SAACA St. Phillip’s Plaza Show

A beautiful weekend to meet people and enjoy the beautiful Arizona weather. My solar lights, of which I am very proud, will cast wonderful shadows in the yards of the many clients, to whom I am most grateful.



Solar Lighted Mailbox

I’ve always wanted to be forced to investigate more powerful lights for my solar work. The 4×4 bollards use lids that offer the brightest light possible without an external panel but to get more lumens, I would need to move to lighting with more wires and complications, and I was just waiting for the prompting and the opportunity.

Newest solar mailbox installation. I call it my “Chanel” because the strapping reminds me of the iconic pink Chanel suit with the black pipping. The base glows red/orange at night with a solar LED shining through colored glass. The glass color can be changed out if one is feeling blue or green or… The address is black/blue to make it distinct but still subtle and styled like the rest of the box.
Using larger, more powerful lights, makes me feel like a new stage of playing with light is beginning.
I’ll try to get better pictures with better light soon. I was just so excited, I had to post.

Solar Lighted Chanel Tailored Mailbox

Workshops for Plasma Cutting & MIG Welding

Workshops! What fun! I have two wonderfully interesting and enthusiastic women coming tomorrow for a class and am prepping now. They begin using the plasma cutter by playing to make a name plate or sign (practicing arcs, straight lines, and basically making the machine do what they want), then make a sconce or butterfly wings, then embellish petals for a flower. I’m excited to learn the ideas they come with for their own project, but just for fun,

I am preparing pieces to make a bug with glass inset. Snacks of kale & quinoa salad, home-made hummus, cheese, veggie, nut board, drinks and various other goodies will keep us nourished for the fun!

I have just donated one class, $135 value, to a Silent Auction Fundraiser for El Grupo Youth Cycling. I have also contributed to Taste of Tanque Verde silent auctions with workshop donations for the last few years.


Art in the Garden

What a great weekend at Harlow’s Gardens. It was my first time participating in Chris Bubany’s Holiday Market and wow was it lovely! Such a diversity of artists and wonderfully pleasant surrounds.

12186771_10206848626207513_7700013130336239755_oNext up, Open Studio Tours November 14 & 15, 11745 East Summer Trail


Thank you Big Brother/Big Sisters Supporters

A fun three day weekend at Plaza Palamino surrounded by friendly and talented artists and visited by lovely fair-goers.  I greatly appreciate the extensive efforts of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters group to create a remarkable and long-standing traditional fair. It is well advertised, extremely organized and a pleasure to be a part of.   Totals benefitting the great organization will come soon.


Steampunk Anglerfish
A Tearful Goodbye to The One of a Kind Steampunk Anglerfish. It is a happy hurt to let creations of such personality find their way to a new home.














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Chicken Mailbox Installed

Rooster Chicken Mailbox

I’m excited for the opportunity to produce a two-part custom panel for a client. He loves glass, so I went to Tucson Stained Glass and to YouTube, and figured out how to cut it.  I welded little, 20 gauge tabs on the backs and added adhesive, UV5000, to the back to keep it in. By the last mile, I was feeling I’d never be done, but I’m almost there!

MesoAmerican Panel