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.

Current Specials




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Upcoming Classes

To check out all of our upcoming classes, click here.

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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"?

CLICK HERE to see the answers!





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

To check out all our newly scheduled classes, 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!!!