Thursday, May 28, 2009

My Precious Trip to Carthage

Those of you who are familiar with The Hamilton Collection are aware that one of our most valued product lines is Precious Moments. Precious Moments is a wonderful tradition that started with the art of Sam Butcher. Mr. Butcher’s art has been interpreted into figurines for 31 years. The figurines are all painted in soft pastels, and the eyes of each figurine are tear shaped, giving them very innocent and sweet faces.

I have been learning about Precious Moments over the last 3 years, and I have grown to love the meaning and beauty of each of the figurines that is created. But I am about to get to do something that every Precious Moments collector wants to do. I am going to be visiting the Precious Moments Chapel in Carthage, Missouri in June for the 20th Anniversary celebration. June 18 is the 20th anniversary of the Chapel’s dedication, and Sam Butcher will be there painting in the chapel. I can’t tell you how excited I am. When you spend so much of your time talking about and admiring a person and his artistry, it is an absolute pleasure to finally get to meet that person. It's like meeting your favorite musician. I will even be able to get a figurine signed by Mr. Butcher. I already have one that has been signed by Gene Friedman, so this will be a great addition to my collection.

The children of Precious Moments are wonderful representatives of The Hamilton Collection. Our customers relate to them as their grandchildren, children, and friends. Some of our most popular figurines have been purchased for grandchildren to give to their grandmothers (or the other way around). The children are engaged in all sorts of activities and special occasions that we all relate to as the events that shape our lives – birthdays, graduations, baking cookies with grandma, little league, trips to Disney World, you name it. Collectors have figurines that remind them of all of the milestones of their lives – all of the “Precious Moments.”

Obviously I have become very attached to the Precious Moments children. And my trip to the Chapel caps off my experience. I will be sure to let you know how it goes. In the meantime, if you want to attend the event, check out the Precious Moments website.

Talk to you again soon!

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