Wednesday, September 30, 2009

October Marie Osmond Dolls

We have heard from Charisma Brands, distributor of Marie Osmond Dolls, that Marie Osmond will be debuting her October 2009 Collection of dolls on QVC on October 26th. As always is the case, we plan on being sure to watch.

There are 4 dolls from this October Collection that we are sure will be popular with Marie Osmond Doll collectors.

They are:

1. Baby Tiny who comes dressed in layers of pastel pink tulle and crystal-embellished floral accents. She has been sculpted by Karen Scott for Marie Osmond Dolls.

2. Scarlet is dressed in a scarlet red dress with white faux pearls and coordinated hair bow. She truly looks like she could easily become a Christmas holiday doll to display during the holidays. Scarlet was sculpted by Kathy Smith.

3. Mimi, sculpted by the very popular JoAnn Pohlman, comes dressed in a black and white toile dress with bright red ruffled detailing. Incidentally, Mimi’s dress was inspired by Marie’s love of Paris and she is as petite and beautiful as her name.

4. Harmony - What Child is This is a musical doll costumed in a black embroidered chiffon with scalloped edging over a deep red and blue iridescent taffeta and coordinated headband. She plays "What Child is This" and was sculpted by Karen Scott. Harmony will be the third in the Harmony doll series. (She is pictured above).

As usual, we will match QVC pricing on all of these incredible Marie Osmond Dolls.

Quote of the Day - "Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don't." - Pete Seeger

Friday, September 25, 2009

Retailer Exclusive Katelyn Rose Marie Osmond Doll

Katelyn Rose, sculpted by Beverly Stoehr for Marie Osmond Dolls, has arrived at Beacons Glow Collectibles. This incredibly cute 13-inch seated porcelain doll is a Retailer Exclusive and comes from a very limited edition size of only 75 pieces.

Katelyn Rose comes beautifully costumed in a sheer organza dress with tiered layers and over-stitched hemline. Burgundy ribbon rosette flowers adorn the layers, bodice and coordinating headband.

She comes from Marie Osmond Dolls 'Toddler' Collection and is hallmarked on the back of her neck with Marie's classic signature and is hand-numbered.

We have been allocated only one of these dolls and her edition number is 11.

Quote of the Day - "Genius without education is like silver in the mine." - Benjamin Franklin

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Margarete Steiff Felt Doll by Steiff EAN 421082 is Incredible

Margarete Steiff Felt Doll by Steiff Bears EAN 421082 arrived today and this set is quite amazing. By the way, this Steiff creation honors the 100th anniversary of Margarete's death and even to this day she still remains known to many as the 'Mother of all Teddy bears and toy animals'.

Designed from original photos of Margarete Steiff from the Steiff archives, this incredible 11-inch wool felt doll with a center seam wears a subdued dress made of luxurious black wool with a black satin blouse adorned with a brooch with burgundy stone. She also wears a fine lace underskirt and a pair of black nappa leather boots. Each face of Margarete Steiff is painted by hand and individually designed. Her eyes are glass and the black metal wheelchair that is included with this set has been painstakingly reproduced after the original.

Margarete Steiff Felt Doll by Steiff EAN 421082 holds in her lap a wonderful 3-1/2 inch white mohair teddy bear. Both pieces come with Steiff Bears famous 'Button in Ear' tag that have the initials 'MS' that is reserved exclusively for the Margarete Steiff Editions only. Comes from a limited edition of only 750 pieces worldwide during the year 2009.

A priceless addition to any Steiff Bear collector.

Quote of the Day - "The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows." - Sydney J. Harris

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Fall 2009 Charlie Bears Sneak Peek

We here at Beacons Glow Collectibles were very pleased to receive a CD from Charlie Bears containing images of the brand new Fall 2009 Plush and Isabelle Collection.

We have been notified by Charlie Bears that the new Autumn 2009 Plush and Mohair collections will be arriving late September until mid-December. These bears will be arriving from the Charlie Bears UK Bearhouse and we expect that the plush bears will arrive first with the mohair Isabelle bears trickling in after that time.

We would like to gradually give you a sneak peek of some of these bears in this new collection.

Pictured above is Manfred who is a 18-inch jointed plush teddy bear who is sure to steal your heart.

Please stay tuned for additional Charlie Bear information.

Quote of the Day - "A good education is the next best thing to a pushy mother." - Charles Schulz

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Boyds Bears Christmas Bear 'Kristopher Nickebeary with Teddy' 4014609

Boyds Bears Holiday 2009 Limited Edition bear is guaranteed to put folks in the holiday spirit! 'Kristopher Nickebeary with Teddy' comes from a limited edition of only 2500 pieces and stands an incredible 19 inches. This limited edition set includes Kristopher Nicklebeary who wears a quilted patchwork jacket with blended plush trim and gold accents, Christmas red velour pants, and faux leather shoes. He holds an embroidered 'Who's Been Good' list in one bear paw, and a 6-inch Boyds bear named 'Teddy' in the other bear paw.

Clyde, a wooden, hand-crafted rocking horse with brown yarn strands accenting his mane and tail measures 15-1/2 inches long by 15-1/2 inches high.

A bounty of Christmas gifts surrounds the base accented with evergreen sprigs and berry attachments.

A true heirloom Boyds Bears Christmas collectible that can be passed down for generations to come.

Quote of the Day - "I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that he didn't trust me so much." - Mother Theresa

Monday, September 14, 2009

Madame Alexander History of Fashion Dolls

Madame Alexander Dolls has introduced four stunning 16-inch dolls this year from their 'History of Fashion' Collection. Each doll comes from a limited edition of only 300 pieces.

These four dolls include:

1. Nephratiti who comes dressed in a dramatic floor-length flowing white dress with bead embellishments on the collar. Nephratiti's accessories includes bracelets, earrings, and a dramatic headpiece that so exemplifies the grandeur of Nephratiti.

2. Elizabeth I wears a dramatic floor-length gown embellished with white polka dots and frilly sleeves and collar. Elizabeth I accessories includes a rose, earrings, and white tulle veil.

3. Ann Boleyn wears a dramatic floor-length deep purple and tapestry gown. Ann Boleyn accessories includes a pearl necklace, and dramatic headpiece.

4. And last but not least, Marie Antionette wears a dramatic floor-length pink satin gown embellished with rosettes. Marie Antoinette accessories includes pearl earrings and a pretty headpiece.

Each of these dolls wear a very detailed and intricately designed outfit that Madame Alexander Dolls is known round the world for. Each doll would make a wonderful addition to any doll collection.

Quote of the Day - "Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or to lose." - Lyndon B. Johnson

Saturday, September 12, 2009

A Great Idea for your Bear or Doll Collection

We received in an excellent suggestion from a customer the other day. It seems that this individual was responsible for selling a doll collection after their partner had passed away. It was very frustrating because all of the doll boxes had been saved with each respective certificate of authenticity inside, but the doll could not be matched up with the box. This was because there was no name on the doll itself.

We always recommend that both doll and bear collectors save the original boxes when possible but we would like to add this individual's very helpful suggestion. Either photograph or print out an image of the doll or bear before putting their box into storage. This will mitigate any issues in the future with finding the right doll or bear for the right box. What an excellent idea!

Quote of the Day - "Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together." - Vincent Van Gogh

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A History of Snowbabies

Do you know where Snowbabies originated? One theory dates back to 1893 when polar explorer Admiral Robert Peary was living in Greenland at the time. During this period of time, his newborn daughter Marie was called Ah-poo-Mic-kaninny, meaning "snowbaby" by the Eskimos, due to her snow-white skin. The second theory traces Snow Babies to sometime in the late 19th century Germany when "sugar dolls" were a favorite confectionery decoration.

Several snow baby collectors are familiar with antique German snowbabies or Japanese snowbabies. Snowbabies figurines date back to the very early 1900’s. Right around the beginning of 1905, German artisans carefully painted each snowbabie by hand. Japan also began to produce snowbabies just before World War II, but they were of a lesser quality than those made in Germany.

Today the very popular Snowbabies by Department 56 are in high demand by collectors. Kristi Jensen Pierro, designer of Snowbabies, has been drawing Snowbabies for the past 22 years. She gets her inspiration for these whimsical characters from the activities of small children.

Manufactured by Department 56, these charming porcelain bisque collectibles have been meticulously crafted with hand-painted faces and hand-applied frosty bisque crystals.

Quote of the Day - "One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things." - Henry Miller

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Snowbabies Have Arrived!

Beacons Glow Collectibles is now an authorized retailer of Snowbabies by Department 56. These very popular bisque porcelain figurines convey an endearing personality to the sweet simplicity of childhood, and are just adorable. These charming Snowbabies have been meticulously crafted with hand-painted faces and hand-applied frosty bisque crystals.

Designer of Snowbabies by Department 56, Kristi Jensen Pierro, has been drawing Snowbabies for the past 22 years. The creation of a Snowbabie includes making a draft sketch which is transformed into an actual illustration. Kristi then makes a scale drawing to include each aspect of a Snowbabie - side, top, and bottom. And, of course, she then adds little touches along the way that ultimately makes each Snowbabie collectible irresistible – whether it be a waterglobe, a figurine, an ornament or a musical piece. Currently Kristi is Executive Director of Product Design and Department 56 artist. Kristi gets her inspiration for these incredibly whimsical figurines from her life experiences, photos and stories. Her Snowbabies creations have always reflected the activities of small children.

Quote of the Day - "I used my imagination to make the grass whatever color I wanted it to be." - Whoopi Goldberg