Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Our Christmas Tree | Hallmark, Carlton, American Greeting, Liberty Collector Car Ornaments Galore!

"Is Michael a watercolor artist with a focus on car art, or is he a true gearhead / car guy?" — is probably one of the top questions we get asked by car enthusiasts and art collectors, alike. I think that the ornaments that make up at least half of the decorations on our family Christmas tree (photos in no particular order) say it all!

Here's our tree this year. Yes, that is
"The Goat Farmer"
Gallery Edition Canvas

on the wall. We use that wall to rotate the art ...
hanging different ones at different times.
Our first muscle car ornament - the 1966 Mustang convertible,
complete with gifts in the back seat! Produced in 1992, it's the
2nd Hallmark Keepsake ornament in their "Classic American
" Series. We actually have two of these!
New this year, a 1968 Mustang Fastback from Hallmark's
Keepsake Collection . Except for the cream colored 'c' stripe,
I can't help but thing of Steve McQueen in the movie Bullitt!
Could not resist adding this little gem ...  so this year we added
two! The 1st is the green fastback and the 2nd is this 1967 Shelby
GT350 from American Greetings' Heirloom Ornament Collection.
Since Michael released "Pure As The Driven Snow" this year
(white and blue Shelby GT500s) we just had to have this one!
1964 Pontiac GTO from the "Classic American Cars" series
by Hallmark. Dated Christmas 2010.
Dated 2002. 1970 Ford Mach 1 Mustang. A Hallmark Keepsake
Ornament from their "Classic American Cars" Series.
1964 1/2 Ford Mustang "Kiddie Car Classics" peddle car
made by Hallmark.
1961 Chevrolet Impala, "Classic American Cars" Series by
Hallmark Keepsake. Dated 2006.
40th Anniversary Ford Mustang  GT ornament from
Carlton Cards' Heirloom Collection. Dated 2004.
1969 Hurst Oldsmobile 442 from the "Classic American Cars"
series, by Hallmark Keepsake. Dated 1997.

1970 Chevelle SS 454 by American Greetings. This one's not
dated stamped, but I think it's circa 2003.
Dated 2009, Hallmark's 2009 Ford Mustang GT 45th
Anniversary Special Edition.
Finally, our 426 Hemi Engine Ornament by Liberty
Classics. We bought this one in Carlisle at the GM Nationals!
Produced in 2006.

We also have Barbie, Scooby-Doo, Sponge Bob and Hotwheels (also car related) adorning the tree (we do have kids, after all). But, it's easy to see, by the shear number of classic and modern car ornaments, that even over the holidays, our love of the automobile shines through!

Here's to a safe, peaceful, happy and fun holiday!! — Linda

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