Time To Get Your Shop On!

Today I had my last show of the season for 2012!   I now am free to get about my own Christmas decorating and shopping.  And I just may be able to carve out some time to make another wreath or two.

This evening, I listed my 4 remaining wreaths in the Glittermoon Cards Etsy Shop.

Without further ado, here they are:

SANTA’S FLIGHT:

A traditional Christmas color scheme of red, green, and white with a marvelous old plastic Santa and his reindeer crossing a dazzling ornament "sky".  Topped with a fab corsage and a gorgeous jumbo Poland ball.  Plus so many other treasures!  Approx. 20" diameter.  $250.

A traditional Christmas color scheme of red, green, and white with a marvelous old plastic Santa and his reindeer crossing a dazzling ornament “sky”. Topped with a fab corsage and a gorgeous jumbo Poland ball. Plus so many other treasures! Approx. 20″ diameter. $250.

EMERALD ISLE:

For the green lover, Emerald Isle is a symphony of many parts.  About 17" diameter, excluding the protruding, drippy bits.  $225

For the green lover, Emerald Isle is a symphony of many parts. About 17″ diameter, excluding the protruding, drippy bits. $225

PINK MOON:

Fabulous pastel pinks and aquas make this a stunner.  Complete with a gorgeous Polish triple-indent topper, a pink diorama ornie at the top, and a pretty white reindeer.  $295

Fabulous pastel pinks and aquas make this a stunner. Complete with a gorgeous Polish triple-indent topper, a pink diorama ornie at the top, and a pretty white reindeer. $295

And LITTLE PINKY:

LITTLE PINKY WREATH ©GLITTERMOON PRODUCTIONS LLC 2012Please be sure to visit the shop and see all my Glittermoon goodies.  Or perhaps whisper in someone’s ear what you might like for Christmas….

Happy shopping!

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Pink Alert!

I have an adorable new wreath available: “Little Pinky.”

LITTLE PINKY WREATH ©GLITTERMOON PRODUCTIONS LLC 2012For all you pink lovers out there, and I know there are lots of you, this delectable little confection packs a punch for your Christmas decorating scheme.  About 14 inches in diameter (excluding cool stuff sticking out).  I will have her with me tomorrow at my LAST show for 2012, Boxwood Garden Club’s Greens and Gifts Holiday Boutique.

Here are some photos with details:

Detail of LITTLE PINKY WREATH © GLITTERMOON PRODUCTIONS LLC 2This is the top which is adorned with all kinds of great things: a vintage corsage (did you ever have one?  Or your mother or grandmother?), a reflector with a cute Shiny Brite striped ball, the wonderful “Season’s Greetings” ball, and a couple of lovely Polish ornaments on either side, too.

Detail of LITTLE PINKY WREATH © GLITTERMOON PRODUCTIONS LLC 1And this is the bottom, complete with that adorable little red reindeer nestled among some Shiny Brites.

Detail of LITTLE PINKY WREATH © GLITTERMOON PRODUCTIONS LLC 4This is a shot of the left side.  What poppy colors!Detail of LITTLE PINKY WREATH © GLITTERMOON PRODUCTIONS LLC 3

And here is how the other side looks.  There is a cool silver plastic sort of Sputnik type top nestled behind a gorgeous hot pink Polish indent.  Can you spy it?Detail of LITTLE PINKY WREATH © GLITTERMOON PRODUCTIONS LLC 5

Here is a super close-up of the top.Detail of LITTLE PINKY WREATH © GLITTERMOON PRODUCTIONS LLC 6

And I will leave you with a close-up of this sweet little Rudolph.

“Little Pinky” is $150.

Merry Christmas!

Angelic Moment

It seems like a long time ago when I posted that I was going to make a wreath with an angel for a centerpiece and I guess it was.  Between two trips out of town for shows and all the in-between getting ready, I just never got to show you the finished product.  In fact, I got two new wreaths made during a feverishly productive few days and I can’t wait to share them with you.

So without further ado, here is “Angelic Moment.”

I think she is a beauty.  She is larger than most of my wreaths, measuring a big 24 inches in diameter, not including the protruding bits and the drippy garland.  A basic color scheme of soft golds and silver is punctuated by pops of magenta and accented with some low-key greens and creamy whites.  The base is wrapped in gold tinsel garland.  The overall effect is soft and subtle yet it makes a clear, strong statement.  I can see this wreath hanging in lots of different type spaces and decorating schemes.

Here is a view that is a bit closer.And here comes a view of the left side:

Left Side

Now you can get a good look at some of the details like the cool Bradford Space Age plastic topper.  Right above it is another Bradford piece, an angel.

Right Side

The right side is packed with great stuff such as that enormous red and gold teardrop  indent.  Notice the little yellow angel Jewelbrite tucked in next to it, too.  And there is yet another small angel playing heavenly violin perched on top of a Shiny Brite and next to a wonderful small  Poland teardrop indent.

Close-up view of the top

Now you can really get a good look at the lovely angel (I call her Marilyn for obvious reasons) who has a fabulous bottlebrush tree on one side and on the other, a gorgeous big gold Shiny Brite with “Merry Christmas” on it.  Marilyn has a vintage light reflector placed behind her head to give her a halo effect.  I love it.

Another view of the left side

Here are some of the focal points on the left side.  How about that adorably precocious little angel in the diorama ornament at the bottom?  Isn’t she cute?  Did you also see the pretty gold ornament with the doves on it?  So many treasures!

A super close-up of the littlest angel

View of the bottom

Now you can see all the details on the bottom, including that fabulous magenta and gold Chinese lantern shaped ornie on the right. I really love the big gold ball with the painted lantern and holly and the silver ball with the painted snowy church/village scene.  The green and silver indent and the green ball tucked in beside the lantern really add a nice gentle pop to the color scheme.

Close up of part of the right side

This is a close-up of that jumbo red and gold teardrop shaped indent ornament.  It has quite the wow factor.  And you can get a great look at the Jewelbrite directly on its left.  I love the little angel with her deer.  Isn’t she sweet?

And, just in case you have forgotten, this is what I started with:

The beginnings of the “Angelic Moment” wreath
© Glittermoon Productions LLC

Recognize anything?  Now you can see what I ended up including and what I didn’t.  it is always an interesting process that seems to find its own way.  Luckily, in the end it usually turns out just right.

A Beginning

I am beginning work on a new wreath.  If you remember from a couple of posts ago, I am in the mood to make an angelic one and this is the lovely lady I chose as the centerpiece.  She has a ceramic head and reminds me a little of Marilyn Monroe.  I think she is probably from the 1950’s or 1960’s.

This assemblage consists of pieces that illustrate what I think the overall palette will be.  I am starting with a 16″ wreath form so this one will be a little larger than usual.  She will have gold tinsel garland as a backdrop.

Even though I have an idea of what colors I want to use when I begin a project, once the actual work starts it seems to take on a life of its own.  I wonder how many of these pieces will actually end up in the wreath?  You may be surprised.

Time to get to work.  I will be sure to show you the end result once it is complete.  Stay tuned!

Santa’s Greeting Wreath

Today is September 2nd.  I can’t believe it.  Day after tomorrow the kids of Richmond go back to school and even though it still feels like a Turkish bath here, September signals to me that summer is over.

Looking at the calendar, I spy that Christmas is a mere 3 months away!  I’ve got to get busy making new Glittermoon Vintage Christmas.

Here is a look at a wreath that is currently available: Santa’s Greeting.

A fun wreath in traditional Christmas reds & greens with white & silver accents, this wreath features a large vintage dancing/waving Santa, an adorable “brick” Putz cottage, a white reindeer, a cool 1960‘s corsage, with lots of gorgeous old glass ornaments and other treasures from Poland, Germany, & the USA.

Here are some looks at the details.

In the top half of the wreath, you can see the great 1960’s corsage in the top center: the plastic holly leaves adorned with red ribbon and a white bell at the bottom.  There is a mini-me Santa waving back at his big daddy below.  Poking out of the corsage is a great vintage icicle light (there is another towards the bottom left).  I love that big red Merry Christmas Shiny Brite ball – I am pretty sure we had one of those on my childhood tree.  Did you?  

And on the bottom half, there is that sweet little brick Putz house tucked in at Santa’s feet with a white reindeer just outside.  The big green ball next to the reindeer is a fabulous West German one.

Here is a close up of old Santa who is both waving and dancing (he is very coordinated!).  He is about 8 inches tall and was made in Japan.  I remember Santas like these so well from times gone by.  The little red ball with the train and Merry Xmas on it is a real goody, too.

This is a close-up of the right side to give you an idea of how it all flows together.

And here is a view of the left side.  There are so many treasures!

And to finish, a super close-up of the tippy top with little mini-me waving.

Santa’s Greeting is for those of you who love the traditional Christmas colors and have a sense of fun and whimsy.

The finished diameter of this wreath is about 17 inches not including the red beaded garland and darling vintage ribbon with bells hanging off the bottom left.  As with all Glittermoon Vintage Christmas wreaths, it comes with its own nice storage bag and lots of bubble wrap to keep it safe.  I have it listed in the Glittermoon Cards shop on Etsy.com.  You can click here to visit.

If you are in the Richmond, VA area you can also see it in person at Old World Accents in Carytown where it will stay for another week or so.  I will be taking it with me to various shows, starting with my trip to the Harvest Festival in Sharon Springs, NY (home of the Fabulous Beekman Boys) in mid-September.

Unless it gets to go to a new home first.

A Different Point of View

If you read my last post, “I Really Hate It When I Hate It”, you will remember the angst that the so-called Topiary From Hell was giving me.

I am pleased to report that the story has a happy ending.

I took a break for a few days and went home to visit my Mom.  It was a nice interlude.  When I got back to Richmond, I went out to the workshop to put my eyes on the topiary and see if I still disliked it so terribly.  Guess what?  To my pleasant surprise, I found that I kind of liked it!  Yay.

Here is the finished Topiary.  It is  just a smidge over 18 inches tall.

A view of another side:

And here is yet another:

In the end, I started wondering it if might not look even better if it is resting on a larger base.  So I experimented with placing it on this gold-rimmed plate and added a few loose red balls. 

I threw this together very quickly but I think it would be a great idea for whoever takes it home.  I could see it on a nice tray on a dining table with a bunch of stuff arranged around the base.  Like Santas, greenery, or ornaments.  There are lots of possibilities.

Here are some close-up detail views.

I love that old “Merry” ball – it has “Christmas” on the other side.  I had a hard time deciding which side should face out.I think the red and green Pin Art ball is fun.

Some more traditional holiday color and a great gold bell tucked in.

I guess sometimes you really have to step away from something that is troubling you and take a breather.  It worked for me this time.

Oh, and here’s the really great news.  As I was writing this, I received word from somebody who saw the previous post that she wants to buy it!  A happy ending indeed.