Since Covid-19, I’ve put off doing classes this year, and I’ve been focused on my Etsy store, selling through groups and marketplace on Facebook and building up my Facebook pages: Fantasy Stained Glass: dragons, dragonflies, fairies, butterflies and steampunk! Stained Glass Invitation Boxes: My large boxes for weddings, Bat Mitzvahs and my smaller pressed flower boxes and suncatchers. Art Nites: Big News! I’ve finally decided to dive in and teach online classes! The first one will be on Zoom, October 14th, for subscribers of the Ashford Arts Council. More details will be coming soon on the AAC website and their FB page. We’ll be starting off with Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. But not to worry; even beginners can make this turn out awesome as I’ll teach it step-by-step. See pics from in-person classes!
Painting Kits: I’ll be putting together painting kits with my favorite brushes and my favorite canvas size for classes: 11×14. These will be available for pickup or can be mailed anywhere in the US. Ceramics Kits: I’ll have ones for adults and kids. Pickup trucks, Light Up Christmas Trees, Unicorns and more. These will also come with acrylic paints. My current glass kilns are too small/short for all but the unicorn, so that one will come with a choice of paints or glazes. Mosaics on Wood: I plan on bringing my ever-so-popular mermaid back with her pretty glass tail, stones and shells. Each kit will come with the wooden panel, mosaic pieces and paint. Wooden Projects are also in the works: holiday themed hangers for your door, wooden panels to lean against your house and fun ideas. I’ll post them here and on Facebook when they’re available.
It’s been quite a year for 2020, and a crazy year for me since last September. I broke my leg while setting up for a craft show and had to have surgery to repin it. Yup, leave it to me! I’m still dealing with a torn MCL that they didn’t find prior to surgery so I still have trouble bending my leg (although the break itself has long since healed). The first week of February my husband and I decided that since the virus wasn’t on the east coast anywhere yet, we’d head down to Atlanta and then on to Orlando. Lucky me, I came down with a very mild case of Covid-19- I’ve since heard of people who had it in November-January – all on the east coast of the USA. Later I had a tear on my muscles up under my ribs, giving me a scare about my heart. Whew! What a year – and we’re only part-way through!
Enough about all that, though. I’ve been in my studio designing up new things. One of which is sandblasting! I design in Illustrator, cut the image in vinyl with my Cricut, then place that onto the glass. Then it’s sandblasting with a 220 carbide grit. The fun part it peeling away the vinyl to see the image in glass! Then I break out my paints or alcohol inks and dye it so it’s extra special. That’s how I did the words, ABBY and the date, above.
You might have noticed that I don’t have too many items on my Etsy store at the moment. I’m in the midst of six weekends of shows. I’ve done two weekends at the CT Renaissance Faire followed by a Saturday at Roseland Cottage for the Compass Rose Steampunk Show. Now, I’m back to the Lebanon fairgrounds for three more weekends of Renaissance!
I’ll be doing three shows in December:
Dec 7th : Bah Humbug Hullabaloo Manchester Historical Society – 175 Pine Street, Manchester, CT. starts at 10am
I’ve been making the purple ring box with the dragonfly for a few years and occasionally have gotten requests for other colors. Here’s a few recent ones! They can be ordered from my Etsy site, just put in the color choice in the personalization section.
I’m finally, finally getting around to adding my jewelry to my Etsy page! I made these in early Fall, then didn’t put them up for the holidays. Partly because I ended up getting swamped with orders (most were non Christmas orders but at Christmas time!) and partly because I’ve had foot surgery – on BOTH feet! First the right foot a week before Thanksgiving, the left foot two days after Christmas. I’m still on crutches and hopping around with two damaged feet.
So… my jewelry! I’ve been dabbling with my lead-free stained glass solder, stamping it with rubber crafting stamps while the solder is fully molten. It’s a quick process and so rewarding! If you try it, use the red, rubber stamps not the clear silicone ones. For this necklace, I’ve used printed images from John Waterhouse and it reverses to a gorgeous piece of stained glass – it can be worn either way! I’ve added real amethyst beads and a pewter plated chain. It’s for sale on Etsy. I’ve others with broken pottery bits mixed with some steampunk gears.
For almost 30 years (yikes!) I’ve been making small stained glass suncatchers with pressed flowers. These have always been very popular in the stores and craft shows I’ve sold at. Yet for some reason I’ve never put them up on Etsy – until now 🙂
They are made with a 2″ square clear beveled glass with a piece of pretty colored stained glass behind it. The real pressed flowers are arranged between the two layers of glass and fully soldered around the edges. I choose a variety of flowers which are thin but pretty: larkspur, delphinium, verbena, baby’s breath, baby marigold and a few others that give my work color and texture.
Years ago I made 80 of these for my own wedding favors; all last minute of course, staying up until 2 am two nights before my wedding to get them all done! It was worth it as everyone enjoyed them so much. In fact, I’ll visit people’s homes and still see them hanging in their house and looking great – 22 years later!
Yes, real flowers do fade over time but it seems to add to their vintage look and doesn’t detract from their beauty.
If you’d like to check them out, click here to view. I’m selling them either individually ($10 with free shipping) or in groups of three ($25 with free shipping). If you’d like a particular combination of flower and color I can do that for you! You can contact me through my contact page or via Etsy. Thanks and Enjoy!
Just in time for Fall – my stained glass leaf necklace class.
September 25th, 6:30-8:30.
Location: Frill – Gifts, Home Decor & More
36 E High St East Hampton, Connecticut 06424 (in same building as Subway).
$35.00 per person. All materials provided.
In this class, participants will cut, solder and patina their stained glass leaf and choose a necklace in a plating to match. Attendees will go home with a finished piece of jewelry. A variety of glass colors, patinas (black, pewter, copper, antique brass and silver) and different chains to match will be offered, as well as some bead embellishments. The stained glass is lead-free, so even older kids are welcome! Class is limited to 10 people.
I’ve been making more of my tiny boxes. These little ring boxes are perfect for bridesmaids, friends birthday, hostess gift, co-worker leaving gift or member of the family. Use as a ring box near your bathroom or kitchen sink. Here’s a few of my newest ones below: you can find them on Etsy, too.