There’s No Place like New York at Christmas

img_1107-version-2Just dropping in for a quick visit to tell you a little about my trip to New York last week. We had an amazing, fun, exhausting time and it was so worth my being ridiculously unprepared for Christmas at this late date. I needed to be in a place where you can actually wallow in the joy of the Christmas season and it lived up to every expectation.

The photo above is the view from our hotel room; we could hear the clip clop of the horses’ hooves as they carried their happy passengers along for a ride.

We took a very early train from Richmond, arriving early afternoon. First stop was to More & More Antiques because I was anxious to see my wreaths on display. Oh. My. Goodness.  All four of us felt our jaws drop as we entered the magical kingdom Steve has created in a very small space.  There were literally hundreds of ornaments hanging from the ceiling and the whole place was crammed to the gills with Christmas treasure. If you ever get to NYC, you have to check it out.

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This is me outside More & More Antiques. I made the gold wreath hanging on the mirror in the window.

 

This is a look inside the store. Can you spy a Glittermoon wreath anywhere?

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Here’s another angle. See what I mean about a treasure trove?  I was terrified of knocking something to bits it was so tight in there. But, oh, what fun it was.  We spent ages drooling over stuff, trying to decide what to buy. I finally ended up with 2 ornaments.

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Inside More & More Antiques

Once we left, we made for the Columbus Circle Christmas Market.  It started to snow!  Can you see it?  It was lovely wandering through the stalls.  img_1124-version-2After dinner, we wandered down 5th Avenue to see the store windows.  They are beyond incredible!  Over the course of 2 days, we saw a lot of windows.  Here are a few of my favorites:

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We went to Radio City and saw the Rockettes which was a big fat Christmas present right there.  Afterwards, we strolled Rockefeller Center and rode up to the Top of the Rock for a view of the city.

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Rockefeller Center

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I love this guy trumpeting our arrival at Rock Center.

We had a wonderful time strolling various Christmas markets, visiting shops on our list, and just taking in the sights.  Before we knew it, it was time to come home.  Tired but happy.

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I just finished decorating the big tree tonight and it looks glorious.  When I come up for air I’ll take pictures, but right now I wanted to show you the two ornaments I got at More & More.  Here they are:

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I adore my big owl with a monocle

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A nutcracker ornament like no other

I’ll leave you here.  I’m going to put some carols on, dim the lights,  and go sit and look at the tree for a while.

Good night, everyone.

Christmas is coming soon.  Joy to the world.

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!

Sugar Plum

I was recently commissioned by an interior designer in New York, Kati Curtis, to make a wreath for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Designer Show House Holiday Live 2015 Event on December 7th.  This is incredibly exciting since, as a person with an immense interest in interior design, Kips Bay puts on the premier Designer Show House in the US.  I imagine that some of my personal design icons will be attending.  How exciting is that?  I wish I could be a fly on the wall.

This particular event involves a silent auction of wreaths made by all sorts of designers, to benefit the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. Kati is donating the one I made for her.  She wanted a wreath evoking the Sugar Plum Fairy from the Nutcracker.  My first thought was something pale and sparkly.  Since the deadline was ridiculously tight, I did not have time to go searching for Nutcracker-specific ornaments.  I would have loved an Italian ballerina on it.  I did have a jumbo Poland, though, that has a lady in a dress with a big skirt painted on it so I decided to use that.  She reminds me of Mother Ginger. I also wanted something really stunning on the top so I pulled out an enormous creamy white and gold satin pin art ball with pearls dripping off it.  Those two were my jumping off point.  I ended up putting a LOT of really fabulous ornaments on it.  Here is the finished result, “Sugar Plum.”

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It’s quite pale with lovely pastel colors but with enough of a punch not to be washed out.  I loved making this one and, honestly, I think it may be the prettiest wreath I’ve made (yes, I know I say that all the time but in this case…).

I hope that it will raise a lot of money for Kips Bay and benefit Kati Curtis as well.  She was truly a delight to work with and I am happy to say that she loved the end result.

If you are in NYC on Monday, perhaps you would like to stop by the event and tell me what you see.  2015HolidayLive-2T

Country Living Fair – New York – Re-Cap

COUNTRY LIVING FAIR - NY 2013 11I’m back from the Fair and wanted to give you all a look at what fun it was!  We had a terrific show, despite a monsoon – really! – on the first day and another monsoon on the drive home to Richmond (a not fun 9 hours in a rental van).  I would go back in a New York minute.  Our only regret was that we did not have time to visit any of the beautiful sights in the Hudson River Valley that we drove by every day as we commuted from Fishkill, NY up Route 9 to Rhinebeck,

And by “we” I mean me and my old friend Phylliss who came out of her well-earned retirement from nursing to ride along and be my helpmeet for a grueling 6 days.  I am pleased to report that she still considers me a friend after I worked her to death.

I took the picture above early on Sunday morning when I finally got the chance to get out of the booth and go nose around.  It doesn’t look too crowded here but, trust me, the crowds were soon to come.

First I want to show you a little slide show of how the GLITTERMOON booth turned out.  We worked all day Thursday and into the evening getting it set up.  If I do say so myself, it looked fantastic.

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And now, without further ado, here are some pictures of the Fair itself!  Please click on the images in the gallery to enlarge them and see the captions.

This husky fellow guarded the entry to our barn, #36.

This husky fellow guarded the entry to our barn, #36.

If you did not make it to Rhinebeck this year, don’t worry.  It was such a success that they have already decided to do it again next year.  I’ll be back!