Yep, that’s right. I did something new a couple of weekends ago. I went to my first ornament signing.
This is one of those things I didn’t even know existed until I started getting into Hallmark ornament collecting. I wasn’t completely sure I’d want to go, but I figured I’d give it a shot anyway. And I had a great time.
The signing was down in
So foolishly (and it was foolish since I had to get up earlier than I am
right now for work), I drove down on Saturday morning early. With gas prices as they are, I also considered
staying home. But I bravely set out and
went on my way.
I arrived about the time the artists were going to start signing. I quickly got a signing time and then proceeded to wait. Yes, they are organized so that you have to get a time to get a limited number of ornaments signed. Otherwise, collectors would come and monopolize them with everything from their collection. You can go through, get a couple of things signed, and then get another signing time. It keeps things more fair. And as people like me who only brought a few things to be signed clear out, it opens things up for the die hards to get their stuff signed.
There were two of the Hallmark artists there that day.
I actually had to go out and buy an ornament for Rodney to sign. Somehow, I’ve missed all his stuff over the years. But Tom had been doing a series of stained glass window ornaments I really like, so I took all three of those with me to be signed.
I don’t know why I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy it because I love book signings so much. Both artists were personable and cheerful as they signed ornament after ornament.
Plus, I got to chat with several people I “know” from a message board I’m on for ornament collectors. It was fun to put some names to faces.
And I broke down and bought the event pieces. Hallmark artists collaborate to produce a big piece that they all can sign. In this case, they were Mrs. Claus’ stove and table. I was going to buy them for someone on the board who hasn’t been able to make a signing, but I fell in love with them. When they opened them up to buying more right before I left, I bought a second copy for me.
Not being one to waste an opportunity, I stopped at
Disneyland on the way home for several hours. I was by myself, so I read in line, which was
fun. The park was very crowded, but I
still got in several rides and a bit of shopping.
All in all a very expensive but a very fun day.