New Event Coming Up!

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I am literally up to my eyeballs with trying to get things made right now to satisfy deadlines but I wanted to let you know of an event coming up at the end of next week that I am very excited about.

I’m super excited because it’s in my hometown, Easton, MD, and it’s at my sister’s art gallery, Trippe-Hilderbrandt Gallery.  Please go visit her website and see the terrific lineup of artists, in several mediums, that she represents.  She’s a very talented photographer as well and her work is on display, too.

I was born and raised on the bucolic Eastern Shore of Maryland and I am thrilled beyond belief to be going home for a couple of days. I’m so looking forward to seeing family and old friends that I have not seen in ages. And I get to show off my work. How great is that?

If you live in the DC, Baltimore, Annapolis area, it’s a pretty short drive to Easton.

I will be there Friday evening December 1, for First Friday, from 5-8 PM and Saturday, December 2, from 11-6.  There is a LOT going on in town that weekend, including the Christmas parade (!). I hope I will see you there!


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I’m currently working on a new wreath that I will name “Christmas Candy.”

When I was a little girl, my grandmother used to have a bowl full of the most beautiful candy on her coffee table at Christmas.  Do you remember ribbon candy? Anyway, I got to thinking about that and decided to make a wreath with that idea in mind.

This is how I got started but I’m actually much further along with it now. It’s very, very festive!

I will be bringing it to the above-mentioned Trunk Show.


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Last but not least, I would like to wish each of you a very Happy Thanksgiving.  I have many, many things to be grateful for, including you.

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A Show this Saturday and Wreath Availability!

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For all my Richmond, VA area friends, I hope you will join me this Saturday, November 18th at the 28th annual Northside Artists Holiday Artwalk.  This year we have 50 artists showing their wares in 10 locations (most of them private homes) in our beautiful neighborhood.  This is my only event in Richmond this season so I hope you can make it. Please go to the Facebook page to see the details and examples of everyone’s work.

This year I will be back at Ginter Place, 1350 Westwood Avenue (it’s the former Richmond Memorial Hospital – now condos). I will have my full selection of Glittermoon Cards, including Holiday/Christmas cards and notecards and a nice array of vintage Christmas items.


In other news, I want to share with you some wreath availability!

Yesterday, 4 wreaths made their debut on the Beekman1802.com holiday website.  Please go check it out!  Free shipping is included!

These are the 4:

 

AND, I have 2 wreaths that are available directly from me: The Colors of Christmas and Santa’s House.

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The Colors of Christmas $295

Santa's House

Santa’s House $265

If you are interested in either of them, please contact me!  I’ve even made it super easy by including a contact form below!

On the Road Again with New Stuff

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On Wednesday, I will be hitting the road to Westminster, MD  for one of my favorite shows, The Mistletoe Mart.  The show is at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension and runs Thursday and Friday, Nov 9 & 10, from 10 AM until 8 PM and Saturday, Nov. 11 from 10 until 4:30.  Please click here for The Mistletoe Mart website, where you will find all the information you need. I hope I’ll see you!

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I’ve been very busy in the workshop creating new product since I returned from Atlanta.

Take a peek at some of it.

First up is a new wreath named “Santa’s House.”  I thought I would share some pics of how it took shape for you.

I began with this charming Santa from Japan:

He still had his price of 39 cents stamped on his bottom!  Then I added this a Japan putz house…

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Followed by a bunch of  other things…

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I love how he turned out. There’s a lot of charm in one package with this one.

Next, I began a wreath with a fabulous HUGE Shiny Brite bell that I have been saving.  It’s a whopping 5 inches tall!

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That’s my sweet girl, Emma P, looking at you.  After I got the bell situated on the top of the wreath, I set about filling things in…

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I used this fabulous double-sided gold spray with silver leaves just above the bell.  I wanted to use soft colors with this one: pastel pinks, greens, golds, and blues with a little bit of bright poppy colors here and there.  This is the finished product, “The Golden Bell.”

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It’s a bucket full of sweet. Did you notice that there is one pink and one blue angel? The overall effect is a bit more subdued than in this photo – it’s really a lovely confection.

I’ve spent the last couple of days making some little things to take with me.  I don’t know what it is but making the tiny topiaries is the most fun and makes me incredibly happy. Don’t get me wrong, making wreaths is a wonderful process but the little delights are just that – delightful.

Have a look at a few of them (Please click on them to see bigger and read description):

And, finally, check this out. It’s a metal wall pocket from 1976 with a Japan terrier, tree, ornaments, and vintage ribbon.  I love this! Please pardon the ghastly color from my fluorescent lighting…

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All of these goodies will be going with me to Westminster!  Come and get ’em!

And have a wonderful night, everyone! Back soon…

Elfie Bells

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The last of the 5 wreaths that will be traveling to the Country Living Fair is Elfie Bells.  I doubt you have to be a rocket scientist to know where its name comes from!

Elfie Bells started with that adorable kneehugger elf who sits in the center of the wreath. He is mounted on a platform that has all this wonderful tinsel that flops when he lets his “hair” down.  His color is a bit faded from age and that drove the unusual color palette.  Unusual colors or no, this one’s got a lot going for it and, best of all, it really makes me smile.

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At the top is a pretty cool piece that is made up of 3 bells that are attached to a stiff silvery tinsel (again a bit faded – but so am I). To complement the top are a pair of enormously long bells on the bottom right.

Other than the bells there is a boatload of stuff with a wow factor. For starters is one of my personal favorites: the large graduated colors ball (top left) that has an almost Russian looking scene with jazzy reindeer. Otherwise, there are bunches of Shiny Brites, German balls, a pin art ball, and even a man in the moon (mid right). If you look closely there’s another little elfie brother to keep our main man company.

I got to use a couple of very cool copper-colored Shiny Brite stenciled ornaments on this one. Those and the reds, golds, and faded blues make up the whole.  It’s finished off with some red beaded garland for a final flourish.

Check out these pictures for a closer look:

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I head out Wednesday morning for Atlanta so I’ve been packing and finishing up making various things.  Today, I packed 6 crates full of what my husband has dubbed “Christmas Canapes.”  I took a few photos while I was packing but there are a lot more. In fact, I think I’ve got about 75 or so of these little delights.

Have a peek:

But this guy has to be my favorite:

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Meet Mr Squirrel, who is all set for his Christmas with a vintage tree on one arm and a fabulous, very old glass walnut on the other.  I sure hope he goes to a good home because I’m pretty attached to him.

Have a great night everyone! I hope your Monday went smooth as glass.

Holiday Glamour

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I’ve been holed up in Santa’s Workshop, Southern Branch, feverishly working to have things ready for the Country Living Fair which is (😳) next week!!!! Things are going pretty smoothly (so far) and if the weather cooperates and the Mr. is feeling pretty good, then everything will be ok.

I thought I would try to write a post about each of the 5 wreaths I’m planning on taking with me. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to show you what I make in any detail and I figured it was about time!

First up is a very special one I’ve dubbed “Holiday Glamour.”

The reason I think it’s special is not only because it’s got some pretty fabulous stuff in it but the color palette is scrumptiously poppy. The huge Japan celluloid/plastic reindeer (he’s about 12″ tall) and the gorgeously flashy enormous white and gold package decoration on top are the tip of the iceberg.  There’s also a lovely double-decker indented blue topper slashing its way across the center for one.  Other items of note are 2 huge Shiny Brite stencilled balls; 2 Jewelbrite plastic dioramas (the angel and the yellow one on the bottom); a vintage corsage with bells and red ribbon; beautiful indented ornaments; and a host of bells, Shiny Brites, and other lovelies.  The colors are hot pinks and golds with shots of white, blue, green and silver.  There are swags of silver beaded garland on the bottom as a final elegant touch.

Here are some photos so you can see all the details. Be sure to click on them to see them full size – so much better!

I’ll try to get back tomorrow with the next one so stay tuned!

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I hope you’ve gotten your tickets already to the Fair.  Even better is an Early Bird ticket that gets you in an hour-and-a-half before everybody else does!  That means you get first dibs on everything!  You can go here to get yours (you can get regular tickets here, too!)

I will be in my usual spot, Booth 34-36 on D-Loop, Dogwood Path. It’s just above where Azalea Circle (A Loop) meets Dogwood at D-Leg (and between D22 and D50 as seen on the map below).

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And then…

Suddenly it’s October!!! Holy smokes, time is burning past like a meteor flying through the heavens.

I’m in full-on work mode. I’ve made 4 wreaths that will be available from Beekman1802.com  when the Holiday website launches on or around November 1.  Now I am concentrating on making things for the Country Living Fair in Atlanta later this month.  I’ve got several things finished but I have not photographed them yet.

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Be sure to get your tickets in advance – that will save you some $$ that you can use to shop!!  I’m going to let you in on a little secret, too: I think this will be my last trip down there so if you have wanted to go and have not before, please get it together and come see me! I love, love, love this show – it’s amazing. You will not regret going. It’s a fabulous girlfriend weekend, by the way.  Tickets and all the info are available via the link above.

I had a really fun time up in Sharon Springs, NY last month for Harvest Festival. It was great to see and catch up with old friends and meet new ones. I had a wonderful time out at Beekman Farm, too.  My niece, Sophie, was able to come with me and that was a lot of fun. She made quite a splash; she’s a red-headed troublemaker.  Here are some pictures of our trip for you.

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So this is the wreath I was working on at the Farm:

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And this is how it turned out:

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It is one of the 4 wreaths that will be for sale on Beekman1802.com.

Here are the other 3:

I’ve also recently completed a wreath for a customer using her late mother’s ornaments. It  was a joy to make.

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I added the jumbo Poland ball on the left with the Christmas lady, the topper, and the house at the top (so she would think of home) and a few other odds and ends but most of it was hers. Great bright, happy colors.

In addition, I’ve made a wreath with this happy pixie taking center stage.

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This is the only photo I’ve got to show you while I was making it and it’s pretty bad due to the fluorescent lighting in my workshop. But I love the color palette.

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In other news, you may remember that I ridiculously agreed to open my house on a tour this Saturday, the 7th.  That’s been a real time sucker, too, but the house is looking really beautiful after all the new paint, papering, and general sprucing up.  The great thing is that once Saturday is over, we can just relax and enjoy our “new digs.”

Among the changes I’ve made, I took a leap and changed the color of our front door from traditional Charleston Green (which is a black green) to a gorgeous light color with a finish that is mirror-like.

This is Danny putting the first coat on:

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And here is the finished door, minus the knocker (I took that to be polished up – it needed it after 31 years).

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Looks fabulous, doesn’t it?  We are getting a new wooden storm door and that will not get put on until the eleventh hour…at least I hope it will.

This is my builder Mike (closely watched by Emma P), fitting it the other day. It then had to go to the painter’s, then back to the place that made it to put the glass in, and finally back here for Mike to install it. Hopefully, it will get in by Friday. Fingers crossed. Whew.

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I’ll leave you now but I hope all of you are well.  This has been a very, very difficult week (they seem to keep coming and coming at us, don’t you think?).  I’m having a really hard time shaking off the sadness.  So, my wish for you is the peace which passeth all understanding. Hold everyone tight. xo