Mushroom Reboot

Last week I wrote about making glass mushrooms. These little lamps pictured above were about to hit the shop. But then…. problems happened.

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Ode to silicone

Yesterday, I wrote about making fused glass mushrooms. I thought I was done with the behind-the-scenes story. All of the components were made. I just needed to add a little clear silicone to attach the cap to the stem. Easy. Except not easy. I created so much work for myself in the clean-up process.

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Behind the handmade scenes – mushrooms

Sometimes running my own business seems like there are so many things to do that I am sprinting from one task to the next. And other times it feels like I am stuck in quicksand trying to get an item created and actually added to my website shop. Here is a look behind the scenes.

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Fusing process

Fused Jelly April 2019 - Janet Crosby

With fused glass, the process starts with designing a piece and cutting out the glass, but then it all comes together in the kiln, largely out of view. This is stressful as I am starting out, relying on books and online info to make sure I am on the right track.

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Glass and more glass

Fused Jellyfish by Janet Crosby

A few weeks ago, I bought my friend’s kiln. It is larger than my kilns and I am excited to be able to do larger fused glass pieces. She has not been doing any glass work for several years now and -waitaminute- she gave me her studio supply of sheet glass and tools, too.

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New in the shop: charm sets

Sea Star Charms Set by Janet Crosby

Charms! These new little glass charm sets are a great as jewelry – necklace or earrings, a zingy zipper pull, a charm for your purse, hanging from the rear view mirror, knitting markers… so many possibilities!

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Quick Knit – Headphone Headband

Knitted Headphones by Janet Crosby

I found these flat, paddle-like earphones recently on Amazon. They are meant to fit inside a headband. I wasn’t sure about wearing a headband while trying to sleep, but I thought I would knit a headband and give it a try.

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The Reindogs

The Reluctant Reindog

Today I am spotlighting a post over on my other site because it features knitting. In this case, knitting tiny reindeer hats for my dogs.

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Gift cards

Bird Gift Card

Shopping for that special one-of-a-kind, handmade gift, but can’t decide? How about a gift card? Several styles to choose from, email or postal mail delivery.

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