornment ornaments.

Besides the Nostalgic Houses and Shops series, Donna created many more of Hallmark ornaments most memorable designs. Before the beginning of Keepsakes, Donna was working in Hallmark's Specialty Design Department. During her time there she brought in a prototype of a goofy looking reindeer; that reindeer became one of Hallmark's all time best selling properties, Rodney Reindeer. In 1982 the Musical Angel became the first in an unofficial collection of angels that Donna calls the 'mischievous angels.' Collectors simply call them the Donna Lee angels. Donna Lee also championed the miniature ornament line. Original market research caused Hallmark to reject the idea of the miniature line. Donna Lee was instrumental in persuading some of the other studio artists to help her create a small tree complete with miniature ornaments. When presented with the result and shown the concept the miniature line was approved.

In 1993 Donna Lee retired from Hallmark primarily due to her health. But after a couple of years of retirement Donna pleased collectors by introducing the short lived Starry Eyed Ornaments. The Starry Eyed ornaments were only produced for a short period of time, but the detail of these ornaments is extraordinary and like most of Donna's Hallmark designs, each had a story of its own.

Some information for this article came from: "Still Following Her Star - The Story of Donna Lee and the Ornaments She Creates" by Donna Lee with Deborah Shouse

Monday, October 13, 2008

Fall Warehouse Sale Wrap-Up

We had the best time at our Fall Warehouse Sale! Thanks to all who were able to attend.

Joyce Lyle was once again generous with her time, and did lots of signing for lucky collectors. And our special mystery guest was Hallmark artist Lynn Norton, who is a veritable fountain of information about Hallmark ornaments and had lots of wonderful facts to share with all of us.

We had great door prizes, gifts for the first 25 attendees, and some really spectacular bargains. (We try to make your visit worth your while!) As always, fun was had. Click here to see more photos from the sale and we hope to see you at our next one in April 2009!

Spooky Decor Contest Winner!

The winner of our Spooky Decor and More contest is....
Sheryl Kneebone!

She will be receiving a Hooked on Ornaments Halloween prize pack, which can be put to good use in her spectacularly decorated home.

Check out these awesome photos and marvel at Sheryl Kneebone's excellent Halloween spirit! Thanks for all your entries in this month's contest. We truly enjoyed all your photos.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

New Contest: Spooky Decor and More

WE'VE EXTENDED THE DEADLINE ON OUR HALLOWEEN CONTEST - send your photos to me by FRIDAY OCTOBER 10th to be entered for a chance to win a great Hooked on Ornaments prize! Good luck!

Halloween is my favorite holiday. It might be the chill in the air, the changing of the leaves, or maybe just all the candy, but decorating my home for Halloween makes me feel just like a kid again. When September rolls around, I'm counting the days until I can drag my black & orange bins out of the basement to start putting up my Hallmark Halloween displays and ornaments along with all the other spooky goodies I've picked up throughout the years.

Which brings us to our next contest: send me a photo of your Spooky Halloween Decor (actual spookiness not required, just show us your Halloween spirit) inside your home. We'll choose our top two or three favorites for a very special prize. Send your photos to:
by Friday, October 3rd
Friday, October 10th

Winners will be chosen by Monday, October 13 and our favorite photos will be posted here on our Hooked on Ornaments blog!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

A Surprise Guest

The Hooked on Ornaments Fall Warehouse Sale and Artist Signing is LESS THAN 2 WEEKS AWAY...We hope you'll join us for:

*Hundreds of ORNAMENT BARGAINS...super deals
*Artist Joyce Lyle will be signing, as well as selling her new ornament line. Joyce will also be happy to sign ornaments that she sculpted for Hallmark.
*Refreshments & Door Prizes
*Andrea Dubet one of just a dozen or so collectors that owns EVERY Hallmark ornament will be on hand to visit about her Collection.
*Lee & Dean will have a table of unusual items from their Vast Hallmark Museum for "show & tell" fun!

PLUS...we have a SURPRISE GUEST joining us in the afternoon.Our Surprise Guest currently sculpts ornaments for Hallmark! He will answer any questions you may have about a past year Hallmark Ornament. He's an expert, with more than 30 years in the Keepsake Ornament Department! So bring anything you would like to discuss and he's likely to have information about it. He's a wealth of interesting Hallmark ornament trivia'll love visiting with him.

For more information and a MONEY SAVING COUPON...go to our site and click on the Fall Warehouse Sale link on the lower part of the front page.

Hope to see YOU on Sat. Oct 4th!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Contest Winner #2, Valerie Golembiewski

Wedding Day Dance, a Hallmark ornament for all ages

by Valerie Golembiewski

My greatest Hallmark ornament find was the 2005 Wedding Day Dance. It was introduced at just the right time. We had 3 weddings that year, so it was the perfect gift, and we have 3 granddaughters who are enamored of Disney princesses, especially Cinderella. Guess what they got for Christmas? They were so excited. Instead of putting the ornament away after Christmas, they asked their mom if they could keep it displayed all year - and they have - every day since. They especially like listening to the music and have discovered they like Tchaikovsky!

The wedding couples also liked the ornament so much, that they keep them displayed in their homes as a reminder of their wonderful day.

We also gave three of these ornaments to couples who were celebrating special anniversaries that year: a 50th, a 40th, and a 25th.

Last but not least, we bought one for ourselves. It is a reminder of my own Prince Charming!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Are you ready for FUN and SAVINGS!
Visit us October 4th for our
Hooked on Ornaments HUGE Fall Warehouse Sale

Door prizes, fun, special guests - join us October 4th from 9 am to 2 pm for a great time and amazing savings! If you're in the Overland Park, KS area we invite you to come out and join us for a fun filled day. Joyce Lyle will be joining us with her new line of Angel Works ornaments. We also have a very special surprise guest who will be joining us as well. Click Here to view and print our Fall Warehouse Sale flyer (including a coupon to save even more! during your visit.)

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Monday, September 8, 2008

Contest Winners

We received many wonderful entries in our "Share Your Hallmark Collecting Passion" contest - a big thank you to all who took the time to enter. We'll be doing a new contest soon...check back!

Our winners were.....
Stephanie Bogetti
Valerie Golembiewski

Both will be receiving $20 gift certificates to Hooked on Ornaments!
Later in the week we'll be posting their winning entries!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Don't Forget to Enter!

Don't forget to enter our "Share Your Hallmark Ornament Passion" contest!

The contest ends THIS Friday, September 5th!

Win a $20 Hooked on Ornaments Gift Card just for sharing your passion with us! For details, click here.

The winner (or winners) will be announced Monday, September 8.

Friday, August 29, 2008

2008 Hallmark Keepsake Halloween

The 2008 Hallmark Keepsake Halloween ornaments are here! Featuring characters from the much beloved Peanuts Gang and the 'ghastly' Nightmare Before Christmas as well as Scooby Doo and Shaggy there is sure to be something to please everyone.
The ornaments this year offer various display options as they will all stand alone as a tabletop display or they can also hang as ornaments. Hallmark is offering both a Halloween tree and the Ghostly Gazebo pressed metal ornament display as new options for your hanging display this year.
You'll find more fun Halloween offerings on the website including the Sassy Cats, Flapping Bats, and many more Halloween ornaments and display accessories. If you've been missing out on the Halloween ornaments be sure to browse the Hooked on Ornaments website to see all the past year Halloween offerings. They are frightfully fun!
Have a fun filled and safe Labor Day Weekend!
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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Mark Your Calendars!

The Hooked on Hallmark October Warehouse Sale is fast approaching! Mark your calendars to join us on SATURDAY, October 4th from 9am to 2pm.

We will have unbelievable bargains, special guests, wonderful door prizes, and more!

If you've never attended, make plans to join us! If you've been to one of our sales in the past, we're looking forward to seeing you again!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Contest: "Share Your Hallmark Collecting Passion"

We want to know more about you, our valued customers! Tell us about your Hallmark collecting passion in a short essay (500 words or less) on one of the following three topics:

* your greatest Hallmark ornament find
* how you became a Hallmark ornament collector
* the Hallmark ornament that you hold closest to your heart

Send your entry to by September 5, 2008.

We will pick ONE winner, who will receive a $20 Hooked on Ornaments Gift Card!

Every essay is more interesting with a photo, so please submit a photo to go with your essay (though photos are not required) and we will publish the winning essay and photo here on our Hooked on Ornaments blog!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Scent of Christmas

In 2002 Hallmark Cards, Inc introduced the first "Magic" ornament featuring fragrance. Fragrance as magic? That's right, "Essentially we use the same inserts as those available for refills of room fresheners. We came up with a little heating element to make the tree smell good or to replace one scent with another. Scent has a profound influence on how people feel." explained Ron Carlson in the Winter 2002 issue of For Keeps.

Since 2002, Hallmark Keepsakes has included additional ornaments featuring the "Magic" of fragance including the highly popular 2004 Christmas Cookies and my 'scentimental' favorite the 2007 Making Sweet Rememberings.

So what, you ask was the first Magic ornament featuring scent - the delectably scented 2002 Gingerbread Cottage.

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Friday, August 15, 2008


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Monday, August 11, 2008

Snowball and Tuxedo - The Best of Friends

"When you were growing up, did you have a special "best friend"? Someone to help you explore the neighborhood; make up games; laugh and share secrets? Those are the memories Joanne Eschrich wanted to express when she created a polar bear cub named Snowball and a little penguin named Tuxedo.

"You may think a polar bear and a penguin are an unlikely pair of friends," she says, "but they remind me of the lion and the lamb! I'm sure they became friends the very first time they saw each other, just the way my best friend and I did."

"I also wanted to create friends who have an adorable difference in size - a bigger, flocked bear in contrast to the small penguin."

This year (2001), you'll see Snowball and Tuxedo taking "A Little Nap." Next year, they awaken to discover the world around them - Snowball still wearing that favorite bright red scarf and Tuxedo in a cheery green cap."

The Snowball and Tuxedo series started with "A Little Nap" in 2001 and continues through 2008. The series has seen these two best friends enjoying a number of fun activities together including snowshoeing, ice skating, sharing treats and reading. The 2008 Snowball and Tuxedo finds the pair sharing a thermos of hot cocoa and friendship.

All of the ornaments in the series were sculpted by Hallmark Studio Artist, Joanne Eschrich except the 2007 ornament which was sculpted by Hallmark Studio Artist, Julie Forsyth. The 2007 ornament is also the only ornament in the series that has offered a colorway or repaint version. The 2007 Snowball and Tuxedo colorway was available as a Multi Year Membership gift to Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Club members.

This sweet pair of friends continue to share their friendship and joy with collectors. If you'd like to view all the ornaments in the Hallmark Keepsake Snowball and Tuxedo series just click here.

Italicized text from: May 2001 Collector's Courier - Vol 15 No 2

Until next time,
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Friday, August 8, 2008

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Monday, August 4, 2008

Ten Years Ago...
A Fabulous Hallmark Event and the
Two Unforgettable Women that made it happen!

1998 marked the 25th Anniversary of Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments - the first American collectible ornaments to achieve the quarter-century milestone. In August of that year, I was one of the nearly 3400 Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Collectors Club Members that traveled to Kansas City to celebrate the grand occasion in grand style. 510 participants representing more than 70 local ornament clubs from 32 states and Canada shared their enthusiasm by entering the Local Club Talent Contest. The event offered 12 seminars for collectors to enjoy. A fabulous Parade of Ornaments featured 25 floats, each representing a memorable moment in Keepsake Ornament history. Fireworks provided the parade's grand finale.
Ten years later we've not forgotten the fabulous 25th Anniversary Event or two of the women that (along with many others) worked hard to make it all happen. Lynn and Tex Ann! These two talented women added fun, energy and style to that event and are still fondly remembered by Hallmark Ornament Collectors worldwide!

So, how about an Update!

Lynn Wylie remembers her 1994-1998 tender as the Manager of the Keepsake Ornament Collectors Club (KOCC) as "the best job I ever had"! Ten years later, she still misses both the collectors and Keepsakes. Lynn tells me " Tex Ann and I have stayed in touch through the years as friends and we also reminisce fondly over our KOCC days whenever we get together. It was a really special time in my life. "

Following her assignment as Manager of the Ornament Club, Lynn stayed with Hallmark, managing their Licensing Department, until 2004, then left the company and moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, where she is today.
In Lynn's words, "I moved for a new job opportunity--I work for Dynamic Confections, where I'm VP of Marketing and Business Development (it's my second favorite job ever--top billing still goes to KOCC!). We own four different candy companies (two in Utah, one in Vancouver, BC and one in Kansas City). I live in the heart of Salt Lake City, where I can go from my front porch to a ski lift in 20 minutes. I love living so close to the mountains and am very happy living in Utah. My big project this year has been my home renovation. I live in a 1900 Victorian in a historic district and renovated it top to bottom (watch for it on HGTV!). Tell the collectors I said "hello!" If they're ever in SLC, look me up! : ) "

Yes! You can see Lynn and her newly renovated home on the HGTV program "My House is Worth What?" which will be aired in Nov & Dec this for it!

Tex Ann Kraft was the Assistant Manager of the Keepsake Ornament Collectors Club in 1998. Tex Ann also counts working in Keepsakes as the highlight of her career. Tex Ann says "As Lynn mentioned, we reminisce fondly about our collector friends and all the fun we had!"

After Hallmark, Tex Ann went to work in sports and entertainment marketing. At Yellow Freight and Sprint she lead teams that managed corporate events at NASCAR races, the Olympics, Super Bowl, NCAA Final Four, Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, etc. From there, she went to AMC where she was Vice President of Marketing for 350 theatres. Then, she bid farewell to Corporate America and became a Martha Beck Certified Life Coach. You may be familiar with Martha. She writes a monthly column for "O" the Oprah Magazine. Martha Beck is also the New York Times best selling author of Finding Your Own North Star and, recently released, Steering by Starlight. Last year Tex Ann put her coaching practice on hold when she became a breast cancer survivor. The good news is - all is well! Tex Ann reports " I'm transitioning back into coaching, doing floral design for an interior decorator, freelance marketing projects, and volunteering. Life is good! "Hello!" and big hugs to collector friends! I miss seeing everyone!"

It was great to hear from Lynn and Tex Ann and know that both are doing well in their "Post Hallmark" days. If you would like to say "hello" to Lynn & Tex Ann or share your 1998 Convention memories, we have established a topic in our forum for messages, just click here to visit the Hooked on Ornaments forum to leave your comments and messages.
As always . . .
Happy Hallmark Ornament Collecting from
Nicki Pierce at
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Monday, July 28, 2008

Hallmark Childs Age Collection
Puppies and Kittens - Bye, Bye

In 2005 Hallmark Cards introduced a new "Child's Age Collection" that featured puppies for boys and kittens for girls. These ornaments commemorated childhood milestones from Baby's First Christmas through Child's Fifth Christmas. The puppy and kitten "grew up" through the procession enjoying age appropriate activities.

In 2007 however Hallmark Cards discontinued the collection early. This was the first time in Hallmark Keepsake history that a Child's Age Collection ended early. This early ending to the collection has created lots of confusion.

The Puppies (& Kittens) Child's 2,3,4,& 5th that were offered last year WERE NOT DATED. The idea was that anyone that had that collection started for their child/grandchild could buy the rest of the child's collection last year and then present them each holiday thru the Child's 5th. Many did buy them last year and this created quite a shortage, especially of the Child's 5th Christmas. While many collectors didn't understand that 2007 would be the last chance to buy them in a Hallmark store, and thus, will find out this year.

If you have an incomplete Child's Age Collection visit Hooked on Ornaments for the largest selection of Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments available.

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Batman - The Dark Knight

This past week the latest Batman movie; Batman - The Dark Knight, premiered in theatres across the country to widely positive reviews from critics and movie fans. Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments offers two ornaments in the 2008 Hallmark Keepsake line based on the latest installment in the Batman saga: Batman, The Dark Knight and the Premiere Limited Edition ornament, The Joker.
Batman is no stranger to Keepsake ornaments; he first appeared as an ornament in 1994. The Batmobile followed in 1995. The 1995 Batmobile was based on the cartoon vehicle. 2003 saw the Batmobile updated to the 1990s version of the gadget filled vehicle it has become.
Batman ornaments have included the lighted 2002 Caped Crusader, simply clip your Christmas tree light to the ornament for the optional lighting effect. 2007 offered the Villain Database Hallmark Magic ornament, the computer shows different Batman villains with the push of a button.

To celebrate the new movie release Hooked on Ornaments is offering:

2002 Calling the Caped Crusader ornament only $7.95 with any $25+ purchase!

Regularly priced at $18.95, this is an amazing $11 off (over 50% off!).

Just add the item to your qualifying order and then use coupon code 21JULY during checkout to activate the special pricing discount!
LIMIT ONE PER CUSTOMER. Order minimums do not include shipping, insurance or tax. ONE DAY OFFER - Valid July 21, 2008 only.
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Friday, July 18, 2008

Just add the item to your qualifying order and enter the coupon code JULY18 during checkout to apply the discount.
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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Superman Arrives!

New for 2008 is the
Comic Book Heroes Hallmark Ornament Series. This new series will feature popular comic book heroes bursting forth from the pages of miniature comic books. Look inside for a story that you can actually read! The 2008 Comic Book Hero first in series features Superman. The ornament measures 4" High and was sculpted by Hallmark Studio Artist Robert Chad.

Superheroes are not new to Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments. The first Hallmark ornament to feature a super hero was the 1993 Superman Hallmark Keepsake Ornament. Hallmark has included a comic book hero in the Keepsake line every year since. Due to requests by collectors we recently added a "Super Hero" page to our Ornaments By Series page. You can view all the ornaments in this "unofficial collection" on this new category page on our website.
Just click here to visit the page now.

Not to be forgotten are those favorite villains. 2008 featured The Joker as a
Premiere Limited Edition ornament. Catwoman was featured as a miniature in 2000. We're sure that Hallmark will continue the tradition of including super heroes and their adversaries for many years to come.

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Order $25+ merchandise from our NEW Super Heroes Unofficial Collection page and you qualify for a FREE Catwoman Miniature ornament. Shop Now

Use COUPON CODE - CATWOMAN during checkout to add the FREE item to your qualifying order! Offer ends July 18th, 2008.

Limit one free item per customer. Merchandise must be purchased from the Super Heroes category page. Order minimim does not include shipping, insurance or tax.

(Look for another SPECIAL OFFER tomorrow from Hooked on Ornaments)

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Hip Hip Hooray...It's time for the
2008 Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments

It's always exciting to see the new line of Hallmark Ornaments. they come!

The entire line of 2008 Hallmark Keepsake Christmas ornaments are now available to view on our site .
Just click on the "Ornaments by Year" link on our home page, and click on the photo of the 2008 Hallmark Dream Book.

We love the detail and variety that the 2008 Hallmark Ornament line offers, there is truly something for everyone! Take time to click on each photo for a larger image and more detailed information.

The Hallmark Gold Crown stores will introduce over 170 ornaments from the 2008 Hallmark ornament line at the 2008 Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Premier, July 12th & 13th. As always, we encourage you to visit and purchase from your favorite Hallmark Gold Crown store.

Hooked on Ornaments expects to have the 2008 Hallmark Ornaments available August 1st for those that prefer to shop on line or are not able to purchase locally. Put your name on our waiting list if you would like to be notified when we have a particular ornament available.

Jump on over to and pick out your favorites from the all new and exciting 2008 Hallmark Collectible Ornament Line!

As always, Happy Hallmark Ornament Collecting!
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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Hallmark Magic Ornaments...they keep getting better!
What Hallmark Magic Ornament holds the record for the MOST PARTS?....

Keepsake Artist Ken Crow and Hallmark created a MAGIC MASTERPIECE with this one!

The 2007 Candy Cane Lane ornament captures the fun of a favorite Holiday Activity for many of us, driving slowly through a "Candy Cane Lane" decorated neighborhood and enjoying the Christmas lights and deocrations.With this ornament, visit each of the three houses on the street by turning the triangle shaped ornament from one side to the next. Press the peppermint candy button below each home. Each house will play a song, and as the songs play three cars travel around the block. Tall snow covered trees on both sides of the houses change color to the music as you enjoy this synchronized light show!

The first house features Santa & his reindeer on the roof as well as Santa at the Candy Cane Lane entrance. Push the peppermint candy to hear the lyrics and music to the song "Candy Cane Lane". Then travel to a home decorated with three angels, stars and a nativity scene dsplay with a lighted manger. Enjoy the music, "Away in a Manger".
Lastly visit the home decorated from roof to curb with snowmen and hear the music to "We Wish You A Merry Christmas".

This ornament holds the record for MORE PARTS than any other Hallmark ornament produced to date. It has 59 plastic parts PLUS 81 components. WOW Hallmark, that's amazing and makes the original box price of $44.00 a bargain!

If you missed it last year...we have good news...We have it available on our site at Just typ
e '2007 Candy' in the search box on the right side of your screen. I'll bet this ornament will be a family favorite in your home, as it is in mine!

Happy Collecting, Nicki

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Hallmark Frosty Friends Series Ornaments
Who sculpted them & how long will they continue?

Hallmark's longest running and arguably most popular ornament series, Frosty Friends features a friendly eskimo and his pals. The Hallmark Keepsake Frosty Friend series began in 1980 with an ornament called " A Cool Yule " . Today, the #1 Frosty Friends Cool Yule is the most collectible Hallmark Ornament Series ornament. It commands a higher secondary market price than any other regular production Hallmark Keepsake ornament and the demand seems unending.

Many Hallmark Ornament Collectors believe that Hallmark Artist Ed Seale sculpted all of the Frosty Friends Series ornaments. That is not so, Ed did not sculpt the ornaments that started the series, nor did he sculpt the ornaments that continue the series today.

The 1980 #1Cool Yule and 1981 #2 Igloo Frostys were sculpted by Jim Mahon. Jim left Hallmark to go work with the Muppets. I'm certain in 1980 he never imagined the more than 28 year popularity and value that these two ornaments enjoy and wonder if he knows today?

Popular Hallmark Artist Ed Seale sculpted the 1983 #3 through the 2005 #26th in the series. Ed is well know for all the creativity and personality he captured in his designs. Ed also sculpted a similar Polar Pals series in his Ed Seale Designs collection. Click here to view Ed Seale Designs collection.

Ed's retirement from Hallmark resulted in his passing of the "Frosty sculpting tools" to Hallmark Artist Sharon Viskar. Sharon created the 2006 #27, 2007 #28, and the recently announced 2008 #29 Frosty which will be intruduced and available in Hallmark Gold Crown Stores at the July 12-13 2008 Hallmark Ornament Premiere.

We Frosty Friend collectors have had far more than 29 ornaments to enjoy and collect. Hallmark has offered miniature ornaments as well as many "complement" and special "colorway/repaint ornaments that are in addition to the series pieces. This busy little eskimo has also been featured on a number of other Hallmark collectibles including Snow Globes, stocking hangers, magnets, lapel pins, stickers and more. Take a look these Frosty Friend "extras" as well as the official 29 series ornaments on our site - we list them on the Frosty Friends Series page.

Will this series end at 30 in 2009? The thousands that collect this series wonder, but only Hallmark knows that answer. And guess what...they're not telling! My guess is "NO" sells so well and remains so popular I think Hallmark will keep on finding creative new things for Frosty and his pals to do to entice us! But, I assure you I have no inside information, your guess is as good as mine! Happy Frosty Collecting, Nicki

* Thank you to Hallmark Ornament Artist Expert Nancy Copeland for providing artist information for this article.

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Thursday, June 5, 2008

Hallmark Kiddie Car Classics

The popular Kiddie Car Classic Collection began in 1992. In 2001, the last eight cars were issued and all "active issue" cars were retired in 2001.

Kiddie Car Classics, are NOT ornaments - these limited or numbered edition vehicles began as die cast replicas of the vintage Pedal Cars of yesteryear. Throughout the years of issue Hallmark expanded the line to include other small vehicles of childhood; such as those issued in the Sidewalk Cruisers line - and Custom Kiddie Cars created in the minds of the Hallmark artists. In 1997 nostalgic settings were added to the collection to offer avid fans creative display settings.

Kiddie Car Classics were produced in two sizes - regular size and miniature. Average size for regular size Kiddie Cars is approximately 4" H x 7" L x 3" W. Average size for miniature Kiddie Cars is 2" H x 4" L x 1½" W.

At Hooked on Hallmark Ornaments we currently have a large selection of the Kiddie Cars in stock and ON SALE! Plus take advantage of our Father's Day 20% off offer! You can view the Kiddie Cars and our current offers by clicking here.

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Monday, June 2, 2008

Hallmark Legends in Flight Collection

The Legends in Flight collection was produced by Hallmark Cards, Inc from 1999 through 2001. This collection features die cast scale replicas of famous planes from the Wright Flyer to modern day jets. The scale of these numbered edition collectibles ranges from 1:48 to 1:72. Each intricately detailed scale replica was issued with a Certificate of Authenticity and a Specification Pamplet. On applicable aircraft wheels roll,cockpits open and close and propellors spin. The Hallmark Legends in Flight Collection is a great gift for aviation buffs. At Hooked on Ornaments we currently have the largest inventory of these beautiful collectibles that we have ever had in stock at one time. Click here if you'd like to view the Hallmark Legends in Flight Collectibles.

Hallmark Legends In Flight - 1999 Issues
3000QHA1000 -
Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
3500QHA1001 - The Wright Flyer Issued 1999 & 2001 (Limited Edition 12,500)
3500QHA1005 - Fokker DrI "Red Baron"
4800QHA1006 - F-14A Tomcat (Limited Edition 24,500)

Hallmark Legends In Flight - 2000 Issues
3200QHA1002 - Curtiss R3C-2 Seaplane
3200QHA1003 - SPAD XIII "Smith IV"
3000QHA1004 - Ryan NYP Spirit of St Louis
3000QHA1007 -
Vega 5B
3200QHA1008 - F4U-ID Corsair
2500QHA1009 -
Bieriot XI
2700QHA1010 - F-86F Sabre

Hallmark Legends in Flight - 2001 Issues
2800QHA1014 - SPAD XIII Escadrille SPA 3 (Limited Edition 12,500)
3000QHA1015 - Gee-Bee R1 Sportster
3000QHA1016 - P-51 Mustang Big Beautiful Doll (Limited Edition 12,500)
3000QHA1017 - P-38 Lightning Marge
3200QHA1020 - VX-9 F-14 Blackcat (Limited Edition 12,500)
3000QHA1021 - Jasta 6 Fokker (Limited Edition 12,500)

If you like the Legends in Flight Collection you may also like the Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Series - Skys the Limit and Miniature Skys the Limit. (Follow the links to learn more.)

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

They're Here!
2008 Hallmark Keepsake Collectors Club Ornaments Have Arrived,
and... WE LOVE THEM!

The 2008 Hallmark Keepsake Collectors Club Exclusive Ornaments have been shipping to current club members over the past couple of weeks. We're excited that ours have all now arrived. It's always fun to take them out of the box and really see them up close. As usual, they look much better and have more detail than even the best photography can reveal!

SANTA TAKES A SPIN is an exclusive club ornament inspired by a long-time favorite series - the Kiddie Car Classics. This "glitter red" race car sports the number 08 (get it - this makes it DATED 2008), and it has the words "Club Exclusive in silver script just above the bumper. The wheels of Santa's toy kiddie car actually spin and if you turn the ornament upside down, you can see Santa's feet on the kiddie car pedals. Here Comes Santa Series collectors will "need" this one too, as it looks like Santa's found yet another vehicle for making his deliveries! He's sure having fun "test driving" this one.

STANLEY T. STARR will certainly be a Starr this year! Stanley was inspired by the popular Snowtop Lodge series and makes a beautiful complement to the series. I'm not usually a fan of porcelain ornaments, but I love the beautiful white porcelain used for Stanley. The soft blue highlights include a snowy village at his base and Santa and his reindeer on his top hat. Glitter accents the ornament as well as a dangling Christmas stocking filled with a teddy and presents. The scarf around Stanley's neck is tie died blue and feels just like today's very soft yarn scarves. Insert a mini light bulb (clear or perhaps blue) from your strand of lights into the ornament base and Stanley will glow with extra light sparkling through the cut out stars. Oh, I must mention I LOVE Stanley's NOSE...for me, a good snowman must have a really nice turned up carrot pointed nose! Stanley is one gorgeous snowman, and most Hallmark ornament collectors will LOVE him!

Last but not least...
CHRISTMAS WINDOWS 2008, number six in the popular Christmas Windows Club Exclusive Series. A little girl with her puppy stand in the sparkly snow to peak into Kringle's Korner Book Shoppe. A little Santa reading "Twas the Night Before Christmas" decorates the display window alongside other Christmas Books. Outside the shop a Toy Soldier stands on guard holding a book to his side. The year 2008 adorns the front of Kringles Korner, perfect for those of you that like ornaments with the date clearly showing. From the back of the ornament, books line the shelves and a Teddy Bear sits as a bookend. This Hallmark Ornament is loaded with detail and color and it's sure to be a hit with Hallmark Collectors worldwide.

We have all three of these very special Hallmark Ornaments available for sale on our site OR, it's not too late to visit your local Gold Crown Hallmark Store and join the Hallmark Keepsake Collectors Club. You will receive two of the three with your club membership just for joining.

Thank you Hallmark for offering three WINNING ornaments to Club Members this year! These three have officially kicked off the 2008 Hallmark Ornament season with excitement! Nicki

Monday, May 19, 2008

Fabulous Decade

The Hallmark Fabulous Decade Ornament Series

I've always loved little "critter" ornaments, and the Hallmark Fabulous Decade Series is loaded with them. This cute Hallmark ornament series features ten adorable animals each holding a brass "year".

The Fabulous Decade Series began in 1990 with a small brown squirrel. Both the decade and the series ended in 1999 with a tiger kitten holding both his 1999 sign and playing with a brass dangling bell.

Hallmark Ornament Artist Ed Seale sculpted the 1990 squirrel, 1991 raccoon, 1992 teddy bear, 1994 white rabbit, 1995 ottor, 1996 red fox, 1997 hedge hog, and 1998 polor bear. While Hallmark Ornament Artist Sharon Pike fashioned the 1993 skunk and the 1999 tiger kitten.
Take a look at all these cute little critters on our site (Click Here for the Fabulous Decade Hallmark Ornament page)
and add them to your Hallmark Ornament Collection

For all of us that hated to see this series end, Hallmark jumped right in with a new but similar Cool Decade Series in 2000 which is on going today. Enjoy a look at these little animals holding ice - just click here to view the Hallmark Cool Decade Series Ornaments.

Both these popular Hallmark Ornament Series make we animal lovers smile!
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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Ed Seale Designs

When Hallmark Studio Artist Ed Seale retired from Hallmark he created his own line of products - Ed Seale Designs. These designs were available in select gift stores and were not widely distributed.

During the first few years of production there were only 1 to 2 different items produced for each year. Beginning in 2004 five different series were introduced. All but Santa Forever lasted until the final year of production in 2006.

The Mice Touch series featured miniature mice and Polar Pals looked in on an eskimo family. There were special ornaments produced just for Hallmark Local Clubs around the country as well.

We think you'll love the quality, craftmanship and details of the Ed Seale Designs. Save now with our LIMITED TIME 50% off Ed Seale Designs Sale! Just use coupon code SEALE during checkout to take 50% off of all in stock Ed Seale Designs. Shop Ed Seale Designs now or just take a look at the complete collection.
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Monday, May 12, 2008

They're here! The 2008 Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Dreambook Club Edition arrived today! These club edition 2008 Hallmark Ornament Dreambooks include a special cover wrap that gives you all the details on the 2008 Hallmark Ornament Premiere and the 2008 Hallmark Ornament Debut and Open House.

The back cover shows pictures of eight special edition ornaments that are not pictured in the regular Dreambook. The back cover also lists the Limited Quantity ornaments that will be available at the 2008 Hallmark Ornament Premiere and the 2008 Hallmark Ornament Debut.

Inside . . . ah, everything we've been waiting for . . . all the pics of the new 2008 Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments in our hands so we can page through over and over and over.

The regular 2008 Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Dreambooks will be available in your local stores within the next two months. Just check with your local Hallmark Gold Crown stores for availability. If you don't have a local store, you can order the 2008 Hallmark Dreambooks at

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Friday, May 9, 2008

Hallmark Tin Locomotive Series

The Hallmark Tin Locomotive Series was one of the most popular Hallmark ornament series during the 80's.

The first locomotive chugged into Hallmark Stores in 1982 marking Hallmark's entry into its first pressed tin ornament series. These colorful locomotives continued until 1989 with the eighth in the series being the final. Popular Hallmark artist Linda Sickman sculpted all the Tin Locomotive designs.
In 1998 Hallmark celebrated the 25th anniversary of it's first ornaments. That year we were happy to see one more Tin Locomotive offered. It is a complement to the Series, a special 25th Anniversary Edition.

We love the many colors and designs this series captures. When all lined up, they make quite an impressive display. Although this series ended nearly twenty years ago, it remains a collector favorite.
Enjoy more information and photos of the Hallmark Tin Locomotive Series on our site - Just click here to go directly to the Hallmark Tin Locomotive Ornaments page
and add them to your collection today!

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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

A Very Special Hallmark Mothers Day Ornament...
1983 Mother's Love

Only once has Hallmark offered a Keepsake Ornament for Mothers Day.
The 1983 Mother's Love classic shape ball is beautiful. Light violet in color, it's packaged in a pink box with special stock # MDQ3407. This wind up musical ornament plays "Swan Lake" and comes with a small round acrylic stand as well as a loop for hanging.

Beautiful violets adorn most of the ball along with the caption:
"A Mother's Love becomes more beautiful through live's changing seasons"

Hallmark's low production of this ornament makes it rare and so hard to find that it was not included in most Hallmark Ornament Value Guide Publications. It was one of the hardest ornaments to find for photography for the current Hallmark Ornament Value Guide which we have available on our site.

AND we do currently have one of these rare ornament available on our site...the first time in many years we've had it in our inventory!. Check it out on our site at

Happy Mothers Day!

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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Hallmark Master Artist Linda Sickman Retires

Effective April 1st, 2008 Linda Sickman has retired from Hallmark. She will be sorely missed by Hallmark ornament collectors.
Linda began her career with Hallmark in 1963. She joined the Hallmark Keepsake Ornament division when it was first formed. Linda's ornament creations have graced the Hallmark Keepsake line since 1975, beginning with the Nostalgia collection ornaments. Linda Sickman sculpted many popular Hallmark ornament series through her career including the Hallmark Rocking Horse series, Clothespin Soldiers Series, Tin Locomotives, and Peace on Earth. More recently she was responsible for the Pony for Christmas series, Noelville series and Doorways Around the World series. Her Hallmark ornament contributions are vast, numbering over 400. Thousands of Hallmark Ornament collectors count Linda as their very favorite Hallmark Artist.
Linda, we at will miss your wonderful creations, and join Hallmark ornament collectors worldwide in wishing you health and happiness in your retirement years.

Linda's farewell message...
To everyone who has loved a Keepsake Ornament, On March 11th, I celebrated 45 amazing years with Hallmark Cards. During my anniversary celebration, I announced my retirement. I will leave Hallmark on April 1st, taking with me an abundance of gratitude and wonderful memories.
I cannot tell you how much joy I feel when I think of all the good people I have met at ornament events over the years. From the beginning, I have personally experienced so much change along with you. What a privilege it has been to sit down, chat with collectors and share stories of our families, our sorrows, and our life joys. These have been special times for me.
Working as a Keepsake artist has brought many changes to my life, too. From starting with a staff of four artists to growing into a studio of more than twenty. From sculpting with industrial clay to designing with the wax we use today. From developing a line of glass balls to creating an array of handcrafted ornaments. And from a variety of materials – plastic, tin, porcelain, silver, cold cast with moving parts and attachments galore – to make ornaments that tell stories, warm hearts, and celebrate cherished moments. With your interests and loyalty, you have inspired us. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for all of your support and love.
As time goes by, many aspects of our lives change, as well as what becomes most important. The one thing that has never changed throughout my life is how priceless my family and friends are to me. I have found that I want and need to spend more quality time with them. By putting my professional career aside, I will have the opportunity to create new memories with the ones I love. Every day, we are called on to help with God’s work.
I have had the time of my life. Thanks to all the loyal fans and collectors who have made it so.
Linda Sickman
*Source of farewell message, Hallmark Cards, Inc For Keeps publication

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Monday, April 28, 2008

Warehouse Sale

We had such a wonderful time at our Spring Warehouse Sale last Saturday! We were happy that so many of you chose to spend a sunny Spring Saturday with us!

A big "Thank You" to all who came out to the Hooked on Ornaments Warehouse to meet former Hallmark artist Joyce Lyle! Joyce was a great addition to our sale - her new line of ornaments (on the web at Angel Works Art) are simply beautiful and she had many stories to tell about the inspirations for her artwork. It's always a treat to meet someone who takes such pride in their work, and has such great talent. If you did not get the chance to meet Joyce, or to have her sign pieces from your Hallmark collection, be sure to join us at our Fall sale, when she & her husband Tom will be joining us again!

We were excited to have the club from Springfield, MO join us on Saturday - we had Hallmark ornament collectors from near & far. Frank Williams & Andrea Doubet were so kind as to drive down from Iowa to share their Hallmark knowledge & enthusiasm with us.

Lee Schooler & Dean Oehlert had quite a display set up from their vast Hallmark collection at the "Hallmark Museum" that is their home. Lee & Dean are a fun addition to our sale, and always bring items with them that are rare and fun.

Carol Adams, Mary King, and Dianne Burnett were our lucky door prize winners...they took home a basket of Hallmark Birdsong birds, a Miniature Ornament basket & display, and a 2005 Merry Old Toymaker!

To see a few more photos we snapped at the sale, click here.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

PRETTY but Not Produced !
Can you help us solve the mystery?

I'm excited to have just acquired this beautiful Hallmark Pansy Heart ornament for my personal collection! It's hand painted porcelain just 2" high and features my favorite spring flowers... pansies.
The printing on the back indicates it was SUPPOSED to be the first in a new Spring 1999 ornament series. But, only a few were made!

Why was it pulled from the 1999 Hallmark Spring Ornament Line?
Hard to say, maybe a production problem?
What was the series name supposed to be?
Do you know? If so, we'd love to hear from you and solve this mystery!

Happy Collecting, Nicki
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