Available July 2015 at Ornament Premiere
Celebrating her 20th year as an artist for Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments, Kristina, when she was sculpting this ornament, was also on the verge of another milestone—she was expecting a baby of her own.
That made her the perfect person to design the new “Mom to Bee” Keepsake Ornament, debuting in 2015. So was that by design, so to speak? Actually, turns out it was just a happy coincidence. She started working on the ornament the beginning of 2014, but didn’t find out she was expecting until several months later. (Her second son Tristan was born February. Her first son, Finn, turns four in April.)
Back when Kristina’s team were brainstorming potential concepts, it occurred to them that using an actual bee would be the perfect, punny tie-in.
“Then it was just drawing it up, figuring out what she was going to look like,” said Kristina, who started to zero in on a more whimsical style—sweet and just a little silly.
The mom character is an actual bumblebee. She’s wearing a purple shirt with a little baby bumblebee on it. Instead of sculpting the wings along with the rest of the figure, she made them with a coated, synthetic paper called Yupo.
“It just adds an extra element of value and interest, to have little attachments like that,” Kristina said.