About Me

Vintage Xmas PosterMy name is Cackie Trippe McCarty and I live in Richmond, Virginia USA.  I am the creator of Glittermoon Cards which are greeting cards based on my photography.  You can see them here.  I started Glittermoon Vintage Christmas in 2011.

I love old Christmas ornaments and decorations.  Actually, I just love Christmas –  and the joy of the season.

Here I am on a buying trip where I scored a ton of wonderful, vintage Christmas.

I am a collector.  Of many things.  But I apparently have a pretty serious problem when it comes to Christmas stuff.  I have been collecting ornaments, mostly the blown glass ones, for my own tree for many, many years.  I began collecting the vintage stuff in dribs and drabs even before I went to work for a local antiques dealer doing estate sales in the late 1990’s.  Sooner or later my big tree got full – even after having to replace a ton of ornaments which were broken the year the tree fell over.  So, I started a second tree – this one was devoted to all vintage ornaments.

A few years ago I saw an article in a magazine about how to make a wreath from ornaments.  I decided to make one for myself.  It turned out great.  So, in 2011, as an adjunct to my cards and photography, I decided to make wreaths from the true vintage stuff to sell as well.  I search high and low for the most unusual, beautiful, and truly special decorations.  These wonderful pieces have been gently loved, often by several generations in the same family.  I especially love it when someone points to an ornament and says, “My grandmother (or mother or aunt) had one of these!”  Recycling memories.

In 2013, Mariah Carey (yes, the real Mariah Carey!) bought one of my wreaths.  That was pretty darn exciting, I don’t mind telling you.  And, of course, it was pink.

The “Mariah episode” came to be because of a serendipitous meeting that occurred in June of that year.  At the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, an interesting couple came into my booth and began looking at the wreaths.  After some conversation, the woman handed me her card and asked me to give her a call that August.  I assumed that she wanted me to make her a wreath for that coming Christmas.  When I got home, I looked up the website that was on the card and was surprised to see that I had just met the owners of a very prestigious Manhattan business, Zeze Flowers.  In August, I made the phone call to Peggy.  When she asked me how many wreaths I could make for their shop’s 2013 holiday collection, I almost fell off my chair.  In the end, I made them 6 wreaths, one of which ended up with Mariah, the other 5 graced their shop windows for the Christmas season.

In 2014, The Fabulous Beekman Boys (Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell), who I first met in 2011, asked me to make wreaths for their Beekman 1802 Holiday Website.  I also made a huge wreath to hang in their flagship store, the Beekman 1802 Mercantile, in Sharon Springs, NY.  This was not only thrilling for me since I like them so much, but it was a lot of fun.  They pretty much let me run wild. As a member of their Rural Artisan Collective, my work is featured annually on their holiday website.

I have seen numerous wreaths made by people on the internet but I think there is something that sets Glittermoon’s apart. I hope you agree.  I’d love to hear from you.

I will be showing you what I make but we will also take some interesting little side trips along the way.  I hope that you will join me.

Here is a short video that gives you a sampling of what my work looks like.  With serenade by none other than Frank Sinatra.

And here are some pictures to give you a little better idea of what I am all about.

This was my big tree for Christmas 2011. It’s a Frasier fir, my favorite. It takes me a long time to do this one!

This is me with Brent Ridge of the Fabulous Beekman Boys. It was taken by Josh Kilmer-Purcell (the other Beekman) in the Glittermoon booth at Country Living Magazine’s Fair in Atlanta, October 2011. I will be back there this Fall, too. Brent and Josh loved the wreaths and “tweeted” them. It was terrific to meet them; they were very nice. I was already a fan having reead Josh’s book: The Bucolic Plague. Check out their website: Beekman 1802.

This is me with Brent Ridge of the Fabulous Beekman Boys. It was taken by Josh Kilmer-Purcell (the other Beekman) in the Glittermoon booth at Country Living Magazine’s Fair in Atlanta, October 2011. I will be back there this Fall, too. Brent and Josh loved the wreaths and “tweeted” them. It was terrific to meet them; they were very nice. I was already a fan having read Josh’s book: The Bucolic Plague. Check out their website: Beekman 1802.

We have stayed in touch since our first meeting. This is me with Brent and Josh at the Sharon Springs (their hometown in upstate NY) Harvest Fest in 2013. This was the second year I made the long trip up North.

We have stayed in touch since our first meeting. This is me with Brent and Josh at the Sharon Springs (their hometown in upstate NY) Harvest Fest in 2013. This was the second year I made the long trip up North.

Josh and Brent, the Fabulous Beekman Boys, with me in their store, Beekman 1802 Mercantile, Sharon Sprigns, NY. I made this wreath especially for them to hanf in the shop for Holiday 2014. I also made wreaths which were featured on the Beekman1802.com holiday website. So exciting!

Josh and Brent, the Fabulous Beekman Boys, with me in their store, Beekman 1802 Mercantile, Sharon Springs, NY. I made this wreath especially for them to hang in the shop for Holiday 2014. I also made wreaths which were featured on the Beekman1802.com holiday website. So exciting!

This is the wreath Mariah Carey bought in 2013,

This is the wreath Mariah Carey bought in 2013, “Pink Parfait.”

The Christmas window at Zeze Flowers in NYC featuring Glittermoon Vintage Christmas wreaths! 2013

The Christmas window at Zeze Flowers in NYC featuring Glittermoon Vintage Christmas wreaths! 2013

Though I love so many ornaments, I have a special fondness for the Polish ones. This is a fabulous “jumbo” teardop.

Though I love so many ornaments, I have a special fondness for the Polish ones. This is a fabulous “jumbo” teardop.

My workshop is tucked into the back of the garden. It was originally constructed as the garage in 1935 when the house was built. This is actually a replica; the original was destroyed in Hurricane Isabel when a ginormous maple tree fell on it. What it lacks for in amenities inside, it makes up for in charm.

The garden in high summer a few years ago, looking towards my workshop from another direction. I love to garden and over the course of 20 years, quite a little paradise has grown up.

The garden in high summer a few years ago, looking towards my workshop from another direction. I love to garden and over the course of 20 years, quite a little paradise has grown up.

This sight is what greets you when you enter the workshop.

This sight is what greets you when you enter the workshop.

The mother lode! Glass ornaments in my workshop.

The mother lode! Glass ornaments in my workshop.

Truly, it does take a village. These are my long-suffering friends helping me to clean ornaments in 2011.

Truly, it does take a village. These are my long-suffering friends helping me to clean ornaments in 2011.

This is my sweet Emma P. Buttercup who keeps me company when I am working.

This is my sweet Emma P. Buttercup who keeps me company when I am working.

And this is Gabriella (Gabby) Glittermoon, whose name was the inspiration for Glittermoon Cards and for Glittermoon Vintage Christmas.

And this is Gabriella (Gabby) Glittermoon, whose name was the inspiration for Glittermoon Cards and for Glittermoon Vintage Christmas.

16 thoughts on “About Me

  1. So good to meet you at Harvest Fest in Sharon Springs this past weekend. Checked out your stuff on a quick walk around on Sat snd it’s all just what I LOVE!! Wish you were closer. Good luck this holiday season, and Thanks for visiting Garden Creations.

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    • Hi, Beth!!
      I am so glad that our paths crossed last weekend. I will be thinking of you and keeping fingers crossed for your great success with your lovely shop. I hope the Harvest Fest was a terrific shot in the arm. Better get your longjohns out for the cooler weather….

      I hope we will meet again in the not to distant future. If you are ever in the Richmond, VA area, give me a shout and we will connect.
      Take care,
      Cackie

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  2. Thank you so much for the follow Glittermoon so, so appreciated and welcome aboard. Any suggestions or requests just let me know. Back in December I did post a couple of pieces on Xmas decorations and the annual gift opening of memories which you might like to check out. Happy Valentine;s Day, MM 🍀

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