Monday, November 24, 2008

Shut it down!

So I am out of glass.

1000 pounds of the stuff is now floating around this world having been teased, tweeked, and twisted by yours truely. It is strange to look back and think about that 1000 pounds of glass. The day that I had to pick it all up and load it in truck seems like forever ago.

I said "That amount of glass will last me like 5 years!"....well it lasted exactly 13 months. That means that I used about 76 pounds of glass a month. Honestly that is not that much when you consider that a pumpkin often times can be a couple pounds of the hard stuff.

So I blew the last bit of glass Sunday night and shut it all down for a bit. Maybe just 2 weeks, maybe more. I am just not sure yet. Granted I have stuff that I need to make next week and I will just rent out the Belmont to do that. I will also have it up and hot before my brother gets here for the holidays as we need to have fun at S3G (Strong Street Studio Glassworks).

So for now we are cold until I catch up on all things that got put on hold making all the crazy glass stuff happen. We need to redo some of the studio for a packing/photo station. We need to get the torch set up for Mini and we need to just kind of put some time into what worked and what did not. It is time to streamline! Well ok that and eat turkey.


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Little self promotion.

Well Molli surprised me with an update to the Strong Street Studio website today. Last night she was working on a flyer to send out for our events that are going to be taking place over the next month before chrismas and I guess she got a little itchy to update the Strong Street Studio site.

Strong Street Studio

She kicked out the flyer and the site in what seemed like a hour. I tell you, lottery winner here.


Monday, November 17, 2008

I am alive..promise.

I have just been very busy. We had the Gulf Coast Arts Festival not long ago and put a few to many hours in making it happen. Not that it was a bad thing, just sucked up a bunch of time but the payoff was fun.

I have been swamped by ornament requests. This is good but I really want to take the ornaments up a notch. When I say that what I mean is that I want to create something that people really can't get thier hands on somewhere else. I want to design and create something that is out of the norm. Now everyone loves the round ornaments and the big wiz bang deal with the round ones is getting them to not be as heavy as a boat anchor. Making a semi round ornament is not a big deal. Making a perfect round ornament while a little harder is not a big deal if you have a lot of glass on the pipe. Making a nice round hand blown glass ornament that weights less than a your shoe...not so easy.

I have texture this year. I have scales. I have ribbons of color. I have had a lot of fun playing around at Strong Street Studio this year. It is really starting to show up on the creations. I can't wait to drop a couple of them on etsy because the pumpkins are really starting to sell. I think these might be a big hit.


Monday, November 10, 2008

Shipping prizes today.

So I have everyones addy and I plan to pack and ship all the prizes today when I get home while the equipment is heating up.

It also seems that the Etsy store is taking off as I have sold I believe it is 4 things off the Etsy site. I think that is enough to say that it is a workable way to sell some of my stuff. We plan to start adding more things as we get pictures of them.

Neil and I rebuilt the pnumatic door at the Belmont Arts Center this weekend just in time to host all the artist from the Greater Gulf Coast Arts Festival. Which was a smashing success for the Belmont to raise needed funds to stay open.

Ok, that is it...back to work or I will never get out of here in time to pack and ship!



Saturday, November 1, 2008

And the Winners are....

Thanks to everyone who participated in our contest! The turnout was fantastic - you guys rock.

We tallied up the entries - if you commented more than once, we only counted your first comment. There were a total of 70 original votes.

First prize from the random number generator goes to:

Congrats Mike! Send us an email with your mailing address and we'll get your pumpkin on it's way!

Second prize, the person with the most referrals (this was a close one!):
Congrats Angel's Mind!

Third prize, there was actually a three way tie!
Karmic Kitchen, Jewels & Becauseican

All three of you will recieve a Red Stripe glass.

If you won a prize please send us an email at scott [at] novota [dot] [com] containing your mailing address. Please resend if you already did my spam filters where on "kill everything" this morning!

Don't forget we still have pumpkins for sale in the etsy shop right here. We will be adding more soon as well as some ornaments!

Thanks to all who participated - we had fun!

The end is Near

Ok kids, contest is over. Results coming soon.

Stay tuned...

Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween!

Results will be posted Monday Afternoon.