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Our Trip for Lampworking tools and a bit of Texas!

I'm blogging today about a really great trip my husband and I took 3 hours away to Austin Texas yesterday. This trip was to get my Lampworking tools! A really exciting day for me because I've waited to do this for 3 years. We had such a great time as we haven't ventured out of Houston alot. Probably because we never really knew where to go. Houston's so jam packed with cars on the roads we actually stay at home alot just stay off the roads and heat. Lesson learned=get out and do more things!

Here is a view from the car. We saw so many cows and hill and dale. Meadows and rolling hills but hard to capture from the car so I didn't take anymore from the moving car trying to get to our destination.

We saw this!

We saw lots and lots of corn..rows and rows of it for miles..

We ate here, The restaurant was called 290 named for the Interstate it is on I-290. There were lots of cars here so you know its a good place to eat. Lots of cars=good food! And it was. A charming place too where we also met a British woman with her George Bush look alike husband! It was great fodder as she and my Brit man talked about England..
It's a small world!

Some one I'm sure shot this rattler which was on the wall above out table!

Real quaint huh?!
It had alot of charm..

So we finally got to our destination Blue Moon Glassworks! It was so exciting to drive up to it! I knew what was making supplies, stained glass, PMC kilns, tools galore! The shoppe is located in a lovely area with old Victorian homes and old style homes with white picket fences and rose arbours a really lovely part of Austin. So we finally got to our destination. Blue Moon Glassworks. The owners Jim and Rose Berry were so helpful and such nice people where you don't mind so much parting with your hard earned money! Nothing like hands on to getting exactly the right things you need.

So we walked in and saw this..

A very exciting place!

These pictures are just a small smattering of what the shoppe has..

Here are the Owners Jim and Rose such a charming couple. Don't they take a great picture. He is holding this book which I would love to have about bead making from 30,000 years ago to present. I'd asked him about making beads how do I make some Id seen and liked..but not to copy. He then went and got his book he is holding and said "Janet its all been done before everything you see today many times long ago"! I got his jist! See the bead he is holding? Its the same bead (made by Jim) on the cover made many many many years ago. We all see things we like and we all are influenced and put our own spin our own ideas into what we see..

Some pictures I took they have everything all over..

I immediately spotted Marcy Lambersons torched beads in the pic below. Marcy who lives in Georgia is the Master specializing in people, vikings, Elvis, dogs and cats you name it!

Glass supplies..

Stained glass..

My husband looking at Lampwork tools..

There was a class with Jill Symons teaching. Many happy women torching here. Jim let me take pictures..

In this picture they had cut out copper ? not sure..and were applying it to the lampworked beads in the flame. I loved the blue nail polish btw!

This is what we bought..all of my and Ronald's Lampworking tools. The glass is wrapped in bubble wrap.

My husband was very impressed with the Chili Pepper kiln that was at one time made into a tool box thus you can see now it is made the same way. Fascinating. Here are the hoses and Oxygenator too.

See the Stainless steel table? I saw this older man at Lowe's with it on his truck and he sold it to me for $125.00 not bad! Very thankful at that..

After 5 hours there we hated to go but went home 2 pretty happy shoppers..

We will go back soon and take some more classes. Lampwork is very relaxing to do. When I first ever did it I thought it was a rust rush thing but tis not the case at all.

So I'm out to my finished garage now to sweep and rearrange things. Am I a diva?! I want Rome built in one day! patience Janet patience. I shall slay the Jabberwocky!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Good to see you finally got your equipment. I popped by your virtual home this weekend to see if you had posted. /grin

It sounds like you and your hubby had an all around great experience. Nice, that you found a quaint food place along the way too.

I really enjoy The History of Beadmaking. I purchased it a quite a few years ago. It's nice that they offer classes their too, I imagine those will be a lot of fun.

Congrats on your new Lampworking tools. I cannot wait to see some of the things you make.

Those beads are gorgeous (must stop looking at them or I'll want to buy more beads!.)


Looks like you had a good time.


congrats on getting all your goodies!!! i am so excited for you!
you've given me an idea to experiment with....copper pieces in a lampworked bead?....gotta try that!
thanks for sharing your trip on your blog.
cant wait to see what you make :)


I hope your enjoying your new tools! Have a great day.


Well that was fun! thanks for the's like a candy shop in there! all those colours! i can see why you're over the moon with happiness...

i've done a lot of things, creatively speaking, but I've never worked with glass!
looks like fun though...but I'll leave that talent up to you!

ciao bella
creative carmelina


Sounds like you had a dream day - you spent 5 hours in the shop (!), and I bet it really flew by since you were in your element. The shop looks like it was full of energy and excitement - especially with a master right there teaching a class! You are going down a very exciting path, and I'm happy for you! I'm looking forward to seeing the beginnings of this new chapter...


Thanks for your following Janet. You have an interesting blog, I would like to follow but I don't see a Follow Me widget, but will be back!


How inspiring to follow your gardening. And the roses. Your garden looks super duper nice by the way. i saw some pictures of your lovely house also the other day. I am also into gardening. Tomorrow I might take some photos of my little front garden and post on my blog. It is overly packed this year coz everything is growing aver the boundraries. I will have to divide and move quite a few things later on. I think I will give some away also. We worked a lot on the soil in those little areas before I started putting plants there. And it has paid off as you will see. I planted tomatoes for the first time this year. In 3 big black plastic pots. Not beautiful but I think they will do the job.

Anyway, I have been seeing you around on the blogs I follow, and I am very happy you have decided to become a follower of my blog. You are number 29. I think I will have a giveaway when the 30th sign up. To celebrate I mean. Gosh, I need to start thinking of what it would be. I shall roam around in my stash and put together a soup I think.

All my best, until next time.


Wee sweet friend......I can honestly say I have never been given a snail!! (O:(O:(O:

I can hardly wait to see your creations once you are all set up. I admire anyone who can make jewels.




NYOMOM I would like to have that book! Many ppl say your copying but so much of its been done so long ago already!

Thanks Andrew we had some kinda great time!

Thanks Kim! Hows your lampwork doing these days? Did you get a teacher in yet?

Thx Patti! <3

Carmelia how have you been? Thanks for your compliments! ox

Cindy it was great! Going there in 2 weeks again for a class yey!

Wanda your such a keeper..bless you. Your Mothers recipes are wonderful. So is your Mom too who just went on ahead is all!

Malin your blogs always so intresting..and we love Gaeas beads lol. Spent wayyy too much $ of late on her beads. Must stop looking!

Thank you Miss Jo!

I dont know how I didnt follow up your lovely comments! Thank you guys.


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