Cotton Christmas

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Cotton Christmas

Continuing along, here is wreath #3 for the Country Living Fair and it is called Cotton Christmas for the darling cotton Santa who is in residence on the right side of the wreath.

I actually bought him this past summer at the Golden Glow Convention in Asheville, NC.  What I do not know is if he was made in Japan or if he was handmade by somebody stateside for their own Christmas decor. I suspect it was the second scenario. At any rate, his body is all cotton (it’s sort of flat), and he has a cool sparkly belt and a wonderful decorated candy cane. His face is a scrap featuring a very jolly looking Santa.  I simply could not resist bringing him home with me. Here he is nestled among a few of the other treasures I bought:

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Cotton Christmas has some other very cool things. The top, for example. I used a foil reflector with a special Poland indent on it (kind of like the sun, I think) and then placed 3 teardrop-shaped ornies directly to the right which give a real sense of movement. Directly under the green teardrop is a fabulous old corsage.  That all then segues into a Shiny Brite top and a poppy green P_E_A_C_E ball (I really sweated which letters would show – such a drag you can’t see the whole thing).  Take a peek below to see it all close up.

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Moving on around the wreath you will find plenty of great ornaments: Polands and Shiny Brites galore; a Jewelbrite diorama on the bottom left, right underneath a poinsettia ball; and a pretty green and silver topper slashing its way across the middle.  The whole is accented with some vintage curly gold garland and finished off with red beaded garland.

Here are a few more pictures so you can see close-up.

For me, this guy spells Christmas in a big way. I hope you love him, too.

Have a great night, everyone!

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The Colors of Christmas

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The Colors of Christmas

This is wreath #2 of the 5 I will be taking with me to the Country Living Fair next week and it is called The Colors of Christmas.

The reason for the name is that I decided to try out a new technique, namely putting the color on in blocks rather than dispersed throughout the wreath. I began with blue on the upper left, segued to a touch of gold and magenta, then on to a nice block of green finishing up with red at top right. I like the way it turned out.

Of course, the star of the show is none less than that fabulous Santa tree topper on top.  What a great face he has! So friendly – I cannot imagine any little kid being scared by this guy, can you?

In addition, there are lots of other goodies: Shiny Brites and Polands, wonderful indents, a gorgous gradient green German ball on the bottom, Jewelbrites, bells, and a cool little corsage.  I added some picks and a nice blue teardrop on top as well as dots of blue and silver foil garland as accents. Red beaded garland swoops along the bottom.  It’s about as Christmassy as you can get.

Have a look at more photos with more detail. Please click on them to enlarge so you can see better.

This week I’ve been focussing on making little delights for the Fair.

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I quickly snapped this one with my phone so it’s not a good picture but this guy really charms me.  The base is an old ceramic log planter. What could be more perfect than an owl salt shaker dressed up in a Santa hat to sit on it?  There will be lots (I mean lots!) more adorables for your shopping pleasure.  As always, everything looks better in person than in pictures – even my good pictures.

Have a great night everyone!

Holiday Glamour

Holiday Glamour Wreath

I’ve been holed up in Santa’s Workshop, Southern Branch, feverishly working to have things ready for the Country Living Fair which is (😳) next week!!!! Things are going pretty smoothly (so far) and if the weather cooperates and the Mr. is feeling pretty good, then everything will be ok.

I thought I would try to write a post about each of the 5 wreaths I’m planning on taking with me. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to show you what I make in any detail and I figured it was about time!

First up is a very special one I’ve dubbed “Holiday Glamour.”

The reason I think it’s special is not only because it’s got some pretty fabulous stuff in it but the color palette is scrumptiously poppy. The huge Japan celluloid/plastic reindeer (he’s about 12″ tall) and the gorgeously flashy enormous white and gold package decoration on top are the tip of the iceberg.  There’s also a lovely double-decker indented blue topper slashing its way across the center for one.  Other items of note are 2 huge Shiny Brite stencilled balls; 2 Jewelbrite plastic dioramas (the angel and the yellow one on the bottom); a vintage corsage with bells and red ribbon; beautiful indented ornaments; and a host of bells, Shiny Brites, and other lovelies.  The colors are hot pinks and golds with shots of white, blue, green and silver.  There are swags of silver beaded garland on the bottom as a final elegant touch.

Here are some photos so you can see all the details. Be sure to click on them to see them full size – so much better!

I’ll try to get back tomorrow with the next one so stay tuned!

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I hope you’ve gotten your tickets already to the Fair.  Even better is an Early Bird ticket that gets you in an hour-and-a-half before everybody else does!  That means you get first dibs on everything!  You can go here to get yours (you can get regular tickets here, too!)

I will be in my usual spot, Booth 34-36 on D-Loop, Dogwood Path. It’s just above where Azalea Circle (A Loop) meets Dogwood at D-Leg (and between D22 and D50 as seen on the map below).

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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.

CL Fair Atlanta 2017

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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Reindeer Run

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.

IMG_3683 - Version 2It’s a bit different with coppery colors and autumnal tones.  I love the finished wreath. Once I take some pictures, I’ll share them as soon as I can.

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

Just a Quickie

I’m scrambling to get packed and in gear to leave first thing in the morning for Sharon Springs, NY and Harvest Festival but I wanted to share the 4 wreaths I’m taking with me.  Three of these (to be determined) will be available in the Beekman 1802 flagship Mercantile for the weekend; the 4th will be with me out on Beekman Farm where I’ll be spending Saturday and Sunday.  There may still be a few tickets left to do the farm tour here.

So, without further ado, here they are:

Jolly Goatherd

“The Jolly Goatherd” featuring a goat pull toy from the 2016 Beekman 1802 Holiday Collection

Deer Santa

“Deer Santa”

Elfin Holiday

“Elfin Holiday”

Pink House

“Pink House”

Beekman 1802 sent the artisans who will be out at the farm a Q&A which is now published on their website.  You can read it here!

I hope to see you this weekend!

Sending prayers and positivity to all of those in the path of Irma. Please stay safe out there.

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!