Updating An Antique Mirror

I have always found family heirlooms and antiques fascinating because they’re a window into how things used to be made. Solid wood, hand carvings, one of a kind craftsmanship; it’s not quite what most of us have at home these days. My friend Lacy gave me this mirror as part of a vanity set that belonged to her…

Custom Fused Glass for a Friend

The day I publicly announced this site I received the most flattering email I could imagine: a request for something custom. I met my dear friend Mark when I was the new kid in Ms. Hefflefinger’s (real name) 7th grade English class. While I don’t totally remember what brought us together I’m very thankful. Over the…

Mosaic Wedding Present

Earlier this month two dear friends celebrated their first wedding anniversary. They’ve been together since high school and got married on their sixteenth anniversary in a lovely ceremony at their home. They’re both artists who asked for no gifts, but I wanted to make them something. They had just redone all their landscaping so I decided on a mosaic…

Labor of Love

This year I had the challenge of coming up with the perfect Valentine’s day gift. I wondered what would be both practical and pretty, sentimental but not sappy, handmade and better than a construction paper heart. Then I had it: I would make a mosaic bedside table! I looked for an entire month to find a table with a suitable top, then…