Saturday, November 12, 2016

Ornament Review: Colleen C. Evergreen - Snowtop Lodge #3 - 2007 Hallmark Ornament

Stars: 4 out of 5
Pros: Scene paint on the ornament is great
Cons: The evergreen props don’t quite work
The Bottom Line:
Celebrating trees
But the props outweigh the scene
Wish it worked better

The First Disappointing Snowtop Lodge Ornament

I do love the creativity of the Snowtop Lodge series.  As I’ve said, the scenes and props used to create these different pieces on snowmen are so much fun.  However, occasionally things don’t work out like they are supposed to.  One of those times is Colleen C. Evergreen, the third piece in the series.

The ornament is an attempt to bring in a slightly different style to the series.  Colleen is all about evergreen trees, as you’d expect from her name.  She’s a pretty standard snowwoman in that she’s got two pieces of coal for eyes, a carrot for a nose, and more coal for her smile.  She’s wearing a red scarf with silver stars, and she has three buttons down the front made from evergreen tree branches.  The scene painted on her bottom snowball shows a family draggin their Christmas tree home, and it’s a very lovely scene.

However, it’s her accessories that don’t work for me.  In her right hand, she’s holding an evergreen branch.  On her head in place of a hat is a wreath of evergreen.  And there are two cardinals, one perched on the branch and one on her head.  The execution of the idea just doesn’t really work like it is supposed to work.  The branches look messy and the wreath looks strange to me.  Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t find it nearly as appealing as I think it was supposed to look, although it does look a little better in person than in the pictures I’ve seen of her.

Like the rest of the series, Colleen will stand on her own.  She is a snowwoman, after all.  You’ll also find the 3 in the Christmas tree series marker on the bottom of the ornament.

This series is made from porcelain, so it is more fragile than the typical Hallmark ornament.  You’ll want to make sure you place Colleen on a sturdy branch when go to hang her.  She is almost balanced, so you’ll find that she tips forward slightly, but it’s not too bad.

It’s a shame the evergreen touches don’t work as intended because a snowperson celebrating evergreen trees sounds like a good idea.  Unfortunately, the props outweigh the painted scene, and Colleen C. Evergreen just doesn’t quite work out.

Looking for other fun snowmen?  Check out the rest of the Snowtop Lodge ornaments.

Original Price: $18.50

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