Thursday, January 21, 2010

Distraction on a Winter's Day

This beautiful snowflake sun catcher from a1debsglass caught my eye because it really is much nicer than all the snow I have seen so far this winter! I found it while looking through CGGE shops for beautiful glass that reminds me of winter. But then the word "sun" led me down another path. Here is a selection of glass that makes me think "warm"!

Spring Green Lampwork Bracelet by Ajjewelry

Warm Yellow Cuff Links by Artdefleur

Warm Amber and White Fused Glass Barrette by artglassfusion

Swarming Dragonfly Fused Dichroic Glass Bracelet by artglassjewelry

Leaf Pendant-Fused Dichroic Glass by ArtsDesireGlass

Violets Handmade Lampwork Bead Earrings by BeadCrazed

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Dark, Beautiful Days of January

Here we are, in the midst of winter where our creative influences may run to the icy cold days many of us have this time of year. I try to find as much beauty as I can around me when everything is a bit less colorful in the world. I've seen the rising crescent moon out my kitchen window; beautiful against the still dark morning sky, the crows that gather in the tree near my house early each morning as if to talk of the days plans before heading off for their days work, the various animal tracks found in the snow.

Below are some wonderful pieces from some of our Creative Glass Guild members that remind me in one way or another of the season before us.

Mouchette's "The Strawberry Thief" Stained Glass Panel

MakenaLeiCreations's Australia Fused Glass Earrings

Nivenglassoriginals's Samantha Dive Brooch

OhanaGlassDesigns's In the Stratosphere Earrings

Papernclay's Beautiful Bright Snow, Brooch or Pendant

Periwinklesuz's Double Sided Glass and Silver Necklace

PurpleBears's Big Horn Basin Landscape Stained Glass Panel

Quotentials's Fused Glass Necklace

RapierGlass's Amethyst Geode Panel

Smokeylady54's Lilac Sugar Angel Bead with Lobster Clasp

shasglasscrafts's Robotoad Stained Glass Suncatcher

SophisticatedFun28's Fused Dichroic Glass Bracelet

SunnyA's Musical Note Suncatcher

Yjja123's"Joy" Vibrant Turquoise Blue Fused Glass Pendant with Beaded Necklace

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Ice Ice Baby!

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Happy New Year!

It's that time again-- time for New Year's resolutions. It seems as though everyone I know makes the same resolutions year in and year out. Here are the top 5 from Did yours make the list?

1. Spend more time with family and friends.
2. Fit in fitness.
3. Tame the bulge.
4. Quit smoking.
5. Enjoy life more.

I'll be the first to admit that I am guilty of constantly sweating the small stuff. While you can usually find me volunteering on every committee known to man, it's difficult to maintain a semblance of balance between everyone else and myself. So this year I'm trying to take a more zen approach to life. That's not to be confused with minimalism-- I'll still more than likely lend a helping hand to anyone who asks, whether I like it or not. I will just try not to let it stress me out. There is a zen proverb that expresses my intentions beautifully:
Student says, " I am very discouraged. What should I do?" Master says, "Encourage others."

Whatever your New Year's resolutions are, I hope you are able pursue them with a positive attitude.

Here are some lovely pieces from CGGE members that help put me into a zen state of mind. I've chosen them because, to my eye, they seem Asian-inspired, whether it be a Japanese koi fish or the beautiful colors of a kimono. I hope you enjoy them. Happy New Year!

Orange Koi Fish Round Stained Glass Suncatcher with Lily Pads by livingglassart

Burnt Orange Fused Glass Bowl, Large by jsglassart

Fresh Summer Dichroic Pendant by HanaSakuraDesigns

raku a la floral by lnglassworks

Fused glass pendant with blue, purple and green on adjustable silk cord by KristasKiln

Hand Etched Dragonfly on Silver Dichroic Fused Glass Pendant or Necklace on Unique Bail by JoanJewels

Chinese Peace Necklace by jkadesigns

Black and Yellow Fused Glass Pendant and Necklace by lisahammer

Orange Swirl Dangles E-276 by helixelemental

Natasha Vazquez Lee