Love is a Four Legged Word

Pet owners know that their “fur babies” are special and packed with unique personality. In life it’s the little moments that make relationships special and with a pet it’s no different. Show your love for your four legged friend with Snowbabies and their lovable companions. Even if you don’t have a pet of your own, these make perfect gifts for anyone who has a special place in their heart for four legged friends.

Here are five reasons furry friends are the best friends:

  1. Your pet will never judge you.
  2. Pets make the BEST listeners.
  3. Your secrets are always safe.
  4. They love you just the way you are!
  5. No matter how big or small, they make the perfect companion.

It’s difficult to imagine anything cuter than a calmly sleeping pup. Show some extra love for your furry friend by customizing this piece with their name!

A Dog’s Life (customizable!)

 

For a dog, every day is the best day ever! Who needs personal space when you can have some furry cuddles instead?

Lapdog

 

Show off your inner diva with The Glam Squad. There’s no better partner in crime and fabulousness than an adorable kitty! The pink accents and pearl accessories make this piece perfect for any girly-girl.

 

The Glam Squad

 

If only planking were as simple as this Snowbaby makes it appear! There’s nothing better than moral support from your furry one. Talk about purrrrfect form!

 

Planking
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Department 56: Quilting and Village

 

Mistletoe Farm, Original Snow Village

Snow Village’s 2016 introduction of Mistletoe Farms features a special detail adorned the traditional red barn, a barn quilt. This Mistletoe Farms barn quilt, however, was created by Department 56’s very own Melinda Seegers (aka Ms. Lit Town). Traditionally barn quilts would represent what the farm was known for and would be featured on the outside of the barn. This design is a carpenters square because her father was a carpenter. The featured barn quilt is only the beginning of the relationship between Village and quilting.

Calico Quilts, New England Village
Ms. Quilt Town, New England Vlillage

Calico Quilts, designed by artist Barb Lund and Ms. Quilt Town designed by artist Tate Yotter in the New England Village collection pay special tribute to Department 56’s Ms. Lit Town. Featured in our “spring must have” guide and Village Winter 2017 catalogue these pieces offer a special nod to a dedicated part of Department 56. Her love for quilting also has helped a variety of charities that Department 56 has donated to.

Starting in 2008 NCC started auctioning off a quilt created by Ms. Lit Town each year. The beautifully stitched quilts have raised over $65,000 for a variety of charities, each of which are picked by the club hosting the convention each year. This year is the 25th Anniversary of the NCC Gathering will be in Tempe, Arizona from June 14-18, 2017 at the Tempe Mission Palms. The organization the quilt auction proceeds will go to this year is called Crops of Luv, an organization founded in 2007 that creates scrapbooks for “Make a Wish” participants and their families. Make sure to check back for an image of the finished quilt!

Learn more about the NCC Convention here.

Learn more about Crops of Luv here.

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Spring 2017 Must Haves

Begin to shrug off your Winter blues as we head into Spring! The new season welcomes leaves on trees, chirping birds, blooming flowers, and soaking up some sunshine. However, one of the greatest parts of Spring are the mild temperatures that encourage opening up all of the windows to let the breeze refresh your home. Delight your spring time guests with your decor by adding some of these beautiful and bright Department 56 pieces.

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New England Village

As the snow begins to melt (for some of us) refresh your décor in anticipation of April showers and May flowers. The New England Village collection has a few Spring pieces in particular that would make a warm and welcoming vignette in an entry way or conversation starting bookcase addition. Add in some potted Marigold’s and you have yourself a quick and easy display!

New England Village, Nantucket Tulips & Garden
New England Village, The First Taste of Spring

Snowbabies

Snowbabies Classic Collection

Bring the perfect sentiment to any baby shower with these fun “Peek-A-Boo” Snowbabies with either a pink or blue pastel blanket. You could even get a head start on Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 14) and Father’s Day (Sunday, June 18) gifts! The beautiful detail and timeless design are a piece that can be treasured.


Girl’s Night Out

Glamping

Snowbabies really do say it all! No celebrations on the horizon? Show your love for some of your favorite Spring time activities such as hitting the road with the windows down or planning a picnic.

 

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Hygge Your Home with Department 56

Danish-speaking people say “hygge,” which roughly translates to creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people, particularly in wintertime. Hygge is all about using all 5 senses to absorb the joy of even the simplest things: the smell of apple and cinnamon cake, the words of a lovely poem, the feeling of lying in your bed in freshly ironed linen, or just looking out at the colors in the garden. Hygge is everywhere; you just need to discover it. This social media trend is one you should consider trying and we have a few items and tips to help “hygge” your home.

1.) Incorporate light
Dickens A Christmas Carol

Warm light from a candle, string of lights, or lighted Village piece creates a warm ambiance for every room.

2.) Add textures
Snowbabies Classic Collection

Soft textures such as chunky knit blankets, tweed pillows, and fluffy woolen rugs add comfort and dimension to your space.

3.) Tiny or simple additions can have impact
Snowbabies “Beary Good Friend”

This is not about overhauling your home; tiny additions can make an impact! Consider adding some of your favorite personal items that hold meaning- such as a Snowbabies piece.

4.) Enjoy your space
Holiday in the Woods

Don’t focus on what might wow or impress guests but rather what kinds of items make each one of your rooms feel like a sanctuary.

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