Thursday, January 12, 2017

A New Year Surprise!

I made the way to the basement as I do many times a week to do laundry, check the oil tank, and clean a litterbox. WOW I found a tiny 8" garter snake baby at the foot of the stairs. In the past I have found a dozen or more during the summer months but to find one of this size in the winter months is just amazing. The poor "guy" was so dehydrated and close to death. I put him in an ice cream pail and put some water in it and just hoped he could plump up a bit. He lived on the kitchen counter under a light for a few days and started to look perkier.....with his little head peaking up out of his forest floor bedding.

We are so fortunate to have a Snake Man who lives in our neighborhood who agreed to take in the orphan and has since named him Homer! A homer he is and he has a good one now with one who knows how to take care of him and who will keep him alive until spring when he can go out to the wild and share his own snakey story of survival.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

A Treasure Speaks From The Past

I've always said, my customers have the greatest ideas and STORIES to go with their requests for custom boxes. This one was for a 5x7" box, 3" deep and made to hang on the wall. This was something new! I asked if I might be told what it was to encase and the answer was astonishing! Here is Raquel's description:

"Hi Sherri,

I got the box today and it's perfect! Thank you.
Let me share why I needed a custom box from you.

Two weeks ago I spotted a Victorian pocket photo frame at an antique store, it was in perfect condition so I bought it. My original plan was to dispose of the picture and to replace it with one of mine.

To my surprise I found two poems under the picture when I pulled it out, right then I knew I had to keep it the way I found it and give it a special place in my house. 

After all, someone must've love this guy so much (not bad looking) that she took excellent care of this item for so many years, husband? boyfriend? lover? I'll never it's my turn to take care of it!"

The Collection

A cryptic poem
A poem - note the date on the side: March 1809

To find anything so precious is wonderful and to know it has been hidden since 1809 is amazing. The penciled underlines speak of an often read script. Someone's keepsake was found in an unexpected place and is now cherished by the finder. Thank you for sharing the story; it will have a beautiful new home and renewed life in Raquel's studio.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Glass Case For The Hugging Saint, Amma

It is so interesting how my renewed glass career has introduced me to new people and purposes for glass display cases. I recently was contacted about making a custom size octagon case. This one to hold a brass lantern for, who I was later to learn about, Amma, known as the Hugging Saint.

Amma The Hugging Saint is internationally known (although not to me before this!) through her work with numerous charities and the delightful and transformative HUGS she has given to over 34 million people! Quite amazing!

Manju Ram was in charge of getting the piece ordered and she shared some of the backstory. Her words follow:

"Hi Sherri, and all is good. The box is perfect. Thank you so very much for all your help. And for the candy. That has significance for us - check about Amma (the Hugging Saint( :)). Thanks again!

It was Amma who gave the specific instructions for the glass box :). 

We had taken the new lamp for blessing (our old one was getting cracked), in early July. Amma blessed it and gave this set of instructions. I realized the 'why' only later - I frequently forget to shut the lamp/flame and the wicks burn down. We light the lamp in the Puja room (or altar) twice a day,morning and evening. Then I am like - Amma I told you to take care of it .... no blame on my carelessness, as my husband points out. :)) She also said it is safer because the houses are made of wood. I guess Amma chose you to be the 'executor' for the glass box, because we did try many other options. Thanks again for your kindness."

I was relieved, too, as this was the SECOND box which finally made it to her California address without damage. Thanks, USPS ;-(  Amma and Manju were so patient as I remade the display case. 

I usually add a few pieces of chocolate with the care instruction sheet and I had included a few Hershey's kisses. When I read about Amma I found that everyone who gets a big hug from her also receives a chocolate kiss wrapped in a rose petal! A happy coincidence indeed. I was out of Ghirardelli!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Little Boxes, Little Boxes.......

Little boxes made! What? No ticky-tacky?

Such has been my life since last Labor Day! The continued support of professional photographers has brought about new products and some amazing work that has been shared with me.

Take a peek at Sasha Danielle Photography! Sasha said she made up these two short videos on HER PHONE! Check it out, it's SEX A!!! Wow! Gave me goosies!

It's been so busy I can hardly believe the changes in our daily life around here!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Photo Boxes a Hit in the UK

I have been so blessed to have customers for my work at home and internationally these past few months. I just got an email from photographer Howard Smith, Birmingham, UK, who had placed a large order several weeks ago. He helped me learn the ropes for shipping across the pond and miraculously the order arrived without damage.

Thank you for your kind words, Howard!

He shares his own blog here:

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Merry Christmas!








Saturday, October 17, 2015

Art Show No Show

The preparations for the Fall Art Tour began as normal. The cleaning of the barn! Lots of cobweb hunting, vacuum sweeping and hauling of displays around. Progress was being made and a sense of the last crunch week was on.

September had brought me a raft of orders through my Etsy shop. Thanks to a happy customer, I had a mention on social media about the photo box I had made for a talented young photographer. The orders piled in like I had never experienced before! I was overwhelmed and worked like crazy all month to get the scores of photo boxes out the door. I even planned to do photo box making as my art tour demonstration!

At the one-week-before-show-time I had the notion that I really needed an evening ride with my three horses out to the big hay field. Recharging with pony energy would be the great reward for having put forth a huge effort and this would be the last chance before the final show set up. 

My mistake was in choosing the wrong horse to ride that evening. My favorite Cheyenne had just had her hooves trimmed and was a bit sore so I took Cerra to be my mount. We four rode out to the big field in the early evening glow. Grazing over the thick alfalfa, Cerra's trot suddenly turned into a crow hop, and a buck! While I was surprised and trying to keep my seat the NEXT buck sent me flying onto the ground on my left shoulder. All that alfalfa wasn't really that fluffy!

I had to regroup for a few minutes while the herd was happy to munch next to me. Assessing my injuries I felt my collarbone jutting upward and now all I could do was get myself the half mile home.  Slowly. I had a rope in my hand and thought I had Cerra with me on the way home. Half way across the field I thought,"She's really following nicely!" I looked back and found I was dragging an empty rope.

My adrenalized state got me home to the patio where I sat to rest. I heard Don coming out the door and I called "help" in a tiny voice. He found me and set into motion getting the horses in and me to the ER. When you live in the country you have a great appreciation for NEIGHBORS!  Our neighbor Tom came over and he and Don got the horses in and then drove me to the ER.

A broken clavicle, scapula and five ribs layer.......I'm at the three week mark now and still paying a price for a little bit of fun!