I can hardly believe it-- 15 years ago today we moved to New Jersey. Just a few months later, in an effort to meet people and get out of "mommy mode" for a bit, I signed up for a stained glass class at a shop in Somerville, NJ. The class ignited a fire inside me and I started down a path I hadn't considered before. For the next ten years, I took over a small, windowless room in our basement and spent every naptime working on glass art. The set up was awful; there was no ventilation, it was dark, and crowded. I kept my eye on a corner of our backyard where, in 2010, we broke ground on my studio. Today, my "commute" spans the length of our deck-- 20 feet from our backdoor to my workspace. Coming up above ground means windows, ventilation, and light-- and lots of space! This studio is my own little version of paradise. Inside, the stained glass pieces I custom build for my clients give them a little window into their own paradise-- using their imagery, colors, and style. Today I celebrate 15 years in NJ and 5 in paradise.