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!

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New York and Exciting News!

Pearly Queen

Pearly Queen

Well, I am back from the Country Living Magazine Holiday Bazaar in Tarrytown and it was fantastic.  I will try to get some pictures posted for you in the next couple of days.

But that is not why I am writing tonight.

Last summer, I received a commission from quite a prestigious shop in New York City to make them 6 wreaths.  The whole thing came about as a result of a pretty casual and brief meeting at the show in Rhinebeck in June.  At the time, I had no idea who they were.  Peggy simply gave me her card and asked me to call her in August or September.

I merely thought she wanted me to make them a wreath for their home.

Gold Dust

Gold Dust

So, when I called her in August, I almost fell off my chair when she asked me if I could make her wreaths to sell in their shop.

The name of the shop is Zeze: Flowers, Gifts, Gardens, Antiques, and Events.  Zeze is Peggy’s husband.  He is a Brazilian gentleman who, as it turns out, is a world-renowned floral designer.  They have a lot of quite notable clients.

If you look at their gorgeous website, you can see what they do.  Be sure to check out the section titled “Press.” They have been featured in just about every home and design magazine you can imagine as well as having consistently been voted number 1 florist in NYC.  I am glad that I did not read all of that before I started work; I may have been too intimidated to get started.

Carnivale Wreath

Carnivale

I got to work.   Peggy was able to give me some very clear direction that still left me plenty of room for my own creative juices to have free rein. She was just fantastic to work with – and so nice.

When I got back from my Atlanta show at the end of October, I packed up my six babies and FedExed them off to the Big Apple.

Santa's Noel

Santa’s Noel

We had planned to meet in Tarrytown this past weekend, Peggy and Zeze bought tickets to the show for Saturday.  But Friday night, I received an email from Peggy saying that the weekend was now completely filled and they would not be able to make it.  That was disappointing, but she urged me to pay them a visit in Manhattan on my way home.

Honestly, the idea of driving in NYC is pretty daunting to me but I was ready to do it.  Peggy offered to have somebody from the shop take care of my car.  But the weather gods had a surprise in store for us in the form of an ice storm.  I made the decision Monday morning that, given the conditions, I would be better off heading straight for home.  After all, it was an eight-hour drive and we were not able to get on the road until about 11:00 due to the ice.  I was sad but felt I had made the best decision.

Hotsy Totsy

Hotsy Totsy

Once I got back to Richmond, I emailed Peggy to let her know we made it all right and that I hoped we could connect another time.  She responded the next morning by telling me that they had done their 2 Christmas windows on Sunday and that all six of my wreaths were in the windows!

Oh, my gosh!  Really?  It’s darn near impossible for me to come up with the words to explain to you how incredible it is to think that something I made is in the front windows of a shop in Manhattan.  Pinch me, I’m dreaming.

This morning, I got even more amazing news.  Peggy emailed me at 8:00 this morning to tell me:

“Cackie, today on “the today show” they are doing a live taping of Mariah Carey at her home. They might have your Madame wreath on the kitchen counter during the interview. Check it out. Can’t promise.  Rushing, p.”

I have a confession to make.

I started to squeal.  And jump up and down. Like a kid.  But I bet you will excuse me, won’t you?  Holy smokes.

The Madame wreath she is talking about is a sort of joke.  At some point, Peggy requested a soft pink, silver, and white wreath that would be suitable for a “madame.”  For some reason that tickled me.

Pink Parfait, "Madame's Wreath"

Pink Parfait, “Madame’s Wreath”

I made “Pink Parfait.”

And so, “Pink Parfait” is now in Mariah Carey’s kitchen.

Wow.

I’ve had an awfully good day.

And now I’m going to go have a glass of wine.  Or two.

Good night, friends.  Sleep tight and have sweet dreams.  I know I will.