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Last Thursday, both the TV Crafts Department and the creative team for the upcoming holiday special took a trip down to the John Derian Company store on East 2nd Street in Manhattan. After a glowing review from Martha and Kevin Sharkey, we knew we had to check out the newest Christmas wares on display and get a healthy dose of holiday inspiration for all of our upcoming projects.

This being my first trip to this cute little shop, I was just amazed by the impressive selection of ornaments, many being vintage blown glass with gorgeous hand painting and glittered details!

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No. 6, East 2nd Street (@ The Bowery), Manhattan

1 No. 6, East 2nd Street (@ The Bowery), Manhattan

Ornaments!

2 Ornaments!

Gilded ladybugs with glittery brown spots.

3 Gilded ladybugs with glittery brown spots.

Gorgeous speckled eggs.

4 Gorgeous speckled eggs.

Frogs and turtles!

5 Frogs and turtles!

I love the collection of dinosaur, lizard and other reptilian ornaments.

6 I love the collection of dinosaur, lizard and other reptilian ornaments.

Papier mache teepees detailed with crayon.

7 Papier mache teepees detailed with crayon.

Papier mache ship.

8 Papier mache ship.

Beaded ship.

9 Beaded ship.

What a gorgeous bird!

10 What a gorgeous bird!

I just loved this black and white tree - layering a little bit of formality and darkness over the typical holiday fare.

11 I just loved this black and white tree - layering a little bit of formality and darkness over the typical holiday fare.

Spiders aren't just for Halloween anymore!

12 Spiders aren't just for Halloween anymore!

Shimmery, festive ornaments in white!

13 Shimmery, festive ornaments in white!

Citrus tree.

14 Citrus tree.

The cutest felted gnome (next door, at No.10, in the John Derian Dry Goods store).

15 The cutest felted gnome (next door, at No.10, in the John Derian Dry Goods store).

Fabulous vintage-looking garland.

16 Fabulous vintage-looking garland.

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Across the board, mushrooms have become a very popular trend for the holidays. In line with Hosanna Houser's Spun-Cotton Mushroom Ornaments and Kristin St. Clair's Mushroom Table Decor, John had quite a few fun variations of his own on hand.

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I was also amazed at how many great gift possibilities there were. I'll definitely be making a trip back to shop for the many folks on my list this year!

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Spun cotton snowmen (with an accompanying spun-cotton menagerie).

1 Spun cotton snowmen (with an accompanying spun-cotton menagerie).

Papier mache taxidermy. No animals were harmed in the making of these fabulous wall decorations.

2 Papier mache taxidermy. No animals were harmed in the making of these fabulous wall decorations.

These candles filled the entire store with a delicious, sophisticated aroma.

3 These candles filled the entire store with a delicious, sophisticated aroma.

Classic John Derian, vintage decoupage plates...

4 Classic John Derian, vintage decoupage plates...

...coasters...

5 ...coasters...

...and paper weights. All vividly and beautifully designed.

6 ...and paper weights. All vividly and beautifully designed.

I loved this whimsical

7 I loved this whimsical "broken and repaired" china pattern.

More vintage dishware.

8 More vintage dishware.

Gorgeous handmade tissue paper flowers by frequent Martha Stewart Show guest and MS Living contributor, Livia Cetti.

9 Gorgeous handmade tissue paper flowers by frequent Martha Stewart Show guest and MS Living contributor, Livia Cetti.

Brightly colored candle holders.

10 Brightly colored candle holders.

A couple of masks or perhaps a bust!

11 A couple of masks or perhaps a bust!

Tote bags in more of those fabulously classic John Derian prints.

12 Tote bags in more of those fabulously classic John Derian prints.

For those on your gift list that are trying to cut back on the holiday calories - may I suggest food fashioned from yarn?

13 For those on your gift list that are trying to cut back on the holiday calories - may I suggest food fashioned from yarn?

Giant cloche!

14 Giant cloche!

There was even an option for the naughty ones on your list!

15 There was even an option for the naughty ones on your list!

Comments (5)

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  • What a beautiful store! Boy, I really wish I lived in NYC. I love the city so much!

  • I have many of your punches; they are absolutely the best. I recently taught a scrapbooking class, and they were the favorite item to be used to create designs for the covers of the books. When packing up the punches to take with me, I realized some of the pair punches could get mixed up. Also, many of the punches need to be used with specific sizes of paper as in the punch around the page. With a black marker, i wrote numbers for the pairs as in 1 on the edge punch and a corresponding 1 on the corner punch and so forth. Then on the back I wrote the sizes of papers to be used. This made it so much easier during the class. All the students had to do was match the numbers, and look at the sizes written on the punch to know what sizes to cut their paper. If this was printed on the punches to begin with, it would make a terrific product that much better. Thank you for your quality. It's a good thing.

  • Wow! I've known about Derian's NYC shop for a while but have yet to stop in... This post has convinced me that I need to get over there very soon. I'm sure I'll find at least one or two (or three, or four...) holiday decorations I have to bring home with me!

    Using holidays as a segue way to ask a question here: Is there going to be a Holiday Craft Fair this year? I've loved the past few that were open to the public but haven't seen any mention for 2011. Thanks!

  • Crafter Comment:

    Hi Gemmifer,

    Unfortunately, there's no sale this year. Thanks so much for your inquiry. If there is on next year, you'll certainly hear about it with plenty of notice!

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