Archive for March, 2011


It’s been a while between vintage, retro and very groovy treasury’s. It was time to do another one.

Every single item in this treasury made me smile or reminded me of my younger days. I don’t mind being compared to vintage items when they look like these! 🙂

Enjoy!

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4d90755bd2876d9105b30c7c/in-retro-spect

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Week in Review

March 20-March 26, 2011

Featured Etsy Treasury’s:

Accessories Make The Space by marileecjones

Light at the End of the Tunnel by TheKingfisher

Gypsy Bohemian Treasures by babylonsisters

Curated Etsy Treasury’s:

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things by earthmothermosaics

The Colors of Fruit by earthmothermosaics

Curated ArtFire Collection:

Modern Vintage Atomic Power! by EarthMotherMosaics

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In the Studio

This hasn’t been a very productive week in the studio so this will definitely be a short post.

The second half of the mosaic basics class ran last night. As an instructor and a lover of all things mosaic, watching them look through the books while waiting for the grout to cure and finding things they thought were cool is a great feeling. Seeing them smile when they finished polishing up their mosaic project and enjoying the process from start to finish is mind blowing, in all truth. It is like no other experience and as always the feedback given at the end of the class helps to make the next group happy, so it’s always appreciated. I truly do appreciate the good reviews and the not so good ones. We all grow and learn as we go. I’m feeling blessed and filled with gratitude for the opportunity to work with this school.

Thank you ladies for taking the class to learn the basics with me! Hopefully I’ll see some of you in the next class giving at Mt Airy Learning Tree in June. We’re creating mosaic flower pots using dish shards and ceramic pieces!

MALT Mosaic Basics Class

There is another few classes approaching in April with the Community School of New Hope Solebury. They are new this year so hopefully if they don’t run this time, they’ll run the next semester.

I’m not sure what I’ll be working on next but have a few ideas brewing and some things need to get finished so I will concentrate on those first. I’ll share WIP photos next week on flickr as always.

Have fun, stay safe and always enjoy the moments.

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I have so many favorites on Etsy, I thought it was time to share some of them.

Once you look through these items you can see a bit of what I like to have around me. Inspirational pieces, jewelry that looks like the earth, the moon, the stars.

It’s always a delight to find new items that touch me in some way and make me say “ahhhh” when I see them. These are just a few.

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4d875220146c6d9144e6efcf/these-are-a-few-of-my-favorite-things

Enjoy your week! Friday I will share my experience with the 2nd part of the mosaic basics class and a few photos.

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Week in Review

March 13-March 19, 2011

This is a more normal week for me – the last few were really active – it is more common to only be in one if even that, per week! I usually make 2 Treasury’s and 1 Collection each week and will always share here when the week is through.

Although I don’t like to pick favorites, out of the ones I did this week, I have to admit my personal favorite is “My Love Song Only You”. Do you have a favorite from this group?

Curated Etsy Treasury:

Go Ask Alice by earthmothermosaics

My Love Song Only You by earthmothermosaics

Etsy Treasury Features:

Spring green by dbabcock

Curated ArtFire Collection:

Rain Soothes Me by EarthMotherMosaics

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In the Studio

I’m happy to say the studio news is varied this week.

I’ll now be working with a consignment shop who’s owner contacted me, out of the blue, asking if I’d be interested. At that time I had just decided NOT to work with consignment shops after a few tries on my own. I had contacted shops locally and found a mixed bag of emotions when I did. Most didn’t seem like the right fit or had some unusual requests that I felt weren’t quite right for a consignment shop to ask. Out of the six I contacted, one was kind of awesome and I thought I could work with them but they were really too far to travel on a regular basis. One thing I wanted to do was to be able to visit often so that I could drop off new items easily. Then I was contacted by one in Florida and did some research but found not being able to go and see the area and meet the person was something I wasn’t comfortable with either. So I washed it up as an experiment on my part and not something I should do right now. I also thought it just best to stick to the “within a 10-15 mile radius” when I did decide to try again. Gas prices went up, seemed like a good decision. Baby steps approach in all things seems like the best one and having to tell each shop my decision to concentrate on selling online instead of consignment, even though I contacted them to begin with, was what I had to do.

Then Tara’s Country Cottage of Skippack Village contacted me after seeing my Etsy shop and an online relationship was established. Her shop is exactly 11.5 miles away from my home and fits within the new “rules” I had established for myself. I had heard about Skippack Village and had actually been in contact with one place in that area a few times but had never visited or felt compelled to.

Once I heard from Tara, I knew at some point, if I didn’t work with her, I’d have to meet her. She and my daughter share a name after all. I had to at least give her a visit. We were to meet a few times before we actually did. The flu got me, a surprise out of town trip got her, etc.

Once we established a set day and time, I grabbed a box and filled it with 11 mosaics in all sizes and shapes and assumed she’d take a few and the rest would go back in the online shops. She took them all and asked how soon I could make more! What a great feeling! As soon as I walked into the building I felt its charm and knew I had made the right decision to give working with her a try.

Eventually before the year is through, I plan to do a few events with her shop and will mention them here and on my Facebook page as they approach.

I instantly like her and I know I will be enjoying the time spent with her and Skippack Village. The entire area is charming and filled with many shops and restaurants. I had never been there before this past weekend and instantly felt like I was coming home. What a welcome treat! Meanwhile, I’m now working on new items to take to her. She even gave me a box filled with goodies to create some mosaic magic! Yay!! 😀

As part of a Spring Fling event being held by Skippack Village, Tara and the shop next to hers are holding a Spring Fundraiser Event Boutique/Craft Show, March 18th-March 20th.

Today, Friday, March 18th from 1 pm -7 pm:  Adults can enjoy wine and refreshments while shopping in the Boutique. Great as a girls night out!

Saturday & Sunday, March 19th and 20th from 12 pm – 5 pm: Kids can make “Spring Theme” crafts or enter the color contest. Kids Crafts – Face Painting – Kids Coloring Contest – Bake Sale- Raffle.

For more details on her shop and this event, go to http://www.tarascountrycottage.com/

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Last night we had our first mosaic basics class for the Mt Airy Learning Tree teaching 8 fun-loving students how to make 2 coasters at the Allens Lane Art Center.

It was the first class I’ve done this year and as always it’s a joy to share the love. They were a great group and all left seeming happy to have learned something new. Photos are on my flickr photostream under the WORKSHOPS 2011 folder.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mosaic_queen2008/

Have fun, stay safe and always enjoy the moments.

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When I was young I used to sit for hours and look at the illustrations in a few books on my shelves more than others. The written words were secondary and important but the art was captivating. I fell in love with the unique style of art created by Sir John Tenniel at a very early age.

Now older, I find myself still drawn to this style of art. Knowing I am pulled toward it because it is a childhood memory makes me smile as wide as a … well … cat. 😀

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4d7e10978cd28eeff766cca3/go-ask-alice

Enjoy your week. I will be playing with dish tiles more so look for photos on flickr during the week until the next post on Friday.

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Week in Review

March 6-March 12, 2011

Due to the recent devastating current events 50% of all sales made on both shops and my website will be donated to the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake & Pacific Tsunami Relief Fund. You too can find ways to help. To learn more about their efforts, how to volunteer and donate go to http://www.redcross.org.

The ArtFire Collection I curated “Fresh as Spring” is part of an online Treasury and Collection Contest through the blog below. 3 Treasury’s and Collection’s are chosen by Anne of On Fire for Handmade each week. The winner gets a free listing in the blog directory. Very cool! Visit her blog and vote on your favorites at:

http://onfireforhandmade.com/

ArtFire Collection I curated that is part of the above contest:

Fresh as Spring curated by EarthMotherMosaics

Etsy Treasury’s I created:

Clay, Glaze and Paint

Earth, Sky, Fire and Water

Spring Forward!! by earthmothermosaics

Etsy Treasury’s created by others featuring my mosaics:

All I am saying is by TheGreenDragonGifts

keystone state artisans part 2 by ohzie

Thank you to all who have taken the time to create them, look at and share, comment on or even find a new favorite shop to add to their own profiles when looking. We all appreciate the effort.

Today once again, I’m lighting candles for those affected by the earthquake/tsunami and sending love and blessings to Mother Earth as well. I’m feeling very grateful and blessed.

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In the Studio

This week, the studio has mostly been dark due to paperwork and prepping for things to come in the months ahead. But I did finish up some small mosaics. I have shared a few.

Some upcoming events may include one impromptu visit to my hometown, Lambertville, NJ to share some mosaics during the weekend of the Shad Fest. It is a great time for many to have garage sales in town and last year I had a fantastic time hanging out with my cousin on her porch with a table filled with mosaics to share. The Shad Fest runs the weekend of April 30-May 1. Also included: an American Classics Festival fundraiser in Phoenixville, PA on April 2nd and the Allentown Artifest MultiCultural Event where I hope to share my mosaics and do demonstrations on June 11th-12th. This event asks for vendors to donate a piece of art for a silent auction which of course is right up my alley. I’ll share work-in-progress when I start.

I’m sending in an application to be in the artist registry for the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy as part of the City of Philadelphia’s Public Art Program. I want to thank the three people who accepted my request to be a professional reference for me so that I can get into the database. I’m so lucky to know such generous, giving people. The public art concept is all new to me but I’m always eager to learn. The first step is to register and then find some things to do to help expand my creative wings in this area. Luckily I’m within driving distance of one of the best teachers on the planet, Isaiah Zagar, who inspires many with his Philadelphia’s Magic Garden.

http://www.phillymagicgardens.org/

Registering for a workshop with him is one of the goals. The next step is to become a member of the Philly Magic Garden. 🙂

I’ve gathered up a small display of mosaic work to take to a consignment shop this weekend. Hopefully the shop owner will find a few things she wants to take for display. Tara’s Country Cottage in Skippack, PA is minutes from my home but I’ve yet to visit. I’m looking forward to meeting her and seeing her shop. Next week I’ll tell you all about it.

March 17th starts the excitement and fun here in EarthMotherMosaics land when I’ll be showing the basics of mosaic coaster making to a small group of people at MALT. The student count so far is at 8 which is awesome! More are welcome if you live in the area. It’s always so much fun! I will share a few photos for the virtual scrapbook when I can. All the class info for the coming months can be found in the blog posted on March 4th. Hope to see you there!

As I mentioned, I was able to do a few small things in the studio this past week. A few aren’t ready for their debut just yet but should be soon enough. I’m starting to work on pieces I want to take to the festivals but some are the small freebies I like to give to students once they’ve completed a class. I managed to get the ones who are ready to shine hung up and photographed. A group shot shows just how evolved my very own solar system is becoming. As you can see, the new circles I just made are a nice addition. And I am always happy when I am in the living room looking at this wall. It makes me happy to see how much I’ve grown creatively. Next to my family, mosaics are my life. I’m so blessed to have found them and am thankful every single day that I have.

My Solar System

Mosaic Sun and Stars - 7 inch MDF

Mosaic Crescent Moon and Hanging Star - 5 inch MDF

4 Star Mosaic - 3 inch MDF

This grouping came about after reading a quote recently that I had written down almost a year ago: ‎“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.”~Theodore Roosevelt

I finished up the folk art birdhouse this week. Some of the tiles fell off as I was grouting which didn’t surprise me. That particular day I had mixed up the thinset before deciding on what dishes to use. By the time I was ready to use them all, the thinset had already started to dry out. By the time I got to the last section, it became more difficult to use but instead of mixing up a fresh batch for such a small section left to do, I forged ahead with what I had. All this means is that some of the embellishments I wasn’t sure I was going to use on it will be used now. This is how it looks at the moment. When I add the finishing touches, I’ll share more photos. As you can see from the photos below, there are gaps that will need some bling added to them. I love digging through the old broken jewelry stash I have to use in this way.

So many have been getting in to the spirit of Spring and cleaning their studios. Right now I’m working in 3 different spots in my apartment: the living room, the kitchen and a spare bedroom. The spare room is mostly just for storage, the living room has boxes and a full cabinet of supplies, stained glass and tiles, the kitchen table is the grouting area. I’m feeling overwhelmed by it all and would love to get things in each area more organized. I often lose the enthusiasm for creating when I have to spend an hour or more digging through things haphazardly places in all three areas. I’ve had a rough winter fighting an emotional battle many fight with seasonal depression. With the fresh approach of spring comes the renewed thoughts of starting over and I’m so glad to feel the fog lifting even if just slightly. I haven’t yet found the energy to begin my spring cleaning but once I do, I know I will feel so much better both mentally and spiritually. It will be a great feeling to get some things packed up that aren’t being used at the moment and get that renewed feeling of inspiration. Hopefully I’ll find it soon.

I hope you gave yourself some time to be creative this week. No matter what your creative talent is.

Have fun, stay safe and always enjoy the moments.

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Some of the best times I have is when I search for pottery pieces through Etsy. It was fun looking for some new things to place in my Treasury this week.

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4d7419ff10668eef1377ae76/clay-glaze-and-paint

Mosaic Art Auction to Benefit Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières: The press release for the online auction is below. Those who are involved are some of the best talented mosaic artists on the planet! Check out the website and look at the display. It is mind-blowing!

The creative talents of local artist Cindy White of EarthMotherMosaics from Norristown, PA will join an international group of mosaic artists whose works will be featured and available for bid in an online auction benefit for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières at the online auction website: http://www.BiddingForGood.com

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization which provides aid in nearly 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters.

Mosaic is an ancient art form of laying out tesserae: glass, stone or pebbles…including the more contemporary additions of baubles, crockery and fused glass among many other items, into a picture or pattern of abstract or representational images.  Used for centuries as floor and wall ornamentation, and for iconic symbols in many religions, mosaic has seen resurgence beginning in the last century to not only continue these architectural uses but to develop an acceptance in the world of Fine Art.

This auction collection of 126 mosaic artworks from an international group of 124 artists is a fine example of the diverse creativity in this again burgeoning art form.   Some artists utilizing the like materials dating back to mosaic origins while others take full advantage of the limitless tesserae possibilities available today.

You may register for the Online Auction now at http://www.BiddingForGood.com

The Online Auction begins April 1st at 9am EST and will close April 27th at 5pm EST

All artwork may also be pre-viewed at LinSchorr.com

I’ve been having problems with comments after a slew of spam came through my blog posts recently and I closed them to stop the spam. My attempts to open them again doesn’t always work now. If comments are closed on this page, there are ways to find me to let me know what you think. You can send your thoughts through email at earthmothermosaics@yahoo.com or send a convo through Etsy. You can also find my page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/EarthMotherMosaics-Cindy-White/101853741152 and leave a comment there any time.

Have a creative week!

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