On the 9th day of Christmas…

my true love gave to me:


a beautiful fused glass pendant, dark cobalt blue background, white and gold enameled butterfly, that was in two juried art shows in 2011 (Jacoby Arts Center and The Glass Workbench) – because I love beauty and butterflies and glass and Christmas is all about connecting with the ones we love, thinking about what they would appreciate, what would bring them joy, and because butterflies have always meant hope to me…

(for sale – contact me if interested)



Purple Butterfly, Oh My!


Again using the Color Purple Swarovski assortment of pearls, I surrounded a silver butterfly pin with the pearls & purple and silver crystals.  The silver collar can be adjusted to fit one’s neck.  The earrings and necklace set is $40.  It will be available at the Carlyle Wine and Art Festival this weekend, August 18 & 19, in Carlyle Illinois.


Kerry Ellen 2012

Under the Tuscan Sun Crystal Clusters

One of the Crystal Cluster necklace, earrings, and bracelet sets I made this weekend –

I placed Swarovski crystal element pearls around an antique marquisite pin (bought at the Elsah, Illinois, historical society sale) with a crystal dragonfly and butterfly – the color assortment was named “Under the Tuscan Sun” and includes beautiful autumn shades of warm golds, greens, coppers, and ivory.  Necklace, bracelet, & earrings $50 for the set.

This will be one of my crystal clusters available this weekend at the Wine and Art Festival at the Bretz Winery near Carlyle Lake, Illinois:


Kerry Ellen 2012

“Happiness is a journey, not a destination….”

Happiness is a journey, not a destination…
For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life.
But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. This perspective has helped me to see there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. So treasure every moment you have and remember that time waits for no one. –souza

I love this quote – I have it on a greeting card I bought when I really “shouldn’t have spent the money”, but I am glad I brought this message home.
I have been doing some mixed media pieces – always try to include a touch of glass – maybe stained, maybe dichroic, whatever seems right for the rest of the piece…
The next mixed media piece I do, I would like to feature this quote. Maybe I will accent it with a glass butterfly, like this one – because butterflies float from one flower to the next, sipping nectar when they can, facing the elements when they must, but always fluttering by the moment.

I’m with the show…


Click this link – I’m with the show – the St. Charles Glass Work Bench Art Show, that is!  My red butterfly in fused glass (just under the beautiful lamp on the left) is entered in the art contest.

I have always loved the Glass Work Bench – even before I started doing glass myself – and now I am honored to be in their Spring Art show!  Stop by – it’s a lovely place to visit any day, and for the rest of this week, you can see all the art entries, and, if inclined, vote for mine!

—Update – I received 3rd place in Fused Glass – thanks, everyone who voted for me!