New Event Coming Up!

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I am literally up to my eyeballs with trying to get things made right now to satisfy deadlines but I wanted to let you know of an event coming up at the end of next week that I am very excited about.

I’m super excited because it’s in my hometown, Easton, MD, and it’s at my sister’s art gallery, Trippe-Hilderbrandt Gallery.  Please go visit her website and see the terrific lineup of artists, in several mediums, that she represents.  She’s a very talented photographer as well and her work is on display, too.

I was born and raised on the bucolic Eastern Shore of Maryland and I am thrilled beyond belief to be going home for a couple of days. I’m so looking forward to seeing family and old friends that I have not seen in ages. And I get to show off my work. How great is that?

If you live in the DC, Baltimore, Annapolis area, it’s a pretty short drive to Easton.

I will be there Friday evening December 1, for First Friday, from 5-8 PM and Saturday, December 2, from 11-6.  There is a LOT going on in town that weekend, including the Christmas parade (!). I hope I will see you there!


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I’m currently working on a new wreath that I will name “Christmas Candy.”

When I was a little girl, my grandmother used to have a bowl full of the most beautiful candy on her coffee table at Christmas.  Do you remember ribbon candy? Anyway, I got to thinking about that and decided to make a wreath with that idea in mind.

This is how I got started but I’m actually much further along with it now. It’s very, very festive!

I will be bringing it to the above-mentioned Trunk Show.


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Last but not least, I would like to wish each of you a very Happy Thanksgiving.  I have many, many things to be grateful for, including you.

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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…

And then…

Suddenly it’s October!!! Holy smokes, time is burning past like a meteor flying through the heavens.

I’m in full-on work mode. I’ve made 4 wreaths that will be available from Beekman1802.com  when the Holiday website launches on or around November 1.  Now I am concentrating on making things for the Country Living Fair in Atlanta later this month.  I’ve got several things finished but I have not photographed them yet.

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Be sure to get your tickets in advance – that will save you some $$ that you can use to shop!!  I’m going to let you in on a little secret, too: I think this will be my last trip down there so if you have wanted to go and have not before, please get it together and come see me! I love, love, love this show – it’s amazing. You will not regret going. It’s a fabulous girlfriend weekend, by the way.  Tickets and all the info are available via the link above.

I had a really fun time up in Sharon Springs, NY last month for Harvest Festival. It was great to see and catch up with old friends and meet new ones. I had a wonderful time out at Beekman Farm, too.  My niece, Sophie, was able to come with me and that was a lot of fun. She made quite a splash; she’s a red-headed troublemaker.  Here are some pictures of our trip for you.

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So this is the wreath I was working on at the Farm:

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And this is how it turned out:

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It is one of the 4 wreaths that will be for sale on Beekman1802.com.

Here are the other 3:

I’ve also recently completed a wreath for a customer using her late mother’s ornaments. It  was a joy to make.

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I added the jumbo Poland ball on the left with the Christmas lady, the topper, and the house at the top (so she would think of home) and a few other odds and ends but most of it was hers. Great bright, happy colors.

In addition, I’ve made a wreath with this happy pixie taking center stage.

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This is the only photo I’ve got to show you while I was making it and it’s pretty bad due to the fluorescent lighting in my workshop. But I love the color palette.

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In other news, you may remember that I ridiculously agreed to open my house on a tour this Saturday, the 7th.  That’s been a real time sucker, too, but the house is looking really beautiful after all the new paint, papering, and general sprucing up.  The great thing is that once Saturday is over, we can just relax and enjoy our “new digs.”

Among the changes I’ve made, I took a leap and changed the color of our front door from traditional Charleston Green (which is a black green) to a gorgeous light color with a finish that is mirror-like.

This is Danny putting the first coat on:

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And here is the finished door, minus the knocker (I took that to be polished up – it needed it after 31 years).

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Looks fabulous, doesn’t it?  We are getting a new wooden storm door and that will not get put on until the eleventh hour…at least I hope it will.

This is my builder Mike (closely watched by Emma P), fitting it the other day. It then had to go to the painter’s, then back to the place that made it to put the glass in, and finally back here for Mike to install it. Hopefully, it will get in by Friday. Fingers crossed. Whew.

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I’ll leave you now but I hope all of you are well.  This has been a very, very difficult week (they seem to keep coming and coming at us, don’t you think?).  I’m having a really hard time shaking off the sadness.  So, my wish for you is the peace which passeth all understanding. Hold everyone tight. xo

Sharon Springs Harvest Fest 2017

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Brent and Josh, founders of Beekman 1802, at the Glittermoon tent. Sharon Springs, NY Harvest Festival

I’ll be back in Sharon Springs, home of the Fabulous Beekman Boys and Beekman 1802 for the funnest and friendliest weekend all year: Harvest Festival. If you have never been before, get it in gear and go! And if you have been, I hope to see you there once again!

The dates are Saturday September 9th and 10th in beautiful Sharon Springs, NY.

This year I am super-duper excited to be stationed out at Beekman Farm with a small group of other members of the Beekman 1802 Artisan Collective (including my friend Beth Miller of Parris House Wool Works).  I will be doing a demo on wreath-making (in between petting the goats!) on both Saturday and Sunday.  You can go here to get tickets for the farm tour and to see me.  But don’t delay, the farm tour sells out really quickly!

Equally exciting is that you will be able to find some Glittermoon Vintage Christmas for sale in the Beekman 1802 Mercantile over the weekend! Whoohoo!

If, by chance, you are unfamiliar with Sharon Springs, their Harvest Festival, and/or the Fabulous Beekman Boys, you can read posts by me about it here…or here!

Hope to see you there!

Where in the World…

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We drove north along the beautiful Skyline Drive here in Virginia for the Fourth of July.

…have I been these past 3 months?  Well, honestly, I’ve pretty much been playing hooky.  I’ve taken some time off to take care of some things that I’ve neglected for the past few years – like my house, for one!

We are getting close to the end of renovating, painting, and papering, upholstering and picking out fabric for new curtains.  After 22 years, it was definitely time for a refresh. And like an idiot, I agreed (for reasons that are completely beyond me now) to open our house for a home and garden tour in early October.  The good thing about this scenario is that it forces you to get it done! Then you can sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labors.

Except when it’s the season that is the run up to Christmas and the height of show season!!  Oh, me.

We also had a bit of a health scare with a stint in the hospital over Memorial Day for the transplant patient.  But that was soon followed by a happier moment, our 31st anniversary!

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Not too long after that, I had a major milestone birthday (the one that involves receiving a red, white, and blue card). How is it even possible I’m that old???

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Tomorrow, I head off to Asheville, NC for the Golden Glow of Christmas Past convention. If you recall, I attended my first one last year. I hope to come home with some incredible things for wreath-making…and maybe even some treasures for my own tree.

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This was the scene at the hotel in Rye, NY last year for the Golden Glow convention

One of the most amazing things at the convention is the Museum Room where people display their collections. I saw some mind-boggling pieces last year. This is but a taste of the wonders.

 

Keep your eye on the Glittermoon Facebook page where I will be posting pictures from Asheville.

These are a few of the treasures I brought home (and subsequently made their way onto some of my favorite wreaths last year). Do you see any you recognize?

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Hope you all are having a lovely summer.  It’s going by way too fast for me!

I will leave you with a brand new Glittermoon Card featuring sweet Emma P. Buttercup. Enjoy!

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There’s No Place like New York at Christmas

img_1107-version-2Just dropping in for a quick visit to tell you a little about my trip to New York last week. We had an amazing, fun, exhausting time and it was so worth my being ridiculously unprepared for Christmas at this late date. I needed to be in a place where you can actually wallow in the joy of the Christmas season and it lived up to every expectation.

The photo above is the view from our hotel room; we could hear the clip clop of the horses’ hooves as they carried their happy passengers along for a ride.

We took a very early train from Richmond, arriving early afternoon. First stop was to More & More Antiques because I was anxious to see my wreaths on display. Oh. My. Goodness.  All four of us felt our jaws drop as we entered the magical kingdom Steve has created in a very small space.  There were literally hundreds of ornaments hanging from the ceiling and the whole place was crammed to the gills with Christmas treasure. If you ever get to NYC, you have to check it out.

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This is me outside More & More Antiques. I made the gold wreath hanging on the mirror in the window.

 

This is a look inside the store. Can you spy a Glittermoon wreath anywhere?

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Here’s another angle. See what I mean about a treasure trove?  I was terrified of knocking something to bits it was so tight in there. But, oh, what fun it was.  We spent ages drooling over stuff, trying to decide what to buy. I finally ended up with 2 ornaments.

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Inside More & More Antiques

Once we left, we made for the Columbus Circle Christmas Market.  It started to snow!  Can you see it?  It was lovely wandering through the stalls.  img_1124-version-2After dinner, we wandered down 5th Avenue to see the store windows.  They are beyond incredible!  Over the course of 2 days, we saw a lot of windows.  Here are a few of my favorites:

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We went to Radio City and saw the Rockettes which was a big fat Christmas present right there.  Afterwards, we strolled Rockefeller Center and rode up to the Top of the Rock for a view of the city.

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Rockefeller Center

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I love this guy trumpeting our arrival at Rock Center.

We had a wonderful time strolling various Christmas markets, visiting shops on our list, and just taking in the sights.  Before we knew it, it was time to come home.  Tired but happy.

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I just finished decorating the big tree tonight and it looks glorious.  When I come up for air I’ll take pictures, but right now I wanted to show you the two ornaments I got at More & More.  Here they are:

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I adore my big owl with a monocle

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A nutcracker ornament like no other

I’ll leave you here.  I’m going to put some carols on, dim the lights,  and go sit and look at the tree for a while.

Good night, everyone.

Christmas is coming soon.  Joy to the world.