Archive for December, 2010


In The Studio

Happy New Year Week!!!

This particular week has been a very reflective one for me, as it has been for many, I’m sure. I have had much time to think about what I would like to see in the coming year happen with my business due to being sick and housebound. Having some snow helped me stay put as well!

I plan to expand my business into a dedicated art studio to be able to give workshops there. A co-op is also something I’d like to do, separate from my other goal of expansion. This is very exciting and I am positive I will find the funding and the help I need when the time comes!

I have just filled out paperwork to do another set of mosaic classes for a new school in the New Hope/Solebury area. These classes will be for coasters and a mosaic flower pot just in time for Mother’s Day! MALT has asked if I’d be interested in doing a “Level 2” class in the Spring and I am sure I will come up with something for the students to do that is a little more involved than the coasters class that I offer. Finding the right project for students to do is sometimes difficult but I’m sure we’ll figure it out! And I will again be doing both basic and intermediate classes at Keith Valley Middle School as part of the Hatboro-Horsham Adult Ed program.

I have realized some things must change so that some can be expanded. And entirely new avenues will be taken to see where it leads me! Finding the way towards all the goals I’ve created in September (my birthday and when I start my “new year”) has been a little more difficult than I had hoped but none is impossible. It is my intention to continue sharing the love of mosaics in all ways possible. And that, after all, is always the goal for all things I do!

I have many things to think about within the next few weeks. During a time when all of us are thinking of new resolutions and ways to stick to them, it is no surprise that I am right there with you!

I wish you all a safe journey through your life, every happiness you can have and hope you find your bliss. I truly hope the coming attractions for 2011 are filled with golden opportunities that turn prosperous for us all!

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I was contacted recently by an old co-worker who asked me to make her a frame using specific colors to match her mariner themed room. The photo I shared on Facebook and flickr shows the finished product before grout but below I’ve shown you what it looked like when I first started and halfway through as well as the finished product not yet grouted. I plan to mix white and fawn grout together to get a light sand color. If it doesn’t come out exactly as I think it should, I can always do an acrylic water wash to lighten it up a bit more.

I’m very pleased with the results and once grouted, shells will get glued on. The sides and back are stained and there is a sawtooth hook attached ready for hanging. I hope she is pleased with it once she has it hung in her mariner themed room! I think it’s beachy!! 🙂

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There’s still a few gifts that haven’t been delivered yet. I have a very patient friend in CA who has yet to get her mosaic gifts from me. Hopefully I will get them packed up and out to her next week along with the prizes for the 3 contest winners! I thought I’d have them wrapped up and ready this week but I am finding my energy still a bit lacking. It doesn’t take much to wrap up a few boxes, but it is almost more energy than I can muster this week! Sad, isn’t it?!

I don’t have a favorite mosaic that I’ve created this year. I like each one I’ve done and enjoyed seeing the looks when given in person and getting the comments of great joy when they received them. A few I have been proud of, especially the donated pieces for charities and a few that sold in a gallery setting. I love every single one I’ve created this year and I think even with making bad grout choices once in a while (remorse still lingers) I have learned much and want to challenge myself a lot more.

Gifts given to my family were especially satisfying this year during the holiday. Unfortunately, many of those moments were not recorded. I was so caught up in the excitement of my 3 year old grandson that I rarely had the camera at the ready this year! I was mostly enjoying the moments as they happened which is very rare for me! I highly recommend it, however. Stay in the moment and enjoy it!

This wraps up the last blog post for 2010. It has been a wild ride this year and I’ve learned a great deal. I send you all much love for sharing this wonderful year with me and wish you all a very Happy 2011!

Enjoy the rest of your week. Make it creative!

☼-EarthMotherMosaics

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Having enjoyed the time off preparing for the holidays, I’m now ready to share a few photos and a new Treasury this last week of the year. Vintage French Housewares was chosen for my Treasury this week. Some of these items are quite lovely. A few are even from shop owners from France!

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4d17da17f8b26d914d5ccf44/vintage-french-housewares

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I used a few of my candle holders on Christmas day and wanted to share a way to keep candle wax from building up inside a holder that can’t be washed if you don’t have a self-contained candle available. I took some old plastic lids from my supply cabinet and cut them to fit inside the candle holders. Placing them in first and then votive candles on the plastic cut outs prevented wax from building up inside the holder. All I had to do was wait for the wax to cool and pulled the whole thing out – no wax was left behind! Here are a few pictures showing the burned down candles and the clean bottom of a holder:

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The winner of the last week of the Free Giveaway Contest was Terri Merrill. Yay!! Contrats to the two other winners as well, Katie Waller and Julia Jones. All of you should have your $15 gift certificates sent through email to be used at cafepress.com in my shop there at this point. Still to be shipped out to you later on this week or early next week (I’m slightly behind in my schedule!), is a prize package for each of you with a $10 gift certificate for Etsy or ArtFire towards any item in either shop. Let me know before you check out where you want to use it and I will adjust the price for you before you check out. You’ll also each be receiving an 8×8 mosaic frame made by me, a magnet with one of my mosaic gazing balls shown on it and 2 blank note cards with my “Water Lily” on it. I truly enjoyed running this contest and really appreciate your comments and suggestions. Thank you all for entering and again congratulations to the three winners!

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I hope everyone had a pleasant time spent with special people in their lives this month. I have had a wonderful year and as 2010 is winding down and 2011 is fast approaching I know there will be so many more exciting months ahead for me and my growing business. I owe a great deal to the loving support of family and friends who have helped keep me focused and who have made me know I’m on the right path. I love you all!

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On Wednesday I will be sharing a photo of a custom order I’m working on and a little info behind it. Be sure to look at the flickr photostream when you have a chance. As always I normally post pictures of work in progress and have posted all the gifts I’ve recently made for the holidays for my family.

Enjoy the rest of your week. Make it creative!

☼-EarthMotherMosaics

In The Studio and Contest Week 2 Results

Hello all! Let’s get right to the contest news!

The winner for week 2 is: Julia Jones! Congratulations, Julia! I’ll be contacting you soon!

Fear not, there is one more chance at winning the $50 prize package with a mosaic frame made by yours truly included! The rest of the cool freebies is listed in the previous blog post for December 8th. The rules are explained below:

HERE’S HOW TO ENTER: Leave a comment below telling me your favorite item from my Etsy shop (http://www.etsy.com/shop/earthmothermosaics) AND also what products, designs, or even colors you would like to see more of in my shop.

Each comment is considered an entry!

You may enter once per day; cut off for entries are Tuesday at midnight (EST) of each week. YOU MUST INCLUDE your first name and your email address (if you’re worried about spam, you can spell out the “at” and “dot” rather than using the standard format for email) or your Etsy user name if you have one, with every entry.

Receive additional entries if you: Twitter/Facebook/Blog mentioning this blog and it’s contest (one entry – be sure to leave a link here as a comment with the other info mentioned above!) OR

Purchase an item from my Etsy shop (five entries*)

*Please leave a separate comment for each additional entry and be sure to include your name and contact info on all of them – this is very important! I will check here on the blog for this informationonly therefore it’s very important to follow the above rules to get these additional entries counted!

Week 3 starts today, December 15th and runs until Tuesday, December 21st, when the contest ends. Due to the holiday and no blog entries posted for that week, the winner for Week 3 will be announced December 29th.

If by some chance no one enters during the 3rd week, I will pick a random name from those who haven’t one but entered during the first 2 weeks and get a winner!

Remember you can enter once a day!! Good luck!

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There’s not much in the way of Studio news this week that I can share. I’m working on presents for the fam and friends, finishing up as much as I can before the end of the year to list in the shops too. The pics on flickr will show you the progress of some things I’ve been working on this past week. I think my favorite is the cat frame below:

Never Try To Out Stubborn A Cat.

I’m also doing tons of paperwork to try to reach the next goal for my business. As time goes on, I will share what I can about it as it happens. I know there’s a lot of exciting things just waiting to be explored and discovered! It has been an awesome year and I look forward to another great one!!

Again, just a reminder, this will be the last post until December 27th! Have a blessed holiday and stay safe. Enjoy yourself, stay in the moment and relax!

Enjoy the rest of your week. Make it creative!

☼-EarthMotherMosaics

 

Etsy Treasury: Just Plain FUN!

Oh how I love the whimsical items out there at this time of year! I have noticed those of us who like to use recycled materials as often as possible, can not only make but find some of the most playful creations! Enjoy!

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4d05426980456d91d0f744bc/just-plain-fun

Contest info: Week #2 is almost up! Tuesday at midnight (EST) is all the time you have to get in an entry before the last week of the contest begins. I will announce the winner on Wednesday. Follow the rules in the previous blog posts about the contest and enter to win! Good luck!!

Work in the studio has been spotty at the moment due to that nasty flu bug that doesn’t seem to want to leave me alone. I have been working, however, on the days I feel well enough to do so.

I have also noticed a slight slip in positive energy due to not feeling well mostly and am also working hard to stay in the frame of mind that has carried me through a fantastic journey this past year! I think it’s natural for many to feel the stress of the season and think about the upcoming tradition of making Resolutions. My resolve has slipped just a tad but contemplation and absolutely believing in myself and my goals have continued to help me through. I will find it again!

Therefore, I hope you all can find time to contemplate if you need it as well. Meditate, spend time with people you love in a relaxed setting, snuggle with your favorite pet in between the hustle and bustle of the season. Take some time to enjoy your life.

And, as always…have a wonderfully creative week!

☼-EarthMotherMosaics

In The Studio and Contest Results

The studio is abuzz with excitement right now and I LOVE it!

The first week of the contest has gone rather well. Thanks to all who participated! I found everyone’s comments to be quite helpful! You have another two weeks to win some pretty awesome prizes and can enter daily!!!

I’m happy to announce the winner for week one is: Katie Waller. Katie, I’ll be sending you an email very soon from earthmothermosaics@yahoo.com so watch for it!!!

Now that we have one winner, I can share the prize package for each week. Originally I was going to split up these gifts and spread them out into 3 but I liked them as a package deal better and thought I’d offer them all as such each week. They are: a hand made mosaic frame – each one will be different in style and materials used – made using glass tiles, stained glass or dish tiles, a $10 gift certificate good towards a purchased item from either my Etsy or ArtFire shops (http://www.etsy.com/shop/earthmothermosaics and  http://www.artfire.com/users/EarthMotherMosaics), an instant online gift certificate worth $15 for my shop at http://www.cafepress.com/EarthMotherMosaics, a few decorative blank note cards and a magnet with a photo of my mosaics on them! The value of this prize package is worth $50!!! Woo-hoo!!

Due to the holiday madness the prizes will be sent out in three weeks when the contest is over and the end of the year is here! What a great way to end a fantastic year! Congrats, Katie!

The rules are fairly simple:

HERE’S HOW TO ENTER: Leave a comment below telling me your favorite item from my Etsy shop (http://www.etsy.com/shop/earthmothermosaics) AND also what products, designs, or even colors you would like to see more of in my shop.

Each comment is considered an entry!

You may enter once per day; cut off for entries are Tuesday at midnight (EST) of each week. YOU MUST INCLUDE your first name and your email address (if you’re worried about spam, you can spell out the “at” and “dot” rather than using the standard format for email) or your Etsy user name if you have one, with every entry.

Receive additional entries if you: Twitter/Facebook/Blog mentioning this blog and it’s contest (one entry – be sure to leave a link here as a comment with the other info mentioned above!) OR

Purchase an item from my Etsy shop (five entries*)

*Please leave a separate comment for each additional entry and be sure to include your name and contact info on all of them – this is very important! I will check here on the blog for this informationonly therefore it’s very important to follow the above rules to get these additional entries counted!

Week 2 starts today, Wednesday, December 8th and runs until Tuesday at midnight (EST), December 14th. Week 3 starts Wednesday, December 15th and runs until Tuesday, December 21st, when the contest ends. Due to the holiday and no blog entries posted for that week, the winner for Week 3 will be announced December 29th.

Those who entered last week and didn’t win, feel free to enter again! Remember you can enter once a day each week!! Good luck!

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Mosaic Basics Class held at MALT, 12/02/10: I have a few photos to share that my daughter took with her iPhone (sorry they are a bit fuzzy but you get the idea!) of the group finishing up their coasters on December 2nd at Mt Airy Learning Tree. I was dealing with a stomach bug when the 2nd class got together and sat for most of the class wearing latex gloves so as not to come in direct contact with anyone, fighting nausea, sipping ginger ale and nibbling on crackers. Ugh. Also my camera wouldn’t work (it gets jammed once in a while and won’t turn on) so my daughter came to the rescue with her iPhone! Most students were very patient with me as I helped them get the right consistency of grout from my perch. I appreciate their smiles at the end of the class more than I can express. As I always say, I enjoy sharing the love of mosaics so much and I’m proud and pleased to have introduced that love to a few more folks! Hopefully some from this group will continue to learn, experiment and create mosaics for many years to come. 🙂

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In spite of the flu and a lingering sinus infection, I’ve managed to finish up a few things that will be headed to Etsy http://www.etsy.com/shop/earthmothermosaics within the next few days. Below is a sneak peek for you!

I really love this coaster set. I’ve named it “Citrus Slices”. $25.

Scrap glass mosaic candle holder/vase. $45.

Tempered glass and stained glass candle holder/vase. $45.

Don’t forget to leave a comment below and enter to win the contest for this week!

Enjoy the rest of your week. Make it creative!

☼-EarthMotherMosaics

Etsy Treasury: Let There Be Light!

I love candles and their holders — even offer them in my shop from time to time in mosaic form but when I’m not in the studio creating them, I’m searching for new scents and holders to purchase. Here are just some of the unique finds for this week. All of these would make great gifts!

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4cfbd0b920146d91b42d726c/let-there-be-light

The FREE GIVEAWAY CONTEST is starting to pick up speed! I’m glad to see more entries popped up over the weekend! There’s still plenty of time to enter to get in on this weeks prizes! See my previous post (dated December 2, 1010) for details on how to enter.

The contest’s first week will end Tuesday, Dec 7th at midnight (EST) and I’ll announce the randomly selected winner and the prizes they’ll receive on Wednesday. This is a month long giveaway there’s still many chances to win! You may enter daily!! The prizes include a handmade EarthMotherMosaic gift among other things (don’t want to give it all away just yet). Prize packages are a $45 value! Don’t miss out on your chance to get some free goodies! Enter today!

Don’t forget to check out my new mosaic pendants at ArtFire. In The City Series No 2 pendant collection has a nice little start to it! One of my favorites is “Rain Dance”. $25.00 exclusively through ArtFire. http://www.artfire.com/users/EarthMotherMosaics

Have a wonderfully creative week!

☼-EarthMotherMosaics

As Christmas gets closer I will be busier and unable to share what I’ve made until after all the gifts have been given. In the meantime, I will be adding some things into the shops this month and as I do, I will share info about them.

Today brings two important announcements:

The first, I am loading up ArtFire with new pendants and retiring some of the older ones that have been available for a while. They will, no doubt, come back again if they don’t go to a craft fair or as gifts. Meanwhile, take some time this week to take a look at the new pendants added. I’ll be adding them today, so go take a look!

And the second, in keeping with the joy of sharing my love of mosaics with everyone, I am having a month long contest starting today! I’ve had a fantastic year both personally and professionally and I know this is just the beginning of a long and happy life for EarthMotherMosaics. I love giveaways and think this is a great way to get some feedback at the same time.

Before I explain the rules or how to enter, I must thank KaraAnnisJewelry (http://www.etsy.com/shop/KaraAnnisJewelry) over at Etsy for the idea on how to do a contest like this. In her blog, she had this awesome giveway for three weeks in February celebrating her birthday month. I thought it was such a great idea at the time. I’ve wanted to use her example when I felt the excitement build along with everyone else who entered but haven’t, until now, had the chance to do it.

I have tweeked her idea a bit to make it my own, but without her paving the way for me with this contest idea, I’d have never come up with such a great contest on my own. Thank you, Kara!

Enter to win by commenting on this post (see below for details). On Tuesday, the day before my blog post, I will randomly select and announce the winner and reveal their prize package (each week will be something different) here on the blog. Every week a new prize package and giveaway will begin.

HERE’S HOW TO ENTER: It’s quite simple…leave a comment below telling me your favorite item from my Etsy shop (http://www.etsy.com/shop/earthmothermosaics) AND also what products, designs, or even colors you would like to see more of in my shop.

Each comment is considered an entry!

You may enter once per day; cut off for entries are Tuesday at midnight (EST) of each week. YOU MUST INCLUDE your first name and your email address (if you’re worried about spam, you can spell out the “at” and “dot” rather than using the standard format for email) or your Etsy user name if you have one, with every entry.

Receive additional entries if you: Twitter/Facebook/Blog mentioning this blog and it’s contest (one entry – be sure to leave a link here as a comment with the other info mentioned above!) OR

Purchase an item from my Etsy shop (five entries*)

*Please leave a separate comment for each additional entry and be sure to include your name and contact info on all of them – this is very important! I will check here on the blog for this information only therefore it’s very important to follow the above rules to get these additional entries counted!

Week 1 starts today, December 1st and runs until Tuesday, December 7th at midnight (EST). Week 2 starts Wednesday, December 8th and runs until Tuesday, December 14th. Week 3 starts Wednesday, December 15th and runs until Tuesday, December 21st, when the contest ends. Due to the holiday and no blog entries posted for that week, the winner for Week 3 will be announced December 29th.

Be sure to check back frequently for weekly contest updates and remember you can enter once a day each week!! Good luck!

Enjoy the rest of your week. Make it creative!

☼-EarthMotherMosaics

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