Have a Cool Yule, Y’All!



open Wed & Thurs. 10-6, Fri. 12-7, Sat. & Sun. 10-6

Grafton Artisan’s Village

15 E. Main Street, Booth 19

 Grafton IL

Jewelry & Gifts – On-going offerings in one-stop artisan’s shop along the Great River Road
November  18 – January 8, (Tues.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-4, Mon. closed) Jacoby Arts Center Holiday Art Show! –

627 E. Broadway

Alton IL


The Holiday Art Show! – “featuring functional artwork and artisan wares” – supports Jacoby Arts Center
November 26, (10-4, no admission fee)

–Kids Zone, free yoga, Eco-themed films, bring old holiday lights, cell phones, batteries, glasses & shoes to be recycled

Riverbender Community Center

 200 W. 3rd Street

Alton IL



Green Gift Bazaar – supports Illinois Sierra Club – Piasa Pallisades Group
December 3 (9-5)

$2 admission

Dec. 4 (10-4)

$1 admission

Alton High School

4200 Humbert Road

Alton, IL


23rd Annual Olde Alton Arts & Crafts Show supports Alton HS band & orchestra programs
December 10 (10-4) Concordia Lutheran Church

21 Circle Dr.

Cottage Hills, IL


Stop & Shop Holiday Event – supports Lutheran Women’s Assoc. charities

Green Gift Bazaar

fused glass dish by Kerry Ellen

Today’s edition of The Alton Telegraph had a nice article on the front of their Accent section about the Green Gift Bazaar, where I will be showing/selling my handmade glass jewelry & gift items:




Shop Local – Shop Green – Shop Handmade – Shop Earth-Friendly!

Green Glass

green-glass-bottleGlass is green (and makes a nice eco-friendly gift) because:

– it is easy to recycle

– it is made of organic materials (sand and soda ash)

– it can be used over & over again (glass plates vs paper plates)

– it has no expiration date

– color in glass doesn’t fade for 100s of years

– glass does not dissolve on its own (sea glass has only been etched by the salt/sand)

– big glass that is used for plate glass windows, can be re-used, cut into smaller pieces for stained glass, to very little pieces for jewelry, to bits for frit, to tiny grains for enameling – it may break but it is never wasted!

– transferable, re-usable skills in glass classes -I learned to cut glass for stained, use that skill in doing fused glass, learned stenciling/stamping in enamel class, that can be applied to fused glass…that can be used in a stained glass installation-  full circle!

–  capture a memory (slumped wine bottles from a special event)

– my beads collected on my travels – nice memories – made into remembrance jewelry (and they are small and easy souvenirs to pack in a carry-on bag on a plane)

– requires no batteries

– doesn’t take up much space (300 pieces of jewelry, and packages, fits in one small carry-on case for my jewelry shows)

– doesn’t require much maintenance, can be cleaned with vinegar & water

– can re-use glass and/or beads again & again -if I don’t like one necklace, I can take it apart & make a bracelet, or mix it with new different beads, other colors – make it new again!

– interchangeable pendants, earrings, make accessorizing fun!

– if I don’t like how something I fused turns out, I can just reheat & re-melt the glass, add something new, new layers, till I get what I like

– endless possibilities – flamework, fusing, stained glass, mosaics, enamels, functional (dishes) fun (jewelry) art for art’s sake – beautiful

– glass doesn’t wear out – a prism will shine, reflect color, as long as there’s sunlight

– it can be re-used – if a stained glass piece breaks, that glass can be used to fuse. 

– With epoxy, glass pieces can be glued to one another to make completely new pieces for indoors or outdoors

– my happy accidents – things I didn’t intend – often turn out to be my favorite pieces

– reflects light, enhances mood, adds color, brings joy