Thursday, September 20, 2012

Moon Marble Company

Our friends Kay and Lynn enjoy local attractions when they visit each fall.  Yesterday we visited the Moon Marble Company in Bonner Springs.  This is always an interesting visit, although we haven’t been there since my birthday in 2006

The last time we visited, the owner of Moon Marble Company, Bruce Breslow was our demonstrator.  Our grandchildren were younger then and he seemed to love kids and his demonstration was geared to them.

I feel we were honored to have Sara Sally LaGrand demonstrate how she crafts her beads yesterday.  She has been making jewelry for 12 plus years.  She has studied with glass workers in the States as well as Italy.  She shared the history of glass making as well.

Glass making dates back to 3500 BC in Mesopotamia.  It was the Roman Empire that began using glass.  Ms. LaGrand told us artistic glass making in Italy was centered in Venice, but the president of that city decided the activity should be located on the island of Murano so one of the hot kilns would not burn down the city.  The glass made there was known for its purity of ingredients. 

After this brief history lesson, we moved on to making a small marble with a little frog on top.

Moon Marble Co 1  Moon Marble Co 2

I purchased one of Ms LaGrand’s stick pins.  It will be my new fall accessory. I am excited to have one of her creations.   Tomorrow morning I will add a picture.

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This whimsical little mouse—or is it a cat-- with a cup on its head is hand made by melting imported Italian glass and then gently shaping it before it gets too cool.   It is a stick pin so it will probably show up all winter on my scarves. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Home

We arrived here around 6:30 pm yesterday greeted by our friends Kay and Lynn from Phoenix in their big RV in front of our house.   They are spending the week here, taking a break from their spot at Lake Shawnee.

I am anxious to write about our mini road trip today, but in order to do that, my eyes need to stay open.  So, check back tomorrow afternoon.  I have something really cool to show you.

Monday, September 17, 2012

40 years ago

Doug was born. His celebration is the reason we're here in Colorado. Before the cake and ice cream we watched the grandkids while Doug, Drue, Kim and Marc went to a wine festival in Grand Junction.

 

We finally got around to the all important candles. We're missing Aaron in this picture but everyone else had beating Doug on their mind.


But, Doug prevailed, with a little help.