A gift that will keep on giving!


I have one more jewelry sale this year – and this one is for an excellent cause – 50% of proceeds will go to hrlp with travel expenses for college students selected for a regional theater competition –

I will be at Concordia Lutheran Church, Hwy 140 & Circle Drive, Cottage Hills, IL, Sat. Dec. 8 9-4PM


Kerry Ellen, proud auntie of one of the students, theater lover, & former thespian!



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)


On the fifth day of Christmas…

my true love gave to me –

5 dichroic fused glass rings!

A big thank you to eveyone who supported small business, shopped local, shopped homemade, and stopped by the Green Gift Bazaar!

We the artists appreciate it more than you will ever know!

Earth Day Celebration – Pere Marquette Lodge

Mushroom/Earth Day Festival

Sun., April 22, 2012
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference
13653 Lodge Blvd.
Grafton, IL 62037

Ah…a day to appreciate the earth and all it yields. Come and relax at Pere Marquette Lodge for the annual Earth Day and Mushroom Fest. Participants will be hunting and judging the mushroom finds, as well as eating some pretty tasty specials. There will be music, vendors and activities for everyone. The event is free. For more information, call (618) 786-2331 ext. 0.

–I’ll be there with handmade & sustainable glass & recycled. upcycled jewelry & gifts–in beautiful Pere Marquette Lodge – INDOORS – rain or shine.

Tree of Life

I make things I love – that make me happy – that are worth the pain in my hands when I work with glass – and this sacred tree of life, reaching up, stretching down, resonates with me. This fused glass pendant was made from recycled stained glass that was then fused. The tree is white enamel baked into the glass.

I recommend this wonderful book about the sacred tree and the cycles of life – from a First Peoples’ perspective:  http://www.amazon.com/Sacred-Tree-Reflections-American-Spirituality/dp/0941524582

The Dryad’s Canticle

The dryad sings her song in the breeze,

Pure, sweet, Nature’s canticle,

Praising the sun and the moon,

Thankful for the stars she wears in her hair,

And the deep sweet water she sips from the earth.

She raises her branches to the heavens,

Her trunk planted firmly in the ground,

Her roots growing dense and tangled below.

Strong, sturdy, well-balanced,

She is home to birds and bees and butterflies,

Squirrels and insects and creeping things.

The dryad and her tree offer food for many,

And shade for all.

She wears a cloak of stillness,

Watching busy lives come and go.

She blesses each of the little leaves,

That join together to make this mighty tree.

The dryad cherishes the soil that gives her life,

Growing each day one day at a time,

Taller, wider, ring by ring.

She sings a soft song of silence,

Of giving and taking for the good of all,

Of things that were and are and may yet be,

Verses heard only by angels above and earthworms below

And those who take time to sit under a tree and listen.

By Kerry Ellen (c) 2010

Stay tuned – Kerry Ellen will be making more tree pendants in glass soon!