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Southwest Stained Glass

Southwest Chili Peppers stained glass

Southwest Chili Peppers stained glass

Evoking a relaxed and stress-free approach, southwest stained glass styles are both extremely ambient and very peaceful. Each southwest stained glass style is great for giving off the feeling of actually being right in the midst of the southwest. With rolling winds, green-hued cactus, big desert plains as far as the eyes can see, as well as sunny blue skies, southwest stained glass is really a beautiful way to showcase an appreciation for nature and for the southwest as a whole. Many people love to incorporate southwest stained glass styles in their home because southwest stained glass looks great when coordinated with a wide range of different furnishings. The best furnishings to pair with southwest stained glass are understated, simplistic, made from natural materials, and that give off a fuss-free overall approach. Especially for homes in remote locations, or even homes located in the desert, southwest stained glass is especially popular.

In addition to cactus plants, desert plains, and sunny blue skies, southwest stained glass can and does sometimes include animals that traditionally live in the southwest such as coyotes and lizards, imagery of American Indians in traditional garb, cowboys on horses, as well as birds, stars, religious crosses, and amazingly beautiful sunsets. Southwest stained glass looks great in any room in a home or even office. This specific type of stained glass does not only look great as a replacement for traditional windows, but also looks great when displayed as a wall hanging, or when placed on a shelf or above a fireplace. But, always remember, southwest stained glass looks best when used in conjunction with some type of light shining through uncovering beautiful shapes, images, and colors. Either with the sunlight or even the light of a fire from a crackling fireplace, southwest stained glass never misses a beat and always conveys an incredible expression of warmth and love.

To see some beautiful Southwest stained glass designs visit our main site:  A Glass Menagerie.  We can modify any stained glass design to fit any shape/size or create a custom design just for you.

Stained Glass Fantasy

Stained Glass Fantasy Window

Stained Glass Fantasy Window

I recently had the pleasure of designing and fabricating a stained glass window for a man who wanted a fantasy life scene for his wife’s anniversary gift.  Based on Beauty and the Beast, it was to have 5 panels with each depicting a story in his life.  He married his wife in a different location every year so 3 of the panels were of the places he had married her; one of a wind mill, another with dolphins and another in a hot air balloon.   The 4th panel would depict his two children standing on the beach in front of Catalina Island.  The main panel is based on the design of Beauty and the Beast dancing together.  The resulting stained glass window is pictured.   What a lovely way for a man to show his love for his wife.

If you would be interested in creating a life story window you may contact me at:  glassm2@yahoo.com or see my other designs at A Glass Menagerie

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Archers Dream Stained Glass Window

Stained Glass Archery Panel

Stained Glass Archery Panel

This is my latest stained glass window project made for a family of archers.  It is slated to be used in a large kitchen cabinet.  The panel incorporates a variety of glass including the highly textured Armstrong glass of the quiver.  Both son’s of the parents shoot competitively and were quite impressed by this piece stating that the quiver looks very realistic.  Below  is a close up of the quiver glass.

 

 

To inquire about this and other designs customized for your own home visit:  AGlassMenagerie.net  This archery piece is locate on the Unique stained glass panel page.

 

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Creative Ways of Using Stained Glass

stained glass window - tree sunset

Sunset Tree Silhouette

When you think of stained glass, what do you see? We usually picture churches, cathedrals and temples with large art glass windows depicting images of religious significance. We probably imagine that warm colored light that shines through on Sundays as we sit in the pews. Stained glass is an art form that has been around for centuries; the main use being windows. However, stained glass is an art that spans much farther and wider than just windows in houses of worship. Stained glass can enhance the beauty of a home, or even a business, in windows, hanging panels, transoms, cabinet doors, stepping stones and many more architectural and interior designs.

 

Stained glass Ivy window panel

Stained glass Ivy Arched window

WINDOW PANELS

Stained glass windows are a great way to bring out the uniqueness and personality of your home. The glass itself varies in many colors, textures, and styles that will allow you a great amount of creativity in design. When the windows catch the sun, they bring out warmth and beauty making the room come alive.  Having stained glass windows is akin to having fine paintings on the walls of your home. The artistry and liveliness that shine through is unparalleled.

STEPPING STONES

Mosaic style designs used for outdoor stepping stones are an excellent way to instantly turn your patio, garden, backyard or any outdoor seating place into a gorgeous retreat. A theme can be created, giving homage to your favorite flowers, animals, country or to your family.  Stained glass stepping stones incorporate lively colors and pattern to your outdoor relaxation or recreation area.

SUNCATCHERS

Suncatchers are like floating works of art that can be placed anywhere. Hanging in a sunroom is an excellent choice to bring out the colors in the design. They can be hung in windows, on porches, placed on a mantle or a bookcase. Suncatchers are an excellent way to bring the beauty and creativity of stained glass into your home without spending a lot of money, and they make the best gifts or stocking stuffers.
These are just a few of the ideas that encompass all that is the art of stained glass. So when you think of stained glass now, you can picture your home enhanced with the color, light, beauty and artistry that it can bring in a variety of ways.

To see our styles of stained glass visit us at:  AGlassMenagerie.net

Ways of Using Stained Glass

When you think of stained glass, what do you see? We usually picture churches, cathedrals and temples with large art glass windows depicting images of religious significance. We probably imagine that warm colored light that shines through on Sundays as we sit in the pews. Stained glass is an art form that has been around for centuries; the main use being windows. However, stained glass is an art that spans much farther and wider than just windows in houses of worship. Stained glass can enhance the beauty of a home, or even a business, in windows, hanging panels, transoms, cabinet doors, stepping stones and many more architectural and interior designs.

stained glass window - Yellow Lotus

Lotus Panel

WINDOW PANELS

Stained glass windows are a great way to bring out the uniqueness and personality of your home. The glass itself varies in many colors, textures, and styles that will allow you a great amount of creativity in design. When the windows catch the sun, they bring out warmth and beauty making the room come alive.  Having stained glass windows is akin to having fine paintings on the walls of your home. The artistry and liveliness that shine through is unparalleled.

STEPPING STONES

Mosaic style designs used for outdoor stepping stones are an excellent way to instantly turn your patio, garden, backyard or any outdoor seating place into a gorgeous retreat. A theme can be created, giving homage to your favorite flowers, animals, country or to your family.  Stained glass stepping stones incorporate lively colors and pattern to your outdoor relaxation or recreation area.

SUNCATCHERS

Suncatchers are like floating works of art that can be placed anywhere. Hanging in a sunroom is an excellent choice to bring out the colors in the design. They can be hung in windows, on porches, placed on a mantle or a bookcase. Suncatchers are an excellent way to bring the beauty and creativity of stained glass into your home without spending a lot of money, and they make the best gifts or stocking stuffers.
These are just a few of the ideas that encompass all that is the art of stained glass. So when you think of stained glass now, you can picture your home enhanced with the color, light, beauty and artistry that it can bring in a variety of ways.

To see our styles of stained glass visit us at:  AGlassMenagerie.net

 

Stained Glass – Custom Unique Christmas Gifts

Stained Glass Butterfly Lady

Butterfly Lady with stained glass wings

Trouble thinking of the right gift for the right person?  Finding unique one-of-a-kind Christmas gift can be a challenge, even for the most thoughtful mind.  Make the season merrier by having a piece of art glass custom made for someone special.  It is something that would be treasured forever.  Stained glass isn’t limited by large windows or transoms.   There are many types of items made from stained glass that make impressive gifts for anyone.

Collectibles

Beautiful butterfly ladies make great gifts for teenage girls.  The butterfly ladies are featured on our Wings of Stained Glass page and can be made in your teens favorite colors.  Also featured on this page are dragonflies, hummingbirds, peacock, parrots and more.  

Suncatchers

Suncatchers are always a favorite for anyone.  Who doesn’t like the bright sunny colors of stained glass twinkling in the sunshine.  Each of of our sun-catchers can be customized with your choice of glass colors.

Stained Glass Pet Portraits

Who doesn’t have a pet these days?  We can take your pets photo and create a stained glass panel or mosaic stepping stone of your pet with the background of your choice.  The stained glass pet portraits have been one of  our best sellers and will surely please anyone who receives such a thoughtful gift.  Although most are dogs and cats, we aren’t limited in the type of animal at all.

Stained glass pet portrait - Airedale

3-D & Beveled Panels

We also create a number of small 3-D & Beveled panels that are quite unique making them fantastic gifts.  The 3 dimensional flowers come in several colors.  The beveled pieces are colored  bevels so the pictures really don’t do them justice.

3-D Lily Stained glass panel

3-D Lily Stained glass panel

Fantasy in Glass

Our Fantasy in Glass page features a gorgeous array of creatures such as fairies and dragons with stained glass wings.  Order each with a different color wing.  Please note that these are not suggested for children.  The figures may contain lead and glass which can be harmful.

A Glass Menagerie is a great spot to find gifts for most anyone on your list.  With custom colors each person can be pleased with their own color preference.

Stained Glass Makes Fabulous Wedding Gifts

stained glass bride and groom

Honeymooners

Ideas for unique Wedding gifts – Stained Glass Stepping Stones or Art Glass Panels

Stained glass is a gift to be treasured for newlyweds.  Consider the couples own style when looking for an appropriate piece.  If the couple has a particular color scheme in a room or elsewhere in the home, choose a piece to compliment it.  For instance if they are utilizing red in their kitchen then consider buying a stained glass panel with a pop of red to tie it into the space.  
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For unique wedding or special anniversary gifts like no other, consider having your favorite photo made into a stained glass stepping stone or stained glass art window panel.  We are making a piece like this for a customer presently and it is one of the greatest ideas we think we have ever seen.  The couple selected a picture from their wedding  and they are posed facing each other noses touching  This will make a fantastic keepsake that will last a lifetime.  Imagine seeing a personalized piece like this backlit over a fireplace!
A stained glass panel is a perfect wedding gift.  Price points are dictated by the size and complexity of design, which translates to a very wide range of options.  A piece with neutral tones can be place anywhere in the home.  However, should you have a certain room in mind then feel free to choose accordingly.
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One idea is to commission an artisan to create an original piece of stained glass for the couple.  You could for instance commission a window for the couple’s home.  If this is out of your budget range consider doing a group gift.
Another idea is to purchase a wedding gift certificate for a stained glass panel.  This would allow the couple to choose their colors and design to fit their new home.  We are offering a new type of special wedding registry this year. Brides/families/friends can request an account to be set up for the couple.  Anyone who wishes to contribute to the Wedding Pot can request his/her name to be put on the list along with the amount they wish to contribute.  The certificate will be listed with all the names of the givers and presented to the couple on their wedding day.
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 For more info contact Pam Hansen:  glassm2@yahoo.com or visit our site for ideas at A Glass Menagerie.

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

Visit our site to see all products:  AGlassMenagerie.net or send us an Email request:  glassm2@yahoo.com

 

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