Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Still Glowing


(Santa Tin from the Gordon Harkins collection)  
 


After a fabulous week in Lancaster, PA, hosted by Steve Wilt and Jim Morrison, we dragged ourselves home tired, but filled with enthusiasm. We learned so much from the museum room, the programs and the special exhibits. We spent an enchanted afternoon at the National Christmas Center in nearby Paradise, PA. We listened with awe as John Wernega coached the best from the Glow Christmas Carolers. We charmed as much money as we could from the ATM and spent gleeful hours room-hopping and shopping in the salesroom and Kris Kindl Markt. Thank you to all the volunteers who worked so hard to make this convention the best one yet. Every year The Golden Glow raises the bar and this year was no exception!

Many of you have requested that we move our sales page back to the familiar format of our website, so we have done it. We left a few things ready to be posted and you can find them on the Santas, Elves & Nodders For Sale page. In the next few days we will gradually add more as the pieces are completed.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

News From Two Sisters Studio

We owe everyone an apology for not posting here for such a very long time! Santa's elves have been too busy preparing for the Golden Glow Convention to do anything else. Who would have guessed a regular work week for Santa would be 80 hours a week?
Well, at least he has a smile on his face!

Our new Nodder.

With some regret, we made the decision to close our shop on Doll Shops United (DSU). We had many friends there who were supportive and the sales were good, but we just cannot keep up the level of production to continue with an on-line shop. Further, a few of our true blue Christmas collectors didn't like the change. As a result, starting in August, we will go back to having our sales page right here. If you are on our mailing list, you will get an email about every two weeks and you can choose to follow the link or not. If you want to join our mailing list, please send your email address and your name to Lynn at twosistersstudio@gmail.com

We have the car packed and we are just about ready to leave the dogs in the care of their trusty sitters while we go to Kansas City for the UFDC National (doll) Convention, followed immediately by the Golden Glow Convention in Lancaster, PA. Thank heavens for house sitters and air conditioned cars.
Hope to see many of you soon. We will be set up in the Kris Kindle Markt and of course, our door will be open for room trading at the Marriott. Hope you will stop in to say hello!
29-inch glass-eyed Santa

 29-inch Nodder with candy container.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Spring Fling Sale now in Progress!

Friday April 17 - Sunday, April 19th only....
From now until Sunday at midnight!

http://www.dollshopsunited.com/stores/twosistersstudio/

All items are one-of-a-kind. The only stock we have is the stock included in this sale.
We are not taking custom orders at this time, sorry.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Our Sales Pages have moved to our new store!
Please click on the link below to see what we are currently offering for sale:
http://www.dollshopsunited.com/stores/twosistersstudio/

Friday, November 28, 2014

This weekend only - Free shipping worldwide, reduced prices, surprises in our new on-line store!

Thank you for your patience and support while we built our new shop at Doll Shops United! We are all ready to go now and this weekend we have a sale to say thanks. Free shipping on everything in the shop to anywhere in the world. In addition, select items have had surprise reductions in price. And in addition to that, every purchase will be gifted with a Christmas surprise from Two Sisters Studios when it is shipped.
These pieces are all one-of-a-kind, so when you click on the "Order/Inquire" button, you should go straight to the Buy it Now with Paypal option. (Inventory cannot be replenished, so it is first come, first serve.)
Happy Shopping! Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

And the winner is....

from Listowel, Ontario, Betty Bender. Congratulations Betty! Enjoy your Two Sisters Studio Santa!
He will be on his way to you in the morning.
Thanks to everyne who came to visit over the weekends of the 2014 Haliburton Studio Tour. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Giving a nod to Canadian Thanksgiving...

Columbus Day or Canadian Thanksgiving - whichever you are celebrating, enjoy the long weekend!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Book release.....

We are so happy to be one of the featured studios in the new book, "The Artists of Haliburton Highlands - contemporary artists wild with passion." The book features many of the area studios and provides a wonderful overview of the art movement in our thriving community! Books are available from local galleries and gift shops or on our Santas for sale page....


Sunday, February 2, 2014

St. Nick's Naughty Friend, Krampus

Krampus is a beast-like creature from the folklore of Alpine countries thought to punish children during the Christmas season who had misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards well-behaved ones with gifts. Krampus is said to capture particularly naughty children in his sack and carry them away to his lair. He is not St. Nick's nemesis, rather St.Nick's friend.
Krampus is beast-like creature, demonic in appearance. Traditionally young men dress up as the Krampus in Austria, southern Bavaria, South Tyrol, northern Friuli, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia during the first week of December, particularly on the evening of 5 December (the eve of Saint Nicholas Day on many church calendars), and roam the streets frightening children with rusty chains and bells. Krampus is featured on holiday greeting cards called Krampuskarten. Some of the Krampuskarten are certainly not meant for children, as they border on erotica!









Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Some things you might not know about Christmas

There are so many traditions associated with Christmas. Many of them we just take for granted, accepting the “prevailing wisdom” as to their origins. But sometimes things are not what they seem. Here are ten things that you may not have known…
1. Christmas was once against the law in America. When the Puritans came to this continent they brought their objection to Christmas with them. They believed it was a creation of man, not Christ, so it should not be considered a holy day. They weren’t too keen on the revelry that went along with the holiday, either. Christmas was celebrated in America by Anglicans but most Protestant groups forbade it. It wasn’t until June 26, 1870 that Christmas took its official place on the American holiday calendar.
2. Christmas trees were forbidden as a part of the celebrations until as late as 1640. Since the tradition of bringing evergreen boughs or trees into the home at the Winter Solstice was pagan in origin, the early Church forbade them. The first recorded instance of a Christmas tree dates to 1510 when the town of Riga in Latvia brought a tree into the town square, decorated it and then burned it. Thankfully, we have relegated the burning part to the Yule log. Approximately 30-35 million Christmas trees are sold each year in the U.S.
3. Speaking of “Yule,” that word is believed to originate from the Anglo-Saxon for “wheel” (though scholars are not completely certain). A mid-winter festival known by this name has been celebrated since well before 1000 CE, marking the Winter Solstice. The term “yuletide” as a reference to the Christmas season dates back to about 1475.
4. Christmas songs date back to the 4th century: St. Hilary of Poitiers composed Jesus refulsit omnium for a Christmas Mass. The Renaissance brought lighter songs and the earliest English carol came in 1410. It was composed by Ritson and is found in the Ritson Manuscript. One of the oldest carols that we still sing today is “O Tannenbaum” from Germany. The most popular Christian carol is “Silent Night,” while the most popular secular song is “White Christmas.”
5. The date on which we celebrate Christmas was chosen by Bishop Liberius of Rome in 354 CE. The actual date has been debated since the formation of Christianity. The biblical account says, “And there were shepherds living out in the fields near by, keeping watch over their flocks at night.” Shepherds in the Middle East would have only had their flocks in the fields from Spring into Fall. In December, the animals were brought in close to shelter to protect them from the cold and rain. The likeliest date for the birth of Jesus is March, 6 BC.
6. Santa Claus is an amalgamation of several figures: St. Nicholas, the Bishop of Myra (modern-day Turkey), the Norse god, Woden, and the Celtic Holly King primary among them. The beard, the cloak, the reindeer… these are associated with the aforementioned figures. Our modern Santa was created by cartoonist Thomas Nast in 1860 for Harper’s Weekly magazine. Every year he added more to Santa, including his home at the North Pole, the “naughty and nice” list, and coming down the chimney. When the Coca-Cola company started using Santa Claus in its advertisements, it built even more on the lore.
7. Gift giving at the Solstice did not originate with the Magi. During the Saturnalia, which had some influence on our own modern Christmas holiday, gifts were exchanged among friends. As for the Magi… the Bible doesn’t say that there were three of them. There were three kinds of gifts – gold, frankincense and myrrh – so it was just assumed that there were three men who brought them.
8. Mistletoe was a sacred plant to both the Druids and the Norse. According to Norse myth, when the god Baldur was killed by a mistletoe arrow, his mother Frigga wept white berries which brought him back to life. The mistletoe was then blessed by Frigga so that whoever stood beneath it received a kiss. The Druids collected mistletoe by cutting it with a gold sickle, catching it in a cloth before it could hit the ground. The sprigs were placed over doorways to protect the dwelling and bring blessings.
9. The first Christmas cards appeared in 1843, designed by John Horsley, and sold in London for one penny each. The image on the front was of a family raising a Christmas toast which caused the Puritans to denounce it. But cards became very popular anyway. A German lithographer named Louis Prang brought the tradition to America in 1860, printing the cards in his press in Boston. Nowadays, more than 3 billion Christmas cards are sent in America alone!
10. Santa’s reindeer are based upon the eight-legged Sleipnir, the Norse god Woden’s flying horse. The reindeer received their names from Clement Moore in his poem, “A Visit From St. Nick” in 1823. Rudolph didn’t join them until 1939 when Robert L. May wrote a verse for Montgomery Ward. Gene Autry recorded the song that Johnny Marks adapted from the poem, releasing it during Christmas week, 1949. It became the second best-selling song of all time until the 1980′s, selling over 25 million copies.
Though we know a lot more about Christmas traditions now, that shouldn’t stop us from celebrating them. Embrace all the origins and stories and archaic reasons we do what we do. Celebrate in your own way and enjoy the season!