New Wreaths

I’ve been silent for a while, I know, but so much has happened since my last post.  I’m not able to sit down and write about everything yet, please forgive me.

But…I do want to share with you that these 3 Glittermoon wreaths are available for sale on the Beekman 1802 Holiday website right now!!

If you are in a bit of a hurry and don’t want to ooh and ah over all the wonderful artisan-created products Brent and Josh at have for your holiday gift-giving (though you really ought to do yourself a favor and do just that), you can cut to the chase by going straight to the Holiday Decor at section.  Or by just searching for “ornament wreath.”

Happy shopping, my friends!

Santa's Ski Party

“Santa’s Ski Party” wreath

Flying High Wreath

“Flying High” Wreath featuring a rare 1955 Italian Olympic Ski Jumper ornament

Llama Takes Over Wreath

“Llama Takes Over” Wreath


Hmm…what is this stuff doing sitting out in the yard?
IMG_4626 - Version 2We were able to salvage a couple of the old cabinets from the kitchen demolition so I could put them in the workshop and add some much-needed storage out there.

So, last week, I moved a ton of stuff out of the way and Mike (my lovely builder) did just that.

It took me parts of two days afterwards to get everything stowed away to my satisfaction.

Here’s how it looks now (and please forgive the horrendous photos – the shop is lit with big old fluorescents).

IMG_4686 - Version 2There are the “new” cabinets on the wall.  That’s a wreath I’m working on currently on the big red table.IMG_4689 - Version 2

And, ooh whee, look at all the goodies I stowed inside.IMG_4683 - Version 2

Here is a peek at the old workbench with an army of Santas and other wonderful things on top.  It was fun to have to rearrange everything and it makes me happy to look at all these goodies when I am out there.

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These fellows are smiling away on the top of an old mantel that was salvaged from the basement.IMG_4680 - Version 2

Ho ho ho.

I fear I need an intervention.

Santa’s Coming to Town

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“Alas! How dreary would be the world if there was no Santa Claus!…

There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence.”

– Francis P. Church, New York Sun, Sep. 21, 1897

Fabulous Find

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It was impossible to resist this fabulous vintage Italian Olympic ski jumper.  Isn’t it wonderful? I got a figure skater, too!  She’s all dolled up in a hot pink skating dress with white fur trim. Her face has seen better days but then, let’s face it, so has mine. It’s ok – she will shine when she takes to the ice again.

I see a very special wreath in the future…

Snow Day!

IMG_3314 - Version 2We awoke to a winter wonderland this morning.  The world around us had magically become a beautiful fairyland, reminding me a little of Narnia.IMG_3313As you can see, Emma P Buttercup was enjoying herself.IMG_3255

We went for walkies.

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Here’s how the ‘hood looked this morning.IMG_3312

Cute overload.

The other 4-legged member of the household remained nonplussed.

IMG_3238 - Version 3And look what came in the mail this week!!!


I can’t wait to get through with paperwork, show applications, and taxes (u.g.h.) and get back to some creating.  Time needs to slow down a bit for me.

I don’t mind the winter weather.  It’s nice to have to stay indoors sometimes.  Though I confess, I am thankful not to live in Buffalo.

Stay safe and warm everyone!  And treat yourself to a nice cuppa cocoa…or perhaps something a wee bit stronger.


It’s not too early to get your tickets!  Hope to see you in Nashville this April!


It’s Slowly Coming Together

I doubt I have ever been quite this far behind when it comes to Christmas as I am this year.  There’s just been an awful lot going on and my attention (which sometimes is a little challenged anyway) has been pulled in way too many directions at once.IMG_2975 - Version 2

This is how my living room looked 2 days ago as I was decorating the big tree in the living room.  I’m pretty sure this is the latest I’ve ever been getting it done.  The tree is the sort of pinnacle of my holiday decorating and the one thing that really says “Christmas” to me.  I love to be able to turn out all the room lights, put on some music, and settle down on the sofa with a glass of wine to relax, gaze at the tree, and bask in the glow of memories of Christmases past.  The ornaments on this tree are ones that I have collected over a period of almost 40 years; many of the really special ones have been gifted to me over the course of my adult life.

In the end, I had to set myself a deadline; I decided that at 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon, I would cease and desist.  Consequently, the tree is not nearly as loaded with ornaments as usual.  I’m ok with that this time, though.  Doing that managed to dial down the stress level.

I also was able to decorate a smaller tree in the garden room.  That’s the one that is done with mainly vintage ornaments.  I put the ornaments I purchased last spring in Prague on this one and they look pretty happy to me. IMG_2982 - Version 2I know I still haven’t told you lots of news and I hope to be able to catch up in the next couple of weeks.

But right now, I’ve got to get on my horse and go Christmas shopping.

Merry, merry everyone!