On the Road Again with New Stuff

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On Wednesday, I will be hitting the road to Westminster, MD  for one of my favorite shows, The Mistletoe Mart.  The show is at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension and runs Thursday and Friday, Nov 9 & 10, from 10 AM until 8 PM and Saturday, Nov. 11 from 10 until 4:30.  Please click here for The Mistletoe Mart website, where you will find all the information you need. I hope I’ll see you!

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I’ve been very busy in the workshop creating new product since I returned from Atlanta.

Take a peek at some of it.

First up is a new wreath named “Santa’s House.”  I thought I would share some pics of how it took shape for you.

I began with this charming Santa from Japan:

He still had his price of 39 cents stamped on his bottom!  Then I added this a Japan putz house…

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Followed by a bunch of  other things…

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I love how he turned out. There’s a lot of charm in one package with this one.

Next, I began a wreath with a fabulous HUGE Shiny Brite bell that I have been saving.  It’s a whopping 5 inches tall!

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That’s my sweet girl, Emma P, looking at you.  After I got the bell situated on the top of the wreath, I set about filling things in…

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I used this fabulous double-sided gold spray with silver leaves just above the bell.  I wanted to use soft colors with this one: pastel pinks, greens, golds, and blues with a little bit of bright poppy colors here and there.  This is the finished product, “The Golden Bell.”

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It’s a bucket full of sweet. Did you notice that there is one pink and one blue angel? The overall effect is a bit more subdued than in this photo – it’s really a lovely confection.

I’ve spent the last couple of days making some little things to take with me.  I don’t know what it is but making the tiny topiaries is the most fun and makes me incredibly happy. Don’t get me wrong, making wreaths is a wonderful process but the little delights are just that – delightful.

Have a look at a few of them (Please click on them to see bigger and read description):

And, finally, check this out. It’s a metal wall pocket from 1976 with a Japan terrier, tree, ornaments, and vintage ribbon.  I love this! Please pardon the ghastly color from my fluorescent lighting…

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All of these goodies will be going with me to Westminster!  Come and get ’em!

And have a wonderful night, everyone! Back soon…

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Elfie Bells

Elfie Bells

Elfie Bells Wreath

The last of the 5 wreaths that will be traveling to the Country Living Fair is Elfie Bells.  I doubt you have to be a rocket scientist to know where its name comes from!

Elfie Bells started with that adorable kneehugger elf who sits in the center of the wreath. He is mounted on a platform that has all this wonderful tinsel that flops when he lets his “hair” down.  His color is a bit faded from age and that drove the unusual color palette.  Unusual colors or no, this one’s got a lot going for it and, best of all, it really makes me smile.

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At the top is a pretty cool piece that is made up of 3 bells that are attached to a stiff silvery tinsel (again a bit faded – but so am I). To complement the top are a pair of enormously long bells on the bottom right.

Other than the bells there is a boatload of stuff with a wow factor. For starters is one of my personal favorites: the large graduated colors ball (top left) that has an almost Russian looking scene with jazzy reindeer. Otherwise, there are bunches of Shiny Brites, German balls, a pin art ball, and even a man in the moon (mid right). If you look closely there’s another little elfie brother to keep our main man company.

I got to use a couple of very cool copper-colored Shiny Brite stenciled ornaments on this one. Those and the reds, golds, and faded blues make up the whole.  It’s finished off with some red beaded garland for a final flourish.

Check out these pictures for a closer look:

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I head out Wednesday morning for Atlanta so I’ve been packing and finishing up making various things.  Today, I packed 6 crates full of what my husband has dubbed “Christmas Canapes.”  I took a few photos while I was packing but there are a lot more. In fact, I think I’ve got about 75 or so of these little delights.

Have a peek:

But this guy has to be my favorite:

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Meet Mr Squirrel, who is all set for his Christmas with a vintage tree on one arm and a fabulous, very old glass walnut on the other.  I sure hope he goes to a good home because I’m pretty attached to him.

Have a great night everyone! I hope your Monday went smooth as glass.

Mistletoe Mart This Week!

I’m in the final stages of getting ready for one of my favorite shows, The Mistletoe Mart in Westminster, MD.  The show runs this Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 10 – 12 and is at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension right in the historic downtown area.  Hours are Thursday and Friday from 10-8; Saturday is from 10-4:30. If you are anywhere near the  DC/Baltimore area, you might consider making the trip!  I wrote all about it here a couple of years ago.

I dropped by to quickly show you a few new things that I will be taking to the show.

First up are 2 new wreaths in glorious multicolored palettes:

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Holiday Bazaar Wreath

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Blue Rocket Wreath

And here are some of the new little things I have made recently:

In addition to Vintage Christmas, I will have the full compliment of Glittermoon Cards (including Christmas cards) as well as my original photography.  My booth will again be located in the Great Hall (where you enter) but I’m in a different spot this time around.

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

Have a great night, everyone!

 

Booty for Atlanta

I finally was able to photograph all the beauties I have been making to take to Atlanta’s Country Living Fair this week (don’t forget – it’s Oct. 21-23!).

So have a sneak peek at some of what I will be taking with me.  I’m on a mad tear trying to get everything together at the last minute since we take off early Wednesday morning.

Please come see me in person to see all the treasures I will have with me. I’m so excited to see everyone!  Remember, I’m in Booth D34-36 on Dogwood Trail (my usual spot in case you’ve visited before).

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And, then there are a multitude of Tiny Topiaries. I had a blast making these – there are some that are just too cute for their own good!  These are just some of them. I’ve got lots more, too!

Have a great night everyone. See you soon, I hope!

Just Dropping In

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A cutie pie of a “tiny topiary” set in a piece of vintage Shawnee Pottery

I cannot believe that it has been a whole month since I last posted here! Where on earth is time going anyway????

I made it up to Sharon Springs and had a wonderful time. When I catch my breath, I’ll try to write a post to bring you up to date on all the happenings in the funnest little village you’ll ever visit.

So you know that I’m still kicking, I wanted to drop by with a couple of quick pictures of some of the stuff I’ve been working on. I’m chipping away at the list of orders but it’s going pretty slowly.  And I’ve got to get geared up for the Country Living Fair Atlanta in just a few short weeks (yikes!).

I’ll try to come back soon with more.  In the meantime, happy Fall!! It’s finally cooling off a little – yay!

 

Where Has the Summer Gone???

I’ve been up to my eyeballs this summer with a myriad of things demanding my attention – or so it seems.  And the time is just flying by!

I’m working on custom orders now and I have a huge list of them, probably the largest number ever and with deadlines looming, it is a scramble.  If you are already on my list, you are the most patient, kind people ever. Thank you so much for your forbearance…keep hanging on, I’ll be in touch when I get to yours.

These are snippets of a couple I’ve been working on lately.

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Has it been as hideously hot where you are as it is here? The workshop is not exactly  a comfortable paradise these days.  Though I’m of an age where I never want to wish time away, I am looking forward to more reasonable temps – soon, I hope.

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And, in a totally unrelated aside…I’ve been getting notifications from Pinterest that this topiary, “Christmas Fantasy,” is being pinned. Lots of notifications.

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I clicked on one of those notifications this morning and – oh my, I can’t believe it – it’s been pinned just shy of 32,000 times!!!

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That boggles my mind, quite honestly.  I didn’t share this with you to pat myself on the back but because it is kind of mind-blowing in its magnitude.

A happy ending to the week for me.

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And for you, I wish you a happy end of summer.  September is right around the corner.  Scary, isn’t it?

In a little over 2 weeks, I will be heading north to Sharon Springs, NY for the Harvest Festival, September 17-18. I’m really looking forward to being back!  You can read about it here or here. I hope you can make it!

I’ll leave you with a photo that’s maybe not exactly depicting the dog days of summer but it does seem like a good thing to do on a hot Saturday afternoon.

Have a cat nap on me.

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