Most students in introductory stained-glass-making classes are in search of a new hobby or a fun few hours, but not Connie Beckers. In 1995, she took such a course and soon built a career around the art of stained glass and kiln-working. Now, through The Goddess of Glass, she teaches others her craft during classes that cover the creation of jewelry, coasters, plates, and transparent overalls. She?s also been known to flex her instructional muscle as a guest artist on the DIY Network show I Hate my Kitchen, on the episode entitled Cramped Quarters, where she taught the show?s host and contractor how to make stained-glass tiles for a kitchen in the middle of remodeling.
The Goddess of Glass also sells artwork and gifts out of a separate retail shop. Patrons can commission a custom piece, such as a stained-glass window, or peruse a collection of pieces by more than 80 local artisans. The shop?s staff can also advise clients who need custom framing, helping them to pick the proper matting and frame so that their Richard Nixon rookie cards really pop.
Custom T-shirt Central hands the creative reins to customers, letting them design their own graphics for T-shirts, sweatshirts, and onesies. After uploading a hand-sketched masterpiece, crafting a computerized image, or selecting a picture from the store’s extensive gallery, an easy-to-navigate online program helps turn pixelated dreams into realities on the chosen garment. The software displays fabric color to ensure complementary hues. It also lets designers size and position sayings or cartoons so that they’re big enough to read from afar or tiny enough to bring curious passersby close enough to bite. After the composition is perfected, personalized attire arrives by mail.
Whether orchestrating adorable scenes where babies with mohawks pluck Fender Stratocaster guitars in their studio, or capturing familial comfort in living rooms on location, Flash Digital Portraits aims to tell a story. Creative backgrounds and props draw out the personalities of babies and kids, and sessions with families render treasured keepsakes that, when framed, enliven a room. Whether focusing their lens on pets or trying to get graduating seniors to look into the camera by dangling stuffed animals in front of them, the staff design personality-packed images to realize each client's vision.
With thousands of frame and mat samples, The Great Frame Up can satisfy any and all framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (most diplomas can be framed for around $100–$200), personalized jerseys glisten (most for under $300), and dorm-room movie posters sparkle (many 24"x36" pieces are under $100). The design wizards can also find a home for any prized possession, such as shoebox photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts. The Great Frame Up’s no-hassle guarantee and assurance that all work is done on site means your frameables won't be subject to mistreatment at underground commercial framing facilities.
Though VHS tapes may be of sentimental value, their usefulness is fading in the modern world. National Video Transfer’s employees ensure the memories stored within VHS and all forms of outdated or rare media devices remain intact and compatible with current technology. They can transfer and update the content of any kind of video—from VHS to Betamax—and relocate it to DVD without losing quality or the only known recording of dad dancing. The media specialists can even transfer film using the trusted Elmo TRV, transfer audiocassette tunes onto CDs, or simply duplicate existing CD and DVD content.
Lifetouch Inc. became the world’s largest employee-owned photography company one portrait at a time.
Today, Lifetouch and its subsidiaries serve the photographic needs of people of all ages. Lifetouch truly is “memories for a lifetime.”