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2016 Newsletter

In this edition:

- Fresh From the Kiln

- Upcoming Events & Sales!

- September Blogs * blogs will now only be on Elegant fused glass not Fused Elegance for more information read this blog.

- Did you know ...

I'm sure you are all wondering why I am sending my September Fused Glass newsletter is out so late. Normally I send my newsletters out at the end of the month and this month I am late.

Well it's because I was out of the country from 27 Sep to 8 Oct.  It was a business trip or what we call in the Air Force a TDY (Temporary Duty).  I've been retired from the AF for almost 8 years but old habits and terms are difficult to break.  Anyway I digress, I brought my computer and thought no biggy I'll be able to finish it from there.

Nope, we were working such long hours that I didn't have time to sight-see needless to say write blogs and update my newsletter.  By the time we finished work and went out to eat I was exhausted when I got back to my room.

I hope you don't mind a short and late newsletter for Sept. Additionally, I wasn't able to write my normal fused glass DYK either so I hope you don't mind some pictures from my trip to Germany.

The good news is since I'm late on the newsletter I'm able to just send one email which includes my newsletter and my show this month! For more info read below.

Circle Me On Google Plus:

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I will have a booth at the

Lewis Palmer Creative Crafter's Fall Arts and Craft Show.

 

22-23 October

1300 Higby Rd

Monument CO

 

You can show them the picture above and save $1 off admission. I also have actual post cards that I'd be happy to mail to you if you email me your address.

BTW, I've started a new policy, if my fused glass newsletter customers come to visit me during a show where they have to pay (not for parking) but to get into the event I will give them a free Fused Glass pendant (from a selection I will bring to the event).  I did this during the Holly Berry festival and I think my customers liked it. You don't have to buy anything to get this gift, but you may have to remind me.

So If you visit me at the Lewis Palmer Arts and Craft Show above remind me and  I will give you a free fused glass pendant just for visiting me, as a way to say thank you!

BTW the free pendant doesn't negate your 15% discount if you do buy something and for receiving my newsletter. The key is you have to tell me you received this newsletter, getting old is really not fun!

I hope to see all my local customers at the Lewis Palmer event.

*Remember if there is something specific you want me to bring, please email me.

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Fresh From the Kiln:

Even though I was away, when I came home I had some fused glass pieces in the kiln. One of my newest pieces are my fused glass koi fish. I haven't decided what I will do with them. If you have some ideas let me know. I'll probably fuse them to a base and slump them into a dish. Or I can make them into magnets. 

BTW, Did you know that Koi Fish are a Japanese symbol for overcoming adversity?  I guess that's why they are so popular!

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Winner of the Mountain Artist Festival Show

Winner of the Rockledge Ranch Show

The winner was Rita, but she never responded to my email.  So If you were at Rockledge Ranch and signed up for my Fused Glass drawing email me. The first one does wins the $25 of free fused glass. The key is you had to have signed up there. If you don't remember, you can still email and I'll check my list. :-)

It was such a beautiful setting. I love Garden of the Gods and of course the beautiful Rockledge Ranch!

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Sept Fused Glass Mold of the Month

Sept Fused Glass Mold of the Month

All I can say about this fused glass "bowl" is it's amazing!! I say bowl but it's really a piece of art. It's 13 inches in diameter. It's kind of like a watercolor. There are 5 koi all hand done and in various colors.   I love it so much …Read more.

*anyone that came to the event knows how much I loved it. I couldn't help showing it off.

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Purple - Fused glass

Purple - Fused glass

 I have been busy making new fused glass pieces for my show at the Holly Berry Festival 16-18 Sep. I'm asked a lot to make purple pieces. These are pretty cool one is a dark purple with Victorian flower texture and the other is a streaky purple with cherry blossom. These fused glass purple dishes are …Read more.

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Fused Glass Flowers

Fused Glass Flowers

As those who follow my fused glass newsletter know I love fused glass. As I've said a thousand times Glass is so versatile and you can make anything with it! Recently I bought some amazing molds, molds that make flowers! So I filled my kiln with them and tried them out.                   …Read more.

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Fused Glass - Pebble Art

Fused Glass - Pebble Art

I'm still preparing for my up coming show, so I've been busy making some beautiful pebble artwork. I learned the technique from Bob Leatherbarrow during my second trip to Canada. I love this technique. I'm not sure if you can tell but this organic bowl is two colors, marigold and red. I love the colors and this shape!     …Read more.

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Fused Glass drop vases

Fused Glass drop vases

 A few months a go I wrote a blog about my drop vases. I really enjoy this technique. They are so pretty and interesting to make. I made them out of several techniques including casting, frit, crackle, and screen melt.  I also put a flat bottom on most of them just so they don't wobble. …Read more.

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Did you know ...

This section is used to answer any questions you may have or to pass on tidbits of information that add value and enhance knowledge regarding fused glass, metals, or jewelry in general. Let me know if you have anything you'd like me to include.

As I mentioned above, because I'm late with Sept's newsletter instead of doing my normal DYK I thought I'd include some pictures from my TDY,  I hope you don't mind.  I didn't have a lot of free time but I did go out to eat almost every night and the town we stayed in is so picturesque.

We stayed in Garmisch which is a mountain town in Bavaria in Southern Germany.  This wasn't my first time going to Garmisch.  I went when I was stationed in Germany back in the late 80's early 90's then again in the late 90's and early 2000's. I love Bavaria and if you ever get a chance to go to Germany I highly recommend it. I love Germany, it was almost like going home.

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This was the view from my room. So beautiful. We actually stayed at a military resort for our conference, which was nice and the staff was fabulous!

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fused glass blogs

The food in Germany was amazing. I must have gained 10 pounds while I was there.  The Germans know so many ways to cook pork and potatoes it's not even funny.  Ironically I never got tired of it!

I'm not sure why I can't rotate my pictures but I figured this one was appropriate. In case you didn't know Germany has some of the best wine and beer in the world. I'm not a beer drinker albeit, I love the German wine! In fact, I had 1 to 2 glasses every night! (maybe that's why I didn't finish my newsletter)!

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One of my favorite places to eat while we were there was a gastehaus (guest house) in Partenkirchen. Which is connected to Garmisch. The food was awesome, the service was great, and of course the wine and schnapps were fabulous! Plus I liked that it was very traditional Germany and not a lot  of American's went there.

As I mentioned I worked extremely long hours, but I did take time to face-time my daughter. Isn't she beautiful? As you can see by both of our smiles, the conversation was after a couple of glasses of the amazing German wine! (Me not Her!)

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Fused glass websites

Two days before we left I was able to get a way and have lunch by Eibsee lake (9 miles from town). This view was from the hotel looking out at the lake.

This picture is from the other side of the lake looking toward the hotel! I could have stayed all day. But I had to get back to work! :-(

 

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I loved the lake, the water was so beautiful; such an incredible shade of teal.

Plus in case you didn't know the Eibsee is at the foot of the Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany! I didn't get a chance to take the cable car up to the top but some of my colleagues did and they said it was incredible.

The trail leading to the lake was fabulous as well. I wish I had the time to walk all the way around the lake!

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The Munich airport is a bit of a drive from Garmisch so we stayed in Munich the night before our flight. We took the underground to the Marienplatz (Mary's Square) in the center of Munich. The city hall (Rathaus) is stunning.
We worked late on Friday and didn't get to Munich until after dark, but it was lit up and so Stunning!

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If you ever get a chance to go to Germany I highly recommend Bavaria. It's so traditional Germany and I just love all the buildings and murals. The workmanship is incredible.

Again I hope you don't mind me doing a non traditional DYK and showing a couple pictures from my trip to Germany.

Karen

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