Snowy Walk with Chester

“Love awoke one winter’s night
And wander’d through the snowbound land,
And calling to beasts and birds
Bid them his message understand.

And from the forest all wild things
That crept or flew obeyed love’s call,
And learned from him the golden words
Of brotherhood for one and all.”

–   Author Unknown


Merry Christmas to each of you.  May your every dream come true.





A Little Stocking Stuffer

A magical little treat just for you.  xa80

A happy Christmas dream.

Sleep tight.

Santa’s coming.


3 White Doves” heading south for Christmas.

3 White Doves

Peace on Earth

Oh, My Goodness Gracious!

This afternoon, I got the unbelievable news that one of my wreaths was featured in the LA Times Home Section today!!!  The LA Times!!!!  Wow.

You can read the article here.

It is this one:

Flying High Wreath - available on the Beekman 1802 Holiday Website

Flying High Wreath – available on the Beekman 1802 Holiday Website

“Flying High” is really special because it has, among lots of other truly wonderful vintage ornaments, a rare Italian blown glass ski jumper that was commissioned by Sears, Roebuck, and Co. in 1955 to commemorate the 1956 Winter Olympics.

It has been listed on the Beekman 1802 Holiday website.

I say “has been” because I got a call this morning from Beekman 1802 about it.  Somebody wanted to buy it.  But….they needed it to be delivered to Los Angeles on Monday!  Uh, let’s see, today is Saturday.  From Richmond, VA to LA via FedEx Priority Overnight is doable.  But it is not a cheap date.  I called the customer to discuss the options and they decided to go ahead and pay the extra money to have it delivered in time for a party they are having on Monday.

So, “Flying High”  is most likely now flying high somewhere over the US on its way to its new home.

And, boy, I’m flying high, too.

My undying gratitude to Brent and Josh, who are Beekman 1802, for inviting me to make things that I love for them. Without them, this would never have happened.

Two New Wreaths

Hi, everybody!  Just a quick little post tonight to let you know there are 2 new wreaths that are available, though not directly from me.

First up is one of the funnest ones I’ve made in quite some time.  It’s called “Pixie-lated.”  Can you guess why?  Yup, it’s those three mischievous little fellows who appear in various spots.  With a really shiny and bright carnival-like color scheme plus a fabulous old plastic boot candy container stuffed with the man in red himself on top and other mid-century goodies, this one just makes me smile.  Have a peek at these photos.



Here are some more detailed shots.  Please click on them to enlarge.

“Pixie-lated” will be available in the next day or so on the Beekman 1802 Holiday website.  Click here to go there.


The other wreath is this sweet charmer named “Angel Dear.”  Done up in pastel colors with a predominantly green and pink palette, this one is perfect for all you shabby chic lovers out there. I adore the little angel on top and also particularly like the little bunches of old seed “pearls” that accent her.  There are lots of other lovely old ornaments including Shiny Brites, stencils, a little putz cottage and more.  Have a look:

"Angel Dear"

“Angel Dear”

And here are some more pictures (and, again, please  click on the photos to enlarge them – so much better!)

If you are in or near Fort Myers, FL, you can find “Angel Dear” at a lovely shop named Sandra’s Forget-Me-Not.  Sandra is the kindest person you will ever meet and her shop is adorable.  You can find the shop’s Facebook page here.

That’s all for right now, friends.  I’ll be back soon with more.  Have a wonderful night and dream of sugar plums floating through your head.



Sugar Plum

I was recently commissioned by an interior designer in New York, Kati Curtis, to make a wreath for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Designer Show House Holiday Live 2015 Event on December 7th.  This is incredibly exciting since, as a person with an immense interest in interior design, Kips Bay puts on the premier Designer Show House in the US.  I imagine that some of my personal design icons will be attending.  How exciting is that?  I wish I could be a fly on the wall.

This particular event involves a silent auction of wreaths made by all sorts of designers, to benefit the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. Kati is donating the one I made for her.  She wanted a wreath evoking the Sugar Plum Fairy from the Nutcracker.  My first thought was something pale and sparkly.  Since the deadline was ridiculously tight, I did not have time to go searching for Nutcracker-specific ornaments.  I would have loved an Italian ballerina on it.  I did have a jumbo Poland, though, that has a lady in a dress with a big skirt painted on it so I decided to use that.  She reminds me of Mother Ginger. I also wanted something really stunning on the top so I pulled out an enormous creamy white and gold satin pin art ball with pearls dripping off it.  Those two were my jumping off point.  I ended up putting a LOT of really fabulous ornaments on it.  Here is the finished result, “Sugar Plum.”

Sugar Plum Wreath

It’s quite pale with lovely pastel colors but with enough of a punch not to be washed out.  I loved making this one and, honestly, I think it may be the prettiest wreath I’ve made (yes, I know I say that all the time but in this case…).

I hope that it will raise a lot of money for Kips Bay and benefit Kati Curtis as well.  She was truly a delight to work with and I am happy to say that she loved the end result.

If you are in NYC on Monday, perhaps you would like to stop by the event and tell me what you see.  2015HolidayLive-2T