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 Chrismtmases 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 strees 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 out 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!

 

Angel Glow

I finished the angel wreath yesterday.

Angel Glow Wreath

Angel Glow Wreath

I love the way she turned out – so sweet.

I will be packing her up and bringing her with me to my last show of 2014 in McLean, VA, the McLean Holiday Crafts Show. The show runs Friday the 5th through Sunday the 7th. The show is in the McLean Community Center which is about a 5 minutes drive from Tyson’s Corner Mall.  Please click here to go to the website for times, etc.

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Here is a peek of Angel Glow plugged in!  As I mentioned yesterday, she is an old Noma angel tree topper.  Imagine how lovely she would be hanging on a mirror over your mantel!

Incidentally, the large gradient snow-capped ball on the upper right is not as brightly colored as it looks in the photo – it is much more subtle and soft.  In fact, the whole wreath has a very soft and gentle, well, glow to it.

Back to work.

 

 

Are You Still Speaking…

To me?

Golly day, I have been lost in the hinterlands but I promise to be back pretty soon with all sorts of exciting news that I want to share.

Including the absolute highlight of my year!

Can you be just a teensy bit more patient (I know, it is asking a lot) and bear with me?

In the meantime, I finished the wreath with the big elf (he’s 11 inches tall!) and the bubble lights.  It’s called, “Really Retro.”  I love the way it turned out.

Really Retro Wreath

Really Retro Wreath

Really Retro is involved in the exciting news, too.

Meanwhile, I started on a new one today.  I was feeling in an angelic mood.

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She is an old Noma angel tree topper and…she still works!

And since today is December 1st, I got to open the first window on my Advent calendar!

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Do you have an Advent calendar, too?

 

Busy, busy, busy!

I’m pretty much holed up out in Santa’s Workshop, Southern Branch, making holiday magic.  Sometimes it seems the gods are not on my side…today I’m suffering with “Arthur” in my right thumb and then I managed to burn 3 fingers and my thumb on my left hand!  Geesh.

Tomorrow will be better, I know it.  The good news is that I finished one major commissioned project and another wreath in lovely pastel colors that will be available for purchase in the near future.

Before I closed the door tonight, I picked out a couple of things to use as a starting point for the next one and I wanted to share them with you.  So, here ’tis.IMG_2830

That elf is huge!  He’s been smiling at me for months, patiently waiting his turn.

Happy Friday, everyone!

I’m Just a Whirling Dervish

I feel terrible for not chiming in here for ages to say hi to all my blog friends.  Truth is, I am overwhelmed.  But in a good way.  This is peak season for me, as you might imagine, with the Christmas goose waddling along in its inexorable journey towards December 25.

The front of the Glittermoon booth at the Country Living Fair, Atlanta 2014

The front of the Glittermoon booth at the Country Living Fair, Atlanta 2014

I have wanted to share with you stories of Country Living Fair Atlanta – which was terrific.  I met so many fun people, the weather was darn near perfect, and we just had a grand, if tiring, time.  As always, the creativity of the other vendors and artisans at the Fair was off the charts. Click on the pictures to see them full size.

Phylliss and I made a couple of stops on the way home to do a little antiquing; we also stopped at Replacements in North Carolina.  Have you ever been there?  It is an amazing place – but dangerous for a chinaholic like me!  No wonder the normally 9 hour drive home took 12!

I was tempted...but the price tag put me off just a smidge. Whoa nelly. Still they are fabulous.

I was tempted…but the price tag put me off just a smidge. Whoa Nelly. Still they are fabulous.

I have been working on commissions and still have some to do in between shows.  These 2 commissioned pretties are heading south to Florida for the winter.

Cloud Nine Wreath

Cloud Nine Wreath

Pink & Green Fantasy Wreath

Pink & Green Fantasy Wreath

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The Church of the Ascension, Westminster, MD. Home of the Mistletoe Mart.

Tomorrow, I set off for Westminster, MD for the Mistletoe Mart.  I wrote a blog piece about it last year.  If you are in the neighborhood of Maryland, DC, etc., why don’t you stop by and say hello?  I’d love to see you.  The show runs Thursday, Nov. 6th – Saturday, Nov. 8th.

IMG_2738I’ve also had really exciting things happening.  In September, R-Home Magazine (a spin-off of the local Richmond Magazine) asked me to create a Christmas place setting for an article about holiday table settings.  I made a big centerpiece and mounted it on a vintage silver plate tazza, plus some smaller topiaries.  My setting was all pastel pinks and silvers with a touch of aqua thrown in.  The Nov/Dec issue just came out – I am very excited to see it in actual print!  If you click here, you can see the real magazine pictures full size.

A look at the page of holiday table settings.  The Glittermoon one is at bottom left.

A look at the page of holiday table settings. The Glittermoon one is at bottom left.

These are some of what I made for the magazine shoot. Click on them to see them bigger.

There is lots more exciting news on the horizon but right now, I’ve got to get back to work.  I will check in later.

Hope you all had a happy Halloween.  Can you believe Thanksgiving is almost here?  Yikes.

Feel free to say hi in the comments – I love hearing from you.

Getting Ready for Atlanta!

In the Glittermoon Booth at the Atlanta Fair 2013

In the Glittermoon Booth at the Atlanta Fair 2013

Day after tomorrow, Phylliss and I will be heading off for Stone Mountain Park and the last Country Living Fair of the year. You can still get advance tickets online through tomorrow, 10/21.  That option saves you both time and money!

I have been out in Santa’s workshop pretty much non-stop trying to get things made to take with me.  I apologize for not being very present on the blog.  This is the time of year when I just never seem to be able to stretch myself enough to cover all the bases. It will most likely be like this until the middle of December.  When I get back from Atlanta, I have 6 commissions to make in between the shows so I am feeling a bit stressed over that.  But very, very happy to have the opportunity to make special wreaths for people!

Also, pretty soon I will be able to tell you some exciting stuff that I have had to keep to myself so please stay tuned.

Before I sign off for the evening, I do want to share with you two new wreaths and a bunch of the “Mini Topes” that I have been making.

Let me know what you think of them, ok?

Pink Joy

Pink Joy

This is Pink Joy.  This is for the person who loves the hot pinks, golds, greens, and other snazzy colors for Christmas.  It has some really cool stuff on it.  I think this one hung on a mirror would be fabulous.

Mid-Century Memories

Mid-Century Memories

Mid-Century Memories is just that.  With a wonderful Santa candy container as the centerpiece, this baby has all the stuff we boomers grew up with at our Christmases.  That’s even an aluminum tree branch poking out of the top.  Way too much fun!

And next is a little gallery of some of the “Mini Topes” that I have made for this fall.  There are some really fun ones in this bunch – and some pretty ones, too.  Please click on the pictures to enlarge them.

And, finally, I leave you with an elegant wall pocket to hang as part of your Christmas decorating.IMG_2658 - Version 2

Have a wonderful night everyone!  I hope to see you in Atlanta!