Saturday, October 30, 2010

Fall colors everywhere at our campsite (6 word Saturday)

Fall Colors Everywhere at our Campsite

This past week we took our brand new camper out on what will probably be our last camping event of the season.  We headed up north in our state to a wonderful camping area at Hammond Lake.  It is run by the 
Army Corp of Engineers and the area was developed as a result of flooding back in the 1970s.

The fall colors were beginning to disappear but enough left to make the scenery in the campsite lovely.
and because it was late in the season there were not very many campers so it was lovely and peaceful.
Here are a few other pictures I took of the area around us.
 This picture, which was taken by my husband, shows across the lake.  You can see the reflections of the trees above in the lake below.  Because it was so still you can see them pretty clearly.
Another picture of reflections.  This was across a little inlet.  The pavilion was for picnics.  I imagine it is very busy and full in summer months.

Just up the lane from where we camped we had the pleasure of looked at these wonderful Maple trees in Full color!  They almost glowed.

We will no doubt go back to Hammond Lake next year.  It is such a great place.  But for now we can just enjoy all the pictures that we took and relive the moments there.

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Corning Glass Museum

Due to traveling and also selling our old camper I did not work on my new miniature bookstore at all.  Hope to have something to show next Friday............  but meanwhile......................

This past week we were fortunate enough to go to the Corning Glass Museum in Corning, NY.   What an amazing display of Glass from over 4500 years

When you enter the museum you are first greeted by this beautiful sculpture.  Each of the tendrils is a separate piece of blown glass.

Next you enter the modern glass exhibit, a section of incredible glass pieces donated to the museum by one man.   He had collected for years. There were pictures of his New York (I think) apartment filled with the items before he donated them. I can't remember his name but you can probably learn it on the site.  I am just showing a couple of pieces that were our favorites.  

After we left that section of the museum we began to see older and also ancient glass.  Some of the pieces were from as far back as 2500BC.  I was stunned at the quality of the work considering they had no tools like we do today..

These are a few pieces that were old though I neglected to write down info on them.  They are mosaics and pieces made by making canes of glass and cutting them into designs for the mosaics.  Much like we do in Polymer clay today.
And those of us who love beads and occasionally do beadwork, here is a picture of a basket.  The card said it was made by "amateurs."  Would love to have seen what the professionals could do.  Click on the picture to see a LOT more detail.

After we left the museum part we visited the Hot Glass blowing demonstration.  Impressive is an understatement.  The real surprise is that we won  the door prize drawing....  it was a vase they made a few days earlier.  At first glance it just looks like an ordinary vase but when you see it in person you can see evidence of the blown work and where it was "broken" off of the work stick or what ever they call it at the bottom.. We were so pleased to win it.

After all this was over we went down to what they call the glass market....  lots of stuff to buy.  Some rather pricey I might add.

These were all hand blown pumpkins.  But pricey at $50 to $80 a piece.  Nice to look at though.

We did not spend much in the glass market, just some coke glasses to use in our camper. They were on the half price shelf......

After leaving the museum we had to go out into the rain.  Fortunately there was a shuttle bus to take us to the parking lot.  It will take a while to take in all that we saw that day.  Well worth the visit if you are ever in the area!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tea cup Tuesday #10

Here is another teacup from the shop.  This one is bone china and handpainted.
 I like the almost scalloped edge of the cup top and bottom.
 The painted out numbers are mark of the person that did the painting.
I do not know the definition of "fine grade."