Sunday, February 19, 2017

Blessings

Mid to late February has been FULL of blessings for me and my family.
 This little angel had a birthday!
 And so did this one!
 And this one! February is a huge birthday month for this hearty New Englanders.
 My brother, the ever-optimist, was outside shoveling snow, dreaming of warmer days You can tell, not because of the white stuff, but because he's wearing hiking boots, shorts, and no gloves.
 These brothers, my tennis friends, played a great match at our club. How blessed to be able to play tennis with your brother!
 King Henry's back and not sure he wants to be photographed. I am blessed to have him using our ledge for his dining room. Falcons are magnificent creatures, the fastest birds in the world.
 Jon didn't let the cold stop him from repairing our doorbell. Ring away again!
 Who doesn't love a Kat in a bag? Ashley's cat will follow her anywhere, even stow away if that's what it takes to be with her.
I learned a new glass technique this week. A man was working at the studio, spending hours breaking glass and them seemingly, piling it onto a sheet to be fused. I asked him about his process and he was so pleased to explain it to me. He was very generous with his instruction and I was grateful.
He's attempts to replicate the look of precious stone, so he combines varying types of glass (cathedral, reactive, copper laden) to force interactions. He helped me choose some glass to give it a try and I got to work. His process is very "masculine" in that he breaks glass and makes piles of it.
Meanwhile, I was busy doing "feminine" glass work by looking for precise details, flowers, fauna, and geometrics. I like the process and the bold colors of the glass fusing. I'm in awe of how the same supplies can produce such different results. 
A friend, from glass fusing, brought me some miniature citrus. She told me they were edible, good in my tea... Don't let the adorable looks fool you. They are tart as hell. I had a good laugh that day, once I could breathe again.
Jon surprised me with some flowers for Valentines' Day. They were delivered upside down, and still looked perfect.
My Wednesday tennis partner is back on the court, the first time since her surgery last year. We had a fun match together and I realized how much I missed her.
My Tuesday partner was on fire this week! It was awe inspiring to see her play so well.
My Mixed Partner was so strong and covered the court. It's such a blessing to play tennis so often, and even more of one to have such supportive, kind, and fun partners.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Glass Fusing: Heart Trivet

I made this 10.5 inch heart trivet using two layers of clear glass for thickness, red rods and stringers that I cut to short stems, and clear frit. This is what it looked like before it was fused.
And here is the finished trivet. I added rubber feet (the squares) to the bottom of it so it could sit on the counter.
And here's the trivet on a yellow background.


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Monday, February 13, 2017

Valentine's Day

Here's a downloadable drawing for Valentine's Day to color, alter, cut out, as you wish.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Blessings

This February week has been full of blessings.
While New England has been pummeled with ice and snow, and more in the forecast, the southern part of the country has been blessed with gorgeous sunshine.
I had four amazing tennis partners this week. We played 4 tough matches and had such great tennis. I was so lucky to have great teammates.
We're having a club championship and one of my friends volunteered to run the tournament. It is a thankless job and he said to me, "he'd be happy if he wasn't shot or sued by the end of it." So, I had a shirt made up for him to surprise him. I hope he likes it.
Strawberries are in season in Florida. This is such a weird concept for me to grasp. Fresh strawberries in February? I'm so used to going strawberry picking in June, that having delicious strawberries this time of year is such a treat! I bought half a flat for myself.
I tried SunBasket Meal Prep Delivery and was very impressed. They send organic food for you to prepare. The portions are all measured with clear instructions and recyclable packaging. I loved it.
I sent my nieces and nephew a Valentine's card. My youngest niece left a very excited message on my voicemail! It was the most adorable message. 
I went glass fusing this week and happily designed a few things. I love working with glass as a medium. It can be opaque, transparent, iridescent. Glass can be cut and layered, made to look abstract... so much to decide.


Friday, February 10, 2017

Glass Fusing: Piera's Lighthouse

 I worked on this fused glass lighthouse nightlight for my sister. It's approximately 5x4 inches on iridescent glass. I added different layers of colors to create the lighthouse.
Then, I had it fused and slumped to form into a nightlight shape.

And, here it is attached to the night light fixture.