Wednesday, October 5, 2011

blogged but not forgotten

this might be the most amazing thing you will see all day

special thanks to Meredith Edmondson and her niece (pictured here) Maddy!
if you see something cuter in the world please share it with me, cause i think this is it :)

Meredith i really hope i get to see you again at Pilchuck Glass School!

to my faithful blog viewers, i'm sorry for such a blog hiatus! i have stacks of photos from lovely people that are waiting for me, but i have to be honest, i was securing a new mustache ride (oops i meant car) and spent the past month and a week on craigslist. blech! but worth it. photos to come...

p.s. does anyone know anyone famous so i could give them a glass mustache? that would be awesome!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Moustache Monocle by Mame

I have to admit, the last few weeks, I've been having a slight existential crisis. I am back from the best vacation ever at Pilchuck and travels throughout the Pacific Northwest. I also finally finished watching 'Six Feet Under.' Spoiler alert: Saddest most real ending to a series ever. And I mean EVER. 90210 had nothing on this Jenny!

Jennifer Garner is the most creative person I know, hands down. I mean, all you have to do is check out this photo she sent me! Out of control. She is the first person who asked me about making a monocle to go along with her mustache. Check out more of her work here. She is currently living and working in Connecticut, but she and I have been friends since our freshman year of college in Philadelphia. Jen I wish you still lived in Hawaii! Not a day goes by that I don't miss you.

So my friend Jennifer Garner hates her name these days, as everywhere she goes, people make idiotic (I'm assuming) comments about how there is an actress with the same name.
I wonder what name she will pick! I have to say I'm partial to Mimi only because that's what I used to call my Grandma when I couldn't say Leona.

Anyways, Jen, I hope the mustache and the monocle are helping you with your identity crisis, and that we get to talk soon to compare crises.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Caution: Drinking wine may lead to superfunny behavior!

These two, lord have mercy

Sarah E. Calhoun Perry I'm so glad that the artwork I make is part of your good time! You and your friend Karin Parkhurst (on left) are some fun fun girls! Mad props for good times on Oahu.

Oh! and P.S.

a unicorn horn in your favorite colors will be coming your way at an upcoming Artfest!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Moustache March!!!

it's time to class this place up a bit, perhaps with some professional photos yes?

Shouts out to Tom Richards and to Palmer Photography for the images in this post! These Tahoe boys decided to see how much facial hair they could grow during the month of March. Let me rephrase...Tahoe MEN *fans self*

this guy's even got the flavor saver to harness the power of that bagel!

Tom the camera just loves you and your friends!

You're welcome ladies, you're welcome.
And I swear my next post will include staches of the glass variety!

nothin like the real thing...

so there i was, minding my own business while trying to sell glass mustaches at the Haleiwa Farmer's Market, when suddenly the best stache i've ever seen walked by! it all happened so fast i guess, that i didn't even catch this gentleman's name, but his moustache is of the most epic proportions.

must share ;)

look ma no hands on this here handlebar!

how come some people can hold the mustache up with no hands while others get awkward and hold it upside down, etc. could this be called "moustache dexterity?" i would like to award Sean Farnum for the most skills so far in this category. what a cutie!

Thanks Sean for showing off your skillset, and to the amazing Amy Farnum for sharing this image with me!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

glass moustache takes kailua by storm

because really, ladies night should always include a glass moustache!

hood up stache up

electrical storms are so rare out here in hawaii, but lately it's been all thunder and lightening, waterspouting and hailing, tornado watching and flash flood warning, but don't worry. we decided to brave the elements and ladies night actually left the building to check out the kailua nightlife.
it was good!
i might even say crazy storms = crazy fun! fun seems like the word i am using the most these complaints :)

Extra thanks to this random gentleman, Denise Hevicon, Sharon Suzuki, and always to Mabby McDiarmid for sharing the stache love!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Because, really, who can resist the charms of Leo...

I don't want the other men in my life to get jealous or disappointed, but it may be time for me to come clean. I'm in love with Leo Decker!

Can you blame me? He's just so darn handsome, and good with kids, and loyal, and well what else could I ask for? I mean sure it would be nice if he could provide for me but let's get real. I live in Hawaii where most men are more into surf than work! Mom I swear I'm not settling, I swear!

The best part about Leo is that there's enough of him to go around. Plus I'm not the jealous type, I realize that such awesomeness must be shared! And now others are in love with him too, for example, the lovely Butler family from Michigan discovered him this past weekend at Artfest Waikiki.

Thankfully, Leo didn't completely steal the show. Phew! He left them alone for at least a short moment so that they could discover the glass artwork that I make. These kids are too cute for words! And they had a blast with the glass moustache!

Meet Olivia:


and Joel:

Cutest kids in the world! An extra special thanks goes out to their mom, Stephanie Butler, for sending along these photos. Enjoy the rest of your vacation and we'll hope to see you back in Hawaii soon!

And any chance I get I give a shout out to the Deckers...Katie and Meghan thanks for bringing Leo out for a visit. Much love always!!

Deep thoughts with Sara E. Calhoun Perry

Sara Calhoun Perry you left me in stitches when you posted up these photos! How funny are you with your facial expressions :-{D

Inspector (-ess) Clue-so?

Sara is a very talented artist herself, who exhibits her handcrafted magical boxes at Artfest Waikiki one weekend per month. Our mutual love for the magical and whimsical is quite a strong bond, and I daresay she is quite a muse! I just got done working in my studio where I made my first ever UNICORN HORN! Sara offered me the great idea of a horn on a long chain that can be held up to the forehead, much like how the glass mustache is held up to that lovely space between the nose and the mouth. Spaces on the face that are just begging for embellishment. Sara, thank you for helping me fill that space. You rock!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Kailua's Next Top Model!!!

A special thank you to Marissa Mackay who lives in Kailua, originally from upstate New York! This girl has got it going on...

I am 100% in love with the straw fedora / glass moustache / haute look combination, so much in fact that the ball is now rolling for my first ever fashion photo shoot! Marissa mentioned that she modeled and might be interested in trading some shots for glass jewelry and suddenly the wheels start turning in my head...I sure do know some talented folks!
Thanks Marissa, for being such an inspiration. I will be in touch about this photo shoot soon.
And may I just say that the Lanikai Craft Faire was a wonderful success...and the cheeseburger from Kailua Pub afterwards was the best reward!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

if you've ever lost faith in humanity, this blog post might restore it

every once in a while i come across a kind of magic with what i do, connecting with people about art, and witnessing as others connect too. it's the best!

Nora (pictured on the left) is such a sweet girl, who i met at the I Love Kailua Town Party where i was selling my artwork. it was a very busy day but i noticed her and her family because they seemed quite taken with my artwork. she absolutely adored the glass moustache!

Jan Drake (pictured on the right), a visitor from Seattle, was waiting patiently for my attention as i helped the adults who were with Nora to make their selections. can you believe that he bought her that moustache? and one for himself! what a generous and random act of kindness. her smile was from ear to ear and i felt so lucky to see two people grow from strangers into friends within a matter of minutes.

thank you Jan! your generous spirit just shines.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

from the great lakes over that big lake

is it possible that a little boy in Ann Arbor, Michigan, could make my day when i'm all the way across a giant ocean? awesome.

this photo was sent my way by my dear friend, Carrie Mood, who currently works at the Ann Arbor Art Center Gallery Shop. she told me that this little boy was so in love with the moustache pendants i make that he had to make his own out of paper! how exciting to feel like an inspiration to future artists! thank you Carrie, you have no idea how good this made me feel!!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

why i love selling art to artists

because, quite honestly who else will write you a note on scrap wood?

Vivian Chiu, you pretty much made my day. I will repair a moustache for you and your boyfriend anytime! Thanks for sharing that creativity right back, now I have something new for my inspiration wall!

Friday, April 15, 2011

The Glass Stache Takes First Friday by Storm!

As is the nature of most blogs, here we go with the narcissism! My apologies in advance for posting up photos of myself, but this was the most fun night and I have to blame the photography skills of the amazing Lan Thai for making me look good...or maybe it's just the glass stache ;)

So I have this theory that it's all about the props! Sometimes I get shy and can't bust them out, but it was First Friday, when all of the galleries in the Arts District of Honolulu aka Chinatown stay open late and there's pretty much always an epic street party going on by the end of the night. Needless to say my Elmer Fudd hat and glass stache created a little bit of a stir. I'm telling you, PROPS ROCK!! The right people will talk to you. I swear. Example: After next week, you might even be able to find some of my artwork available at that hot new spot Bwareville on Smith Street! I'll keep you posted...

In the meantime you can see that lovely ladies ^^^

distinguished gentlemen^^^
simply FLOCK to the glass moustache.

Have fun out there kids! As for me, I'm staying in this weekend. This vog (volcanic smog for those of you not in Hawaii) has really got me down. Plus I've already stirred up enough trouble this month!
Oh I almost forgot, I do have something on the schedule. Hope to see you at the I Love Kailua Town Party this Sunday, where the glass moustache pendant will be on display from 11 to 4, and rumor has it you might get to meet the artist if you stop by!

Monday, March 28, 2011

i call it BLUE STEEL

I'm thinking this is it, I made it...finally there is a local celebrity rockin the glass moustache!

Meet Steven Parker.

Not only is he doing a fabulous job as a male model as evidenced by the above photo, but he is in film too! You absolutely should not miss 'One Kine Day,' and if you don't believe me then check out the trailer here. Steven Parker that mustache you're sporting around 1:51 minutes in is to die for! I might have to hit pause and make a whole new design based on it.

In the meantime though Kailua people should get very excited starting now. The glass moustache is available right here in town! Steve's family owns an amazing shop right on Hamakua Drive, Lanikai Home + Style. They have a fabulous collection of everything I want so please keep this in mind if you want to buy me presents. Oh and probably you might like it too :)

FYI, just updated my website with two other new galleries...
Ann Arbor Art Center Gallery Shop in Michigan and Pele Signatures in Waikiki.
Look out, world!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

moustache ride with me...on a celebrity cruise!

This is from a few years back at Indigo in Chinatown...what a fun event!
Celebrity Cruise had hired me to blow glass at a private party to promote their Blow Glass at Sea program. We had so much fun! Can you tell?

That handsome man in the center gave the glass moustache some major competition! Thanks to Mabby McDiarmid and Debi Fontes for being some serious arm candy.
It's a framer!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

a total gem

Jessie Bean Goodman, even your name is priceless!
I was just rummaging through my computer and came up with this beauty, that you sent me so many moons ago.

The purse strap, the finger tattoo, the amazing glass moustache monocle; there's a million ways to conjure up a stache. But this photo, while reminiscent of dreams of being incognito at family gatherings, reminds me of my very first moustache, discovered in a bout of silliness with my brother around the time that we would have been starting grade school.

The simple beauty of long hair and its possibilities are endless. One can even section off two chunks at the front of one's head, wrap them symmetrically along the edge of the face for a criss cross effect under the nose, secured in place by an extremely kissable pouted set of lips.
Because who wouldn't want to kiss someone with a moustache!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

the fanny pack mafia

I got lucky enough to run into my baby girl Shelly OBrien the other night! And Talia! Wow, life is good. Anyways, Mardi Gras reminded me of another awesome street fair and I do believe this photo was from Halloween Chinatown Honolulu 2 years ago?

Doesn't Shelly make a fabulous artiste?
This was Shelly's second moustache, the first one met an untimely demise...I do recollect getting a new phone and receiving this the first text message from an unknown number that went a little something like this:
"Hola, mustache down! Something something about doing the worm at a party and a broken stache and new scars."
Needless to say I gave her a discount :)

And if you are just a random bystander and not Shelly, do know that the glass moustache is definitely made of glass and can break. I run all of the pieces I create through an annealing cycle in a kiln, which makes the pieces more durable, but accidents do happen. Not to worry! If you save the pieces, I can fix the stache for a minimal fee. And if you don't have the pieces, I will give you a discount on one that is brand spankin new.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

even in japan!

yeah Kim!!!

Ooh so exciting to hear from friends as far away as Japan who are rockin the glass moustache! Kimberly McKinnis is kinda rockin my world right now.
Hope to be glass schoolin with you this summer!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

down under stache?

i spy...

someone in a very good disguise...hmmm katie plunkard is that really you? and are you really blowing glass in australia these days??? i miss you fun friend! had to give you a shout out, especially because if my memory is correct, you were the first person to buy a glass moustache at the pilchuck auction all of those years ago.

see what you started ;)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

hoping your magical morning starts with a sweet stache!

How adorable is Annie Suite! This fresh faced photo was actually taken earlier today...because of the unbelievable support of friends.

This morning, Nilma Hunter showed my work at the Hawaii Kai Farmers' Market and tomorrow she is showing a small selection at the Haleiwa Farmers' Market. Neither of these markets would even exist without the fine organization and expertise of Annie Suite and Pamela Boyar. These two ladies have single-handedly transformed the market scene here on Oahu, by jurying in the artisans and working with local farmers, bakers, and chefs to ensure a top quality experience.
Just saying, where else can you pick up a fresh coconut to drink, the best summer rolls EVER at Happy's Hawaii, fruits and veggies at reasonable prices, and fun indulgences, like the glass moustache!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Oh yes of course I intended for the glass moustache to be social commentary on the paradigm shift of gender roles. Of course.

I wish I could take credit for the above image. I have no idea who to give credit to! Funniest thing anyone's ever sent me. I'll just have to credit my little sis for passing it along to me. Thanks again to the amazing Rebecca Landau!

I don't know how to properly introduce you to this kitteh. First of all, I don't know which one it is. Funny story:
My sister and her roommate got two kittens this past fall and named them after Peter Pan characters, Peter and Wendy. Well I guess when the kittehs were little their junk was microscopic. Ends up the one they named Wendy was a boy and the one they named Peter was a girl. Oops!
And this concludes my extremely deep post about gender roles and confusion. Much luck and love to Generation XYZ!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Origin of the Bustache

Jenny!!! Why is this picture so tiny? Meh!
Are you being shy?

I have no problem bragging for you, maybe that'll help you get over this shy little moment. So Jennifer Wilson is quite possibly one of the funniest people I know. The first time we met, she pounced on the glass moustache and wouldn't let go. Now that's flattering considering how many art shows Jenny goes to and organizes and how many amazing glass artists she knows. Yes folks, she is the one who originally coined the term "bustache," taking into account where the moustache settles in when it's not in use. As if her sisters need any embellishment!
So, to summarize, Jenny is well traveled, talented, successful, has an excellent sense of humor, great taste, and natural beauty.
Jenny will be visiting out here in Hawaii for the Soft Flex Glass Art & Bead Show that she organizes, which will take place upstairs at Ward Warehouse on March 4th, 5th, and 6th. I'm hoping to be well enough to do the show too, so stop by and see us if you're in Honolulu that weekend! You shouldn't miss Jenny's creative glass designs!!

Although I might break a tooth, next time can we trade? I'm dying for a candy necklace!

I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Emma Gerard at Pilchuck a few years back. She is a wonderful artist herself, who recently developed a yummy looking glass candy jewelry line. She stays busy doing a lot of the bigger art shows in Canada and the US. That's right people she's from Canada! The glass moustache is international baby!

Doesn't she look like a hipster woodland sprite? Isn't she gorgeous? Does anyone else find it confusing that the ladies all look extra fine with a glass moustache?