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…

It's Red!

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.

A Little Stocking Stuffer

A magical little treat just for you.  xa80

A happy Christmas dream.

Sleep tight.

Santa’s coming.

Back in the Saddle Again

At least momentarily, anyhow.  And so very glad!

Just to update you a bit on what’s happening, we are still waiting for the transplant team’s call; they say it could come at any time.  Patrick is right at the top of the list.  Keep sending those good vibes our way.  We will need to be able to get ourselves (and the animals!) together as quickly as we can and hop in the car for the drive to Charlottesville.  I have never had a baby, but the scenario appears to me that it could be oddly similar.

The tile finally came for the kitchen and all that is left is for me to hang pictures and do some decorating.  That was a long time coming!  Once it’s finished, I’ll share pictures with you. It really is gorgeous.

I finished the 2014 taxes over the weekend – what an incredible load off that is, oh my goodness.

Things have been fairly calm the past several days and that means…IMG_4587 - Version 2

I can snatch some time to get back to work!  Yippee.

I have, of course, been collecting loads of cool stuff in dribs and drabs all year long.  And since I have not been able to make anything to date, the workshop is about to burst at the seams.  Really, it is crammed to the gills – I can hardly move around in there.  I fear I may need an intervention.  Someone please lock up the credit card.

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If you have been looking at Glittermoon Vintage Christmas designs over the past few years, you may have noticed that I often tend to use a sort of signature piece as a centerpiece or jumping-off point.  So when I get started on a new design, I usually have something in mind that I am anxious to build around, and it’s usually fairly sizable.

Additionally, I tend to restrict the color palate to a few colors most of the time.  For me, that helps establish a rhythm to the design.

To that end, I wanted to show you a couple of very cool things I have recently found that I am excited about.  I can’t wait to come up with something using this stuff.

IMG_4585This guy is actually 14 inches tall!  I’m going to use him in the center of a wreath.  Isn’t he marvelous?!  Santa Baby.

I have a terrific fondness for the large (I mean BIG!) reindeer.  They are very hard to find.

So imagine my delight when I scored FOUR supersized ones from Japan.  They are in near perfect condition.

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You get a good idea of the scale when you look at the itty bitty one on the right.  He’s about 3″ tall so you can imagine how large his cousins are.  Be still my heart. How fabulous they will be on their respective wreaths.  Their hooves are bright hot pink!

I’ve also got this poinsettia bell that actually plays Silent Night.  It’s about 8″ tall and works perfectly.  Pull the string at the bottom and it chimes away, sounding just like a beautiful music box does.  I want to try to incorporate it into a wreath as well.IMG_4591

It may look a bit tacky but I think I can make it look pretty swell, especially in a traditionally colored wreath. And how cool is it that it works?!

Stay tuned.  Hopefully, I can make these and more stuff for you this fall.  If you see something you absolutely must have on a wreath just for you, pop me an email and we shall see what we can do.

I am very, very happy that Josh and Brent of Beekman 1802 have asked me to make wreaths for their holiday website again this year.  I have made a good start on the first one.

I will not be able to show you the finished product until they launch it on the website in November, but here is a peek at a detail of the beginnings: IMG_4606 - Version 2

So, you have probably guessed that I am using a Bradford mantel decoration as a focal point; it’s the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh across the wreath.  Only there will be a bit of a surprise in the sleigh.  The color scheme for this one will be silver, red, and deep pink I think.

These type of pieces were  originally candy containers.  Santa’s sleigh was loaded with yummy goodies.  This particular one actually still has the listing of the contents on the bottom of it.  It is first one like that I have ever had (and I have made numerous wreaths with these mantel pieces).  IMG_4607 - Version 2

I wonder if the Spier Candy & Novelty Corp.’s candy was delicious?  Anybody know?  I can’t find out anything about them. You probably could have bought this in your neighborhood drug store or five and dime back in its day.  What a far cry from what you find in those places nowadays.  Makes me feel pretty nostalgic.

Have a good night everyone, and please stay safe out there.  We are keeping a close eye on this nasty weather that seems to be heading our way.

A Little Peek

Just a sneak peek at a project I’m working on at the moment.  Things are humming along in the workshop.

Big red reindeer says hello.

Big red reindeer says hello.

Ho Ho Ho.  I love this Santa ornament.  He was pretty hard to part with.

Ho Ho Ho. I love this Santa ornament. He was pretty hard to part with.

Have a wonderful night, everyone!

Oh, and don’t forget to enter the free ticket giveaway for the Country Living Fair in Atlanta, October 24-46!  Here’s the link.  You have until midnight tomorrow, Tuesday, October 7th. Good luck!

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A Little Peek

As I have mentioned, I’ve been out in the workshop pretty much non-stop (Oh, when will I ever get my laundry done?).  The ideas are flowing and that is good.

Here is a peek at a wreath that Is about 99% completed as I write this.  This shows how I started.  It looks vastly different now and is one of the most intricate I have ever made.  That makes it doubly fun for me.

IMG_1108 - Version 2Stay tuned to see the final result….

I’ve also made a hot pink one, a large wreath in beautiful traditional Christmas colors, and one with a “bouquet” of old C7 lights.

Gotta go.

What’s Next

I’m back in the workshop after a wonderful show in Atlanta last weekend.  And I am just getting my feet back on the ground enough to load all my pictures tonight.   I will share them with you later in the week.  But for now…Santa on paradeWhat do you think is next on the menu????