The Little Choirboy

Sweetly sings The Little Choirboy

Sweetly sings The Little Choirboy

Occasionally I will make a supreme sacrifice and use a Christmas treasure that is pretty dear to my heart in one of my projects.  And this, “The Little Choirboy,” was one of them.  I’m soooo in love with this small ceramic fellow.  Who could resist the charm of his angelic little face, his blue bow, and his sapphire buttons?  Not me.

But sacrifice I did and I have to say that, though I truly love everything that I make, this one will be awfully hard to part with.  The consolation will be that I know he will go to a good home, in his own time.  Could it be yours?

Here is the whole wreath:

The Little Choirboy 17" diamater $225

The Little Choirboy
17″ diameter
$225

As you can see, the color palette is blue and gold with silver accents.

A handmade angel tree topper is the crown

A handmade angel tree topper is the crown

Here is a close-up of an adorable handmade angel tree topper.  It is made of gold foil paper with tinsel and glitter trimmings.  There is a petite angel in the center.  To the right of the angel is a huge Austrian ball that has gorgeous gold “dimples” that look like jewels.  And on the other side is a classic stenciled  “Merry Christmas” ball in medium blue.

Left side of "The LIttle Choirboy"

Left side of “The LIttle Choirboy”

The left side of the wreath has tons of great stuff, not the least of which is a Poland topper with triple indents.  Anchoring the bottom is a reflector with a white dove resting on a nest of gold.  A tiny bottlebrush tree makes a nice counterpoint.  There is a mixture of gold and blue balls, bells, and picks as well as a silver disco ball.  Doubl Glo curly twist gold garland drips from the bottom left and is also tucked in as accents all over the wreath.  The base of the form is silver tinsel which peeks through every now and then to give added sparkle.

Detail of THE LITTLE CHOIRBOY wreath ©Glittermoon Productions LLC 2013 5

Right side of “The Little Choirboy”

As you can see, the right side of the  wreath does not skimp on anything either.  Staying within the color palette are several Poland teardrop ornaments, one an indent, and another with a snowy church scene on it.  There is a cool gold and white ornament with a finial bottom right under the big German one.  And, quite fittingly,  there is a silver and blue drum at the bottom.  Bells placed in spots reiterate the musical theme.

Center of "The Little Choirboy"

Center of “The Little Choirboy”

This view of the center gives you a great idea of the whole.

Bottom of "The LIttle Choirboy"

Bottom of “The LIttle Choirboy”

I’m going to leave you with a picture of the bottom, where my little charmer is singing his little heart out.

I think he is going to bring somebody a lot of smiles.  Don’t you?

“The Little Choirboy” measures about 17″ in diameter, not including the drippy bits, and will come to you nestled in his own heavy-duty storage bag with lots of bubble wrap to keep him safe.  His price is $225.  Here is a link to my Etsy Shop where you can view and purchase him.

Meeting Suzy

Suzy Spence with Cackie

Suzy Spence (Georgia Peachez) on left with me

I finally got to meet Suzy Spence.

I did a fun show last weekend here in Richmond called The Vintage Home Market.  On set-up day, I made a little circuit around to the other vendors and who was there but somebody I have been wanting to meet for quite some time – Georgia Peachez‘ own creator, Suzy Spence.

Suzy lives in Hampton, VA and creates fab stuff.  If you don’t believe me, check out her Georgia Peachez website here.   She is terrifically crafty and creative.

And she also makes wreaths from vintage Christmas.

Suzy has been making wreaths to sell longer than I have and she has been an inspiration to me.  When I was first researching the idea of making wreaths to sell, I stumbled across hers.  They are wonderful.

Georgia Peachez is so well known that one of her wreaths was featured on the cover of “Romantic Homes” magazine last December.  Wow.

So naturally, I have been dying to meet her.  I figured we might be kindred souls in our love of vintage Christmas.  And the answer is, yup, I think we might be.  I liked her immediately.

The great thing is that even though we both make the same thing, I think we have markedly different styles.  So I feel that there is room in the sandbox for both of us to play.  I hope she does, too.

But she does not stop there as you can see from her website.  She also sews and makes wonderful things from vintage fabrics.

Handmade bag by Georgia Peachez

Handmade bag by Georgia Peachez

Like this bag which I bought as a present for a certain special cousin who has a birthday coming up.  When I saw it, I knew she would love it; the bluebird clinched it.  Isn’t it charming?

DSC_0970 - Version 2Here’s a close up so you can see a little better.  It is even lined in vintage fabric.  And it has pockets inside, too.  I love the adorable red and white ribbon that she sewed at the top.

Suzy was doing the show with her friend Beth who is another incredibly creative and talented person.  Her alter ego is called Dime Store Chic.  Check it out – what fun!

Scottie pin made by Dime Store Chic

Scottie pin made by Dime Store Chic

Beth makes all sorts of cool stuff including this adorable pin that I bought for my friend and neighbor, Nan, Stuart the Scottie’s mom.  Stuart writes a blog called The Scottie Chronicles.  The pin was only $1!!!  Can you believe that?

I bought a bunch of other fun things Beth made but I can’t show you because they are going to be Christmas presents and I don’t want to spoil Santa’s surprise. Plus I got an adorable old painted metal toy wheelbarrow!  I can’t wait to do something fun with that in the garden.

I’m so glad that this show gave me the opportunity to meet Suzy.  One of the best things about doing what I do is meeting so many fabulously creative people who are also out there sharing their gifts with the world.  And they are invariably nice people, too.  Isn’t that great?

So, Suzy, I’m very pleased to meet you.  I hope our paths will cross again soon.

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!

New Wreaths…Finally!

I have been so swamped with shows this season and getting ready for them, that I have been remiss in posting all the new product for you to see.  So here are pictures of 11 new wreaths I have made in the last month or so.  A few have been sold, but I still have 6 available right now, including “Angelic Moment”, the subject of an earlier post.  I will be making more, too!

MAGENTA BLUES:

For you deep pink and blue lovers here is a gorgeous wreath packed with so much terrific stuff. Notice the sly look that adorable (but mischievous) elf is casting at the Christmas Princess on the jumbo Poland ball next door. $285

PEPPERMINT STICK:

Red and white dominate to create a peppermint colored wreath of sweetest proportions. 17″ diameter. $225 ** SOLD **

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

LITTLE CHARMER:

The littlest one of all but so much fun is packed in! With a charming figural toy soldier among the other treasures. Vintage blue & silver tinsel garland add a finishing touch. 14″ diameter, not including the drippy and protruding bits. $125 (NOTE: A storage bag does NOT come with this little one.)

JOLLY SAINT NICK:

A HO HO HO of a wreath in traditional reds & greens with a big jolly Santa as centerpiece, joined by a marvelous little Japan Belsnickel, and so much more! $250 ** SOLD**

HOT STUFF:

Hot colors blend to create a showstopper of a wreath. Accented with an Italian unbreakable topper and tons of other great stuff. Wow. $275 ** SOLD **

HEAVENLY:

Ethereal pastels abound on this lovely wreath featuring angels and churches and all sorts of other lovely accents. Glorious indeed. $285 ** SOLD **

GOLD RUSH:

All that glitters is gold here. A rich concoction with so many fabulous parts to make up a 24 carat dream. $250

EMERALD ISLE:

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

CHRISTMAS JOY:

All things Christmas collide to make a fun, fabulous paean to joy. With a large Santa celluloid and tin tree topper dominating, the fun never ends. $285 ** SOLD **

CHILD’S PLAY:

Childhood memories all wrapped up into one fun package. The boot is a bank! 17″ diameter. $185 **SOLD**

Stay tuned!  I will post pictures of the topiaries this week, too!

Think Pink!

It all started with this:I have been in a fever to use one of these fabulous pink jumbo triple indent Polish ornaments as the centerpiece for a wreath.

And here ’tis:A phantasmagoria of a wreath in luscious pinks, both hot and cool at the same time.   It has blues and soft whites mixed in to sweeten the palette.  There are so many treasures making up this wreath.  Let’s look a bit closer.

Left side of “Think Pink” wreath

On the top is an arrangement of fantastic stuff: an adorable aqua & pink Putz house with a frolicking reindeer on the roof and an old figural blown glass Santa centered on a light reflector.  Underneath Santa, we have a sweet Jewlbrite diorama.

Right side of “Think Pink”

And on the top right is another jumbo Poland ornament, this one a teardrop in pink and white with a gold painted floral decoration.  Further on down are lots of wonderful balls in cool tones.  There is a Junior Achievement corsage at bottom right.  It was still in its original wrapper.

Bottom of “Think Pink”

A comprehensive view of the wreath’s bottom half.  I really love the hot pink Shiny Brite ball that has the bell and “Christmas Greetings” stenciled on it.

Detail of the top of “Think Pink”

Here is a closer view of the top.  I had a hard time giving up that tiny hot pink ball with the chartreuse indent.  It’s German, incidentally.

Detail of a bottom portion of “Think Pink”

This is a close up featuring that sweet corsage and the pink Shiny Brite.  But there is also that wonderful scenic ball with the church on it nestled next to another Polish teardrop indent.

Another view of the right side of “Think Pink”

It is hard to single out the treats when there are so many.  I really like the creamy Merry Christmas ball .  That’s a great striped Shiny Brite indent right next to it.

The jumbo Polish triple indent that started it all

And here is that showstopper of an ornament that first got me going.  It is way bigger than my hand.  That’s vintage aluminum garland dripping out from behind it with a hot pink pick to complete the statement.

I’m going to leave you with a final super close-up of old Santa, his reindeer, and the house they are visiting on Christmas Eve.  Look, it is even decked out with a tiny wreath to welcome us in.

“Think Pink” measures about 20″ in diameter but that does not include the drippy stuff or the picks which stick out in several spots.  I think she is a stunner and I can’t wait to see her hanging in someone’s home for Christmas this year.  Perhaps yours?

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.