Monday, August 29, 2011

Specials at Beacon's Glow Collectibles

We here at Beacon's Glow Collectibles have decided to change our "Monthly Specials" into just "Specials". Since we have so many more capabilities since our new site went live, we decided to take advantage of some of these bells and whistles, so to speak.

So, to access our Specials page, just click on the Specials link located within the top navigation bar on any page of the site.

Then if you are interested in the latest specials that have been added, select "Newest" from the drop-down "Sort By:" area. (This same method will also assist you in tracking down new products that have been added to the site in the last 30 days).

And, as always, please do not hesitate to contact us should you need any additional assistance.

Quote of the Day - "If you know you want it, have it." - Gita Bellin

Friday, August 26, 2011

Brenda's Reborn Nursery - Now a Member of Top 100 Reborn Artist Sites

Brenda's Reborn Nursery is proud to announce that she is now a member of the "Top Reborn Artist Sites".

To view this reborn artist site, as well as others, just click on the adorable banner below:

Top 100 Reborn Artists Sites

For those of you that were not aware, Brenda, Owner of Beacon's Glow Collectibles, started reborning baby dolls about 16 months ago and just loves her latest hobby. She has created 16 reborn dolls to date and plans on many more.

Quote of the Day -"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something." - Plato

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Jim Shore Figurines Lodge Holiday Collection

Jim Shore continues to amaze us with his holiday creations. We don't know if you got to see him today on QVC but as always, he introduced some wonderful Christmas figurines.

We did not see Jim's Lodge Collection on today's show but thought it definitely worthy to give a sneak peek as these items will most probably sell out quickly.

Each Lodge figurine is made of stone resin to resemble hand-carved wood but what makes these figurines even more special, as well as unique, is that they look like they were hand-carved from a tree trunk and part of that tree bark is still visible. So sorry as we are having a bit of trouble trying to explain these Jim Shore Figurines.

Anyway, hopefully the attached image of the Lodge Snowman Welcome Pinecone 4024282 will help to display what we are trying to explain.

There are 9 items in Jim Shore's Lodge Collection:

Lodge Santa with Cardinal Jim Shore Figurine 4024279

Lodge Santa with Garland Jim Shore Figurine 4024280

Lodge Snowman with Tree Jim Shore Figurine 4024281

Lodge Snowman Welcome Pinecone Jim Shore Figurine 4024282 (pictured above)

Lodge Reindeer Jim Shore Figurine 4024283

Lodge Reindeer Prancing Jim Shore Figurine 4024284

Lodge Sleight Jim Shore Figurine 4024845

Lodge Woodsy Waterball Jim Shore Figurine 4024795

Lodge Cardinal Candleholder Jim Shore Figurine 4024797

To easily find these on the Beacon's Glow Collectibles website, just type in Lodge in the Search box at the top of the homepage (or any other page within the site).

Quote of the Day - "Memory... is the diary that we all carry about with us." - Oscar Wilde

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

August 2011 Masterpiece Dolls Are In!

We just received in the latest (and greatest) collection of Masterpiece Dolls and what a collection!

Dolls in this shipment include:
1. Princess and the Frog (pictured left)
2. Annecke
3. Tamiko
4. Mia
5. Molly
6. Alice in Wonderland (Wunderland)
7. Autumn
8. Polly
9. Amelia
10. Jeremy

UPS Freight just delivered them and we haven't even had a chance to open boxes yet, but that will be shortly. We can't wait to share our opinion of them with you. . . thank you for your continued support and business.

Quote of the Day - "You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you." - Dale Carnegie

Friday, August 19, 2011

Wizard of Oz Snowbabies Back in Stock

Back in stock - the adorable 3-inch Snowbabies Wizard of Oz characters. They include the following:

You're A Good Witch
You're A Bad Witch
No Place Like Home, Toto
You're So Smart, Baby
You're So Smart, Baby
You've Got Courage, Baby

This set of Wizard of Oz Snowbabies by Department 56 is perfect displayed together as a group.

Quote of the Day - "We must cherish our imagination; our ability to dream; for the highest achievers since history began, have been the dreamers who, combined their perspiration and their aspiration to make their own unique contribution." - Andrew Matthews

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

New Site Enhancements

Every couple of days we would like to share some of the neat little bells and whistles that can be found on the new Beacon's Glow Collectibles website. We think that these enhancements will make your shopping experience a better one.

Our new"Compare" feature allows you to compare 4 different products of your choosing. For example, say that you are trying to decide which new Charlie Bear you would like to purchase but you can't quite decide. The Compare feature will allow you to take a look at all four and read each one's price, description, additional details if available, and quantity currently in stock. Additionally, you can "Add to Cart" if you would like at this point also.

So to set up a Compare, click the box below the particular item(s) that you are interested in. Then click on the "Compare" link underneath just one of the items, and the Product Comparison wil be displayed. (An example screen is shown above to give you an idea of what it will look like). This new feature can come in quite handy. . . we hope that you will find it useful.

Quote of the Day - "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain." - Maya Angelou

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

New Charlie Bears in Stock

We got in a new shipment of Charlie Bears yesterday and there are six new plush teddy bears in this group that are very nice. (And as usual, their photos do not do them justice).

They are:

Yvette Panda Teddy Bear
Xena Panda Teddy bear
Phoenix Panda Teddy bear
George Panda Teddy bear (pictured left)
Max Teddy Bear
Parkin Teddy Bear

Our favorite is George as he is a large 20-inch panda teddy bear. All of the new panda bears listed above have a unique scruffy long plush that is so soft to the touch.

We also got in some backordered bears:

Blair Teddy Bear
Chrissie Teddy Bear
Laura Teddy Bear

Quote of the Day - "Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it." - Groucho Marx

Monday, August 15, 2011

Boyds Bears Patchbearys Collection

Boyds Bears latest collection of teddy bears recently arrived and they are called the “Patchbearys Collection”. This collection consists of 5 different adorable bears all dressed in Fall outfits. (I don’t know about you but letting your mind escape to Fall and that beautiful cooler weather is great after the wickedly hot Summer we are experiencing).

Anyway, this collection features custom-blended patchwork fabrics in various harvest colores and corduroy and pumpkin applique accents. The Patchbearys include:

Ashley Q Patchbeary 4023851

Ella P Patchbeary 4023849

Hattie B Patchbeary 4023850

Haywood Patchbeary 4024537 (an unusual fabric teddy bear)

Punkin Patchbeary 4023852

As you can see from the image above, these make an incredible set and are a perfect way to celebrate Fall.

Quote of the Day – “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Snowbabies by Department 56 Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy Figurines

We thought they would never get here but the Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy Snowbabies Collection for 2011 has finally arrived. Three out of the four figurines are now in stock and ready to order.

Raggedy Ann Snowbabies 4019999

Raggedy Andy Snowbabies 4020001

Raggedy Ann and Me Ornament 4020350

We expect to receive in the last of these 4 Snowbabies in the very near future. Raggedy Ann and Andy, created by American writer Johnny Gruelle, continue to be enduring American icons.

Quote of the Day – “I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become”. – Oprah Winfrey

Mary Engelbreit Boyds Bears Collection

As quoted from Mary Engelbreit’s website “Mary Engelbreit is known throughout the world for her distinctive illustration style, imbued with spirited wit and nostalgic warmth. The unmatched following for her work has grown with a range of licensed products that stretches from calendars, to best-selling children’s books, millions of greeting cards sold each year, and thousands of gifts, crafts and home accents.”

Boyds Bears announced earlier in the year their new business relationship with Mary Engelbreit and we were quite anxious to see this new lineup of Boyds Bears. They finally arrived late last week and they were worth the wait. Boyds has definitely captured the cuteness and whimsical feeling that has always been a part of Mary Engelbreit’s illustrations.

This brand new collection is pictured above and features the following plush characters:

Alfred Engelbreit (Plush Elephant) 4024383

Cherry Engelbreit (Plush Bear) 4024381

Flora Engelbreit (Plush Bear) 4024382

Mimsy Engelbreit (Plush Rabbit) 4024384

Skippy Engelbreit (Plush Bear) 4024385

We hope that you are pleased with this collection as much as we are.

Quote of the Day – “Fearless is living inspite of those things that scare you to death”. – Taylor Swift

April Teddy (EAN 036873) Steiff Bears

One of the most popular teddy bear items from this year’s Steiff Worldwide Limited Editions is April (EAN 036873). We were notified some time ago by Steiff that her 1500 pieces worldwide had all been sold out. It is our suspicion that this is due to the fact that she is very reasonably priced and is one of Steiff Bear’s smaller versions at only 9 inches tall.

According to Steiff:

“There are so many reasons to love April. There’s her sunny personality, her friendly expression and her kind heart. Not to mention her warm golden blond mohair, sparkling eyes and handcrafted nature. Whatever it is that first draws you to April, we’re sure you’re going to make her a Friend for Life. This little, 9 inch Teddy is truly something special. A fully jointed bear, April is dressed in a lovely floral print dress and she’s ready to go for a Springtime stroll. But she’s looking for someone to come along – won’t you join her? Whether you’re a fan of smaller Steiff bears, dressed Teddies, Springtime, or flowers, April is sure to delight you in every way. She’s ready and waiting to become a part of your collection in 2011. Won’t you take her home?”

April, once again, is only 9 inches tall and comes dressed in a cute floral dress edged in moss green ribbon. She has golden blond mohair and of course, comes with a gold-plated Steiff Bears ‘Button in Ear’ ear tag. In fact, her ear tag is white which represents a Steiff Worldwide Limited Edition. Sure to be a favorite for bear collectors. . .

Quote of the Day – “Time sneaks up on you like a windshield on a bug.” – John Lithgow

Jim Shore, An Artist with Passion

We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to carry Jim Shore Figurines in our store. We came across this verbiage on one of Jim Shore’s Masterpiece items and thought it perfectly described this incredible man and his work:

“Simply put, Jim Shore is the real deal. A mainstay in the gift and home decor industry for more than ten years, he has been relentless in his imaginative pursuits. His Heartwood Creek and Disney Traditions collections are comprised of traditional, Americana-inspired designs that make a house just feel like home.”

If you ever get the opportunity to watch Jim Shore on the shopping channel, QVC, please do. His mild manner and most gracious demeanor just want to make you give the man a hug. He is truly one very special individual and his designs are timeless and endearing.

Quote of the Day – “You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you. ” – Brian Tracy

2011 DOTY Public’s Choice Awards

It is official – the “2011 DOTY (Doll of the Year) Public’s Choice Awards has been published.

We carry several of these award-winning dolls. See if you can spot which ones they are! Children’s Play Doll: Black Velvet, Adora Dolls
Collectible Fashion Doll: Ava Gardner Hearts Ablaze, Tonner Doll Co.
Collectible Baby Doll: Amy – Doris, Stannat, Masterpiece Dolls
Collectible Ball-Jointed Doll: Alice, Ashton Drake Galleries
Collectible Vinyl/Plastic Doll, Less than $75: Little Red Riding Hood, Joanne Flitton, Heartstring Dolls
Collectible Porcelain Doll: Journey, Marie Osmond Dolls
Collectible Vinyl/Plastic Doll, More than $175: Jethe, Heidi Plusczok
Collectible Manufacturer’s Artist Doll, More than $250: Victoria Rose, Lucianna Miglioranzi, Babies n Bubbles
Collectible Miniature Doll, 8 inches or less: Tiny Bundle, Camille Allen
Collectible Manufacturer’s Artist Doll, Less Then $250: Flame Blue Vanessa Perrin, Jason Wu, Integrity Toys
Artist Ball-jointed Doll: Mia, Lorella Falconi, Lorella Falconi Dolls
Artist Baby Doll: Sweet AlyMarie, Lori Ivanovic, Silver Spoon Nursery
Artist Miniature Doll: Katherine, Anna Hardman, Anna Hardman Dolls
Artist Doll, Less than $1250: Apolonia, Henry and Zofia Zawueruszynski, Zawueruszynski Originals
Artist Doll, More than $1250: Little Red Riding Hood, Hildegard Gunzel
One of a Kind Doll, Less than $1250: Karley, Annette Hermann, Annette Hermann Originals
One of a Kind Doll, More than $1250: Little Apache, Lynn Cartwright

Congratulations to all of these very talented doll artists and companies!
Quote of the Day – “The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret to outward success.” – Henry Ward Beecher

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Welcome to Our New Look!

Thanks to you all for your patience while we continue to work out little issues with our new site. We greatly appreciate it. (And as you probably noticed, we have a bit of a lapse in our blog postings as far as dates go.) We will work to resolve this issue also. Have a fantastic weekend!