Vintage window given new life

Isn’t it wonderful that vintage windows are no longer being relegated to the dump?

In fact, they are much sought after by artisans, handicrafters and DIYer’s. Besides reducing the amount of “garbage” that ends up as land fill, re-purposing vintage windows is a terrific way to add something unique and hand-crafted to your home.

This window, with its bright red cardinal and pretty blue bird, is now displayed in the window beside my back door. I planning to do the window in the door, too, so I can take down the dreary curtain. (See last photo) Here are some close-ups.

This was the first one I created on my own and it was a learning experience. (I took a one-day workshop and fell in love with this art). Next time I create a scene with evergreen branches, I’m going to use white or pale gray grout so the individual needs will be easily definable.

Here’s the little blue bird. And below the bluebird is a photo of the whole back entrance.

I hope this inspires you to try glass-on-glass mosaics or, perhaps, some other new craft. Check out your local stained glass shops for classes and workshops.

Thanks, so much, for dropping by. I hope you’ll stop in again, soon.

Gloria (a.k.a. Globug)

Stained Glass Cardinal

I used to think of glass as an unyielding medium. Boy, was I wrong!

Glass-on-glass cardinal. I was so excited when I finished it that I wanted to take a photo right away so I could post it. That’s my sweet husband’s thumb on the left, patiently holding my art up to the window while I took the photo.

Learning how to make something with stained glass had been on my bucket list for decades. So, I finally took a class on how to make a sun-catcher. While I enjoyed the class, and was very proud of my finished product, I wasn’t convinced that stained glass was my “thing.” That said, I spent hours and hours wandering through Pinterest and found myself captivated and inspired by the photos of stained glass art. Sometimes you have to try something more than once to really get a taste for it, right? Well, three or four stained glass workshops later, I’m hooked!

Back to my statement about glass being unyielding: once you learn the basics of cutting glass, you can make it take on any shape you want. This cardinal, (shown above) which I made today in a workshop led by Cindy Laneville, well-known Ottawa Valley stained glass artist, demonstrates beautifully how glass can be manipulated with a couple of simple hand tools.

I hope this inspires you to try something new. Check your bucket list and just go for it!

Turn your leftover yarn into something special.

Make a beautiful and unique blanket from leftover yarn.

Whether you crochet or knit, you probably have a stash of leftover yarn, right? Well, it’s time to turn those bits and bobs into something beautiful and useful. Here’s a photo of a blanket I made from my bag of leftover cotton yarn. If nothing else, it is unique!

Crocheted blanket made with leftover cotton yarn. For this one I used the “woven stitch.”

I crocheted this using the “woven stitch,” sometimes called the “moss stitch,” or the “granite stitch.” It works up fairly tight to make a nice thick and sturdy blanket. I started with three colours, crocheting one row of each and carrying each colour up as I went along. Rather than try to explain it, here’s a great video that will show you how to do this easy and interesting stitch.

A few more photos to show off all the pretty colours.

I hope this inspires you to make something beautiful and useful from your leftover yarn. Thanks, so much for dropping in. I hope you’ll come back again, soon.

Stained Glass–Lead Came

My first lead came project: I love it!

When I took my first stained glass class in the fall of 2015, I was sure I would never attempt another stained glass project.  But, never say never. Once my little sun catchers were hanging in my dining room window, I was bewitched by their beauty.

To make a long story short, over the past year,  I have taken four workshops and have to my credit, two copper foil sun catchers, one lead came sun catcher (pictured above) and two glass-on-glass (GOG) on antique windows. The GOG windows were free form and I just created them as I went along. They look so pretty in my garden! The first one I made is called Flower Garden, (how creative is that?) and the second one is called Earth, wind and fire

And now, just for fun, here are some photos of our lead came workshop. On the left, don’t I look gorgeous? The photo on the right shows our instructor, Tim, demonstrating how to add Black Patina to our project to chemically blacken, or age, the lead came. It’s very messy and the fine powder creates a dust that makes it necessary to wear masks and safety glasses at this stage of the project (regular eye glasses will do, too).

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will be taking another stained glass workshop on April 22; it’s a much more advanced and intricate piece, but I’m keeping it as a surprise. Drop in during the last week of April to see what’s new.

If you are a card-maker or you’re crazy for crochet, you might enjoy browsing through Globug Ideas for some new ideas and inspiration.

Have a wonderful day!

A froggie get-well card

Isn’t it great when you find just the right image for the card you’re making? 

My cousin, Pierre, is in the hospital and I wanted to make him a cheery get-well card. I took my inspiration from this comical froggie king statue that he posted to Facebook. A quick look in my digis library and up popped a frog wearing a crown. Yay!  

So, here’s how I created my little froggie card…

  • traced and detached the frog digi, using my Silhouette Cameo
  • traced and cut out a lily pad, a free image that I found using Google Search
  • created the square background using a blue polka dot background from my Silhouette library
  • coloured the frog with my Copic markers…now, here comes the fun part…
  • after colouring the frog, I used a Copic colourless blender to create lighter spots on the frog, then
  • I turned the frog over, wrong side up and, using a foam mat and an embossing tool (see photo below) I made depressions all over my little froggie king; when I turned it right side up, those little depressions appeared as bumps…the photo below shows the embossing tools and the black sponge mat.

Embossing tools and a sponge mat are very inexpensive and are must-haves in every paper-crafting studio.

After gluing the lily pad to the front of my card, I then added a “Wobble Spring” to the back of the frog and attached it to the lily pad. A little flick of the finger and the frog wiggles and wobbles.

 

 

 

 

 

I always finish the inside and back of my cards to match the front. A funny quote on the inside left panel should bring a smile to my cousin’s face.

No Globug Ideas card is  finished until it has my logo on the back.

So, that’s it for today. I hope my froggie card has inspired you to make a card for someone special in your life.

Thanks, so much, for dropping by. I hope you stop in again, soon.

Gloria