I am fortunate in that I have a secret source in the form of an avid collector who sometimes is ready to part with things.  As with all serious collectors, there comes a time when we can no longer accomodate all our treasures in what is our own finite space.  After all, we’ve got to make room for more!

So, once or twice a year, I get a call from “X” (who does not live in Richmond) and we make a plan to meet up.  A few years ago we decided on a place that is about equal driving time between us and we meet in, get this, a parking lot.  With our cars nestled beside each other, we transact our business and then take off.  Believe me, we’ve had plenty of laughs over what we must look like to a casual observer.

This time, “X” brought some truly wonderful, very old ornaments.  Crates of them.  And I ended up writing a very sizable check.  Still, they were a good deal.  There are two very large plastic tubs of very small, very old ornaments in egg cartons (don’t ask me why, I neglected to take pictures of them but, trust me, they are terrific).  I also came home with – are you ready? – 34 toppers (THIRTY-FOUR!!!); a couple dozen teardrops; bags of vintage glass garland; and a large amount of fabulous, very old figurals.

I adore the figurals – they are what are primarily on my own Christmas tree.  And, no doubt, there may be some of these that may make their way inside the house for next Christmas.

Here are some pictures of what I spent today unpacking and organizing. Please click on the first one to see full size, then scroll through – you can see the details so much better.

I also came home with 2 boxes of these fantastic multicolored icicles.  The graphics on the boxes alone are fabulous.  I do not remember seeing the multicolored ones before – have you?  I love them.

And, finally, I am going to leave you with a picture of a present “X” gave me. It’s a darling Italian clown.  What a nice gift!

IMG_5407 - Version 2

I’m a lucky girl.

Now that the shop is pretty organized, it’s time to get busy making stuff!  Whoohoo!




Hmm…what is this stuff doing sitting out in the yard?
IMG_4626 - Version 2We were able to salvage a couple of the old cabinets from the kitchen demolition so I could put them in the workshop and add some much-needed storage out there.

So, last week, I moved a ton of stuff out of the way and Mike (my lovely builder) did just that.

It took me parts of two days afterwards to get everything stowed away to my satisfaction.

Here’s how it looks now (and please forgive the horrendous photos – the shop is lit with big old fluorescents).

IMG_4686 - Version 2There are the “new” cabinets on the wall.  That’s a wreath I’m working on currently on the big red table.IMG_4689 - Version 2

And, ooh whee, look at all the goodies I stowed inside.IMG_4683 - Version 2

Here is a peek at the old workbench with an army of Santas and other wonderful things on top.  It was fun to have to rearrange everything and it makes me happy to look at all these goodies when I am out there.

IMG_4679 - Version 2

These fellows are smiling away on the top of an old mantel that was salvaged from the basement.IMG_4680 - Version 2

Ho ho ho.

I fear I need an intervention.

Tiny Conversation

IMG_1110 - Version 2Emma P. Buttercup: So, Mom, when are we getting back to work?

Me: Soon, baby girl, soon.  My fingers are itching to make something pretty.

Emma P.: Good.  I’ve missed keeping you company out here.  And I’m hungering for some stray styrofoam peanuts to gnosh on when you’re not looking.

Busy, busy, busy!

I’m pretty much holed up out in Santa’s Workshop, Southern Branch, making holiday magic.  Sometimes it seems the gods are not on my side…today I’m suffering with “Arthur” in my right thumb and then I managed to burn 3 fingers and my thumb on my left hand!  Geesh.

Tomorrow will be better, I know it.  The good news is that I finished one major commissioned project and another wreath in lovely pastel colors that will be available for purchase in the near future.

Before I closed the door tonight, I picked out a couple of things to use as a starting point for the next one and I wanted to share them with you.  So, here ’tis.IMG_2830

That elf is huge!  He’s been smiling at me for months, patiently waiting his turn.

Happy Friday, everyone!

It’s Cookie Time

I have neglected you all sadly lately but, honestly, I haven’t meant to, it’s just that I am up to my eyeballs getting ready for the Country Living Fair in Columbus, Ohio. It opens 2 weeks from today, on Sept. 12th.  Have you bought your advance tickets yet?

I have been either holed up in the workshop making new Glittermoon Vintage Christmas treasures to take with me (and, boy, do I have the burnt fingertips to show for it – ow) or else been in my office matting and printing photographs.  Not to mention packaging cards.

But before I head off to rustle up a late dinner, I wanted to share one of the new babies.  It is called COOKIE TIME.

Cookie TimeCan you guess why?  Yup, that’s a vintage plastic cookie plate that makes up the center of the wreath.  Remember those?

So, add a groovy red-cheeked Santa Claus with white (!) boots (how do you suppose he keeps them clean?), a drippy bow with jingle bells on chains, plus all sorts of other goodies and you have a colorful and fun package.  Chock full of holiday cheer.

He will be accompanying me to Columbus.

DSC_0287 - Version 2

DSC_0286 - Version 2

DSC_0292 - Version 2

Ho ho ho.

I think I’ll shuffle off and grab a cookie.

Back soon with more goodies.



Just a Quickie

I just wanted to give you a quick peek at what’s going on out in the workshop.  I am working hard to have enough new things for the Country Living Fair (which starts 2 weeks from today -eek!!!)

Here is RED RIDER:

Red Rider Wreath 2014

Red Rider Wreath 2014

And here is the beginning of a wreath that I am making in the beautiful colors of the sea. IMG_1778

I may have trouble letting this one go….


Now it’s time to get back to work!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend everybody!