Monday, September 22, 2014

Beautiful - and Functional - Hand-painted Wood Bowls

From Florida to Washington comes the colorful artwork of Janis Childs.  Her hand-painted wood salad bowls and servers are absolutely gorgeous.  And best of all, they stand the test of time!

Lemons on blue background, 12" salad bowl and matching servers


Janis hand paints each bowl individually, without using a stencil or pattern.  Each is done from scratch, making each a unique work of art.

Using hard woods like beech or maple, they are also extremely durable.  Janis began painting her bowls in 1990.  She has customers who are still using bowls they purchased way back then!

Olive-themed 12" salad bowl and servers


Janis uses a finish that is a water-based urethane.  It is proposition 65 compliant, which makes them food safe.  Janis says, "I tell people to use them as they would any finished wooden bowl."

Sea shells themed 12" salad bowl with matching servers


The bowls are available in a 12" diameter, as well as a 15" diameter.  The 12" is great for most purposes for daily life.  The 15" is best for larger families or party settings.

We currently have three 12" bowls in stock and one 15" bowl, so stop by to see the difference yourself.

15" salad bowl featuring a vegatable theme, with matching servers

Janis writes the care method on the bottom of each bowl, so it can never get lost.  Treat these bowls as you would any other wood bowl.  Hand wash and dry.  That's it!

For weddings, house warmings, gardeners, or anyone who likes to eat salad - these bowls are a beautiful, enduring gift they will cherish for years to come.

Jeff and Manya

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Creative Wedding Gifts for Every Budget

Aluminum and Glass wreath

Many of our customers refuse to buy wedding gifts based on the bridal registry.  "It's too boring!", they exclaim!  And so they come to MaJe Gallery to find something meaningful, beautiful, and handmade!  

And the best part - we have a great gift for every budget!

Take this lovely aluminum and glass wreath by Washington artist Celeste Stuhring.  What a perfect gift for the wine-loving couple who are setting up house together.  And since aluminum doesn't rust or tarnish, it hangs equally well outdoors too.  It's 15" in diameter.  $74.99.

Hand-sculpted clay
This hand-sculpted clay vase is called "The Flame."  A great gift for a couple who are proclaiming the flame of their love to the world through their marriage.  It stands 15" tall x 9" wide.

It's actually two separate pieces, that fit snugly inside each other - another metaphor for a great partnership!  Both pieces can hold water and live flowers, but it is also very lovely simply as a sculpture.  Made in Washington by Barry McAlister.  $225.

Original 10" x 8" acrylic painting on canvas
It sometimes feels tricky to buy original art for someone else, but if you know they love colorful things, this could be a real winner.  It is a great size (10" x 8") to tuck into a lonely spot on any wall.  And what a lovely message to send to the new couple! Oregon artist Julie Terrell painted this, and has others like it as well.  $64.

Stemless wine glasses with heart embellishments
If your budget is smaller, check out this charming pair of stemless wine glasses with fused glass heart embellishments.  One red heart and one blue heart is just perfect for the newlyweds!  No wine charms necessary, as these are permanently adhered to the glass itself.  Made in Washington by Celeste Stuhring.  Get the pair for $40.

Mosaic Mirror
For a spectacular gift for a special couple, a mosaic mirror by mosaic master Angie Heinrich from Seattle is an excellent choice.  This one features a brick red and gold color palette, but many other color choices are available upon request.  

This classic oval shape measures 18" x 22".  The mosaics consist of hand-made Italian glass tiles, and glass and metal beads.  Angie studied mosaic-making with masters in Italy and Spain, and her meticulous attention to detail shows that training.  $370.

Copper and steel fused between two sheets of glass make distinctive vases.

Size Options
A small but elegant gift is one of these bud vases.  Made by fusing copper and steel between two sheets of glass, they are the same on both sides.  A simple metal stand holds them up.  When copper is heated up, all the gorgeous and rich colors come out that you see here, and steel turns black.

Made in Washington by Charlton Glass, each is signed by the artist.  Get just one, or choose the trio to make a bolder statement.
Trio of fused glass art platters

Art Glass is beloved by both men and women alike, which makes it a particularly lovely gift for a couple.  These unique Art Glass Bowls by Washington artist Heidi VanderWerff are just the ticket.  Available in a variety of colors such as mixed brights (top left), Red (top right), and Ocean (bottom), you can find a color to compliment any decor.

Each bowl measures approximately 12.5" in diameter.  Completely functional, it sits evenly on a tabletop.  It can also be placed on an easel for display purposes.

Choose a creative and distinctive gift for your next wedding!  Let us help you find the perfect gift at MaJe Gallery!

Jeff and Manya
Your Beauty Ambassadors

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Five Great Graduation Gifts

Our local high schools here in Edmonds will be sending the 2014 graduates out into the world in a couple weeks, between June 12 and 14.  Whether you have kids graduating from there or elsewhere, here are five great gift ideas for grads.

Silver Pearls with Sterling Silver, by Shari Both Jewelry Design


Pearls are a traditional gift for girls at graduation.  But these silver pearls with sterling silver are updated and contemporary, for the modern girl.  While elegant and classy, it is still fun enough to wear with jeans and a T-shirt.

But then again, you may wish for something more traditional after all!  Check out this...

Four traditional pearl necklaces by Manya Vee Jewelry

From left to right
These are in a more traditional style.  From left to right, we have larger 8mm round-ish ivory pearls on ivory silk, with some space between each one.  This style is called the "tin cup" necklace, due to becoming popular when worn by the actress in the movie of the same name. 17" - 19" adjustable.

Next to that, we have small, high quality coin pearls (named due to being shaped like a coin, or a disk) on black silk in that same tin cup style.  17" - 19" adjustable.

Just to the right of that is another tin cup style necklace with smaller pearls, about 5mm in diameter.  17" - 19" adjustable.

Finally, a strand of 6mm pearls in the most traditional style, closed with a traditional sterling silver pearl clasp.  This one is 21" long, making it a really great necklace to pair with others.  One of the tin cup styles looks great with this one.

Life Necklace - Sterling word charm with pearl and gem charms by Marcia Beck

Charm Choices
Give an encouraging word to your grad!  These 18" necklaces feature a sterling word charm, a pearl and two gemstones each.  On the left is "imagine", with a pearl, labradorite and amethyst.  A grad has her whole life in front of her to imagine how she wants it to be.

In the middle is "emerge", an excellent sentiment for a grad!  This 18" necklace has a pearl, blue chalcite and amethyst.

On the far right is "passion", the perfect sentiment to send someone going off to college, or even finishing college and getting ready to pursue her dream.  This 18" necklace has a pearl, amazonite and chalcedony.

Other life necklaces are available in the shop, so stop by to check it out.  Or if you live too far away, give us a call and we'll tell you over the phone.

Colorful wall clock by Pam Corwin
This charming wall clock by Olympia, Washington's Pam Corwin features a reproduction of her watercolor painting, mounted on foam core so it's extremely light-weight.  Add clock works, and presto!  You have a lovely piece of functional art with an excellent reminder for how to live life.  This one measures 6" x 6".  All it needs is a AA battery.

Original acrylic painting on canvas by Julie Terrell
This original acrylic painting on canvas was painted by our colorful and optimistic artist, Julie Terrell.  The paint wraps around the sides of the painting, so no frame is required.  Perfect for the grad leaving for college, or the one graduating from college and entering new life experiences.   Send your grad on their way with warm wishes and happy thoughts!

We hope you enjoyed our five great gifts for grads!  Stop by to see even more ideas!

Jeff and Manya
Your Beauty Ambassadors

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Eight Artistic Ways to Celebrate Wine

Stemless wine glasses with fused glass "charms"

These charming stemless wine glasses are adorned with their own fused glass "charm", adhered to the front.  Many choices available, in addition to the four adorable ones here.  Want to see what's currently available?  Email us a request at info "at" majegallery "dot" com.

Each glass is 4 1/2" tall.

Fused glass wine charms with fun expressions

Make someone smile by giving them one of these witty wine charms.  At 2.25" square, they are lots of fun.  The chain lets them fit over the neck of a bottle of wine, making them the perfect way to give a bottle of wine as a gift.  (see next picture for example)  Or simply hang it in a window.

When you order, the background color may not be the same as pictured here.

Copper in glass wine bottle caddy
CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK.  Email to order one.  Approximately 2-week turnaround time.

This elegant wine caddy was made by fusing a piece of copper between two sheets of glass.  The bright orange of raw copper is transformed when heated to fuse the glass together, bringing out an amazing array of colors like brick, terra cotta, purple and black.

This wine bottle also sports one of the wine charms from above, so you can see how it looks adorning your favorite bottle of wine!

Wine themed stakes for garden or indoor plant pots
Need a gift for someone who's both a gardener and a wine lover?  The two loves crossover in these wine-themed garden stakes.  Small enough to work well in an indoor potted plant as well.  Here's a closeup to see what they say...

Closeup of the wine themed garden stakes above

This is fused glass permanently adhered to a steel base, with a steel stake for ease of "planting".  The glass part is 7.5" tall x 2" wide.  Each stake is 18.5" tall.  As each is hand-made, the background colors may be different.

Aluminum and glass wreath
And here we have the ultimate wedding gift for your favorite lovers - and lovers of wine!  A terrific anniversary gift, too.  Or get it for yourself to announce to all who enter what you're about!  Aluminum doesn't rust or tarnish, making it an excellent choice for outdoor art.  It's also very light weight, making it easy to hang.

Fused glass night light
Need something for someone who has everything?  An artful night light is an excellent choice - and this one is perfect for someone who enjoys wine too.  Shown here with the light on, it glows sweetly as it lights your path at night, keeping you from stubbing your toe!

Pair of fused glass candle shields
As long as we're on the subject of light, check out these two candle shields.  Made of fused glass, they have fun wine-themed sayings on each one.  Here are two more:

Another pair of fused glass candle shields

Each candle shield has a glass candle cup adhered to the back into which you can put a tea light or votive.  When lit, the ambience created by the colorful glow makes any room more charming and inviting.  Each candle shield stands 6.5" tall and is 6" wide.  Here's a side view to show the candle cup behind...

Candle shields - side view to show candle cup
Finally, how about a pair of fused glass wine glass earrings - the perfect accessory for the true aficionado.  These are made with a clear glass background and dichroic glass sparklies on the surface.  The glass is 1" long, making the earring hand 1.5" from the ear lobe, including the ear wire, which is sterling silver.

Wine Glass Earrings

Thank you for taking a tour through our artistic celebrations of wine!  A great selection of gifts for all the wine-loving friends in your life.  

Stop by and visit the gallery!  New additions are added almost daily.


Jeff and Manya
Your Beauty Ambassadors