Sunday, May 23, 2010

Vote for Wormy´s best Story!

On a rainy sunday on may 9th, Wormy asked his fans to write him a story, people would love, so he shall never be a nobody again. Here are the contributions. Till May 31th you can vote for your favourite. The winner will get these unique handcrafted glass pendant with silverchain, one of the Voters the next feature on this blog for his/her website, blog, shop or whatever he/she choose and Wormy his forever home to live. :-)



I am a worm. Everyone thinks worms are gross, but I am here to tell you it just isn't so! Worms are very hardworking and noble creatures - Just think! Without worms, water wouldn't drain from the fields, rotten plants and animals wouldn't decompose.. And, I make sure your apples are the very best by testing them before you even buy them!
I am a very smart worm, too! I have two brains. Think thats crazy? Earthworms are the most loving creatures on Earth! Know why? They have five hearts!
Even though you think I am slimy and gross, I am wonderful, necessary, and fascinating.



Once I lived life as a free worm, leaving my casts upon lawns across the land, until that fateful day. It was very early - the best times for worms, as you well know - when I slithered forth, only to be snatched up by a shimmering blue dragon. I was carried across the forests and castles of Germany to be deposited unceremoniously on a workbench. "Ah, another a fine specimen," came that cold, crystal voice, and here I am, forever entombed in my inedible apple.



This article is printed with permission from Worm's Life magazine:


With the worm estate market booming, it can be heartwrenching when your bid isn't accepted by a seller. Not so in this case. Earl Y. Worm is one of the happiest Earthworms around.

Earl's been trying to find himself a new home for months now. Tired of living in his Mom and Dad's small 2 bedroom dirt condo, he wanted to do the adult thing and buy his own home. Renting was not something he wanted to do. "I told my parents that I wanted to be my own worm but wanted the responsibility of owning my own place.", Earl told Worm's Life.

With the help of one of the area's most prominent worm estate agents, Inch W. Orm, Earl was able to make his dream come true. "This apple had only been on the market for maybe 15 minutes when I got in touch with Earl. We were very lucky.", Mr. Orm explained. "This market is crazy and for a single worm trying to buy a home, it's not easy let me tell you."

In this case, the "Early Worm" got the Apple. Earl, with Mr. Orm's help, put up an offer that can only be described as amazing. Since the Apple has not gone to settlement at the time of this article being written, we cannot give all of the details. But, let's just say that this Apple is still on the tree and is going to stay there, in great condition, for a long long time. "Of course, there's always the chance of human destruction, but I've got good insurance coverage if that happens. I'm the happiest worm around!" Yes, Earl Y.Worm, you are the happest worm around.


A Clockwork Porridge

Hello. My name is wormy. I am 62 years old, but I look 4 and that is why I am still going strong. I have seen my fair share of apples and would like to tell you about my favorite apple.

The granny smith in the summer of love: It was the summer of '69 and I was happily rising with the sun on a tree on Max Yasgur's farm. I was suddenly startled by the music of Ritchie Havens playing in the distance. I poked my head out of the apple to see what was happening. Hundreds of thousands of kids were gathered on my farm. I felt a jostling and was no sooner plucked from the tree. I was so afraid as somebody's mouth began crunching away at my house. Just before they reached little old me, they tossed my apple over by a rock. A dog then picked me up and carried me around protectively for what seemed like days. Anyway...when I came out of that apple, it was dark and starry. I wriggled my way through the grass for a few hours until I found a cozy new apple that was big square and black with a bunch of holes in it. As the sun rose, I heard "Hey Joe" playing in the background as I was wheeled off in my new home into an equipment truck. It turns out that my new home was an amp that belonged to Pete Townshend from The Who. Pete was okay, but I really hit it off with Roger Daltrey. We are now best friends and work together promoting healthy eating habits across America. I love what I do...and yes, I do enjoy the perks of a brand new apple home of my very own ever day in the comfort of Roger's recording studio.


Howling Caterpillars

Hi...I'm Wormy and I'm a worm. Some people think that worms are icky, but I'm not...I brush my teeth, take a shower and have supper like everyone else. I just live in an apple. The Granny Smith that you see me in, is a condo I bought...I tried a Macintosh and both types of Deliciouses, and even a Gala...they had too many parties at the Gala... The Mac was too modern for my taste...and I wasn't keen on the colour scheme of the Deliciouses...Green's so much more me... I like to sit and read and watch Nature outside my apple...I just have to be careful when there's birds around...I can't be early... But other than that I'm a cool person for a worm...



He looks across the land from far up in a tree, taking in the sights that seemed too grand to be true from the ground. At home in his apple he can see the High Elves roaming, casting spells and walking onward, bow and arrow in hand. The falcons, as they soar along with their owners, unnoticing of him in his home, a little green apple. He sighs, for at one time, he would have to escape from their prying eyes. Everything was safe now. Until... The day the elves had picked an apple from the tree. Sir Worm was sleeping as it happened, dreaming that he was falling. He woke up in a basket of other apples; unable to find his safe haven, his small, green apple. After the moment of sadness passed, a shadow blocked the sun from his vision. Another apple was set to fall right on top of him! Quickly, Sir worm scurried away to the edge of the basket, heart pounding as the beautiful elven mages collected apples with magic to bring with them on their journey. Hands prodded and poked and tossed apples here or there, and Sir Worm no longer could see his way from danger. It was nearing the end of the basket, nowhere to hide... Until! He found it! The front door of his home. As fast as he could, he made it, just as the apple was picked up again. Beautiful, Blue eyes in pale skin stared right into his eyes. A moment's silence. The Elf girl had seen him. And then... A SHRIEK of fear, and the sensation of flying. Shouts and questions, then laughing. "Just a worm!" They exclaimed. Pfft. Just a worm. Dusting himself off, Sir worm, still latched to his home, tunneled inside again. Though his home was on the ground again, at least in here he was safe. No Falcon, or even Elf, would want an apple where a worm resides. To this thought, Sir Worm sighed, and settled down to retrieve the sleep he had lost in the calm chaos.



It was a normal, rainy spring day, and Carl the worm was once again looking for a new home. Carl hated spring. Springtime meant lots of rain, and rain meant lots of water flooding his underground home. The rain would force Carl to leave his nice, comfy burrow because the water would make it cave in, and he would have to make another new home afterward. So, for the second time in the same week, Carl glided along, looking for a dry place to dig his new house. Just then, Carl saw something green from the corner of his eye. He slithered closer for a look, and realized that the shiny, green sphere on the ground was an apple. Carl was amazed at his discovery- he had often heard from other worms of the legendary apple, one of the most wonderful places a worm could live in. After all, what other home could you also eat out of? And to think that nobody else had claimed this beauty! Carl eagerly dug into the apple and burrowed his way in, making himself at home. Finally, he had found a home to live in that won’t be washed away by that annoying rain again.


Very important! Please leave a comment after your vote if you wish to take part in the feature. The voting is anonymus so even I cannot see, who voted.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Do you know Elephant Island?

Never heard of Elephant Island? No wonder so far. Its one of these small Islands no satellite system will ever scan or recognise as important to humanity.

Only a few humans ever found out it even existed. To be precise its more kind of island chain, inhabitated by very small colorful elephants and palm trees the size of a matchstick.
The small elephants have nearly no natural enemies and so they live peacefully from the few palm leaves and fruits their islands provide, swim from island to island, visiting each other.

Life Is Beautiful. :-)

All handmade with softglass from Lauscha and Murano entirely by me.

Height about 1.18 inch.

The little elephant is free to go wherever its heart calls him and neither glued nor molten to the island.

You can also choose your favourite colors and mail me your wishes.

~Please regard, that all my work is handmade and unique, so there can be little variations in color and shape~

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Story of Cap & Trade

The Story of Cap & Trade is a fast-paced, fact-filled look at the leading climate solution being discussed at Copenhagen and on Capitol Hill. Host Annie Leonard introduces the energy traders and Wall Street financiers at the heart of this scheme and reveals the "devils in the details" in current cap and trade proposals: free permits to big polluters, fake offsets and distraction from whats really required to tackle the climate crisis. If youve heard about Cap & Trade, but arent sure how it works (or who benefits), this is the film is for you.

Hello Spring, hello Summer!!! --- Etsy Giveaway

Its time. House is cleaned, winterclothes packed away, my feet are bare. All plants standing outside, even at night. There is only one thing left. Decoration. I love it colorful and bright.

So I started making these butterflies a few years ago and since then they have travelled through the whole wide world. In 2004, I was in Switzerland nearly all summer celebrating a Butterfly-Festival in Brugg while working in the showroom of a gallery.

 The entire town was decorated with butterflies and I made no other glass figurines for many weeks. It was a great time and so they are kind of  favourites to me now.
You can win the butterfly in the picture by following this blog and leaving a comment.

Happy butterfly made from freeformed glass with one little hook at the end of one wing to hang them up in the air. Made with love to greet spring and summer and to bring you joy.

freeformed from a masterglassblower (me :-)) in a flame, original thuringian glassart

every single piece is unique,
overall length: about 3.94 inches

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Welcome to our Cherokee Spring Frog Dance!

This is your opportunity to view the frogs made by various artists from the Etsy Native American Forum Thread Walking With The Wind.

Kicking Bear, a Cherokee elder, is our wise man and mentor. We sit around our "cyber" camp fire while he amuses us with his wit and wisdom. Recently he told us of the old tradition of the Cherokee Spring Frog Dance. He then challenged us to produce a walosi (frog) piece to honor this tradition and the frog. 28 pieces were offered up for this challenge.

We invite you to view all of the wonderful walosi and select your favorite. There is voter widget at the end so that you may cast your vote. Just scroll down on the bar to find your favorite artist.

Those of us who participated had a great time and we hope you will enjoy helping us with our celebration of the Cherokee Spring Frog Dance.

Which Is Your Favorite Walosi (Frog in Cherokee)?

You can also show them some Love on Etsy:
Treasury 1
Treasury 2

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

And the Winner is.....

A few weeks ago I took part in a Voting on Lindas Blog. 

The price for the winner was this Interview. Its now online. Yeah!

Glasmagie's Etsy Shop - Winner of your Votes

Karo of Glasmagie won your votes with her Hummingbird earrings, which were sold. Check out these handmade glass blown Glass Frog Earrings

Here is our interview:

Linda: Tell us a bit about yourself: Karo: My full name is Karoline Wagner, but I dont like that "e" at the end of it spoken. It sounds too official and distant. I like "Karo" best, so that's what my friends call me.

I live in a very little village, called "Bermbach", in the middle of the Thuringian Forest in the middle of Germany. And we do not eat kraut everyday or wear leather pants, (thats more the bavarian style haha :-)) and even there it is not common everyday. We do such things for tourists and to show our kids, how our ancestors lived. That is an very imortant part of my culture I think, then every little village in Germany has its own traditions, own idioms and own recipes. If we are agreeing in one thing, than it is not to be uniform at all.

Funny glass mini elephants

I live and work here but I am very often on the move through all parts of Germany and some parts of Europe from market to market to show how glassblowing works to people and sell my art. I give tutorials too, even for little kids.

Linda: What inspires you? Karo: Nearly everything, a picture, a phrase, a song, strong feelings, or very often poems. My inspiration seems to be some kind of artesian well. If I really need a good idea and find nothing good in my head, I visit a do-it-yourself-store. I dont know how it works, but after half an hour, my head nearly exlodes with ideas.

What is your favorite thing to do with your creativity? Making people happy. There is nothing better in the whole world then smiling at each other and feeling insanely content.

What are the web addresses people can find you?


My Gallery - not finished yet, but galleries are never complete, I think

What is your favorite color combination? I love all the colors of the ocean, but I can fall for others as well.

Why should people buy handmade? It's one way to ensure fair trade, human rights and environmental protection to let no multinational concern decide over you, what to wear, what to eat, how much you earn for your work and where and how you will live. Its a kind of freedom and independency. If we ever gave this away with our skills, we will not only loose a heritage but very much more.
Any tips on selling handmade items? *laughs* I´m trying very hard at the moment with so much help from others, its breathtakingly awesome. "Walking With The Wind" was a forum thread on etsy and this is how it feels for me right now. So no, no wisdom from me at this time about selling and earning money. But I found help and friendship here and so I recommend to get connected. We all together like the sea.

Apart from creating things, what do you do? I cannot separate this very good part from the other aspects of my life. Its always a part of every thing I do, how I do things. I love to work in the garden, I love to read, most of all fantasy and fiction books until my eyes burn hours after midnight. I have a wonderful partner to have little fights with and breakfasts in bed, while watching Dr. House. And I have very good friends. I write little poems when my head is stuffed up with sorrows and concern. I love to wander in the forests with my dog and listen to how the wind plays in the trees. I love to sleep and to dream.

What have been the most valuable lessons learned from other artists? That we are all different and that's the one thing that makes us all equal. We are all strong and beautiful and unique until someone tries to degrade us to standardized beings. Then we break and only learning to be unique again can save us. One way to achieve this is art.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Glass figurine jewelry - Little Horse - pendant

Made like all my other sculptures freeformed in a flame (a very little flame this time) with softglass from Lauscha and Murano.
The little horse is a pendant and about only 0.7 inch long.

IMPORTANT: the horses in the two pictures are already sold, but its such a time consuming an difficult thing for me to make an photo of every single object, that I decided to use these two as proxy for all the other horse pendants I make

You can of course choose your favourite colors and mail me your wishes or you can let me surprise you.
EVERY single horse is unique in color, movement and shape.
Delivery without the silverchain, but with a single sterling silver ring.

$40.00 USD

Item ships from Germany worldwide for $ 8.00 USD
every further item ships for free


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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Win Wormy ! ;-)

Hello :-)

As you can see, I am just a tiny worm. No one ever loved to see me coming out of my apple, even when I am really polite and say: "Please, as you can see, this is not only an apple, it is my house. So please leave it to me and eat something different.!". No!!! All world is tempted to EAT my HOME!!!
So I need your help. If I get famous, people will not only greet me and smile at me, they will refrain from leaving me homeless. But for getting famous, you need a story people will love to hear.

So please help me,  write me a story and I will come to you and live with you and we will be friends forever.

If you want to win Wormy, leave your story in the commentbox. I will post them all on May 23 on this blog. The winner will be decided per vote from may 23 till may 31.

Just for fun ;-)

Made like all my other sculptures freeformed in a flame (a very little flame this time) with softglass from Lauscha and Murano.

The silver chain is made of 925er sterling silver and 17.72 inches long.
The apple pendant is about only 0.47 inch long.
You can also choose your favourite colors and mail me your wishes.

~Please regard, that all my work is handmade and unique,
  so there can be little variations in color and shape~

Ladybug * Lady Beetle * Ladybird Beetle

Many people are fond of ladybugs because of their colorful, spotted appearance. But farmers love them for their appetite. Most ladybugs voraciously consume plant-eating insects, such as aphids, and in doing so they help to protect crops. Ladybugs lay hundreds of eggs in the colonies of aphids and other plant-eating pests. When they hatch, the ladybug larvae immediately begin to feed. By the end of its three-to-six-week life, a ladybug may eat some 5,000 aphids.

Ladybugs are also called lady beetles or, in Europe, ladybird beetles. There are about 5,000 different species of these insects, and not all of them have the same appetites. A few ladybugs prey not on plant-eaters but on plants. The Mexican bean beetle and the squash beetle are destructive pests that prey upon the crops mentioned in their names.

Ladybugs appear as half-spheres, tiny, spotted, round or oval-shaped domes. They have short legs and antennae.

Their distinctive spots and attractive colors are meant to make them unappealing to predators. Ladybugs can secrete a fluid from joints in their legs which gives them a foul taste. Their coloring is likely a reminder to any animals that have tried to eat their kind before: "I taste awful." A threatened ladybug may both play dead and secrete the unappetizing substance to protect itself.


"Glückskäfer" -- Austria
"Slunécko" - Czechoslovakia 
"Mariehøne" -- Denmark 
"LadyBird" -- England
"Leppäkerttu" -- Finland 
"Coccinelle" -- France 
"Marienkafer" -- Germany 
"Paskalitsa" -- Greece 
"Parat Moshe Rabenu" -- Hebrew
"Lieveheersbeestje" -- Holland 
"Katicabogár" -- Hungary 
"Coccinella" -- Italy 
"Tentou Mushi" -- Japan 
"Da'asouqah" -- Jordan 
"Mudangbule" -- Korea 
"Mara" -- Latvia 
"Kumbang" -- Malaysia  
"Mariehøne" -- Norway
"Biedronka" -- Poland 
"Joaninha" -- Portugal 
"Buburuzã" -- Romania 
"Bosya Kopovka" -- Russia 
"Pikapolonica" -- Slovania 
"Mariquita" -- Spain 
"Nykelpiga" -- Sweden 
"Ugurböcegi" -- Turkey 
"Ladybug" -- United States 
"Ilsikazana Esincane" -- Zulu 


Legends vary about how the Ladybug came to be named, but the most common (and enduring) is this:   In Europe, during the Middle Ages, swarms of insects were destroying the crops.  The farmers prayed to the Virgin Mary for help.  Soon thereafter the Ladybugs came, devouring the plant-destroying pests and saving the crops!  The farmers called these beautiful insects "The Beetles of Our Lady", and - over time - they eventually became popularly known as "Lady Beetles".  The red wings were said to represent the Virgin's cloak and the black spots were symbolic of both her joys and her sorrows.


Nearly ALL cultures believe that a Ladybug is lucky. 
Killing one is said to bring sadness and misfortune.

In France, if a Ladybug landed on you, 
whatever ailment you had would fly away with the Ladybug.

    If a Ladybug is held in the hand while making a wish, 
    the direction that it flies away to shows where
    your luck will come from
    If the spots on the wings of a Ladybug are more than seven,
    it's a sign of coming famine.  If less than seven, it means 
    you will have a good harvest.

    In Belgium, people believed that if a Ladybug crawled across 
    a young girl's hand, she would be married within a year.

    People in Switzerland told their young children 
    that they were brought to them, as babies, by Ladybugs.
    (...and we thought Storks did that)!
    In some Asian cultures, it is believed that the Ladybug understands
    human language, and has been blessed by God, Himself.

    In Brussels, the black spots on the back of a Ladybug indicate to the
    person holding it how many children he/she will have.

    According to a Norse legend, the Ladybug came to earth 
  riding on a bolt of lightning.
    The Victorians in Britain believed that if a Ladybug alighted on your
    hand, you would be receiving new gloves.....if it landed on your head,
    a new hat would be in your future, and so on.

    In the 1800's, some doctors used Ladybugs to treat measles!  They
    also believed that if you mashed ladybugs (ewww!) and put them
    into a cavity, the insects would stop a toothache!

    During the Pioneer days, if a family found a Ladybug in their log cabin
    during the winter, it was considered a "Good Omen".

    In the Spring, if numerous Ladybugs are seen flying around,
    British farmers say it forecasts many bountiful crops.

    Many Bretons believe that the arrival of Ladybugs will bring fair weather.

    Folklore suggests if you catch a Ladybug in your home, count the number
    of spots and that's how many dollars you'll soon find.

    In Norway, if a man and a woman spot a Ladybug at the same time,
    there will be a romance between them.

(Source: and

Ladybug necklace - glass figurines


Made like all my other sculptures freeformed in a flame (a very little flame this time) with softglass from Lauscha and Murano.

The silver chain is made of 925er sterling silver and 17.72 inches long.
The leave is about only 1.06 inch long.
You can also choose your favourite colors and mail me your wishes.

~Please regard, that all my work is handmade and unique,
  so there can be little variations in color and shape~ 

Pen history

The feather keel and the broad reed feather especially for headings remained the most important instrument for writing on parchment and paper from old Roman into the modern times. Feathers of the raven, peacock, swan or goose proved for the sensitive surface of parchment as best suitably. Either bald scraped or kept in the original status, the natural curvature of the feather of the human hand formed a perfect match. Beside ink, pen and parchment the pen knife - a longer, sharp blade - was the indispensable tool for the writing. With its help the writings were smoothed, disturbing feather flags were scraped, errors erased and the feather points cut and sharpened.

The expansion of trade in the17th and 18th century, the developing sciences and arts, drove the requirement of writing materials into astronomical heights. A goose supplied only 10 to 12 good feather keels. At the beginning of the 19th century approximately 50 million feather keels were used annually in Germany. The European main producers were Russia and Poland. 27 million feather keels were imported by England from St. Petersburg per year. The bank of England used alone 1.5 million. A writer used 5 feather keels per day. It is easy to imagine how often the work had to be interrupted for a careful sharpening. The occupation of the feather cutter spread rapidly.

For economic reasons the Londoner bankers thought about a remedy. In the year 1809 a machine, this was able to divide quills lengthwise and crosswise several times, was applied for patent. About 20 pieces could be won in from a feather in such a way. They were sharpened and put into a wooden "penholder". The ancestors of the penholder were born. On the search for pen points, this could not be used up so rapidly, even the glassmaker tried their luck. German, Japanese and also North American glassmaker were the first to test thin glass rods with facets tapered to a point. After immersing in the ink cask a sufficient amount of ink could be collected in the facet-like holes and slowly drop to the point. Despite substantial advantages such as almost no wear and corrosion, useable on wood, paper, leather and similar materials - the glass pen did not become generally accepted. The material broke too easily.

Only as   succeeded to improving the coherence and capillary strength the glass pen became a hit for export. French, American and German manufacturers used this glass pen in fountain pens and offered this as an ideal writing instrument in offices.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Venetian Glass Pen - writing glassart

The entire pen is made of glass! From nib to end, the pen is carefully crafted to pull up ink and evenly deposit it on paper. Smoothly elegant and visually appealing.

Like any traditional pen, you need to dip it in the ink regularly, to recharge the nib.

Glass Artists worldwide - Omur Duruerk

Omur Duruerk is an English philologist and glass designer. She started her flameworking career in 2005 with Julie Anne Denton in İstanbul Glass Furnace. Till then she has been working on glass beads and human figures.

Till 2006 she worked for enlivening her ideal ; having a glass studio…

In 2006 she opened Karma Design Studio with her husband Fatih Duruerk where they can create a world with all glass(using fusion, cast and flameworking techniques.)

All of the necklaces and the beads you have seen in her web page are designed and produced by Omur Duruerk. In her designs she loves using gold and silver leaves as supplementary materials inside glass beads.The beads are produced from Effetre glass rods exported from Italy Murano island.When they are arrived Karma design studio , they are melted in 1200 C degree with the flame of torch in the hands of Omur Duruerk. Now they are ready to shape… The rod can transform a woman body, bird or a bead for a necklace with the will of Omur.

Now Duruerk is working in her studio, creating new “wearable object”(one of my beloved sayings of Diana East's ) collections and teaching flameworking technique to the inclined people. She also shares her knowledge with other flameworkers in Turkey and other parts of the world.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Venetian Glass Pen - writing glassart

The entire pen is made of glass! From nib to end, the pen is carefully crafted to pull up ink and evenly deposit it on paper. Smoothly elegant and visually appealing.

Like any traditional pen, you need to dip it in the ink regularly, to recharge the nib.

freeformed from a masterglassblower (me :-)) in a flame,
every single piece is unique,
(supply without ink)

Helix Earrings

1 pair
freeformed from a masterglassblower (me :-)) in a flame,
every single piece is unique,
the earrings are not undestroyable but very sturdily,

Glass figurine jewelry - Hummingbird Earrings

Little Hummingbirds, only few gram easily.
1 pair
freeformed from a masterglassblower (me :-)) in a flame,
every single piece is unique,

the little birds are not undestroyable but very sturdily,
overall length with surgeon stole hooks: about 1 inch