A Joy-Full Wreath: Fini!

So, you all read my first post about the wreath I was making for Joy, who entrusted me with some of her treasured vintage collection, right?  If not, click here to see it.

Well, here is the finished product:

A Joy-Full Wreath

A Joy-Full Wreath

And thanks to a serendipitous string of events including a friend who was traveling near to where she lives, Joy-Full is already safely at Joy’s house.  And she loves it!  Yay.

Remember this is where I started:

Some of Joy's Treasures

Some of Joy’s Treasures

As you can see I was able to use a lot of what Joy sent me.  She wanted a Nativity-themed wreath.

DSC_0167 - Version 2Here is a look at the top half.  The first thing I placed was her angel because it seemed fitting to have her on top with the reflector directly beneath her, sort of like the Star.

You all have probably figured out by now that in most of my wreaths, I like to use a sort of “statement” piece that not only grabs your attention but sets the tone for the rest.  In this case, I got out one of my prized jumbo Poland teardrop ornaments and plopped it right there on the left below the “Star.”  The colors melded perfectly with the color scheme Joy’s ornaments dictated.

DSC_0165 - Version 2This is a view of the bottom half where the Nativity itself evolved.  This part was particularly  mentally and spatially challenging.  I enjoyed working to get it just so; it took quite me a lot of time and experimentation, especially with the placement of the Jewelbrite Wise Men and the “accessorizing” of them with some more color to keep them from fading out against the silver tinsel background.

Part way through the making of Joy-Full

Part way through the making of Joy-Full

This was about midway through.  I was little afraid that I had painted myself into a corner with the Wise Men at this point.  See how they just blend into the silver background?

At this stage, I had also used just about all of Joy’s ornaments that I could.  I was happy with the balance of the major pieces, especially how the topper complimented the jumbo Poland on the other side.  I also liked the subtle triangulation that went from the Nativity scene at the bottom to the angel and “Star” on the top.   It was time to flesh it out with stuff from my collection.

Nativity scene in Joy-Full

Nativity scene in Joy-Full

After thinking about it for a while, I decided to frame her wonderful West German Nativity ornament with trees, which somehow seemed fitting, and I also added a tiny gold angel to complete the scene.DSC_0168 - Version 2

Here’s a peek at the right side.  I used lots of bells throughout the wreath to compliment the theme.  I love the purple “church window” as well as the green Poland with the church painted on it.

Below are some other photos that show various details.  You can click on each picture to see it bigger.  Joy really does have some wonderful stuff!

It was a tremendous leap of faith for Joy to send me – a stranger – her treasures.

This is what she said about the finished product:

“TOTALLY GORGEOUS!!!   LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!  

It is truly beautiful and exactly what I was looking for!!” 

I am so glad.  I love a happy ending.

A Teensy Detour: Christmas Cards from Glittermoon Cards

I know you all are waiting with bated breath for the finale to Joy’s wreath (see my last post here) and I promise it will be soon.  She is going to have it in her hot little hands tomorrow!

In the meantime, I would like to share with you the other thing I do, which is greeting cards. These are the prototypes for 8 new Glittermoon Christmas Cards for 2013.

I am just about ready to deliver them to my printer but I would dearly love it if you wouldn’t mind taking a minute to look at them and let me know what you think!  I would be ever so grateful.

The Road to Christmas

The Road to Christmas

Inside Greeting: The Road to Christmas

Inside Greeting: The Road to Christmas

Gabby's Christmas Dream

Gabby’s Christmas Dream

Inside Greeting: Gabby's Christmas Dream

Inside Greeting: Gabby’s Christmas Dream

The Bells on Christmas Day

The Bells on Christmas Day

Inside Greeting: The Bells on Christmas Day

Inside Greeting: The Bells on Christmas Day

Christmas Geese

Christmas Geese

Inside Greeting: Christmas Geese

Inside Greeting: Christmas Geese

Spirit of Christmas

Spirit of Christmas

Inside Greeting: Spirit of Christmas

Inside Greeting: Spirit of Christmas

Believe

Believe

Inside Greeting: Believe

Inside Greeting: Believe

Heaven and Nature

Heaven and Nature

Inside Greeting: Heaven and Nature

Inside Greeting: Heaven and Nature

Beauty and Wonder

Beauty and Wonder

Inside Greeting: Beauty and Wonder

Inside Greeting: Beauty and Wonder

So, what do you think???? I’ll take any and all feedback.

If you like these and would like to see more, please visit the Glittermoon Cards website.

Thank you so much, dear readers, for taking the time to look this over.  Have a great night!

A Joy-Full Wreath (Part 1)

If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me if I would make them a wreath using their ornaments I would be feeling pretty flush about now.  It must be a passing fancy for most people because rarely does anyone follow through.

But last fall, I received a very nice enquiry from a lady named Joy.  She had lots of nice things to say about my work and wanted to know if I would consider making her a wreath using some of her own vintage collection.  She particularly liked a custom wreath that I had made for a gentleman in Texas.  It was this one, “Old Fashioned Christmas.”

Old-Fashioned Christmas

Old-Fashioned Christmas

She liked the jewel tones and colors of this one.  And she put together a group of her ornaments and sent me pictures to show me what she was thinking.  She was thinking about my making her a nativity-themed wreath.  I loved the idea.

Since it was my crazy time of year, we decided to put the project off until 2013.  So, a couple of weeks ago, Joy packed up her goodies and sent them to me.

Wow!  It was so exciting to open her packages and see what treasures she sent.  And treasures they are!  It was Christmas in July!  See for yourself.

Some of Joy's Treasures

Some of Joy’s Treasures

Love these Shiny Brite Stencils and the bird, too!

Love these Shiny Brite Stencils and the bird, too!

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More gorgeous stuff, including a wonderful green Polish ball.

Joy's tree topper

Joy’s tree topper

This West German Nativity ornament is incredibly special.

This West German Nativity ornament is incredibly special.

As you can see, the pressure was on for me to make something fabulous.  Custom work is enjoyable but it can be tricky because I am always worrying that the person will not like the end result.  I often spend a lot of time second-guessing what someone wants.  And since I usually only know the person through email conversation it is doubly hard.

In this instance, I not only had to think about that but Joy had taken a huge leap of faith by entrusting me with her most special ornaments which she had collected over a long period of time.  I felt very honored….and more than a little nervous.  But, God bless her, she was very vocal in her confidence that I would come up with something she would like.

And so, I got started.

These are the background colors.

These are the background colors.

These are the colors I used for the background and they set the tone for the whole wreath.  I started by wrapping the form in silver tinsel.

Joy sent me many more pieces than I could actually use in one wreath so I had lots of choices to make along the way.

Stay tuned to see the outcome!

New Stuff

Gosh, the time is going by so quickly and I can’t believe September is right around the corner!!  Believe it or not though, I have been designing some new Christmas cards for the Glittermoon Cards line. So, I’ve been a little lax about posting but I haven’t been lax about thinking up new ideas and collecting some fan-tab-u-lous stuff!

Like this loopy Santa ornament.  Isn’t he wonderful?  IMG_0788

He’s Italian.  I love the Italian figural ornaments, there is something about them that sets them apart.  I have a bunch of them in my personal collection and I get a kick every year when I pull them out to put on the tree.

Even better, he was just one of several in the box.  I was so excited to win this on eBay!  Check it out.IMG_0787 - Version 2

Aren’t they all great?  Who cares if Santa’s lost an eye.  I’ll fix him right up.  And those adorable little angels.  Cute as buttons.IMG_0784 - Version 2

And look at this other box I won from the  same dealer!  These guys are so different from anything I have used in my wreaths and I can’t wait to have some fun.

IMG_0785 - Version 2Oh my gosh, this little choirgirl sends me over the top.  I might have a problem parting with her if I am being perfectly honest.  Don’t hold it against me, ok?  Tell you what, though, if you want me to make you something with her on it, just say the word and she’s yours!

IMG_0562While I am on an Italian jag, check out this topper.  I showed him to you earlier in the year.  Now he is on my list to make something with pretty soon.

I spent the afternoon unpacking, sorting, and putting away boxes and boxes of new treasures.  Can’t wait to get started!!

I’ll be back in touch in a few days.  Until then, have a wonderful night.

A Glittermoon Video Sampler

I have put together a video sampler of many of the designs I have made in the past couple of years as a sort of portfolio.  This is so folks can see what Glittermoon is all about in just a couple of minutes.

So, without further ado, here ’tis!

It always drives me crazy how my nice crisp photographs degrade so badly by the time they have been transferred through several steps into a YouTube video but, hopefully, you can get the idea of what I make despite the less than stellar quality (can you tell that I am a perfectionist???)

Oh, and by the way, that is none other than Frank Sinatra singing “The Christmas Waltz.”  Now that is something that cannot be improved upon.

Hope you enjoy!

Fragile!

IMG_0772 - Version 2I have just weaned myself off yet another eBay buying jag.  It is never easy to finally put a stop to one of these little episodes – for me anyway.  I get about a billion emails from eBay with various searches because I am always on the lookout for the most special and unusual vintage ornaments and decorations to use in my projects.  I spend hours scrolling through thousands (at least it seems like thousands!) of items.  So when I find something that piques my interest, I watch it for days on end, and then decide whether to bid or not and how much.

I love that rush when my bid is the winner.

So, it is incredibly disappointing when a package arrives at the front door and I can hear a little tinkle when I pick it up.  There is no mistaking the sound of broken glass.

IMG_0380This one was especially upsetting.  Every single one in the box broken; and they were fabulous stencils, too.

IMG_0769 - Version 2This is another package that arrived in less than perfect condition.  No big surprise here; the seller did not use a lick of packaging materials!  Amazingly enough, quite a bit actually survived the trip.

IMG_0771 - Version 2It always seems to be the ones I wanted most that are the ones that don’t make it.  I like to buy in fairly large lots and there are usually a few ornaments that are the main reason I chose to bid.  Like these beautiful blue stencils.  Toast.

IMG_0779 - Version 2The pink ones with the flower stencils were why I wanted this bunch, too, although the others are fabulous in their own right.  This is how they were shipped!  Not one was individually wrapped.  Again, it is miraculous that they all were not broken.

Fortunately, most sellers on eBay go out of their way to pack and ship properly.  And also fortunately, I have had good luck with those who shipped stuff that got damaged;  they usually are distressed themselves and hasten to make good.  For that I am thankful.  It is tricky shipping things as fragile as vintage Christmas.  Sometimes despite the most expert packing, an uh-oh occurs as a box makes its way through the mail.

It is hard not to be disappointed though after you have invested time, energy and anticipation into buying these treasures.  But the worst part, the very worst part, is that something somebody and their family collected and cherished (often for generations) is smashed to smithereens.  And that’s a sad thing.