Saturday, July 11, 2009

Antique End Tables Given New Life

I found this wonderful pair of end tables at a rummage sale a couple weekends ago and couldn't pass them up for $5 a piece. I loved their shape and the curve to the legs. I knew that they would look great with a little TLC, a new coat of paint, and a mosaic top. One of the tables is now finished. Here is a picture of it just before grouting, next to the untouched one. I love the way the glass turned out - such pretty colors and textures! I may add a layer of resin to the top to protect the glass and give it a perfectly smooth finish.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Kalimba-Kaster Extravaganza

My fiance, Greg, is an extremely talented woodworker with a passion for music. So his latest creation is fitting! The Kalimba-Kaster is what could be described as the love child of a thumb piano and an electric guitar. Greg has made them compatible with standard guitar amps so they can be plugged in for amplification and effects. They are just beautiful and the sound is mesmerizing. Click on the picture to go to Greg's Etsy Shop for more information and pricing.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Shorewood "Butterflies in Flight"

Shorewood, Wisconsin will be showcasing a Public Art Project called "Butterflies in Flight" this summer from June 20th through the August 23rd . Thirty artists were picked to design and decorate large 3 foot by 3 foot fiberglass butterfly forms. I was lucky enough to be included among the artists. My butterfly will be located in front of Allstate Insurance at 4451 Oakland Avenue. Opening day for the display will be June 20th and there will be a chance to meet many of the artists by their butterflies from 11am to 1pm. Stop by if you get the chance. I'm sure the display will be quite beautiful!! Here are some pictures of my butterfly.

My butterfly, "Flight of Fancy", was created using stained glass in shades of purple, green, and blue, mirrored glass, black glass gems, and beaded chain.

At the end of the display there will be an auction held at Hubbard Park Lodge on Sunday, August 30th from 4:40-7:30 p.m. All proceeds from the butterflies will go to the Shorewood Foundation. Visit for more information.