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Custom Designs

January - September

What is most rewarding about gift giving? The pleasure, surprise and emotion of a truly personal gift. Seeing the reaction on the recipients face that says "This is perfect! Where did you find this? I've never seen anything like it!"

That unique surprise is why I used to make all my gifts, including Christmas ornaments. They were custom tailored for the person I was giving them to.

For that reason, I originally wanted to have a Christmas Shop that carried all my own creations. My husband helped me realize that I probably could not make all the products and run the business at the same time. So I sought American craft artists who made items that I liked and began to stock my shop. Over the years, these American craft artists became good friends and we began to collaborate on unique designs for the shop. These American craft artists would do almost ANYTHING for our customers.

On the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of our shop, we thought it was only fitting to offer you, our customers, the benefit of our artists' talent and designs, customized the way you want them. Most of our artists will take custom orders from us during the 1st part of the year. Some require a minimum quantity; some charge more if the request involves designing, then executing the design. Often if it is only a color change, there might be no additional charge. Here are some examples of custom designs we've done for customers in the past, organized by media.

Christmas Balls

Joan, one of our talented Maine artists, paints all the local lighthouses on Christmas balls. One of our customers liked her style so well they requested a painting of their local lighthouse. She painted it in the same characteristic style that she does all her lighthouses. Is there a favorite local lighthouse you'd like her to paint on a Christmas ball? Contact Us for details.

St. Simon's Light custom lighthouse
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Each year we were getting numerous requests for an ornament depicting the Carriage rides in Acadia National Park. So, several years ago, I took my camera and shot a series of photos of the Carriage rides. I gave the photo below to Joanne, another one of our talented painters, and she painted a ball of the Carriage rides. She rendered it in the typical artistic style she applies to all her work. Another one of her custom projects was to render an image of the Broadway musical WICKED onto an ornament. To commemorate one of our customer's children playing a leading role in the play, she painted a Christmas ball.


Carriage Ride Photo



Ceramic Ornaments

June, one of our New England artists, renders scenes and sayings in clay. Here are 2 examples of her custom work. The ship is an example of custom lettering on one of her standard designs. The ornament was given to alumni of a high school, with a pirate mascot. The other ornament was a customer request for a favorite saying, rendered in June's style. We liked it so well, we added it to her line and carry it in the shop. June added the chocolate cake to complete the design.




Wooden Ornaments

Nancy, a Mainer, is one of our most popular artists. We had a customer request to change one of her standard designs to a bride and groom. We liked it so well, we added it to Nancy's line of offerings in our shop and on our Website, www.ChristmasSpiritShop.com .




Horace is another one of our Maine artists who works in wood; but he uses a scroll saw to cut designs into hard-rock maple. For years, he has been designing various sailboat ornaments for one of our corporate accounts. Each year, they send us a different sailboat image and he adapts the design to his process. Here are just a few examples:


Rendering in hard rock maple
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Image sent to us by customer




Modification to add space for personalizing
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Because we buy our products directly from our American craft artists, we can create almost anything for you. Add a cast to a leg? Change the color of a uniform? Add a pet to an ornament? Or create a new ornament. So Contact Us if we can design an ornament just for you. Ornaments make the perfect gift for any occasion, all year long.







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