More good, bad and ugly …

The WWU post I had in mind for this week has been overshadowed by the very cold events of Tuesday …

But first … the good:  The stairway leading to my studio is now complete.  Carpet, paint and the wall of shame (along with some pretty items) …


And, Tuesday afternoon I made a new batch of candles in yummy scents.  It’s that time of year, and it had the house smelling winter cozy with Butterscotch, Crème Brulee, Mocha Cappuccino, Calypso, Raspberry Sangria and Coconut Lime Cooler …


All while disaster was striking in my beloved studio … because – IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR!!!  Aarrgh!

The pipes froze out in the studio.  That’s not new.  I know how to handle that.  But when we had those few measly hours of ‘warm’ weather on Tuesday … the cold water pipe that leads to my studio bathroom (toilet) completely blew! 

When DH and I headed to the studio Tuesday evening, we were greeted with 2-3 inches of standing water in multiple areas of the studio.  While I don’t have photos of the mini lake we had created on the upper floor of his barn (12 feet in the air) … I do have pictures of some of the aftermath/clean-up.

We removed some 15+ gallons of water (thank you wet/dry vac), and I’m slowly getting her up and running again … minus any working plumbing/bath facilities.  We’re not going to talk about the gallons of damage to DH’s automotive and carpentry tools in the ‘man cave’ … Oh, Michigan Winters – how I love thee!!!

toilet  packing-room  studio-2-15

studio2 2-15

On the plus side, it can all be repaired/salvaged and or replaced (… additionally, the new carpet/stairs did not suffer any water damage).  AND – I have several cases of wine I have now been inspired to make!  Thank you Wine Expert!


About claytonhill

Artisan of beautiful and functional art, handmade in our glass studio. All items one of a kind due to the nature of our medium. A little about me: As the mother of four children, multiple four-legged 'children', wife and an ER nurse ... I've always found pleasure in pursuing creative outlets. My current 'hobby' is kiln-formed glass. As I never do anything 'half-way' ... my husband and I are really enjoying this medium. Other hobbies have included/include stained glass, quilting, knitting, wine making, candles - oh, and a brief trial of the ancient Ukranian art of etching designs on blown eggs ... don't ask. :) You can view my on-line glass store at
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