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Middlemoon Creekwalk 2016: A Lover's Lane Revival

Posted on February 10, 2016 by Jennifer Shea Hedberg | 0 Comments

Finnish Glass Ice Towers by Jennifer Shea Hedberg, The Ice Wrangler for Wintercraft

 

The Middlemoon Creekwalk lines up with Valentine's Day yet again! If the weather forecasters are correct, it should be a glorious day to work/play outside. And, the evening will be even more amazing with the lights of hundreds of candles shining in the dark.


So come down and enjoy - better yet - come down and join in the fun!

WHAT: The Middlemoon Creekwalk - A Spontaneous Ice Luminary Lighting Along the Creek!

WHEN: Sunday, February 14 at dusk and repeat on Monday night, February 15, too! 

 

TIME: Dusk. Candles generally stay lit until 11pm or so.


WHY: Because we love our neighborhood! AND, as the winter sun shines brighter, we generally have a range of beautiful ice lanterns of all shapes and sizes that were extras from ice luminary installations or products of ice experiments that are gloriously sun-kissed. The magic of their beauty lies in their imperfection and they all deserve a moment in the limelight.

 

HISTORY: Briefly... About 5 years ago we spontaneously decided to add some ice lanterns to a short pathway in the woods along a little creek near our home in Minneapolis - it was Valentine's Day and we thought it would be fun if someone stumbled upon it... all they needed was some love in their hearts. Named "Lover's Lane" the first year, the creek lighting has now become an annual tradition...  although the spirit is the same, the date changes each year. It now is known as Middlemoon Creekwalk as we attempt to have it by the light of a middle moon (full moon nights get all the attention!).  We're lucky this year as the stars and the moon have aligned again on Valentine's weekend.



WHERE: The small stretch of creek between Lake Harriet and 49th Street walking bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. This year, if more people bring their own ice lanterns down, we will try to light up the creek to 50th street! MAP

 

SHARE:  Although magical as a solo stroll, the Middlemoon Creekwalk is also meant to be enjoyed with friends and neighbors. We encourage you to let others know by sharing this email or Wintercraft's Facebook post.  It's a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with nearby friends and celebrate the outdoor winter beauty.

HELP? Absolutely!  We'll be working in the area from noon on Friday until lighting on Sunday. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated and it's fun! 

HOW CAN YOU HELP? 

#1 - We need SNOW MOVED! We have sleds and shovels, but feel free to bring your own. Please contact us ASAP if you are interested as this is the first step. When? Mostly on Friday, but snow will still be needed on Saturday or Sunday, too!

#2 - We need ICE MOVED to the creek from our home. (Please note that some ice is very heavy!) When? Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Private message for address.

#3 - BRING ICE LANTERNS YOU HAVE MADE to the creek! Any size and shape of ice lantern is welcomed, but they should be lit with candles. Bring your own candles if you have them, but we'll have extra candles and matches. (Be kind to other contributors by installing your lanterns at least 10-15 feet from others unless you have asked :) When? Saturday or Sunday.

 

P.S. for bringing your own ice lanterns: It looks like it might be snowing on Sunday, and a sitting, uncovered candle will not light as well after it has been snowed on. Consider bringing a plastic bag to cover your set up creation as you wait to light it in the late afternoon/evening.

#4 - Place and light ice lanterns down the creek. We will give a short tutorial on Saturday (at noon at the bridge at 49th St. and W. Minnehaha Pkwy) to those that want to learn the process of setting up an ice lantern in the snow. Then take that knowledge and help along the creek on Saturday and Sunday.

#5 - It seems like it would be nice to have Hot Cocoa/Coffee available. If someone wants to spearhead that effort, that would be lovely! Please let us know if you would like to do this, so we can send others your way to help YOU!

#6 - Do you own a bundt pan? If yes, fill it with water, put it out on a sidewalk or other cold spot (not in the snow), cover it with an insulating top (example: a plastic bag with the A section of the newspaper inside), and then wait at least 12 hours. Bring it inside and put it upside down in your sink and wait for it to drop out. Take the piece of shaped ice and put it in a plastic bag and keep cold outside. Bring it down to the creek! Combined with other bundt pan shapes of ice, we can build Bundt Pan Ice Lantern Towers! One tower would be fun - many would be cool!

 

Ice Flower at Middlemoon Creekwalk with Child by The Ice Wrangler by Wintercraft


OUR HOPE: To create a "Community Ice Lantern Garden" where people will come together to create and/or simply enjoy the glow of a winter's evening. If one is quiet enough, they may just hear the ducks or an owl..  This fickle winter is beginning to feel a bit long, so we hope the Middlemoon Creekwalk will be a wonderful transition to March and . . . springtime.  

QUESTIONS /CONTACT: 
Email us at info@wintercraft.com
or message via Facebook (facebook.com/wintercraft)
or text Jen at 612.964.3023

PS. If you take photos, we'd love to see them! Post them on our Facebook page or submit to our Photo Contest!

Enjoy the Glow!
-- Jennifer Shea Hedberg, The Ice Wrangler

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Posted in Ice Art, Luminary Ice Creations, Making Ice Lanterns, Middlemoon Creekwalk, Wintercraft

Valentine's Day Globe Ice Lantern Centerpiece

Posted on February 09, 2016 by Jennifer Shea Hedberg | 0 Comments

Wintercraft Valentine's Day Centerpiece

With Valentine's Day just around the corner and a few days of good outdoor freezing weather ahead, it would be a GREAT idea to surprise your love with a beautiful globe ice lantern centerpiece. This is the centerpiece I plan to make for Tom!

 

I will use a tin container to catch the melting ice:

12.5 inch Tin container

I will place the Floral Foam Riser inside the tin container:

Wintercraft Floral Foam Riser

 

and ring it with these flowers: 

Flower choices for Wintercraft Globe Ice Lantern Centerpiece

 

And I am going to light it with these new battery-powered LED lights which I love!

Wintercraft Crystal LED lights battery-powered

 

Perfect!

Wintercraft Valentine's Day Centerpiece

 

Other Globe Ice Lantern Centerpiece Ideas

If you enter the word "centerpiece" in the search application of my blogs, you will find many options, but this one has details for a simple and easy project: http://www.wintercraft.com/blogs/icewranglers-blog/18211947-simple-cake-pan-centerpiece

SImple Cake Pan Globe Ice Lantern Centerpiece supplies

 

I would love to see a photo of your creation -- Send it my way!

 

Enter the Wintercraft photo contest for 2016!

 

Enjoy the Glow!

--Jennifer Shea Hedberg, The Ice Wrangler

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Posted in Custom Ice Luminary Installations, LED Lights for Ice Lanterns, Luminary Ice Creations, Make in Freezer, Making Ice Lanterns, Winter Craft, Wintercraft

The Luminary Loppet's Enchanted Forest 2016!

Posted on February 09, 2016 by Jennifer Shea Hedberg | 0 Comments

WIntercraft Finnish Glass Ice Luminaries by Jennifer Shea Hedberg The Ice Wrangler for Luminary Loppet Enchanted Forest 2016

 

We were delighted to donate several Luminary Ice Sculptures to the Enchanted Forest area of the Luminary Loppet again this year. The weather was fabulous -- for the people that is. But, for ice, it was a little on the warm side which made it all a little hazy. The huge crowds of people, that came down to enjoy the thousands of ice luminaries and ice luminary sculptures, did not seem to mind, though. And, I am sure that the army of volunteers, that constructed and lit all the luminaries around the lake, also enjoyed the warmth while they were working. I will admit, that my crew and I enjoyed it as well.

 

Wintercraft Ice Luminary Sculpture by Jennifer Shea Hedberg The Ice Wrangler for Luminary Loppet Enchanted Forest 2016

What goes through a children's mind when they see an ice lantern for the very first time?

 

While the whole event is beautiful, my personal favorite is the Enchanted Forest. It has become a community ice lantern garden where a select group of people install artistic displays of ice and candles.

 

Enchanted Forest Community Ice Lantern Garden

The top image above shows a section of the many ice luminary groupings. The bottom row shows (l-r) Mary Arneson's beautiful Hobnail Teapot lanterns, Kathy Loeffler's Ice Castle, and finally, and unknown artist embedded wheat in ice. Lovely!

 

As for me, besides my signature Globe Ice Lanterns and Ice Glass, I decided to bring down some towers of Finnish Glass Ice Lanterns . . .

WIntercraft Finnish Glass Ice Luminaries by Jennifer Shea Hedberg The Ice Wrangler for Luminary Loppet Enchanted Forest 2016

 

 . . . and some Teardrop Ice Lanterns . . . 

WIntercraft Tear Drop Ice Lanterns by Jennifer Shea Hedberg The Ice Wrangler for Luminary Loppet Enchanted Forest 2016

 

. . . but my favorite was definitely the subtle beauty of a single Egg Ice Lantern we hung from a branch on the edge of woods overlooking the frozen lake and ski trail.

WIntercraft Hanging Egg Ice Lantern by Jennifer Shea Hedberg The Ice Wrangler for Luminary Loppet Enchanted Forest 2016

If you did not make it down the Enchanted Forest this year, try to put it on your calendar for next year - great fun!

Enjoy the Glow!

-- Jennifer Shea Hedberg, The Ice Wrangler

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An Ice Bar for a Loppet Party!

Posted on February 09, 2016 by Jennifer Shea Hedberg | 0 Comments

Wintercraft Ice Bar with LED lights by Jennifer Shea Hedberg, the Ice Wrangler

 

The night of the Luminary Loppet in Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA) is a magical evening and many of those that live around Lake of the Isles (where the event is held) host private parties to warm the hearts and toes of friends that come down to view the thousands of ice lanterns and luminary ice sculptures that ring the lake.

 

This year, besides donating several luminary sculptures in the Loppet's Enchanted Forest, I was commissioned to build an ICE BAR and "bring the magic inside" with a Finnish Glass Luminary Ice Centerpiece for the food table at one of the parties. I decided to freeze some flowers into the ice of the centerpiece - which turned out fabulously. Can you see the large bubbles in the ice amidst the flowers? (This project will definitely be in my upcoming book!)

 

Wintercraft "Finnish Glass" Ice Lantern Centerpiece by Jennifer Shea Hedberg, The Ice Wrangler

 

The host welcomed friends back from nordic skiing, snowshoeing or walking the path around the lake with shots of delicious schnapps and hot cocoa at the ICE BAR! Then, the guests were lead inside to enjoy some hot soup and appetizers. Such a wonderful party!

 

Wintercraft Ice Bar for private party built by Jennifer Shea Hedberg, The Ice Wrangler

Wintercraft Ice Bar for private party built by Jennifer Shea Hedberg, The Ice Wrangler

These folks were definitely Enjoying the Glow!

 

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Posted in Custom Ice Luminary Installations, Luminary Ice Creations, Making Ice Lanterns, Wintercraft

Experiments in Ice!

Posted on January 14, 2016 by Jennifer Shea Hedberg | 0 Comments

Bubble bucket ice lantern by Jennifer Shea Hedberg of Wintercraft

In the last few years, I have become known as the "Ice Wrangler". Its a fun moniker that has stuck in part because of my ability to maneuver huge sheets of ice, Ice Glass, to create luminary ice sculptures. Just recently I discovered that I am also know as the Ice Lantern Queen and this link will take you to a recently written article about how and why I developed Wintercraft. It also discusses, at length, about making Globe Ice Lanterns. While it is well written and spot on accurate, it made me realize that I need to start telling people about the other icy things I do, because globes are just the tip of the iceberg. 

 

For one, I love to experiment with ice. The above photo is an icy experiment that will find its way into my book, Ice Luminary Magic, but also into a luminary ice sculpture that I am going to build for a wedding this weekend. I call this concept - "Ice Bubble Pedestal Lantern". Will it hold a globe or be surrounded by Ice Glass, or both? That will all come together as I am working. 

 

Ice Bubble Pedestal Detail

I love making luminary sculptures. I've done countless unique creations over the years from kids birthday parties to weddings to commissioned corporate events. To be honest, often much of the decision process occurs on site, as I have analyzed how the ice pieces have held up in transport. When a piece breaks, it becomes 2 or more different pieces, so it has to evolve. If I fall in love with a piece of ice, it will surely break. So, I try to find the best ice pieces I have, I load them up and put them together somewhere else - it always seems to work out.  

 

I did have one disaster recently. I thought it would be fun to freeze a small sculpture of Adrian Peterson into an ice globe for last Sunday's NFL playoff Vikings-Seahawks football game (it was a cold day and was touted as the "Ice Bowl").  Hmmm. Not only did our Vikings team let us down AGAIN, but the little Adrian moved on me at the last minute and froze into a bad position. It even thermal shocked as I was carrying it. Jinxed. At least he was still holding the ball . . . (that was mean. I apologize.)

 

Adrian Peterson failed experiment

 

I will wait for this one to melt and try using Adrian again - next year.

 

Enjoy the glow!

Jennifer Shea Hedberg

 

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Outdoor Freezing Tips for Globe Ice Lanterns

Posted on January 14, 2016 by Jennifer Shea Hedberg | 0 Comments

Freeze Wintercraft Globe Ice Lanterns on snow - if available

I am excited to write that cold weather has descended around us (in Minneapolis, MN) but not before Mother Nature also provided us with a beautifully insulating blanket of snow. It is the combination of cold, snow and Wintercraft supplies that allow people to make Globe Ice Lanterns - the easy way!

With any new craft, it would feel overwhelming to hear about all the little nuances that can change the outcome of your project before you even get started. So before reading this blog, I would like to recommend this earlier blog on Wintercraft Globe Ice Lantern Basics, then come back and read on.

This blog will discuss some of the little things that can change the way your Globe Ice Lanterns look, function and last.

Freeze Wintercraft Globe Ice Lanterns in the shade if possible

TIP #1 - The best place to put water-filled balloons to freeze is a location where they can be in the shade for the majority of the day. The thaw/re-freeze action that can occur from placing a water-filled balloon in a very sunny spot to freeze can sometimes cause the latex of the balloon to fail—especially with larger globes.


TIP #2 - Water-filled balloons should not be placed on stone or decking as it could hasten the bottom freezing - unless the outside temps are in the warmer freezing ranges, 20-32°F/-7-0°C. When it is that warm . . .

When its warm I do freeze Wintercraft Globe Ice Lanterns on a deck or stonework with styrofoam

 . . . I do place my water-filled Globe Ice Lantern Balloons on decking or stone work with a plastic wrapped insulation disk underneath. Why? Usually a deck or stone work would make the bottom too cold and make the bottom of the globe ice lantern freeze closed, but when it is warm, the ground goes beyond just an insulator and becomes a heater which slows the rate of freezing for the entire globe. 

TIP #3 - Snow acts as an isulator, so it should be under the balloon's freezing base, but try to brush any snow away from the top and side surfaces of the balloon while it is freezing. Anywhere snow touches a Globe Ice Lantern as it's freezing, could keep it from freezing.

Wipe snow off a globe ice lantern

TIP #4 - Place water-filled balloons at lease a foot apart from each other while they are freezing, as the heat from other balloons could cause the unfrozen cavity of the balloon to be off-center. In fact, a fun science experiment to try with kids involves placing two water-filled balloons right next to each other so they are touching or "kissing", when they are opened, the central cavities will be kissing as well.

TIP #5 - An off-center cavity can also be formed if you place your water-filled balloons too close to the house or other heated structure while they are freezing. I like to place them at least 10-15 feet away from anything producing heat or changing the temperature in any way.

 

There are several things right about this photo and several things wrong: 

Right A - Using Wintercraft products!

Right B - Used a styrofoam base when the globe has not been placed in the snow or ground.

Wrong A - Too close to the house!

Wrong B - This was a forgotten globe that was let freeze too long. See how it has lifted out of the base. It is frozen solid - bummer. It can still be used, but it is easier to set a timer for yourself on your phone and rescue it before this happens. 

right and wrong things with this photo

TIP #6 - How to use an off-center cavity? If you have a situation where you are building a larger ice structure and need to access your globe ice lantern from the side, having a side hole comes in handy. Then you would want to place two or more water-filled balloons right next to each other. You can even push them together to create a larger multi-globe lantern which is very cool!

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The Precipitous Edge of a New Year

Posted on January 02, 2016 by Jennifer Shea Hedberg | 3 Comments

Jen after brain surgery

I have always believed that I did better in a crisis. Thus, I rarely planned ahead, and magically, it all seemed to work out -- it was a mystery. But, 2015 threw me under a bus and now I have to plan ahead, or by mid-day, I collapse. Let me explain . . .

 

Bump #1: Vertigo
In January of 2015, I started experiencing vertigo, which for me meant a constant state of feeling out of balance. I shrugged it off as a possible ear infection and after a course of steroids it went away - sort of. Enough for me to keep moving at least, for I was scheduled to go to Lincoln, New Hampshire to install some artistic ice for the Ice Castle.

Ice Wall built by Jennifer Shea Hedberg of Wintercraft for the New Hampshire Ice Castle

This is the Ice Wall that I built at the New Hampshire Ice Castle while having bouts of vertigo.

 Bump #2: More Worry

It was also January when a dear family member (to protect her privacy I will call her Sarah) was diagnosed with a mysterious autoimmune disease that was affecting her kidney function. It was a scary time, but Sarah handled it with grace. Fortunately, doctors were found that knew about this disease and the best ways to handle it, so we put her in their hands. As for me, it took a fall down the stairs to remind me that I should really find out what was wrong with me.

 

Bump #3: The Truth is Discovered

MRI discovered an Acoustic Neuroma

On March 30, 2015, I woke up to find that the left side of my face was numb and tingly like it had fallen asleep. I decided to go the the Emergency Room where they immediately gave me an MRI and told me that I had a benign brain tumor called an Acoustic Neuroma. "Here's a list of doctors that are good in the area - good luck - bye." OK, now what? 

 

Shining Moment #1 and Bump #4: Tom and Discovering a Problem

Tom, my love

One of the best things that every happened to me was that I married Tom. That would ring true once again as we were faced with this frightening new dilemma. One of Tom's true gifts is his ability to research - anything. So, he dug in and started finding out everything he could about Acoustic Neuromas (AN), also called Vestibular Schwannomas. He discovered that they typically are slow growing tumors that can wreck havoc in a person's life, but will rarely kill them. Bonus! But, it would turn out that I had an unusual type of AN. Mine was growing fast . . .

 

Shining Moment #2: Community

Follow the Bubbles blog

Two days after we were told about the tumor, I decided that this was just too big to handle by ourselves. I created a super secret Facebook page about my tumor called "Follow the Bubbles: a peaceful path to the annihilation of a brain tumor". I think my idea at the time was I needed to throw myself on the universe and maybe, just maybe an answer would materialize. I wrote, "When my dad was teaching me how to windsurf many years ago, he told me that I ever fell into the water and became disoriented, that all I needed to do was follow the bubbles to the surface. The bubbles don't always go straight up, but will go towards air, so while trapped under the sail, you might need to go sideways first and then up to the air. So . . . as I navigate these crazy brain tumor waters, I am going to follow the bubbles . . . 
 
What are the bubbles? My thoughts, your thoughts, our feelings and instincts. All are good. All are relevant."
 
I have to tell you that what happened after that was close to miraculous. Everyone that Tom and I invited to the page chimed in with well wishes and love, but also with help. Because we opened ourselves up, we were offered names of doctors and advise for how to find our way. Meals and hugs and calming visits became the norm. To say that I am grateful for all this would be a gross understatement. There are no words for how I feel about the beautiful and diverse community that supported both Tom and me as we went through this whole crazy process. 

 

Huge Bump #5: My Mom is Gone

Jen and her mother 2015

We had no idea how fast this cancer would take her. Mercifully, it was just 9 days after this picture was taken that my mother passed peacefully into immortal summer surrounded by her loving family.

 In April, my mother decided to have surgery on her foot to relieve chronic pain. Little did anyone, and apparently that included her primary doctor, know that she had cancer growing inside her that would use this moment of weakness to strike. We were told her cancer was terminal the same day Tom and I met with the doctors at the Mayo Clinic for my issues. It's hard for me to describe the sadness of that moment in time. All I could think about was that my mother was dying. She was the woman who taught me by example how to be strong, creative, loving and kind. She taught me how to tie my shoes and how to make an omelet. She taught me how to be. The fact that at the same time Sarah was suffering and I was increasingly having more difficulties became harder to see. When my mother died in hospice a week later, I began a confusing journey through my grief that was numbed by fear.  

 

Bump #6: Symptoms Increase

Growing Tumor

This MRI shows how the tumor has encroached on the brain stem and is causing the surrounding brain tissue to swell.

After my mother died, I woke up to realize I needed to focus on my situation as it was becoming more and more obvious that I was in trouble. Given Tom's research, we knew what symptoms of increasing tumor size might include. Thus when the numbness around my mouth spread to include the entire left side of my face, severe pain to my teeth and tongue, as well as the fact that my left eye would not close all the way, I began to wonder what was happening. We contacted each of the neurosurgeons we were interviewing if I should get another MRI. All but one said, No, these symptoms are occurring because of stress - go get a massage! Really?
 
Fortunately, one doctor listened and agreed that the speed at which I was experiencing new symptoms would warrant a new MRI. Thank goodness, because they discovered that my tumor had grown exponentially. It was pressing very hard on my brain stem and the surrounding brain tissue which was causing it to swell. That last part is the most concerning and explained why I was having trouble walking. A week later, just 13 days after my mother died, I had an 8 hour brain surgery to remove the tumor.

 

Shining moment #3: Great Doctors!

Dr. Eric Nussbaum and Dr. Christopher Hilton surgical team

A huge thank you to Dr. Eric Nussbaum and Dr. Christopher Hilton for listening to me and for being incredibly skilled surgeons. The most miraculous part, besides being alive and that I kept some hearing on my left side, was that the pain was gone! The feeling that I had a nail in each tooth and that the side of my tongue felt like someone had taken a cheese grater to it was just GONE. I was unbelievably happy!

 

Bump #7: Recovery and Refocus

Recumbent tricycle for the balance impaired

Having an "assault to one's brain" presents many challenges, but the primary one for me was that I could not focus. I was knocking off all the other issues, like balancing so I could walk, swallowing, depression, brain fog and pain control. I put the pedal to the metal and started walking every day and got out on a recumbent tricycle loaned to me by new friends Mary Arneson and Dale Hammerschmidt. This activity would help me combat many of these issues, but I could not control that fact that I could not read! I could not focus on anything for more than 15 minutes before my head would start to throb and a headache would swallow me. So, I finally put away the dream of writing my book about ice luminaries that I had planned to finish that summer. As disappointing as it was, I needed to take the time to recover. I really did not have a choice.

 

Shining Moment #4: Sarah is in Remission

One of my great sadnesses in the year is that I could not help more with Sarah's issues. My main job in life is that make sure that she is happy and healthy and I was not able to do that. But FORTUNATELY, the doctors Tom found were amazing and put her on a track that defied all logic. The medicine she was on presented great challenges, but she would not let it get to her and now she is doing really well and on her way back to a sense of normalcy! 

 

Bump #8 and Shining Moment #5: Non-Winter and Wonder

The Christmas Wish Book starring Globe Ice Lanterns

For anyone that loves winter, like we do, it was another hit to have a beginning to winter that was not really winter. Without cold weather and snow, what's a person to do? Really? It is especially painful when your business relies on cold weather to flourish. Would anyone be thinking about making Globe Ice Lanterns? Yes, they were. It was amazing how many people wrote of their frustrations with the warm weather and they were bursting with anticipation for a chance to get outside and play in the cold. It was very heartwarming to know of all the people out there that had started new traditions based on the beauty and magic of Globe Ice Lanterns.  We also received word that a beautiful book called The Reindeer Wish written by local author Lori Evert gave Globe Ice Lanterns a cameo appearance. Please make sure to check it out along with the other Wish Books including The Christmas Wish.

 

Shining Moment #6: Renewal

My family

It is a bittersweet moment to sit on the edge of a new year and look back at the grief on one hand while edging forward to the possibilities of tomorrow and beyond. This will be a year of firsts that will not feel good. A big one was that we celebrated our first holiday season without my mother. It was challenging and beautiful to see us all together honoring her memory with an empty spot at the table. I love my family and know that we will carry on -- that alone will honor her memory more than anything.  
 
So what is my big plan for 2016? First step: get back on track for my book, Ice Luminary Magic. Now that winter is finally cooperating, I can get out there and play with ice and candles. But, because I still get tired if I overdo, I am forced to plan my time outside. Yesterday I installed some ice glass pools in my front yard. I did not fill them with water right away. Instead, I told myself it was enough that I have the pools ready and will do more tomorrow. This is big for me. Last year, I would have installed pools, filled them and put out 50 globes all in one day. That day is gone for now. I have to be careful or I will fall over - literally (I lose my balance when tired or dehydrated). Even though I have my own tiny business to run, sometimes life happenings just give us no choice but to slow down.
 
Why share all this, especially in a Wintercraft blog? Mostly, as I am filled with gratitude for the sustaining power of the support I received in my "Follow the Bubbles" group throughout the year. Maybe subconsciously I'm hoping that throwing myself to the Wintercraft universe will work a similar magic? Who knows? I do know that the joy I've experienced seeing others discover the beauty of ice lanterns over these last 6 years since Wintercraft was formed is very fulfilling.  I never really intended to create a business - I just had a passion that began to run wild.
 
So, let's start again. Given my limitations, what is my plan for 2016? It is to make my book something my mother would have shown to all her friends with the glow of pride shining from her eyes . . . simple as that. Wish me luck and hopefully the book will be ready by later this year!

Ice Luminary Magic a book by Jennifer Shea Hedberg of Wintercraft 

Enjoy the Glow!

- Jennifer Shea Hedberg, Wintercraft Founder

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Fran Shea is mother of wintercraft founder Jennifer Shea Hedberg

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