Archive for September, 2011

Last week the site was down when I had the time to work on the featured item so this week I’ve made two in one post.

Around this time of year I start searching for inviting smelly things. Candles, sachets, incense, scented sprays both for the room and for the body. During the summer months I have specific scents that I am in tune with. When fall approaches, the summer scents lose their appeal. Warmer scents like cinnamon and spice are what I am more likely to start looking for.

Once in a great while my search takes me to a slew of cookies and other yummy edibles. Of course I take my time looking through those as well.

Here are two of my favorites taking care of two senses very important to me. Smell and taste.

The first: SMELL

I’ve featured this site in a treasury a while back. Luminology has a fresh approach to their candles. The vessel makes a perfect home accent once the soy candle is long gone. My favorite is the Autumn soy candle. Take note friends and family, this one is on my wish list!

Autumn soy candle with crackling wood wick. VINEYARD (orange, ginger, clove, caraway) - a natural holiday gift.

The second: TASTE

When I search for goodies I now look through the vegan and gluten-free selections. The items I favorite are always beautifully photographed but I especially love seeing close ups of yummy looking cookies.

Dark chocolate snickerdoodle cookies made by SweetVegan Delights have managed to make me wish for the ability to smell things through the computer. Never fear, SweetVegan, I shall return!!

Vegan Dark Chocolate Tipped So Soft Snickerdoodle Cookies - Bakers Dozen 13 Rounds


©2011 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics


In the Studio

Another busy week for me here in my small studio. It is very fulfilling to work every day on my projects. I’m very grateful to have the time and space to be as creative as I need to be. My life is filled with daily activity involving my family now, therefore, the times when I have what I call “Zen Time” in the studio is becoming sacred. I never take any of it for granted. Quality time with the fam is as important as meditative time with my mosaics.

The Sphere World: Things are going along at about the right pace for the gazing balls custom order. Even though the beach balls aren’t exactly what I anticipated, I am working them up quickly so hopefully the final results will be something the customer will be happy with. As in all custom orders, when I work on them I am always so excited to make something unique and one-of-a-kind.

When I started getting frustrated with the experiments because I’m making ten of them and trying to make sure they are as identical as something handmade can be, I expected to feel a bit disenchanted with this job and spheres in general. I wasn’t surprised when I got tired of looking at gazing balls in all forms of preparation for mosaics. I reminded myself that everything natural is perfect and that there is beauty in each and every thing handmade whether by my hand or someone else. I appreciate handmade items and the time it takes to create them. I relaxed, reminding myself to enjoy the ride.

I have become completely enamored with these balls. As they have been built and played with, experimented on and set aside I still see these spheres as real potential beauties with a finished mosaic on them. There are days when I just walk away from what I’m working on because I’m having a problem with something, but I think that’s normal and always, when I head back to it again, it works out just fine. That is good news because I have many balls to cover with mosaics in the months to come once this order is finished!

Resting ... 10 beach balls covered in plaster cast strips

The next step: Adding thinset to bulk them up and give them more substance will take about two weeks maybe less. From that point, a few coats of the waterproofing membrane will be added to each. In between waiting for prep work to dry, I’ll continue cutting the mirror up into triangles.

sheets and precut tiles of shiny gold mirror

The actually gluing of the glass onto the spheres won’t take long at all. I’m still waiting for the color swatch from the customer to get the color just right for the grout. This is for a wedding in November whose colors are gold and cranberry red. I asked my customer for something showing the exact colors she picked so that I can match the grout to the red. She’s sending me an invitation which is a perfect way for me to find the color I need when the time comes. I can walk around my favorite haunts when I shop for such things with it tucked safely in my bag as I go. I plan to mix my own color using a few colorants/tints/acrylics. That will be fun to do! My daughter will help me; she and I work well together and I’m positive we will find the perfect blend.

Etsy Shop News: My Etsy shop will be re-opening on Saturday, October 1st!

I’m taking pictures of the new things I’ll be adding to my shop this week and have grouted a few small pieces. Here’s a sneak peek of two newly grouted items that will be listed.

DONATION PIECES: I’m happy to say I’ve finished the 2 donation pieces for the auction at The Star Press in Indiana to support breast cancer survivors.  “IN THE PINK”, a silent art auction will be held at the Muncie Mall in conjunction with Women’s Head to Toe Expo, Saturday, October 15, 2011.

"Rise Above"

"Bright Light"

Look great as a set or as a separate piece of art

4×4 MDF squares – Recycled silver mirror, stained glass in yellow, tangerine and blue, some triangle Millefiori and ball chain. Grouted in antique white, bails and jute added for easy hanging. Once I’m sure the sealant is dry, they will get packed up and out by the end of the week. Woo-hoo!

TAKE NOTE: Last week I didn’t post on Friday due to site maintenance. This week, I may decide to do two Featured Items to make up for it! 🙂

The theme this week on Tumblr is Black and White Stripes and I’m having a great time finding new and usual items on Etsy for it. I really enjoy seeing all of the items together in one post. This is a lot of fun for me to do and a way to share my love of color and design. Next week may be a bit of a different theme for me. Once in a while I find something that I fall in love with that is either whimsical or unusual. Then the REAL fun begins when I start doing the research on Etsy to see what I can find!

Happy Autumnal Equinox and a very Happy Rosh Hashanah to my many friends throughout the world!

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©2011 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

This week’s theme: Black and White Stripes. This week on tumblr’s “Eye for Design and Color” blog will feature one item per day in the chosen theme. Often picking out an item from the treasury’s I create on Monday, the theme is the most fun to see all together at the end of the week. Enjoy!


©2011 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

Pillows … I love them. I share them often in my treasury’s. There probably hasn’t been one week in months that I haven’t placed at least one in a treasury. While meandering through my favorite websites I am always drawn to them and want to share. Textile art, vintage or retro, new or handmade batik. I love them all.

©2011 Classic By Nature

©2011 Sassy Pillows

©2011 Lets Cover It

©2011 Jennifer Broyl-Wunderle of yes, please. studio

©2011 Susan Itkin Batik

©2011 Kristin pillowtalkk

©2011 Chanel Bejado of CBbitsnpieces

These have been fun to find! Tomorrow the new theme starts. It’s black and white stripes week!


©2011 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

In the Studio

This week the studio has been hopping! I’m busy and happy!

My hand still hurts, but I don’t care … I can’t stay away from the mosaic fun for too long. It’s important for me to have something going at all times no matter what.

Update on the custom order: First of all, I decided to give up trying to add inches to the gazing balls with cement. That was a big decision and one I gave in to easily. I have enjoyed the complete experience of learning what to do, how to do it, became even more creative than I ever thought I could be and discovered how wonderful people can be when you need to bounce off ideas or brainstorm with them.

Plan C: After noticing that not much changed in measurement after adding lots of plaster cast strips and cement to the 6, 7, 8 and 10 inch balls I’ve got here, it was a no-brainer. I could start with 12 inch spheres and not have to worry about making them too large. My original thought as many of you may remember when I started with this, was to build up a small foam ball making it easy to get the size just right. I wasn’t wrong and it could still work if I had more time but I wasn’t thinking about how long that process actually takes. Never doing it before in this way, I really had no clue. I have learned so much! What a ride this has been!

spheres ranging in sizes of 6, 7, 8 and 10 inches

Spending weeks doing the plaster cast strips and cement combo to the sizes I have, yielded a little more than a few inches. That was after many, many, MANY layers of plaster and cement. That’s a good thing, I knew, because that means if the price was right, I had enough left in the budget to get something in that 12 inch size, cover them with a layer each in plaster cast strips and thinset so that I could get to the next part. Woo!!

Before too much more time goes by, I wanted to mention that I got the plaster cast strips from a medical supply company. For $20+ shipping/handling I got a dozen packages of 3 inch plaster strips. Those who use these strips a lot should definitely go here to buy them instead of getting the other brand at craft stores.

I’ve got to say, I’m lucky to have such a large online support system. Because I do, when I share my photos or concerns about what I’m struggling with when I’m working, often I’ll get a large group of like-minded folks offering suggestions or giving me advice. I LOVE the internet for this very reason. The person that hit on the best idea was Heidi.  Heidi, an online friend from Austria does some really cool mosaics that are hanging in museums. I have one of her mosaic gems in storage that she surprised me with last year … how lucky am I?! When I mentioned I was on a limited budget but had these balls made, many folks pitched in offering advice and ideas. Heidi and a few others took quite a bit of time in thought to help me figure this all out. How cool is that?! People all over the US and on the other side of the ocean, helped me. That’s kinda more than a little awesome.

Heidi’s suggestion was to get 12 inch beach balls and take it from there. Thanks to Heidi, who reminded me of the website I had already bookmarked long ago, I found exactly what I wanted at a price I could afford at S&S Worldwide.

As I wait for the delivery of the beach balls, I’m cutting up mirror and getting these pieces in sealant. This sealant, called mirror edge sealant, will protect the mirror after I cut it from getting black spots once grouted. I was looking at the pieces of mirror today and honestly, I’m not sure I have enough mirror for all 10 balls. For now, I’m doing what I can to get triangles made up and ready to go. It’s a meditative process and is always fun for me. Once I cover a few of these gazing balls I’ll know how much mirror it’ll take. Hopefully I’ll be able to find what I’m looking for when the time comes. That’s always a bit of a challenge.

Once this custom order is finished, I will get started on the smaller spheres I have here. I want to list a few on Etsy but also keep a few to show future potential customers. I think if I could find a mold to pour concrete into and make the sphere that way, it would work really well. I’ll have to investigate that.

Etsy Shop News: And speaking of Etsy … my shop will be up and running again in a few weeks. Keep an eye out for the official announcement on that. I’m aiming for October 1st.

Donations: Two new donation pieces are being made to go to Debra Gindhart Dragoo in Mucie, IN for her call to artists plea that came my way through email not so long ago. “In The Pink” is a silent art auction being held at Muncie Mall by The Star Press to support breast cancer survivors. This event, Women’s Head to Toe Expo is on Saturday, October 15, 2011.

My doodles have been pretty much the same for the past month and all involve the sun or moon. When these are finished, they will be ready to hang either side-by-side or individually.


Ball chain was used for the swirls, stained glass and mirror with a touch of triangle Millefiori here and there.

My personal deadline for these is September 27th. By then they should be grouted and getting packed up to head on out towards Indiana in plenty of time for the auction.

I am thrilled to be involved in more than a few donations right now. It is a great feeling to do what I can with the resources I have.

My online buddy and fellow mosaicist, Rayna Clark is involved in a huge undertaking at the moment for children with cancer. I hope by now she got the small box of goodies I sent her way towards this good cause. She rocks!! Read her blog post:

That about covers all the studio news for this week. It’s time to get back to cutting mirror!

Friday’s Featured Item will probably be a pillow from Etsy in keeping with this week’s theme.


©2011 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

Gotta have ’em. Gotta love ’em. Decorate with them, get comfy with a favorite cup of tea and a good book, snuggle up with a loved one, show your pride for your favorite sports team. Make them part of the holiday decorating. Use them to spotlight a new piece of furniture or an old piece that needs an affordable update. Throw them playfully just for fun! I LOVE PILLOWS!!

Pillows, Pillows and More Pillows


©2011 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

This week I picked the theme “Beach Cottage” on the “Eye for Design and Color” blog on Tumblr. Soft, relaxing colors and designs are gathered together here. Many went into my Treasury for Monday. If you have a theme idea you’d like to see, please let me know!

©2011 Dorothy and Lisa of The Wild Recluse

©2011 Gina Luker of Shabby Creek Designs

©2011 Jenna Carey of Jenna's Beach Retreat

©2011 Peggy McCallum of In Material

©2011 beach grass cottage

©2011 The Seashell Collection

©2011 Nadine from Mama's Quiet Time

The new theme for this week is Pillows! I love them. As accents, to sit or rest on, to share with my favorite snuggler (be it cat or grandchild). They may seem unimportant to many but I think they can change the whole appearance of an area or room. Many use them to help decorate for holidays. I like them all year long!


©2011 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

Because gazing balls are on my mind these days and after sharing some of the photos of the ones I’ve done in the past few years, I decided this particular garden art was worthy of a second look.

“Kinetic Energy” was created for two very dear people I’ve known forever both separately and as a couple. When Linda asked me to make a gazing ball for their home, I knew it would be filled with color. I also knew she’d allow me to be as creative as I needed to be and as an artist, it is always so freeing to have carte blanche!

I asked her last week how it was holding up after a few seasons in her garden and she said she baby’s it and takes very good care to make sure it doesn’t get too wet or cold. By caring for it in this way, they will have it for their home for a long, long time. I’m just a little bit proud too to know that she loves the mosaics I’ve done for them so much, she’s willing to make sure they are cared for properly.

Below are photos of my creation coming to life for Linda and Neale. In it’s original form, this sphere was once an old, discarded bowling ball. Now, it is a well cared for and loved piece of mosaic art for their garden. I present to you: “Kinetic Energy”.


©2011 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

In the Studio

This week I mangled my left hand enough to stop working on much of anything for more than a few days. Not by misusing a tool or doing something in the studio but by smashing it into a door jamb while trying to carry a laundry basket filled with clean clothes out of my room. As I’ve always said, chores can be hazardous to my health! I’m safe around broken pieces of stained glass, grinders, sharp tools … but get me near a basket full of clean clothes and I get hurt. 😛

I wasn’t able to do much work after I hurt myself but before I did, I got a good start on a frame and a layer of cement on the gazing ball. No photos of the sphere to share because there’s nothing different in how it looks yet but I do have a few photos of the frame.

Suns and moons are a favorite for me to mosaic. The mirror that isn’t covered in stained glass will get tempered glass on it. This gives it a 3D look. I’m glad I put it aside after I got hurt because after looking at the photos I took, I’ve decided I don’t like it! Putting it down and walking away from it for a week or so will do me good. And I probably will like it once it’s completed.

Nice close up of the blue, red and orange I used. The good news is I like the design a lot so I will continue with it again soon.


©2011 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

What a relaxed feeling these items invoke! Those who live where there are changes in seasons can still enjoy the fun summer days at the beach now that fall has arrived by looking at the items featured here. During the week a few of these items may be part of the Daily Design Picks on my “Eye for Design and Color” daily posts on Tumblr.


©2011 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

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