Willow Tree™ Collectibles by Demdaco
The endearing, gentle sculptures of Willow Tree speak in quiet ways to heal, comfort, protect, and inspire. When you seek a meaningful gift that captures an everyday moment or expresses a feeling, a Willow Tree sculpture offers that truly personal touch. Each piece is cast in resin from original, hand-carved sculptures, then individually painted by hand. Through beautiful, simplistic gestures, Willow Tree sculptures embrace our personal relationships by expressing the emotions that make us human, and bring us together.
Meet the Artist: Susan Lordi has a keen observation of the human form. Inspired by ballet, modern dance, nature, and her personal experiences with family and friends, Susan loves to use sculpture to reflect our relationship with people and the world around us. In addition to working in sculpture, Susan loves making art with cloth. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Textile Design and her fiber art has been exhibited internationally. A monograph of her art textiles has been published in the Portfolio Collection by Telos Art Publishing and she is featured in the book Art Textiles of the World: USA. At Dar’s Hallmark Store in Cheboygan, Willow Tree is important to us. We’re proud to carry Susan’s incredible collectibles!
Precious Moments Collectibles
It all began more than thirty years ago, when Precious Moments® creator Sam Butcher began drawing the endearing teardrop-eye children he called “Precious Moments” as gifts for family and friends. Today, his Precious Moments artwork is among the most recognized art in the world, sharing messages of loving, caring and sharing with collectors from around the globe. At Dar’s Gifts in Cheboygan, we’re extremely proud to carry Precious Moments!
In the early 1970s, Sam and a friend, Bill Biel, started a small company to produce his Precious Moments art on a line of cards and posters, calling their company Jonathan & David. They took their goods to the annual Christian Booksellers Association Convention in Anaheim and their tiny booth was filled with enthusiastic retailers wanting to order the new line. The crowd became so large that neighboring vendors came over to help the two young men write orders. Shortly thereafter, Sam was approached by Enesco Corporation to develop a three-dimensional figurine based on his artwork titled “Love One Another.” Sam was so overwhelmed when he saw the first porcelain sample that he fell to his knees and wept. It was the beginning of a phenomenon for both Sam and the gift industry.
The Precious Moments collection is now well over 1,500 pieces with new introductions offered each year. Members of collector’s clubs continue to be found throughout the world. Even more telling, since its opening in 1989, Precious Moments Park in Carthage, Missouri has welcomed approximately 400,000 visitors every year.
In 2005, a new chapter in the Precious Moments story began, as the collection “came home” to join the rest of the Precious Moments family at Precious Moments, Incorporated. No other collection has touched as many hearts as Precious Moments, and no other group of individuals has the same love and passion for this product line as the team at Precious Moments, Inc. And at Dar’s Hallmark Store in Cheboygan, we’re excited to carry one of Northern Michigan’s largest offerings of Precious Moments collectibles.
Come to Dar’s Hallmark in Cheboygan and experience the magic of Precious Moments!