Read All About It

I apologize if you think I have a one-track mind but I do want to share with you the email that went out last night that contains all the details about the Country Living Fair, just in case you have not made your mind up to go. After you read it, I bet you will be making your hotel reservations!  Yes, it is THAT good.

There is one other REALLY exciting thing: Glittermoon is listed as a “Featured Vendor!”  With a vendor pool of over 200 of the most talented folks (from all over the country) you will ever come across, it was thrilling beyond belief to see Glittermoon Cards’ name there.  Thrilling…and quite humbling, I might add.  I am very, very grateful that the stars aligned just so.

Enough about me already, read about who all is going to be there and what fun things there are to do – not to mention the best shopping anywhere.  I do hope I will see you there!

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It’s Cookie Time

I have neglected you all sadly lately but, honestly, I haven’t meant to, it’s just that I am up to my eyeballs getting ready for the Country Living Fair in Columbus, Ohio. It opens 2 weeks from today, on Sept. 12th.  Have you bought your advance tickets yet?

I have been either holed up in the workshop making new Glittermoon Vintage Christmas treasures to take with me (and, boy, do I have the burnt fingertips to show for it – ow) or else been in my office matting and printing photographs.  Not to mention packaging cards.

But before I head off to rustle up a late dinner, I wanted to share one of the new babies.  It is called COOKIE TIME.

Cookie TimeCan you guess why?  Yup, that’s a vintage plastic cookie plate that makes up the center of the wreath.  Remember those?

So, add a groovy red-cheeked Santa Claus with white (!) boots (how do you suppose he keeps them clean?), a drippy bow with jingle bells on chains, plus all sorts of other goodies and you have a colorful and fun package.  Chock full of holiday cheer.

He will be accompanying me to Columbus.

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Ho ho ho.

I think I’ll shuffle off and grab a cookie.

Back soon with more goodies.

Cheers!

 

Will I see You at the Fair?

image002The Fair starts 3 weeks from today!  

I can’t believe it is almost here already. 

I hope you are ordering your advance tickets now.

My booth will be at #92 Main Street.

 Please tell me you will be coming to visit! 

Now I’ve gotta run out to the workshop and get busy!  Will post more later.

Cara’s Memories

On the last day of the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY this past June, a nice couple from Connecticut came into my booth.  They fell in love with the wreath that was hanging up in the center of my display.  It was “Hot Flash.”  Unfortunately for them, it had already been sold.  Cara, the wife, was particularly attracted to the enormous celluloid deer.  I told her that I actually still had one of those deer (they are quite rare) left at home and that, if she wanted, I could make her a wreath incorporating it.  After some more conversation, they said they wanted to think about it and left to wander the show.

Just before closing, they came back. They had decided.  They wanted me to make them a wreath for their kitchen using my deer and some of their own ornaments.

Some weeks later, 2 big boxes showed up at my house; they were Cara’s ornaments.  She sent me quite a lot and when I had them unpacked, I could see that there were 2  distinct directions I could go in. One was an elegant theme, with burgundies and whites; the other was more retro, with traditional Christmas colors.  Here are just a few of what she sent.

A sampling of Cara's ornaments.

A sampling of Cara’s ornaments.

This is another picture showing a large grouping of Cara’s ornaments along with the giant deer.  As you can see, I had a lot to choose from!

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Cara’s ornaments

They decided on the more traditional colors with a retro, fun vibe to it.  It would have elves, Santa’s and other goodies.  I finished Cara’s wreath Friday evening.  I used as much of her ornaments as I could but there were still ones I would have loved to have included that just would not fit.

If you follow me on Facebook or on Instagram, you may have already seen this picture of the finished wreath that I quickly snapped with my phone.

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Cara’s Memories Wreath

It always makes me really nervous when someone trusts me to make something using their own, prized ornaments.  After all, I know how dear my own collection is to me – all those Christmas memories are so special.  Once I start putting their ornaments on the wreath, we are pretty stuck with the outcome (both literally and figuratively!).  Luckily for me, these were dream clients, who were willing to put their faith in me and let me decide what the final outcome would be.

Even so, it was to my very great relief that I received an email from Cara the morning after I sent her pictures that said, “We LOVE it!!!! It is exactly as I had dreamed! Thank you for creating a beautiful , whimsical wreath filled with family memories and Christmas spirit. It will be treasured.”

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I love a happy ending!

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In other news, I slipped out Saturday morning to hit one of my secret sources.  Three hours (!) later, I emerged dirty but triumphant.  Check this out:

A box full of treasure!

A box full of treasure!

There is a ton of great stuff in this box and I got more besides.  I am particularly charmed by these sweet little angels.  They look just like the wonderful wooden German ones but were actually made in British Hong Kong.

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Six little angels all in a row

Aren’t they dear?  I think I see them in a little vignette all their own, with a little bottlebrush tree, and…who knows what else?

Gotta dash now – I’m at work on another custom order.  This time for a lady in California.

See you next time!

Maybe I Need Help

I admit it – I’ve been on a binge.

Sometimes I just can’t help myself.

This happens periodically, when I surmise that I need to replenish my inventory of certain things.   Perhaps it’s toppers, or Jewelbrites, or reindeer, or knee-huggers, or….whatever the thought du jour happens to be.

I let myself get sucked into the quicksand of trolling eBay; I have about 20 searches going all the time.  Sometimes I ignore the daily emails. Sometimes I say to myself, “Ok, I’ll just take one little peek – for five minutes – what can that hurt?”  And then it’s off I go down the rabbit hole never (seemingly) to return.

I’m kinda proud of myself at the moment though.  I’ve just weaned myself off my latest jag.

This involved not only eBay, mind you, but estate sales, auctions, and a trip to the DC Big Flea last month.  It was a fun ride while it lasted and I scored a bunch of treasures.

Wanna see what I got?

IMG_2102Corsages are what got me started.  My supply seemed to have shrunk to a terrible low.  This is a bunch that I won on eBay.  You know, I always thought they were terribly tacky. But once incorporated into a wreath they get a glamorous new life.

And then I started seeing all these marvelous looking lots of glass ornaments just begging for me to bid on them.  IMG_2018

Like these.

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I do love me those Shiny Brite stencils.

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And then there was this batch of fabulousness.  Glory me.

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Oh, and these, too.  Be still my heart.IMG_2119

And then I saw a local online auction that had a bunch of jumbo ornaments that really made my heart go pitter patter.  I’ve told you how I cannot resist jumbo Polands, haven’t I?

Well, lucky me – I won them all.  Whoohoo!IMG_2118

Look at the size of this baby.

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The box alone gives me chill bumps.IMG_2120

There was also this amazing bunch of fantastic stuff, including humongous German and Austrian indents.IMG_2122

See how huge they are?  I can’t wait to start making stuff with them all.

So then, my friend Chris and I made the trip up to Chantilly, VA for the DC  Big Flea.  It was a terrific show – huge – and I did find some treasures.  There was a lot of stuff that was way out of my price range.  I suppose if you are collecting bits and pieces for your own tree, you can afford to pay more for a couple of things.  But since I like to buy bunches all at once, I had to pass by plenty of stuff.

We like to shop antiques anyway so we had fun roaming the aisles, occasionally bumping into someone we knew.
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This was a cool booth. I loved the way they had set it up.

IMG_2088 - Version 2 (1)I knew it was going to be a great day when I found this charming fellow, an old cardboard candy container, in the first row we meandered down.  I just could not leave him there.

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This was a particularly fun booth.  Its nuttiness appealed to me immensely.

After a couple of hours, we took a lunch break.

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It felt great to sit down but, oh my, it was quite possibly the worst lunch I have ever eaten.  Blech.

After lunch, we continued on our trek.  I found a gentleman who had a big bowl full of great glass ornaments. Luckily, we were able to come to an agreement and I purchased the whole lot.  He was an interesting character and I look forward to possibly seeing him again.  Once we made the circuit, we doubled back to give some things a second look.  I picked up a few more things, including some neat vintage Christmas tablecloths that I plan to take to Columbus for the Country Living Fair in September and a couple of other odds and ends.

I was pretty good.  I did not buy anything for myself except for one thing.  I needed it like I need a hole in my head but I justified it by telling myself that it was a birthday present to myself.  And I just could not resist it.

I bought a charming vintage hat, circa 1918.  It was just so me. Have I mentioned that I also have a hat problem?

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What do you think?