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Friday, March 6, 2009

I Love Jim Shore!

I love Jim Shore! Well, actually I've never met the man... and I'm quite happy with the man I've got! Maybe what I should say is I love Jim Shore's work. Jim is an artist who grew up in South Carolina. Born to artistic parents who instilled a love of folk art, Jim's grandmother was a master quilter who taught him to appreciate the patience and skill necessary to bring intricate designs to life. Jim has drawn inspiration from these family roots. Although he holds degrees in Engineering and Business, art has always been his first love, and now it is his fulltime work. He produces seasonal and home accessories which are marketed worldwide. He takes designs from quilting, rosemalling and applique and combines them with elements of folk art and a vibrant color palette. I love his figurines. I have a good number of his Santas, and when November rolls around, they are the very first Christmas boxes that I open!! You'll have to wait till next November to see my other Santas, but here is my very favorite- since he is blue and white, I don't think of him as a Santa, but rather, I call him Father Winter. Officially he's known as "Blue Quilt Santa" but to me, he's not Christmas-y, so he stays out all winter.
I collect Angels so naturaly I added a few Jim Shore Angels to my collection. This one is called "Landscape Sleeps". I found her in a gift shop in Whycocamagh NS. Part of the fun when you collect something, for me, is "the hunt". You just never know where you'll find that special item....
I have found several of my Santa's in the oddest places, but that makes them "special"....
I have a few Jim Shore snowmen as well; I will share them with you another day.
We are getting yet more snow today.. snow and rain actually... neither of which we need... I wonder if I put "Father Winter" away, if the snow would stop?
Piece,
Linda

"What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness?" - John Steinbeck

8 comments:

Linda G said...

Love your Jim Shores. I have admired Gail's as well. I wouldn't blame Father Winter for the snow but it wouldn't hurt to look for more spring like ones. I think that we are all ready.

Just g said...

A kindred spirit. I am completely addicted to Jim Shore. I love the Blue and White Santa, love your name for him. My next purchase is the 12 Days of Christmas Santa. I also have a blog called Addicted to Jim Shore. I just ordered the Chinese Checkers game. If you have any great places to buy them online, I would love to hear them. I also have a Jim Shore yahoogroup. Just a nice little group where we talk about our Jim addiction.

GailM. said...

I like Jim Shore too. When I participate in gift exchanges with quilters, I always buy a Jim Shore ornament. You know last year when I was in Charleston, I was in a giftshop that had an extensive collection and they said that Charleston was the home of Jim Shore. I thought, yea, right, but maybe it is now that you say he's from South Carolina. Our Friend LaVerne winters there. I don't see much Jim Shore stuff here in Myrtle Beach, but I did see it advertized on TV, in a gift shop, about 40 minutes drive from here. I must check it out.

That yahoo group that Just G talked about above might be worth looking into.

dp said...

Hi Linda, I love Jim Shore too... what a guy. I bought my sister (Gail) her very first Jim Shore santa about 6 years ago,and then when she had a big "0" birthday, our family bought her all the cats. Thanks for stopping by my blog..love the hamburger tip, and will try it as soon as my BBQ is unburied!
One of my cats was a Maine Coon, and he was 17 when he passed away last spring. Loved my "Sonny" and miss him every day!

Donna Cormier said...

I love his work too. I have the nativity Scene, a snow globe which plays "O Holy Night", the Hospitality Angel, and the Quilting Angel, a couple os Santas and a Snowman. I was at "Because You Count" today and they have a few kits of his cats ....

Donna Cormier said...

I love his work too. I have the nativity Scene, a snow globe which plays "O Holy Night", the Hospitality Angel, and the Quilting Angel, a couple os Santas and a Snowman. I was at "Because You Count" today and they have a few kits of his cats ....

Anonymous said...

I love his work too. I have the nativity Scene, a snow globe which plays "O Holy Night", the Hospitality Angel, and the Quilting Angel, a couple os Santas and a Snowman. I was at "Because You Count" today and they have a few kits of his cats ....

Anonymous said...

Sorry about the duplication...had a problem with the "word verification"

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