Sunday, July 22, 2012

Pinterest Giveaway

The Promotional Frenzy Team on Esty is having great giveaway each day in July for a Christmas in July Event!  Today I have the following pendant featured in this giveaway.

You just have to click on the following pin, repin, and leave a comment with your shop name or contact info! Thanks and Good Luck!

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

My Other Half

I finally get back on the blog wagon!  This morning I thought I would take a few minutes to brag about my other half…husband and horse trainer, Billy.  We met over 14 years ago, in the small town of Meeker, where we still live and raise our family.  Billy started out his career with horses on his Grandfather’s cattle ranch.  As early as the age of 12 he was starting colts and breeding horses on the ranch.  Fast forward to 1996 – where we met at a horse clinic – me with my English hunter-jumper mare – and Billy on his red roan quarterhorse.  Since that time Billy has had great success combining his western, colt starting talents with a love of the English world of jumping and horseshows.   He spends most of the year on the farm riding lots of horses each day, as well as teaching lessons.  He as a loyal following of little kids as well as adults that he works with - combining the basic mechanics of riding with the unique psychology of horses.  He spends the coldest winter months of January through March at a wonderful horse facility in the desert of Palm Springs, California.
Here are a few of our four legged friends on Coal Creek Farms
This is Dash as a Yearling

Billy Riding Brie - 4 Year Old Appendix Quarter Horse Mare

Sapphire being curious with our dear friend Ollie

This is Billy's current project that we are really proud of - Sultan - 10 year old Trakehner Gelding

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Promotional Frenzy Team - Captain and Leaders!

I wanted to give a shout out to a great team of artisans on the website - Etsy - which is an amazing online store of handmade goodies.  The promotional frenzy team is a diverse group of artists, crafters, knitters, sewers, jewelers, you name it!  Members of this team come from all of the world!  This team works together to promote and recognize each others work, which can be a daunting task on the vast world wide web.

Today I wanted to acknowledge the team captain and team leaders that put a lot of time and work into organizing promotional events for the Promotional Frenzy Team.   I have picked a few of my favorite items from each of their Etsy Shops!  

Team Captain - Galla15 - Trinkets N Whatnots
Galla has a wonderful selection of handcrafted Czech Glass button rings, Swarovski rings, handmade wire wrapped button rings, pearl and crystal earrings, necklaces and more unique jewelry.
Visit Galla's Shop:

Light Rose Crystal  Dangle Earrings Galactic
Light Rose Crystal Dangle Earrings

Copper Cosmis Swarovski Button Ring

Team Leader - Sewing Granny
Sewing Granny has the an absolutely adorable selection of handmade baby items, hand quilted quilts, placemats, potholders and aprons.
Visit Sewing Granny's Shop:

Baby Bib and Burp pad set featuring Owls and Forest Animals handcrafted by Sewinggranny
Baby Bib and Burp Pad Set

Placemats, Pumpkins , Set of 4 Handmade  by Sewinggranny
Set of 4 Handmade Pumkin Placemats

Team Leader - Bloom and Bling Accessories
Bloom and Bling Accessories has boutique quality hair bows, headbands, tutus and more! My daughter absolutely loves the bows from this shop! 
Visit Bloom and Bling's Shop:

Girls Boutique Big Pigtail Hair Bows - Pink Leopard Poofy Piggie Bows - Spring, Pigtails, Animal Print
 Zebra Print Girls Boutique Big Ponytail Hair Bows 

Pink Blooming Halter Tutu Dress- Spring, Wedding, Fairy, Birthday, Roses
Pink Blooming Halter Tutu Dress

Team Leader - Glitterbird Glamour
Glitterbird Glamour has a very special collection of handmade glass jewelry, fine silver, dichroic glass, and home decor items.  Although Glitterbird just recently had to step down as a team leader, she has been a great assest to the team, and I wanted to still recognize her wonderful shop.  Glitterbird Glamour will still remain a Promotional Frenzy Team member!
Visit Glitterbird Glamour's Shop:

 Black & Blue Dichroic Fused Glass Wine Bottle Stopper
Dichroic Fused Glass Wine Bottle Stopper

Necklace Fine Silver Branch Design on Emerald Green
Fused Glass and Fine Silver Branch Pendant Necklace

Team Leader - JQ Jewelry Designs
 JQ Jewelry Designs offers beaded jewelry crafted in silver, gold, copper, brass, lampwork glass, and an extensive collection of gemstones. 
Visit JQ Jewelry Design's Shop:

Rare Vintage Swarovski Crystal and Brass Pendant Necklace
Rare Vintage Swarovski Crystal and Brass Pendant Necklace

Vintage Swarovski Crystal Earrings - Rare Faceted Domes
Vintage Swarovski Crystal Earrings

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Little about Greenhouse Glassworks

Since I just started my blog last week, I thought I would give one post about the artwork that I create and a little bit about my background.  Then I will get on to what I am more comfortable writing about….other people, not myself! 

I attended a small private school until 5th Grade in Aspen, Colorado called the Aspen Community School.  One of the main focuses of this school, as I can remember was art, art and more art – plus lots of camping!  I had 2 wonderful art teachers and lots of time working in every media imaginable.  With my own children in public school currently, I realize what a luxury this art education was for me.  What I also realize is that some very bright and successful kids came out of this school, and we didn’t spend every day practicing for standardized tests! (Sorry…I digress…)

My next art educational experience came from an amazing art teacher in Aspen High School by the name of Barbara Smith.  She was an incredibly inspirational and motivational teacher, and the art program I had during high school is one of my best high school memories.  She is the one that introduced me to Prismacolor colored pencils, and to this day I still love my big box of prismacolors!
Below are a couple of my wildflower drawings.  I am most interested in nature drawings, primarily flowers, birds, and butterfies.


Here are some of the Gift Tags I sell on Etsy - made from my drawings

Despite all of this wonderful exposure to the arts, I ended up going to college for, and becoming employed as a wildlife biologist.  My love of the outdoors combined with my strong interest in animals led me down this path.  While I have a very fulfilling career as a biologist, I have found that I must also nurture my artistic side to be completely happy.  On the weekends and after work I find great peace in heading out to my glass studio to see what I can create.  I have learned most of what I currently know (which is just the tip of the iceberg) from my very talented mother, who is a wonderful glass artist.  She has spent over 20 years designing large and small custom glass windows and pieces for homes and offices in the Aspen area, and across the country.  I will save more details on her for another Blog post!

Thus far in my glass career I have primarily been interested in designing and constructing smaller glasswork pieces.  I will admit that I have had a hard time focusing on just one area of glasswork.  Glass art is so diverse, and it is all equally addicting!  Below are a few samples of some of my work, including candle holders, suncatchers and fused glass jewelry.  Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Greenhouse Glassworks - An Introduction

It has been on the to-do list for sometime, so today I took the big step to set up my blog for Greenhouse Glassworks.  I intend to highlight fellow artists I have met on Etsy as well as share interests from our farm and little corner of life in northwest Colorado.

So I will start out with a few photos of the place that Greenhouse Glassworks calls home!

Greenhouse Studio