Getting Ready for Lift Off!

Hi, everyone and a happy Memorial Day to you all!clf616-612x612-31016-1

I’m scrambling – truly – to get ready to depart on Wednesday for the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY.  I hope you will think about coming if you are in the beautiful Hudson Valley area next weekend. You can find out all about it here. The Fair is an amazing experience with artisans from all over the US as well as lots of antique and vintage  shopping plus talks and demonstrations by lots of people, including Brent and Josh, the Beekman 1802 Boys, you’ve heard me talk about so often. They will be there on Saturday and will have a pop-up version of the Beekman 1802 Mercantile set up for the duration of the show.

I have been assigned an amazing booth space in Barn 29,  right on Main Street.  It’s an end spot directly across Main St. from the Earth Angels. Here is a Map of the Fairgrounds for you: Rhinebeck

And here is the schedule:Rhinebeck schedule

See? You’ve gotta come!

I quickly wanted to share with you the “real” pictures of those 5 wreaths I recently finished. I will be taking a total of NINE wreaths with me to the Fair, as well as the Golden Halo Centerpiece, and about 4 DOZEN  (Four Dozen!! See – I told you I’ve been busy!!)  “Tiny Topiaries.”  I love them all – haven’t photographed them yet (hopefully tomorrow before I pack them) but they are totally charming. Plus, I will have my full stock of Glittermoon Cards and original photography.  Oh, and some really fun vintage merchandise to boot.  I’m so excited!

Without further ado, here are the 5 new ones:

Ding Dong Bell - this one has that fabulous bell music box on the bottom that plays Silent Night.

Ding Dong Bell – this one has that fabulous bell music box on the bottom that plays Silent Night.

Harlequin Hugger

Harlequin Hugger

Going to the Chapel

Going to the Chapel

Palomino Pink

Palomino Pink

Shabby Sweet

Shabby Sweet

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Finally, in honor of Memorial Day, I’d like to share a picture of my Dad who served in the US Navy during World War II.  As a Lieutenant on a Destroyer Escort, he sailed in both the Atlantic and Pacific campaigns.  Thank you, Daddy,  and thank you to all the brave souls who fight for our freedoms.

Lt JG Barclay Haskins Trippe, Jr

Lt JG Barclay Haskins Trippe, Jr

 

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The Workshop is Humming

Has it been raining where you are? IMG_5727

I can’t remember so much rain during May but, honestly, as a gardener, I’m not complaining….yet.  I also am loving the cool temps. I’m not someone who adores the hot and humid of Richmond in summer.  It can take its time getting here.

I’ve been feverishly getting ready for the Country Living Fair coming up in Rhinebeck, NY, in the beautiful Hudson valley.  Are you coming? I hope so!

Get your tickets now!  Click here to go there.

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I’m keeping everything crossed that I possibly can cross that nothing comes up between now and June 1 (when we hit the road).  We continue on the almost daily rounds of doctor appointments, physical therapy, etc.  Driving Mr. Daisy has been just fine, though.  I do believe he is feeling better and he looks really good – all very encouraging.  I don’t want to get overly confident as we are still in that first year when anything can – and may – happen. If you’ve a  mind to, keep some positive thoughts going for us – we appreciate it more than we can say.

My faithful friend has been watching over me as I toil in Santa’s workshop. IMG_5678 (1)

How lucky I am.

As it stands right now, I will be bringing NINE full-size wreaths to the show, the Golden Halo topiary, and bunches of “tiny topes.” Like this little one with a pine cone elf in a teacup.IMG_5711

Because of the rain, I have not yet photographed the new wreaths properly ( I prefer to shoot them outside in natural light) but I can show you some iPhone pics of 5 of them in process.

This first one is so pretty – I love the soft colors. She is called “Shabby Sweet.”

Shabby Sweet Wreath

Shabby Sweet Wreath

I just finished this one yesterday. It has that huge poinsettia bell on the bottom – the one that is a music box which plays “Silent Night.”  It makes quite a statement.

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Then there is this one that is all hot pinks and bright golds.  It’s called “Palomino Pink.”

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This cutie pie is called “Harlequin Hugger.”
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And, finally, there is this one as I was just geting going on it. It is about 90% finished at this point.  I hope to complete her tomorrow. She is all blues, magentas, and golds – really pretty so far!

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I’m hoping the sun will shine Monday so I can photograph them all.  I’ll post pictures for you and you can compare them to what you see here.

Have a terrific weekend everyone and stay dry!  I’ll leave you with another photo of my sweet girl. xoIMG_5721

 

 

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.

Off to the Fair….with Booty

The rental van is packed and Phylliss and I will be taking off tomorrow for the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck.

Before we go, I want to finally share with you the “real” pictures of the new wreaths and the large topiary that you have been patiently waiting to see.  So in no particular order, here they are:

SNOW CHARMING

SNOW CHARMING 20" $250

SNOW CHARMING 20″ $250

RED RIDER

Red Rider 20" $285

Red Rider 20″ $285

PINK PEARL

Pink Pearl 17" $250

Pink Pearl 17″ $250

HOT FLASH 

Hot Flash 20" $295

Hot Flash 20″ $295

ELF MAGIC

Elf Magic 17"  $245

Elf Magic 17″ $245

SEA HOLLY 

Sea Holly 17" $265

Sea Holly 17″ $265

ITALIAN GOLD

Italian Gold 20" $275

Italian Gold 20″ $275

HOLIDAY INN

Holiday Inn 24-1/2" Tall $250

Holiday Inn 24-1/2″ Tall $250

I have a waiting list for a couple of these in case they do not go home with somebody at the Fair.  If you are interested in a wreath or the topiary, please use the CONTACT ME tab at the bottom of this post to send me an email; I will be happy to let you know if what you would like is available after the show.

Thank you all so very much for your enthusiasm and support.

I will be posting to the Glittermoon Cards Facebook page and to Instagram over the course of the new few days if you would like to keep up with our antics.  I’d love to hear from you.

And if you see this van on the road, please wave to us. We’ll wave back!

The Glittermoon Express

The Glittermoon Express

I’m Back. Did You Miss Me?

I’ve been giving you the silent treatment for a few weeks, haven’t I?  I hope you are not offended.

Picking out beautifully packaged Faberge Easter eggs in Saltzburg.  Filled with Austiran chocolates.

This is me picking out beautifully packaged Faberge Easter eggs filled with Austrian chocolate in Salzburg.

See, actually, I have been away.  As in out of the country for a big trip to Europe.  I went over to photograph lots of things.  I had my best friend for company, which was really great, and we tore through 6 countries in 2 weeks.  Phew.  I am happy to report that she is still speaking to me.

I just got back so I am trying to readjust.  I took about 4,000 pictures.  You can imagine what I will be doing for the next few months.DSC_0510 - Version 2

But I also will be making the workshop buzz with all sorts of new vintage Christmas goodies.  I am getting ready to get back into production to gear up for the big Country Living Magazine Fair in Rhinebeck, New York next month.405

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If you have not already bought your tickets, you’d better get on it.  Last year the line to get in on Saturday stretched a loooong way out the gate of the Duchess County Fairgrounds.  If you already have a ticket you get to swan on in.

Here‘s where you can go to get your tickets and find out everything you need to know.  Don’t miss it – the Country Living Fairs are fab-u-lous.

Hope to see you there!

I’ll be back soon with some more news.  Promise.

 

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!