A Green Tree

A Detour from Christmas, but I am in a garden mood right now!

Garden Reverie

One recent morning, after a nice big rain, I went out into the garden and was bowled over by how beautiful this pink crape myrtle was, dripping all over the bench in Vinnie’s Garden.  It was all so lovely: the masses of cool, wet, green; the lichen on the furniture; and the gorgeous pink blossoms.

I beat a path back into the house for my camera and took a bunch of shots of this particular vignette.

I am currently designing some new cards for my Glittermoon Cards line and I really wanted to create a card with this scene on it.  I have been holding on to that lovely quote for ages, just until the right image came along.  I think this is it.  Do you like it?

I’ve got some other new ones in the pipeline, too.  If you are interested in seeing the new prototypes as they roll…

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The Little Choirboy

Sweetly sings The Little Choirboy

Sweetly sings The Little Choirboy

Occasionally I will make a supreme sacrifice and use a Christmas treasure that is pretty dear to my heart in one of my projects.  And this, “The Little Choirboy,” was one of them.  I’m soooo in love with this small ceramic fellow.  Who could resist the charm of his angelic little face, his blue bow, and his sapphire buttons?  Not me.

But sacrifice I did and I have to say that, though I truly love everything that I make, this one will be awfully hard to part with.  The consolation will be that I know he will go to a good home, in his own time.  Could it be yours?

Here is the whole wreath:

The Little Choirboy 17" diamater $225

The Little Choirboy
17″ diameter

As you can see, the color palette is blue and gold with silver accents.

A handmade angel tree topper is the crown

A handmade angel tree topper is the crown

Here is a close-up of an adorable handmade angel tree topper.  It is made of gold foil paper with tinsel and glitter trimmings.  There is a petite angel in the center.  To the right of the angel is a huge Austrian ball that has gorgeous gold “dimples” that look like jewels.  And on the other side is a classic stenciled  “Merry Christmas” ball in medium blue.

Left side of "The LIttle Choirboy"

Left side of “The LIttle Choirboy”

The left side of the wreath has tons of great stuff, not the least of which is a Poland topper with triple indents.  Anchoring the bottom is a reflector with a white dove resting on a nest of gold.  A tiny bottlebrush tree makes a nice counterpoint.  There is a mixture of gold and blue balls, bells, and picks as well as a silver disco ball.  Doubl Glo curly twist gold garland drips from the bottom left and is also tucked in as accents all over the wreath.  The base of the form is silver tinsel which peeks through every now and then to give added sparkle.

Detail of THE LITTLE CHOIRBOY wreath ©Glittermoon Productions LLC 2013 5

Right side of “The Little Choirboy”

As you can see, the right side of the  wreath does not skimp on anything either.  Staying within the color palette are several Poland teardrop ornaments, one an indent, and another with a snowy church scene on it.  There is a cool gold and white ornament with a finial bottom right under the big German one.  And, quite fittingly,  there is a silver and blue drum at the bottom.  Bells placed in spots reiterate the musical theme.

Center of "The Little Choirboy"

Center of “The Little Choirboy”

This view of the center gives you a great idea of the whole.

Bottom of "The LIttle Choirboy"

Bottom of “The LIttle Choirboy”

I’m going to leave you with a picture of the bottom, where my little charmer is singing his little heart out.

I think he is going to bring somebody a lot of smiles.  Don’t you?

“The Little Choirboy” measures about 17″ in diameter, not including the drippy bits, and will come to you nestled in his own heavy-duty storage bag with lots of bubble wrap to keep him safe.  His price is $225.  Here is a link to my Etsy Shop where you can view and purchase him.

Happy Birthday, America!

IMG_0077Having had the great good fortune to be born and raised on the beautiful Eastern Shore of Maryland, I am a small-town girl and proud of it.  Right now I am home for my annual 4th of July/birthday visit.  Today, a lifelong friend and I took my 91 year-old Mom out to lunch and made a little detour to see what the gentleman who lives down the road a spell has assembled for his annual July 4th tableau.  Isn’t it just nuttily wonderful?  It literally stops traffic on busy St. Michaels Road.  I hopped out of the car to take a quick phone pic.

Is this a great country we live in or what?

Last week, I was driving on the expressway in Richmond and a huge billboard was inviting me (and you) to a “4th of July Machine Gun Shoot.”  Machine gun shoot???????? Seriously???

I love the fact that we have the liberty to celebrate the birth of our nation however we choose but this is not for me.

So, give me your small-town fireman’s carnival, the family picnic with my cousins from near and far, the bunting and the sparklers.  The fireworks and the fireflies.  And the gentleman down the road with a goofy looking Uncle Sam in a stars and stripes race car.

Happy Birthday, USA!