Thursday, October 23, 2008

Contest Time!

It's that time again - Contest time!

We have lots of prizes this time so make sure to spread the word. Here are the rules:

Prize #1: - Medium Orange Pumpkin

Leave a comment on this blog entry and you'll automatically be entered to win. At the end of the contest we will use a random number generator to pick the winner. Simple as that!

Prize #2: - Small Pumpkin

If you post a link on your blog about our contest, tell your readers to state that they were referred by you. The person with the most referrals will win a prize.

Prize #3: - Red Stripe Glass

The person with the second most referrals will win a prize also!

There will also be one, maybe two suprise prizes during the contest so stay tuned!

Shipping will be paid by me. At the end of the contest I will contact the winners to get your shipping info.

Spread the word, contest ends Halloween (10/31) - Midnight!




Pre-contest pictures...of the albino white pumpkin.

I made a bunch of these Albino White Pumpkins this year and they where a big hit. This one is a custom order and that is why it is not for sale at my Etsy Store. You know me I will make more.

Ok this is just a post so the person that wanted one could see it. I admit it! Contest is coming today!
As a side note I will be teaching a starter class at the Belmont Art Center tonight. Watch out I am about to start and glass blowing army...I kid...sort of.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Glass Pumpkin Contest

Ok guys I am gearing up for the contest. Just a quick over view before I make it offical.

#1. If you send people here to the contest make sure they list it in the comments that you sent them so you are in the running for the "Hey I sent them here" part of contest.

#2. I will pay all the shipping on the contest winners prize. So they don't need to worry about a gotcha...I don't work that way.

#3. The contest will run for 2 weeks. I will give a "mini-prize" out twice while the contest is happening. It has to do with your guesses, but not th main prize. I am sneaky like that.

#4. There will be a 1st and 2nd prize this time with mini-prizes. I will post the pre-show on the prizes tomorrow.

#5. If you don't guess you can't win.

Ewww....this is such fun.


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Look....Over there Glass Pumpkins!

MiniMolli surprised me today to let me know that she plugged up the Etsy shop. We have about 5 pumpkins for sale right. If these move we will start putting up more.

I also have plans for a contest but I have to figure out what, where, when and how. Very soon...very soon.

Anyway, Mini rocks. The online Glass Pumpkin Patch has started.


Friday, October 10, 2008

Online Glass Pumpkin Patch

The time is coming. Last night we took a group of pictures with some of our pumpkins. I also plan to have a contest around the Online Pumpkin Patch as well. I am thinking 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes this time.

So get ready kids because I love having contests. It is my raison d'etre! Ok I kid, I do like them but maybe not that much.

I plan to start the contest over the weekend and have the pictures and prices up as well.



Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The Unknown Pumpkin Warrior.

As most of you know I have been really hitting the pumpkins this year. What you may or may not know is that I have a secret pumpkin warrior. The tireless sentinal that keeps me moving forward. MiniMolli is that secret pumpkin princesses. The planning, the prep, the food, the drinks, supervisor of sales, tagging pumpkins, cleaning pumpkins, setting up the shop, the yard, the house...the list just goes on and on and on! She worked as hard or harder to pull everything together and I got the lions share of the praise.

I am hear to tell you behind everything that I do, will do, or have done for the last 9 years this woman has been pushing me up the hill the whole time. She picks me up when I am down. She washes me off when I fall into a pit of self loathing, and she gets so little credit that I sometimes don't have the words to offer because it sounds so corny.

I am not sure how to say this so I will just throw it out there.

I love you. You are my favorite person. I could never do this without you. Thank you.


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Glass Pumpkins

Someone asked me today if there was still going to be a market for my glass pumpkins next year. I kind of figured that was and interesting question. I often wonder if I am going to saturate my local market to the point that my glass pumpkins will need to venture way from home to live a fruitful life of luxury on top of a table in some far away land. I did not know how to answer them so I asked the people that buy my pumpkins.

The answer seems to be two fold. First off they had told me they like to buy at least one every year, they are collecting them at this point. Which I find to be very cool. Second, and more interesting is that they give them away as gifts at Christmas. Which is awesome! Third and even more interesting in the glass pumpkin debate is that friends and family kind of borrow them. I have one friend that told me she does not have a single pumpkin out of 8 the she has purchased over the last 3 years. They either are given away as presents, taken by family, or GASP! resold. That last one caught me off guard.

Apparently there is a secondary market for my pumpkins. I have no idea if they made a profit as I was a little stuned by the admission they they resold them. Now I have to know.....Black Market Pumpkins(BMPs)...has a nice ring to it.


Monday, October 6, 2008

Phase 1 of Pumpkin Patach complete, Phase 2 starting soon.

The 2nd Annual Pensacola Glass Pumpkin Patch is over. It was an great success! We had such a wonderful group of people show up and support my ever addicting habit. I would also like to thank every one of my friends that came to support me. Fred was holding down the bar so well I think that I have found his retirement plan. Kelly, Lisa, and Jenny where the Pumpkin Princesses checking everyone out and honestly have no idea how they handled that many people with such grace. Kendal was behind the bar with Fred schooling him on how to open a beer with a surfboard leash, who even knew you could do that?

Most of all Molli and my Brother Ryan. Without them this would not have happened in the scope that it did. I can't even go into how much they helped. It was as much their Pumpkin Patch as mine. In fact I have spent the last couple of days trying to figure out the exactly how I am going to thank them.

The party actually went off without a hitch this year and I am sad and happy at the same time. I am gearing up to make a set of online pumpkin for sale here, etsy, and maybe e-bay. Have not figured out exactly how I am going to do it just yet but it is in the works. So hold on, they are coming!



Saturday, October 4, 2008

On like Donkey Kong!

2 am and we just got done tagging about 90% of the pumpkins.

Displays are built.

Pumpkins are ready....all 475 of them!

Going to get about 5 hours in the sack and wake up and hit it hard to finish up everything before 1pm.

This has been a long haul this time.

Ok shower, drink, that exact order of the next 10 minutes.

Cheers, wish me luck and if your here in town I will see you tomorrow. If not, well hell just wish me luck.


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Gearing up!

Ok so we are gearing for the Glass Pumpkin Party! Pieces are starting to fall into place and about the only thing that is really giving me a hard time right now is my grass. It looks like someone forgot to water it and I have no idea who that would be.

Other than that everything right now is going pretty good. The garage door got replaced with swinging barn doors with windows. Very cool I might add. The acrons are looking really smart. Got my display supplies in place to be built on Thursday. Plenty of pumpkins! The only thing that Ryan and I have left to make is a handfull of the Christmas stuff that people where asking for last year.

Having my brother Ryan here this year to help has really taken a lot of the stress out of it this year. Not only do I have anouther set of experienced glass blowing hands helping me he is also making his own to sell. His pumpkins look different than mine because he learned to blow glass in a different shop, with different people, so his pumpkins have a different approach. I personally think that they are pretty damn cool. He calls them bird nest pumpkins and when you see one you would understand why he calls them that. I am going to try to give him some time tonight to really get a good number of them out so that he has a good showing at the party.

Only 3 more days and the clock she is ticking.....