Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Special temporary deal to test our new e-commerce site!

To test our new e-commerce site - limited time deal - 25 tiny angels or women  for $1 plus $5 shipping.

That's less that 25 cents each total cost - all you need to do in return is give us feedback on what the ordering process is like from the customer point of view?

Offer will end with no notice after the first 10 orders!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Old Zwiggle

Friend Rich Shannon had this guy sitting around his photo studio. I made him (them) her? about 30 years ago. We made thousands and thousands of the smaller Zwiggles. Named Zwiggles for the curly wiggly bandsaw line I followed to create them. Mostly made up in my mind as I stood at the bandsaw cutting them. They almost always had smiles - sometimes up to 3 or 4 per Zwiggle. This is a rare case of a frowning Zwiggle. Also a rare case of one this big. I only made about a half dozen of them in this scale - about 3" thick by about 10 to 12 inches long?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Maya & CJ Tuesday

Just a couple of pictures from our day with Maya and CJ.
We are happy grandparents!

Monday, February 15, 2010


I'll try not to get too commercial here, but it is our Louise's Daughter blog!  Check out the new e-commerce site for our work.  It is pretty easy to set-up and put items on there, so hopefully we'll sell enough to cover the fees?
Feedback appreciated.  Next step is to put a special item on that will give customers a really good deal so we can see how the customer check-out goes?

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Windtamer Turbines

Click pictures to Embiggen!

A while back I got a link to information about these new "home" wind turbines from my old friend and teacher Richard Hunt.  The other day, while on our way home from the Washington DC "no sales" trip, we stopped to take pictures of this great new system.... just north of Hemlock, NY.   They are bigger than I had imagined, but due to new technology, can generate enough electricity for home or small business use with a lot shorter tower, and a lot less wind than you might think.  I suspect this is the largest of the three models available.  WindTamer Turbines is located right here in the Rochester area, and this looks like a pretty cool green solution.  Click here for their web site with a video that explains how it works.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Well, we're back home.  Above is a picture of our booth at The Kennedy Center on Sunday afternoon.  We had modest sales because well over half of the audience could not make it through the snowed in streets of the Washington DC area.  We had a lovely drive home on Monday between the storms.  Here in Rochester, we just have a nice pleasant dusting of snow that a nice stiff broom removes with ease!

Our hearts go out to the folks doing the Buyer's Market of American Crafts show this weekend.  This is our first year of not doing this show, but many of our friends are there with high hopes, and the airport closed!  Jewelry preview tonight, and the show opens tomorrow.  Hopefully most of the gallery and store owners will make it in sometime over the weekend!  The following banner appears over the opening page of the show web site.....

The Buyers Market of American Craft WILL open as scheduled on Friday, February 12. The Jewelry Preview will take place on Thursday from 4-7 p.m.

Working on a new e-commerce web site - click here to check it out and give us feedback.... probably best to not actually place an order yet?

Sunday, February 07, 2010

The Kennedy Center is open today

No picture, but we are on for one matinee show today - so maybe we'll cover gas and a hotel to get home!

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Friday, February 05, 2010

Snowed In ! ! ! ! ! ! !

The best laid plans!  About 1/2 way through set-up of our booth for our trunk show at the Kennedy Center today, we were informed that due to a massive snow storm on the way, tonight's Alvin Ailey Dance performance, and the two performances tomorrow were canceled!  Thus in one fell swoop, three quarters of our sales for the weekend were wiped out.  Sunday matinee might  go on if the streets are cleared by then! Predictions are for 20 to 30 inches of snow in an area of the world where this amount of snow is very unusual, with very few snowplows, salt trucks, etc. compared to Rochester, where this would mean extra shoveling, but not an absolute shut down the city emergency!  Our federal government all went home at noon today!  I'm still putting a "Thank You" tag on this posting because we will be snowed in for about 48 hours with Anna and Gregg and Molly!  I'll take another picture in the morning and see how far up the trunk of that little tree the snow comes!

Kennedy Center Trunk Show!

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Maya & CJ Tuesday

Another great day with Maya and C.J.  At the time of  this picture C.J. is sleeping soundly, and Don is very happy and proud to be a Grandpa .... and secretly hoping he will wake up soon so I can go to the bathroom - :-)