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Orchestra Angel with Balalaika - New for 2018 from Wendt and Kühn

Posted on March 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

A charming piece of folk art of an Angel with a folk instrument. Wendt and Kühn's new orchestra figure for 2018 is this delightful Angel with a Balalaika.

The balalaika is a traditional Russian stringed folk instrument with a characteristic triangular, wooden, hollow body and three strings. Two strings are usually tuned to the same note and the third string is a perfect fourth higher.  The instrument is commonly known as a "Russian three-stringed guitar."

Find her here where you can select an Angel with blonde or brunette hair.

 

 

Celebrate a Special Person in Your Life with Wendt and Kühn's Angel with a Cake and a Heart

Posted on January 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Winter is in full swing. We all need a little spark in our lives. Wendt and 

Kühn's Angel with a Cake and a Heart brings just that.  

She is perfect for Valentine's Day, a birthday, an anniversary, or just to let someone know that you are thinking of them. Enjoy! 

Posted in Angels, German Folk Art, Valentine's Day

Happy Holidays!

Posted on December 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Wishing you and yours a delightful Holiday Season!

Artist - Tasha Tudor

Posted in Christmas Traditions

Bettina Franke's Charming Santas

Posted on December 02, 2017 | 0 Comments

We have carried a selection of Bettina Franke's delightful folk art from the beginning of My Growing Traditions - first discovering her workshop in the Seiffen area in the late 1990s. 

Coming from a family of woodcarvers (including a great-great-grandfather, her grandfathers [in the 1930s] and her mother [beginning in 1956], who was one of the first women woodcarvers), in 1981 Bettina completed her master craftsman training and founded her own company under the "Gänseliesel" brand - 

We are especially fond of her Santas and are proud to carry her Santa Gift Box

as well as her Santa Pulling a Sled

Her Santas are simply delightful!

 

Posted in Bettina Franke Workshop, Erzgebirge, German Folk Art, Santa

Grünhainichen Gold Edition No. 10 / The Reader / Words for Eternity

Posted on October 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Since 2009, Wendt and Kühn has crafted a series of figurines with accessories that are 24 karat gold-plated. This year - new for 2017 - Wendt and Kühn presents two versions of their Gold Edition No. 10 Grünhainichen Angel / The Reader / Words for Eternity.  

The Limited edition (22,222 pieces) is with a 24-karat Gold-plated Metal Book and Base  and comes in a wood Splinter Box.

         

Limited Edition with Gold-Plated Book and Base in Splinter Box

With a golden book open in its hands the reader encourages every viewer to think and dream. But what is being read aloud? Is it fairy tales, poems, or perhaps stories written about life itself? This is left entirely to one's imagination. 

The Limited Edition has an individual serial number printed on the underside of each figurine, on the base of its attractive splinter box, and also in the lovingly designed accompanying leaflet. This makes every Angel a valuable and unique piece.

The Gold Edition Reader is also available on a grey base with with the gold-plated book.

       

Gold-edition with Gold-Plated book and Grey Base 

A very special addition to your collection.

 

 

 

Posted in Angels, Erzgebirge, German Folk Art, Wendt and Kühn

Gold Spanbaum / 8 - 14"

Posted on October 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

For years we have enjoyed decorating with natural spanbaum and green spanbaum, and now the Erzgebirge has given us gold-colored spanbaum.

They have many names - Spanbaum, span trees, wood shaved trees, chip or chipped trees, twilled trees, splinter, and curled trees. The German word span means chip in English.

The one pictured here is 14" tall.  They come in four sizes: 8", 10", 12," and 14" - find them here

They are unique to the Erzgebirge - Germany's Christmas Center and Toy Village of wood working craftsmen.

Use them to add a bit of elegance to your holidays - charming on a Thanksgiving or Christmas table.

 

Posted in Erzgebirge, German Folk Art, Trees

The Gnomes of Wendt and Kühn - Perfect for your Fairy House

Posted on July 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Gnomes, Fairies, Elves, Dwarfs, Pixies, and Leprechauns - a fantasy land full of delightful little helpful creatures.  This year, new for 2017, Wendt and Kühn adds to their Pixies,

                                                     

with three dear little Gnomes -

                                           

                                                    

All are perfect for your Fairy Home.

Posted in Gnomes and Pixies, Wendt and Kühn

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