Smell the Roses – and the Fresh Pies!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

11 am – 3 pm
Step back in time and take a stroll in the town where time stood still. Known for its picturesque beauty, tour the gardens in the Village of Elsah. There will be six gardens to tour.
The cost is $12 per person.

While on the garden tour, enjoy lunch with My Just Desserts at
Farley’s Music Hall, 37 Mill Street.
A buffet style lunch featuring My Just Desserts’ famous chicken salad and wonderful home soups, salads, and desserts for only $10, beverage included (additional charge to garden tour). 

Local glass artist Kerry Ellen will be there as well, showing and selling garden-themed fused glass jewelry and accessories. 

Tickets will be available at My Just Desserts at 31 E. Broadway in Alton, the Alton Visitor Center at 200 Piasa St. and the Elsah Museum.
For more information call 618-465-6676.


Glass Doors

“Playing with glass” has opened so many doors for me – that I never expected – it has encouraged me to try new things, participate in an art show, meet other artists, try selling in my own community – broadened my perspective of who I am and what I can do.

Lately I have been making custom gifts for some very special people. I found some letters I can fuse on to the glass, so I made a piece for my genrous co-worker, who also fuses glass, with her name … I made a piece for a very cool young friend turning 9 – with a name you don’t find in the tourist shops (Ev, short for Evangeline) … and initials of a 10-year old girl with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, plus a necklace & earring set to be auctioned off at a fundraiser for her.

Don’t get me wrong – I love making a sale, so I can buy more glass – learn more, play more, and give more  – those sales enable me to do glass for good causes too – it’s more than just making money, it’s making opportunities to do good in my own community.

by Kerry Ellen