I had this fantastic illustration of a girl clothed with Christmas decorations (circa 1910) in our collection of antique postcards for many years. We loved the way her dress is a decorated Christmas tree, with candy-striped ribbons, cornucopias, and ornaments making up the rest of her dress. Finally, I decided to make her into an ornament and found a beautifully decorated vintage glass sphere ornament in the same festive colors. I enjoyed adding a delicate tiny antique gold Dresden paper fence with frosted chenille, silver glitter, tiny antique rick-rack trim, and Dresden paper triangle border. But what was the most fun of all was adding my own “garland” from an old-stock (Made In Occupied Japan) corsage decoration, and decorating it with antique glass beads, antique miniature pearl beads, and tiny gold rhinestone-shaped stars.
Lovingly handcrafted and signed by Gail Giaimo.
THIS ONE-OF-A-KIND ORNAMENT IS MADE ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY WITH ANTIQUE AND VINTAGE MATERIALS to include: glass ornaments from the 1890s to1950s, most of which were made in Germany; colorful Victorian embossed & die-cut paper “scraps” and chromolithographs from postcards and advertising trade cards, made in Europe between the 1870s and 1910; antique and vintage fabric to include chenille, lace, ribbon and metallic trims; antique and vintage tinsel from tree garlands and old-stock German-made Lametta tinsel; gold and silver old-stock Dresden paper trims, crepe paper, foil, gift wrap, spun glass, and other embellishments. Items described as “antique” are dated between 1870 and the early 1900s (prior to WWI). Items described as “vintage” are dated between 1915 (WWI) and the 1950s (mid-century). We also use Dresden trims (only on occasion) and crinkle wire (always used for durability) made more recently in Germany using techniques and equipment that have not changed over the past 150 years.