Tuesday, March 3, 2009

G is for Glass

Mrs. Nesbitt's ABC Wednesday Round 4 is at the letter G. For links to participating blogs, click on either the link above or the banner to the left.










Otto is a great bargain hunter at thrift stores, and he recently came home with these two stained and leaded glass light fixtures. He installed the one above in our bedroom, where it is the first thing I see in the morning. It makes for a cheerful awakening! The one below is in our front hall, where it adds a bit more drama to the dark overheed beams and the wrought iron railings on the tiled stairs.


The leaded glass hanging above is one I designed and crafted, not realizing that, in my 1930s California-Spanish style house, that there was no single large expanse of window glass against which I could hang it. To be sure, we have whole walls of windows looking out at the views, but they are subdivided into smaller individual panes. All windows that open are casement windows opening outward. This hanging - which I call "The Intrusion of Natural Forms into a Geometric Environment" - is much more effective with light shining through it, but photographs in natural light emphasize unduly the background of window frame. Hence the use of flash and the bright white reflection of it.

32 comments:

naturglede said...

I love your leaded glass lamps. It must be a joy to wake up and look at. Thank you for showing it all. Have a fun abc:)

richies said...

What beautiful glass. great post.

An Arkies Musings

jinksy said...

Who's a clever girl then? Love the design...

Rinkly Rimes said...

Is there no end to your accomplishments? How could you ever make up your mind to a career when you could have done ANYTHING!

ChrisC and JonJ said...

Those lamps are gorgeous!They would look great in my house!

Babooshka said...

G is for gorgeous too. Love the first one, a real bargain.

Lucy said...

multi talented granny! YOU are my inspiration! Hope all is going well Gran
xox

photowannabe said...

I think you got some real bargins for your home. I love both of the hanging lamps. Your glass hanging is beautiful. You did a very artistic and wonderful job on it.

Life with Kaishon said...

Wow. I can't believe Otto found those at a thrift store. Delightful! I LOVE the stained glass you created. Your creativity is so inspiring : ). Hope your week has been filled with wonder! Blessings!

Bren said...

Wonderful glass work! Thank you for making my Tuesday Creative!
Happy Bloom Tuesday love!

Sylvia K said...

Really beautiful glass lamps! How talented you are! And how perfect for today's G! Thanks for sharing! The colors are marvelous!

Pat said...

Lovely glass lamp shades! A great find at the thrift store. I very much like your design.

Lovely "G" post.

Kate said...

My favorite is the piece you created, beautiful work.

Kate
cholulared.blogspot.com

Karyn said...

I adore stained glass...those lamp shades are gorgeous, but the one you made is even more beautiful. I have been looking for something just like that for my huge front window.

Grace and Bradley said...

Many years ago, when I decorated our newly built house, I bought a lamp similar to the lead lamps as yours, but it was made of large fish scales. I treasured it and now is in our study in our house in the US.

Carolina said...

You are a very creative queen! (and my hubs' favorite apple too)

spacedlaw said...

I love the handing glass piece. Well done!

Jay said...

I do like your piece of artwork! It's beautiful. What a shame there isn't anywhere perfect to hang it!

Bobbi said...

G is for great post! Those are beautiful photos of glass.

Tumblewords: said...

Lovely lights and beautiful artwork - you are multi-talented and your blog is a joy to follow.

Carol said...

Beautiful glass lampshades. I like your artwork also...

nonizamboni said...

Always a treat to see your artwork--not the least of which your new header. And who doesn't love a thrifty man who will install his purchases as well?

Berthddu Suit said...

Vey beautiful and cheerful, but surely G is for Granny!!

Alette Siri Ane said...

Your crafted glass in the window has a wonderfull color and design!

Grace and Bradley said...

Thanks for visiting our blog and kind comment. Our tour leader Ken Rockwell elucidate us on the "alpenglow". He also showed a photo several years ago on the green flash of the sunset that you mentioned. He photographed it during his trip to Maui and gave a detail explanation of it. You can find the photo and info here.
http://www.kenrockwell.com/2005maui/maui-photo-tips.htm

Paula Scott said...

Hi!

I could've easily done all my images as glass too (as I'm a bit fond of it). So, I'm glad that you did!!
I know how special the leaded glass lamps must be to you too.

Reader Wil said...

How beautiful! I love your lamps and the glass decoration you designed yourself! Your a true artist! Thank you for sharing! Thank you for visiting my Greek adventure. Greece is beautiful, so are many countries. Knowing the culture is necessary to learn the history and the people that created this culture. How did they think and how did they cope with life and death.

Dragonstar said...

Those lamp shades are beautiful. I particularly like the rich colours of the second.
And you are so clever to have made that decoration.

Life with Kaishon said...

I can't believe you did this all yourself : ). Will your talent never end?

Mel said...

Feel free to create for me anytime...and Otto can bargain shop for our home as well! ") These are LOVELY!

Tammie Lee said...

The one you get to wake up to is very lovely. How wonderful that once upon a time you were into making wonderful glass art.

alister said...

Missed your link on SS this week, Granny; however, knowing as I do that a trip to your soothing green, bedragoned site promises some good thing, I’m here, delighted as expected, with the throng of other glass admirers : ) Any piece of glass is as a jewel to me. To see it artfully arranged is splendorous. Your design is very cool, ice and riches, very Frank Lloyd Wright-esque I thought : )

Miss A