Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year everyone. 

Been an interesting year for sure.  We added another grand daughter to our family.  I rejoined the Mary Kay family of Mary Kay independent beauty consultants.  We watched while the country elected a 2nd term president.  We held on while the congress let us fall off a cliff.  I have my first stained glass student, who will be starting her 1st class this month.

I will started a new glass project for my own home.  I am converting my china cabinet into a stained glass doored cabinet.  I have down graded my collections to a point that I will no longer need the cabinet for display purposes.  I will be using my oval Iris panel in the middle door.  The panel can be back lit, so I will be able to enjoy it.  I will also be making the second front door panel for my daughters duplex this year. 

Friday, May 11, 2012

Finally started my daughter's house warming panel

I am sooo pleased to finally be able to get working on glass again.  I had designed this panel last September and hadn't been well enough to get it started.  The grid design made cutting so much easier because of using my "Beetle Bits" cutting system,  Glasser will recognize the product name, but for my non glasser followers, the "Beetle Bits" is a tool that allows you to set up a series of stops for cutting repetitive same size strips or angled shapes of glass with complete accuracy, and increased speed.  The white colored areas are stock bevels, the center square gray areas is a textured glass called "Chinchilla". The small gray colored areas in the border are a glass called "Glue Chip", and the blue areas is "English Muffle", which is a textured glass also.  All the textured glasses defuse light and prying eyes, the bevels are clear and will reflect the light and the blue glass.
The panel is designed to be able to be removable, (attached to the window, by using a mirror type clips) rather than a permanent installation, allowing for changing decor easily. 
©Stained Glass Designs by JFA September 22, 2011


Sunday, September 25, 2011

2011 Holiday goodies

This is one of several table top angels that will be included in the 2011 Holiday goodies. I found that many times people are looking for the table top items verses the sun catchers. Each of this years group will be holding either a musical instruments or some other little adornment

Still have to make a rope of twisted wire to make the halo.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Panel for my daughter's home

Just designed this piece to affix to the inside of the front doors of my daughters 100 year old victorian duplex.

The doors are of the same period and still have the original hardware and the beveled edge sheet glass.

The blue I will be using will be more of a colonial blue.

Will have to hunt through my inventory when the time comes. I do like the texture of the english muffle, but couldn't find the shade I want.

©Stained Glass Designs by JFA 9/22/2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Getting ready for the holiday season

Been working on a few new items to add to the inventory for the holiday show season.

Here is this years version of my pocket mirror. This one is done with textured glass that I hand painted. I supply a small pouch to house the mirror.

I also make them in different colored glass and attach a cute dimensional item, like a kitten, or bow or such. They make cute little stocking stuffers.

I have also been making several different sized 3-d beveled stars. This one is about 7 1/2" long. I make them in varying sizes from 3 1/2" to 13 1/2"and several different colors.

They sparkle in the sun, and fill the room with a prism of colors.

Hard to believe that I have to start thinking about the holidays when I had to run the a/c today. But that will change by the weekend, supposed to be down in the 40's over night for several days.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

"Irene" you bad, bad girl

WOW, what a weekend and early week too. "Irene" was not a fun ride for sure.
Hope all my blog spot Friends are all safe. We are all safe here and my extended family in Vermont and New Hampshire are all safe and sound too. Vermont really got slammed though.

Hugs and prayers to all still dealing with the after math.

We have a young woman coming over tomorrow to help us clean up the broken limbs, leaves and other stuff that was deposited in our yard.

We got our power back earlier today, thank God. What a challenge living without electric. Lost everything in the fridge and a good amount in the freezer too, but when I think of what could have happened, that isn't so bad.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

I'm back

Been way to long since I have been able to update my blog. Life with MS has given me a roller coaster ride. I am feeling a whole lot better now that my meds have leveled out, and with summer humidity soon to be a memory I am preparing my studio for glass production once again.

My part time job ends at the end of this month, so the energy that I was using to do the job will now be redirected into working on my glass projects one again.