I’m in a Fever

IMG_0577 - Version 2Just look at what came in the mail last week!  I am so anxious to get to work making wonderful stuff but, alas, it is still soooo cold here and – have I mentioned this before? – Santa’s Workshop, Southern Branch, does not have heat.

I have been collecting all manner of treasures over the wintertime and they all await me, still in their boxes.

Like a pair of fabulous LARGE (I mean BIG – never seen any so huge!) celluloid reindeer.  And little putz houses.  Masses of the solid colored balls I use for backgrounds.  Tinsel!  And vintage lights!  I am going to try something new with those this year.  Gorgeous hand-painted glass ornaments of all shapes and sizes: Polands, Shiny Brite, German, USA.  You name it, I’ve got ’em.

Last Saturday, I visited an antiques show and came away with a sweet composition angel tree topper.  Her dress is old dotted Swiss voile.

I will share some pictures later.  When the workshop warms up to something a bit warmer than a tomb.

Until then, like me, you will just have to dream of treasures to come.  Good night all.  Sleep tight.

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For My Sister

Nanny's  Wreath ©Glittermoon Productions LLC

This is Nanny’s wreath.

I wanted to do something really special for my sister this past Christmas so I made her this wreath as her big gift.

She has an awful lot on her shoulders these days and since I live several hours away, there is a limit as to how much help I can be.  Since our Dad died in 2011, Nanny has more than just her own house, business, and 3 girls to take care of.  She not only sees to the care of our Mom (if you read my last post, you know our 91-year-old Mom had a stroke just before Christmas) but to a myriad of other interests that our father always took care of.  It’s a lot to contend with and I am so grateful that she is there to take care of it for all of us.  I don’t know how she manages, quite honestly.

I had such a good time making this one.  I wanted it to be fun with references to what we liked as kids but without it ending up being juvenile.  We led happy, charmed lives as children and Christmas was the pinnacle of the year.  It was almost Dickensian in its splendor.Detail of Nanny's  Wreath ©Glittermoon Productions LLC 7

I started with this goofy Santa.  The minute I saw him in a dusty old antiques mall, I snapped him up with her in mind.  This is exactly the sort of thing we loved as kids.  Who knows, we might even have tried to make one like it ourselves.  Somebody, sometime took a plain old red ball and gussied it up with a delightfully homemade face, beard, and hat.  I love it for its homespun look and think about who might have made it.  I hope they like the fact they it has a new, happy home.   Right next to him is a sequin decorated felt reindeer that takes me back.  We would have had this fellow playing with our trolls in an instant.  Detail of Nanny's  Wreath ©Glittermoon Productions LLC 1

This is a little bit of a wider shot of the top.  Can you see the little bottlebrush tree next to the reindeer?  Then there’s the terrific gold ball with the stenciled child riding a broomstick pony; we spent years riding our own stick ponies in addition to the real thing.  There’s also a red Poland ball with a little house to reminder her of home and that fabulous ball in the bottom right corner with the guitar-playing Santa (it is very special and I don’t part with those easily).  He is to remind us of all the music we grew up sharing together.

LIke the Beatles. At the risk of dating myself I will tell you that I remember vividly us sitting in our jammies in front of the black & white (!) TV watching the Beatles make their US debut on the Ed Sullivan show one Sunday night in February 1964.  Now, that was something. Ok, so I digress…

Detail of Nanny's  Wreath ©Glittermoon Productions LLC 2

I had been saving this wonderful 1960’s white plastic Santa with his reindeer and sleigh for her, too.  I added the tiny shopping bag as a touch of whimsy (we do like to shop!).   Of course, there is a host of other great stuff on the wreath, too.  The palette is a traditional one of red and green with dots of other colors to spice it up.  I added fabulous vintage green and gold Doubl Glo coiled garland to sperk things up a bit.

Can you spy the red C9 lightbulb on the bottom?  That’s a nod, with love, to our Dad, who always decorated our fresh-cut cedar tree with those big colored lights.  He especially loved red. Daddy would go out scouting our farm for a suitable Christmas tree months in advance.  On Christmas Eve morning we would troop out into the woods and cut it down to bring home.  We got one for our grandmother, too. Daddy would also get his shotgun out before Christmas and shoot mistletoe down from the top of an oak tree for Mom to make a kissing ball with.  If you have never had a cedar tree for your Christmas tree you can’t possibly understand how prickly they are to try to decorate – it’s torture!  But it looked awfully sweet when we were done.  I admit, though, I was glad when the day finally came where my parents decided to actually buy a Christmas tree – hallelujah!

Detail of Nanny's  Wreath ©Glittermoon Productions LLC 6

In this close-up on the left side, you can see a jazzy jumbo Poland ball with multi-colored dots all over it.  Just above that is tucked a yellow Jewelbrite and to the left of it is a gold plastic bell.  Then there is that great blue Poland with the mica snowman as a reminder of childhood snow days spent out in the country where we grew up. Moving to the top, directly next to the gold stenciled ball, is a clear red glass ornament with tinsel inside – that’s unusual and has quite a bit of age on it.  There are also a Shiny Brite striped bell and a Japanese lantern, too.Detail of Nanny's  Wreath ©Glittermoon Productions LLC 4

Here’s a close-up on the other side of the wreath with some wonderful ornaments including a big swirly teardrop, a fab red ball with a comet, the cool little teardrop-shaped indent, and a green plastic bell.  Up on the tippy top is a Shiny Brite striped top, upside down.Detail of Nanny's  Wreath ©Glittermoon Productions LLC 5

I wanted you to get a really good look at the Shiny Brite musical Santa ornament (I love, love, love it), the comet, and our cozy little house welcoming us home in the snow.

Detail of Nanny's  Wreath ©Glittermoon Productions LLC 3I am going to leave you with this close up of the adorable  little 1960’s elf tucked under the reindeer.  We no doubt played with his cousins when we were little.  But perhaps the most important ornament of all is the red ball just behind the elf with the hearts stenciled on it.  That’s to remind her of me.  Because I made this with love.  Just for her.  I love you, Nanny. Thank you for being my sister.

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!

Pink Alert!

I have an adorable new wreath available: “Little Pinky.”

LITTLE PINKY WREATH ©GLITTERMOON PRODUCTIONS LLC 2012For all you pink lovers out there, and I know there are lots of you, this delectable little confection packs a punch for your Christmas decorating scheme.  About 14 inches in diameter (excluding cool stuff sticking out).  I will have her with me tomorrow at my LAST show for 2012, Boxwood Garden Club’s Greens and Gifts Holiday Boutique.

Here are some photos with details:

Detail of LITTLE PINKY WREATH © GLITTERMOON PRODUCTIONS LLC 2This is the top which is adorned with all kinds of great things: a vintage corsage (did you ever have one?  Or your mother or grandmother?), a reflector with a cute Shiny Brite striped ball, the wonderful “Season’s Greetings” ball, and a couple of lovely Polish ornaments on either side, too.

Detail of LITTLE PINKY WREATH © GLITTERMOON PRODUCTIONS LLC 1And this is the bottom, complete with that adorable little red reindeer nestled among some Shiny Brites.

Detail of LITTLE PINKY WREATH © GLITTERMOON PRODUCTIONS LLC 4This is a shot of the left side.  What poppy colors!Detail of LITTLE PINKY WREATH © GLITTERMOON PRODUCTIONS LLC 3

And here is how the other side looks.  There is a cool silver plastic sort of Sputnik type top nestled behind a gorgeous hot pink Polish indent.  Can you spy it?Detail of LITTLE PINKY WREATH © GLITTERMOON PRODUCTIONS LLC 5

Here is a super close-up of the top.Detail of LITTLE PINKY WREATH © GLITTERMOON PRODUCTIONS LLC 6

And I will leave you with a close-up of this sweet little Rudolph.

“Little Pinky” is $150.

Merry Christmas!

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?