Two for Tuesday – Christmas Decorations

I’m thinking it’s a beauty and a cutie, both on one tree in the Christmas Gallery.  Every tree needs both large and small decorations, as well as sizes in between, for balance and a pleasing aspect.

This distressed-finish [red lantern] is a foot tall (without the handle), and can be used indoors or out.  We’ve added a flameless [burgundy Luminara candle] (not included), and a [plaid ribbon] around the top for a splash of polish and elegance.  I’m also kind of mad for [this cardinal ribbon with greetings] and [this cardinal ribbon] in the picture, too!

Red Lantern

Just love this tiny little winter scene of a brown budgie perched outside his snow covered bird house.  A second bird is hidden behind the tree branch, and a heavy winter frost coats the entire ornament. There is a second style for this ornament; [see them both here.]

Bird & Bird House Ornament

Your Christmas tree will be more interesting and pleasing to view if you include ornaments and decorations in multiple sizes – start with the largest items first (three to five as focal points around the tree at different heights), and add more ornaments as you go down in size with each layer of decorations.  That’s how a 12″ lantern and a 3″ birdhouse work in concert to make beautiful music on your tree!  Okay, I don’t know why I went musical just then, but you get the analogy, right?!  It all works harmoniously together.

We hope you’ll share some of your favorite design ideas and elements with us, either by e-mailing santa@christmasplace.com, or come on over and visit [our Facebook page] and share some pictures with us there.

~Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

P.S. Coming up this weekend, a signing with the creators of the collectible dog breed ornaments, [Joy to the World Collectibles].  If your best friend is an unique breed, come and take a look at these gorgeous glass ornaments – something outstanding for your Christmas tree!

Joy to the World Collectible Dog Breed Ornaments Signing

Two for Tuesday

It lives!  Can you believe it?  Yes, Two for Tuesday is back.  The only question is, how long will I be able to keep it to only two?  Especially when I know you want to see more and more!

LED lighting – you know we love it because it’s durable, energy-efficient, and not hot to the touch.  It illuminates this detailed winter scene, highlighting the layers of images in a very charming way – although there was too much sunlight to see it really well in my picture (and I may have forgotten to turn on the lights).  It’s time to use a little of your Christmas imagination.

Cut-out wood chalet scene with fir trees, mountains, and snow, on three levels. LED lit.

The scene is just over 16″ wide x 13″ tall x 3.5″ deep.  This is a decoration that will no doubt become an heirloom for your family – it just won’t be Christmas until someone plugs in the chalet!

Along with that show-stopper, we have a variety of miniature cut-wood scenes lit in the same way but secured under glass domes = no dusting.  That’s a winner!

Wood cut-out shapes illuminated by LED lights, under  a glass dome. Works as an ornament for the Christmas tree.

Just a touch of glitter for an extra sparkle, and natural rope trim keeps everything grounded.  There are several different scenes; as a starting point, we recommend at least three of these ornaments on the Christmas tree.

Wood cut-out shapes under glass domes, LED lit; assorted scenes; ornaments.

They will also sit on a table or in a window – but I wouldn’t want to waste that lovely glass curl on the top of the bell.

Whether you’re an established family, just starting out, or celebrating Christmas your own way, we believe starting and adding to the traditions you practice at the holidays are the best way to keep memories near and create new ones each year.  These wood-cut ornaments and mantle display piece will be treasured for many Christmases to come.

~Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

P.S.  I did it!  Only two.  See you next Tuesday with a couple of new highlights.  Don’t forget to put Sept. 2nd through the 18th on your calendar – Labor Day extended tent sale!

2012 Trees – Snowy Woodland Bear Tree

I love making up my own names for the trees in the store.  Here’s a 12′ tree, flocked and filled with woodland kinds of ornaments, black bears, and beautiful red accents.  It starts with two almost-life-sized bears, dressed to keep warm for the winter.  I couldn’t stop taking pictures of this one, so forgive me if I’m repetetive here – I have {mad love} for the decor on this tree!  You’ll find many of the items on this tree in our Woodland Theme collection, and you might want to mix in some Cabin Theme, too (We have put together 132 themes on our website this year.)

 

Smoky Bear on skis!

 

I love those red-red-red pine cones!  They have just a touch of glitter, and look great with a little snow on top.

 

 As always, you should be able to click twice on the pictures to see them full sized (not a double click, but click again on the next screen) – I like to make them as large as possible, so you can see more of the details.

 What theme are you working on this year?  I have more to show you!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

P.S. Don’t forget our two artist signings this weekend (November 17th & 18th, 2012) – Mario Tare, the Christopher Radko Company designer on Saturday from noon until 2 p.m.; and R.J. McDonald with his Santa pictures on both Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Come and see all the new lights we’ve added to our courtyard & buildings this year – it’s quite beautiful!

University of Alabama Ornament

One of our former associates (Hi Susan!) asked if we have the Ne’Qwa Art ornament for the University of Alabama ~ we sure do!  Here are pictures for you.  We only have the smaller size in the store.

Another reader asked if we have the University of Maryland, and I’m sorry to say it looks like we do not have that one.  If I find it somewhere else, I’ll let you know!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Two for Tuesday

We’re really excited about the expansion of the Ne’Qwa Art ornaments line to include collegiate styles this year!  Here’s a sampling of the large ornaments: 

NeQwa Collegiate Ornaments

 

Naturally, we’re featuring the SEC teams in this area!  The ornaments are also available in a smaller size.  No, I’m not favoring LSU, why do you ask?? 

LSU Ornament

 

Ne’Qwa has also added some new themes such as Cowboy and Fly Fishing. 

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day next week, how about one of these clever and unique ornaments – the leprechaun is definitely fit for display year round! 

Irish Snowman

 

Leprechaun Ornament

Did you also notice the new ornament display stand in my top picture, that offers you the opportunity to display three ornaments on one stand – I just happen to have three signed Ne’Qwa ornaments in my collection, and this will be a great way to show them off at Christmas. 

There are many more new ornaments in the collection in both sacred and secular Christmas themes – be sure to check them all out. 

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Labor Day Weekend Tent Sale

It’s time for our annual sidewalk tent sale, Saturday, September 5th,  through Monday, September 7th.  It’s a great time to snap up bargains on clearance and scratch-and-dent merchandise for decorating and gift giving.  There is always a wide assortment of goodies from every department in the store, including ornaments and floral stems.

2008 tent sale 1

Last year, it was a beautifully sunny day ~ and people were shopping faster than we could load the goods into the tent!  We’ll be selling on the sidewalk from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Monday.

2008 tent sale 2

As always, our motto for the tent sale is “shop early, shop often!”  Hope to see you there.

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Christmas Place Ornament Sale!

Christmas Place is in the midst of a great sale – buy 3 ornaments, get the fourth free (equal or lesser value, some restrictions apply, etc.)!  You can mix and match between ornaments, and personalized ornaments are 436410_l-etched-snowflake-ornamentincluded.

Hop on over to the store site and take a look at all the ornaments that are included.  (well, it’s that close to Easter, isn’t it??)

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Two for Tuesday

I enjoy the whimsical things in life, and these animal ornaments fit right in when I noticed the little tags they bear – oink, moo, and baa.  That just makes me laugh!

Down on the Farm Ornaments

Down on the Farm Ornaments

And now for something totally elegant…a handsome deer pair with stylized metal antlers, decorated with holly and carved seasonal landscapes.

Deer Figurines

Deer Figurines

Aren’t they extraordinary??

We’re having a cold, sunny day here – I have hesitated to mention the snow on the mountains because ours is mostly beautiful when so many others were snowed under this week.  I’ll have some pictures to share tomorrow, nonetheless – you’ll enjoy.

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Breaking News – Egyptian Glass Signing this Saturday!

This Saturday, November 1st, the founders of the Egyptian Museum company, Linda Paul and Mohamed Abdelhameed, will be in the store from 2 to 5 pm, signing their exquisite cut-glass creations.

Here is a picture of one piece from their line, which is quite extensive – unfortunately, we only offer a handful of their collection in our on-line catalog.  In the store, we have dozens of styles of ornaments, urns, finials, perfume jars, eggs, and more.  Photos can hardly do justice to these delicate crystal pieces with their cut-glass designs, luminescent finishes, and golden highlights.  The glass comes in a wide variety of colors, from clear to pink, purple, golden, red, blue, smoke, and more.

The Egyptian Glass line is manufactured in Egypt from German glass and paints, highlighted with 24kt gold.  Certain styles are accented with Asfour Crystal, a 33% lead crystal manufactured in Egypt.  Moe and Linda design most of the items, and add new pieces each year.

These unique creations add grace and elegance to any setting.  Be sure to come by the store this weekend to meet Linda & Moe and purchase a hand-signed piece or two for yourself.

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Two for Tuesday

The designers have created an adorable Christmas tree that is loaded with Delft ornaments, the blue and white style associated with Delft in the Netherlands – our tree is filled with bunches of white tulips, is sporting a windmill in the top, and is adorned with dozens of charming ornaments you can see here.  Near the tree I found a collection of amazing angel musical figurines reminiscent of the Delft style, including this lovely lady with a Christmas wreath on her arm.  There are several musical and non-musical figurines in this collection.  Notice the exquisite detail work in the banding on her gown and the image lining her coat.

I haven’t shown a snowman in awhile, so I’m sneaking in this cute little pillow that just came in – we have a big selection of styles and sizes of pillows, even some collegiate logo versions.  This one would be so welcoming tucked into a chair next to the fireplace.

Have a cozy evening!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place