Home Again

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We pulled the U-Haul into the driveway about 7:30 last night after the long drive home from Atlanta.  The Fair was wonderful; I got to see all kinds of familiar faces and met plenty of new ones.  We saw the weather go from warm and sunny to rain to winter in the course of 3 days.  And we sold lots and lots of vintage Christmas.

This is my stalwart and ever cheerful friend Carol who went with me this time. It was her first time at the Fair so, of course, we had to have her picture in front of the Pumpkin Tower after we finished setting up Thursday.

We got really busy Friday and I forgot to take photos of the booth until the afternoon and I only managed to get a couple at that. But here is a peek at how Glittermoon looked this time:

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This was Friday. Notice how everyone is in shirt sleeves!  Saturday, rain was forecast for the entire day – a very challenging scenario for me with all my paper things and precious Christmas stuff.  Friday evening, we consolidated everything we could to inside of the tent and hoped for the best. We got pretty lucky because it only occasionally showered…until about 4:30 when the heavens opened.  We were completely drenched by the time we got back to the van.

But, Sunday was the real killer.  Originally, the forecast had called for temps in the 50s but, nooooo, the reality was that the high ended up being about 40 degrees with 20-30 mph winds.  Oh, man – was it ever cold.  We each had on about 6 layers of clothes (sadly, they were thin layers). Around noon, I checked my phone and it was showing a wind chill of 30 degrees.  That’s the coldest outdoor show day I have ever experienced. This is us Sunday:IMG_3977 - Version 2

After the show closed and we loaded out, we drove directly to a diner and ordered hot soup.  I took a hot shower when we got back to our room and climbed under the covers.  I seemed like hours before my body temperature was back to normal.

And, miracles of miracles, Carol is still speaking to me. In fact, she claims that she had a lot of fun.  Just goes to show you what a terrific experience the Country Living Fair truly is.

I only bought 1 thing for myself this trip and it big…like lifesize big.  And it’s Christmas related.  I got it from my vendor friend, Jan, of Silhouettes and More.  It was her grandfather’s so I am really happy to be able to give it a good home.  I’ll see if I can’t take a picture of it in the next few days.

In the meantime, I need to get back to work. Next up is the Mistletoe Mart in Westminster, MD. It’s next week (!!!) Nov. 9 thought 11.  If you live anywhere near DC or Baltimore come see me!

I’ll be back later this week but until then, Happy Halloween everybody!!

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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.

Pink Angel

Pink Angel

Tonight, I bring you a dose of sweet and pink and she’s called Pink Angel.

I have had this angel for a while now and she finally gets to stand center stage.  Isn’t she charming? Singing her little heart out she’s surrounded by a myriad of pastel colors.

Fittingly, there’s a Japan cardboard church on top and if you look closely to the left, you’ll see a tiny blue angel who is caroling from inside a golden basket.  There are so many other beautiful pieces here including a big pale pink satin and pearl pin art ball; right next to that is a very old German golden lantern. There are some outstanding large Shiny Brites: the Nativity one in hot pink, the soft Silent Night (bottom right), a church scene right below our little heroine, and others like that striped indent. The more you look, the more you will see. There is even a WWII era unsilvered striped ball, that gorgeously allows the tinsel background to twinkle through. The top is finished off with gold picks and a pink teardrop pointing heavenward and the bottom is swagged with silver beaded garland.

Here are more photos showing you all the details. Click on them to enlarge!

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I’ve been totally nose-to-the-grindstone getting ready for the Country Living Fair in Atlanta.  We leave Wednesday! This past week, I’ve spent much of my time making whimsical little delights.  This afternoon I took some quick phone pics so you can see just how many I’ve made!  I’m guessing I’ll have about 75 or so. Each one is unique.  I’ll be packing them tomorrow and will try to get back with a few more photos.

Happy Sunday night everyone!

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!

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.

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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