The Great RVA Yard Sale

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Yesterday, two of my best buddies and I went to the so-called Great RVA Yard Sale.  Holy smokes – what an affair it was, too.  It was a yard sale of epic proportions.  Held at the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s production center just north of town, The Redhead and I were going to rendezvous with The Blonde at the site.  The Blonde got there first and called to let me know to be prepared to park miles (well, maybe not miles exactly – but a loooong ways) from the place.  As we turned into the road, we entered major gridlock.  Luckily, Blondie was up ahead, saw a lady who was getting ready to leave, and was able to hold us a parking space until I could maneuver through the mob to snag it.  I took this as a good sign – it was going to be a good afternoon.

I had gone through all the ads, circled booths of potential interest, and decided where I wanted to start.  It was mobbed.  We finally got to Row F, my chosen beginning point, and almost immediately, we became separated.  That’s ok, we all shop at our own pace, and we are all looking for different things.  Every now and again, I would cross Blondie’s trail, we would compare notes, and move on.  I never saw Red again (despite her new neon carrot-top color) until the final row.

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As you may expect, you could get almost anything you ever wanted (and plenty you never would).  There were diapers, cleaning supplies, and Redskins stuff mixed in with the collectibles and assorted old junk.

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I had a spiffing good time (as Bertie Wooster would say), eventually scoring some vintage ornaments and other goodies as I made my way among the aisles.  It was loads of fun, though a trifle on the warm side on the asphalt parking lot.  I’m pretty excited about some of the treasures that I found to bring to Atlanta in October for the Country Living Fair.

Here is a peek at some of the ornies that I scored.

IMG_2495 - Version 2 IMG_2496 - Version 2Nothing earth shattering but some nice goodies to make things with.  There was not a lot of the old stuff, by and large, so I was really happy that I was able to find a nice selection by the end of the day.

I was really glad that I had thrown my folding wagon in the car at the last moment.  It came in very handy.  It was full to the brim by the time we left.

They are going to do it again in the Spring.  Goody.  I love one-stop shopping.

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Aside

Just a quick little aside to let you know that I have now listed some things in my Etsy Shop.  If you are in the mood to bring home a new wreath or other treasure, click here to go shopping!  And don’t forget to have fun! I will be adding more in the near future, too.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Endurance

With the challenge this week to illustrate “endurance,”  I thought of the incredible spirit of the folks I saw in Europe this past spring as I traveled the Danube River.  If you remember, in June of 2013, there was horrific flooding in Europe and the Danube rushed past its banks to create widespread destruction.

Passau, Germany was a prime example.  Everywhere we looked, we could see marks on many of the structures showing just how high the water levels reached.  We were astonished at how quickly (less than a year later), things were  brought back to normal, or near normal, conditions.

Flood marks in Passau, Germany

Flood marks in Passau, Germany

This image shows historic flood marks.  As you can see, 2013 was the second highest flood EVER.  For perspective, compare Beverly’s height.  Really gives you pause for thought.

2013 Flood Marks in Passau, GermanyAnother stunning example of just how high the waters rose.  The dirty marks on the tower show you exactly; now compare the diminutive size of the people next to it.

2013 Flood in Passau, Germany

These people posted a photograph in their window to show you this building and street under water during the flood.  This place was up a hill, a good distance from the river. Pretty sobering.  But also pretty amazing how quickly this has been restored.

Garden in Passau, Germany

This beautiful garden was not exempt from the flood waters either.  As we walked by, the lady who lives here was outside tending it and I stopped to compliment her on its beauty.  She told me that it and her ground floor were underwater.  When I professed my dismay, she quickly showed an incredibly stoic side to her personality.  Her feeling was that it was a fact of life, and you just deal with it, pick up the pieces, and go on.

In other words, endure.

For others’ thoughts on the meaning of “endurance”, please go here.

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I’m Gonna Lead You Into Temptation

The rental van is all packed, though my suitcase is not, and Phylliss and I will be rolling out of here tomorrow heading for Columbus, Ohio and the Country Living Fair you have heard me talking about for so long.

Just wanted to share with you a quick post with pictures of a lot that will be making the trip with me.  If you are coming (and I certainly do hope you are!), The Glittermoon booth is at 92 Main Street, which is kind of kitty-corner to the Village Square and the Pumpkin Tower. I will have all the usual Glittermoon Cards goodies, original photographs, the Vintage Christmas, and a fun selection of collectibles and furniture.

So without further ado, here are the pictures. Just click on them to see them full size.

Now you can see some of the little “mini topes” that I am taking with me.

And, finally, the big topiary, Pink Gold. It makes a statement.

Pink Gold Topiary

I’ll be posting pictures on the Glittermoon Cards Instagram Feed as well as on the Glittermoon Cards Facebook Page if you want to keep up with goings on.  Also, hoping to get in a nice visit with Brent and Josh, the Fabulous Beekman Boys on Saturday while they are there.

Now I’m going to toddle off to get some dinner and hope for a decent night sleep.  Have a good night everybody!

From Start…to Finish

A couple of posts ago, I showed you a few pictures of starting points for 4 new wreaths. I thought it might be interesting to show you the finished products as compared to where they began.

I usually come up with a so-called “statement” piece or two as a jumping off point for me in the creative process.  As I have said before, the end result is often a bit of a departure from what my original vision was.  They just seem to evolve that way.

Let’s start with this one: IMG_2216

A beautiful German wax angel, a Fontanini cherub, and a Jewelbrite.  Here is the finished wreath, “Angel Blue.”

Angel Blue Wreath

I love how she turned out – so beautiful and serene.

Here is the little Fontanini cherub at the very top.

Here is the little Fontanini cherub at the very top.

And here is the lovely, elegant angel.

And here is the lovely, elegant angel.

I try to keep to my theme throughout my wreaths.  This is a fabulous ball with the Three Wise Men making their way to Bethlehem.  There are many other nods to the nativity scattered throughout.

I try to keep to my theme throughout my wreaths. This is a fabulous ball with the Three Wise Men making their way to Bethlehem. There are many other nods to the nativity scattered throughout.

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A peek at the bottom of the wreath with the Jewelbrite ornament. In the upper left of the photo is a clear glass German ornament with a gold angel in it, too.

Let’s move to the second wreath:

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This one started with the shabby-chic vintage pink dove and a huge magenta Poland teardrop ornament.  I was in the mood to make a soft pink wreath that day.

This is how “Pink Dove” turned out:

Pink Dove WreathIn reality, the colors are softer than they appear in this picture.  These are some details:

The top, with the pink dove soaring above a lovely sky of pink and soft teal blues.

The top, with the pink dove soaring above a lovely sky of pink and soft teal blues.

A close-up of the bottom of the wreath.  I love that pink corsage.

A close-up of the bottom of the wreath. I love that pink corsage.

This is a good shot of that wonderful jumbo Poland ornament and a figural house ornie right next door.

This is a good shot of that wonderful jumbo Poland ornament and a figural house ornie right next door.

And, finally, I adore the little pink Japanese paper elf -he is too cute!  Notice also the wonderfully worn Poland ornie above it with the almost-worn-off  painted elf.

And, finally, I adore the little pink Japanese paper snowman (?) – he is too cute! Notice also the wonderfully worn Poland ornie above it with the almost-worn-off painted elf.

Next up is the wreath with the sea colors. Remember this?

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Here comes the finished wreath, “Sea Green.”

Sea Green Wreath

If you look really hard, you will see that I did not end up using the blue ball with the dots on it.  A case where my original vision just did not end up panning out.

Detail of the top with that glorious Austrian indent ornament, the big spray, and a silver reindeer.

Detail of the top with that glorious Austrian indent ornament, the big spray, and a silver reindeer.

The bottom of Sea Green, showing all those fabulous greens and blues, plus an almost chartreuse corsage thrown in for good measure.

The bottom of Sea Green, showing all those fabulous greens and blues, plus an almost chartreuse corsage thrown in for good measure.

A close-up of the center of Sea Green, showing the beautiful indented topper and that over-the-top aqua pin art ball.

A close-up of the center of Sea Green, showing the beautiful indented topper and that over-the-top aqua pin art ball. I also love the ornament with the head of a woman on it – check out her top knot! It is quite old.

An even closer look at the pin art ornament plus a very old glass ornament with a comet on it and a fun but elegant plastic ball on top.

An even closer look at the pin art ornament plus a very old glass ornament with a comet on it and a fun but elegant plastic ball on top.

And last but not least, do you remember this one? The metal peacock?

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Wait until you see how this one turned out.  I named it “Pretty as a Peacock.” 

Pretty as a Peacock WreathQuite a transformation, isn’t it?  No shy violets here.

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I found that I had to jazz up the peacock because it ended up kind of fading into the background. I even gave her a ruby eye.

The bottom has a sorts of goodies: the topper, a gold pinecone, and that gorgeous big Austrian ball with the painted flowers on it (the flowers are a bit hard to detect, sorry).

The bottom has all sorts of goodies: the topper, a gold pine cone, and that gorgeous big Austrian ball with the painted flowers on it (the flowers are a bit hard to detect, sorry) and assorted other treasures.

Detail of the left side.  I found that the combination of hot pink (magenta) and red was an interesting one.  Love those stripes!

Detail of the left side. I found that the combination of hot pink (magenta) and red was an interesting one. Love those stripes!

The right side is no slouch either.  It has a jumbo Poland teardrop with a big white flower painted on it.  Plus there is a gaudy (and I mean that in the best way) gold pin art ball as well as another Poland, another teardrop with a skier on it.

The right side is no slouch either. It has a jumbo Poland teardrop with a big white flower painted on it. Plus there is a gaudy (and I mean that in the best way) gold pin art ball as well as another Poland, another teardrop with a figure carrying a tree on it. And another corsage!

I will be packing all these babies up tomorrow to take with me to the Country Living Fair in Columbus, Ohio.  We leave Wednesday!  I hope to see you there!

And I hope you enjoyed a look at how my process evolves.

Have a wonderful night, everyone!

Endless Love

Forever love.  That’s what Mr and Mrs Claus have, perched upon a vintage silverplate sherbet dish.
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I’ve been making a bunch of “Tiny Topes” to take to the Country Living Fair next week and wanted to share this happy little one with you before I dash back out to the workshop.

Blowing you a kiss until we meet again. Cheerio.