Saturday, December 27, 2008

Penny Glass Girl AND Penny Shop Girl

click here to see my new store: Penny Shop Girl.

The time has come, Penny Glass Girl is growing and branching out! Now, my shop has expanded beyond Penny Glass Girl and I have opened up Penny Shop Girl to showcase my glass and bead creations.

Future listings of Penny Shop Girl will also include my new metal smithing skills and copper enamlled pendants. Please sign up for my blog updates at for all our exciting news in the near future.

Mention BLOG in your notes upon checkout at either store and get free shipping!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.....

Ok, not really, and I can't stand all those people who start humming Christmas Carols in October. However, for all the artists and designers out there, we know that Christmas planning has been going on for quite some time, and I do have to admit that it is fun - even if it is a little early for some.

I decided that I was going to be a little low key this year for Christmas.Having a seven year old and a three year old around on the holidays is enough to draw me away from work a little (they are so fun!). That being said, the next month is shaping up to be pretty hetic:

Look for my work now being sold through Shop Girls in Toronto (1342 Queen Street West) a very funky(and addictive) place to shop!

I am also having a private showing of my work, and will be selling at the Brampton art fair on November 22nd.

Hope all is well, and everyone will get a jump on their shopping soon (buy handmade :)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Back to work.....

Ok, summer vacation is now a distant memory and I am back in the full swing of things.

I am getting ready for the Clothing Show this weekend, here's the link - and have lots of new items on the go including new 100% recycled glass pendants. I'm very excited to show them off but no pics yet, they're still too hot -ouch!

Here are some pics of my new wood and glass pendants. I'm working on my photos and think I'm a little better, well a lot better than when I began at least :)

Sunday, August 31, 2008


First Day Of School, First Day Of School!!!!!!!!!

Oops, did I say that out loud? Yes, I do love back to school, and my kids do too (for now, they're still young). But I have to admit, I never did lose my entusiasm for fall, autumn colours, warmer clothes and new school supplies.

In honour of this fabulous occaision - and because I happen to know the most talented designer in the world - I have a brand new look on my etsy site to go along with all my new goodies. I will be integrating it into my blog soon too, but for now, it's beyond my technical skills :)

Thanks so much to Carolyn Houston, designer extrodinaire, for her hard work. Penny Glass Girl has never been so glamourous!

My new fall line, which is being rolled out on my Etsy site, and in various retail locations, was designed with my memories of autumn and all that it inspires. Think warm colours, natural textures and all the organic materials that I could think of including: glass, wood, and hemp. Being me, I couldn't forget the fun and playfullness either - a whole new lot of bright and fun colours have poped up too.

Because I love fall sooo much, please mention my blog when you order, and I will include free shipping and gift wrapping.

Thanks for taking time to consider my work, more to come soon!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


I'm a sucker for everything do with fall. Warmer clothes, turning leaves and yes, I admit it, even the start of football season (don't tell my husband!).

In anticipation of my favourite season and to break in my new studio, I have been working late into the night on my fall line. Now, I must make room for all things autumn, I am having my first SUMMER SALE.

Drop by The Purple Thumb, 1020 Queen West, if you're in Toronto, or visit my Etsy site for more great finds.

Saturday, July 26, 2008


This week, if you purchase any three (3) jewelry items in my ETSY shop, you will receive a free 16 or 18 inch sterling silver box chain. Just let me know which length you prefer when you check out.

You can also find losts of fabulous summer sale items when you visit my shop as I am moving my studio and making room for my upcoming fall line.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Article Featuring Penny Glass Girl in The Globe and Mail

This article appeared in The Globe and Mail on June 28th. It's been busy around here since, but I won't complain!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Come See My Work In Person!

I get many request from people who want to see and touch my work in person. Beginning July 1st, at The Purple Thumb in Toronto, you can purchase my products, including my NEWEST creations not available anywhere else.

The store is located at:

1020 Queen Street West, Toronto ON M6J 1H6

Here is the link for more info:

Friday, May 30, 2008

New This Week!

New to my etsy shop this week, I have listed some pieces from my
signature series. These feature my fused glass pendants together
with semi-precious or new and rare beads. I have
been haiving fun taking a break from my summer line and revisitng some pieces to see what new things I can create: Just like my kids with lego.

BLOG SPECIAL: Just for friends and subscribersto this blog, you can get free shipping when you purchase anything from Penny Glass Girl. This includes my Etsy site and my NEW Dawanda site.

P.S. If you combine this offer with the one listed in my shop sepcial section on etsy - you can also receive a free 16" chain (with purchase of three items)!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Bubbles are Fun

I've been doing these small stained glass pieces on my etsy site, the series is entitled, "Bubbles".

It has been great to dabble in stained glass again after a break whileI have concentrated on fusing. I forgot how fun soldering is - an how hot, ouch!

It's fun to see the all the different ways I can design within the same confines. Each piece has been very different.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Looking for other e avenues....

I began looking to sell my goods in other places in the last few weeks...
I love etsy and the supportive community I found there, and now I need to expand. So far, my investigation has turned up DaWanda as a good place to sell across the pond, so off I go on another e adventure.

For someone so young (relatively speaking) I have somehow missed the tech gene. My husband (V.P. of a tech company) makes fun of my lack of skill and constant questions: What's a "thread" and how the heck am I supposed to keep it alive? (aren't I responsible for enough lives already?). What is the difference between a "hit" a "mark" or a....well I don't care just get me there!

I vow today, to brush up on my "e language" and not be left behind in the e merchant world. I go forth from here. Look for my new shop (coming soon, if I can figure this out in euros!).

Monday, May 19, 2008

Enter to win one of my jewelry pieces!

This week, Simply Sentimental, a great selller on etsy, has featured my work on her site and I'm giving away one of my pieces. Go to her blog to check out the details. She always has something fun to look at and great gift ideas too.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Made it into a treasury today!

I'm having fun with some new summer colours and today I was included in a treasury on etsy! I'm so glad that someone else appreciates the way I use colour because I'm having way too much fun playing in my studio lately (the laundry is piled up and threatning to escape!). Oh well, only so many hours in the day!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Working Mom Gets Through IT!

Ok, I don't like to complain, but this week was a little challenging! Two sick kids (one with the chicken pox, one with the flu), but I managed to get through it and still get a little new work in! Yay, chaulk one up for working moms everywhere!

Although, sleep deprived, I managed to post some exciting new items on my etsy site. Including some new dichroic pendants (so deep and glittery!) and new fused glass items including bookmarks, wine stops and keychains.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Summer Collection

I have been busy in my small (and very hot!) studio working way on my summer collection. I have mastered a new (to me) glass and a few very cool techniques. Here are a few examples of my new line which is slowly being posted at

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Penny Glass Girl Finally Begins a Blog!

I have been making art my entire life, but fell in love with glass about six years ago. I began selling to friends and family, then friends of friends, then family of friends, then to retail, then online...before I knew it I had started to build a small but fullfilling business that I could work into my full-time parent schedule.

It all began when....
My husband dragged me to a stained glass class so that we could have an activity only adults could do after the birth of our first child. He quickly became the "teacher's pet" as his mechanical skill was far superior, but after many, many late nights I fell in love - with glass!

Light drives me....
I love the way light can pass through glass and totally transform it. My sons, although only seven and three, already marvel at my creations and beg me to put them up to a window to view them. I love that I have instilled this appreciation for glass, and all its reflective qualities, in them at such a young age.

I just had to start melting stuff...
About a year ago, I was no longer content to make cold glass and was inspired by a local lampwork class. After an attempt at making lampwork beads however, I realized that this was not for me. While at the studio, I inquired about glass fusing, and decided to dive right in. I bought a kiln, all the supplies and decided that I could teach myself. I was amazed when my first, second, then third attempts were successful - again I fell deeper in love. Like most relationships, all it takes is a little background research and many sleepless nights!

Glass has given me the ability to take all the colours and shapes floating around my head and translate them into art, while challenging my technical abilities. When I'm in my studio I get to use the Parts of myu brain that were dusty from parenting duties and give me more to pass on to my kids, a deep appreciation of an age old artform and their mother - the glass artist.