Eat, Drink and Celebrate with us!

The whole of August we have been celebrating our 5th anniversary here at The Market Place with discounts on both original art and our resale treasures.  And since this is the last weekend of our anniversary month, not only will our great sale discounts continue, but almost every mini-mall store is having their own sales!

Wander through our special world of hidden treasures.  You’ll discover wonderful and surprising items in every unique emporium.  All along the way sample our substantial treats and drinks.  On us.  And we have places to sit down and rest.  You can even get a full meal in our comfortable cafe.  Shopping like this can make you hungry!

In celebration of our 5th Anniversary we are having our very first
Hot August Celebration & Sale
at Glass Art and Beads
Inside where it’s Cool! 

15% off Original Art, both local and International
20% off Resale Treasures & Collectibles
40% off blue stoneware items

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And yes, drinks for everyone!
With all kinds of foods and delicious treats! 

Glass Art and Beads

at The Market Place, 10910 Katy Fwy., Houston, TX 77043

This Saturday and Sunday, August 29 & 30, 2015

10:00 am – 5:30 pm.
We’re Open on Friday too
if you’re in a hurry to get to those sale discounts 

Not only do we have our own original art, but we have over 15 other family and Houston artists represented in our store. It is a wonderland of great and affordable original gifts and art.  Please come and join in our 5th Anniversary Celebration!

Hot August Art Sale!

We’ve been here at The Market Place for 5 years now.  That makes Glass Art and Beads 12 years old!  We feel very fortunate to be able to pursue our art endeavors this long, and we hope to be doing this for another 12 years.

In celebration of our 5th Anniversary we are having our very first

Hot August Sale at Glass Art and Beads
Inside where it’s Cool!
All of August, 2015
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10 – 5:30 pm.
at The Market Place, 10910 Katy Fwy., Houston, TX 77043
Not only do we have our own art, but we have over 15 other family and Houston artists represented in our store. It is a wonderland of great and affordable original gifts and art.

I’ve been busily making more Angels and Bead Totems and Hangings of all kinds.  This week I was into making big bunches of our Spiders of Good Fortune.  And here’s what a big bunch of spiders look like!

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Add all these to the 15 we already have down at the store, and you have a big big bunch. So, if you are thinking about our Spiders of Good Fortune as Christmas gifts, now would be a great time.  You can read the wonderful story “Legend of the Christmas Spider” on our website. We include this story (and another), along with a suction cup, and of course “The Care and Feeding of Your Spider”. All in a pretty purple box. Here they are all nestled together for the trip down to our store this weekend.

Last minute News!  I just completed four new hangings featuring Swarovski crystal.  No pictures yet . . . haven’t even priced them.  But they will be at the store starting tomorrow.

Ann at the Clay Flower Lady store a few doors down from mine, has been nice enough to join us in our sale.  She, and her sister Jenda, make the most beautiful flowers that will last forever.  So her’s and Jinda’s flowers will be 15% OFF.  All her great resale items will be 20% OFF.  Iggy’s Collectibles & Things will be 20% OFF, and Gigi’s Pottery Designs – 10% OFF.  They are all so unique, with their own special treasures for sale.

We hope to see you during August.  Join us in our Hot August Art Sale, inside, where it’s cool!

Bead Totems, Plant Sticks, & Jewelry … Oh My!

Liz Bunn makes the most beautiful beads.  For years now we’ve sold her beads to artists of all kinds.  And I’ve been making our very popular Plant Sticks and Bead Totems from her lampwork glass beads.  Inspired by her clown head beads, and a great mushroom bead, I created some fun Plant Sticks.  Her beads are mounted on stainless steel so that they can be put in any table plant soil, or even lucky bamboo, which is usually just stones and water.  They won’t rust.  I usually accent her beads with other glass, metal, pewter or copper beads.  They are 9″ to 12″ tall, and are priced at a very reasonable $35.00 each.

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Besides Plant Sticks, Liz and I also collaborate on her Bead Totems.  We find that customers love her beads but they can’t imagine what to do with them.  Bead Totems show off a variety of her wonderful beads.  They look great on a desk, or on a display shelf.  The bases are very dense rubber, so the taller totems are very stable on a table or desk. They are painted then decorated to compliment the beads. The picture below shows our five new Bead Totems and also two Plant Sticks behind them in a lucky bamboo plant.  We have more of both at our Houston store.  The Bead Totems range from 9″ to 11″ tall and are priced at $65.00 to $85.00 each.

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If you look closely at her Bead Totems you’ll find some flat looking beads that she created using a sewing machine bobbin.  Liz drops molten glass around the spool and they become Steam Punk like.  One customer wanted that exact Bead Totem combination to create a necklace, so I told her that the totem can be pulled from the base with a bit of effort.  The only touch of glue was at the very top, so she could pull all the beads off and use them as she wanted.  And she did just that.  She was thrilled that the pole went firmly back into the base and started purchasing other beads to create a brand new totem of her own design.  What a great idea!

Besides making beads, Liz also creates beautiful necklaces.  Sometimes she’ll use her lampwork beads as a focal point.  Sometimes she uses random glass beads.  In the following picture you’ll see samples of both.  All the necklaces below are doubled-up on display necks because of limited space.  They run $60.00 each.

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And if you are interested in her random beads, here are two two trays to peruse.  But they are best seen up close and personal.

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