Lamoille Harvest Festival Update

Harvest Festival Photo

My large booth at the October 6, 2018, Lamoille Harvest Festival at the Rancher’s Center in Lamoille, Nevada, netted me abundant sales from 27 buyers. Biggest sellers were my decorative pill organizers, followed by my local area magnets, protestant prayer beads, chaplets, and UnderCovers.

This was my first opportunity to gauge first-hand potential buyers’ reactions to my new UnderCover secret storage cubes. It was fun for me to demonstrate their many uses by lifting the cubes to reveal unmentionables such as tampons, panty liners, and denture boxes. This resulted in many smiles and “Aha” moments.

Similarly, many booth visitors gazed appreciatively at my beautiful pillboxes, but it was not until I turned one of them over to reveal its pill compartments that they figured out what they actually were. This experience typically resulted in big smiles and a rush to turn over other pillboxes to view their various configurations. Many then called over their companions to share their amazement and appreciation of these unique products, often resulting in sales.

My local area magnets were a big seller, also, particularly as many of the Lamoille Canyon ones had unexpectedly become keepsakes. They memorialize the way the canyon looked before a huge fire burned 3/4 of its 12-mile length Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2018. Access to the canyon, which is known as Nevada’s hidden jewel, similar to Yosemite, will likely be closed until the end of November, and who knows what it will look like next spring.

I could not have done so well at the Festival without the stellar help of Ginny Oustad, who processed and packaged all my sales using my PayPal Here credit card swiper and calculator on her smart phone. Many thanks for her assistance and expertise!

The event also helped me publicize my upcoming Open Studio event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 10, 2018. Watch for another blog post soon about that. I’ll also be blogging about all the new pillboxes and other products I created for the Festival. Although many of them have sold, you can check out my full inventory on my website.

Meet Me at the Lamoille Harvest Festival

For the first time in many years, I’ll have a booth at the Lamoille Harvest Festival from 9 AM to 4 PM on Oct. 6, 2018, at the Lamoille, Nevada, Rancher’s Center. I’ll be bringing my full inventory of protestant prayer beads, decorative pillboxes, and my new UnderCovers (decorative secret storage cubes). I’ll also be bringing a bunch of my new local area photo magnets that are now available in the gift shops at the  Elko Area Chamber of Commerce and Northeastern Nevada Museum in Elko, Nevada.

All my creations make great gifts! Credit/debit cards, cash, and checks accepted.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Festival. If you can’t make it that day or not local to northeastern Nevada, you may purchase my creations on my website KristiLynGlass.com. Orders placed from local area zip codes automatically qualify for free shipping!

New Product: Local Area Photo Magnets

Magnets

Some things happen serendipitously, but I believe this new product of mine, local area photo magnets, came about due to the grace of God.

A friend from the tiny rural town of Montello, Nevada, came across my magnet blog post from eight years ago, and asked to buy one of them. Since these magnets have long  been out of stock, I ended up making her a batch of magnets similar to those pictured above, but with a Montello, Nevada, theme. Then her friend in rural Wells, Nevada, got wind of this custom product and asked me to make a batch of Wells magnets for her.

When I was working on the prototypes for these magnets, I created a variety of possibilities from which my customers could choose. Since I already had prepared these for production, I changed their wording to feature the Elko, Spring Creek, and Lamoille, Nevada, towns closer to my home. These towns form the largest populated area in northeastern Nevada, and they thus have many more potential magnet customers than either Wells or Montello.

Since I am a member of the Elko Area Chamber of Commerce and already have some of my jewelry in its gift shop, I decided to make 75 magnets to sell there. The Chamber was delighted, because they did not have any such magnets in their gift shop, and they had received many customer requests for local area magnets. Elko’s location on I-80, the only east-west highway through northern Nevada, makes it a popular tourist stop. The nearest larger towns are 4-5 hours away by car.

To launch this new product, I put the following ad in the Chamber’s weekly e-newsletter to its members:

Chamber Magnet Ad

The gift shop manager for Elko’s Northeastern Nevada Museum, Donna Engdahl, saw this ad and asked me to make some of my magnets to sell in the museum’s gift shop. She was delighted with the 50 I made for the museum, as she testified in the following post on the museum’s Facebook page:

Museum Facebook Post

After seeing and buying some of my local area magnets, another friend of mine asked me to make some similar  magnets for Christmas gifts for her women’s group that meets weekly at a local restaurant. She asked me to take a picture of the restaurant and make it into magnets, which I did. I even notched the tops of each magnet to follow the restaurant’s roof line. My friend was very pleased with the result!

Machi's

I made up another batch of 50 local area magnets to sell in my booth at the upcoming Lamoille Harvest Festival on Oct. 6, 2018, where I expect them to be hot sellers.

Included in each magnet’s packaging is my artist statement with representative pictures for each of my other product lines. Thus, I am hoping my magnet sales will also drive traffic to my website, resulting in sales of my other creations.

I had been praying for ways to promote my products and increase sales, but I never expected God to answer my prayers via this new magnet product line. My Montello friend’s initial inquiry led me to create this whole new product line using photos I’ve taken of local scenery over the years, my graphic arts experience, my color printer, clear packing tape, self-doming resin that I already use for my pillboxes, and a package of just-the-right-size glassine envelopes that a supplier sent me by accident and let me keep for no charge. All I had to buy were the strong round magnets and relatively inexpensive display racks for each sales location.

So yes, I do believe this new product line was inspired by God’s grace. Magnet sales are popping, sending word of my other creations into the world. I can’t wait to see where this leads! If you would like me to create some custom magnets for you or your town or business, let me know!

Contest: Secret Storage Ideas for UnderCovers

Brown Agate Denture Dock

Although my recently launched UnderCover product was initially designed to provide beautiful, discreet, and handy storage for denture/retainer storage/cleaning boxes and supplies, snore guards, or braces, God and other creative minds have suggested many other uses for my beautiful UnderCover creations.

For example, a roll of toilet paper fits perfectly inside its 4.25″ x 4.25″ x 4.25″ interior, so an UnderCover could be used to keep an extra roll of TP handy, but beautifully hidden, within reach from a toilet.

  TP Roll in UnderCover

Other things an UnderCover could discreetly hide include:

  • Prescriptions or other drugs/supplements
  • Tampons
  • Ostomy bags
  • Condoms
  • Jewelry dish or ring holder
  • Cigarettes, ash tray, or smoking supplies
  • Small change jar

Small Change Jar

  • Cosmetics
  • Water glass
  • Mani/pedi tools/supplies
  • Cotton swabs
  • Diffuser oils
  • Hemorrhoid ointment or wipes

PrepH Tube

  • Pepper spray
  • A small hand gun
  • Tooth paste
  • Packet of cleansing cloths

Cleansing Cloths

  • Remote control
  • Watches
  • Small electronics
  • and more!

Here’s the Contest!

I’m so excited about the many potential uses for UnderCovers, that I’m offering a prize for the most creative/useful suggested use (in my humble opinion) of an UnderCover that is not listed above. Simply submit your suggestion(s) via a comment on this blog post between now and August 31, 2018. (No purchase is necessary to win.) The winner’s prize will be a free (non-custom) UnderCover (including shipping) of his or her choice from those offered for sale on my website. To register or log in to this blog, so you may leave comments and enter this contest, click here. By clicking this link, you confirm that you agree to our Privacy Policy. The winner will be notified via email in early September 2018.

For  more information about my UnderCovers, see this blog post and the Frequently Asked Questions page on my website.

New UnderCover Product Handily Hides Things

30 Denture Docks

In June 2018, I launched a new UnderCover product line. These one-of-a-kind decorative hollow-bottom cubes easily hide your jewelry, denture storage/cleaning box and supplies, braces, snore guard, retainer, tampons, hemorrhoid cream, extra toilet paper roll, ostomy bags, prescription drugs, small electronics . . . the possibilities are endless! An UnderCover will hide from view whatever will fit under it.

The above photo shows the 30 UnderCovers I created for the product launch and posted for sale on my website. As you can see, I am decorating my UnderCovers with mirrored or stained glass tops and embellishing them using the techniques I use on my decorative multi-dose pillboxes. Each one is a unique work of art!

Brown Gold Feather Denture Dock

The Brown Gold Feather UnderCover shown above features a real white feather that has had its tip painted gold and dipped in bronze glitter. I coated the whole feather in clear jewelry-quality resin and glued it onto the UnderCover’s brown stained glass top.

If you are using your UnderCover to hide a storage/cleaning box for your denture/retainer, there also typically will be room inside the cube for a tube of denture adhesive and packets of denture cleaning tablets or other supplies, so you can keep everything handy, as shown below.

White DD Supplies

An UnderCover will add beautiful decor to your bathroom, bedside table, or anywhere you want to keep its secret contents handy.

UnderCover by sink

UnderCovers come with either black or white acrylic base boxes. Internally, UnderCovers measure 4.25″ x 4.25″ x 4.25″. Their exterior measurements are 4.5″ x 4.5″ x approximately 4.75″ high, depending on the height of the embellishments. Accessories shown in the product photos, such as denture storage/cleaning containers and cleaning supplies, are not included with an UnderCover purchase.

Custom black and white and UnderCovers also are available, and I would be delighted to make matching sets of custom UnderCovers and multi-dose pillboxes. Just order the two custom items on my website, and I’ll contact you to find out what you have in mind. I love creating custom products! I can use either my typical embellishment methods or embed photos and/or text in resin on a pillbox or UnderCover. The possibilities are limitless!

Creative minds will find many uses for this exciting new product. Some flat-topped UnderCovers could even be used as soap dishes or water-glass holders.  Check out this blog post to see many suggested uses for UnderCovers and to enter my contest for the most creative/useful thing an UnderCover could hide. You could win an UnderCover! To see the complete product line or to purchase an UnderCover, click here.

Shown below are the blue UnderCovers I created for the product launch and posted on my website.

Blue UnderCovers

Purple and pink UnderCovers are shown below.

Purple and Pink UnderCovers

 

Green UnderCovers are shown below.

Green UnderCovers

Yellow and brown UnderCovers are shown below.

Yellow and Brown UnderCovers

Neutral colored UnderCovers are shown below.

 

I don’t do social media, so I would greatly appreciate your clicking the “Share This” button below to help spread the word about my UnderCovers. Here is a product category link for you to post or add to an email: https://KristiLynGlass.com/undercovers. I would also love to have you comment on this blog post. What do you think of this new product? What uses are you already imagining for it?

New Chaplets, Protestant Prayer Beads

8 Prayer Beads

Eight new sets of Anglican (Protestant) prayer beads have been added to my website today. Five of the eight shown above are necklace length. Regular length sets include the purple set on the left and the two sets on the right.

Four new $18.00 Anglican chaplet bracelets have also been added to my inventory, as shown below.

4 Chaplet Bracelets

Each of my Anglican prayer beads is unique and inspired by the various components I have in stock. The black dragonfly set shown below is especially beautiful, as it features not only dragonflies on its Week beads, but also dragonfly Cruciform beads with silver-plated wings and tiny clear seed bead heads and tails.

Dragonfly Prayer Beads

Large embossed silvertone metal fish form the Cruciform beads on the Gray White Fish Anglican Prayer Bead Necklace shown below. Its fish, large white Week beads, and lovely rhinestoned Swiss Cross feel particularly nice in hand.

Fish Prayer Beads

Ever a fan of rainbows and iridescence, I especially enjoyed creating the Purple Star Hearts and Rainbow Peace Cross sets shown below. The former has lots of bling with purple rhinestone hearts and little flat star spacer beads, and the latter will appeal to those who may appreciate its Chakra colors and peace symbol cross. Both are necklace length.

Purple Star Hearts Prayer Beads  Rainbow Peace Cross Prayer Beads

Check out these and more on my website. Each set of prayer beads is priced at $32.00, which includes a black velvet pouch, 16-page full-color booklet, and a lifetime restringing guarantee.

You get the same goodies with each chaplet purchase. You need some useful, statement-making bling for your wrist, purse, or rear view mirror, right, like the White Lampwork Flowered Chaplet shown below?

White Lampwork Flowers Chaplet

My prayer beads and  chaplets also make great gifts, so order yours today!

Given that I have a vast assortment of components available, ever wonder what my personal set of prayer beads looks like? Wonder no more. See below.

KLG Prayer Beads

My idea of “The Best Bling for the King”!

 

 

Moonlit Ponies–Gone Large!

Large Moonlit Ponies

I recently completed a larger version of my previous glow-in-the-dark “Moonlit Ponies” acrylic painting. The new work, “Moonlit Horses,” is shown above. It is 30″ x 40″ on gallery wrap canvas. If you look closely in the upper left side of the sky, you can see the moon, mainly discernible by its bumpy texture.

The larger herd of horses, shown in detail below, is comprised of Appaloosa-like steeds with four different spot types:  gold stars, orange iridescent disks, and dark and light silver stars. I chose these inclusions to provide variety and glitter in the sunlight while allowing their white nighttime glow to shine brightly behind their spots.

Large Herd

The 3D molded clear resin horses’ glow-in-the dark paint (also used on the moon) emits white light for approximately 6 hours after exposure to sunlight or a UV light source. The white hue of this paint, applied to the back side of each horse before gluing it unto the canvas, is a more logical choice than the blue and green colors I used on the horses in “Moonlit Ponies.”

Due to its 6-hour glow time following UV/daylight exposure, the best location for hanging this work will be where it will get full late afternoon sunlight. Otherwise, installing a UV light source (on a timer) to shine on it before “lights out” will produce the same effect.

Here is what it looks light in half light (after 10 minute exposure to full sunlight):

Moonlit Horses-Half Light

And in total darkness:

Other refinements made in this work, based on my earlier experiments, include:

  • Using a darker gray iridescent acrylic combined with a heavy bodied clear medium to give more presence and dimension to the mountains and their slopes.
  • Adding a heavy bodied clear medium to the white foreground acrylic paint to give it more texture.
  • Using a wider brush to apply the white acrylic paint.
  • Not spreading the white acrylic color as evenly on the sky, thus allowing the sky’s glitter to have bare swaths that read like clouds.
  • Using three coats of the glow paint, instead of two, on the horses and moon.
  • Letting the 3D crystal mortar follow the undulating base of the mountains, rather than applying it in a straight line.
  • Applying silver glass glitter to the crystal mortar, instead of gold glass glitter.
  • Applying the glitter  to the sky and foreground by flicking it off of a mop brush, rather than sprinkling it on, to provide more even coverage.
  • Spraying the entire work (before painting the moon and adding the horses) with a clear fixative to firmly set the glitter.

I continued to use plain silver glitter on the sky and holographic rainbow silver glitter on the snowy foreground, both in extra-fine grade. These are dazzling in the sunlight, but impossible to capture in a photo.

If I were to change anything more at this point, I would maybe move the horse herd up a tad, closer to the base of the mountains, to add a more realistic perspective. An alternative would be to use a canvas that is more of a strong horizontal than a rectangle with these proportions.

I’m pretty pleased with this work, but I would be willing to part with it (or produce a similar work for you) for a price. If this interests you, inquire!

New SteedBeads Rhythm Beads

4 Rhytnm Beads

Four new sets of readymade SteedBeads Rhythm Beads for horses are now available on my website. I chose to make these in popular purple and neutral color palettes. Lengths are 50 inches or larger, so they will fit most horse sizes. The Rhythm Beads may be shortened, using the provided adjustment clip, but they may not be lengthened.

The top two sets have chromed brass large round temple bells, which have a fairly loud tone. The bottom two sets have softer-sounding bells.

All SteedBeads Rhythm Beads feature my unique safety fuse, so if the beads should catch on anything, the fuse will break before the bead strand. The necklace will then either remain clipped to your horse’s mane or fall to the ground without scattering any beads or bells. Two replacement fuses are included with each order, and more fuses may be improvised using material from your local hardware store.

Check out all my readymade SteedBeads Rhythm Beads, Mane Dangles, and Saddle Dangles and add some jingle to your ride with these unique natural horsemanship training aids. If you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for or you need a special length to fit your horse or pony, you can always order custom SteedBeads products. I can make these to your specs in just a day or two. Most orders ship via USPS Priority Mail, so you could have a custom order in hand within a week.

I love to see horses wearing my SteedBeads products. Please post a picture of your horse wearing his or hers on my website’s Testimonials page, where you also can view pictures and notes from other satisfied SteedBeads customers.

Small Model Horse Rhythm Beads

And don’t forget my SteedBeads Rhythm Beads for Model Horses. These come in two sizes and make great gifts for horsey munchkins!

New Artwork Features Glowing Sparkle

Moonlit Ponies

This winter, I’ve been awestruck by the glittering frost that God has gifted us with. This inspired my creation of the above 15″ x 30″ acrylic work, “Moonlit Ponies.:

The sky has plain silver glitter; the foreground has holographic (rainbow) silver glitter. The tree line is made of translucent 3D crystal mortar with gold glass glitter embedded in it. The different silver glitter types do not show in the pix, but are dazzling in the sunlight and especially when viewed in person. The mountains are formed using brush strokes of iridescent silver acrylic paint.

I made the glittery resin horses using molds. They are each 1.5″ high and .5” deep. I then painted their undersides with various colors of glow-in-the dark paint before gluing them onto the canvas. I also made the moon glow in the dark using this special paint that is almost invisible in daylight. When these elements are charged by sunlight or a UV flashlight, they will glow for 6 hours, as shown below.

Glowing Moonlit Horses

Unfortunately, the sparkle and glow-in-the-dark effects don’t show up as well as I’d like for the photos, especially the one above, taken in semi-darkness. However, you get the idea of what is lit up in the dark. The resin horses look cool when the daylight shines from the side, as their half-inch-high transparent shapes cast horse shadows on the snow.

Moonlit Horses 2

I started my experiment with a much smaller prototype, shown below. Its horse had too many inclusions that blocked much of its glow. This picture shows some of the holographic rainbow effect of the foreground glitter. The tree line was way too messy, though.

Moonlit Horses Prototype

I then experimented on another small canvas with the same (non-holographic) glitter top and bottom, iridescent blue/silver mountains, and the crystal mortar for the tree line. I pressed gold glass glitter into the left side of the tree line and silver glass glitter into its right side.

Moonlight Horses-Prototype 2

I chose gold glass glitter in the tree line for the larger work, but I’ve been wondering if that makes the tree line stand out too much. Maybe the silver is better? I will experiment more with the glass mortar before adding it to my next work. I may try some different media mixed with the mortar and see what looks best.

I have learned a lot during this process! I plan to apply that knowledge to a similar work on a larger canvas. I have already made another herd of horses for that one, and since it will be much larger, I may expand this little herd with eight more horses.

New Ponies

What do you think?? I would love to receive comments on these techniques and works.

 

New Prayer Beads And Chaplets

I recently created four new sets of Anglican/Protestant prayer beads and posted them on my website. One quickly sold, but still available are the three shown above (L-R) Pink Green HeartsFaceted Bronzed Purple Hearts, and Brown Bear Agate. The latter is made entirely of stone beads, and its bear fetishes are associated with great strength, supernatural power, healing, and self-knowledge, so this may be a particularly powerful set. It and the other brown/purple set are potentially necklace length, so they may be worn as lovely statements of faith and to be kept handy for comforting prayer use. A closer view of the lovely pedants is shown below.

The fourth set, which sold quickly, was a unique silver-plated peace-symbol set in a long necklace length. Its striped stone cross and lampworked Cruciform beads are especially beautiful.

Black Peace Prayer Beads

I also added four new Anglican/Protestant Chaplet Bracelets to my website. Again, one quickly sold. The remaining three are shown below.

3 Chaplet Bracelets

Pictured (L-R) are the Purple Ombre, Black Gold Swiss Cross, and  Blue Millefiori Anglican Chaplet Bracelets. They may be worn as bracelets, tucked in a pocket, or attached to a purse, backpack, or rear view mirror so they are handy for prayer use. The chaplet that sold, shown below, was perfect for Valentine’s Day and beyond.

Facet Red Heart Chaplet

It features a coppertone cross that I filled with red resin. I made a bunch of these little crosses in various colors, so watch for them on my future prayer bead creations.

Check out all the lovely prayer beads and chaplets available for $32 and $18 (respectively) on my website. Each purchase includes my 16-page full-color Anglican Prayer Beads booklet, a velveteen storage pouch, and a lifetime re-stringing guarantee. The booklet contains contains prayer bead pictures, historical information, symbolism and layout of the beads, instructions on their uses, and nine sample prayers. It is also available via digital download for only $2.00.