Wednesday, May 30, 2012


We filled our first wholesale order for "Decenni," in Santa Monica.  They picked up a supply of our glass bottle pendant lamps to sell in their showroom on Main Street.  Pretty darned exciting!

In the mean time, we're ramping up our design studio, with over a dozen cool images so far, for our customizable luminaries.  We placed  a few out on the floor with some great success.  Custom orders are being filled and someone came in today with a request for her company's holiday party centerpieces.  I think we're on to something.

Monday, a former student of my Wine Bottle Pendant Lamp class will be bringing in her guitar case so that I can help her fashion it into a wall cabinet.  I actually get paid to do this?  I'm pinching myself!

It's off to the post office to mail another lamp to an online customer in Pennsylvania!  Happy week after Memorial Day!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Great Week at Heirloom

We've been burning the midnight oil over here in Claremont, California, designing the artwork for our upcoming line of customizable luminaries.  They've been such a hit, so we're taking it up a notch.  If you want to see what we're talking about, visit our web page for more pics and info.

Also, we received a call from an upscale furniture store in Santa Monica that is interested in carrying our Wine Bottle Pendant Lamps in their showroom.

There must be something in the air because we'll be unveiling our line of lamps at Renegade, as well.  In the meantime. the fountains are on parade with a couple of different styles that we'll be rolling out in the upcoming weeks.  Here's the original design with some striking white rocks.  Great contrast, eh?

We just finished cutting some new bottles.  Aren't these super cool? 

Tabletop hurricane glass for tea light candles made from the tops of FUGU Vodka bottles.  That's a picture of a blowfish on the backside of the glass.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Pushing Forward.

Mother's Day was off the hook, here at the store.  Since we haven't done this whole "owning a retail store" thing, we're experiencing growing pains every step of the way for our first year.  Mother's Day is kind of like Christmas.  Who knew?  But, we survived.

Coming up next, we've got a sold out crowd on Sunday for Becky's Sewing 101 class.  Now, that's pretty cool.  Glad we can be of service to all the folks who have been using their sewing machines to prop up their record collections in their closet.  In the mean time, we're gearing up for the fountain class this Saturday.

It's new for us, so some prep work must be done.  We have to waterproof the wood trays and let them cure for a few days.

We also just finished a bunch of cool glasses from wine and liquor bottles.  We just love making these things.  You never know what you're going to find when you hunt for bottles.  There always seems to be a new kind of glass to make.

And then in our spare time, we're doing more custom luminaries along with a catalog of customizable designs.  Designing our booth for the Renegade Craft Fair is a new challenge.  It never ends!  Stay tuned!

Friday, May 11, 2012


We've been accepted to participate in the juried Renegade Craft Faire in July.  This is part of the faire's visit to Los Angeles.  Next, they'll be off to Chicago, San Francisco and a few other cities around the country.  It's a really fun time, as there are food trucks, lots of cool handmade items for sale, and even some activity booths.  Look for heirloom in L.A. at the end of July.

Also, we just finished some more custom luminarias - an order that the elementary school at Claremont McKenna College will give to its staff.

If you haven't gotten your Mom anything for Mother's Day, we'll guarantee that she'll love anything handmade that you can make on the fly, here at the store.  Hurry down and we'll set you up!  You can make a card like this one with the help of our die-cut machine.