My 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.
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.