Golden Halo Centerpiece

Just wanted to share with you some more details of the “Golden Halo” Topiary/Centerpiece that I finished last week.

When I make one of these, I have to bear in mind that it will likely be seen from all sides.  That means the design and placement of each ornament has to be well thought out in terms of the whole so that it does not get lop-sided but stays fairly uniform in shape.  It takes time. Then finishing it out – dealing with the gaps between ornaments – is a whole  other thought process and is quite different from how I finish a wreath.

So, without further ado, here are pictures of all 4 sides:Golden Halo Centerpiece© Glittermoon Vintage Christmas 2016 1Golden Halo Centerpiece© Glittermoon Vintage Christmas 2016 3Golden Halo Centerpiece© Glittermoon Vintage Christmas 2016 6Golden Halo Centerpiece© Glittermoon Vintage Christmas 2016 4

I added the little red wooden angel to the back to make up for the fact that the topper is a bit underwhelming when viewed from this angle. I considered amending her backside somehow but finally rejected the notion since I felt it would be problematic when viewed from the sides. I’ll keep thinking about – who knows, I may change my mind.

And, incidentally, that white egg-shaped ornament near the top is a diorama with a gold nativity scene inside it.

Finally, I wanted to show you closer looks at the two angels.Golden Halo Centerpiece© Glittermoon Vintage Christmas 2016 2

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“Golden Halo” measures approx. 19 inches tall; the base is a 12″ brass charger.  She is $225.

I will be bringing her to the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY the first weekend in June.

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Earth Day Event

Hi, everyone!  Just a quick post to let you know that, yes, I have been squeezing in some time between working on taxes (yup – still not done – don’t ask) and driving the Mister to doctor’s appointments (he is doing much better, thank you) to make new things in the workshop – yay! – AND that I will be showing new things this coming Sunday, April 24, at Crossroads Art Center here in Richmond.

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This event is in honor of Earth Day and some of the 225 artists-in-residence will be showing work featuring the Creative Recycle + Reuse theme.  Hours are from 12 – 4.  There will be other activies as well, including a farmers market in the parking lot.

Since Glittermoon Vintage Christmas is the ultimate recycler/reuser it seems an appropriate event, don’t you think?

Here is what I will be bringing:

Christmas Tapestry Wreath

Christmas Tapestry Wreath

Springtime at Christmas

Springtime at Christmas Wreath

Golden Halo Topiary

Golden Halo Topiary Centerpiece

It's Red Wreath © Glittermoon Vintage Christmas 2016

It’s Red Wreath

Santa's Ski Party

Santa’s Ski Party Wreath

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

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I am also pretty far along with another wreath featuring this sweet angel.  I’ve been saving her for ages but now I am ready to let her fly the nest.

Here is how she is looking so far:

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Sweet.

 

Just Like a Broken Record

It’s been a little quiet lately…again.

The recovery from Patrick’s transplant has continued to be one rocky road.  In March, with a fever and other issues going on, he had to once again check into the hospital at UVA where he remained for just about 2 weeks.  Very long and angst-filled story later, he came home on March 20th.  This stay was the scariest one – for me – yet.  Several days after he was admitted, just when I thought things were going smoothly, I got a phone call that he was being transferred to an intermediate care unit because he was not doing well. By the time I dropped everything and drove the 75 miles to get there, he had an oxygen mask on and his kidney was failing. In short order, they moved him into ICU and put him on a ventilator.  I don’t know about you, but I hear the words “breathing tube” and I think the worst.  I was scared to death.

Fortunately, thanks to the stellar, dogged, and thorough care of his medical team, we have a happy ending.

But 2 weeks in a hospital – including 6 days in ICU and 10 days without ever getting out of bed – takes a toll.   The doctors say it will be about a month or so before he gets his strength back to where he was before this little detour.  The good news is that things are definitely looking up.  Let’s hope we are done with big problems!

With all that has been going on, I, naturally, have had to curtail my work schedule.  As a result, I made the wrenching decision to withdraw from the Nashville Country Living Fair at the end of this month.  As sad as I was to have to do this – for the second year in a row – my stress load has been considerably lightened, and that’s a good thing.

I am still planning on being at the CL FAir in Rhinebeck in early June. I am looking forward to being back in the beautiful Hudson Valley.

So…I’m once again slowly getting back to work.  I’ve finished a couple of new wreaths that I wanted to share preliminary photos of.  I’ll get the camera out soon to take the “real” pictures but for now here are some I took with my phone, under the dreadful fluorescent lighting in the workshop.

This is “Christmas Tapestry” while it was still only partially completed.  I love the unusual palette of this one.  The finished wreath is truly stunning.  The big ribbon ball and the large deer were my starting points.

"Christmas Tapestry" in progress

“Christmas Tapestry” in progress

After this one, I decided to make an (almost) all red wreath.  And, boy, is it ever red.  In fact, when struggling to name it, the best I could do was this: “It’s Red.”  Oh, well.  I guess I was tired…

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It’s Red!

I finished “It’s Red” last evening and was, perhaps for obvious reasons, ready to move off in a different direction color-wise.

I was also in the mood to do something angelic.  So, I pulled this darling girl from her box:

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Isn’t she adorable in her shabby sweetness?

I am envisioning a pale wreath with primary colors of silver, light blue, and perhaps a little gold.

We’ll see where it takes me once I get to work on her.  Funnily, the end result is often quite different from my original plan.

I’ll keep you posted.

Angel Glow

I finished the angel wreath yesterday.

Angel Glow Wreath

Angel Glow Wreath

I love the way she turned out – so sweet.

I will be packing her up and bringing her with me to my last show of 2014 in McLean, VA, the McLean Holiday Crafts Show. The show runs Friday the 5th through Sunday the 7th. The show is in the McLean Community Center which is about a 5 minutes drive from Tyson’s Corner Mall.  Please click here to go to the website for times, etc.

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Here is a peek of Angel Glow plugged in!  As I mentioned yesterday, she is an old Noma angel tree topper.  Imagine how lovely she would be hanging on a mirror over your mantel!

Incidentally, the large gradient snow-capped ball on the upper right is not as brightly colored as it looks in the photo – it is much more subtle and soft.  In fact, the whole wreath has a very soft and gentle, well, glow to it.

Back to work.

 

 

Are You Still Speaking…

To me?

Golly day, I have been lost in the hinterlands but I promise to be back pretty soon with all sorts of exciting news that I want to share.

Including the absolute highlight of my year!

Can you be just a teensy bit more patient (I know, it is asking a lot) and bear with me?

In the meantime, I finished the wreath with the big elf (he’s 11 inches tall!) and the bubble lights.  It’s called, “Really Retro.”  I love the way it turned out.

Really Retro Wreath

Really Retro Wreath

Really Retro is involved in the exciting news, too.

Meanwhile, I started on a new one today.  I was feeling in an angelic mood.

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She is an old Noma angel tree topper and…she still works!

And since today is December 1st, I got to open the first window on my Advent calendar!

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Do you have an Advent calendar, too?

 

From Start…to Finish

A couple of posts ago, I showed you a few pictures of starting points for 4 new wreaths. I thought it might be interesting to show you the finished products as compared to where they began.

I usually come up with a so-called “statement” piece or two as a jumping off point for me in the creative process.  As I have said before, the end result is often a bit of a departure from what my original vision was.  They just seem to evolve that way.

Let’s start with this one: IMG_2216

A beautiful German wax angel, a Fontanini cherub, and a Jewelbrite.  Here is the finished wreath, “Angel Blue.”

Angel Blue Wreath

I love how she turned out – so beautiful and serene.

Here is the little Fontanini cherub at the very top.

Here is the little Fontanini cherub at the very top.

And here is the lovely, elegant angel.

And here is the lovely, elegant angel.

I try to keep to my theme throughout my wreaths.  This is a fabulous ball with the Three Wise Men making their way to Bethlehem.  There are many other nods to the nativity scattered throughout.

I try to keep to my theme throughout my wreaths. This is a fabulous ball with the Three Wise Men making their way to Bethlehem. There are many other nods to the nativity scattered throughout.

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A peek at the bottom of the wreath with the Jewelbrite ornament. In the upper left of the photo is a clear glass German ornament with a gold angel in it, too.

Let’s move to the second wreath:

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This one started with the shabby-chic vintage pink dove and a huge magenta Poland teardrop ornament.  I was in the mood to make a soft pink wreath that day.

This is how “Pink Dove” turned out:

Pink Dove WreathIn reality, the colors are softer than they appear in this picture.  These are some details:

The top, with the pink dove soaring above a lovely sky of pink and soft teal blues.

The top, with the pink dove soaring above a lovely sky of pink and soft teal blues.

A close-up of the bottom of the wreath.  I love that pink corsage.

A close-up of the bottom of the wreath. I love that pink corsage.

This is a good shot of that wonderful jumbo Poland ornament and a figural house ornie right next door.

This is a good shot of that wonderful jumbo Poland ornament and a figural house ornie right next door.

And, finally, I adore the little pink Japanese paper elf -he is too cute!  Notice also the wonderfully worn Poland ornie above it with the almost-worn-off  painted elf.

And, finally, I adore the little pink Japanese paper snowman (?) – he is too cute! Notice also the wonderfully worn Poland ornie above it with the almost-worn-off painted elf.

Next up is the wreath with the sea colors. Remember this?

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Here comes the finished wreath, “Sea Green.”

Sea Green Wreath

If you look really hard, you will see that I did not end up using the blue ball with the dots on it.  A case where my original vision just did not end up panning out.

Detail of the top with that glorious Austrian indent ornament, the big spray, and a silver reindeer.

Detail of the top with that glorious Austrian indent ornament, the big spray, and a silver reindeer.

The bottom of Sea Green, showing all those fabulous greens and blues, plus an almost chartreuse corsage thrown in for good measure.

The bottom of Sea Green, showing all those fabulous greens and blues, plus an almost chartreuse corsage thrown in for good measure.

A close-up of the center of Sea Green, showing the beautiful indented topper and that over-the-top aqua pin art ball.

A close-up of the center of Sea Green, showing the beautiful indented topper and that over-the-top aqua pin art ball. I also love the ornament with the head of a woman on it – check out her top knot! It is quite old.

An even closer look at the pin art ornament plus a very old glass ornament with a comet on it and a fun but elegant plastic ball on top.

An even closer look at the pin art ornament plus a very old glass ornament with a comet on it and a fun but elegant plastic ball on top.

And last but not least, do you remember this one? The metal peacock?

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Wait until you see how this one turned out.  I named it “Pretty as a Peacock.” 

Pretty as a Peacock WreathQuite a transformation, isn’t it?  No shy violets here.

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I found that I had to jazz up the peacock because it ended up kind of fading into the background. I even gave her a ruby eye.

The bottom has a sorts of goodies: the topper, a gold pinecone, and that gorgeous big Austrian ball with the painted flowers on it (the flowers are a bit hard to detect, sorry).

The bottom has all sorts of goodies: the topper, a gold pine cone, and that gorgeous big Austrian ball with the painted flowers on it (the flowers are a bit hard to detect, sorry) and assorted other treasures.

Detail of the left side.  I found that the combination of hot pink (magenta) and red was an interesting one.  Love those stripes!

Detail of the left side. I found that the combination of hot pink (magenta) and red was an interesting one. Love those stripes!

The right side is no slouch either.  It has a jumbo Poland teardrop with a big white flower painted on it.  Plus there is a gaudy (and I mean that in the best way) gold pin art ball as well as another Poland, another teardrop with a skier on it.

The right side is no slouch either. It has a jumbo Poland teardrop with a big white flower painted on it. Plus there is a gaudy (and I mean that in the best way) gold pin art ball as well as another Poland, another teardrop with a figure carrying a tree on it. And another corsage!

I will be packing all these babies up tomorrow to take with me to the Country Living Fair in Columbus, Ohio.  We leave Wednesday!  I hope to see you there!

And I hope you enjoyed a look at how my process evolves.

Have a wonderful night, everyone!