Spring has officially arrived and so have the Department 56 Village Box Sets featuring some new pieces! These not only make a great gift for yourself, but are a great option for a Mother’s Day or Father’s Day present. The best part? You don’t need to worry about picking accessories or additional pieces, we’ve done all the work for you!
56 Street Brewery: For your favorite craft beer connoisseur! Delight them with Department 56’s take on your local brewery. Unfortunately this box set does not include any pale ales or IPA’s but it does include a bag of snow, the 56 Street Brewery, and accessory.
Golden Cross Church: Add this lovely Snow Village piece to any Christmas scene. The snow outside reflects a kaleidoscope of color cast from the stain glass windows that adorn Golden Cross Church. This box set includes a bag of snow, tree, Golden Cross Church, and caroler accessory.
Merry Lane Cottages: These festive hats have an even more adorable story to tell no matter where you choose to feature them. North Pole best friends Minty & Glitzy live next door to one another. The sculpted details include a woodpile in the back, mailbox, brass doorbell, and a special charm hung from each roof. This box set includes a bag of snow, two lit houses, accessory, and a tree!
Xmas Carol Poulterers Shop: Add these pieces to the classic Dicken’s Village! The centerpiece for many Victorian holiday dinners were goose, duck, or fowl but at this Olde Camden Town Poulterer on Cratchit’s Corner a large prize turkey is the winning holiday feast. This box set includes a bag of snow, the Xmas Carol Poulterers Shop, and accessory.
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, 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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
Warm light from a candle, string of lights, or lighted Village piece creates a warm ambiance for every room.
2.) Add textures
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
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
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.