Add romance to your Christmas tree this year! With this particular design, I began with a red oval indent ornament in a hard-to-find large size and searched for the right Valentine’s Day themed materials to go with it. When I saw a century-old post card with these two cupids, I imagined how cool it would look to cut them out to make them appear three-dimensional somehow. After carefully cutting them out and reinforcing them, I was able to “pop” the arm with the heart outside of the basket for life-like realistic effect! For added dimension, behind the cupids I tucked in a two-sided Valentine edged in Victorian lace (back side of heart made with antique shellacked red paper and antique heart doily). Now inspired by all the different colors of gold, pink, red and silver, I added antique scrap rose border over gold Dresden paper die-cut lace border, more antique Dresden paper in a scallop shape, pink antique silk chenille, and edged the top of the basket with magenta silk ruffle fabric. For a perfect finish and a creative way to hang the ornament, I added old-stock antique decorative loop tinsel.
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.