Archive for January, 2011


Etsy Treasury: Lilac and Aqua

A favorite color combination of mine, these remind me that Spring will arrive before we know it! Enjoy!! 🙂

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4d46cee046ed8eef662d45d2/lilac-and-aqua

Anyone who follows my blogs and Treasury choices probably sees a pattern by now. I have some favorites I try to include in each one I create. Ceramic, stone, unusual jewelry, ocean themes, etc.

When decorating or creating a theme, color combinations can make a statement. Soft, bold, funky. Color can be used to lighten up or darken a room, keep you awake or put you to sleep. Never be afraid of color! Use it, enjoy it, try different combinations you never thought would work. You may discover they look fantastic and make you feel great!

Next blog post is on Friday which will be from the Studio.

Have a creative week!

☼-EarthMotherMosaics

In the Studio

The first of the year has started off rather rocky due to a big ole’ case of “burn out” but I’m gathering steam and feeling stronger as the days progress and am happy to say I’m almost back to 100%. I hate to admit it, but part of the fried brain feeling is due to the weather. Seasonal depression happens a lot around here and although I fight it, some days it’s difficult if not impossible to fight. It has slowed me down a little bit, but I’m not sure that’s a bad thing. On the days when I feel really good, I accomplish a great deal and for those days, I am grateful. On the days when I’m not feeling my best either physically or mentally, I am truly grateful for those as well. They give me time to rest, regroup and often I can see, once the light starts to shine again, what I can do to help myself stay in a more positive frame of mind. And just as often, I have a new surge of creativity or have found the answers to some problems. Restful times are necessary and important.

Having said that, I’ve decided there’s going to be some changes happening very soon within the world of EarthMotherMosaics!

Some re-arranging of both Etsy and ArtFire items will be happening throughout most of February. Some things have already been moved from one site to the other but more and perhaps big changes will be happening in the months to come.

The “Wish Upon’s” are coming along nicely. Make a wish, write it down on a piece of paper, place it in the box, trust and believe it will come true. We all need a little faith sometimes to help us reach our goals. Some seem so daunting. Using these star decorated boxes will be one way to help make those “wishes come true”. Creating the idea for them has been a true inspirational experience. So far the feedback has been positive which keeps the inspiration going, so thank you all for that. They will be listed on Etsy in mid- to late February. I still have much to do; however, I am fairly sure quite a few will be ready.

Something else will change soon as well. I’ll be using my website for selling some of my mosaics that don’t fit either online shop I have now or I’ve shown for a while on both. They will get put on the website so they can still be purchased and I won’t have to “retire” them or find a new place to show them. http://www.earthmothermosaics.com has the ability to go directly to PayPal from it when you list something for sale. I hadn’t promoted what was on the website for purchase but instead promoted the other two online shops more often. This will change! Keep an eye for posts of items going on the website as the months progress. I will post information here and on Facebook as I add things to it, just like I do for the other shops. I’ve neglected the website for a while now, working on the other places more than it. It’s definitely time to use it and keep it updated!

I am so excited! I plan to spend some time grouting coasters, a frame and a small gazing ball for the next few days and I’m enjoying the anticipated results. Of course, I love getting messy and playing with the grout but I also love seeing the pieces I make completed. Also, as I work hard for days after grouting to make sure all the grout is gone and what’s left is a shiny piece of art, it feels good to see something that was only a few weeks before in my head actually sitting on the table, hung on a wall or held in my hand.

In case you didn’t know this about me, I love creating mosaics. The entire process from start to finish is a spiritual experience. I highly recommend finding your own voice in some artistic form even if you’ve never thought of yourself as artistic. Try new things until something feels right for you. It’s worth it.

I can’t wait to see the retro frame finished and I’m fairly sure that’s where I’ll start the grouting fun! This is going to someone very special to me. It’s name is The Language of Jazz and once it’s grouted pictures can be seen on Facebook and flickr before it heads out. I hope once it arrives to its new home, I will get to see a picture of where they’ve hung it. It was a blast working on the larger sized retro frame. This is 12×24 inches while the ones I’m used to working on are half that size. More in the larger and middle sizes are in my future!! The suppliers at http://www.artfire.com/users/ArtfulMosaicSupplies are absolutely the best at creating unique MDF shapes and do a dynamite job of making them “mosaic ready” straight from the box they lovingly wrap their items in.

The class schedule calendar is filling up. I’m very excited to have added 2 new places to share the love of mosaics with! The first classes start in March and the last set of classes are at the end of May! This year the classes offered are for coasters, IKEA frames and flower pots! Yay! I am going to have a blast!! As always, as the classes get closer to running, if they run, I will give the dates and place where they are being held and of course photos after the classes are over! It’s always so much fun to do these classes and I love seeing everyone’s faces when they realize what they’ve created. This year, I’ll be instructing 7-10 year olds, teaching them how to make mosaic coasters. I’m very excited about that and really hope there’s enough interest for it to run (fingers crossed). That will be the last class in May.

The last bit of new is that my blog posts will run Monday and Friday with special announcements or information added on Wednesday’s.

Enjoy your weekend. Try to make it creative!

☼-EarthMotherMosaics

Etsy Treasury: Lighten Up

It’s been a few weeks in between Etsy Treasury Monday’s. I hope you enjoy this newest addition. “Lighten Up”, my picks for this Monday, are all about lamps and lightening. If you are on a budget like most of us, finding a nice lamp for a corner or on a table in the center of a room is a great way to spruce it up. Enjoy!

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4d3d88e1d1b66d911735ba1a/lighten-up

Have a creative week!

☼-EarthMotherMosaics

In The Studio

This week is all about wishes! I dreamed of beach decor earlier this week probably from doing the finishing touches on the beach-themed custom order frame I just sent on it’s way. That prompted the Etsy Treasury which I’m still very thrilled about. It is just one of those things that after I posted it, I thought how wonderful they’d all look in a room together.

Now I have been finding stars here and there and everywhere in my studio in all sizes and forms and have decided to start working on them and getting them listed. I first started on a small box that can hold a small piece of paper with a special wish on it. These stars are now named “Wish Upon’s” and the ear worm that plays while I create them is sung by Jiminy Cricket. They make great little trinket boxes too! Here’s the one that still needs grouting and painting that I made yesterday.

Because my mood is all about wishes and dreams, I have to take the time to thank someone very special in helping me to create a life I am pleased to call my own. I’d like to thank Connie English once again for writing an article a few years back that I have hung in my studio from a mosaic publication, Groutline entitled: “Step By Step: Building A Mosaic Career, from the Grout Up”. I know I’ve thanked her before in a previous blog entry but I feel it’s necessary to remind myself once in a while how one person’s words can make an impact on someone else’s life. I have found her article inspires me to keep moving forward with my dream when times get a bit rough. Thank you, Connie for your wise words. I read them often! Please take the time to check out her website. Her splash page is a beautiful mosaic she created with tempered glass!

http://connieenglishstudio.com/

I’ve got many new items listed in Etsy and one new thing in ArtFire. The “Wish Upon’s” will head to Etsy unless groovepress.com launches soon. If they do, that’s where the stars will be placed! Either way, once they are all finished I’ll be listing them some where! 🙂

My newest frame is probably my favorite listing at the moment. “Cosmopolitan Sophistication” is 1930’s “The Thin Man” Series inspired mosaic art. When I was too sick to do much else other than watch my favorite classic movies, that is one set of films I always pull out to watch. Something about the era stuck with me I guess, and this framed mirror is the result.

More pictures and info about it can be found here:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/65210512/mosaic-framed-mirror-cosmopolitan

Another set of “Citrus Slices” coasters are listed too! I love making these – they are just so yummy!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/63899864/citrus-slices-mosaic-coasters-tangerine

And a few of the small candle holders have been added in green and blue. These are great sitting by a sunny window or used for mood lighting.

Both green and blue can be found in the Home Decor section on Etsy. Here’s the link for the blue one.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/65208993/stained-glass-candle-holder-blue

An awesome mosaic was created using recycled materials which is always a favorite thing for me to do and that can be seen on ArtFire along with a few small wooden frames I recently made using both dish tiles and stained glass. Check these out and look around at a few other things while you’re there as well. 😉

http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&op=listing&product_id=2702947

I’d like to do another ArtFire Collection in a day or two. If I do, I’ll share the info here in an additional blog entry.

Remember to enjoy the moment and make it creative!

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I have always known that I have a good eye for color and design. Creating a beach framed mosaic mirror recently for a customer, made me fall in love with themed rooms all over again! Growing up, I always thought it would be cool to have a huge house with a different theme in each room. I used to take photos from magazines and cut them out, paste them in scrap books and label them as “beach house” or “piano room”. I was thinking the other day how cool it would be to do that now. Maybe it would confuse people but it would please me. I’d have different styles in each and every one of them! A black and white room (with a piano, of course!), a Victorian room, a garden room, a retro room filled with furniture from the 70’s and of course a vintage beach room…maybe two! If I had the resources now, I’d be decorating homes for others as well as my own, mosaicking the walls, tables and other furniture in whatever theme we wanted, giving new life to old lamps and creating my own brand of home decor with fun mosaic art pieces and still have time to add a room full of themed decor found at such shops as these. I love to dream!!

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4d215df831316d918d4682d0/beach-decor-dreaming

Getting back into the swing of things for the new year has been slow going – I’m still fighting a bit of the flu bug but it hasn’t stopped me from planning and continuing with new and exciting adventures for EarthMotherMosaics. As things happen, I will of course share them here and on Facebook. The year has just begun and if I need a little time to rest to enjoy the fun ahead, so be it!

One of the fun things that happened on the last day of 2010, was sharing a photo of a work-in-progress of a retro frame mosaic mirror I was working on with dish tiles on flickr and having someone contact me about it, asking where it was headed because they loved it! I sold it to them before it was finished! What a great way to end the year! Here’s a photo of the frame getting ready for it’s trip out to it’s new home.

Enjoy the rest of your week. Make it creative!

☼-EarthMotherMosaics

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa has 296 steps to reach the top. This blog was viewed about 1,100 times in 2010. If those were steps, it would have climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa 4 times

 

In 2010, there were 46 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 120 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 122mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was August 8th with 50 views. The most popular post that day was Etsy Shop Re-opening and “Christmas In July” Sales Event.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, etsy.com, flickr.com, glassart.craftgossip.com, and earthmothermosaics.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for mosaic pendants, etsy treasury contest, buckles and blessings@etsy.com, mosaic for best friend, and best birthday wishes.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Etsy Shop Re-opening and “Christmas In July” Sales Event July 2010

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In The Studio – Month Long Giveaway Contest! December 2010
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In the Studio September 2010
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In The Studio and Contest Results December 2010
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EarthMotherMosaics News June 2010

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