A Circle of Gratitude

A Circle of Gratitude

Thanksgiving has historically been a feast to celebrate the harvest since recorded time began. Ancient Greeks enjoyed a harvest festival called the Smophera. Ceres, the Roman goddess of harvest, had a festival called Cerelia that was celebrated on October 4th. In Old England, the autumnal feast and harvest was called Harvest Home. In the United States, the 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest. Pilgrims and...

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Halloween: Now & Then

Halloween: Now & Then

Halloween dates back to 1745 and has always been celebrated on October 31st. The word Halloween evolved from All Hallows’ Eve, a Christian holiday, celebrated the night before All Saints Day and is also believed to be related to an ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain that celebrated the harvest and the beginning of winter. The Celtic culture believed that on October 31st the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and...

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Sweet Compote Combos

Sweet Compote Combos

As early glass goes, if any pieces of Early American pattern glass dishes were to be thought of as fussy, it would be compotes. An elegant dish on a stand, they were designed with intricate patterns and often came with lids that were used for serving liquids such as stewed fruit. The open style compote often had a ruffled or fluted dish or bowl. They were set on high or low stems that could be as simple as colored, cut glass or as complicated...

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Christmas Baby Shoe

Christmas Baby Shoe

If you have been following me, you know that I recently relocated my studio. While packing up, I came across some Christmas decorations and a box of unusual items I have been saving over the years and July is the time of year that I start thinking about ideas for Christmas gifts. This baby shoe makes an ideal vessel for upcycling old Christmas trinkets. You can borrow old baby shoes that your friends probably have saved and surprise them later...

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The Goddess at Work

The Goddess at Work

I have moved everything in to my studio and it’s shaping up to be a comfortable place to think and work… the heart and soul of my recycled projects from inception to design to completion. This photo is of the actual work space and there are two other rooms next door where I store all of my “garbage.” I have saved some of my recyclable stuff more than 20 years for that special moment when an idea transforms into a creative, functional home...

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