Friday, February 25, 2011

Hallmark Lunchbox Ornaments

I was trying to decide on a fun topic for todays blog...
Something fun, ornaments that could be appropriately displayed in February...
and thought of the Hallmark Lunchbox collection!

This unofficial collection of ornaments is one of my favorites and appeals to me on a number of levels. The lunchboxes are pressed tin and they really do open and close! Most of the lunchbox ornaments were issued with a coordinating thermos. Today's lunchboxes are vinyl, foam and velcro. The ornaments' old fashioned lunchbox design appeals to my nostalgic side, but the appeal doesn't stop with the physical design.
Take a look at the artwork decorating the lunchboxes and enjoy a stroll down memory lane: The Lone Ranger, The Jetsons, Scooby Doo, Super Friends; these were some of my favorite Saturday morning cartoons! Back when Saturday was the ONLY day that there were cartoons on television. Howdy Doody, Hopalong Cassidy; and for the younger generation - The Empire Strikes Back, Hot Wheels and the Beatles! Just to name a few. (Click here to view a complete list of the Hallmark Keepsake Lunchbox Ornaments including pictures.)

As a collector the fact that the lunchboxes are cross collectibles appeals as well. A Peanuts Hallmark lunchbox ornament will appeal to Hallmark Collectors, Lunchbox collectors and Peanuts collectors. I've talked to some collectors who display all three designs - the Hallmark ornament, the Hallmark School Days lunchbox and the original vintage lunchbox. That's a display I would love to see!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Donna Lee

In memory - Hallmark Keepsake Artist - Donna Lee

Hallmark Keepsake Artist Donna Hill (Lee) passed away February 8, 2011. Donna was a Hallmark Keepsake artist for 30 years. Her ornament designs will forever be treasured by Hallmark collectors.

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

Thursday, February 17, 2011

KOC 25th Class Reunion

SAVE THE DATE (and make your hotel reservations now).

Two days of fun are planned for August 5 - 6, 2011 in Kansas City, MO. The Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Club is celebrating 25 years and Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Club members are invited to join in on the festivities.
  • Meet Hallmark Keepsake artists
  • Attend artists seminars
  • Purchase event exclusive ornaments & products
  • Have your ornaments signed by your favorite artists (2 days of signings!)
  • Play games and win prizes - including a wider selection of repainted ornaments and one of a kind items.

( White Mrs. Claus' Cupboard
Available at the 2011 KOC Class Reunion event - August 2011)

Event Exclusives: Purchase your event exclusive items the weekend of the event or purchase in advance when you register for the event. Products will NOT be sold by Hallmark Keepsakes afterwards so don't miss your chance to own these Keepsake ornaments specifically designed for the Class Reunion event, including repaints and all new designs.

Additional information regarding registration and hotels can be found at

Monday, February 14, 2011

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Friday, February 11, 2011

2011 KOC Membership Ornaments Unveiled

Here's a first look at the 2011 Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Club Membership ornaments...

2011 Hide 'n' Peek
The first battery-powered Magic ornament featuring movement and sound. Turn the crank to see the toys refuse to stay in their gift boxes and hear an original version of "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers."
2011 Christmas Window
The 2011 Christmas Window features a boy and his dog looking into the window of a Sporting Goods store. A bicycle and skateboard are in the display window.
Starlight Angel
Inspired by holiday luminaria the Starlight Angel features pinprick holes and indented patterns that allow light to radiate from the ornament.

2011 Club Exclusives
The following ornaments will be available from your local Gold Crown stores with proof of club membership (while supplies last.)
2011 Snowshoe Snowman
Designed as a companion piece to the 2009 Santa's Merry Heart

2011 Lady of the Manor Barbie Doll Ornament
Based on the 2006 Barbie doll of the same name from the Barbie Fashion Model Collection.

Seeking the King
Third in the porcelain nativity collection inspired by the Mary's Angels series.

2011 The Gift of Love
Santa embraces a heart reflecting the spirits of Christmas and love.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Valentine's Tree

(Valentine tree courtesy of Eileen Bickerstaff at The Seasonal Home )
For a ton of beautiful Valentine decorating ideas don't miss
Get inspired and then shop the Hooked on Ornaments VALENTINE'S SALE .
Ornaments, gifts and more... all inspired by Valentine's Day.