After winning a couple of admission tickets to the Corning Museum of Glass at this year's Greyhound Picnic and having lots of fun with my big sister blowing a glass egg ornament at the glass studio in March, my husband and I recently took a trip to Corning to do our own projects and walk through the glass museum.

I made a glass necklace pendant that involved donning protective sleeves, sitting behind a blow torch and placing glass rods in the flame under the direction of the gaffer/instructor to add color and twist the shape.  This project was more hands-on than the glass blowing and just as fun.

It was amusing to watch my husband "channel his inner crafter", concentrating intensely as he glued glass mosaic pieces to a larger glass square background in preparation for fusing to transform the piece into a nightlight.

After completing our projects, we dove into the gift shop and found ridiculously huge discounts on everything!

Talking to several people about our experience, it came to mind a trip to "C-MOG", as locals call it,  could be a unique holiday gift or something for the family to do together over the holidays.

Another friend recalled shopping at the gift shop some time ago and decided he and his wife need to make the trip (about  1 hour, 20 minutes) to do their Christmas shopping.

Glass projects that are offered change, so you will want to check the Corning Museum of Glass website at www.cmog.org to see what is available and prices.