Losing My Marbles

A broken Mason Jar, FULL of glass marbles, was my inspiration for this piece. Just jumped off the shelf, imagine that.

Mission accomplished.

One down 20 jars, or so, to go.

Bought the vintage window in Orange, California with my sista friend, Alice.  A fun day was had by all.

Lovin’ the glass heart porthole!

“Conscience is no more than the dead speaking to us.” ― Jim Carroll

“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t “try” to do things. You simply “must” do things.” — Ray Bradbury

Glass on Glass
Glass on Glass

“The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create — so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating.” — Pearl S. Buck

Putting the Pieces Back Together

Matilda’s Birdland

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Scheduled to be completed this week.

We’ll see how it goes.


The Games People Play

Man Cave DecorWhen I created this piece, I envisioned guys in a basement (Man Cave) throwing darts.  

Maybe that explains the finger hooks:-)

Strange how found objects make you feel.

This one wound up with …

  • Magnetic mosaic tiled chalkboard boasting funky finger hooks, off beat bottle caps, domino’s, dice dishes and a vintage Coke glass
    Perfect for a game room or kitchen. 29″ high x 19″ wide
  • Ready to hang

Hope it warms up soon!

Have a great day.  – Mara

FYI … you can save on shipping, if you live in or around the Twin Cities Metro Area. Just contact us to arrange pick up.

Man Cave

Having Fun While We’re Here

If you’re not … you should be.

Going through a bazillion photos … a few favorites.

Oh look … it turned into a little moving billboard;)

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39 Days Until Christmas…

holiday crafts
Quit screwing around... you've only got (16) or ... 39 days

16 Days until Hanukkah…

Got Gifts?

Me neither.

Here’s a cool holiday gift that you can finish in less than an hour … plus drying time. 

  • Clear Glass Tile | Rectangle or Square
  • Mod Podge (or Weldbond Adhesive)
  • E6000 Adhesive – Michael’s has it in cool tubes
  • Scissors – this may be the hardest thing to find
  • Your preferred image cut to size of the Clear Glass Tile
  • Jewelry Bail – have seen these at Michael’s too!
  • Iron Ball Chain – available at all hardware or home improvement stores
Clear Glass Tiles
Crystal Clear Glass Tiles
  1. Select your images…use actual photos, magazine clipping or a laser copy of your image. (FYI…Inkjet copies smear.)
  2. Reduce image if needed and cut the image to fit the clear glass tile.
  3. Seal the image {before applying to clear glass tile} with a thin coat of Mod Podge or Weldbond….or spray sealer if you have some. Keeps it from smearing later on.
  4. Let image dry a bit.
  5. Using Mod Podge or Weldbond…glue the image face down on the back of the clear glass tile. FYI…Image needs to be glued so you can see it through the glass.
  6. Gently press the image into place and remove excess adhesive.
  7. Make sure all the edges are smooth.
  8. Let it dry a bit and finish it off by sealing the back with Mod Podge or Weldbond. Multiple layers are a good thing. Just let it dry in between coats.
  9. If needed, gently sand any rough edges excess glue off of the glued side, once it is dry.
  10. Once it’s dry … glue the jewelry bail to the back of the glass tile, E6000 or a strong craft glue.
  11. Let it dry. Overnight is good.
  12. Add a length of iron ball chain, available at all hardware and home stores.
  13. and … It’s a wrap!


glass necklace
Glue image and Bail...let dry. Add a chain. Done!