Believe you are Creative!

Believe you are Creative!  I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “If you believe you can, you can.  If you believe you can’t, your right” based on the quote by Henry Ford.  Believing in anything will get you at least halfway there!  When we were children we believed!  We believed in our creativity.  We believed we were princesses, super heros, and we believed we could do anything!

We learned through our experiences with others to hold back our creativity to keep it safe, and not let it out to be criticized, misunderstood, or devalued in many other ways.  It is in keeping our creativity safe that we have squelched it!

It’s time to remember that you were born into this world a creative being, and that you are still creative.  Play along with me…write the words “I am creative!” on a 3×5 card and post it someplace prominent.  Remind yourself you are creative and watch your creative self emerge from where you placed it all those years ago!

I invite you to share a picture of your 3×5 card or share with us where you will be hanging it! Here is mine!

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A Creative December

Welcome to December!  The last month of the year, this is the month we often reflect on last year, and start looking forward to the new year.  I thought it would be fun to spend this month focusing on creativity.  As glass artists, we want creativity to show up in our artistic lives, for sure!  I know I want creativity to also show up in other areas of my life.  I want to use creative energy to be the change I want to see in the world. I want to use my creativity to find solutions in my life and the life of those I care about.  I want creative solutions for so many people, places and situations in the world!

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I want to see sparks of creativity growing in every person I meet.  Sparks that will ignite into a beautiful world filled with light!  The kind of light that brings people together, and brings peace to this world.

Let’s take our creativity up a notch! Join me each day in December for ideas on creativity, including ways to increase yours, and inspire it in others!

What do you think of when you hear the word creative?

New Website

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Zoozii’s has a great new website!  We have had the same site for over 10 years, and it had become dated and disjointed.  It needed more than a little updating!  I reached out to many of you last year to see where we can improve our business, I was excited with how in sync the responses were.  The core ideas were:

  • Changes to the shopping functions on the site would be helpful.
  • More pics that gave a clearer example of the finished project and more dimensions.
  • The quality and usability of our tools were raved about, so no improvement needed there!
  • We had a couple suggestions for ship times, but overall that was still really spot on and you were happy.

Armed with that valuable information (Thank you to everyone who replied!  I hope you enjoyed your thank you gift), I set out to explore our options, and then move everything over.

We have moved to a new platform and the change has provided a much cleaner, visually pleasing and functional shopping experience!  Moving the products myself allowed me to insure that each listing had all the necessary components to make shopping easy!

  • Images (there are a few more to come)
  • Measurements
  • Descriptions
  • Links to tutorials (more of those are coming too)
  • Mandrel information and modification options

It’s easy to shop!  The platform is robust with many options for additional features, which we are exploring, so you can expect more fun in the future.

For now, you can head on over and see the direction we are headed in and let me know in the comments here what you love most!  Thank you for your continued support of our family owned and operated business.  We strive to give you the highest quality lampwork tools, providing you with the canvas for your artwork!

Video Tutorial: Crystal

Have you seen the most recent video tutorial on our YouTube Channel?  Have you liked our channel so you are updated when new videos are uploaded?

I love this wonderful tutorial by Shelia Davis using the ZooziiCrystal press!

Has summer heat arrived where you are?  It can be hard to torch when it gets too hot. Here is a great idea for cooling off, and the side effect, added energy and great respiratory support!

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A new tutorial!

You can learn how to make a bead using the Straight Sided Pillow Trio Large, by watching the video tutorial I just created!  I’ve been wanting to make videos for a while and I’ve been asked to create them more and more lately, so here is my first one, in what will be a series of video tutorials!  I’d love to hear from you in the comments below! Was the information in this video helpful?  Are you inspired to create beads with this tool?  What tip jumped out to you?

And don’t forget to jump on over to our website to see all the size options and have one shipped right to your home or studio!!

Discount Wednesday: Cozy Home!

Everyone makes a big deal out of Spring Cleaning!  I prefer Fall cleaning.  I live in NH where we have snow on the ground for up to 6 months a year!  I find giving the house a great overhall in Fall sets the stage for hunkering down for the Fall and Winter.  The cleaning, decluttering and organizing that I did this fall has inspired me to make some different storage solutions for my home, as well as spruce some of the rooms!

Winter is a great time for these projects since I can be outside planting the garden or making repairs to farm buildings!  How about you?  Do you find that you enjoy sprucing the house during the winter months?

I found this fabulous website many years ago, and I still love going to look at the plans she has available.  I think this dresser with some new knobs will be a great winter project!

We have several knob shapes to choose from!  All of them are on sale for $10.00 off! The knob inserts I sell are made by Marj Bates of GlassThings.com.  She is the original inventor of this type of system.  She’s been making knobs for over 20 years, and I was super excited to partner with her, because I value and honor the creative process, and giving credit where credit is due!  These are top notch inserts made of steel, and they work great, look professional and are super easy to use!  I recommend adding them to your cart!  You’ll love the creating process with Marj’s inserts and your new ZooziiKnob Press!

The Original Round Knob Press!

Knob tutorials!  Bar Knob, the adorable Heart Knob, the original Round Knob.

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My current favorite knob shape, Faceted Hex!

See all the knob presses on our website!

It’s hip to be Square!

In 2002 my dad and I created the first square shaped brass press. We designed it, and then dad made it for me for Christmas! Showing beads I made with it in an online forum gallery catapulted us into Lampwork Tool Makers.

When we started selling it, we called it the pillow press. It was a square version of a lentil press. Since then we’ve created a Straight Sided version that is beautiful and feels so nice in the hand. Both styles of Pillow Press are on Sale today! $10.00 off each press, order as many sizes as you want! Discount: HipToBe

This is the press that started it all. The Christmas Gift my dad made for me 12 years ago!

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The Pillow has been a fabulous canvas for the artwork of many artists over the years.  Kim Neely of Bluff Road Art Glass really made the press shine with her ZooziiZoo Set, shortly after the press was released!

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The Straight Sided Version is one of my all time favorite shapes!  It’s so user friendly and the straight sides allows for beautiful bead holes, every time!