Thursday, November 15, 2012

Glimpse of Christmas

Here is a sneak peak into the Christmas Collection that will be on display at my shows in Port Costa California

Fri. Sat, Sun. -  Nov. 23, 24, 25
Fri. and Sat. -  Nov. 30 & Dec. 1
Fri. and Sat. -  Dec. 7 & 8
Fri. and Sat. -  Dec. 14 & 15 
Fri. and Sat. -  Dec. 21 & 22

Glitter Birds for Lincoln Center Christmas Tree

Glitter Bird for Lincoln Center Chirstmas Tree from Wendy Addison on Vimeo.

This year I was asked to decorate the Lincoln Center Christmas tree with my handmade glass glitter ornaments. Here is a demo of me making one of the beautiful bird ornaments. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Somewhere buried deep in my memory is the presence of the fairy dancer.  She keeps re-appearing in my imagination in many forms - and she comes out in my design work over
and over.  Sometimes I see a version of her
in a Victorian die cut scrap:

and sometimes in an antique costume, like the
old theatre piece I wore at Halloween:

and she came out when I 
designed this Santos figure:

Here she is most recently, in the process of being
turned into a little puppet:

and of course, she comes to life and dances
every fall at the Theatre of Dreams!

For sure, she will come to visit this fall 
at my shop in Port Costa!

Fri. Sat, Sun. -  Nov. 23, 24, 25
Fri. and Sat. -  Nov. 30 & Dec. 1
Fri. and Sat. -  Dec. 7 & 8
Fri. and Sat. -  Dec. 14 & 15 
Fri. and Sat. -  Dec. 21 & 22

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


Just a few pictures of paper butterflies creatures, little round boxes, and Christmas cachette containers. More to come!


The temperature has fallen, and the weather forecast says there is a chance of SNOW in Port Costa! I am keeping my fingers crossed. Even a few flakes would make my happiness complete!
I am working in the studio every day to finish up new things for my next two shows.
My first two open houses went really well - nothing is more fun for me than decking out my shop for Christmas, (this year with huge swags of fragrant eucalyptus), stuffing the shelves with new and enticing hand made goods, and standing behind the counter as people shop. The candles are lit, the music is on, and I get to put on my antique French shopkeepers jacket and just enjoy the excitement. I turn on the mechanical shadow dancer and everyone stops in their tracks, to watch the magic!
I decided to add one more weekend to my open house schedule - I will now be open:
Fri. and Sat. Dec 9th and 10,
Fri. and Sat. Dec. 16th and 17th.
Hours are 10 - 4 each day.
A magical day awaits you!
11 Canyon Lake Dr.
Port Costa, Ca. 94569
Please call for directions: 510 - 787-2164.

P.S. And if mechanical shadow dancers are not enough....there is an amazing little coffee shop that just opened up across the street from me, with a wood stove to gather around, and home made baked goods!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Christmas Open House

Here in Port Costa, the sidewalks are covered with little yellow leaves from the locust trees that line the streets, and the sound of the black crows echoes through the emptying trees. I know that Christmas is not far when I see and hear the sounds of November. And I am busy doing what makes me happiest of all times of the year - getting everything ready for my
Open Houses! Glue and glitter up to my elbows, and also beeswax, gold paint, paper scraps everywhere, and beautiful things piling up in the workshop, ready to be set out in rows.
Please take some time out of your hectic schedule to drive down that tree lined street and find my shop this season! I promise you a "harlinquinade" of delights!
For a preview - look me up in the November issue of Victoria magazine.

Open House Dates:
Fri, Sat, Sun, Nov. 25, 26, 27
Dec. 2 & 3
Dec 9 & 10
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Friday, October 28, 2011

A Return to France / Recherchez a France

I will be returning to France for another magical week at the Chateau Dumas next summer! I have decided on teaching an in - depth 3 part class involving designing, binding, writing and illustrating your own book. I would like to take our group into the sunflower fields, through the hill town of Mont Pezat, and through the market town of Cassaude, each person with pen and paper, to record for themselves the visual feast of France. I will give each student personal attention in basic drawing and writing, and also bookbinding. Kaari will guide us through all the best flea markets, lavender fields and brocantes.
Here is a picture of Monica wearing the crown she made....and also, a picture of what she found at the flea market - an old painting, fabric treasures, books, antique plates, vintage linens, and a wonderful old burnt orange suitcase to bring it all home in.
It will be a return to paradise for all of us!
If anyone is interested in joining us, please go to Kaari's website: , for more information. Merci!