Paula has collected so many ornaments over the years that she considers precious. Some have been passed down through her family or gifted to her by fans. Others were handmade by Jamie and Bobby when they were very young. And a few were picked up second-hand at thrift stores and garage sales.
Only the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center could sustain all of Paula’s ornaments, so each year she puts up a few trees around her house; each a shrine to a different collection.
While Paula is sentimental about the boys’ ornaments—all faded and frayed with age—she adores vintage Christmas balls for much the same reason: they remind her of a special time in her life. These American-made ornaments date back to the 50s and 60s and were originally sold at Sears or five-and-dime stores. They were manufactured cheap and affordable so nearly every home had them, but many met their fate when they fell from the tree and shattered into a million little pieces of glass confetti.
Shiny Brite and Premier are two well-known manufacturers of collectable ornaments from Paula’s youth. Both came in a number of colors, shapes and sizes, though some Premier ornaments have an elongated, thin neck and a brighter silvery finish. However, it’s almost impossible for the untrained eye to distinguish these ornaments.
Some collectors look to the design of an ornament’s cap to determine its manufacturer or age, but it’s an imperfect science since many people replace broken caps with new ones. Vintage caps are generally smaller and stiffer than contemporary ones. During WWII when metal was at a premium, caps were manufactured from paper.
Paula found the Holy Grail of Christmas ornaments—a set of mercury glass balls—at a yard sale, scattered amongst rusty hand weights and half-used candles. But not every silvered glass ornament is made from mercury glass. Mercury glass ornaments actually contain two walls of glass, with silvering appearing in the middle layer. Most have some amount of oxidization due to aging, but the material is very difficult to identify by sight alone.
If you don’t have a large collection of vintage ornaments, but love the look of a funky, old-timey tree, don’t fret. You can supplement what you have with new designs by Christopher Radko that channel the designs from the 50s and 60s. Throw a little silver tinsel and some flocking, and you’ll have a tree worthy of Doris Day.Read More From Paula Collects.
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Join Paula, Bobby and Jamie for a book signing at the Lady and Sons restaurant in Savannah from 2 to 4 pm. Only 350 tickets will be given out starting 1 hour before the book signing. No cameras permitted; a professional photographer will be on site to take your photo.
Join Paula and family for a Party at Sea to the Eastern Caribbean (San Juan, St. Thomas and St. Maarten - roundtrip from Miami) aboard the Celebrity Reflection presented by Alice Travel. Click here for more information, and please note that the Paula Deen cruise is only available by booking directly with Alice Travel. We are running out of space, so book as soon as possible!
Paula Deen is coming to Buffalo, NY to perform a live cooking show and let VIP ticket holders enjoy a delicious Southern feast with a menu created by Paula herself! Both events will be held at Samuel’s Grand Manner in Williamsville, NY which offers a refined elegance in a classically modern setting. The VIP lunch will be held at 12:00pm on February 8th and will go until approximately 2:00pm (doors will open at 11:30am). The lunch will include a hearty helping of Southern style cuisine which is personally selected by Paula, a Southern Cooking Bible cookbook, a photo op with Paula where she will also be signing autographs, a gift package, and preferred seating at that evenings cooking show! The cooking show will begin at 3:00pm on February 8th and run about 60 minutes long (doors will open at 2:15pm). Paula will be cooking up some of her favorite meals live for you at Samuel’s Grand Manor! Seating is unreserved and is “first come, first served”.
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Join Paula and family for a Party at Sea aboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas to Labadee, Jamaica, and Cozumel (roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale) presented by Alice Travel. We will be having special, separate events for kids on this one with Jack Deen hosting the kids program! Click here for more information, and please note that the Paula Deen cruise is only available by booking directly with Alice Travel Book now before the prices start going up on the cruise and air!