Making Glass Invitation Boxes Full Time

Bat Mitzvah invite box

I’m making the leap to full time with Invite Boxes and Art Nites Classes!

After years of being an artist for other companies, I decided it was way past time that I take my art business seriously. I had tried it in the late 1990s and although I had a store on Amazon and sold on Ebay, it was hard for customers to find me. In recent years I’ve had a store on Etsy but never put up anything on it. The reason was fear that I would get too busy and not be able to handle my full-time job and a ton of boxes. Those of you who have followed my blog know that I don’t post often as when I do, I get lots of orders! So now, that’s great, bring them on ūüôā

I am still doing my Art Nites classes as I love to teach. It’s so interesting to see how even in the first few minutes of a class, the individuality of each piece takes form. In the end, each painting is unique and that makes it so special. This summer I volunteered as a guest artist for a week at Camp Horizons – it was an amazing experience. I think my favorite memory of the week was when one camper shouted, “Thank you Anna!” as I left and when I looked over, lots of people were waving at me! The camp is connected in with the Color UnCorked at the Kerri Art Gallery; one of the places I teach classes at every month.

Keepsake Box with Removable Invitation

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Sometimes I will make a box that will allow the customer to¬†remove the invitation. It’s usually because I don’t have the invitation, or I have an imperfect one. I can still ship to the customer so that they receive the gift on time, and they¬†save time¬†not¬†shipping another one to me. I make them with double panes of clear glass, and the customer can slide the invitation in.

The first time I made one like this was for a customer who said her brother was getting married–again! This was his third wedding and she said she didn’t expect this one to last either, so could I please make it so the woman can slide in a photo or something later ūüôā

The next time was for someone who had red fingernail polish on when she slid the invitation into the envelope. It left scratches on the invitation and it was a type of paper where I couldn’t scrape at it without making more damage. We didn’t have time for her to send me another one before the wedding. A recent one was for a customer who was attending a wedding in Tanzania and didn’t have the opportunity to get a physical invitation until she arrived there.

I don’t make them this way all the time, because it’s more work for me and it may slide around later on.¬†When I design one like this I¬†have to align it correctly. I need¬†to make sure it’s going to slide in nicely but not have so much room that it will move around¬†each time someone¬†opens the box¬†and¬†that it has enough room so¬†the customer won’t damage the new one getting in! I’ve been making clips to hold the invitation on the inside of the lid.

So here’s how to remove and replace an invitation if you do get a removable insert box.

and to insert:

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Unusual Glass Terrariums

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There’s a lot of interest in terrariums lately. ¬†I’ve seen a lot of polygon shapes, hexagons, pentagons etc. Usually they’re done with just plain clear glass, one side left open so that you can fill it with a plant or put in a candle, glass bits or whatever you’d like to highlight.

On places like Pinterest, I’m seeing a lot of creatures trapped in mason jars. They’re swampy, dirty and dingy and thoroughly entrapped.

I’m enchanted with the trapped creatures, and I love to make terrariums, so I’ve decided to combine both! As far as I know, I’m the first person to combine these two ideas together. Let me know what you think!

Multiple Colors in an Invitation Box

Lately I’ve been making glass boxes with multiple colors for the tops and sides. I was always afraid to do them this way, but they’ve come out great! I think my hesitation stemmed from my thought that they wouldn’t be “serious” enough of the occasion, but now I feel they enhance the invitation and make it known that this was a special occasion. A box that shouts, “Look at me!” in a good way.

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Fun and Funky Bat Mitzvah Gift

stained glass keepsake box Abby_side Abby_frontI was recently asked to make a keepsake invitation box for a girl who’s “fun”. Her aunt asked me to make it “fun & funky” to fit her personality. The invitation itself was so colorful it was easy to design around. We decided to make sure it had lots of color, so I extended the bands of color around the sides of the box. I hear she loves it!

Art Nites and Renaissance Faires

Painting at Art NitesArt Nites is going to be at the Robin Hood Springtime Festival! We’re going to lead off a different painting every day. The Faire¬†runs every Saturday, Sunday, and Memorial Day from May 21 to June 5, 2016 (11 am to 7pm). Combo Tickets to the festival/Art Nites painting will be available soon…more details to follow!

Art Nites Painting Event

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I’m now finally teaching Art Nites Painting events! I had wanted to get into this for the past two years, bought $1,100 worth of easels, paint, canvas, brushes and aprons. Now, it’s actually happening! I’ve done my first two classes, which turned out great, and I’m on to more.

The Moon and the Monocle¬†(in Willington, CT) is the location for the upcoming event, on March 31st starting at 6pm. The three hour class is $25.00 and includes all materials. Participants will¬†leave with a finished painting! ¬†If you know of someone who’s interested, they can register here