Gardens sustain us with their delicious bounty of fruits, herbs and vegetables. They heal us with medicinal plants and inspire us by providing beautiful flowers. Honor your favorite gardener with this beautiful glass Garden Trowel ornament.
Sandals have been worn for millenniums! The Bible tells the story of Jesus wearing sandals as he roamed the earth. The oldest known sandals were found in Oregon and date back at least 10,000 years! They were made of sagebrush bark. Today s sandals are most likely much more comfortable!
The Chinese started wearing polish as early as 3000 B.C., with the colors reflecting one's social status (red for upper classes and nudes for common folk). In 1932, Revlon introduced their first nail color, inspired by automobile paint. With the advent of Technicolor, Rita Hayworth made red nails popular.
Tchaikovsky s famous ballet, The Nutcracker Suite, tells the story of Clara, who is given a nutcracker for Christmas. She falls asleep and dreams it has come to life. After a battle with the Mouse King, Clara and her Nutcracker Prince travel through a snowy forest to the magical Kingdom of Sweets where they meet the lovely Sugar Plum Fairy.
Celebrate the special talents of a favorite hair stylist with this beautiful glass ornament. It was carefully mouth-blown into a finely crafted mold. Then a hot solution of liquid silver was poured inside. Finally, the ornament was delicately hand-painted with many brightly colored lacquers and glitters for you to enjoy!
Go! Fight! Win! Cheerleaders bring energy, excitement and passion to sports for the fans and athletes alike. Cheerleading requires athletic ability for dances, stunts and jumps. This sport originated in the U.S. in the 1900s and is a strong asset of many sports today, including its own with competitions.
Golf has been a leisure sport since its creation in the 15th century. Golf is a game of love and hate. The smallest error can result in yards of mistakes. No matter how bad a swing is, any day on the golf course is better than a day in the office.
A silly sight, tiny feet inside bunny slippers warm toes and hearts. Pink bunny slippers have become a symbol of childhood memories. The soft fur of a rabbit is a natural selection to create slippers. Bunny slippers go the extra mile to make a child s feet look like bunnies.
The Spine Institute reported 72 percent of women wear high heel shoes at some point during their lives. The high heel shoe lifts the heel so that the leg appears longer and more slender. The glamorous red high heeled shoe is a staple for many fashionistas' closets.
Grandmas hold a special place in a child s heart. They joyfully shower love and attention and are notorious for spoiling. Grandmas have the joy of sharing love, playtime and life s milestones with their grandchildren without the burden of raising the child. What joy it is to be a grandma!
Snowlady is expecting a baby! It s a winter wonderland and she ll soon welcome a bundle of joy. Children are a gift from God and bring endless love to a family. Children of every species, human, snow and beyond bring fun and laughter to every life they touch.
The Girl Scouts program prepares girls to empower themselves and promote compassion, courage, confidence, character, leadership, entrepreneurship, and citizenship through a variety of activities. The scout uniform was especially designed to hide all differences of social standing and produce equality.
Scrapbooks tell stories of vacations, childhood, life achievements, weddings and more. The memories collected and preserved in a scrapbook can bring one back to the very moment a picture was taken. Scrapbooks go beyond photos and allow the designer to creatively tell a story within the page.
Go! Fight! Win! Cheerleaders have been supporting their favorite athletes and leading fans since 1898. Student, Johnny Campbell assembled a group of people to energize the team and the crowd in hopes of changing the team's losing streak. It worked and now cheerleading is a sport of its own!
Welcome to the garden. Gardening is good for the mind, body and soul. When walking through the garden gate, lovingly decorated with flowers, the weight of the world is left behind. Gardening is a labor of love
The phrase, "soccer mom" generally refers to a married, American, middle-class woman who lives in the suburbs and has school-age children. She is often busy or overburdened and driving a minivan or SUV and is frequently found cheering on her children at sporting events.
Looking for a Christmas theme this holiday season?
Christmas is all about themes, and it all starts with the Christmas ornaments. Whether It’s a traditional theme or something near and dear to your heart, choosing a theme with colors and Christmas ornaments is a great way to get into the holiday spirit. Your tree should be the center of your theme, then all other decorations should follow. Adding things like ribbon, flocking and lights are great additions and ways to show off those beautiful Christmas tree ornaments.
Deck the Halls with Pet Ornament Themes
Pets are a part of the family. Whether they have since past or are still spreading joy to the family, having an ornament that depicts them is a great way to symbolize them. We have a great selection of both cat Christmas ornaments and dog Christmas ornaments, as well as any other pets you might have in our animal ornament page.
Angels have been one of the classic toppers for many years, but they can also be great ornaments. These stoic guardians are perfect for any tree and we have a wide selection of colors and sizes to go with any color scheme you have going. Make an angel Christmas ornament a part of your tree this year.
Ornaments Can Go on More Than Just Christmas Trees
Christmas ornaments today are more than just for your tree. Snow globes are festive, and ornaments can be hung around the house. We have a great selection of ideas for other uses around the house, such as hanging them on hooks and stands or on wreaths. If you’re looking for more ideas on where to hang Christmas tree ornaments for the season or for all year round check out our post which details our top 6 ways to display Christmas ornaments all year.
Hanging Christmas Ornaments Throughout the House
When the tree is overflowing with hanging Christmas ornaments, ornaments hooks and stands are the next best thing. Whether it’s one Christmas ornament in particular you want to show off or a specific theme you’re going for you can use these to represent that perfectly. Christmas ornaments can also be hung year-round with these hooks and stands.
Holiday Snow Globes
It’s believed that snow globes were originally created as a replacement to paper weights. Today they have become perfect decorations found on mantels, tables, windowsills, desks and anywhere else they can be admired. They also make great gifts and collectibles. Check out our selection and add a beautiful, new addition to your decorations.
The History of Christmas Ornaments
In a tiny village tucked away in the mountains of central Germany, the Christmas ornaments we admire today were born. The town of Lauscha, Germany was famously known in the late 16th century for their specialty glassworks, including bowls, beads, drinkware and glass eyes. Around German Europe, families would decorate their Christmas trees with nuts, fruits and tinsel and apples (to represent the forbidden fruit discussed in the Bible), but this tradition was too costly for some lower class families. In 1847, a direct descendant of Lauscha’s first glass maker, Hans Greiner had an epiphany: create Christmas tree decorations that last beyond one Christmas. He went to work creating Christmas ornaments, or Baubels, in the shape of fruits, nuts and other simple designs. Soon the idea to decorate the Christmas tree with these hand-blown glass Christmas ornaments would spread like wildfire and start a worldwide tradition that continues on to this day.
Christmas ornaments today have taken on shapes, sizes, colors and designs that would leave Hans Greiner speechless. What’s most impressive, though, is that Christmas ornaments are made in the same way now as they were in 1847, like the Christmas ornaments from Old World Christmas. We’ve taken the time to understand how traditional Christmas ornaments are made, and strive to create the most beautiful, handmade, mouth-blown Christmas ornaments for our loyal customers to cherish and pass down for years to come.
Using heat from a flame, clear glass cylinders with a long blow-pipe are turned consistently, evenly heating the glass. As the glass heats, it softens and glows. This glow tells us when it’s ready to expand and take the shape of the chosen mold. Once the entire bubbled end is glowing and hot, the glass maker blows into the long tube, using air to fill the end of the glass bubble and expanding it into the chosen mold. In order to prevent shattering, the glass maker gradually lowers the temperature to a less intense flame. The newly shaped glass is added to the annealer, (oven for ornaments) to cool. Then, a silvering solution is poured into the Christmas ornament’s stem and the entire thing is dipped into warm water, activating the silvering chemicals for a mirror-like finish of the Christmas ornament.
Once this is complete, the Christmas ornaments are dipped in lacquer for color and hand painted to accentuate their unique characteristics. The painter will then make an incision on the stem, snap it off, and cover the top with a cap. Now the Christmas ornament is complete and ready for its new owner.
Autumn is officially here. It is a time of cool mornings, sunny and warm afternoons, sweaters and homemade soups. Gardens are overflowing with pumpkins, tomatoes, potatoes and greens. This year we think a harvest tree preceding the Christmas tree filled with fruit and veggie ornaments would be seasonal, and a beautiful fall decoration.
Visions of sugar plums danced in my head as I nestled back into my cozy seat, and in a flash the train was off. Reflecting on my trip while munching on the second pretzel I was amazed with my unexpected trip wondering how I’d describe my trip. If only I had a memento. I carefully unwrapped my early Christmas present from the hands of the man himself to discover delightful replicas of each place I visited. Knowing I’d set it up each Christmas, as a magical visual of an incredible trip, I was thankful for the story to go with it.
Whether it’s an ornament on your tree or an edible gingerbread house on your counter, Old World Christmas believes gingerbread houses are a beautiful, memorable and creative activity for the Christmas season.
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