Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am Thankful for my family & our health. For clean water, food, medical care, freedom, technology, shelter, law enforcement, the military, education, art & music and Gods love.

My mind goes to the people in the world without clean water, food, freedom, or education. The kids who are forced to work as laborers, hunters, soldiers and sex slaves. The ones who watch their families die from sickness and violence as their own tummies are also empty and they are sold into slavery. The little girls born into cultures that don't give them equal rights, who treat them as possessions and even mutilate their genitals in the name of purity. The boys who are forced into manhood far too early and told that they are meant to dominate woman and fight against others as they are taught to seek power and lust as their proof of strength and value.

I pray thanks for the freedoms and luxuries we so easily take for granted. And also that we become less numb to the more subtle wrongs in this country such as domestic abuse, animal abuse, corporate greed, political corruption, medias constant pressures on girls regarding sexuality and their body image, the glass ceiling men so deny in the workplace….

As I type I am more and more aware of how much I have been blessed with by the absence of so many of these atrocities in my own life.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

SALE! Black Friday starts NOW at ADPhotography!

Black Friday starts NOW at ADPhotography!
All items $10 already marked down from $15, 2 for $18 ($2 will be refunded via paypal).

Special for Blog readers. Heart me and get free shipping or additional 10% for custom cards.
Put the fact that you hearted in the notes section during purchase to get the heart discount.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Fan Pages on face book

We created a Fan Page for Ardent designs:

We also recently joined Etsy Black Friday as a fan and are promoting our black friday deals there, but there are bunches of other merchants posting there too so if you want to shop for a deal on black friday but don't want to stand in line all day long (or over the weekend) then check em out.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Wall Sconce and/or Luminare Lamp

I (Joe) have been struggling with a new idea and I've tried about 4 different prototypes for a Luminare Lamp that would lend itself to printed transparencies of photos.

I thought it would be a cool way to combine mine photography and my engineering (aka "MacGyver'in").

So far every single one of these prototypes have failed for various reasons. Just thought I would post this out to vent some of the frustration.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Black Friday is coming!

Special deals at both shops as well as tons of Etsy shops beginning on 11/27 going through 11/30.

Ardent Designs is taking 25% off everything in the shop.

ADPhotography is running a sale. Any 1 item for $10 and any 2 items for $18.

Also find all sorts of deals all over Etsy at: Etsy Black Friday Facebook page

ADPhotography new product.

ADPhotography has a new product line. Personalized designed cards. They can be announcements, Save the dates, or Christmas cards. We already have a variety of designs to choose from and they are listed on Etsy.

All you do is choose the design and then send us the photos you want to use in the card and we will plug in the photos for you and send you the file to be printed at any photo processor near you. We can also do the printing for you if you prefer and ship the finished product to your door.

Get yours at

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

New listing at ADPhotography etsy store

New listing at ADPhotography etsy store. Yellow Stuff #2 from the Yellow Stuff Series.

Monday, November 16, 2009

More Note Cards posted to the ADPhotography store

There are a few new posts to the ADPhotography Store. Pics posted at the store!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

I'm Thankful for....

Thanksgiving is fast approaching! What are you thankful for? I am thankful for my wonderful husband and kids, our health, our dog and our extended family and network of friends.

I am also thankful for the creative inspiration, opportunities and supplies that are so vast and readily available in our world - both online and in 3D.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Note cards posted to the new ADPHotography etsy store

Finally managed to get the new note cards posted to the new ADPhotography Etsy store.

Here you can see a couple of samples from the 2 posts so far. To the right are a couple of images from the Yellow stuff photo series.

Below is a sample from the Red Stuff Photo series.

The posts on Etsy both are 5 card sets. Each card features a different image from the series. They ship complete with envelopes.

The cards are digitally printed with a Glossy UV coating applied that really set off the images. the insides are flat white for your personal message to your loved one. Get yours today!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Christmas Plant Stakes are here!

Meet Dasher the plant stake! Gorgeous Bronze Mica on a dark grey background of warm glass, set atop a hammered copper stake.

What a cute little snowman garaunteed to brighten a poinsetta or an everyday plant.

Then we have the chinese symbol for love. lovely enough to leave out all year long!

Another year round plant stake, sends the message we wish more of the world would heed.

Joy to the world. classic, beautiful, and set at an angle to set it apart of even the most dense plant.

Stay posted because the rudolph stake is on it's way.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

More Plant Stakes (Plant Wands), And the new note cards are in.

Just out of the kiln are new Holiday Plant Stakes (renamed from plant wands after a heated marketing meeting regarding their name). The epoxy is curing and hoping to do some photos tomorrow. They look beautiful and super festive.

Also the new ADP note cards are back from printing and need to do some photos and post them in the ADP store this week.

Next week we will be at South Arbor Academy in Ann Arbor, MI on Thursday 11/12, selling and promoting.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

More New Glass

Just finished several new Glass Fusings. Among them are these super beautiful & elegant dichroic glass stud earrings. Wonderful addition to a night out outfit or special occasion.

These cuff links, are a new product for ArdentDesigns. Simple, elegant, & artful. They encompass all of the charactersitics that Joelyn founded her jewelry designs on. They are elegant enough for black tie and cool enough for the club.

We don't make sets very often but when we do "kaaaa plow". These are handmade fused Glass featured in teal and grounded with a iredescent portion at the bottom. These could be with that special holiday outfit or everyday at the office.

Plant Wands!

Two of the new Plant Wands are finally done. They are just simple, cute fused glass pendants atop a stressed, copper rod designed to stick in container plants or gardens. The copper is untreated and will acquire a patina over time, particularly if used outdoors.

We would love to know what you think of these so please feel free to comment.

Monday, November 2, 2009

New Store, more Soap Dishes, & Plant Wands

Joe has created his new etsy store. We've posted the banner here. We are still waiting on the our custom note cards to come back from printing, should be tomorrow, and these will be the first listings. They are sets of 5 note cards. Each card in the set will feature a different photograph of a series.

The first two series to be featured are: The "Red Stuff" series and the "Yellow Stuff" series.

You can check out the new store here .

Joelyn is currently working up 2 new soap dishes in Glass. Its a 2 to 3 step process so we are anxiously awaiting the the final product.

Also She is hoping to finish some new Plant Wands consisting of Fused Glass and Copper. The copper stem just needs to be attached to the decoritive glass toppers and then photography to be presented.