Golden Halo Centerpiece

Just wanted to share with you some more details of the “Golden Halo” Topiary/Centerpiece that I finished last week.

When I make one of these, I have to bear in mind that it will likely be seen from all sides.  That means the design and placement of each ornament has to be well thought out in terms of the whole so that it does not get lop-sided but stays fairly uniform in shape.  It takes time. Then finishing it out – dealing with the gaps between ornaments – is a whole  other thought process and is quite different from how I finish a wreath.

So, without further ado, here are pictures of all 4 sides:Golden Halo Centerpiece© Glittermoon Vintage Christmas 2016 1Golden Halo Centerpiece© Glittermoon Vintage Christmas 2016 3Golden Halo Centerpiece© Glittermoon Vintage Christmas 2016 6Golden Halo Centerpiece© Glittermoon Vintage Christmas 2016 4

I added the little red wooden angel to the back to make up for the fact that the topper is a bit underwhelming when viewed from this angle. I considered amending her backside somehow but finally rejected the notion since I felt it would be problematic when viewed from the sides. I’ll keep thinking about – who knows, I may change my mind.

And, incidentally, that white egg-shaped ornament near the top is a diorama with a gold nativity scene inside it.

Finally, I wanted to show you closer looks at the two angels.Golden Halo Centerpiece© Glittermoon Vintage Christmas 2016 2

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“Golden Halo” measures approx. 19 inches tall; the base is a 12″ brass charger.  She is $225.

I will be bringing her to the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY the first weekend in June.

Earth Day Event

Hi, everyone!  Just a quick post to let you know that, yes, I have been squeezing in some time between working on taxes (yup – still not done – don’t ask) and driving the Mister to doctor’s appointments (he is doing much better, thank you) to make new things in the workshop – yay! – AND that I will be showing new things this coming Sunday, April 24, at Crossroads Art Center here in Richmond.

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This event is in honor of Earth Day and some of the 225 artists-in-residence will be showing work featuring the Creative Recycle + Reuse theme.  Hours are from 12 – 4.  There will be other activies as well, including a farmers market in the parking lot.

Since Glittermoon Vintage Christmas is the ultimate recycler/reuser it seems an appropriate event, don’t you think?

Here is what I will be bringing:

Christmas Tapestry Wreath

Christmas Tapestry Wreath

Springtime at Christmas

Springtime at Christmas Wreath

Golden Halo Topiary

Golden Halo Topiary Centerpiece

It's Red Wreath © Glittermoon Vintage Christmas 2016

It’s Red Wreath

Santa's Ski Party

Santa’s Ski Party Wreath

I really hope you can make it!  I’d love to see you.

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I am also pretty far along with another wreath featuring this sweet angel.  I’ve been saving her for ages but now I am ready to let her fly the nest.

Here is how she is looking so far:

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Sweet.

 

Just Like a Broken Record

It’s been a little quiet lately…again.

The recovery from Patrick’s transplant has continued to be one rocky road.  In March, with a fever and other issues going on, he had to once again check into the hospital at UVA where he remained for just about 2 weeks.  Very long and angst-filled story later, he came home on March 20th.  This stay was the scariest one – for me – yet.  Several days after he was admitted, just when I thought things were going smoothly, I got a phone call that he was being transferred to an intermediate care unit because he was not doing well. By the time I dropped everything and drove the 75 miles to get there, he had an oxygen mask on and his kidney was failing. In short order, they moved him into ICU and put him on a ventilator.  I don’t know about you, but I hear the words “breathing tube” and I think the worst.  I was scared to death.

Fortunately, thanks to the stellar, dogged, and thorough care of his medical team, we have a happy ending.

But 2 weeks in a hospital – including 6 days in ICU and 10 days without ever getting out of bed – takes a toll.   The doctors say it will be about a month or so before he gets his strength back to where he was before this little detour.  The good news is that things are definitely looking up.  Let’s hope we are done with big problems!

With all that has been going on, I, naturally, have had to curtail my work schedule.  As a result, I made the wrenching decision to withdraw from the Nashville Country Living Fair at the end of this month.  As sad as I was to have to do this – for the second year in a row – my stress load has been considerably lightened, and that’s a good thing.

I am still planning on being at the CL FAir in Rhinebeck in early June. I am looking forward to being back in the beautiful Hudson Valley.

So…I’m once again slowly getting back to work.  I’ve finished a couple of new wreaths that I wanted to share preliminary photos of.  I’ll get the camera out soon to take the “real” pictures but for now here are some I took with my phone, under the dreadful fluorescent lighting in the workshop.

This is “Christmas Tapestry” while it was still only partially completed.  I love the unusual palette of this one.  The finished wreath is truly stunning.  The big ribbon ball and the large deer were my starting points.

"Christmas Tapestry" in progress

“Christmas Tapestry” in progress

After this one, I decided to make an (almost) all red wreath.  And, boy, is it ever red.  In fact, when struggling to name it, the best I could do was this: “It’s Red.”  Oh, well.  I guess I was tired…

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It’s Red!

I finished “It’s Red” last evening and was, perhaps for obvious reasons, ready to move off in a different direction color-wise.

I was also in the mood to do something angelic.  So, I pulled this darling girl from her box:

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Isn’t she adorable in her shabby sweetness?

I am envisioning a pale wreath with primary colors of silver, light blue, and perhaps a little gold.

We’ll see where it takes me once I get to work on her.  Funnily, the end result is often quite different from my original plan.

I’ll keep you posted.