|The sunsets have been gorgeous this month.|
|I wish I could buy stained glass in those colors. Every few minutes the colors change.|
|Paper holding pattern|
This pattern is 662 pieces per repeat. We have the first repeat done! It's sort of like building a big, glass jigsaw puzzle.
|662 down, 1324 to go.|
|This picture was taken before I had all the glass on the holding pattern, that's why there's 'holes' in the design.|
Every year we send in pictures of our completed lamps to the stained glass lamp art group we belong to for hopeful inclusion in their annual calendar. We've been lucky four years running and have had small pictures of our shades included. It is an honor to have our work in the calendar.
Speaking of photos, photographing stained glass lamps is a long-drawn-out exercise in patience and sometimes, futility. We drag the dining room table up to the wall, set up a gray fabric background and a bunch of lights and take literally hundreds of pictures until we finally get one that looks like it does the lamp justice. During the last week of January, we spent days (well, nights, really, since being dark outside helps) shooting pictures and screening them. The job becomes beyond tedious.
|There I am, obsessing over the way the lamp looks, trying to make sure it is as dust-free as possible.|
|I have some dental tools I use to pry any goop out of nooks and crannies.|
|The 2013 Calendar hopeful.|
But winter ain't over yet. Not by a long shot, no matter what Punxsutawney Phil says.
It was really cold out there tonight, and Kantankerous Karen saw her shadow.
I'm predicting more snow.
We'll see if I'm right.