Hand Blown Ornament Fun

Hi everyone!
Did you have a fabulous weekend?
I hope so!

We had a fabulous, fun, COLD weekend.

Saturday, we had a SUPER lazy morning… like BIG TIME lazy.
We slept in and then we both stayed in bed playing with our new phones.
Then once we finally got out of bed and got ready, Travis started putting up lights outside.
We then ran out and did more Christmas shopping and got so close to being done.
Once we came home, I made some lasagna for dinner and we enjoyed the night together drinking some wine staying warm from the snow outside.

Sunday, we did something that was SO COOL or should I say hot?!
We went up to Louisville to a place called Louisville Glass Works and made our own blown glass ornaments. It was so fun!
Here are some pictures of our trip.

Here is our glass artist heating up the rod before getting the glass.

After he got the molten glass out, he dipped it into colored glass pieces in the color of our choosing. I choose a yellow, which he put on first stuck it back in the fire and then came back and added the second color, a light blue.

Once both colors were melted he began to shape it.

He put a little a little air into the rod to get a slight bubble started and shape it more.

Ornament starting to form.

Time to blow up my ornament!
This was actually harder than you may think. He moves the rod as you blow so you have to contently move back and forth, keeping your lips tight over the end of the rod, blowing a constant, steady blow, all while trying to listen to him for directions!

But I made it and it didn’t break!

Here’s my ornament right after I made it waiting for him to create the hoop for the hook.

He then went and got more glass and pressed it onto the top of the glass and shaped it to create the hoop where you place the hook. I love it! He then placed it in an oven so it cools slowly and doesn’t break.

Travis’ turn! He picked orange and blue for his ornament.


It’s forming!

How cool is that?!

Travis ornament complete!
As we were standing here waiting for the artist to finish it, a lady walked up watching her ornament finish. She commented on how big ours was because her’s was so little compared to ours! I guess we are full of hot air! lol

Adding the hoop.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t take our ornaments home with us that day. I choose to have them mailed to us when they are ready so when we get them and they are on our tree, I will share them with all of you.

I highly recommend trying this some time if you have some place in your area. It is so neat to do it and watch the artists work!

Once we were done, we bought a couple things in the shop and finished our Christmas shopping!
Well… almost finished. I still have to finish Travis.

So what did you do this weekend?!

Oh… And don’t forget the Holiday Open House will be going again on Wednesday with your living room and other rooms you decorate decor!

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  • Em
    December 6, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    That looks like so much fun! I went to a place like that outside Venice while I was there – I watched them make a horse. But we didn't get to help. 🙂 Your ornaments are beautiful!

  • Kim
    December 6, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    That is pretty awesome, I've never seen DIY glass blowing before. What fun keepsakes those will be.

  • Debbie
    December 7, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Cool! Ahh to be young again, no kids, staying in bed til whenevs….ENJOY it!!~ I love the ornaments.

  • Vittle me this...
    December 7, 2010 at 2:43 am

    that is amazing! lovely photos!

  • Mandy [Mandipidy]
    December 7, 2010 at 3:52 am

    What a neat experience!! I'll definitely have to see if the shops around here offer anything like that! :]

  • Christina
    December 8, 2010 at 2:47 am

    How fun! I don't know of any places around here that offer that…but maybe I should look now 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • AllMich
    December 9, 2010 at 5:19 am

    Thanks everyone! You should definitely see if there is something like this in your area! I just received our ornaments in the mail today and they are fabulous! I'll share them next week!