Here’s my chance

•April 1, 2020 • 1 Comment

A friend recently post on social media ‘Be careful of how you ask for things…’ implying that my wish for a month off was not yearned for in the right manner, and now we have a pandemic and shelter-in-place orders. I’m refusing to take that on, myself. However it has come about, I now have a month off (longer in fact, as of yesterdays announcement) in which I can work glass on the daily.

so I have been. I finished the mermaid piece. It is the very first purpose-built window for the studio. she turned out wonderfully.

(I’ll have to take a photo later, I only have video)

I cleaned up some paws I hadn’t quite finished, posted them on my fb page, and sold them, yay!! I agreed to a commission of an Oak tree, probably close to a year ago now, and have never quite managed to mentally get behind the idea. with this time frame, I found a pattern I liked and began altering it. I received approval and the deposit from the client, then drove past a gorgeous oak tree in a field, went back and took pictures, came home and completely redesigned the panel.

I did a quickie project, another commission. this one is a cowskull. with dangly feathers. the photos do not do it justice at all. the feathers were quite fun to put together. I’ll do more, but larger, once I’m finished with the tree.


Good times. I need a good audiobook though. I’ve finished one series and am now at a loss. I’ve started two books and just cannot get into them. oh well.

more later. take care out there.


the internet is weird

•August 31, 2019 • Leave a Comment

I think we have reached the point where the internet becomes self aware, and begins the take-over process. sigh. hello Teledyne Systems.

I’ve written a few posts for this site, but they have published on another of my webpages. which sucks mud. the archives folder only shows posts up to 2016. which is utter bullshit. once I figure out how to move them, I will post links.

the last post was march 2019, as I was building the backyard studio. the studio is mostly done now, just the roof to finish up before the rain starts again (fingers-crossed we have another wet winter). the ice & water shield was delivered yesterday, so now I am only waiting on cooler weather to install. we have had a wonderfully mild summer, maybe 12 days over 100, but it is still no fun climbing up there and working in that heat. this ol’ gal can’t do that anymore.


Here’s my backyard studio. this was the day of my open house for friends. it looks so pretty. I’ll be spending most of today out there, once I have my coffee and write. it was so much more work than I initially thought. moving the glass from the garage and the house was so much more work than I initially thought, lol. that took forever.



one of the best parts is the discovery of all the cool glass you have, that you have forgotten about. now I’m settling in, moving stuff around, getting a feel for working in the space. I had purchased a cool worktable from a friend who was downsizing her fabric business, mainly because I didn’t want to move my existing one. but it isn’t working out and I am going move the existing one. today. that is todays chore.

I should probably get to it. coffee is consumed, time to get dressed and get to work/play. Happy Labor Day everyone.

small done, and a sea change

•May 2, 2016 • Leave a Comment

smalls are done for artwalk 2014.

sunflower trio closeup


red poppy


ca poppies


brown sunflower_2


the California Poppies is a copied piece, the original artist I cannot track down. For whatever reason, google image search doesn’t work on my computer…


Never say ‘last’.

•February 14, 2016 • 6 Comments

Happy belated New Year, lol. I have been very absent from this page for far too long. Life gets in the way of life, and i was focused on other things. 2015 was an eventful year, full of new experiences, travel and growth. I’m hoping 2016 will be a little less of a rollercoaster, while incorporating some travel and personal growth.

In my glass practice I had one more commission last year, after saying the tree was my last. It was a new twist on a popular piece, Dragonflies in Grass. It needed to fit a 20×30 window, and have a horizontal layout. i like the new orientation quite a bit. i’m thinking of playing with the design for a later project, adding in some other denizens of the insect world; ladybug, preying mantis… that kind of thing.


It was a treat to be able to work on this piece in a large size. Nice big pieces for cutting and grinding, lol.

Here it is in place. Looks great, and it’s so gratifying to be able to see it hung in it’s new home. Thank you ES for the opportunity to create a lovely window for you.

Buy me!!

•November 29, 2015 • Leave a Comment

This beautiful mammal needs to find a new home with someone. Contact me with a reasonable offer. Can ship. 23.25w x 26.25h. Can ship in time for Christmas, as long as it’s ordered by the 15th. 


and the last commish is done…

•September 28, 2015 • 4 Comments

And today, the final commission is done. Now to take a break for a bit. To work on my own projects. Get some smalls done for Christmas. This one is heading off to Michigan, to grace an upstairs window in a little house in Yspilanti. Bye bye, beautiful tree…


•July 4, 2015 • 2 Comments

without further ado…

Champion Bitches, Ms. Lola and Miss Coco

This has been in process for a year, I believe. Possibly more. I began the pattern at the end of last year. The main problem, for me, with patterns, is that I must be in the perfect frame of mind for it. I can’t force it at all. I’ll do some drawing for a time, it’ll be flowing well, and then boom! The creative juices evaporate. It took about 6 weeks to finalize the pattern. And even then, I changed it once I began glass selection.

This piece was derived from the clients’ fave photo of their beloved Corgis, on the bank of the Rogue River in Oregon. The young lady on the left is Lola, my favorite dog in the world. (I’m a cat person, so that’s some heavy, treasonous words to lay down). She’s laying at my feet as I type, waiting semi-patiently for frisbee time.

Have a safe and happy 4th, eat lots of corn on the cob.

greetings from …

•March 29, 2015 • 1 Comment

I am hoping that a certain someone doesn’t frequent my blog. They aren’t signed up for auto-notification, and they have a LOT going on, so I am going to cross my fingers and pray.

Current work-in-progress. Corgi’s. Taken from a photo. Will be a gift. I’ve begun a new process for grinding, which is to begin with the smallest pieces, and go progressively larger. I can vary that up with a specific area, if I want. It seems to move fairly fast with this method. I reached a point last night, where I needed to use the Gemini saw. It is coming along quite nicely.

lola & coco pieces 1     lola & coco pieces 6

It’s kind fun, watching it grow, from little tiny pieces, then in large spurts.

lo co progress 2     lo co progress 3

lo co progress 4 wide

Should have everything ground by tonight. I might play with the art for the next commission, a fairy. We will see.

Enjoy the day, kiddos.

falling down on the job

•March 29, 2015 • Leave a Comment

so much for blogging every weekend. that lasted all of, what?, two or three weeks? sigh.

Working on the corgi piece.

hand cutting vs saw

•February 1, 2015 • Leave a Comment

This subject is debated, seemingly endlessly, on one of the FB pages I follow. Traditionalists are of the opinion that using a saw is cheating, essentially. I believe that for beginners, it is cheating a bit. I cut glass by hand for 4 years before buying my Gemini ring blade saw. I think it is a sound argument for developing your cutting skills first, before relying on a saw. once you have a saw, it is so easy to just use it since it is there, even on easy stuff. I wouldn’t have challenged myself to cut some difficult angles, if I had owned the saw early on.

the glow cut

This would have been a super simple cut with the ring saw. Maybe take 5 minutes. Instead, I cut it out by hand using Ringstar pliers, little nibble, by little nibble.

the glow

I then ground out the rest, switching back and forth between a regular bit, a 1/4″ bit and an 1/8″ bit. Took a couple of hours. The satisfaction of doing it has lasted for 9 years… and will last as long as the piece exists.

I use my saw fairly sparingly. If I have a cut that I must get done, and I only have one shot, then I will use the saw. If I have loaded a bunch of pattern pieces super tight a piece of glass (this goes back to having a limited amount of a specific glass), glass that is notoriously difficult to cut (drapery glass, ripple glass, or any translucent /opaque blend esp with lots of white in it), and deep inside curves are all situations in which I would use the saw. Oh, and points and right angles.

small lotus backlit

the saw certainly makes thing easier. I like to keep my cutting skills lubed up, so I use it as seldom as possible, but it is a worthy investment.

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