Thursday, August 27, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me Sale--Share My Celebration!

I've always loved learning about how other people celebrate birthdays. Here in the U.S. it's common to give the birthday child a "spanking," with one light whack for each year. In Serbia, however, people tug your earlobes one time for each year. I'm avoiding anyone who even looks at my ears today, because I'd have enough tugs coming that I worry my ears might come clean off my head. :0

I'm celebrating with a sale! Take 10% anything and everything in my Etsy shop today. This includes all chains, something I rarely discount. And Temari ornaments and Kumihimo necklaces, things I've never discounted before. And of course it includes all fused glass jewelry, glass decor items, supplies, craft books, and whatever other treasures you may find there.

Include a Happy Birthday message in the notes to seller as you check out, and I'll refund your overpayment or send you a revised invoice before you pay, whichever you prefer. Shop now, this sale ends at midnight tonight, Eastern U.S. time.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Lucky Me, I Won More Giveaways!

I won this marvelous Jasmine Vanilla Solid Sugar Scrub from Dancing Mooney. I had been doing a bit of blog-hopping, landed at Mooney's Musings, and discovered that she was looking for suggestions for new scents. I suggested one of my all-time favorite combinations, jasmine and vanilla, and now everyone can enjoy luxuriously scented, fabulously feeling skin!

I also won this lovely set of birthday cards from BeeDazzles Gifts! They're exactly what I needed to have on hand for those birthdays that sneak up when I'm not paying attention. Check out Bee's Buzzings to keep up with new designs and new giveaways!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Is This Too Odd? Slumped Salsa Jar

Instead of slumping a wine bottle in my kiln, I thought I'd try something a little different. I sprinkled pearly white mica powder inside a clean salsa jar, fired the kiln until the jar was flat, let it cool, and this is the result. I think it looks a bit like snow, and I like the idea of something cold taking the place of spicy hot salsa.

It is different than anything I've done. The shape is not as graceful as a wine bottle, and Mr. LuckyGirl actually turned up his nose and made a face when I showed him the jar. But what do you all think? Can you imagine this little dish in your home, or giving it to someone as a gift? I have a lot of empty jars here, and could fill a couple of kiln loads before I run out. Or I could toss the jars in the recycling next week.

Oh, and if you've fallen in love with this jar and absolutely must have it, you can find it in my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Fused Glass Candle Holders

I finished these two candle holders before my surgery, and they've been forgotten in a corner ever since. I found them earlier this week and got excited all over again--I love the way they came out! The frothy bubbles in the blue candle holder above are just amazing with a lit candle inside. I can't capture that look well with my camera, so you'll have to take my work for it. Or buy it and see for yourself! ;)

The cranberry colored candle holder below has a beautiful range of colors and visual texture. Although it's not made with dichroic glass, you get a similar shifting of colors in the light, and it retains it's translucent qualities in candle light. Both pieces are sized to hold tea light candles, and the cranberry holder is just tall enough to hold a votive.