Anita: “I was inspired to do a Boston Terrier by the many requests I have gotten over the years from fans of the series. Boston Terriers have always been a popular breed, so their time had finally come.” Turns out, all of YOU had an impact on Anita’s inspiration for the 31st in the Puppy Love series!
Anita: “The particular puppy that inspired this ornament is named ‘Darwin’ who is the granddoggie to a good friend of mine. Since then, I have become aware of another pup named ‘Combat!’ who looks just like this and belongs to another good friend of mine.” It’s always so fun hearing the personal connections Anita has with her Puppy Love designs!
Anita: “I designed my original sculpt in wax and added the usual red ribbon and brass tag with the year date. I also added flocking to the stocking (haha, that rhymes!) to give it a softer look and feel.”
Anita also added, “some Boston Terriers have a dot in the middle of the white blaze on their foreheads called a Haggerty spot, although some people call it an Angel Kiss, so I gave this pup the angel kiss for good measure. ” How cute!
We can’t wait for you to see Anita’s adorable Boston Terrier ornament when it releases at Ornament Premiere in July!
When the Keepsake Studio brainstorms new ideas for ornaments, the same thought is always shared: “How great would it be to tell the story between two characters?” From this thinking, the studio creates limited-quantity companion ornaments.
Father Christmas 18th in the series.
Father Christmas’s Reindeer Special Edition
Father Christmas’s Reindeer – Welcome the wonder of the season with this regal reindeer which carries an ornate starfish-themed fabric saddle blanket that’s trimmed with white faux fur and adorned with ribbon and glitter accents.
Cookie Cutter Christmas 1oth in the series.
Cookie Cutter Christmas, 10th Anniversary – Join the beloved little mouse wearing a party hat–in celebrating 10 years of holiday fun with the Cookie Cutter Christmas series–as he and his friend put the finishing touches on the grand cake, complete with a glittery milestone topper, that sits before them.
Ten Sweet Years Cookie Cutter Mouse Special Edition
12th in the series.
Sweet Reindeer Treat Christmas Cupcakes
Sweet Reindeer Treat – Make the holidays a little sweeter—and just a little salty—with this beloved Christmas Cupcakes series complement. This faux cupcake features a chocolatey reindeer face with pretzel antlers topped with glittery salt accents, and a red scarf.
Evening Grosbeak The Beauty of Birds 17th in the series.
Lady Evening Grosbeak – Add nature’s splendor to your holiday celebrations with this lovely Lady Evening Grosbeak. Gem details and metallic gold embellishments pair with a dangling conifer branch and pine cone charm.
Lady Evening Grosbeak Special Edition
All Decked Out
Spotlight on Snoopy
24th in the series.
All Tangled Up The PEANUTS® Gang
All Tangled Up – Charlie Brown has a hard time finding anything about the holidays easy. Relate with him as he struggles to untangle Christmas lights.
Lebron James and Bugs Bunny™ Space Jam: A New Legacy™
Marvin the Martian – Be part of the epic adventure as the once extraterrestrial referee joins the Tune Squad to take on the Goons.
Marvin the Martian™ Space Jam: A New Legacy™
Sonic and Tails Sonic the Hedgehog™
Knuckles Sonic the Hedgehog™
Knuckles – Join Sonic the Hedgehog’s red echidna friend as he grasps a power-boosting gold ring with one spiked hand while the other reaches out, ready to protect the Master Emerald.
“All of the critters in this stocking are pets I’ve personally known and loved. The bird is my beloved cockatiel Opie, who lived to the ripe old age of 25. The hamster is Wiley, a friendly little hammie I had in college. The dog was inspired by my sister’s feisty schnauzer, Russell. The kitten has the same sweet face as my niece’s cat, Nala. And as a child, I had a bunny named Thumper that looked just like the bunny in the stocking!”
Nina Aubé’s family didn’t have a fireplace mantel when she was growing up but that didn’t stop them from hanging Christmas stockings. They simply improvised and hung them on their buffet drawer handles! So, creating this first in the Stocking Stuffers series brought back great memories for Nina.
“Upon awakening at the crack of dawn, it was tradition for my two sisters and me to make a beeline for our stockings. We’d immediately start gobbling up the candy inside. There was always a small gift in each stocking, in my case usually a small animal figurine or doll. I adored tiny toys and objects and still do, so perhaps that inspired me to put cute little animals in this ornament. Plus, I love animals, of course!”
Nina hopes the personal connections that inspired her design of this ornament will bring you fond memories of your own traditions that you’ll share those memories with loved ones.
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Stocking Stuffers 2nd in the series.
You can look forward to a different Keepsake artist creating a new Stocking Stuffers ornament for this series every year, adding to the meaning and memories behind each design. Anita Marra Rogers will bring you the second in the series in 2022.
Duke of Winter Noble Nutcrackers 3rd in the series
Terri Steiger has always loved snow. Growing up in Cleveland, she remembers sitting by the window outside the bedroom just waiting for the snow to begin.
“I would get so excited to see the first flakes! I looked forward to walking to school in the snow and remember my red mittens having frozen clumps of snow on them and my fingers being numb from the cold. But that didn’t stop my siblings and me from playing in the snow for hours. I would catch snowflakes and wish they would never melt because they were so pretty.”
That love of snow was the perfect inspiration for the third in her Noble Nutcrackers series, the Duke of Winter. Terry says, “I wanted to portray him as king of all things icy, frosty and snowy, as my homage to my favorite part of the season.”
She also became intrigued by nutcrackers when she visited a German gift shop while in college. “I would go in there and look at all the nutcrackers, and I was fascinated by them. I bought one, which was a stretch on my art students budget, but I was drawn to the design and quality of the wooden guy.”
For Terry, this design is all about wonder.
“I hope you’ll like the icy, glittery feel of the nutcracker. I wanted the dense glitter around the shoulders to look like snow falling and the design to give a nod to the beauty and intricacy of each snowflake. My hope is that his crowd will capture that moment in time for you when a single snowflake can evoke a sense of amazement.”
It’s a feeling that Terry still anticipates each winter as she waits for the first magical snowflakes to fall.
Introducing Gregor Benedetti’s new series, Gnome for Christmas! Featuring playful pals good Gnaughty and Gnice, the series highlights their mischievous antics and festive fun.
“My initial inspiration was to come up with my own unique brand of good storytelling with a little humor sprinkled in. These two characters celebrate Christmas in different but complementary ways. And although all their future festive misadventures, at the end of the day they’ll always know how to sit back, relax and have a good laugh just like all the best, odd couples.”
Gregor also credits members of the Keepsake Ornament Club for inspiring him. “I had my first opportunity to meet the amazing Keepsake fans at the 2019 KOC Convention. Chatting with them and seeing their passion for ornaments influenced me greatly!”
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Gnome for Christmas 2nd in the series.
Here’s a little sneak peek at Gregor’s second ornament in the series, available in 2022.
“It’s my love letter to the fans and club members that I met at the Keepsake event. And keep a look out because coming up with new ideas for this series will be mostly inspired by you in years to come!”
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