Thursday, September 17, 2015

An Amalgamation Imagination

I would like to share with you a wonderful Etsy shop...

and the gifted artisan who designs and crafts these marvelous fused glass creations.

"I’m an artist who can’t draw, but fused glass is a medium that lets me bypass that deficiency.  My grandmother prepared me for this creative outlet: she taught me to sew.  She emphasized "method" (measure twice, cut once), "planning" (know where you’re going before you start), and "patience" (haste makes waste).  Thanks to her, I’ve relied on my stitching skills for 40 years.  Now I’m trusting those principles as I play with glass." 

I am honored to introduce to you...


Gail is the artist and creator behind the works at Angel Song Arts.  Her selection of colors, shapes, and sizes of glass, fused together produce unique, decorative, and beautiful works of art.  Gail has so graciously allowed me to share with you a little bit about herself and her craft.

 "I’m not visual. I can’t picture things in my head the way most people can. Just before my sixth birthday, I ran into the street without looking both ways and got run over by a pickup truck. Mercifully, I don’t remember being hit or cracking my head on the pavement. I do remember the burnt-orange socks I was wearing, because my mother would say she looked out the kitchen window and her heart stopped when she saw my socks peeking out from underneath the truck. I remember the awful headache I had and the blanket I was lying on when I woke up at the side of the road. I remember clenching my eyes shut against the painful afternoon sunlight, and my mother’s voice beside me in the ambulance." 

Featured below are just a few examples of Gail's creations from her Christmas and Holiday collection.  We hope you enjoy.

A piece that's sure to add that handcrafted touch to your holiday decor, is this 

An exuberant, hand-drawn gold tree that sparkles within luscious ruby red glass.  A chip of dichroic glass represents a star. 

Show off your delicious holiday cookies and treats with this festive and decorative

crafted from opaque white glass with a cheerful scalloped edge of ruby red glass accented with white dots.

"I’ve never considered myself disabled as a result of the accident, but I have difficulty judging sizes or distances, and I lost the ability to draw. I spent decades avoiding visual arts, focusing my creative passion on musical and verbal expressions: classical singing and writing. Somehow over the years that passion got buried in the work, expectations, and drudgeries of daily life. In the onslaught of adult responsibilities, duties, deadlines, obligations, projects, worries, and heartbreaks, I forgot how to play." 

A Dainty Angel glimmers with a gown of purple dichroic glass and diaphanous wings of clear dichroic glass.

"We should not forget to entertain strangers, lest we entertain Angels unaware"
                                                                                                     Hebrews 13:2

Brighten up your Christmas tree or holiday decor with this beautiful

Multicolored dichroic glass shines in a sky of violet.  Gail offers a variety of 3" ornament styled pieces to choose from.

"Sure, I could say working with fused glass is rewiring my brain to balance visual-aural perspective. But the truth is: last Spring I started mentoring a beautiful, loving fourth-grade girl, and her sweet, playful spirit is challenging me to lighten up. Last Fall I took a class in fused glass so I could learn to support her interest in it. I didn’t expect to fall in love with it!"

The North Star and Holy Family adorn this 

ready to ship and arrive in time for the holidays and add to your home decor.
This is a set of three Festive Holiday Plates all made from green aventurine, ruby red, and red/green fractured glass, cut and arranged into a dramatic puzzle design. 

The plates shown above are also available for individual purchase.

"I don’t care that I can’t draw. Crafting with fused glass is teaching me how to play again. It demands no specific outcome, performance metric, or result. It’s an inventive, colorful sandbox to play in, my imagination limited only by the laws of physics (and my wallet). The joy of it is rejuvenating my entire life. And now I’m sharing that joy with the people around me."


The interplay of light and glass reminds me that God is the Light who gives life into the world. He is my joy, my strength, and my song. The resonance of light through glass shapes my designs. As I harmonize colors, shapes, and textures, my compositions seek to blend individual voices into captivating visual melodies. While each piece springs from my heart and eye and hands, when its unique tune emerges, it’s singing with its own voice: an angel’s song praising the beauty of God.

–Gail Meredith

A special thanks to Gail for allowing the feature and I'd like to thank you for stopping by and  we hope you've enjoyed.  Please stop by her AngelSongArts shop to see more of her creative and unique fused glass works.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

An Autumn Anticipation

With autumn just around the bend, I thot I'd share a post from past of some of my faved Etsy fall photographs .  I hope you enjoy the colorful browse...

"Autumn Reflection"




"Light In The Autumn Woods"


Light Color Nature Photography


"The Green Barn"


CEJ Photography


"Autumn On The Rocks"

captured by


"Fall In Alberta Canada"




"No spring nor summer hath such grace, as I have seen in one Autumnal face"

                                                                                                             John Donne

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Run For Covers

Here's a wonderful shop I came across while browsing the halls of Etsy....

Handmade pillow covers and more.

This wonderful shop is owned by Judith

"I have loved sewing since I was a child.  My mother was a seamstress and I found it to be so fascinating to watch her."

Here are a few examples of some of her creative and beautiful works.  

Equally as wonderful are Judith's adorable Baby Dress, Slip, and Bonnet creations...

INFANT MEDIUM: 16 to 18 pounds, 27" to 28" long

INFANT MEDIUM: 16 to 18 pounds, 27" to 28" long

INFANT MEDIUM: 16 to 18 pounds, 27" to 28" long

I hope you'll stop by...
to see more of Judith's creative works and if you're in the market for something special, contact her about custom ordering.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

A Gulf Coast Crafter

I'd love to share with you an Artisanista whose creative works I admire and completely adore.  From her charming handmade decorative towels to the oh-so-cute plushes, her creations are unique, well made, and she creates with passion and love.

Is a wonderful Etsy shop owned and operated by


Maria has a BA in Accounting, is a member of Etsy teams, Gulf Coast Crafters and Team Vintage USA.  She always sets time aside for crafting/sewing and creates her own patterns from scratch.

"I love making different kinds of crafts. Sewing is one of my passions. I learned to sew when I was 13 years old."

And sew she does!

Here are just a few of my favorites.

is an adorable plush that would make any child smile and I especially
love this piece as his name is that of my older brother "Marty".

New to her collection and what would make a great accessory to any kitchen is this marvelous

with Native American print.
100% Cotton and machine washable.

For the military enthusiast or the military Dad, this awesome

fabric folder would make a great gift for Father's Day!

The ultimate Father's Day gift
and center piece of any "Man Cave"
would definately be this masterpiece of


Stop by Maria's wonderful shop to browse all the wonderful handmade, homemade she has to offer and don't forget to tell her that....

D' Berries sent ya! 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Uniquely Ukrainian

With Mother's Day just around the bend I wanted to share with you an artisan that hails from the Ukraine city of Kharkov.  

who designs and owns Etsy Shop

Offers some of the most beautifully handcrafted pieces I've ever seen.

"Since my childhood I was interested in creativity. I like to draw, mould, sew, knit, embroider very much. Now my main hobby is beaded design. But it is not only my hobby, it is my passion, it is my life!"

Here I share with you some of her marvelous creative works and a few of my favorites.

Here this Beadwork and embroidered Necklace with Natural Aqua Chalcedony, Swarovski crystals and silver-finished seed beads awaits you in her shop.

Beadwork Gold Earrings with Dark Blue Swarovski crystal and gold-finished seed beads.

Beadwork and embroidered Bracelet with Titanium coated Agate, Volcano Swarovski crystals and Swarovski crystal pearls.

Gold Necklace with embroidered and beadwork Pendant with Natural Labradorite, Luminous Green Swarovski rivolies and Miyuki gold seed beads.

I encourage you to stop by Julia's wonderful shop to browse all of her beautifully unique creative works!

Sunday, March 29, 2015


With Spring now upon us (Wow, where did March go??), I thought I'd get a jump on my April featured post in hopes to stay just a little ahead of the game.  While browsing through Etsy's assemblage of truly wonderful shops.  It's so hard to chose just who I'd like to feature, so I put all the names of the shops I select on a little piece of paper, drop them all in a jar, shake 'em up good and proper, close my eyes, then reach in and pull one out, fair and square, no?  

I generally like to notify or ask permission of those whom I choose to feature, but in some cases or if I know the shop owner, I just create the post to "Surprise" them.  With that said, my featured seller has graciously allowed me the honor.

May I introduce you to...

who owns and operates

and creates Raw Stone Jewelry.

Here I'd like to share with you a few examples of her wonderful creative works.

This lovely set of Raw

Earrings with it's tiny yellow crystals are set in .925 Silver and 6-7 mm each in size.

Equally as lovely are these

 Natural Geode Earrings that 
feature gorgeous crystal cavities on both halves.  Also set in .925 Silver.

Perhaps a Ring is more your liking?  Here Kristan offers a beautiful

Rough and Raw, these stones are set in a flower petal shaped cup.

 Visit soon to get $10.00 off this beautiful

and Silver Ring.  Great for Her, an Anniversary, or Birthday.

I'd love to share all of Kristan's wonderful works, but that wouldn't be any fun now would it??  So you'll have to stop by her wonderful shop

 to browse all she has to offer.

Hope to see you there!!