Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas Ornaments

We celebrated Christmas at my Mother's house so we decided to come home via Omaha to shop at Whole Foods.  While lunching there (love their soups) we decided we needed to make a few other stops before heading back home, and am I ever glad we did.  

We found a display of Christopher Radko's "Shiny Brite" glass ornaments in the vintage 1940's designs on sale at one of our stops, and we fell in love with them.  Both my husband and I were born in the 1950s and have memories of growing up with ornaments just like these.  Of course, over the years the thin glass ornament walls didn't have a good relationship with the wood floors and many were broken.  We still have a few of the originals, which we treasure, but finding these just made both of us happy that we could get that vintage look again because of the availability of these new ornaments.

We found them in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors and can't wait for next year to put them on the Christmas tree farm's display tree.   Every customer that purchases a tree gets to select a new ornament to place on their fresh cut tree, and I have a feeling they will like them as much as we do.   They are magical!

Here is hoping your holiday season found magic as well!!  ; )

Off to the studio to mix paper mache clay!  Have a great week!


DellaRae said...

Do you make your own paper mache clay? I love your creations and they always make me happy.

The Hermits' Garden said...

Well I wasn't born until 1963 and I remember that style of ornament with great fondness. The ones you found are beautiful!

Monkey-Cats Studio said...

DellaRae...I was just using FastMache paper mache powdered mix until this year. I don't know what happened with the product, but it went from a consistent mixing lovely creamy clay to an unpredictable clay I no longer recommend. I have since been working on trying to make my own clays but have not settled on a mixture worth sharing that I don't do periodic battle with as well.

Jan...aren't they wonderful!! Love that they are making such nostalgic vintage style ornaments.

Chicken Lips said...

Great find Laurie!

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

Scrappy Jessi said...

Hey Doll
"Happy New Year!"
Have a Fab 2011!

mary helen said...

Hope you had a wonderful holiday and 2011 is filled with magical moments!

*retro-rudolphs* said...

Laurie, you sold me! After you posted the pics of these on Flickr I went on a Shiny Brite web search. Meijer was selling them for 3.74/box... too bad I couldn't buy any on their site. I did however find another source - though not as cheap and am getting several boxes of the "Cool Yule" ornies... can't wait for Christmas 2011.