Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Hallmark Recordable Storybooks

Last year Hallmark unveiled recordable storybooks. The books allow you to record the story in your own voice. Whether it's a grandparent recording a book for a grandchild, a parent for a child, a grandchild for a grandparent; these books are a wonderful and very special way to create a gift that can be enjoyed over and over again.

For 2010 a number of books are available including: Night Before Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, I Love You Grandma, My Grandpa and Me, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Very First Christmas.

You can find the recordable storybooks at your local Hallmark Gold Crown stores or Learn more at Hooked on Ornaments

Video from Hallmark Cards, Inc - You Tube

Monday, October 25, 2010

Awesome Articles from StarTrek.com


Hallmark Ornament Collectors and Star Trek fans won't want to miss two AWESOME articles celebrating 20 Years of Star Trek Hallmark ornaments! Beginning with the 1991 Starship Enterprise sculpted by Lynn Norton (his very first Keepsake Ornament sculpt), read interesting tidbits of information about this and other Star Trek ornaments that added a huge new
segment to Hallmark ornaments.

Article One from Startrek.com - Click Here
discusses Star Trek Hallmark ornaments 1991 - 1999.
Article Two from Startrek.com - Click Here
discusses Star Trek Hallmark ornaments 2000 - 2010.

Both articles are must reads for all Hallmark ornament collectors.
Check our Star Trek Series page on our site to see pictures of ALL the Hallmark Keepsake Star Trek ornaments. We are happy to help you find the Hallmark ornaments that you missed from previous years.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

More Interesting Tidbits

Joanne Eschrich, Keepsake Ornament artist was asked,
"When you have an assignment, where do you start with it?"

Her answer, "Most of the licensed ornaments are usually requests that start from a drawing. Those are fun, ‘cause you’re looking through all sorts of references, taking a little bit of everything and cre...ating something a little different with Wonder Woman or Donald Duck. Most of my series came from my ideas or a request for more snowmen or Santas in the product line. From there, I’ll start from brainstorming from scratch and come up with sketches after sketches and sometimes it’s a matter of showing 10 or 20 different ideas that I share with the team to bring it in and find a focus."
(Ornament shown above - 2010 Father Christmas #7 in the series designed and sculpted by Joanne Eschrich.)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Interesting Tidbits

Recently there have been some fun Faceboook posts from Hallmark. This week we thought we would share them with you here on the Hooked on Ornaments blog.


Hallmark Keepsake ornament artist Tracy Larsen was asked,
"How long does it take to create an ornament from a sketch to 3-D?"


His answer, "It depends upon the ornament. Generally give us a couple of weeks to sculpt a piece, that’s the normal timetable we have. You may be working on two or three different pieces at the same time at different parts of the process—painting one and sculpting another. Sketching out another. We try not to multi-task, but two weeks is the general ballpark of time we have to sculpt a piece. We create prototypes, and packaging all at the same time. There are a whole lot of people in the works that help these get out into the stores."



The ornament shown above is the 2010 Piston Cup Tire Tree sculpted by Tracy Larsen for the 2010 Hallmark Keepsake ornament line.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

October Warehouse Sale

We had another wonderful Warehouse Sale last Saturday! The lovely Linda Sickman showed up early to sign and stayed with us until 2pm, signing ornaments for collectors from all over the United States. We had friends visiting from Iowa, Illinois, Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma, and California, as well as collectors from the local area!
LaDene Votruba and Sharon Pike stopped by with Joyce Lyle to visit with Linda and chat with collectors. We were also delighted to have Lynn Norton stop by!
As always, we helped complete collections for avid collectors as well as helping to start some new ones. It is always fun to help someone who is on the hunt for a special treasure or a great bargain. If you've never been to one of our sales, please mark your calendars for our next sale in April 2011!