...I work on glass all night and day!!
I think I have put in over 40 hours already this week, getting things done!
Orders went out this morning to Sparrow Collective in Milwaukee, WI and Modern Mercantile in Berryville, VA.
That currently puts my work in 44 retail locations (or it will at least when I get all my orders out)!
Chevrons are a part of many of the orders I am currently working on (with many of the shops in CA, is that coincidental?? I dunno...)
Here is a pic from Baya Designs in Franklin, TN who received their order recently. Looks lovely next to the Boston fern! Thanks for the pics, Baya Designs!
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Chevron in my Etsy shop
Here are some more happy chevrons to feast your eyes on...
Ive been busy putting in 12+ hour days getting all these orders completed and out the door, but it's a nice break from the grind to receive emails with wedding pics of my stained glass ring box in action!
Julia and Henry included the ring warming ceremony into their big day and she sent me some images by J Walter Anderson Fine Wedding Photography
Julia, thank you for taking the time to send me these pics! I wish you both the best!
Pretty shocking its June already!! I think here in New England we went from 3 feet of snow directly to 80 degree days - I dont recall much of a Spring this year!
As usual I am amazingly busy, with tons of orders backed up. I want to thank all the amazing retailers that placed orders with me for their patience waiting for me to make their orders.
I am getting there, I swear! I closed the retail section of my Etsy shop for most of May and it has been re-opened today.
Yesterday I purchased a new tool for cutting straight lines in glass - a wet tile saw! This will take some adjusting to get used to using, but Im excited to save some time and make nice straight cuts for a change, instead of my hand cut and hand ground edges. Very artisinal...
Urchin Art and Artifacts in Newfoundland Canada received their order and was kind to post some images on their facebook page. Thanks Shannon!
So now that a gigantic old pine tree has been cut down, it lays in pieces all over my back yard! Slowly over time we will need to burn the branches and dry out the actual wood to burn in the fire pit next year but, ugh! This is so much work for the hubby! One nice side effect is we get to have lovely fires at night when the air still has a chill. Very relaxing!
Also on fire is my Etsy Wholesale shop! (arrgh, awful pun....) I've been having trouble keeping up with orders and finally had to put my Etsy retail shop in vacation mode until June 1, 2015. Hopefully this will help me catch up!
In other news...Roxie...you're drunk...GO HOME!
we finally were able to schedule a friend to take down a rather large tree that's been shading the back yard! What a job! (see the before and after above).
15+ orders deep and I see my Eleuthera feathers are featured on the Etsy homepage, phew! I'm thrilled but a little worried about digging out of this order hole. Just look at the amazing company I am in...what great beachy-themed products!
Trying to streamline the process a little more without breaking the bank, I purchased this cool fish cleaning table for my studio. Yes, I said a fish cleaning table...and while I would much rather be cleaning lionfish in the Bahamas on this table, it will be used in place of hiring a plumber to route water and drainage (which will be about $700). The water will be fed from a 5 gallon bucket with the use of gravity and a dump bucket underneath. I really dont need a whole lot of water...just enough to do a little rinsing, so we'll see how long this works out, until I get the plumber in there to add something permanent.
In other news, I've been considering adding my items to the Etsy Wholesale open call, in which 50 wholesalers will be presenting their lines to 5 major retailers
A lovely dear friend celebrated her wedding a few weeks ago in CA and I'm absolutely in love with the pics from the event! She asked me to create a ring warming box for her ceremony and I surprised her by making two! One for the ceremony and one for her personally - many moons ago her business, Skeintily Clad involved dying and spinning wool (along with knitting, sewing, weaving...so many skillz!) and gave me a skein in a picture frame. I took the skein out of the frame after living in there for 6+ years and sandwiched some of the yarn between 2 pieces of glass to form the bottom of the ring box.
Unfortunately these werent the colors they chose for the their wedding so they used the 1st version of the ring box, which was very lovely also!
Look at that hottie bride!! Congrats my friend - I hope to see you soon!
Check the blog post and images by Post and Beam Co!
Spring is a little late this year! For some reason I thought that when we left for our one week vacation to the Bahamas in March the snow would have miraculously melted and warm days would be here! Unfortunately, it snowed pretty much every day the week after we returned!
It's very lovely to watch the temperature creep up every day and to see the critters outside starting to come out again! Yesterday I saw a bunny, a red squirrel (this is new to my yard!), the usual grey squirrels, chipmunks and all the regular birds, with the addition of a HUGE red-headed woodpecker - and I mean HUGE!
I put a sticker on my truck to remember my favorite place and here's a pic that shows WHY this is my favorite place, you know, just a commonplace view on the side of the road, sigh. The colors are a bit more vibrant than the the bleh pictures from my backyard above!
Back in the real world...
I'm trying to get as many orders completed as possible - todays' order of stined glass feathers goes out to Secret Garden in Empire, MI!
I've also been working with 3 brides with upcoming weddings on their ring boxes - so much fun to help them find just the right color!
Tuesday I was included in a nice little post on DomaineHome.com, titled "The Best Handmade Decor on Etsy Right Now" featuring the medium rainbow bunting. Love it!!
Pleasantly overwhelmed is a good way to describe how I am feeling these days! So many orders keep coming in and I am thrilled to be doing what I love and actually making a living at it!
This happy orange pheasant feather is off to a customer in Somerville (see the nasty snow on the ground still???)
Also going out today is an order to The Flying Pig in Algoma, WI. What a gorgeous shop in their 13th year!
I'm disappointed in myself to have to admit it's been almost 2 months since I added a blog post to this site :( In all fairness, I was preparing for a vacation, was dealing with Max the cat's health issues and have absolutely swamped with orders!
I joined Etsy Wholesale in February and did not prepare myself for the amount of business this would bring me - not complaining or anything, but it's been a little overwhelming!
More importantly, I went on vacation a few weeks ago to Eleuthera and had an amazing time! More about this soon but here are a few pics:
Today I am finally sending out an order placed in late February for 56 feathers, all different in a vibrant palette of colors, to Coombaya in Canada.
I have been so completely busy the past 2 weeks I can hardly believe it! There are many many new ideas floating around in my head and if the orders slowed down just a little I might be able to do some experimenting!!!
I'm not at all complaining, though!
The lovely Lisa from Wildwood DIY Boutique received her order at her shop in Lake Tahoe, CA and was sweet to post some pics:
I joined Etsy Wholesale over the weekend and received an order from Victoria whose shop called FiG is in Ojai, California. I just love love LOVE how she markets the items in her shop! Take a look at some of her Instagram pics:
...and look at her shop...droooool....
I have a friend coming over today (in between these crazy snowstorms we have been having) to "train" making stained glass as I am realizing how much I need some help! At least until I get some inventory and can keep up!
Last night was a gorgeous winter sunset which looked amazing through some neutral colored stained glass feathers:
I live in New England, therefore I like my coffee iced. Even when it is zero degrees out. This means I make a pot of hot coffee, then put it in Mason jars to drink the next morning.
Today I woke up to NO COFFEE IN THE FRIDGE!!! This means I either have to chill down the hot coffee or drink it hot, aarrggghhhh!
I am generalizing, as I know not everyone here in New England drinks their coffee cold; I'm sure some would scoff at my temperature preference.
This is obviously a matter of life or death at this moment.
It's early, I didnt get enough sleep, it's cold and I need some caffeine. Immediately.
ON to better things...
We had a blizzard here, Juno. People were freaking out. It was Armageddon. No bread, milk or eggs was to be found in any store anywhere!
I wasn't too concerned, except for the fact we may lose power which is bad. Our water pump from the well and our heat are both electric based. So I filled up some water bottles, bought some candles and hope we wouldnt need to huddle around the propane fireplace in the pool table room, especially since there are no couches in there or anything comfortable to sit on.
We didnt lose power but there is a lot of snow - I'm guessing about 28-30" here. Worcester received 34.5" a new all time record, but they are at a higher altitude even though it's only 15 miles away.
It's so hard to see in the pic below but thats my back porch, looking out to the shed. The big lump to the left is our grill and Ethan drew his "E" in the side of it after he shoveled a path out to the bird feeder and compost. The grill with the snow on it is taller than I am - so about 5'7".
While everyone seemed to have 2 days off due to the snow, I had to work, same as always - lucky me!! I do love my job!
I have been working on 4 orders right now, 2 are wholesale and they have some similar items so I've been making those at the same time. I think I am a little more than half done at this point.
Ahhh, coffee in hand - now I can start my day!!
With wedding season about to kickoff, it was great to receive a message yesterday from a bride who purchased a custom ring box for her wedding in February last year. I love to receive images of my glass when customers receive it! Thank you Shawna for sharing this extra special image:
Supposedly just after the holidays is the slow time of year - but instead I have receive a bunch of orders, wholesale and retail, which is so great!!!
Last weekend husband and I took a little road trip to glass nirvana, Whittemore-Durgin about 90 minutes away in Rockland, MA. I'll admit, it was a tedious experience. The store has a great selection of glass at the cheapest prices I have found, BUT they are not so great at the whole ringing up thing - so that takes some patience :)
Here is a pic of one of the 6 shelves of glass, about 6' tall, and also my glass booty!
The Karen London mini pyramids went out in the mail yesterday. They will be using them in their stores. They were very easy to work with - I hope I can make something for them in the future!
Last week I stopped by niche.Urban Garden Supply on Tremont Street in Boston, who has been carrying my glass 3D forms for about a year. I hadnt yet been there yet and LOVED all the fun plants and containers for sale there! Husband was sweet enough to buy me a glass planter they had for sale - it has a cool knotted rope that it hangs by - it looks very happy in my kitchen window!
In the next week or so I will be making some new terrariums for niche and we discussed her hosting a terrarium class using my dodecahedron! Yayy!
A new customer placed an order yesterday - the lovely Lisa from Wildwood DIY Boutique in Lake Tahoe, CA. Her shop is adorable and I love that workshops are a big part of what she offers!
If you are in the area, stop by her shop (but wait a few weeks until I have sent her my glass)!
Im not going to complain about how cold I am again, grrrrrrrrr!
In 2 short months I will again be in the lovely Eleuthera, Bahamas, hopefully its hot hot hot!
I've been working on a custom card box for an upcoming March wedding, which has been fun. The couple want to keep the box to hold mementos afterwards so it's not a huge box, but fun to make! Here's the lid so far:
In addition this week, I am working on the order of 40 mini pyramids for Karen London jewelry design, based in Los Angelas. Here is the progress so far:
Also, this guy sold this week! I love these colors together!
These look pretty cool in the sidelights to my front door - I think I will need to make some for myself!
I received a new order yesterday from a jewelry designer in LA, Karen London for mini pyramids! That will be fun to work on this week :)
Sunday Mike was going to help me build some more glass storage for my studio and while in Home Depot looking for shelves, we walked past a sale on utility shelves $44! I wasnt sure exactly how this huge shelf was going to fit into my 12'x12' studio that was already jam-packed with random mis-matched furniture, but that was something to be figured out later, especially for $44!
It took me more time to clean up and vacuum my studio than it took Mike to build the shelf and in no time I was setting up my glass in Roy G Biv order to my heart's desire!
Here's how it came out:
The holiday season is in full swing - I have 8 open orders on Etsy right now! (5 are all ready to be shipped).
Here are some pieces going to new homes:
It's SO ANNOYING when I need to take pictures of work and the clouds are not cooperating! Nothing is better than a bright sunny sky for taking pictures of glass!
I also received a new order from a shop in Des Moines, Iowa called From Our Hands. From the looks of this picture of their gallery, my colorful glass will fit right in!
I sold my glass at the Small Business Saturday event at Crompton Collective this past Saturday and had a lovely day with tons of happy customers! It looks like many people will be receiving stained glass feathers for holiday gifts, including one feather that will be travelling to South Africa! Thank you!!
The White Room is such a pretty space if you are planning an event in the future - check it out!
Sometimes when you are a maker who sells at retail shows, things go wrong. The crowds are small, you are assigned a lousy spot...all kinds of things are out of your hands and as you pack up your car to head out you silently hope IT WILL ALL BE OK!
In my many years making things, I have participated in over 50 shows. Last year I decided I was DONE. And then I did another show, then another one. In September I sold at a show, my sales were ok but I decided that was enough. I threw away sales books, clipboards, old picture frames, my cigar box/cash box and I threw out my apron! That was a big deal!
Then, on a whim a few weeks later I applied for BUST Magazine's Holiday Craftacular, their first show in Boston at the Cyclorama and in October I found out I was accepted!
Soooo...fast forward to this past week where I have been making as many items as possible, packing them up, finding a new cash box, scavenging the house for a tablecloth (it had stains from our wedding, ugh!) and packing it all up in the car, silently hoping it will all be ok.
The secret ingredient I realized I had been missing in all my years doing shows, was my husband, who is magical, amazing and made this show better than any show ever, EVER!
We arrived at the Cyclorama 15 minutes early and they let me set up. Everything seemed to come together perfectly. I had a great space, my neighbors were awesome and the best thing of all, the attendees at BUST were so happy to be there! Really, everyone I greeted was happy and excited to be there, albeit a little shell-shocked from looking at all the crafty goodness. Some customers said they had looked me up online and made a beeline straight for my space just in case I ran out of something they wanted. Lots of people said they had seen my work at Crompton Collective, which was awesome!
Another amazing thing that happened was Etsy released their credit card reader/seller app just before the holiday season, which made things SO MUCH easier for this show!
PLUS, the reader came in this cute little holder so hopefully I wont just toss it in the big box at the end of a show!
Overall it was a great show, a fun day with the hubby who was amazing to have there and I enjoyed meeting all the wonderful attendees!
Back at home, I was totally wiped out Monday (cue headache). I have a couple orders Im working on and then wanted to get some larger terrariums completed for this Saturday where I will be selling my items at Crompton Collective's Small Business Saturday event along with their weekly indoor farmers' market.
The kitties are doing ok - Max seems to be tolerating the kitten more every day but we are no closer to finding her a name. Maggie, maybe? Ethan is satisfied calling her Kitten forever.
Last night I received a fun surprise - a few months ago I was talking to Amy, the owner of Crompton Collective, asking if she had any events upcoming that maybe needed some table decorating, along the lines of some stained glass feathers as a centerpiece? I had an idea in my head of some images I wanted of my work but didnt really have a reason to do it, unless Amy had a group that could use some decorating. She had booked a pop-up dinner with a new restaurant, Chickpea in Worcester and Amy arranged to decorate herself, so this was a perfect opportunity. Flash forward a few months, I set up my feathers in the White Room, helped set the table and took a couple mediocre pictures (thankfully Amy had Joe Gonzales-Dufresne of JGD Design & Photography come and take some REAL pictures). Joe's pictures turned out to be exactly what I envisioned so I am super thankful he was there! I added a pic to my website and was happy about the outcome. The dinner was a success I heard :)
Flash forward AGAIN to last night when I happened to see a pic of the dinner on facebook in a few different places, linking an article on Country Living Magazine's website. Whoah, WHAT?!
They posted a little story about how simple and easy it is to set a table with mismatched chairs and some hanging ornaments, lol. Of course everyone can guess it took about 4 hours and lots of cleaning up but either way, WOW! Very exciting for everyone involved about the surprise press :)
Read the Country Living article here and their facebook pic here.
Busy busy busy getting ready for the BUST Craftacular in Boston this Saturday! In addition, lots of orders have been coming from Etsy so Im trying to get all that done and not posting pics.
Here's one cute pic of the kitteh helping me pack up an order:
OMG! She is just too cute!! No name yet - she might just be called Kitty for her life, ugh. Nothing has stuck really so far. l've been calling her Mollie Katzen (not that she or we are vegetarians or anything...) but that hasnt really stuck either. Sigh. No-name slob (movie reference...can you hear Moon River in the background?)
Lots of work off to new homes this week! My Etsy shop has been more active and I can feel the push about to start! Yayy Holidays (and Fridays)!
Most of the week I've spent making my line of feathers in a neutral palette, which has been fun.
The cold weather is sneaking in and I am spending more time in the basement! SAD is a real thing!
I've been working on a new palette of my six main feather designs and I really love them so far!
Colors are amber, brown, beige, grey, white and clear and some are in the image below.
We had a fun weekend of poker night with roast pork bahn mi sandwiches and a lovely Sunday trip to Chinatown for dim sum and Asian groceries.
Some feathers and arrows will be on their way to a shop in Virginia - check out Bridget's in Norfolk if you are in the area!
I was in the studio all day today building up my inventory - lots of cardinal feathers!