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Patriotic gifts fly high for inauguration Print Email
Written by Rhonda Sholar   
Friday, 16 January 2009 04:54 PM America/New_York

With patriotism flying high following the November election, the presidential inauguration this month and the upcoming spring holidays, Blossom Bucket introduces in February three resin patriotic-themed figurines from artist Barbara Lloyd.

Combining classic Americana and spring motifs, the Crow on Flag Block could stand alone as a decoration or fit into a collection. The flag reads “USA.” It stands 3 inches high and retails for $5.99.

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Dutch artist gets new market for nature lines Print Email
Written by Rhonda Sholar   
Friday, 16 January 2009 04:54 PM America/New_York

Demdaco has announced the new license of artist and world-renowned naturalist Marjolein Bastin, beginning with the January release of “Nature’s Journey,” which includes five new collections of gifts and home accents with more than 150 items. It is Demdaco’s largest release ever, even surpassing the number of pieces included in its popular  “Willow Tree” launch by artist Susan Lordi.

A Hallmark designer discovered Marjolein’s artwork while on a trip to Holland in the early 1990s, initiating a relationship that has spanned nearly 20 years. Today, stationery, greeting cards, home décor items and gifts in Hallmark’s “Nature’s Sketchbook by Marjolein Bastin” line are among the company’s best-selling offerings.

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Hand-sculptured cross bears personal touch Print Email
Written by Rhonda Sholar   
Monday, 05 January 2009 04:51 PM America/New_York

Artist inspires with stone-filled wire design celebrating ‘colorful gift’ of life

Blome crossHand-finished, hand-painted home décor items take on a one-of-a-kind look for artist Elizabeth Blome, whose designs are available from E. Blome Designs.

Blome, who taught herself to paint as a form of therapy when her mother died of cancer in 1993, introduces Life, a 12-inch silver cross in the “Whimsey Cross Collection,” this month. Life ($24.95) is hand-sculptured and inspired by Romans 6:4.

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Broadway star returns to roots on new album Print Email
Written by Cameron Conant   
Friday, 16 January 2009 03:51 PM America/New_York

With a raspy voice and a New York accent, Heather Headley is a Trinidad-born Broadway star set to release her third album, her first gospel recording, Jan. 13.
Headley has appeared in starring roles in Broadway shows like The Lion King and Aida (the Tim Rice-Elton John version), and is now set to release Audience of One (5-09992-26512-2-8, EMI Gospel/EMI CMG), a return to her gospel roots.

In talking about her musical career, Headley is a strangely private person for someone in such a public industry. But the bright lights are nothing new. She was born a pastor’s kid and has always had to deal with the scrutiny that comes from being in the spotlight.

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RED colors outside the musical lines Print Email
Written by Cameron Conant   
Friday, 16 January 2009 03:47 PM America/New_York
Rock with some orchestral flourishes wins band a broadening audience

Red CDRED is a GRAMMY-nominated rock quartet that releases its highly anticipated sophomore album Feb. 10, and is perhaps the hardest-working band in Christian music.

The members answer all fan e-mails themselves and play about 250 shows per year—a staggering number for any band, but especially so for one with married men in their late 20s, two with children.

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Morley provides how-to for men’s ministry Print Email
Written by Staff   
Friday, 16 January 2009 02:56 PM America/New_York

Patrick Morley, author of the best-seller The Man in the Mirror (Zondervan), targets pastors dealing with men’s ministry challenges and opportunities in Pastoring Men: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why It Matters Now More Than Ever (978-0-802-47553-4, $19.99, Moody Publishers), releasing this month.

 

The book includes personal stories, point-by-point plans for implementation and statistics to drive home the need for focused men’s ministry in the local church.

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