Remembering and thanking all the brave men and women who have lost their lives fighting for our precious freedom.
Happy Memorial Day
I am so excited to introduce you to Living Room Glass! Not only are these terrariums absolutely beautiful, they’re also environmentally friendly – Jessie creates each piece by hand with recycled glass and lead free solder – so good, right? And can we take a minute to admire this lookbook? I mean, the photostyling is incredible!
I always think it’s so interesting to learn about other creatives – how they got started and where they find inspiration. Jessie is no exception, when she told me her story, I knew had to share it with you exactly how it was written, in her own words.
I started cutting glass in 2004 when I worked for another stained glass studio here in Cincinnati. For 8 years I worked there, designing and building stained glass windows for local restaurants, churches, and historic homes. It was time to move on in 2012, so I started my current career as a commercial photo stylist. But I missed having my hands on glass, so I started making my own glass pieces at home. And I settled on the terrarium idea because that was something I never got to make while working for the other stained glass studio. It was nice to be my own boss and make my own designs!
In 2013 I took a trip to the west coast. In an old San Francisco storefront I saw a geometric glass terrarium that was made in the 70’s. It blew my mind. Of all of the 1970’s crafts that are making a comeback now, I was most attracted to these glass plant holders. The hard lines of the glass juxtaposing with the soft organic plants made so much sense to me. So I came home and built 15 terrariums/planters that were inspired by California design, 70’s craft, and desert plants.
It was important to me to not buy brand new glass when there are plenty scraps of glass in this world. So I get my scrap glass from a local re-use store here in Cincinnati, called Building Value (it’s a great place with a great cause). But sometimes I need colored glass which is not as easy to find, so I buy those scraps from a local stained glass studio. Which is where I also buy my lead-free solder, and black-back copper foil. I use the “copper-foil” method, aka “Tiffany” style, because it is best suited for 3d glass work.
I make these pieces in my living room that I converted into a studio (never walk barefoot in my home, so many glass shards)! While I do miss having a nice sitting area, it’s been so nice working in my own home. I’m much more encouraged to work when I only have to walk into the next room, and I’m surrounded by my own plants, furniture and kitchen! It can get lonely though in a one person studio, so I have friends over a lot for collaborations. My next collaboration is going to be with my friends at the Brush Factory, we’ll be making candle holders and plant stands together. Lighting is the obvious next step for me. Glass just naturally looks best when lit up!
For my 1 year blogging anniversary, Jessie is generously giving away this diamond tabletop terrarium – it’s absolutely beautiful! You can enter by using the rafflecopter below.
GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED
Giveaway is for US residents only. Begins March 25, 2014 and ends April 8, 2014. Photos were provided by Living Room Glass.
01 | DIY Hanging Planter (with plastic fishbowls) – Why didn’t I think of this?? Now, where to put them…
02 | DIY Cleaning Products – I am all about chemical-free, natural everything, and Sarah went above and beyond with these all natural, inexpensive, make it yourself cleaning products – everything from all purpose, floor, mirror, kitchen to leather cleaners! PLUS those free label printables?! Too good…
03 | Giant Flower Blocked Bouquet – In honor of Spring, I would like to make a bouquet bigger than my face :)
04 | Stuffed Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies – Seriously, my favorite things in a cookie?? Definitely making these!
After winter, must come spring – words that are really resonating with me these days. I’ve been feeling so blaaahhh lately… Things have been stressful and frustrating, to say the least. And quite frankly, it seems like all my creativity and inspiration have disappeared. Thankfully we were blessed with sunshine and warm weather yesterday, so I took full advantage. Getting out and clearing my mind was the best thing I could do.
My fiancé is so good to me – he went out and bought some fresh blooms, which I quickly put together to make this arrangement. I love it, just a little reminder that Spring is almost here!
I hope you’re all having a wonderful week.
01 | House Plants 101 My house has been filling up with greens, and it makes me so happy. Bri put together a guide with tips on how to care for some common houseplants. What are you growing in your home?
02 | Inspire, Believe, Create Wallpaper Corina is my girl, and she made these amazing wallpapers for you to download – the graphic and hand lettering are serious perfection. Talk about inspiring ;)
03 | Lesson Learned: Days in Hours Am I the only one who feels like there’s not enough hours in the day?? I’ve been a mess lately, hence the lack of posts :-/ I’ll get better I promise, especially after reading this post. Cassie did a little experiment to help her visualize how her time is spent – pretty genius.
04 | Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix This is for all my friends affected by the blizzard / snowstorm. Stay warm!
Well, this week just flew by for me, how about you? I got a lot done, but there’s still a lot more on that to-do list! One of the projects I’m working on calls for all these gorgeous florals, I’m not complaining – I’ll fill my house and play with these pretty blooms all day everyday! So you may or may not be seeing more of these…
Some things I’m loving this week //
My sweet friend Thao of Parc Boutique was featured on The Everygirl. She is seriously a powerhouse up there in Minneapolis. I remember when we met up for coffee couple months ago, I was in awe as she was telling me her story – from starting her own business to getting where she is now (+ everything in between). What I admire the most is that she always stays true to herself, and you can really see her style, vision, and passion in everything she does. I’m so happy that everyone can now get to know her a little better – she’s incredible.
After taking a break to do some self / brand reflection + trying to figure out where she wants to go in her career, Kadie is now back to blogging again. She’s starting a new chapter, learning new things, and I’m so excited to see all the wonderful things she’ll be doing! Follow along her journey.
Alecia introduced me to this AYR collection, AYR = All Year Round. I’m obsessed – these simple, minimalistic pieces are ah-mazing.
Okay, this was a week.. or maybe 2 weeks ago, but Kate wrote a great post on “Women vs Women” and self-respect. She talks about instead of judging and envying each other and giving back handed compliments, we should celebrate each other’s successes and work towards empowerment and self-respect – yep, a good read.
What are you loving this week? Please share :)
How cute are these glass vessels? I saw them at the market and thought they’d be perfect for my wax flowers :) So the first full week of 2014 is almost at an end, and I’m feeling good! “Bloom where you’re planted” – something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately because, well, my situation is far from what I thought it’d ever be. Not that it’s a good or bad thing, but just how life is. Sometimes we can plan all we want, but it just doesn’t go that way.
Now more than I ever I just want to live, learn and grow.
I hope you all are having a wonderful week. Happy Thursday!
Happy December, friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
I am so excited to be a part of the new December / January 2013 Adore Home Magazine issue, showing some of my current favorite online products [page 25]. Adore Home Magazine was founded and created by Loni Parker and is Australia’s first online home and lifestyle magazine. Loni is so sweet and talented – her eye for style and design is amazing! I’m so happy to be a part of her inspiration.
This issue is absolutely beautiful – page after page filled with amazing, colorful home interior, summer finds and Christmas gift / decor ideas.
Check it out and tell me, what’s your favorite feature??