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Garden Bee and Poppy 2020

One of our clients often closes her messages with a Buzzzzzz notation which prompted us to design a rod poppy with a bumble bee attached as a gift to her.

This is another design to our Garden collection of plant pokes.

Design by Flory & Bob Wilkins

More Prairie Lanterns 2020

Here are 3 more of our Prairie Style Lanterns. The first one has multi-colored glass. The 2nd one various yellows, golds and some Bullseye Fracture/Streamers and the last one various blues.

Original Design by Carolyn Kyle and Chuck with modified somewhat by Bob & Flory Wilkins

Many more lantern designs can be found in their book Lanterns for Home and Garden

Garden Butterfly & Poppy

We were asked by our granddaughter Poppy if we could make a Garden Poppy with a Butterfly for her teacher. From her suggestion we came up this design of a Poppy flower, with a small Butterfly attached.

With a rod attached this is another enhancement to our Garden collection of rod Butterflies, Dragonflies, Frogs and Ladybugs.

Design by Flory & Bob Wilkins

Prairie Lanterns 2020

We decided to make one of these Prairie Style Lanterns. They measure approximately 9 1/2 inches high by 6 inches. The sides have numerous openings and the lid lifts off for votive and candle access. For a quiet evening family supper they add great ambiance to the dinner table.

For the base we used some very old 1/4 inch mirror glass which adds much more stability and strength to the lantern. In addition we attached vinyl feet to the bottom of the lantern so it would not scratch furniture.

We showed the first one to our 6 kids and their significant others to see if they would like them and their answers were a resounding yes. The first one is ours and the other 2 shown went to Leduc, Alberta. The glass colors used depend upon the colors requested by our various family members. We now are working on making 4 more of these with many varied colored combinations.

Original Design by Carolyn Kyle and Chuck Berets modified somewhat by Flory & Bob Wilkins

Many more designs can be found in their book Lanterns for Home and Garden

Delicate Arch – Utah Arches National Park 2000

When we retired in 1999 we lived in our 5th wheel trailer, travelling for some 2 + years. We spent our winters in Utah, Nevada, California and Arizona. On our trip south in 2000 we enjoyed a week at Moab Utah and toured Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.

Delicate Arch is one of the wonders of the world. To get to it you have to hike approximately 3 miles one way, with an elevation gain of 480 feet/146 meters, no shade on an open slickrock surface with some exposure to heights.

That fall we first stayed at Valle Del Oro RV Resort in Mesa Arizona and in November the Arizona Republic published an article about Delicate Arch which included the picture below. It was from this picture that we transposed it into a stained glass design. Our panel design measures approximately 14 inches wide x 10 inches high.

We were fortunate to have been able to locate this beautiful sandstone colored glass which closely matches the color of the arch. Because of the current virus situation in our world we now have the time to delve into the archives and hidden spots of our studio where we have found this and other interesting pieces and design patterns, some of which will be made and eventually find their way to our website.

It was a beautiful day in October 2000 when we hiked up to Delicate Arch. The 3 mile one way hike was not a problem because in the winter of 1999 – 2000 we hiked some 450 miles in the high Sonoran Desert around Phoenix, Mesa, Apache Junction etc. We were fortunate enough to climb to the top of Superstition Mountain, Picacho Peak as well as other lesser peaks during the winters of 1999 to 2001.

Design by Bob & Flory Wilkins

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