Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Seasonal Home Christmas Video

Want to be "oohed and awed"? Want to get some amazing ideas for your Christmas decorating? Want to just get inspired and filled with some Christmas joy? Then you want to watch the 2012 Christmas video from The Seasonal Home. In a word, Eileen is amazing.



Wednesday, November 14, 2012

2012 Sold Out Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments

It's starting to look a lot like the Christmas season around the Hooked on Ornaments warehouse. I wanted to stop by and add a quick blog to pass along the list of Sold Out ornaments. These are ornaments that are no longer available for reorder; what is in the stores or already on order, are all there are for these ornaments. When they are gone, they are gone...

  • Barbie #19 Matinee Fashion Barbie (QX8394)
  • Basketball Star (QXG4444)
  • Captain America, The Avengers  (QXI2611)
  • Celebration Barbie, African American (QXI2694)
  • Halloween: Bobbing for Apples (QFO5201 - Gold Crown Exclusive)
  • Halloween: Charlie Brown O'Lantern (QFO5214 - Gold Crown Exclusive)
  • Halloween: Lucy O'Lantern (QFO5221 - Gold Crown Exclusive)
  • Heat Miser and Snow Miser (QXI2871)
  • Iron Man, The Avengers (QXI2601 - Gold Crown Exclusive)
  • Let It Snow (QXG3244 - Gold Crown Exclusive)
  • Let's Get It On (QXG3224)
  • Mary's Angels, Heavenly Harmony (QFM3904 - Gold Crown Exclusive)
  • Merry Christmas To All (QXG4501 - Gold Crown Exclusive)
  • Merry Serenade, Mickey & Minnie (QXD1041)
  • Mickey's Christmas Carol #4 Jiminy Cricket (QXD8264)
  • Mini Harley Davidson #14 / FINAL (QXM9004)
  • Miss Gulch, Wizard of Oz (QXI2914)
  • Noah's Ark (QXG4654)
  • Nostalgic House: Mama's Delivery Van (QXG4571 - Gold Crown Exclusive)
  • Once Upon A Christmas #2 Time For Toys (QX8174 - Gold Crown Exclusive)
  • Our Wedding 2012, Photoholder (QXG4074 - Gold Crown Exclusive)
  • Regalos Regalos Regalos *Hoops & yoyo (QSM7744)
  • Santa's Rooftop Racer (QXG3204 - Gold Crown Exclusive)
  • Sith Apprentice Darth Maul, Star Wars (QXI2104)
  • Snow Hello, Miniature (QXM9021 - Gold Crown Exclusive)
  • Star Trek Legends #3 Dr. McCoy (QX8244)
  • Student Teacher Barbie Ornament (QXI2674)
  • Thanksgiving Feast (QFO5204 - Gold Crown Exclusive)
  • Thor, The Avengers (QXI2604 -Gold Crown Exclusive)
  • Tweed Indeed Barbie Ornament (QXI2681)
  • Very Merry Christmas Tree, Walt Disney's Snow White (QXD1014)
  • Windows of Faith #3 FINAL, Peace on Earth (QX8011 - Gold Crown Exclusive)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

New Product - Lighted Garlands & LED Light Strands


We recently got in a few items from a new product line that we are very excited about. These LED lights are amazingly versatile and are perfect for year round decorating. The photo above features the "Brown Wrapped Lighted Garland." The garland can be bent and shaped to highlight any area. We also offer White and Silver as well. The White and Silver Garland are battery operated and have a built in timer feature too! They look amazing on a table scape or mantel.

 
 

 
We also have LED light strands available in two lengths. The 60" Battery Operated light strands are perfect for wreaths and tabletop displays. These lights can even be submerged in water! The strand includes the handy timer feature, as well.

If you need a larger length we offer a 9' Multi Function LED light strand. It features steady, flashing and phasing light effects.

 
 
 
 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Hallmark Trivia Fun

So, originally I had hoped to link to the Ornaments By Artist - Ed Seale page today. I'm working on getting all of his ornaments added to his page. Ed has sculpted a LOT of ornaments. So I worked on that project for a couple of hours this morning and decided it's going to take me a day or two to get that project completed.

I decided that it might be fun to include a little trivia game. You can play alone just to test your knowledge or you can print and take along to your Hallmark Local Club Meeting.



Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Fall Warehouse Sale and Signing Event Announced

Fall Warehouse Sale & Signing Event

October 27, 2012
9am - 2pm
at our new warehouse for our

GRAND OPENING!

we are excited to welcome retired Hallmark Keepsake Studio Artist
Ed Seale as our signing artist for the event!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Bye Bye Barbie

By this time you should be aware that Hallmark no longer has licensing rights to the Mattel properties which include Barbie, Fisher-Price, GI Joe, and Hot Wheels to name a few. The Fisher-Price ornaments have certainly been very popular since they were first included in 2007, but it is Barbie that will leave the biggest hole in next year's Keepsake line.

 The first Barbie ornament included in the Hallmark Keepsake line was the 1993 Holiday Barbie #1. Dressed in a glittering red dress and sculpted by Patricia Andrews, for many years this particular ornament demanded a pretty penny at secondary market shows. This series was quite popular and was based on the annual Holiday Barbie Doll; some collectors consider the Holiday Barbie and Celebration Barbie series as one series.

In 1994 Hallmark introduced the Barbie, Nostalgia series. They began with a splash featuring an ornament modeled after the 1959 Barbie Swimsuit. In 1995, in response to collector requests, Hallmark included the brunette version of the swimsuit Barbie as a club exclusive. In the Spring/Easter line, #1 in the Springtime Barbie was released.


Beginning in 1997 Hallmark began including non-series Barbie ornaments in the Keepsake line. These ornaments have been based on vintage Barbies, as well as, current Barbies. In recent years there have been many beautiful ornaments based on the Barbie Fashion Model Collection and ornaments based on the current Barbie "movie" for each year.

As a collector and a mom with a daughter, I am happy to share that I have most of the Barbie ornaments for those years that my daughter loved everything Barbie. As she outgrew Barbie, I stopped including those ornaments in my yearly "wish list." But I know that one day, she will enjoy having those reminders of her childhood hanging on her own family's Christmas tree. 


In recent years, the number of Barbie ornaments included in each year's Keepsake line has continued to grow. By far the most sought after of the recent Barbie ornaments are the Porcelain Club Barbies. These porcelain ornaments with fabric accents feature designs that are very fashion forward and quite simply beautiful sculptures. Many of these club exclusive designs have become quite difficult to find and so prices have continued to rise on these pieces.

This article would not be complete without mention of retired Keepsake Studio Artist Patricia Andrews. She was the sculpting artist behind almost all of the Barbies, her designs and sculpts have continued to be used past her retirement. She was responsible for the first Barbie ornaments in 1994-1995 and many of the 2012 Barbie ornaments are her sculpts.

Here are links to the different Barbie Series and Collections listed on Hooked on Ornaments:

The number of Barbie ornaments included in each year's line has certainly grown in the past few years. Last year there were over ten Barbie ornaments offered. There have been over 200 different Barbie ornaments issued from 1994 - through 2012. Whether you are a Barbie collector or not, I believe next year her absence will certainly be felt.


... Enjoy this special offer ...


Happy Collecting,



Tuesday, July 24, 2012

2012 Hallmark In Store Signing Events


We have added the 2012 In Store Signing Event information to our Facebook Events tab.
Check in and share which event you hope to attend.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Recently I offered a post highlighting the Comic-Con and Barbie Convention exclusive ornaments. The event and exclusive ornament that was left out of that article was the Star Wars Celebration VI exclusive, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ponda Baba.

This two-pack is actually 3 ornaments. (That little severed arm hangs separately. Yikes!) The ornament will be available during the Star Wars Celebration VI event, August 23 - 26, 2012 in Orlando, Florida. The Star Wars Celebration event is attended by Star Wars fans from around the world and is hosted by Lucasfilm.


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

2012 Summer For Keeps

I thought everyone might like a little recap of the most recent For Keeps publication. For Keeps is one of the benefits of being a Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Club members. Here are some of the highlights from the Summer 2012 issue.

'Snowtop' Becomes A Tabletop and Ornament Premiere offer recaps....


Following the success of last year's tabletop decoration based on the Father Christmas series, Keepsakes included a new series based tabletop piece for 2012. Last year's Father Christmas tabletop piece was inspired by the 2005 Father Christmas series ornament and was offered as a special promotion during the Ornament Premiere.

2011 Father Christmas Tabletop

Unlike the Father Christmas tabletop piece, this year's Snowtop Lodge piece is an entirely new design. The designing artist, Joanne Eschrich designed the tabletop piece as though she were designing the piece for the series. She has been the designing artist for each piece in this popular series.


Through July 22nd you can take advantage of a special offer at your Hallmark Gold Crown store to save on this year's Snowtop tabletop piece:



The For Keeps article continues by highlighting other special offers that were available during the July 14-15 Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Premiere:

 
Register to Win:
Shoppers were able to register to win one of two prize ornaments given away just for coming in. The Register to Win ornaments were Christmas Cardinal by Tammy Haddix and a Puppy Love Repaint / Colorway ornament sculpted by Anita Marra Rogers.


KOC Member Exclusives:
Card carrying KOC Members were eligible to purchase the 2012 Stunning in the Spotlight porcelain club Barbie by retired Keepsake Artist Patricia Andrews. (Remember, this is the final year for Hallmark Barbie ornaments.)



Sweet Mouse: Club members were also eligible to receive a free Sweet Mouse ornament by Katrina Bricker with the purchase of a Hallmark Keepsake ornament priced at $7.95 or more during Ornament Premiere.




Buy Now, Buy Later, Get a FREE Ornament!
Shoppers who purchase an ornament during Ornament Premiere (July) and Ornament Debut (October) will receive a coupon for a Free ornament available in November. This offer is available to all Crown Rewards members. The Keepsake Ornament is One Sweet Cookie by Kristina Gaughran. Eligible Crown Reward members will receive the coupon via mail and the ornament will be available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST at your local Hallmark Gold Crown stores beginning November 23rd.

The Summer Issue of For Keeps also highlighted the Keepsake Ornament Premiere Limited Quantity ornaments, the Comic-Con Exclusives, the Barbie Convention exclusive and the Star Wars Celebration VI exclusive. You can view these ornaments on our website - HERE.

In-Store Signing Events:
Details including dates, artists, location and hosting clubs were updated for this year's signing events. We will list this information under our EVENTS category on the Hooked on Ornaments Facebook page for everyone's reference.

Design a 2013 Ornament:
Finally, the issue ends with information about a Hallmark Keepsakes survey. Ornament fans can take the surve at www.hallmark.com/keepsakesurvey to help design an ornament that will be part of the 2013 Keepsake line. This year's Merry Chris-moose, was created with the help of 1700 voters.

I hope you have enjoyed this little recap of the Summer edition of For Keeps!
Happy Collecting!



Friday, July 13, 2012

Twelve Days of Christmas #2
Two Turtle Doves

Recalled




Hallmark Gold Crown stores have been directed to return ALL of the 2012 Twelve Days of Christmas #2 Two Turtle Dove ornaments. Retailers were told that the ornament will be re-issued in October. An aesthetics issue was noted as the reason for the recall.


Friday, July 6, 2012

Hallmark Keepsakes at Comic-Con and Barbie Conventions

  July is certainly a very busy month for Hallmark collectors this year. We have the Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Premiere next weekend, July 14-15. Most collectors have a local Hallmark Gold Crown store and so the event is easy to attend for most of us. This gives most collectors at least the opportunity to purchase the Limited Quantity Keepsake Ornament Premiere ornaments for this year.

There are two other events that are quite a bit harder to attend in July; both offer Special Edition Hallmark Keepsake ornaments that are historically quite sought after.

The San Diego Comic-Con International is held July 11 - 15, 2012. There will be three exclusive items available for purchase at the event. Hallmark artist, Robert Chad, will be attending the event. Hallmark Keepsakes will also reveal some of the 2013 ornaments. Hallmark Keepsakes will also be attending the New York Comic-Con later this year (Oct 11 - 15, 2012).

The event exclusives that will be offered at each event are:

Batman: A Human Hero
(Limited Quantity: 750 piece)


Cylon Centurion Repaint
(Limited Quantity: 750 pieces)

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
4-Lom and Zuckuss

(Limited Quantity: 1000 pieces)

July 11-14 is the annual National Barbie Doll Collectors Convention held in Garden Grove, CA. This will be the fourth and final year that Hallmark attends this event. Hallmark Keepsakes will offer:

Barbie: Shoe-sational


You can view the ornaments from previous year's events on our website -
Comic-Con Event Exclusives


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

2012 Hallmark Ornament Premiere

The weather around the US has been insanely hot over the past week or so making it even harder to believe that the 2012 Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Premiere is right around the corner. As a Hallmark collector Ornament Premiere is one of the dates always marked on my calendar. It is so exciting each year when the new Keepsake ornaments are revealed, first in the Dream Book and then hands on at the Ornament Premiere. If you ever have the chance as a member of a local club to help your retailer open the wholesale boxes to stock the display for Premiere – jump at the chance. That is one of my favorite collecting/local club memories. It was like was like Christmas morning and each wholesale box was another gift to be opened and enjoyed. You open up the plain wholesale boxes to pull out the colorful Keepsake box and then open that box to ooh and ah over each and every ornament. It might have taken us a little longer to get the display completed and stocked; but it was an amazing time for us as collectors.

There are a number of Limited Quantity ornaments that will be available at your local Hallmark Gold Crown Stores during the July 14 – 15 Hallmark Ornament Premiere. These ornaments are Special Editions available in limited quantities and tend to sell out quickly as most stores historically only receive a handful.



 
How many stores do you visit during Hallmark Ornament Premiere? Which of the Limited Quanitity ornaments are you hoping to bring home?

Thursday, May 17, 2012

We're moving!

Hooked on Ornaments is excited to announce that we will be moving to a new building this year.

We are all very excited about the new building and our new location in Olathe! Watch the blog and our Facebook page for additional details as they become available!

Our move equals BARGAIN shopping opportunities for you!

We are currently offering a MOVING SALE category on the website - we will continue to add new items to this category each day until we move. These are CLEARANCE PRICED items and a coupon code (MOVING) is listed on the category page for an additional 15% off! You can't beat that! But, we'd rather sell them, than have to move them!

We will be hosting one final event at the 11888 W 91st St - Overland Park KS location. This will be a HUGE sale with nothing priced higher than $5. Mark you calendars now and join us


Hooked on Ornaments MOVING SALE
Saturday, June 9 - 8am - 2pm

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Spring Warehouse Sale & Artist Signing Event

If you live in the KC Metro Area we hope you will join us TODAY (5/5) for our semi-annual Warehouse Sale! Katrina Bricker & Joyce Lyle will be on hand to sign ornaments and chat with collectors. Everything in the warehouse is on sale, but even better than that, we have some really amazing bargains  that you won't want to miss, plus we have a great selection of Tweedledee Baby items on sale as well...Jellycat, Bearington Baby, Baby Legs, and more! Come see us!

For a flyer & a great coupon for TODAY ONLY, click here.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

2012 Stargazer Lily Fairy

 Normally Hallmark ornament collectors expect to see the first ornaments of the year in July at the Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Premiere. This year Hallmark has introduced a new promotion with an exclusive Keepsake ornament - Stargazer Lily Fairy.

The ornament is a repaint of this year's Tiger Lily Fairy (2012 Fairy Messenger #8). Check with your local Hallmark Gold Crown store for availability.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

News Flash

Exciting news!
The 2012 Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Dreambook is now available online to KOC members on the Hallmark.com website. To view the Dreambook you will just need your KOC membership number and zip code to log in. Fun Fun Fun!

Around here, we have lots going on... Nicki will be back from her vacation and I will be heading off on mine. We have lots of preparation in store for the Spring Warehouse Sale - and now that the ornaments have  been unveiled I'll be busy getting them all added to the database. I have also had some requests regarding this year's limited quantity ornaments, so I will do my  best to put together a list of those and will plan on that being my next blog article.

Until then, we are offering a new promotion at Hooked on Hallmark - No coupon required, just $3.95 Flat Rate Shipping within the US & FREE US Shipping for your order over $75! This is a limited time offer. Happy collecting.


Friday, March 16, 2012

99 Cents! 1995 Springtime Barbie #1

This weekend only
is only 99 cents with any purchase!
Regularly $9.95
(Please limit one per customer)

Expires Monday, March 19, 2012

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

2012 Beauty of Birds and More Hallmark Ornament Sneak Peaks

I was delighted to check the Hallmark Keepsake website this morning and find more 2012 Hallmark Ornament sneak peaks! Most of this week's sneak peaks are from Hallmark Studio Artist Becky Hottel. Becky is relatively new in Keepsakes; she began working for Hallmark in 1984, but didn't join Keepsakes until 2008.
"2012 Baby's First Christmas, Boy"
Becky crafted the 2012 Baby's First Christmas "footie" pajamas.
There will also be a pink ornament for girls.

"2012 Godchild"

"2012 Light of Love"


A couple more ornaments were revealed as well... including the VERY popular Beauty of Birds series ornament.





Happy Hallmark Ornament Collecting!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Early Release 2012 Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments

The 2012 Hallmark Keepsake ornament line includes three ornaments that are considered "Everyday" ornaments and will be available "year round" during 2012. Hallmark Keepsakes offered similar products "year round" last year in 2011. Based on what we saw; you should NOT assume that you will be able to find these ornaments locally all year.



2012 Baby Carriage
Porcelain, Includes 2 dated tags 2012 & 2013
On ribbon: "Baby's First Christmas"
Artist: Edythe Kegrize
Size: 2 3/4" W
( Available in stores since February 15 )



2012 Anniversary
Porcelain, Includes dated heart shaped charms for 2012 or 2013
and heart shaped charms for 10th, 25th, 40th, and 50th Anniversary
to personalize your ornament.
Artist: Edythe Kegrize
Size: 3 5/8" H
( Available in store beginning March 5 )



2012 Graduation
Photo holder ornament - Dated 2012
Artist: Orville Wilson
Size: 4 5/8" H
( Available in stores beginning May 14 )

The Hallmark Graduation ornaments are ALWAYS in demand during the Christmas season; unfortunately they normally seem to sell out during the Spring. So... if you have a graduate for 2012 - we would HIGHLY recommend purchasing your 2012 Graduation ornament this spring.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Mrs. Claus' Kitchen - In Store Signing Event Pieces

   In April, Hallmark Keepsakes will announce the winners (and locations) of this year's 16 In-Store Signing Events. Winners are being selected from entries submitted by Hallmark Keepsake Local clubs which answered the following questions: 
  • What makes your local club and Hallmark Gold Crown retailer unique?
  • How are you making a difference in your community?
   Entries were received in formats including written, photographic and video. These entries are now being considered by a panel of judges, including Hallmark artists, who must choose the sixteen winners. Four Grand Prize winners will host events that include two current Keepsake Studio Artists AND one RETIRED artist. The four retired artists will be Patricia Andrews, Lynn Norton, Linda Sickman and Sue Tague.



   There will be two event pieces available at each of the Signing Events: Mrs. Claus' Kitchen Table and Mrs. Claus' Stove. These two studio pieces feature art from the Keepsake Studio Artists under the direction of Hallmark Keepsake Artist Edythe Kegrize. The table includes work from retired Hallmark Studio Artists as well.


  The pieces continue the theme established in 2010 with the release of Santa's Armoire; this year we take an imaginative look into Mrs. Claus' kitchen. The stove features more than two dozen objects including canisters, fresh baked bread, cookies in the oven, a springerle rolling pin and wooden spoons.

  You can view the coordinating pieces from the last two years on our website by following the links below.

2010 Santa's Armoire - the 2010 Artists On Tour Signing piece
2011 Santa's Armoire Repaint - Keepsake Ornament Club Member Additional Purchase
2011 Mrs. Claus' Cupboard - KOC 25th Class Reunion
2012 Mrs. Claus' Cupboard Repaint - Keepsake Ornament Club Member Additional Purchase


  

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

2012 Hallmark Ornament Sneak Peak - Disney

In August 2011 the D23 Expo was held in Anaheim, California. Hallmark attended and revealed a number of the 2012 Hallmark Disney Keepsake ornaments. Hallmark Keepsakes also offered a D23 exclusive, a special repaint of the 2011 Look Who's Pook-a-Looz during the event. Here are some of the 2012 Disney Keepsake ornaments that were revealed during the event...

Disney Pixar #2 - Sully and Boo


Mickey and Minnie Mouse


Eeyore - "I'm only blue on the outside."


Snow White's Dwarves


Mickey's Christmas Carol #4
Jiminy Cricket the Ghost of Christmas Past



Cinderella


Tinkerbell



Muppets - Fozzie Bear