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.

Off to the Big Apple

I’m coming up for air briefly to check in since it’s been a while. I’m still toiling away in Santa’s Workshop, Southern Branch, making goodies though I have found it darn near impossible to keep up with demand this season.  In fact, at the moment, I do not have any available wreaths for purchase. You can, however, find something on the Beekman1802.com website if you act quickly. Those of you who are still patiently waiting, I truly apologize but don’t give up hope quite yet. I do have some of my charming little topiaries in the Etsy Shop.

I have a confession to make though – I’m going to play hooky for a couple of days and head up to New York on a girlfriend excursion.  The past couple of years have been pretty tough (if you have been following along with me, you know why) and it seems like it has been ages since I did anything fun so when the chance popped up to do this, I jumped. We’re going up on the train Sunday and will be back home late Tuesday night.

I want to do all the usual cornball things you do when you visit New York at Christmas: goggle at the lights and the store windows, go see the Rockettes, and, hopefully, do a little Christmas shopping.

The other thing I am going to do is visit a store named More & More Antiques. Why, you ask?  Because Steve, the owner, commissioned 5 wreaths from me to have in his store this Christmas. From what I understand More & More Antiques is absolutely magical at this time of year.  Steve travels to Europe every year to pick out and commission ornaments for his shop.  He sent his nephew to pick up the wreaths from me and I was about to swoon by the time he finished telling me all about it.  I CANNOT WAIT to visit!

So, if you are in the Big Apple, you can find these 5 wreaths at More & More Antiques, 378 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10024.

Keep your eyes on my Instagram feed.  I’ll be posting photos of our trip. Besides, that and the Glittermoon Facebook page are where you will find news and photos first.

Like this (terrible) picture of a lovely green wreath I finished this evening for a special lady in Florida.

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Once again, it’s the cobbler’s children syndrome as far as Christmas decorating goes here…I’ve got a wreath on the front door, candles in the downstairs windows and that’s about it.  Except for a new faux tree in the living room. A first for me – and it may not prevail after this year.  Thanks to the hubby and my niece Sophie, who stopped in for an overnight on her way home from SCAD.  While I was away at my show in McLean, they got the thing out of the box and set it up. Right now, it looks like Charlie Brown’s tree – its in desperate need of fluffing. Oh, well…maybe next weekend I will get it decorated.  The beautiful thing is that it already has lights.  Whoopee – I HATE putting lights on the tree.  Hate it.

But if you look across the room at the reflection in the window, it’s not bad. I can imagine how lovely it will look once it’s had some loving attention paid to it.  Perhaps even Henrietta Maria will approve in the end.

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The other thing that is bringing some Christmas spirit into the house is this year’s Advent calendar.  A repro of a 1955 German calendar, it just charms the pants off me.

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And for right now, that’s good enough.

Happy weekend everyone!

Country Living Fair Atlanta Next Week!

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This time next week, we (hopefully!) will be all set up and ready for the Fair to begin on Friday, October 21!

Set in beautiful Stone Mountain Park, just outside of Atlanta, this is my favorite of all the Country Living Fairs.  I’m excited to be back and very happy that the Glittermoon booth will once again be on Dogwood Trail in our old spot: D34-36.

Here are some photos of how the booth looked last time (back in 2014 – you all know why I had to miss last year).

I’ve been hard at work making lots of new things but I have not had a chance to properly photograph them yet.  That’s a project for this weekend. Until then, here are a few (terrible) phone pictures to whet your appetite.

It’s not too late to get tickets! You can even get them at the gate if you want (though you save some $$ by buying in advance).

Take a look at some of the exciting things that will be going on over the course of the weekend and then get yourselves all lined up for some amazing shopping!

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I hope to see you there!

I’ll be back in a couple of days with more (and better) pictures.  Til then, have a great weekend!

Getting Ready for Lift Off!

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I’m scrambling – truly – to get ready to depart on Wednesday for the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY.  I hope you will think about coming if you are in the beautiful Hudson Valley area next weekend. You can find out all about it here. The Fair is an amazing experience with artisans from all over the US as well as lots of antique and vintage  shopping plus talks and demonstrations by lots of people, including Brent and Josh, the Beekman 1802 Boys, you’ve heard me talk about so often. They will be there on Saturday and will have a pop-up version of the Beekman 1802 Mercantile set up for the duration of the show.

I have been assigned an amazing booth space in Barn 29,  right on Main Street.  It’s an end spot directly across Main St. from the Earth Angels. Here is a Map of the Fairgrounds for you: Rhinebeck

And here is the schedule:Rhinebeck schedule

See? You’ve gotta come!

I quickly wanted to share with you the “real” pictures of those 5 wreaths I recently finished. I will be taking a total of NINE wreaths with me to the Fair, as well as the Golden Halo Centerpiece, and about 4 DOZEN  (Four Dozen!! See – I told you I’ve been busy!!)  “Tiny Topiaries.”  I love them all – haven’t photographed them yet (hopefully tomorrow before I pack them) but they are totally charming. Plus, I will have my full stock of Glittermoon Cards and original photography.  Oh, and some really fun vintage merchandise to boot.  I’m so excited!

Without further ado, here are the 5 new ones:

Ding Dong Bell - this one has that fabulous bell music box on the bottom that plays Silent Night.

Ding Dong Bell – this one has that fabulous bell music box on the bottom that plays Silent Night.

Harlequin Hugger

Harlequin Hugger

Going to the Chapel

Going to the Chapel

Palomino Pink

Palomino Pink

Shabby Sweet

Shabby Sweet

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Finally, in honor of Memorial Day, I’d like to share a picture of my Dad who served in the US Navy during World War II.  As a Lieutenant on a Destroyer Escort, he sailed in both the Atlantic and Pacific campaigns.  Thank you, Daddy,  and thank you to all the brave souls who fight for our freedoms.

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Lt JG Barclay Haskins Trippe, Jr

 

Adornment and Selective Color

Just a little update – especially for those of you in the Richmond, VA area – to let you know that I’ve hung all new photographs in my space at Crossroads Art Center.

There are 2 themes represented: Adornment and Selective Color.

Adornment:

I’ve returned to my old love of black and white photography to illustrate one of my favorite subjects: architectural detail.  Without the distraction of color, the great bones of architectural decoration become the star.  Whether it is the grandeur and grand scale of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the detail of burnished copper doors in Bratislava, or the intricate metalwork of a church door in Prague, the focus is on texture, scale, and design.  The play of line and shadow in black and white casts the spotlight on beautiful craftsmanship creating timeless images.

Please click on the images so you do not miss all the beautiful details.

Selective Color:

While primarily black and white, these images employ a little twist by inserting a dash of color.  Some are a bit more subtle (Dog + Boy, Graffiti Door) than others (Orange Scooter, Red Trolley, Cat + Mouse) but by adding that dollop of color, I’m putting a virtual bullseye on a particular aspect of the composition.  Perhaps it’s just for the fun of that pop of bright orange of the scooter or perhaps it’s meant to pull you further into the image with the painted bits on the alley leading towards the dog and boy.  Whatever it is, I hope you’ll enjoy these images as much as I loved creating them.

And finally, there is a gratuitous dog photograph.  I simply could not resist this little guy near the Charles Bridge in Prague.

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It feels so good to be able to slowly get back to work after such a long hiatus.

This weekend, I hope to get out to the workshop and get it organized.  I’ve made  some amazing vintage Christmas buys and I am so looking forward to going through them all.  I’ll take some pictures and share them with you so stay tuned.

In the meantime, happy Friday!

How Did It Get to be February Already?

Time is speeding by at an alarming pace. Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and I’m still stuck in some other space-time continuum…like maybe around the first week of January.  Good grief.  I need for things to slow down.

I actually like winter just fine – granted I don’t live in Minnesota – but I like the turning inwards that the cold allows us to have if we so wish. I wonder if that is just a part of aging?

I’ve been able to do some buying so that when I am able to have some blocks of time to get out to my workshop, I can get busy making new things.  It won’t be soon enough!  Here are a few things that have come my way.

A passel of pretty things - just part of a large lot I was able to purchase from a friend who was down-sizing his collection.

A passel of pretty things – just part of a large lot I was able to purchase from a friend who was down-sizing his collection.

Three Wise Men from Germany. Made of papier mache and a little worn but I like them that way.

Three Wise Men from Germany. Made of papier-mache and a little worn but I like them that way.

And a lovely collection of little old corsages. I love using them in my wreaths.

And a lovely collection of little old corsages. I love using them in my wreaths.

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DId you all survive “Snowmageddon” in late January?  I ended up being home by myself – just me and the animals.  Some of Patrick’s blood tests were not going the way the doctors wanted (a combination of that pesky kidney still not totally settled into its new home plus some nasty side effects from the powerful anti-rejection meds).  So, on the Wednesday before the storm, they told us he would have to come back to the hospital at UVA for a couple of days.  They had hoped to get things straightened out before the storm hit  but that was not to happen.

I drove him up there late Wednesday afternoon and got back home about 9 that night. The storm rolled in Friday morning – and, boy, was it a doozy.  Here in Richmond, we got about 12 inches or so and when it drifted, it was even more.  I actually was not able to get my car out of our alley driveway until the following Tuesday.  Poor Patrick was stuck – they actually would have released him Saturday but there was no way on earth that anyone could get there to get him. Finally on Monday, when I once again could not get my car out, a friend was able to drive up to retrieve him.  It was a tough stay for him – he got awfully lonely and sad all by himself.  Because he tested positive for a CMV virus earlier, he was not allowed out of his room and anyone who entered had to mask and gown up.

For me, as long as we did not lose power or heat, I was doing ok.  I actually love the snow and I loved being able to sit inside and watch the winter wonderland unfolding out my windows.

This was the scene Friday afternoon as things were beginning to crank up.  How could anyone not think this is beautiful?

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Saturday turned into a whiteout.  It was quite something to behold.IMG_5236 - Version 2This is looking out to the front yard and across the street.IMG_5244And just a little bit later, you could barely make out the trees in the front.  It made for an interesting impressionistic view.IMG_5250Looking out an upstairs window towards the playhouse and neighbors’ yards.IMG_5247 - Version 2

Emma P doesn’t mind going out in it and gamboling. Thank goodness,  But the snowballs she attracts all over her paws and legs the second she goes out are a real pain.  It takes forever to get them off.IMG_5234 - Version 2

As night fell, the view continued to be beautiful.  Even Gabby liked it just fine.IMG_5155

The Christmas lights were still up and our solitary reindeer proudly stood guard over the front door.IMG_5135 - Version 2

Unfortunately, once the sun came out on Sunday he was mortally wounded by an avalanche off the roof. 😟

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This was the scene on the patio looking towards the door the Mister generally goes in and out of.  That’s a lot of snow!  Maybe it was a good thing he wasn’t home after all.IMG_5264 - Version 2 (1)

Sunday morning, Emma P And I went out to see what was going on in the ‘hood.  It was tough walking but, oh, so beautiful.IMG_5274

We are so blessed with our neighbors.  Our next door neighbor took it upon himself to shovel the front walk and sidewalk AND to make a path for me from the kitchen door to the alley where my car was.

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What would we ever do without our neighbors?

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But enough about snow.  It’s all gone now – even the mountains of dirty snow in all the parking lots.

The following Saturday, a friend and I made our way down to Petersburg to go antiquing.  I was hoping to find some Christmas treasures.  And though we had a fun time, we came home empty-handed.

If you are ever in Petersburg, VA be sure to have lunch in the Blue Willow Tea Room.  We had a lovely, leisurely time which fortified us to get back out on the hunt for treasure.

This chalkboard paint mural is on the side of a building on one of Petersburg’s main streets downtown.  It gave us pause for thought.  As I read what people had written, I was in turns heartened, saddened, taken aback, or delighted.  What do you want before you die?IMG_5291 - Version 2

Sadly, we got to this place too late.  It is a rambling rabbit’s warren of stuff and I’ve found some terrific things there in the past.  Still, the window display was interesting.  I especially liked the “folks” in the upstairs windows.IMG_5293 - Version 2

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February 4th marked exactly 3 months since the transplant surgery.  I’m a superstitious soul and had not taken off the orange “Care Partners” bracelet they gave me at the hospital that day.  The bracelet is kind of like a pass to get into and out of the hospital and parking deck.  I finally reached the point where I felt comfortable taking it off so I asked Patrick to do the honors.IMG_5322 - Version 2

Perhaps we should have celebrated but I’m not anxious for the universe to think I am getting too cocky so I kept it on the down low.  Still, I feel like things are moving slowly but surely in a positive direction.  I think the pace is way too slow for him, though. That’s understandable – he has been through hell and back.

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Last Sunday, I spent some time catching up on magazines and finally got to the Winter edition of one of my favorites, an obscure little gardening publication called Green Prints.  It’s a delight, a soul soother, and one of those small things that helps me to retain some faith in the goodness of the world around me.

As usual, there was something that was just right.  It is the italicized quote in the below photo.  It’s good to have a reminder of just what you need every now and then when you’re feeling down or worried about things.  It was really gray and gloomy outside but I felt so much better after reading this.
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I think I am going to use this quote to make a new Glittermoon card.  What do you think?

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Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and I’m going to leave you with a photo of an early Valentine I received from Paddy.  He had someone take him to a local French bakery on Thursday.  It was really yummy!IMG_5336

Happy Valentine’s everyone!