5” tall (not including hanger) by 7” wide
This diorama is reminiscent of the elaborate pop-up valentines popular during the Victorian era. I found the dancing cats on an antique postcard with “fond and true” script. This antique scrap floral arbor was the perfect size to frame our cat family! After painstakingly reinforcing all the die-cut edges with cardboard backing, I added cheerful aqua-blue vintage glass pikes (decorated with antique Dresden papers) for sides of the arbor. A vintage plaid icicle ornament caught my attention due to the red stripes. I added to the playful feel by decorating with antique rickrack over antique silver glitter, and unifying the elements with lots of gold crinkle-wire. Then the tricky part was piecing all 4 elements of the diorama together and on to the boat! Framing different pieces with antique garland also served as a hanger, and was the final perfect touch to add more sparkle and interest! Lovingly handcrafted and signed by Gail Giaimo.
JUST IMAGINE, YOU ARE VIEWING AN ORNAMENT MADE WITH MATERIALS BETWEEN 60 AND 150 YEARS OLD!!! Dresden Star Ornaments are almost exclusively made 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. Since many of our creations contain glass ornaments that are as much as 120 years old, the condition and patina will vary, which this is part of their vintage one-of-a-kind charm and character. Items described as “antique” are dated between the 1870s and 1920. Items described as “vintage” are dated between the 1920s and the 1950s (mid-century). We also use newer Dresden trims (on occasion) and crinkle wire (to wire-wrap ornaments for durability) made more recently in Germany using techniques and equipment that have not changed over the past 150 years.
OUR SIGNATURE STYLE - TO MAKE AN ORNAMENT FOR YOU THAT LASTS FOR GENERATIONS! You will know you have a ultra-custom Dresden Star Work of Art because we sign and date each and every ornament, as well as add our gold hang tag with your specific ornament’s unique one-of-a-kind inventory number on it. You will receive your ornament gently packed between layers of tissue paper in a beautiful embossed gold box with care and handling instructions. With over 15 years of experience, we are expert at wire-wrapping each ornament to help protect it against accidental breakage (just like those smart Victorians). We take extra time and pains to meticulously back every scrap to cardstock and old-stock papers to protect these beautiful and fragile illustrations so they will last for generations to come.