Exciting News from Department 56!

Exciting News from Department 56!

The Curse of the Hope Diamond! Muahahah!!!

by Deanna Pietrzak on 05/22/18

Senator Robert Reynolds served in the U.S. Senate from 1932-1945. While he was in Washington, Senator Reynolds became acquainted with Evalyn Walsh McLean, owner of the 45 carat Hope Diamond, and he eventually married her daughter, Evie.  

The year following her purchase of the Hope Diamond in 1911, Evalyn Walsh McLean's mother-in-law died of pneumonia. A few years after that, Evalyn's little boy was hit and killed by an automobile. Not long after, Evalyn and her husband separated, he later dying in a mental institution from an alcohol-related affliction. Just five years after her husband died, Evalyn's only daughter and wife of Senator Robert Reynolds, Evie, died of an accidental overdose of sleeping pills at the age of 24. The following year, in 1947, Evalyn herself died at age of 60. Robert and Evie's daughter, Mamie, was the heir to the Hope Diamond. She sold it in 1949 to jeweler Harry Winston (YOU BET SHE DID!!!) who donated it to the Smithsonian Museum, where it is still on permanent display.

Are all of the tragedies experienced by Evalyn Walsh McLean a result of the curse of the Hope Diamond? You decide. Muahahah!!!

The Senator Robert Reynold's family home, Reynolds Mansion, is located in Asheville, North Carolina. It opened as a Bed and Breakfast in 2010.

Making Room for New Merchandise!

by Deanna Pietrzak on 04/24/18

The new pieces are starting to arrive and they look great!

I’m in the process of getting them displayed so excuse my mess.

Don’t forget to browse the sale section, I have added items. This is a great way to start a new village or to add to an existing village.

Dept. 56 Art & Architecture Series

by Deanna Pietrzak on 02/26/18

Frank Lloyd Wright was an American architect, writer, educator, and an interior designer who designed over 1,000 structures, 532 of which were completed. Dept. 56's Christmas in the City collection has two examples of these structures, the Heurtley House and the Robbie House, both of which are prairie style architecture. 

The Heurtley House has nearly an uninterrupted ribbon of art glass windows that runs beneath the large overhang of the house’s hipped roof.

The Robie House features cantilevered roof eaves and art glass windows. Both houses had the mortar dyed to match the brick to emphasize the horizontal and vertical lines of the house.

Nighthawks is another building in the Christmas in the City collection, inspired by the famous painting with the same title from the artist Edward Hopper. Dept 56's artist provides insight into the rest of the building that holds the famous window scene.

The last art and architectural piece is in New England Village, American Gothic. This piece was most likely inspired from the most famous painting of the well known farm couple by artist Grant Wood.

Do you know what all of these things have in common?! All of them are in Illinois! The paintings can be viewed at The Art Institute of Chicago and there are tours to view the Frank Lloyd Wright houses in Illinois. Sounds like a road trip...to The Village Shoppes to get these buildings to add to your Dept. 56 collection!

See What's New for Dept. 56 in 2018!

by Deanna Pietrzak on 01/23/18

Hello Fellow Villagers!

I have so much to tell you about the new products for Dept 56 villages! Here are some key things to look forward to in 2018: numbered limited editions, more boxed sets, Norman Rockwell inspired pieces for Snow Village, and the new "Silver Series"...boxed sets for the Dickens' Village and North Pole collections that will retail for only $64.00!

A couple more houses and accessories have been added to the Margaritaville collection including the Volcano Club and the Flip Flop Repair Shop.

The Singer Building is being released in the Christmas in the City collection as well as another Frank Lloyd Wright house.

There is so much more to share with you, but you'll just have to come into the store to see it all! The new items will start to arrive at the end of March, but the 2018 Dept. 56 catalogs are available now! Come in and get your copy and place an order today!

See you soon,

Dept. 56 Makes Christmas Shopping Easy!

by Deanna Pietrzak on 11/28/17

Happy Holidays!

Only 25 days until Christmas! So many things to do...put up the tree, decorate the house, bake the cookies, shopping for gifts, wrapping the gifts. Goodness, are you as frazzled as I am?!  I think the hardest part of Christmas shopping is deciding what gift you're going to buy for whom. How about a piece or two from our Department 56 lighted village collection?!

This year, Department 56 introduced a few boxed sets. They include the building, accessory, sisal tree and a bag of snow. What a perfect gift...it’s one-stop-shopping! Snow Village has two boxed sets including the "Golden Cross Church".

The Dickens and the North Pole Villages also have boxed sets. There is also the American Gothic from the Art and Architecture Series. It comes with a lighted house and the accessory piece.

The artist was possibly motivated by the famous American painting “American Gothic”.

If you're looking for a great "guy" gift, there's the Jack Daniel’s Village.

There are so many great Department 56 villages and accessory pieces to choose from, you'll be able to find something for everyone on your list!

Merry Christmas fellow Villagers!

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