Tuesday, May 18, 2010

GRAB BAG BONANZA

FUN Hallmark Grab Bags ONLY $4
at Hooked on Ornaments!

Choose from
Merry Miniatures
** We choose 6 different Hallmark Merry Miniatures for your Grab Bag! A $24 Value!


Lapel Pins
** We choose 4 different Hallmark/Ambassador Lapel Pins for your Grab Bag!

Cookie Cutters
** We choose 5 different Hallmark Cookie Cutters for your Grab Bag!

Each grab bag is on sale now for only $4 each!
Fun! and a SUPER SAVINGS!

If you haven't had a chance to check out our $4 Mega Sale - Don't miss out!
250 items only $4 each (including the Grab Bags detailed above) -
Here's a link -

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Linda Sickman - Our Signing Artist Fall Warehouse Sale Event

Announcing the
- Hooked on Ornaments Fall Warehouse Sale & Artist Signing Event
-
Retired Hallmark Master Artist, Linda Sickman, will be joining us Saturday, October 2, 2010!

Mark your calendar now and make plans to join us for this very RARE opportunity to meet Linda Sickman. Linda will be signing ornaments that she sculpted during her 45 year career at Hallmark. She sculpted hundreds of ornaments from the very beginning in 1973 until her retirement last year.

Linda is probably best known for her Rocking Horse, Tin Locomotive and Pony for Christmas series. She is the favorite Hallmark artist for many collectors.

The Fall Warehouse Sale will offer BARGAINS GALORE, Door prizes and a new exhibit from the Lee & Dean Hallmark Museum.

We are elated to have Linda as our signing artist for this "can't miss" event! To celebrate we are offering Linda's Rocking Horses, Ponies and Trains at SALE prices!
Shop our Linda Sickman Sale

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I'm in love....
with the Hallmark videos on YouTube!

Here's a great one I came across this morning. The people in the video worked on the 2010 Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Dreambook - (and the writer who loves the Star Trek ornament, he was in charge of one of my bingo games during the KOC event last year! He is hilarious and was tons of fun at the event.)

Anyway, without further ado...

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Run, Rudolph, Run and Hallmark Guitar Ornaments

Today I'm still hard at work adding 2010 Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments to the Hooked on Ornaments database/website. I just added the 2010 Run, Rudolph, Run ornament and thought I'd share some thoughts on Hallmark guitar ornaments. Electric guitar, classic guitar, Hallmark has included both in the Keepsake designs.


For this ornament in particular, I have to say "Run, Rudolph, Run" has to be one of my all time favorite Christmas songs. Although, my apologies to Chuck Berry, I really thought the name of the song was "Run, Run, Rudolph". The ornament itself, at least comparing pictures, is very similar to the 2009 Jingle Bell Rock. Here's a pic and I'll let you compare...

The 2009 Jingle Bell Rock, has a base coat of red, while the 2010 has a base coat of white. The 2009 has white control knobs, the 2010's knobs are black. The background behind the bells on the 2009 ornament is gold, on the 2010 the background is red. All in all, they appear quite similar. Honestly, I love them both! I can see a whole themed tree for my teenaged son's room. He would love it.

Perhaps you're asking, "That's great Rhonda, but what about other guitar ornaments?" Well, you're in luck, because Hallmark has made quite a few! There were actually three ornaments in 2009 that featured a guitar - Jingle Bell Rock, of course, but there was also Scooby Doo "rockin' it", as well as, Snoopy and Woodstock. But Hallmark's first guitar ornament was the 1986 Christmas Guitar.

Through the years there have been a number of Hallmark Keepsakes that feature a guitar as the main design or as an integral part of the design. Here are the ones that you'll find at www.hookedonhallmark.com when you search the site for "guitar"

1986 Christmas Guitar
1992 Feliz Navidad
1992 Elvis
2001 Heart of Collecting
2003 Rock N Roll Stitch
2004 Feliz Navidad
2006 Kid Speak - Music
2008 Feliz Navidad
2009 Jingle Bell Rock
2009 Christmas Rocks
2009 Rock Star Scooby Doo
2010 Jingle Jamboree
2010 Run Rudolph Run

Of course, I'm still working on the 2010s so there may be more for this year. As for past years, we try to update search terms as we find relevant items, so its possible there are other ornaments, but those are definitely the main ones.

Hope you enjoyed the impromptu post! Hope everyone has a "Rockin!" day.
Rhonda

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Very Special Mother's Day Ornament

This article is a repost from May 2008,
We wish every Mom a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!



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 2006 Hallmark Value Guide. AND we do currently have two 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 http://www.hookedonhallmark.com/

Happy Mothers Day!
Nicki
and the Hooked on Ornaments Staff
"We're Hooked on Hallmark Ornaments"

Friday, May 7, 2010

A Hallmark Ornament More Than Eleven Years in the Making

Enjoy a peak at this Hallmark Prototype ornament. At a glance I knew it looked familiar, but it wasn't until I saw it next to the ornament that was actually produced did I realize just how interesting it is.


The prototype has 1980 decals on both sides, yet the ornament "Christmas Welcome" wasn't produced until 1991! Popular Hallmark Keepsake Artist, Linda Sickman is the sculpting artist for this beautiful piece.

There are many changes from the painted prototype to the actual produced ornament.

  • The ball ornaments at the base of the basket on both sides were removed.
  • The gold trim on the red ribbon was also eliminated.
  • The 1991 ornament has gold stenciled "Christmas Welcome" on the front and 1991 on the reverse side.
  • Notice that even the fruit and holly in the basket underwent many changes.


Many creations sculpted by Keepsake Artists never make it to production. But for one to be "in the works" for more than eleven years seems very unusual. Hummmmm...wonder what took so long?


Nicki Pierce