Sunday, March 19, 2017

So much to do, so little time

There are only 24 hours in a day.
Within these hours I want to accomplish so much. I realize at my age that life is fleeting and every day is precious. We have been given life and a brain to figure out what to do with it. From sun up to sun down there is so much to do. What do successful people do with their days? Here are some things I have learned.

Start the day with gratitude. Thank your lucky stars. I like to pray and read something inspiring and motivational.

Stretch, move, walk, do something to wake up those muscles. I choose to do yoga. The mind, body, spirit awakening is invigorating to me.

Schedule your time. This is a good time to check your calendar and make a plan for the day. Every day gives us the opportunity to start again. Setting priorities is a good way to get stuff done in an orderly fashion. Connecting with others gets everyone on the same page.

Supplement. The bulk of my day is spent on an outside job. I work part time at a high school to supplement my artwork. Maybe I won't always have to do this, but for now it feels right.

Studio time. Upon returning home I take time to have dinner with my family and then I step into my studio. This is where I love to be. I can create, build, draw patterns and make the windows for clients and myself that make us both smile.

Students. Most evenings I teach others my trade. My classes are fun and it's great to be able to share my love for stained glass with others.

Study. If there isn't class I have time to attend network meetings, workshops, classes, or research my craft.

Savor. I give myself time to relax with family, meet with friends or read a good book.

Scanning my day helps me see what worked and what I need to change.

Not every day goes without a hitch and that's okay. I have lots to learn and I hope to have lots of time to learn it.

Love and Learn

Saturday, March 11, 2017


There was a fine line between work and play today. We installed the Dragonfly window in Salt Lake and enjoyed the company of our clients. They and their friend stood mesmerized at the final reveal. 

Some touch-up calking on the bathroom windows and we called it good. Then off to tour some glass studios. We checked out Western Art glass. My favorite things were the kaleidoscope

and the NEON sign. (I think I need one). The next stop was Thanksgiving Point. We visited with Tom Holdman and saw windows that were going in the Paris and Rome LDS temples. He and his wife told  us about the next project on their agenda which was mind blowing. A movable glass building. 

At home I cleaned up this adorable little window. Sometimes it's hard to sell the ones that make my heart sing. This is for Davids cousin, it's based on the Star Valley Temple stained glass. She asked for the colors to match the temple colors, so we bought some glass that was left over from our friends who built the originals.

Then at the end of a perfect day was a visit to the book store for art books. Life is grand.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Hey Sweetheart!

One of my favorite evening activities is teaching a stained glass class to awesome people. We are building Swiss hearts like the ones for sale at #hereprovo.
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 This cute couple made a beautiful heart for a friend but they enjoyed the experience together. I'm sure they are even closer sweethearts now.

In case you were wondering, the Swiss heart is made of glass, not Swiss cheese. I just wanted to point that out.


 But this one is really cheese. 

Upon further research, they are Scandinavian woven hearts. In Danish they are Julehjerte. (really). Apparently the author Hans Christian Anderson made them from paper in 1860. You learn so many things in glass class.
Here are the finished masterpieces. Job well done my amazing students. You all get Swiss chocolate. Just kidding, but that sounds delicious. 

Come join us for a date night to make some stained glass.
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Our next class will be at the Here store/gallery on March 10 when we will be making Nova stars. 

More classes are available at our studio on March 17 when we will be making shamrocks and maybe a leprechaun surprise. Sign up here.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Why do we create?

This past week I was privileged to speak and to exhibit at the "Art for the Heart" fundraiser. This event is hosted by the Now I can organization.  They assist children with disabilities. I was impressed with the kind and professional way that the employees treated the little ones. It was an honor to display my stained glass art and in a small way benefit the children and their families.
This is one of the blessings of being an artist. To use a talent to better society and to contribute to the happiness of another is truly the reason to create.

Another amazing benefit is being able to meet such interesting and friendly people. David and I teach classes at the HERE store and gallery in Provo, UT. Each second Friday we gather students to build a stained glass project. This month we made Swiss hearts and last month we all made Nova stars. We come away with new friends and we are able to introduce more people to the art of stained glass.
There are many more reasons to create stained glass but I will have to elaborate another day. Have a creative and courageous day. 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Fill your dance card

January flew by. Oh my goodness. I realize that there is so much to do and time goes by so fast. I am reminded of Jane Austin days when girls would fill their dance cards with names of the fellows they were to to dance with that evening. I have a tendency to fill my daily dance card until I have no room to get a drink of punch and step outside for some air. That's okay though. I like to be busy. This past month I have built lots of windows for clients and upcoming shows. I have designed some fun new patterns and applied for some exhibits. I enjoy the choreography of life and the folks I meet at the party. I invite you to my soiree this year to see what comes out of the glass studio and how 2017 plays out. Welcome to the festivities. Here are a few of the windows that came out of the studio this month.


Saturday, December 24, 2016

Books I Recommend To Artists

Recently I evaluated which books have been influential to me for a video we shot. You can see the video if you click here.

When I was homeschooling one of our daughters we had a motto: Learning is fun! Every day we were excited to see what there was to discover. She was a good sport. I still find pleasure in learning and personal growth. (I think she does too). As a teenager I didn't read much, who has time with dating, cheer leading, singing, acting, school studies, etc., but after I married and had my first baby I found that I could pick up a book while I was nursing him and get a few pages read. Then I started reading to him which was soothing to us both. As the other children were born I gained more of an appreciation for reading.

Now I have some favorites and that even changes periodically. In this video I list five selections you might find noteworthy. Starving to Successful helped me to understand the relationship between artist and gallery owner. Motivational Manifesto by Brendon Burchard (sorry it was misspelled in the video)  is a poetic and philosophical book about striving for a positive future.  Steal like an Artist is a whimsical book about how we acquire creativity. The Science of Getting Rich is a wealth of information about what it takes to live an abundant life. Clara and Mr. Tiffany is a novel about Louis Comfort Tiffany and the goings on of his glass studio.
I also list some books I would like to read and encourage you to share with me some of your favorite motivating books and magazines. I would love to hear your ideas. 

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Friday, November 4, 2016

5 Serve

This week I was able to take time to talk about 5 Ways That You Can Get People To Notice Your Work. This is an important part of marketing your art. You need to get it out there because there's just so much room in your house, eventually  you'll run out of places to put it!

The Fifth Step To Take Is SERVE. We are so lucky as artists to be able to use our talents to benefit others. Raising funds for a worthy cause can be satisfying and make a difference in someone's life. My advise is to not give away the farm. Pick and choose how you serve and everyone will get ahead.

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