Friday, March 24, 2017

2017 DREAM BOOK COVER REVEALED!

Keepsake Ornament fans have had a blast following the online reveals of ornaments show on the cover of the 2017 Dream Book thanks to Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments on Facebook and Keepsake Community.  The last ornament has finally been revealed so here's the complete cover in all its glory: 
Last we heard Hallmark's in-store Dream Books were expected to ship out on April 17th. Although there hasn't been any official word regarding when the special KOC member version of the 2017 Dream Books would be shipped, it only makes sense that KOC member Dream Books would be shipping out before the in-store versions, so it should be very, very soon! Super exciting! Can't wait!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

SAVE THE DATE! EARLY-OPEN DREAM BOOK REVEAL 5/6/17

Woohoo! The Hawaii Keepsake Collectors Club will be meeting to celebrate Hallmark's Dream Book Reveal, formerly known as Hallmark's Dream Book Party, on Saturday May 6, 2017! We're not exactly sure why Hallmark removed Dream Book Party events from their annual event line up, but we recently learned that not all Hallmark stores hold Dream Book Parties to celebrate the annual Dream Book reveal.

Thanks to Hallmark Hawaii, our members can look forward to sharing the excitement of the 2017 Dream Book Reveal with fellow collectors, and to winning prizes and getting our Wish Lists turned in early! First on the list means first in line to score Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments that will be in high demand this year. Early-open times will be announced at a later date so stay tuned for further details!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

GREAT SERIES RESOURCES FROM HALLMARK

UPDATE: Here are eleven Keepsake Ornament series pictorial pdf's from Hallmark in alphabetical order -- we just added Mary's Angels!  Scroll down on each series window to see their subsequent pages.

BEAUTY OF BIRDS (Artist: Edythe Kegrize)


CHRISTMAS WINDOWS (Artists: Ken Crow - 1st;  Nina Aube & Tammy Haddix on rotating basis)

COOKIE CUTTER CHRISTMAS (Artist: Nina Aube )

FAIRY MESSENGERS (Artist: Kristina Kline-Gaughran)

FATHER CHRISTMAS (Artist: Joanne Eschrich)

HAPPY HALLOWEEN (Artist: Anita Marra Rogers)


MAKING MEMORIES (Artist: Tammy Haddix)

MARY'S ANGELS (Artists: Mary Hamilton & Robert Chad)

SANTA'S SWEET RIDE (Artist: Tammy Haddix)

SEASON'S TREATINGS (Artist: Sharon Visker)

SNOWBALL AND TUXEDO (Artist: Joanne Eschrich)
 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

CLUB WILL SUPPORT SHRINERS HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN

This February our members voted on which charity we'd support in 2017 and Shriners Hospital for Children garnered the majority vote.  We've put in a call to the local Shriners Hospital and when we get a call back we'll be discussing volunteer opportunities; whether donations of toys, clothing, or other items are needed; and the possibility of hosting an event.  In the meantime, there are several other ways our club members and the general public can help support Shriners Hospital for Children:

Make a Donation Today http://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/en/donate
Gifts can be made in honor or memory of a loved one, and can be made as a one-time donation or on a sustaining basis.

Make a gift online now using your credit card or PayPal account.
https://secure2.convio.net/shfc/site/Donation2;?df_id=8457&8457.donation=form1
Give by phone:
(844) 739-0849

Donate by mail:
Office of Development
Shriners Hospitals for Children®
2900 Rocky Point Dr.
Tampa, FL 33607
Printable donation form - http://shfc.convio.net/site/DocServer/Internet_form_0411.pdf?docID=4381

Planned Giving Opportunities
http://shfc.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=give_planned_giving_overview
Learn more about how to give through bequests, charitable remainder trusts, annuities, and other planned giving vehicles.

Appreciated Assets
http://shfc.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=give_AppreciatedAssets
Make a gift of securities, real estate, or other appreciated assets.

Donations of airline miles
Contact the airline directly to learn more about its procedures for donating miles to Shriners Hospitals for Children®.

Shop for LOVE
Now you can send Love to the rescue® while you shop online! https://www.lovetotherescue.org/
Surprise your friends and family with extraordinary gifts and play a part in helping us provide life-changing care to children through the healing power of love. Shop now at some of these great partners:
Cherry Moon Farms®
Personal Creations™
ProFlowers®
ProPlants™
Shari’s Berries™
Vermont Teddy Bear®


We'll post more info as it becomes available!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

PET PHOTO HOLDER ORNAMENT CONTEST WINNERS

Almost every year since 1992, Hallmark has released cute dog and cat photo holder Keepsake Ornaments for proud pet owners. In recent years Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments' Facebook page has held contests for the cat and dog whose photos would be featured on the "face paper" of these ornaments during the following year.  It's always fun to see the diversity of cute entries that are posted in these annual contests.


The 2016 winners for Hallmark's 2017 dog and cat ornaments are Luca and Messi:
Luca
Messi
 












And this year's winners are Teddy and Tigger! These cute pet photos will be used as the face paper for Hallmark's 2018 dog and cat photo holder ornaments:
Teddy
Tigger

If you're thinking about entering your dog or cat in the next contests at the beginning of 2018, keep in mind that the quality of your pet's photo matters!  Hallmark does not send a photographer out to do photo sessions with the winning pets for these ornaments, so a nice headshot or body shot with good lighting and no goofy costumes or cluttered backgrounds seem to work best for entries.  Here are some great tips on how to photography your dog (also applicable to cats) from Hallmark photographer Kevin Hosley:

 

LIVE CHAT WITH KEN CROW ON FEBRUARY 28, 2017!

Chat LIVE with Hallmark Master Artist Ken Crow on Tuesday, February 28 at 10:00 a.m. Hawaii time (2 p.m. CST) on Facebook!
  
The Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments Facebook Team  arranges live chats to give fans like us an opportunity to connect with Hallmark Keepsake Artists. The live chat will take place directly on Hallmark's Keepsake Ornaments Facebook page. Our local club members love Ken Crow and had a chance to connect with him in person while he was here in Hawai'i for the in-store artist signing we won in 2016:

http://explore.hallmark.com/keepsake-ornaments/artists/ken-crow/ornament-list/ <For a PDF LIST of all the Hallmark ornaments Ken Crow has designed, click on the 2017 Santa's Christmas Clock shown at left.
 
This live chat is a great opportunity for Hallmark Keepsake Ornament collectors to express our aloha to Ken and to ask questions about his work! 


Saturday, February 18, 2017

MORE 2017 KEEPSAKE ORNAMENT SNEAK PEEKS

Thanks to Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments on Facebook, collectors have been treated to weekly sneak peeks of Hallmark's upcoming 2017 Keepsake ornaments. Click on the link to visit their awesome Facebook page and don't forget to LIKE it and follow so that you won't miss out on future reveals!  Check out these nine recent sneak peeks:

Monday, February 6, 2017

90% OFF 2016 KEEPSAKE ORNAMENTS AT HALLMARK HAWAII STORES = EASY TO KOKUA!

Starting Tuesday, February 7, 2017, all 2016 Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments will be 90% Off at Hallmark Hawaii Stores throughout the islands! 

This also means that for just a few dollars you can purchase & donate Keepsake Ornaments to help create very special Christmas trees for the families & children at the Next Step Shelter.

Check out our club's donation drive boxes at all three Amy's Hallmark stores on Oahu where we'll be collecting Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments for this great cause!
 
Managed by the Waikiki Health Center, the Next Step Shelter is a large warehouse space that accommodates up to 200 people from diverse backgrounds, about one-third of whom are usually children. There are separate sections for families, couples, and singles. The shelter is open 24 hours a day, every day. The shelter is located on Forrest Avenue, near Kaka’ako Beach Park and adjacent to the UH Medical School. To learn more about the Next Step Shelter visit: https://waikikihc.org/locations/nextstep/

Monday, January 23, 2017

ALOHA TO HALLMARK MASTER ARTIST MARY HAMILTON

The Hawaii Keepsake Collectors Club bids a fond aloha to beloved Hallmark Master Artist, Mary Hamilton, who passed away last week.

Read Mary Hamilton's bio and see a list of the Keepsake Ornaments she designed at:

Visit Hallmark's Think.Make.Share. blog to read a tribute to Mary and to see some great photos of her and her work at http://www.thinkmakeshareblog.com/hallmark-master-artist-mary-hamilton/.   

Think.Make.Share. also has a great post about Mary's 60th Hallmark anniversary at: http://www.thinkmakeshareblog.com/artist-mary-hamilton/.
 



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

PRODUCTS AT "WELCOME TO KEEPSAKE VILLAGE"

Check out Hallmark's Keepsake Ornament Club's Convention events product shop at http://kocevent.com/Product-Shop.html to see the awesome collection of special ornaments that will be available at "Welcome to Keepsake Village".  Here are photos of three of the 2017 convention ornaments:
KOC Convention ornaments will be available as a bundled pre-purchase package to be picked up on-site at the event ($334.06), or they can be purchased individually at the event. 

Be aware that the only way to get your hands on KOC convention ornaments is to be a registered convention-goer who attends the Welcome to Keepsake Village convention in person, or to purchase them from someone who attends the KOC convention. (Another possible option is to purchase convention ornaments on Ebay or from other secondary sellers for big bucks!).

Saturday, January 7, 2017

SNEAK PEEKS FOR 2017

 During the first week of this new year, Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments on Facebook shared three great sneak peeks of ornaments due to be released in 2017:

https://muppet-stuff.blogspot.com/2016/12/sneak-peak-2017-hallmark-keepsake.html
https://muppet-stuff.blogspot.com/2016/12/sneak-peak-2017-hallmark-keepsake.html
 Hawaii Keepsake Collectors Club members can check out our secret 2017 Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments board on Pinterest where we have these and 109 other sneak peeks posted! Non-club members can follow us on Pinterest and view 22 of our"non-secret" boards with over 2,000 inspiring photos.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

ALALA SOON TO BE RELEASED!

The Hawaii Keepsake Collectors Club is a proud supporter of the Alalā Project, so we're excited to share this video from the DLNR of one of  five male birds scheduled to be released feeding in a field aviary. The five male birds have spent the last month and a half in a flight conditioning aviary, deep in the Pu'u Maka'ala Natural Area Reserve. The birds are "getting their wings" and are being outfitted with tiny transmitters to allow researchers to track their movements.  It’s anticipated that the release will be scheduled within the next few weeks.

'Alala Community Celebration from Hawaii DLNR on Vimeo.

Monday, December 5, 2016

CHRISTMAS DECORATING THEMES

Hallmark and Community!
Will Brown shares his method to help you pick a theme for your Christmas tree and home décor that will inspire your holiday decorating. 

Monday, November 28, 2016

WE'RE WRAPPING GIFTS FOR CHARITY!

GET YOUR GIFTS WRAPPED BY OUR CLUB
 THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2016,
AT AMY'S HALLMARK ALA MOANA CENTER!

This Saturday, during Hallmark's Gift of Memories weekend,  our club members  will be at Amy's Hallmark Ala Moana Center wrapping gifts for donations to benefit the American Cancer Society in memory of our fellow member Cheryl T.  Our volunteers will gladly wrap any and all gifts purchased from any store, the only requirements is that you buy the gift wrap, gift tags etc... at Amy's Hallmark Ala Moana.  

We'll also have Tippity-Tap Soldier ornaments available to embellish your gifts ($4 additional donation).  Those who don't use our club's gift wrapping service can still get a Tippity-Tap Soldier for a $7 donation. 

Mahalo nui to our wonderful club members who've volunteered to give of their time to support this great cause during the busy holiday season!

DECKING THE HALLS & BRINGING JOY TO THE SMALLS

The Hawaii Keepsake Collectors Club ohana can be proud of the wonderful outreach that took place at the Next Step Shelter this past Sunday! A special mahalo to Debbie C. for setting this up and to Kapua Tani for allowing our club the honor of coming to the shelter to "Deck the Halls and Bring Joy to the Smalls".

Team DECK THE HALLS set up and decorated two Christmas trees, first putting Christmas lights on the fresh tree (the artificial tree was pre-lit) and decorating both trees with gorgeous shatterproof balls. Then we embellished the fresh tree with Hallmark ornaments that had red ribbons on them.  (The kids at the shelter decorated the other tree with the handmade ornaments they made with Team Joy to the Smalls).  When Santa comes to the shelter for his visit on December 2, 2016, he'll tell each child that he or she can go to the tree and choose a red-ribbon Hallmark ornament to keep for himself/herself. 
TEAM JOY TO THE SMALLS arrived dressed as Disney princesses and other cute characters!  They spent time with the approximately twenty-five children at the shelter helping them craft wooden reindeer and other Christmas ornaments, playing games, reading Christmas stories to them (the four brand new hard cover books brought for reading to the children were donated to the shelter afterwards) and singing Christmas carols.  Each child received a Christmas carol songbook/coloring book and an 8-Pack of Crayola crayons, along with a delicious little candy cane.  Juggler extraordinaire, Noah Moore, appeared at the shelter as a surprise guest and amazed the kids, their parents and club volunteers alike.  And finally, the children decorating the “kid's tree” with their cute handmade ornaments. 

Mahalo to all our club ohana who donated ornaments and monies to go toward this effort, and to those who spent their Sunday after Thanksgiving at the shelter to be a blessing to others.  Mahalo Debbie & Tony R., Cindy A., Sue S. Terri K., Debbie C., Gayle O., Laura C., Cynthia S. Gail M., Deb S., Lynette T., Dolores T., Janet N., Rachel F., Lenore K. Faith M., Sheila A., Sue O., Jeannie H., Myrna P., Amelia D., Gay Y., Denise C., Kaleena W.,  Van L., Faith K., Diana S., Mark A., Aja K.,  Judah A., Laila, Lisa, Shain, Noah and Serendipity!   

Cases of personal size shampoo and soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, disposable razors and dental floss packets were also donated directly to the shelter on behalf of our club. The children and families had a wonderful time and so did all of our awesome volunteers! 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

HALLMARK'S NOVEMBER & DECEMBER EVENTS

Keepsake Ornament collectors are gearing up for Hallmark's Holiday Open House and Gift of Memories events.  Collectors across the U.S. are receiving their Holiday Open House VIP event invitations in the mail this week! New ornament releases, special offers, lots of great gifts, gift wrap and holiday cards are sure to help make your holidays merry and bright!

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE & VIP EVENT - November 11-13
Hallmark will be releasing six ornaments in November 2016. Click on the photos below to see details and prices: 

  Above: Keepsake Ornament Club Exclusive

              

Special Offers for Holiday Open House:
Click to see these special offers on Hallmark.com











GIFT OF MEMORIES WEEKEND: December 2-4
Thirteen ornaments will be released by Hallmark in December 2016. Click on the photos below to see details and prices: 












Gift of Memories Weekend Exclusive Offers: 
Milestones and Memories Ornament Storage Box
$9.95 with purchase of any 3 Keepsake Ornaments
(Regularly $14.95)


  Happy Ho-Ho-Holidays
$5.95 with any Keepsake Ornament purchase
(Regularly $12.95)