Monday, February 14, 2011

"Without Valentine's Day, February would be... well, January." ~Jim Gaffigan

So, in Sweden V-day isn't such a big day... no flowers sent to school for all the girls or chocolates, or silly cards for everyone in the class.  Just school as normal and I think very few people even knew it was today!

I promised you lots of glass pictures and I am here to deliver!
This is that blue and white stripe piece that Rosanne and I did on Thursday of last week, or maybe Wednesday.  It is about 4 inches tall I think... I have misplaced my matchbook, I will try to find another one.
 It is blue powder color on the bottom layer then white stripes over that.  There is a slight twist to the stripes which I like a lot and I think I will try this again with some different colors sometime.
 Here is the difficult diamond!  I didn't have a good background, but you can see the new facets finally!
 There is still one dented place but I am going to try to polish it away and maybe it won't be too noticeable.  It currently has 32 sides I think.  Needs some more polishing but it is getting there slowly!
 Here is the big graal that Marianne did the other day.  It is really tall and heavy... over a foot tall.

 It poured snow all day today, but was sunny at times.  It is sad, when it snows and is sunny there is no rainbow... just super bright and glittery.  It was a nice day other then being FREEZING COLD!
 I made this bowl that day with Maja when we were just going to make big things.  It is not that tall, maybe 6 inches, but it is THICK!
 I did the yellow in this coarse powder and then rolled in strips of mixed colors to make the outside design.
 I am thinking it might be Arlo's new summer food dish.  Haha, maybe, if I can get it home... its really heavy!
These are the roses that I made the same day.  One blue and one yellow... some roses are yellow... but maybe not radioactive yellow.  The blue one is really nice and even got a few leaves!  They are about the size of the palm of your hand.  Rosanne wants to try this too so maybe one day I can make some more that are a little nicer and maybe more rose colored. 
 My Valentine's dinner:  Steak tacos!  I accidentally got a weird cut of meat though, maybe stew meat?  So it was tough and weird and I ended up throwing some shrimp in the pan at the last second which I think saved the whole thing.  It is steak, shrimp and onions in taco seasoning, green bell pepper for crunch, a mix of tomato, cucumber and avocado with lime juice and some pineapple salsa.  Kind of an odd mix but tasty.
 Sadly, I couldn't share them with my real Valentine, Sam, who probably could have made them better then they were.  Oh well, maybe next time I make them we will be together!  He did send me this wonderful card:
 Which I have spent the evening admiring while eating this fancy chocolate I got for myself for V-day.
 He even made a CUPCAKE in my card!!! How awesome is that? 
(should it have had 5 sweet candles on it since this is our 5th V-day or is that weird? I am thinking about it too much maybe)
And this bird was also on the back of the card... It looks kind of sad out of context but it is super cute on the card... maybe my favorite part... except the message of course.  I won't tell you what is inside because that personal and special ;) but it was very sweet and I am very happy to have Sam as my Valentine!  Now I am off to call him and then go to bed!  More wineglasses tomorrow!


  1. Hey!
    I was just running a search on the internet trying to find that Jim Gaffigan quote for something I was writing, and I got to looking at your glass blowing work. It is beautiful! I would love to learn to do that, and I'm impressed by your story of taking off to Sweden to learn. It's very Thoreau of you. Way to be.
    This is really random, and I promise I don't normally post things like this on the blogs of people that I don't know, but I thought you might appreciate this. You strike me as someone with a great love for life, and for your family. So, here's a link to one of the teaching of my church. We believe that families can be together forever. I really know that that is true, and I hope you'll take the time to read the page. If not, that's cool. I hope you'll accept my compliments on your glass blowing anyways!

  2. Thanks for the link and for reading my blog, glad you enjoyed it! I love Thoreau and really appreciate your comment! Good luck with your what you are writing. -T

  3. Hi T,

    So, I finally started a blog of my own. I remembered leaving a comment on yours forever ago, so I thought I might let you know if you're interested. It's

    It's rather ugly looking at the moment, but I'm happy with how the content is coming out. I'm trying to post Tuesday through Thursday. Anyways, I hope you like it.