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…

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Mistletoe Mart This Week!

I’m in the final stages of getting ready for one of my favorite shows, The Mistletoe Mart in Westminster, MD.  The show runs this Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 10 – 12 and is at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension right in the historic downtown area.  Hours are Thursday and Friday from 10-8; Saturday is from 10-4:30. If you are anywhere near the  DC/Baltimore area, you might consider making the trip!  I wrote all about it here a couple of years ago.

I dropped by to quickly show you a few new things that I will be taking to the show.

First up are 2 new wreaths in glorious multicolored palettes:

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Holiday Bazaar Wreath

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Blue Rocket Wreath

And here are some of the new little things I have made recently:

In addition to Vintage Christmas, I will have the full compliment of Glittermoon Cards (including Christmas cards) as well as my original photography.  My booth will again be located in the Great Hall (where you enter) but I’m in a different spot this time around.

I hope you can make it to Westminster. I’d love to see you!

Have a great night, everyone!

 

I’m Just a Whirling Dervish

I feel terrible for not chiming in here for ages to say hi to all my blog friends.  Truth is, I am overwhelmed.  But in a good way.  This is peak season for me, as you might imagine, with the Christmas goose waddling along in its inexorable journey towards December 25.

The front of the Glittermoon booth at the Country Living Fair, Atlanta 2014

The front of the Glittermoon booth at the Country Living Fair, Atlanta 2014

I have wanted to share with you stories of Country Living Fair Atlanta – which was terrific.  I met so many fun people, the weather was darn near perfect, and we just had a grand, if tiring, time.  As always, the creativity of the other vendors and artisans at the Fair was off the charts. Click on the pictures to see them full size.

Phylliss and I made a couple of stops on the way home to do a little antiquing; we also stopped at Replacements in North Carolina.  Have you ever been there?  It is an amazing place – but dangerous for a chinaholic like me!  No wonder the normally 9 hour drive home took 12!

I was tempted...but the price tag put me off just a smidge. Whoa nelly. Still they are fabulous.

I was tempted…but the price tag put me off just a smidge. Whoa Nelly. Still they are fabulous.

I have been working on commissions and still have some to do in between shows.  These 2 commissioned pretties are heading south to Florida for the winter.

Cloud Nine Wreath

Cloud Nine Wreath

Pink & Green Fantasy Wreath

Pink & Green Fantasy Wreath

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The Church of the Ascension, Westminster, MD. Home of the Mistletoe Mart.

Tomorrow, I set off for Westminster, MD for the Mistletoe Mart.  I wrote a blog piece about it last year.  If you are in the neighborhood of Maryland, DC, etc., why don’t you stop by and say hello?  I’d love to see you.  The show runs Thursday, Nov. 6th – Saturday, Nov. 8th.

IMG_2738I’ve also had really exciting things happening.  In September, R-Home Magazine (a spin-off of the local Richmond Magazine) asked me to create a Christmas place setting for an article about holiday table settings.  I made a big centerpiece and mounted it on a vintage silver plate tazza, plus some smaller topiaries.  My setting was all pastel pinks and silvers with a touch of aqua thrown in.  The Nov/Dec issue just came out – I am very excited to see it in actual print!  If you click here, you can see the real magazine pictures full size.

A look at the page of holiday table settings.  The Glittermoon one is at bottom left.

A look at the page of holiday table settings. The Glittermoon one is at bottom left.

These are some of what I made for the magazine shoot. Click on them to see them bigger.

There is lots more exciting news on the horizon but right now, I’ve got to get back to work.  I will check in later.

Hope you all had a happy Halloween.  Can you believe Thanksgiving is almost here?  Yikes.

Feel free to say hi in the comments – I love hearing from you.

The Little Church That Could; and the Generosity of Strangers

Last week I told you I was heading up to Westminster, MD for a show called The Mistletoe Mart at an Episcopal church there.

MISTLETOE-MART-LOGO-266x300This was their 40th (!) annual Mistletoe Mart.  And as I was informed when I was invited to be a vendor there, “this is NOT your ordinary church bazaar.”  No kidding.

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The Mart is held in the parish hall building and takes up the entire building:  two floors of it, to be precise.

The first thing the parishioners do is to remove every stick of furniture from the entire building and put it in a moving van for the duration of the Mart.  Holy cow.

And for the weeks leading up to the event, the church folks are busy in their kitchens preparing tons of food to serve the thousands of patrons who come to shop.  During the course of the three-day show, they prepare yummy homemade lunches and dinner.  The Friday night turkey dinner is the pinnacle of their gustatory delights.

I arrived Wednesday afternoon to set up and was greeted by Marcie, the chairperson and my contact, over the preceding months.  She is a delight and has a well of stamina and good cheer that astonishes.  I was assigned a great spot in the Great Hall (the large main room) with lots of space for me to spread out.

The schedule for this show is pretty daunting: 10 1/2 hours per day for the first 2 days.  Whew.  I would be lying if I said it wasn’t tiring.  But during all this, the Mart was not only swarming with lots of customers, but with lots of volunteers, dressed in red smocks, too.  They treated we vendors like royalty – bringing us food and drink and checking on us constantly.  What a wonderful respite from the usual show where you are pretty much on your own.  And since I am almost always by myself, it was terrific to have such care taken of me.  The food was fantastic – a departure from the usual yucky show food and greatly appreciated by me.

I ate out for two nights at two wonderful local restaurants.  On Friday, I opted for the turkey dinner.  It consisted of turkey breast, mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, gravy, and green beans.  Oh, yum.  But I was too busy to eat it during the course of the evening at the show.  So I took it back to my hotel (complete with a real plate and utensils), warmed it up in the microwave and ate every morsel.  It was delicious.  Afterwards, I got into my jammies, crawled in bed, and spent the next two hours happily watching one of the greatest screwball comedies of all time, “My Favorite Wife,” with Cary Grant and Irene Dunne.  I was happy as a pig in clover.  Maybe even happier.

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This was my view.  Pretty nice, isn’t it?

I had a very good show.  Not only because business was pretty good, but because of the people.  I had lovely vendor neighbors.  On one side was Brigitta, a Swede by birth.  She is 72 and has been on the show circuit for 37 years!  Talk about a woman with energy – she is amazing.  She is a weaver and a knitter.  I got a lovely beret from her; she got Christmas cards from me.

The parish hall is behind the town cemetery.  As I walked to the show on Friday morning, I was struck by the sun sending down beams of light through the clouds onto a stone angel. it was so lovely that I had to take a picture.  I only had my phone and had to take it through a chain link fence but I like the result anyway.IMG_1083

The other thing that made this show a standout for me was the incredible generosity of two strangers.  One was a lady who visited the booth on Friday and we got to talking about old Christmas ornaments and how wonderful they are.  She mentioned that she had a box of her family’s old ornaments that she did not need any longer.  Would I be interested?

What do you think?  Um, yes, please!

So bright and early Saturday morning, she appeared with this box of ornaments.  And she refused to let me buy them from her.  She said that if I really wanted to pay for the ornaments perhaps I could make a donation to the church instead.  Done.  What a lovely gesture.

Later that day, I got into another conversation with another woman who also returned to bring me all sorts of great goodies – again, she would not accept any payment from me.  How lovely is that?

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IMG_1087 - Version 2And here are some of the goodies after I unpacked.  Really great stuff, isn’t it?

The kindness of strangers.  I think they knew that I would truly appreciate their offerings.   How very humbling.

I spent the long drive home thinking about all the lovely people who made my time in Westminster such a nice one.  I hope they will have me back next year.

Four New Wreaths!

I’m scrambling to get ready to leave for another show tomorrow morning (this one is in Westminster, MD) but I wanted to show you 4 new wreaths I have made.  I’m taking a couple of these with me.

First up is “On Dasher, On Dancer.”

On Dasher, On Dancer WreathRemember my last post where I showed you a bunch of these wonderful plastic Santa mantel pieces?   This is what I made with one of them.  There are some other really neat pieces on it, too, including that old chenille Santa at the top (look closely), the vintage boot right next to him, and the little elf on the bottom.  I also added an honest-to-goodness snow globe at bottom right.  See it?  It has a reindeer inside it!  I am not sure I recommend vigorous shaking at this point, however. 20″ diameter, $250 (includes storage bag)

Next is “Santa’s Happy Dance.”

Santa's Happy Dance WreathAnd he does look pretty happy to me.  I found that large silver reindeer at the Country Living Fair in Atlanta (actually I scored 5 of them!!) – just couldn’t pass them up because they are so much bigger than the usual ones.  There’s a bunch of other happy things going on here, not the least of which is the color scheme.  This one is about 17″ diameter. $195 (includes storage bag)

This is “Pink Pixie.”Pink Pixie Wreath

Another 17″ wreath, I named it for the darling little Italian girl who is standing next to her little putz house.  She kind of reminds me of Heidi.  This one has a cool palette of magentas, teals, silver, and pink.  I parted with one of my jumbo Poland balls for this one; it’s the huge ball on top left with the purplish looking poinsettia on it.  Also of note is the magenta topper with teal indent.  $250 (includes storage bag)

Last but not least, is the petite “Wings of a Dove.”Wings of a Dove WreathShe is one of my small ones, about 15″ but she has quite a bit to say despite her diminutive size.  The color scheme is in those baby soft shabby chic tones of blue and pink.  She also has some really special pieces on her, not the least of which is the big German indent on the right side.  $165

If you are in or near the Baltimore/Washington DC area, please come visit me this week at The Mistletoe Mart.  Held at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in historic Westminster, MD the show runs Thursday and Friday from 10 AM until 8:30 PM, and Saturday, from 10 – 5.  Here is a link to their website.  This is my first year at this one and I am flattered to have been juried in.  This show has been running for 40 years!

Have a good night everyone and I hope to see you soon!