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Memorialize your Beloved Pet in a Stained Glass Pet Portrait

stained glass dog

Stained Glass Dog

A photograph encompasses much more than the mere image of the subject. It tells a story of the day, of the life of the pet, and the impact that it had on the owner. Thanks to the shortened life span of most animals, in just a short while that is all most people have of their cherished companions. The sad thing about these pet portraits is that they may be become damaged with time, and fade with the seasons.

Thankfully, there are alternatives available. Custom mosaics can bring longevity to the memory of the cherished companion and act as a stepping-stone to pleasant memories of days gone by. Here is how stained glass windows can help an owner honor the memory of his favorite four legged companions.

Make the memorial a part of the home
Decorations add character and style to any house, and something custom made (with a picture of the pet as a guide) will stand out in any home. A simple photograph can become misplaced, and fades with time. A stained glass window will last as long as you wish.

Beyond the memorial, it can lead to conversations with guests and loved ones. A window can serve as a starting point, introducing your beloved companion to others.

Bring life to a room
A pet brings light into any room he wanders in. It is common for a dog to stimulate smiles from children, and bring visitors closer to hosts. They are a source of comfort, and help turn a house into a home. When regular, white, light hits these stained glass panels, the tinted panes sparkle with the color of the rainbow. Much like the honored pet, these windows will bring a sense of character to the room it resides in, helping turn a dwelling into a home.

Visit A Glass Menagerie’s Pet Portrait page to see many of the pet portraits we have done or contact us to have a custom design of your dog done.

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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

Stained Glass Stepping Stones – Beautiful Garden Additions

Sun & Moon Stepping stone

Sun & Moon Stepping stone

Stained glass stepping stone walkways are the perfect way to enhance your outdoor living areas and add beauty to your surroundings. Mosaic stepping stones are not only a gorgeous addition, but also functional, leading the viewer to a specific area. One of the most important aspects of your property is the walkway that leads to the front door of your home. . There are many styles of paths, but the most beautiful is a stained glass stepping stone walkway.

Creating a mosaic stone path uses far less stones than a full walkway, while still keeping each footstep landing out of the dirt or wet grass. The stepping stones themselves may be round, hexagonal or square. In an artistically arranged garden, you can control the pace of the person using the path by setting the stones closer or farther, encouraging contemplation.

With the hexagon shaped stones we can create designs that interweave with one another.  The finished walkway will appear as if it were all one design continuing from one stone to the next.  Because of their shape this works fabulously with the hexagonal stones.  Imagine frogs leaping from one lily pad stone to the next.  Some stones could have geckos and even a turtle.

Curving pathways can easily be created with the round stepping stones.  Because of their shape they lend well to the curvature of the walkway.  Each design can be different or a theme set can be created.  Butterflies are a beautiful choice.  Some can be open-winged while others can be perched upon a flower or leaf and still others depicted in flight.

We also create larger square stones, bricks, double bricks and three sizes of round ones.  Why not intermingle them to create a really interesting walkway?  You are only limited by your imagination.  We can design any theme in any shape to suit your tastes.

To see our stained glass stepping stone designs click on links below:

Hexagonal Stepping stones
Round Stepping stones
Stepping stone sets

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 – A Forever Gift

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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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.

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

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

 

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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