January 2018, 18th Edition


Happy New Year To Everyone:

We have over 1,000 different kinds of glass available at The Glass Garden.  When Spectrum Glass closed, we purchased ahead as much as possible, not knowing how long it would be until those varieties would be available again. 

Oceanside Glass (Previously Spectrum) has finally started shipping glass, which will allow us to fully restock our supplies!  At this point it is mostly clears, but we are expecting more in the months to come.  It's exciting for me to be able to offer these glasses to you again!

I wanted to mention once again we are having a glass cutting class on January 15th at 6:30 pm.  Taking this one night glass will open up so much more to those who enjoy taking our specialty classes.  Learning the simple techniques of glass cutting can add unique touches to your projects.  Learning glass cutting will also give you an advantage in fusing classes.  In general, you will have more fun and who doesn't like that idea!

My final note for this newsletter---Snowflake season has just begun, so stop in and make your own flake!  

--Judy Shumway, Owner

Snowflake Facts


A cloud is made from countless microscopic water droplets.  When a cloud freezes, snowflakes result.

A symmetrical snowflake is not a frozen raindrop, but rather a single crystal of ice that grows directly from water vapor in the air.  The process takes about fifteen minutes, as the snowflake slowly drifts to earth.

Just a note*****Our snowflakes at the Glass Garden may take more than fifteen minutes to make, but they never melt!


Community News:

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We are participating in a pet food drive sponsored by the Janesville Veterinary Clinic.  Please join us in helping needy animals in Rock County by bringing in pet food items to our store through January 31st.

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October 2017, 16th Edition

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Fall is here and opening the door to winter!  It's a kind of nesting season for us all.  We bond with family and friends over bonfires and hot cider.

At the Glass Garden, we also have our way of bonding with friends and family.  We have "Girlfriends Night Out" on the 1st Thursday of the month where you can get together and enjoy a cozy night of fun with friends (and meet some new friends too!)  And here's a little secret...guys can come too!

The class includes all the materials needed for the project, as well as wine and sweets.  Our current project is a wind chime and no experience is needed--just a desire to have fun. 

Also...a wine bottle makes a great gift, so if you would like to bring in a favorite empty wine bottle (or any empty bottle) we are able to slump it into a cheese tray! 

I look forward to seeing you over the next quarter and being a part of your fun creations.

Enjoy the upcoming fall colors--nature has the best box of crayons!

--Judy Shumway, Owner

Why Do We Say It?



How did a complete failure come to be called a "fiasco"??

The making of a fine Venetian glass bottle is a difficult process-for it must be perfect.  If, in glowing, the slightest flaw is detected the glassblower turns the bottle into a common flask-called in Italian, fiasco.

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Fit as a Fiddle  

What is the reason we say someone is 'fit as a fiddle"??

The phase originally was "fit as a fiddler" and referred to the stamina of fiddlers-who could play for a dance all night long without ever getting tired.

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Just for fun, here is a fun WORD FIND!

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Use copper patina on zinc and it will give you more solid black coverage.


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July 2017, 15th Edition

Hello Everyone!

Summer is well under way, and with that our lives change slightly.  Kids are home from school, yard work needs to be done.  It's also a busy time for camping, grilling out, and enjoying water activities and family get-togethers.  Even though we all look forward to these summer festivities, it's nice to still carve out a little "me" time at The Glass Garden!

Our "Fusing Fun" classes are a great fit for summer!  Most of them are only a couple of hours long, and your project is finished at each class (it does have to be fired in the kiln overnight.)  

Fusing Fun classes require little or no experience and are held on two weekdays per month--choose from morning and evening classes.  We have a sample of every project at the shop--stop by to see the pieces in person and decide which one you want to try! 

To check out our upcoming FUSING FUN classes, CLICK HERE.

To view ALL of our upcoming class, CLICK HERE.

Come join us for your hot weather getaway spot.  You won't regret it!!!

--Judy Shumway, Owner

Origins of Everyday Things

Glass Mirrors

Glass had been molded and blown into bottles, cups and jewelry since the start of the Christian era. But the first glass mirrors debuted in Venice in 1300, the work of Venetian gaffers, or glass blowers.

The gaffer's craft was at an artistic pinnacle. Craftsmen sought new technological challenges, and glass mirrors taxed even Venetian technicians' greatest skills.  Unlike metal, glass could not be readily sand-polished to a smooth reflecting surface; each glass sheet had  to be poured perfectly the first time.  The technology to guarantee this was crude at first, and early glass mirrors, although cherished by those who could afford them and coveted by those who could not, cast blurred and distorted images.

Image (and not that reflected in a mirror) was all-important in fourteenth century Venice. Wealthy men and women took to ostentatiously wearing glass mirrors about the neck on gold chains as pendant jewelry.  While the image in the glass might be disappointingly poor, the image of a mirror wearer in the eyes of others was one of unmistakable affluence.  Men carried swords with small glass mirror set in the hilt.  Royalty collected sets of glass mirrors framed in ivory, silver, and gold, which were displayed more than they were used.  Early mirrors had more flash than function, and given their poor reflective quality they probably served best as bric-a-brac.

Mirror quality improved only moderately until 1687.  That year, French gaffer Bernard Perrot patented a method for rolling out smooth, undistorted sheets of glass.  Now not only perfectly reflective hand mirrors but also full-length looking glasses were produced.

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Be sure to complete this quarter’s WORD FIND and bring it into the store before June 1st, 2017, for a chance to win a Glass Quarterly magazine and a $10 Gift Certificate to The Glass Garden! 


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April 2017, 14th Edition

Dear Stained Glass Fans:

I have been busy planning something special for all of you!

We are having a stained glass competition at our shop!  This is the first time we have done this and I can hardly wait to see all the projects that will be entered.  Here are the details:

You must have your pieces registered between May 2-July 1st.  There will be an artist's reception on July 7th.  The size limit is no larger than 24"X 24".  You may have one entry per person per category.  The four categories are: foiled, leaded, fused and mosaic.  The entry fee is $10 per piece.  Your entries will be on display at The Glass Garden from July 10-28th.

The day of final judging will be July 28th, and winners will receive cash prizes! The 1st place prize in each category will be $200, 2nd place prize in each category will be $100.  There will also be a People's Choice Prize of 25% off glass purchase.

Registration forms will be available soon on our website and at the store. Please email me at judy@eglassgarden.com to be notified once they are ready!

--Judy Shumway

Why Do We Say It?


Hooch - Where did we get the word "hooch" as a synonym for strong drink?

From Alaska.   When America acquired Alaska in 1867, a small body of troops were sent into the territory.  Since the soldiers were forbidden to bring any alcoholic beverages along with them, they set up their own stills and brewed a very powerful drink from sugar and flour.  The Alaskan natives called this drink hoochinoo---the name by which it was known until the gold rush to the Klondike; then hoochinoowas changed to "hooch".

Half-Cocked.  Where does the expression "go off half-cocked" come from?

From hunting.  A gun at half cock is in the safety position:  it cannot be fired.  But a hunter may, in his excitement at sighting game, raise the gun to his shoulder and pull the trigger while still "half-cocked".  Nothing happens.  And so, "to go off half-cocked" means to attempt something in a hurry without proper preparation and to fail in achieving the end.

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Be sure to complete this quarter’s WORD FIND and bring it into the store before June 1st, 2017, for a chance to win a Glass Quarterly magazine and a $10 Gift Certificate to The Glass Garden! 


The downtown Janesville Wine Walk last fall was a success, so Janesville is having it again.  On May 20th, 1-5pm come join us downtown Janesville for shopping and a little wine.

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January 2017, 13th Edition

Since winter is here in all its glory, enjoy some warm fun with friends and family at The Glass Garden! 

We have many classes of all ability levels, such as our Girlfriends' Night Out class, which needs no prior experience.  The only requirement is a desire to have fun!

The Beginning Stained Glass class teaches you everything you need to know.  Also, we have a Beginning Glass Cutting class if you want to acquire glass-cutting experience without learning stained glass.  This would enable you to participate in many of our fusing classes where basic cutting skills are required. 

For experienced stained glass hobbyists, this is a great time to work on a project for your yard or garden, such as stepping stones, garden stakes, etc.  Spring will be here before you know it!

Enjoy the New Year and the remainder of your winter months!

--Judy Shumway

Why do we say that??

MUD IN YOUR EYE.  How did "here's mud in your eye" come to be an accepted toast?

The expression is not a toast to another; it is a toast to yourself, for it means, "I hope I beat you".  The allusion is to a horse race.  If the track is at all muddy the rider of the losing horse is very likely to get mud in his eye from the horse that is winning.








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October 2016, 12th Edition

Fall Greetings To You All---

Along with the leaves, our prices are also falling on October 14th and 15th for our Annual Fall Sale, with 20% off storewide! (some exceptions apply)  Don't miss this once-a-year chance to stock up on glass project supplies!    

We have a lot of NEW upcoming classes for both beginners and experienced folks--and also some "old" favorites, too. CLICK HERE to check them out!

Also, be sure to complete this quarter’s word find and bring it into the store before December 20th for a chance to win a Glass Quarterly magazine and a $10 Gift Certificate to The Glass Garden! 

Judy Shumway, Owner

Why do we say that?

Mardi Gras----Where did "Mardi Gras" get that name?

The term is French and literally means "fat Tuesday". 

It got its name from the French custom of parading a fat ox through the town as part of the celebration of the day.






Now through November 3rd, you get an entry into our drawing EVERY TIME YOU STOP IN! One person will win their choice of a beautiful glass pendant!

No purchase is necessary, and limit one entry per day.  Winner chooses from in-stock pendant selection.


This quarter's newsletter ends with a positive announcement from Spectrum Glass Company!  CLICK HERE to read all about it!

July 2016, 11th Edition


It's summertime, Yeah!  You may be thinking of upgrading your yards,  changing the look or maybe adding a little zing to some areas. 

We have the zing you may be looking for with custom stepping stones!  You can come in and make one yourself, or we can make one for you with something that is personal to you or your family or with certain colors. 

We also have a variety of garden stakes in the store right now that will make your landscaping come alive with sparkle and color.

I invite you to come in and explore the possibilities for your outside living areas!  It's always exciting to enhance our lives and the beauty that we surround ourselves with. 

Also, be sure to complete this quarter’s WORD FIND and bring it into the store before September 1st for a chance to win a Glass Quarterly magazine and a $10 Gift Certificate to The Glass Garden! 

--Judy Shumway, Owner

Why DO We Say That?

1. Why Do we call small change "chicken feed"?

2.What is the origin of the term "icky"?

3.What is the origin of the term "kidnap"?

4.Why is a "jaywalker" known by that name?

5.Why do we say a person who has died has "kicked the bucket"?

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How to Have CUSTOM Without the High Cost

There as so many ways we can help customize your home.  Do you have pendant lights in your kitchen that you would like to change?  We can make fused glass globes on your existing fixtures!

We also create glass inserts for kitchen or other built-in cabinets.  Our shop offers a large selection of clear glass for you pick from.  We do the rest! You may have a built-in with glass doors already, and we can help you change out the plain glass for designer clear glass or a glass that has some frosting to it. 

Another way to elevate your living space is with a custom design display piece.   Out staff makes a variety of different shaped fused plates and hanging panels, and you can hand pick the color and design. 

The options are endless, and we are happy to help you elevate your home with special custom pieces, based on your design preferences and budget.

Upcoming Classes

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April 2016, 10th Edition

The Glass Garden Quarterly Newsletter

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We find ourselves at another edition of our fabulous, informative newsletter!

April is Art Glass Month.  So to help everyone celebrate it along with us we are having a SALE-----

On April 8th and 9th, all sheet glass will be 20% off!  Also our sale within a sale is on our amber scrap glass, buy 5 or more and get 30% off while supplies last.     This is a great time to get your glass for a current project or future ones, so stop in and take a look!

Also, be sure to complete this quarter’s WORD FIND and bring it into the store before April 30th, 2016, for a chance to win a Glass Quarterly magazine and a $10 Gift Certificate to The Glass Garden! 

--Judy Shumway, Owner

Origins of Everyday Things

Paper Towels--It was actually a factory production error in 1907 that resulted in America's packaged, tear-off towels.  By that year, the Scott brothers' paper company was a huge success.  Their high-quality soft bathroom tissue arrived from a large paper mill in a so-called parent roll, which were then cut down to convenient bathroom-size packages.  One order from the mill proved to be defective.  The parent roll was excessively heavy and wrinkled.  Unfit for bathroom tissues, the product was scheduled to be returned when a member of the Scott family suggested perforating  the thick paper into small towel-size sheets.  The product, he suggested, could be advertised as disposable "paper towels".

America's first commercially packaged paper towel was named Sani-Towel in 1907 and it sold primarily to hotels, restaurants, and railroad stations for use in public washrooms.  There was a simple, economic resistance to paper towels on the part of home owners.  Why pay for a towel that was used once and discarded, when a cloth towel could be washed and reused indefinitely?  But as the price of paper towels gradually decreased, home owners found them more readily disposable and in 1931 the brand Sani-Towel and was renamed Scott Towels; a roll of two hundred sheets sold for a quarter.  Whereas toilet tissuebecame a necessity of the bathroom, paper towels would become a great convenience in almost every room in the house.

Upcoming Monthly Specials

April--20% off sheet glass April 8th and 9th only

May--20% off Switchables Night Lights

June--20% off any summer class purchased by 6/30/16

Upcoming Classes

We offer a wide variety of classes for beginners and experienced glass hobbyists.  For a complete list of the classes coming up, please CLICK HERE!

January 2016, 9th Edition

The Glass Garden Quarterly Newsletter


Welcome to another edition of our newsletter!

We are in the throes of winter and so far it's been a mild one.  There is one thing that has not been mild though, and that's Our Ladies Night Out!  Our once a month event has been booked full since its inception over a year ago. 

Starting January 2016, we’re offering a new project for Ladies Night Out, a fused art strip, so grab your friend and sign up --EARLY-- this event fills up fast!   This class requires no prior experience!  The mission statement is:  "Food-Friends-Fun".

We just posted a TON of new classes, so be sure to check them out on our website, at www.eglassgarden.com/all-classes.

Also, be sure to complete this quarter’s WORD FIND and bring it into the store before March 15th, 2016, for a chance to win a Glass Quarterly magazine and a $10 Gift Certificate to The Glass Garden! 

Judy Shumway, Owner


Macadamia nuts do have shells.  But selling them in their shells would present a serious marketing problem. Only Superman could eat them.  According to the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation, the largest producer of macadamias in the world, "It takes 300 pounds per square inch of pressure to break the shell"

After macadamias are harvested, the husks are removed, and then the nuts are dried and cured to reduce their moisture. The drying process helps separate the kernel from the shell; without this separation, it would be impossible to apply the pressure necessary  to shatter the shell without pulverizing the contents.  The nuts then pass through counter-rotating steel rollers spaced to break the shell without shattering the nutmeat.

Of course, one question remains. Why did nature bother creating macadamias when humans and animals (even raging rhinos) can't break open the shells to eat them without the aid of heavy machinery?


January                         25% Off In Stock Pattern Books

February                       20% Stained Glass Chemicals

March                            $10 Off $50 or more of glass purchases

Gather your friends and/or family members and create a glass project!

Our private parties are meant just for that.  Invite 5 or more people to come and create a lasting project that everyone will be amazed at.  Bring some food and drinks and make it more memorable.  There are 5 projects to pick from and here they are:  Stringer Plates, Name Plates, Art Strips, Confetti Trays, Snow Flakes.

Call the Shop now and plan your private party class.  NO experience is needed so don't leave anyone out.


Although real snowflakes that nature provides us don't last, ours do!

You couldn't give a more perfect gift than a glass snowflake!  Although we aren't nature we make some awesome snowflakes.  There are several for sale or we can make one just for you.  Remember a gift doesn't mean you have to give it away!!!