Monthly Archives: March 2013

Turn your beach vacation photos into stained glass art.

The title says it all.  Imagine your vacation turned into a permanent piece of art glass.  With the summer season approaching, people begin to think of sun, sand and sea!  Take a moment on your next vacation to get some really great shots of your favorite nautical scenery.  Some ideas would  include lighthouses, beautiful beach scenes, seashells and of course, sea birds or other animals are always interesting.  At A Glass Menagerie, we can often transpose your favorite photos into amazing, one of a kind stained glass design and fabricate them in to art pieces.   We utilize a cad-based software made especially for designing stained glass that can turn your gorgeous photos into full color scaled designs.  Once fabricated our stained glass panels create lasting memories that can be seen and admired by everyone.  Take a look at our nautical collection of stained glass stepping stones, windows, and much more.  All of our pieces are custom designed and made here in the U.S.A.

Our custom designed art pieces are an excellent way to accessorize your home in a way that looks classy as well as colorful.  Nautical designs are definitely some of our best sellers as they fit in easily in almost any decor.  If you happen to like cool color schemes and need a pop of red for an accent, perhaps consider a Lobster or Crab design for a tabletop that will really pop!  Or, if you are an avid shell collector, we can easily transform an arched window into a tranquil beach scene which would effortlessly become a dazzling focal point of any room!  Smaller stained glass accessories also help punch up color your nautical decor to create flow and harmony in your design theme. Another interesting idea would be perhaps something like North Carolinas Cape Lookout lighthouse in the background along with the wild banker ponies in the foreground.  If you are fortunate enough to get a shot like this in your lifetime, consider having a custom stained glass art piece made that would surely delight your friends and family each and every time they gazed upon it!

For more information please contact me:  glassm2@yahoo.com or telephone:  912-349-4077
You may also visit our website at:  A Glass Menagerie

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Stained glass colors from an interior decorators perspective.

Incorporating stained glass windows into your home may seem daunting.  It’s all about color and how you use it.  Here is an interior decorator’s perspective on it.

Many people design their homes with little awareness of the “proper order” of doing things especially when deciding upon their color scheme (and consequently, they try to choose paint colors first, rather than last!)  In actuality, this is more an art of applying simple math equations than it is getting every paint color right.  But, this also means knowing what colors you need in a space and in what proportions.  To establish a sense of continuity throughout one space, or even an entire home, it is always best to establish (what people in the design world) call “a leading pattern!”  Prior to selecting paint colors, it helps if you have something you love actually guiding your eye throughout the whole process, such as an area rug, an important piece of art, or perhaps even a wallpaper pattern.  This is very much like the artist’s paint palette that they would select to use prior to their work of art being created.  During this process, the artist “collects” or “visualizes” something that inspires their stained glass design.  When people try to select colors in their houses, they tend to see things in a disjointed manner which causes the spaces not to flow into each other well (much like your grandmother’s patchwork quilt!)

Consider a stained glass window as a perfect leading pattern.  Find a favorite photograph, an upholstery fabric, tile pattern, a beach scene or really anything that has several colors you love!  We can help guide your eye as far as your “base colors” as well as your “warm and cool accent colors.”  Colors in nature are usually the very best when it comes to creating successful interior color schemes.  Nature usually has a deeper earthy “ground floor” color, a “medium” wall color (thinks tans and greens in trees) and then the lightest “sky” color on the ceiling.  After deciding the neutral base wall colors and anchoring your design, you can then put in your accent wall colors along with accent pieces for exciting “pops” of color.  The more you are able to repeat these accent elements, the more your interior space will flow seamlessly from one space to the other.

So now….you now know a true “inside designer’s secret!”  A successful home interior  starts with one, great exciting “leading pattern” but the trick is perhaps finding it.

Browse our  Stained Glass Panels by Style.

stained glass blue bird panel

Blue bird & vines stained glass panel

Stained Glass Makes Wonderful Gifts

Every year, almost everyone has to buy a present for that special person on their list that seems impossible to buy for…..you know……the one that already has everything!  With Christmas upon us you say to yourself; what shall I buy?

Consider one of our many stained glass gift  items. We offer a wide selection of stained glass stepping stones for you garden. Perhaps, you could start a collection of stones, each with a different family members name or grandchild’s name added to personalize their outdoor space or walkway to their favorite outdoor sitting area.

Another great idea are our pet portraits. All we need are a few good pictures of their beloved cat or dog and you can give the hard to buy for person on your list a gift that will delight them for years! If this isn’t in your budget, consider one of our clocks, suncatchers, or book-ends .These look absolutely amazing on a bookshelves or side tables.  Also, you can select from one of many style panels including traditional, contemporary, southwestern or  art deco/nouveau to suit their particular decor. Or perhaps, they already have some sort of collection and you want to add something great to it. Our custom designed stained glass pieces are sure to please!

Another fantastic option for an extra special gift would be custom stained glass windows inserted into cabinet door fronts. I made one for my mother-in-law for the small cabinet over her stove and years later, almost every time I talk to her she tells me how amazed her friends are when they see it. It became to focal point in her kitchen and now she has coordinated all of her linens and dinnerware to match it. So men, listen up! Give the special lady in your life a gift that truly keeps on giving……something shell never forget and something that will remind her of you each and every time she looks at it.

Butterfly lady with stained glass wings

Butterfly lady with stained glass wings

mermaid stained glass window
Stained glass Mermaid window

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Stained Glass Windows Etc

Don’t settle for cheap badly made stained glass window imports.  Transform your home with custom designed stained glass windows from A GlassMenagerie.  We offer hundreds of colors and designs that is only limited by your imagination.  We feature, hanging panels, pet portraits, cabinet door inserts, transoms, sidelights, mosaic stepping stones as well as a nice selection of gift items.

Glass is a beautiful wonderous medium! Most people quickly fall in love with the way light and color plays in sun or in incandescent light!  As an artist, stained glass continues to be a voyage of discovery into a colorful and truly magical world.

Each item can be customized to fit your color and space requirements. We also offer custom design service and each client receives a full scaled color drawing for their approval.

Our most popular items are the stained glass pet portraits.  We utilize a cad-based program designed especially for stained glass designing.  All you have to do is provide a couple of photos in poses you like of your pet and we can custom draw it.  Below is a photo an Airedale dog.

For details call us 912-349-4077 or Email us:  glassm2@yahoo.com

stained glass window - airdale dog

Stained glass window – Airedale dog

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