Where Has the Summer Gone???

I’ve been up to my eyeballs this summer with a myriad of things demanding my attention – or so it seems.  And the time is just flying by!

I’m working on custom orders now and I have a huge list of them, probably the largest number ever and with deadlines looming, it is a scramble.  If you are already on my list, you are the most patient, kind people ever. Thank you so much for your forbearance…keep hanging on, I’ll be in touch when I get to yours.

These are snippets of a couple I’ve been working on lately.

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Has it been as hideously hot where you are as it is here? The workshop is not exactly  a comfortable paradise these days.  Though I’m of an age where I never want to wish time away, I am looking forward to more reasonable temps – soon, I hope.

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And, in a totally unrelated aside…I’ve been getting notifications from Pinterest that this topiary, “Christmas Fantasy,” is being pinned. Lots of notifications.

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I clicked on one of those notifications this morning and – oh my, I can’t believe it – it’s been pinned just shy of 32,000 times!!!

WOW

That boggles my mind, quite honestly.  I didn’t share this with you to pat myself on the back but because it is kind of mind-blowing in its magnitude.

A happy ending to the week for me.

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And for you, I wish you a happy end of summer.  September is right around the corner.  Scary, isn’t it?

In a little over 2 weeks, I will be heading north to Sharon Springs, NY for the Harvest Festival, September 17-18. I’m really looking forward to being back!  You can read about it here or here. I hope you can make it!

I’ll leave you with a photo that’s maybe not exactly depicting the dog days of summer but it does seem like a good thing to do on a hot Saturday afternoon.

Have a cat nap on me.

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Patriotic Parade

Patriotic Parade

I finished it!

Meet “Patriotic Parade.”  I think you can guess the reason for the name.  Anyway, July is the perfect time to fly our beautiful colors.

I’m taking it with me to the Golden Glow of Christmas Past convention in Rye, NY next week.  Perhaps I will see some of you there??  I hope so.

Here are a few more pictures for your viewing pleasure (as always, click on them to make them larger – so much better!).

Happy Friday, everyone! And try to stay safe and cool this weekend.  It’s going to be a scorcher.

One Horrifying Moment

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When this photo popped up on my phone, my heart almost stopped.

It looked as though an elephant had sat on it.

Two days prior, I had packed and shipped a wreath to a customer in Georgia via FedEx, my carrier of choice.  I was both horrifed and desolated when Nancy sent this to me.  I knew in my heart that this beautiful wreath was destroyed.  All those wonderfully old, cherished ornaments broken.  Not to mention all the hours I had put into the making of it.

The feeling did not improve as I scrolled through her pictures.

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But to my intense relief she shared one last photo.

IMG_6808 - Version 2This one little hole was miraculously the ONLY damage that occurred.

Now you know how very well I pack my babies before they leave the nest.  It takes me the better part of an hour to carefully wrap and package each one.  I am relieved beyond words that I can now say it is worth every effort I take.

Whew.

Springtime at Christmas

“Springtime at Christmas” is now happily ensconced in her new home.  Because that one ornament was a one-of-kind, we decided the best thing to do was merely to cover up the hole with something else. Problem solved.

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I’m getting ready to leave for the Golden Glow of Christmas Past Convention next week in Rye, NY.  This is my first time and I’m looking forward to meeting some of the people I have only met virtually through Facebook.

Yesterday I started on a new wreath with patriotic colors to take with me.  It will also have this amazing topper on it.

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If I have a chance before I go to share the finished product, I’ll do it.  Wish me luck!

Anyone else going to be there this year?

New Listings in the Etsy Shop!

Happy Friday!

Just dropping by to quickly let you know that I am in the process of listing 7 wreaths and 1 topiary centerpiece in my Etsy Shop!

Here’s what you will find there (they will be dribbling in over the next few days – I’ve got 3 of them listed as I write this and am getting ready to add another).

Click on the images to see them larger.

Happy shopping!

Hope you have a fantabulous weekend!

I Think I’ve Been Ripped Off

Hi, everyone!  I’m just back from the Country Living Fair in NY and am trying to regroup and get some energy back. It was quite a trip – a good one.

But I quickly wanted to share something with you.

I was gobsmacked yesterday when I saw not one but TWO wreaths on Ebay that look like direct rip-offs of mine. First picture is mine (these are not new ones, by the way), 2nd picture is this other person’s. The similarities are just too close to be coincidental as far as I am concerned. What do you think?

This is incredibly disheartening to me since I always expect people to be honorable and honest. I guess I live in a fairy tale world.

 

I’d love to hear your opinions on this.

Thanks so much and have a wonderful evening!

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UPDATE:

I have heard from the seller on Ebay: “My apologies! I have removed them.”

Good. Case Closed (I hope).

 

Getting Ready for Lift Off!

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I’m scrambling – truly – to get ready to depart on Wednesday for the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY.  I hope you will think about coming if you are in the beautiful Hudson Valley area next weekend. You can find out all about it here. The Fair is an amazing experience with artisans from all over the US as well as lots of antique and vintage  shopping plus talks and demonstrations by lots of people, including Brent and Josh, the Beekman 1802 Boys, you’ve heard me talk about so often. They will be there on Saturday and will have a pop-up version of the Beekman 1802 Mercantile set up for the duration of the show.

I have been assigned an amazing booth space in Barn 29,  right on Main Street.  It’s an end spot directly across Main St. from the Earth Angels. Here is a Map of the Fairgrounds for you: Rhinebeck

And here is the schedule:Rhinebeck schedule

See? You’ve gotta come!

I quickly wanted to share with you the “real” pictures of those 5 wreaths I recently finished. I will be taking a total of NINE wreaths with me to the Fair, as well as the Golden Halo Centerpiece, and about 4 DOZEN  (Four Dozen!! See – I told you I’ve been busy!!)  “Tiny Topiaries.”  I love them all – haven’t photographed them yet (hopefully tomorrow before I pack them) but they are totally charming. Plus, I will have my full stock of Glittermoon Cards and original photography.  Oh, and some really fun vintage merchandise to boot.  I’m so excited!

Without further ado, here are the 5 new ones:

Ding Dong Bell - this one has that fabulous bell music box on the bottom that plays Silent Night.

Ding Dong Bell – this one has that fabulous bell music box on the bottom that plays Silent Night.

Harlequin Hugger

Harlequin Hugger

Going to the Chapel

Going to the Chapel

Palomino Pink

Palomino Pink

Shabby Sweet

Shabby Sweet

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Finally, in honor of Memorial Day, I’d like to share a picture of my Dad who served in the US Navy during World War II.  As a Lieutenant on a Destroyer Escort, he sailed in both the Atlantic and Pacific campaigns.  Thank you, Daddy,  and thank you to all the brave souls who fight for our freedoms.

Lt JG Barclay Haskins Trippe, Jr

Lt JG Barclay Haskins Trippe, Jr