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.
I’m part of the Etsy Labor Day Sale this year! Available on all my glass boxes, steampunk and fantasy sun catchers, pressed flower boxes and more.
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.
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’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.
Sometimes plain and simple is the best.
I’ve made quite a few of these smaller boxes in the past couple of months. Mostly they’re in a clear textured glass with little or no embellishment. They are made with the invitation on the top and either a party invite /photo or textured acid-free paper on the inside of the lid. There’s no additional border; the edges of the box are in line with the edge of the invitation. If this is what you’re looking for, you can find them here.
Small ring boxes are a perfect gift for someone special. Their small size makes them great to place on your desk, nightstand or bathroom vanity. I use mine to hold rings and earrings at the end of the day, so I don’t have to put my jewelry away right away but at least I know where they are!
I’m adding these little jewelry boxes to my Etsy listings of custom designs and ones that are ready to ship. The pink one above can be found here.
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!
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.