Post-Show

Balloon Fiesta has already come and gone - and it was certainly a great experience! Sadly I wasn't able to attend with her, but she did send me lots of pictures! This post will be short and sweet and full of pictures - kind of a cop-out I know but the past few weeks have been extremely stressful!

Deb did well at the show, she made some new contacts and felt like she was back in her element again. Looking at pictures of her in her booth you can see how she's just glowing, thrilled to be back in an environment where she truly belongs. Take a look below at the pictures below and I'm sure you'll agree with me!

The next show is Tubac coming up in November - it'll be here before we know it! I'm so very proud of my mom, she has been a wonderful role model and if anything she has always taught us that when you put in hard work you can accomplish anything.

I'm so lucky to have such a talented woman as my mother!

 

Day One

The past few weeks have been absolutely crazy! Between medical issues, giant insects crawling out of the walls, birthdays, late nights, squirrels raiding a pigeon nest, early mornings, rattlesnakes in the pool, and the ins and outs of everyday life - somehow Deb has managed to create pieces of art for the show.

And yes, I'm serious about the rattlesnake in the pool. Here in the desert southwest, during the late summer there was a huge influx of baby rattlesnakes as they hatched and ventured out into the world. The pool in Deb's backyard has been a wonderful retreat for friends and family - however this also attracts other...critters. Some neighbors (human) were swimming in the pool when one of them spotted a snake in the pool filter still alive and wiggling around. Thankfully no one was bit, and the snake was fished out and set back into the wash behind the house with a scolding and a promise to call the cops if he returned.

As far as the pigeon raid: Deb has an arbor with some grape vines. They get lovely and bushy, and by the end of summer most of the grapes are gone, but it makes good hiding spots for birds. This year there was a family of pigeons nesting there. Some squirrels decided to ambush the nest, and there was a full-on battle between the pigeons and the squirrels. The guerrilla warfare tactics used by the squirrels turned out to be quite effective as evidenced by the feathers littering the ground afterwards and angry cooing heard from the nest.

Oh and the giant insect crawling out of the wall was a giant desert centipede. Yes that is what they're called. Deb calls it "The Creature", however.

I'm thinking we need to call National Geographic.

All creatures, critters, and wildlife aside - Deb has made an insane amount of artwork over the past month, ranging from something as small as jars to large tables. In the last post there was a small taste of it, but a couple weeks ago I took some pictures of her studio.

 

This was just one of the several containers filled with jars - the Heartspiration Jars had their own separate container there were so many!

I love seeing her designs in cartoon form as well - it's so neat to see the process before it's brought to life with the glass.

This is one of my favorite things about Deb's studio - her glass shard shelf. She keeps her smaller pieces of glass in these jars. It lets her see exactly what she has, not to mention it's absolutely gorgeous!

I remember her getting ready for shows when I was younger, and really this isn't much different. There's still product everywhere, and if you were to look up "Organized Chaos", my mom's studio would be the first picture.

I know that she's nervous, but we know she's going to do wonderfully!

 

 

Gearing Up

Things have been busy, busy busy!

Deb's show is slowly creeping up, and she really has been pushing herself to get as much done as she possibly can. I'm pretty sure that she's part super-hero. She would have to be, considering how much she's gotten done!

And quick update! Glassique Quilts already has a Facebook page, but now also has a Pinterest page! We've been working on getting more of Deb's stuff up there to spread the word, and she also has a separate board for inspiration. Lots of good stuff, be sure to check it out!

The Balloon Fiesta show starts on October 2 - that's only five weeks away. Deb has been a powerhouse, but somehow she's managed to keep things organized.

The last time I was at the house I took a peek in her garage, and these are just half of the lanterns she has in progress! Plus these are just the dragonfly ones! She's also got a few different designs that are in the same stage. They're all ready to go other than the shards that get filled in around them. In the meantime they're stacked up nice and neat in some giant cabinets. It's really quite impressive!

Here's a shot of one of the dragonfly lanterns as Deb is planning out the wings and the bodies - as you can see this lantern shape is extremely popular, so the pattern has been safely tucked away in a page protector to be used over and over!

And here are some heart jars - I've got to take some more pictures of them when she has these done. They're always stunning and just so sweet! They really do make a perfect gift when they're filled with candy or cookies! And I just want to say that there you can see two bead organizers. I've been in her storage closet. There's much MUCH more than just two of those in there!

And this is what Deb and I like to call Roadrunner Standoff - she's taken some elements from Coyote Playground, and turned it into a charming console table! These bigger pieces do take a bit more time, but there is a TON of work that goes into them. And thanks to the very nature of glass - even if this table were to be remade, no two would be exactly alike.

Thanks for taking a look, and if you've made it this far please be sure to check out the Events page to get more details about the different shows Deb has coming up! Balloon Fiesta is the closest one, but she does have several more lined up after that!

Introduction and In The Works

Hi everyone, and welcome to the tiny corner on the internet where you can see some in-progress works, and a little insight into Deb's world.

First off I'll introduce myself. I'm Meg, Deb's daughter. My mom is getting better with embracing ever-changing technology, but beyond the scopes of writing emails, browsing Pinterest, and Google searches, she gets a bit fuzzy. I do give her credit though, after years of her telling me and my brothers "I'll never get one of those smart phones, there's just no need!" she did eventually get one. She uses it all the time, and she even sends TEXTS!

All kidding aside, Deb is typically busy doing several things at once. She does the typical work around the house while trying not to trip over her English Cocker Spaniel, Brook - which is a challenge in and of itself. She also manages to find time to do yard work, and then her glass artwork on top of it all. I contribute her multitasking skills to her many years trying to wrangle in three kids, and my dad as well. So four kids, technically.

Since my mom gets so busy, I've offered up my skills to help build her website and Facebook page, and teach her what I can when she's got the time. However, if you've glanced over at the Events page, you'll notice that there's quite a lot coming up!

Deb spent two years living in Santa Fe, and had the privilege to attend the Balloon Fiesta show. Within the first few minutes she knew she wanted to be a part of that show, and we're very pleased to hear that she got in! With that being said, I reminded her to take some in-progress pictures, which are below:

Deb loves lanterns, and so do many of her customers! They're a great way to have a piece of art that really comes to life when you apply it's practical usage and light that baby up!

Above is one of these lanterns, in Deb's red poppy flower design. Here she's in the progress of picking out pieces of blue shards of glass to fill in the background.

 

 

Once all the pieces are glued down with silicone, they get taped off with painter's tape in preparation for grouting. This is easily the messiest part of making mosaics! However, it's what really finishes everything off and gives the pieces such character.

Now if you notice the top right corner, there's also a couple more pieces up there. Those are actually the tops to some really cool storage trays that we came across - take a look!

Currently the outside frames are blue, but this is just the painter's tape. They're actually painted black, which really gives a nice sophisticated feel to them. And yes, the black and white creature in the background is Brook. She's never very far from Deb - and somehow that translates to being under foot nearly 90% of the time!

So we hope you enjoyed this peek into some of Deb's pieces that are in progress - I'll do my best to remind her to take some more so we can keep everyone updated as it gets closer to show time!