Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Announcing...
An opportunity to own a RARE, ONE-OF-A-KIND Hallmark Ornament PROTOTYPE and support a great charity in the process!

Hooked on Ornaments is excited that the very popular retired Hallmark Studio Artist, Ed Seale will be our special guest at our October 31, 2009 Hooked on Ornaments Warehouse Sale Event. To add to this excitement, Ed has donated FOUR very special RARE, One-of-a-Kind Hallmark Ornament Prototypes for a SILENT AUCTION!

Each prototype will be signed by Ed Seale and will include a signed Certificate of Authenticity.

The Prototypes are....
(Images show prototypes and regular line ornaments. The Silent Auction is for the Prototype ONLY.)



1996 Christmas Bells Miniature Prototype
(Shown left is the hand painted prototype - Shown right is the regular line ornament)



1992 Friendship Line Prototype
(Shown left is the hand painted prototype - Shown right is the regular line ornament )


1995 Fabulous Decade - Otter Prototype
(Shown left is the hand painted prototype - Shown right is the regular line ornament)


1990 Frosty Friends Prototype
(Shown left is the hand painted prototype - Shown right is the regular line ornament)

AUCTION INFO:
Auction Begins: NOW, July 29, 2009
Auction ENDS: October 31, 2009 - 1 PM

The bidding starts at $10, with minimum $10 increments. The prototypes will be on display in our room at the Keepsake Ornament Club Event in Kansas City, August 7-8. A portion of the proceeds will go to Ed's favorite charity.

If you would like to bid on one of the prototypes, email your bid to: auction@hookedonhallmark.com and include:
ITEM BIDDING ON - YOUR NAME - YOUR MAXIMUM BID
(Please check the current bids at www.hookedonhallmark.com before bidding.)

Each bidder will be assigned a bidder #. We'll update the high bidder amount with bidder # daily on our website at http://www.hookedonhallmark.com/

Good luck and a big thanks for bidding!

(Click here for a printable PDF file with Silent Auction information)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Don't Miss This!
Hooked on Ornaments has a HUGE Surprise that will be revealed soon and you are NOT going to want to miss it! We promise you're going to LOVE the very FUN and EXCITING announcement coming very soon from Hooked on Ornaments!
Want a clue? Here you go ...

1996 Christmas Bells


1992 Friendship Line


1995 Fabulous Decade


1990 Frosty Friends

Monday, July 20, 2009

The Eagle Has Landed
World History and Hallmark Ornament Trivia
The Eagle has Landed and the Hallmark Keepsake Ornament that celebrates the event.




Forty years ago, I was one of an estimated 600 million people that watched the Apollo 11 landing live on television.* Once astronauts Neil Armstrong and "Buzz" Aldrin were ready to go outside, the Eagle was depressurized, the hatch was opened and Armstrong made his way down the ladder first. He placed his left foot on the surface at 2:56 UTC July 21, 1969, then spoke the following:

"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." These words marked forever an historic moment for the entire world!

In 1994 the Hallmark Ornament "The Eagle Has Landed" celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the first lunar landing. It features the sound of Neil Armstrong's voice repeating his famous "one small step" message. This ornament available is available at
www.hookedonornaments.com .

A valuable "licensing" lesson was learned when Neil Armstrong sued Hallmark Cards in 1994 for using his name and a recording of the "one small step" quote in the ornament without his permission. The lawsuit was settled out of court for an undisclosed amount of money which Armstrong donated to Purdue University.

Enjoy this historic anniversary and little piece of Hallmark Ornament Trivia today. And, visit us often at http://hookedonornaments.com ,

Nicki

*An estimated 600 million people watched the Apollo 11 landing live on television, a world record until 750 million people watched the wedding of the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981. (Source: Guinness World Records)

Friday, July 17, 2009

FRIDAY FREEBIE!!

Happy Friday!
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the 1990 Crown Prince CLUB Miniature Ornament

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Celebrating 25 Years of Magic The 2009 Magic Express ornament commemorates 25 years of Hallmark Keepsake Magic ornaments. Hallmark Keepsakes introduced the first "magic" ornaments back in 1984 with the introduction of "lighted" ornaments. Two years later, motion was added in 1986. Until 1989 the "Magic" ornaments were ornaments that featured light, motion or a combination of the two features. In 1989, sound was introduced to the magic ornaments with the 1989 Baby's First Christmas. This ornament was the first to feature light, motion and sound. However, sound did not become a "common" feature for magic ornaments until 1992.


In the beginning of Magic ornaments power was provided by plugging the ornaments into the miniature Christmas light strands. But the 1997 Night Before Christmas ornament introduced the wind up powered ornament. Much like a jewelry box functions, you simply wind the key and music plays as different components of the ornament move. Another early windup was one of my favorites, the 1998 Santa's Merry Workshop.
As miniature Christmas light strands (and electrical specs and regulations) have changed over the years collectors have had a more difficult time finding light strands that will work with their older Hallmark Keepsake Magic ornaments. Hallmark responded with the light strand adapters a few years ago and most of those problems have been solved. But that may have also be the primary reason for the move to battery powered ornaments. Battery operated ornaments became more common in 2001 with the Kris and the Kringles ornament. It is my understanding that 2009 marks the final year for the UL ornaments, those ornaments that plug directly into your Christmas light strand.
But don't think for a minute that the changes and advancements in magic ornaments have stopped. In the July 2009 issue of For Keeps, two of the primary forces behind the Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments, Ken Crow (Hallmark Master Artist) and Ron Carlson (Senior Product Development Engineer) indicate that "the possibilities for Keepsake ornaments (Magic ornaments in particular) are endless." Ken says, "We're almost at the point where, if we can dream it, we can make it happen."


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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Happy 2009 Hallmark Ornaments Premiere!
We hope everyone has a safe & wonderful Premiere


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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Premiere...
You Never Know WHO Might Attend!

The Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Premiere is always a "can't miss" for me. And even though the MIDNIGHT Premieres are a bit past my bedtime, I can't resist being there to join in the excitement. With the annual July Event just a few days away, I'm reminded of my favorite "Ornament Premiere Encounter".

In recent years there has been a VIP visitor at the MIDNIGHT ornament premiere in a local Kansas City Hallmark Store. DONALD HALL, JR ! Yes, Donald Hall, Jr, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hallmark Cards!

Mr. Hall arrived at midnight, introduced himself to the store manager and explained that he stopped by to observe the reaction of the ornament collectors to the new Keepsake Ornament Line. He wasn't out for any VIP treatment, introductions, or fanfare, in fact he'd prefer to go un-noticed. He just wanted to stand back and observe collectors reactions as they viewed the new line of ornaments for the first time. He was friendly when a few Local Club Members approached him and even posed for photos when asked, but really just wanted to see first hand the response to the new ornament line.

Just think about it...
Donald Hall, Jr is CEO of one of the most respected and profitable companies in the nation. The Hall Family is of Billionaire status, and their Hall Family Foundation is one of the largest philanthropic organizations in the United States. This man has thousands of employees working for him, any of which he could have asked to go into a store, observe, and have a full report on his desk Monday Morning. Yet, he did it himself, not just one year, but several.


Donald Hall, Jr spending his Friday Night at a Hallmark store, that tells me he really does care about ornament collectors opinions and strives to make sure his company is producing Keepsake Ornaments that collectors will love.

Mr. Hall, you've impressed me...and I hope to see you out there this weekend looking over our shoulders once again!

Happy Collecting,
Nicki Pierce


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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

2009 Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Premiere
July 11th and 12th, 2009


Here at Hooked on Ornaments we are very excited about the upcoming Ornament Premiere weekend. It amazes me each year how excited I get about Keepsake Premiere. It's one thing to drool over my dreambook, but it's a whole different feeling to be able to see the ornaments in person and just reach out to touch them. It's astounding the number of new little details that are revealed when you see the ornaments in person. I simply can't wait.

We encourage everyone to visit your local Hallmark Gold Crown stores this weekend for what promises to be a fun filled ornament premiere. Your local stores will be offering a number of special offers this weekend that you don't want to miss.

Capucine Barbie Club Member ExclusiveThis porcelain and fabric Barbie will be available for purchase to Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Club members. Remember you must present your membership card in order to purchase this club exclusive product. Limit one per club membership. Supplies are limited, so arrive early!

A Tasty Treat - Ornament Club Member Gift

this sweet snow puppy is your gift with a Keepsake Ornament purchase of $7.95 and proof of Keepsake Ornament club membership. He's simply adorable with his tennis ball nose and mitten ears.


Keepsake Tote - Personalize with your favorite photos.
$12.95 with your purchase of two Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments priced $7.95 or more.

LIMITED EDITION ORNAMENTS
There will also be 10 limited edition ornaments available at the 2009 Hallmark Keepsake ornament premiere. You can see these items in our May 20th blog post below.


Hooked on Ornaments will begin offering the 2009 Hallmark Keepsake ornaments on Monday, July 13th at http://www.hookedonhallmark.com/ for collectors who do not have a local source for Hallmark Keepsake ornaments. We wish everyone LOTS of fun! Happy Hallmark Collecting!

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

A post from Nicki...

Is It Dated?
One of the most frequent questions we are asked has become a loaded question.

In the pre 2000 ornament days, it was a much easier question to answer. Yes, ALL the "family" Hallmark ornaments were dated . . . You could count on that. And, for others, if it was considered "dated", the date was prominent... you could clearly see the date half way across the room!


Today, that question is much harder to answer.

Many family ornaments are not dated, Son and Daughter ornaments for example have not included the date in recent years.

MANY Hallmark ornament boxes indicate "Dated 20__" however, when you look for the date on the ornament, it may be hard to find. Often it is just a small copyright date printed or embossed on the bottom or elsewhere on the ornament. A good example is the 2008 Jolly Rider Harley-Davidson Santa. The box indicates "Dated 2008"; but when a collector called to ask, "Where's the date?"... after close examination, we laughed when we found a tiny "2008" embossed on the seat of Santa's pants!

Our goal is to make the ornament descriptions at Hooked on Ornaments complete and accurate, making us the #1 source of accurate Hallmark Keepsake Ornament information. But answering the "Is it dated" question these days with a simple yes or no often has us scratching our heads.
We'd love to hear your opinions on this questions. Weigh in and share your thoughts with us on our Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Bulletin Board.

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Thanks for visiting with us at Hooked on Ornaments!
and have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July weekend!
"We're Hooked on Hallmark ornaments!"