Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Almost Time for Dragonflies

Looking back on the sales last year, one of our best moving product lines was the Dragonfly line. That said, we are proud to introduce our newest piece the Dragonfly Ornament. It will make a great addition to your everyday decor or your Christmas tree.

Ceramic Dragonfly Ornament
by GrapeVine Ceramics & Gifts

After many requests for a look behind the scenes, I was able to talk my husband into taking photos as he went through the process. So here is a pictorial of how they are made.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Inspiration: It's All Around

“We are the music makers, and we are 
the dreamers of dreams…” 
Willy Wonka - Willy and the Chocolate Factory

One of my favorite movies of ALL time is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I have fond memories of sitting down once a year near Thanksgiving to watch it as a family. Mind you this was when you had to get up to turn the television on and turn the channel manually by twisting knobs. We also only had about 4 channels when using an antenna. We entertained ourselves outside, exploring our world. So when we could all come together and watch something as a family it was an event.

I am in awe of the colors, the shapes, the perceived textures presented in the movie. I know that as a set designer I would have had a hay day working on the candy garden. I probably would have gained a few pounds as I bought/made candy looking for inspiration too.

I am trying really hard to lose weight right now and can’t afford to gain. That is why I like to take inspiration for my craft from my surroundings, quotes and insights.

It can be a photo:
GrapeVine Ceramics & Gifts
Small Weed Pot
Simple Sunflower Vase
Sunflower Pencil Holder
Sunflower Ornament

It can be a quote or simple words:
Live, Laugh, Love Poster by Louise Max
Inspirational Keepsake Boxes by GrapeVine Ceramics & Gifts

But it's not limited to those either. I receive some of my strongest inspiration from my family and the lives that they lead/led. There are many attitudes, graces, work ethics and stubbornness, that I emulate throughout my week: my grandmother's patience, my grandfather's work ethic, my father's love of fun, and my mother's persistence. 

Where do you find inspiration?