Archive for October, 2011


This is a fun series, choosing items that match alphabet words. M = Moss, N = Nest, O = Orange and P = Pine. Click on the photo below to take you to this fun Monday Treasury.

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©2011 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

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Warm, inviting. Comfy and cool. The items below are all those things and more. What a fantastic week this has been. Each item shines all on its own but would look terrific placed together.

©2011 Leo and Hannah of Less & More, BEDSIDE LAPTOP TABLE Lap Desk Koko, $240.00

 http://www.etsy.com/shop/lessandmore

©2011 Deborah Brackenbury of Impure Vessels, Concrete Platter in Gray, Black, and Yellow, Price: $50.00

http://www.etsy.com/shop/impurevessels

©2011 Heather Moore of Skinny laMinx, Cushion cover 50x50cm - Eep in cocoa, Price: $34.35

http://www.etsy.com/shop/skinnylaminx

©2011 stonegifts, Natural Stone Wall Art Single – Woodland on Ebony Slate w/ Rust Frame, Price: $29.50

http://www.etsy.com/shop/stonegifts

©2011 Cheree of miasorellagifts, Centerpiece Bowl - Earth Tone, Price: $40.00

http://www.etsy.com/shop/miasorellagifts

©2011 ExcitingRecycling, 35 inch- Honey Beehive Dream- round rag rug / toothbrush rug technique similar to crochet, Price: $85.00 AUD (approximately $90.72 USD)

http://www.etsy.com/shop/ExcitingRecycling

©2011 brooks barrow, Set of Two Concrete Pebble Tealight Holders, Price: $48.00

http://www.etsy.com/shop/brooksbarrow

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Wearable Art – Stained Glass Mosaic Pendant – Yellow Jewel Tones by EarthMotherMosaics

Through the past few years I’ve made, worn and sold a large amount of mosaic jewelry. Using empty bezels or deep dished bases, there are rings, bracelets and pendants in my shiny mosaic boxes shaped liked stars.

When I re-opened my Etsy shop this month, one of the first items I was asked about were my pendants. But because Etsy is completely saturated with jewelry I knew I wouldn’t be selling them again on that site this time around.

In truth, I was lucky enough to sell a few from Etsy, but mostly people saw them in person. More than a few were sold right off of my neck, at a festival, on Facebook. Some were ordered custom-made.

I have quite a few that I made into key chains over the summer and they can be taken off of the rings and used as pendants if the buyer so chooses. Those will be shared, along with more pendants on my online shop on blogger.

During the summer I had set up a website on blogger to share some items I’ve made for sale that I knew I wouldn’t put on Etsy.

So, back by popular demand (thanks to those who asked me about them!), is the first pendant ready for sale.

This particular pendant was made using stained glass, glitter tiles, turquoise mirror, and Millefiori in a geometric pattern. Grouted in a smoky color, it is sealed but not waterproof.

Price: $30.25 which includes shipping, handling and insurance.

They make a great conversation piece and many love the idea of wearing an art piece. Can be worn all year ’round. Wear a unique, one-of-a-kind piece of art around your neck during the holiday functions from Christmas through New Year!

I’ve made them to give to myself, my family and friends as gifts. They are small but make a big impact. They’d make great stocking stuffers too!

You can find them, as I list them, here: http://earthmothermosaicsstore.blogspot.com

Stay peaceful. Have a great weekend!

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©2011 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

In the Studio

Wow, it’s Wednesday already! This week is just zooming!! It won’t be long now. Halloween will be here before you know it! My grandson knows after you get to dress up in a cool costume and get tons of candy, we then have a day where we eat a really big chicken and watch some football and then, the greatest time of all, Santa comes! This is screeched loudly and he often jumps up and down as he explains this to me. He is SOOO excited!! Seeing the world through a 4 year old’s eyes is wondrous and amazing. He’s pretty awesome.

Malachi and I ... just chillin' around some mosaics

What’s new?: I’ve been happy with the way the gazing ball prep work is progressing. It is continuing nicely but there’s nothing new to show just yet. That’s why I shared some pretty pics I took of the handmade basket (circa 1990) I weaved and painted filled with pine cones and leaves I collected on a recent walk. Mosaics and that awesome framed scrap piece of stained glass that I love so much are around it too, of course.

I thought I’d share some websites in conjunction with this custom order to help those who may wonder which sites I prefer to use. I do have many more sites I enjoy visiting and ordering from but this time, for this order, the best places are listed below.

The sheets of glass mirror I am using mostly came from http://www.delphiglass.com/. They almost always have a great turnaround time and a large selection of glass, tools and supplies. Prices are reasonable and once in a while you can get lucky, like I did, and catch a great sale!

lots of beautiful mirror to cut into triangles!

I love their paper catalog. I spend hours looking through all the goodies when it arrives. Filled with “how-to” books and videos, tools, supplies, grinders, glass, etc. More than a little bit of time goes into making it, I spend more than a little bit of time enjoying it!

The colorant I buy is always from http://www.marylandmosaics.com/. They are the best and I mean the BEST with getting your order to you with lightening speed. I always have a great experience with them and they send a little gift with each order. Gotta love that. They have a great selection of tools, supplies and tiles.

test board to get the colorant just right

Etsy: I’ve been fortunate enough to have had an item featured in a new treasury each week since I re-opened my shop. That may not mean much to those who don’t know Etsy too well but it is a great honor to be found and chosen as one of 16 featured shops when there are so many creative artisans and gifted shop owners on the site.

I spend a lot of time looking for new shops and items to “favorite” because I make quite a few treasury’s myself during the week and I use an item every day for my themed weeks on tumblr. I spend hours some nights just searching for one item to use for the next theme. It is a lot of fun to make treasury’s but don’t let anyone tell you it’s easy! The more shops there are, the more choices you have.

I believe the right photo gets you noticed. I mentioned before that I have become a bit snobbish when it comes to picking items for the treasury’s. If the photo is fuzzy, dark or distorted in some way, it won’t be used even if I love the item.

This week my custom ordered gazing balls were featured in a treasury with the title: “Dancing In The Moonlight”. I think my item was noticed because of the photo I used to show what can be done when those interested want a custom ordered gazing ball. That photo shows a shiny star and the reflective look of the glass and mirror in the sunlight as it plays against the wall. I love this photo and was really glad I put it on Etsy. I used it for my business cards the last time I had them made. It was one of those moments that made me happy I had my camera handy!

The “light play” from the glass and mirror in the sun is something I see every sunny day in my room now. I have gazing balls placed in all the areas where the sun shines the brightest and the room looks magical!

“Spring Equinox”

This particular ball was given to my grandson’s Mom-Mom and Pop-Pop and I spent a lot of time getting it ready for the Spring Equinox in 2010 so that they could have it for their garden. Using mesh for a moon, star, flower and sun, I glued them and added recycled mirror and stained glass in an array of colors on a discarded bowling ball. In return, they gave me 3 or 4 bowling balls to do more mosaics on. That’s a pretty sweet deal!

I hope you have a great week and find the time to do something special for yourself. Life will start to get more hectic as the months progress. Take the time to rest when you need it and enjoy yourself!

Stay peaceful.

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©2011 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

A new week began yesterday with a new theme. “Accents for the Home” features 7 of these items during the week on “Eye for Design and Color” included here in my Treasury this morning. Such lovely colors blended together would make perfect additions to one room, many rooms or given as gifts. If the last is true, please, put me on your gift giving list! 😉

Accents for the Home

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©2011 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

What a fun week this has been. The Mid-Century Modern/Vintage/Retro designs I love so very much are showcased this week in “Mod Love”. As usual, I had a blast locating these gems!

©2011 Stevotomic, Mod-O-Tomic Clock, Price: 289.00

 http://www.etsy.com/shop/Stevotomic

©2011 Patrick Lajoie and Mara Minuzzo of StudioLiscious, Midcentury Modern style Walnut 2-in-1 Sculpture Vase/Candleholder Set of 2, Price: $89.00

http://www.etsy.com/shop/StudioLiscious

©2011 Debra Fuqua of Roosters In My Roses, Pair Shawnee Atomic Boomerang Ashtrays Mid Century Aqua Turquoise Gold Vintage 1950s, $55.00

http://www.etsy.com/shop/RoostersInMyRoses

©2011 Tressie of funkoma vintage, 60s Atomic Lamp Vintage Stained Glass and Pottery, Price: $95.00

 http://www.etsy.com/shop/funkomavintage

©2011 ljindustries, Mid-century Chair with Atomic Wooden Arms, Price: $425.00

 http://www.etsy.com/shop/ljindustries

©2011 Jonathan Sebastian of Lunar Lounge, Booma-mid coffee table Mid Century Atomic Eames Era, Price: $150.00

http://www.etsy.com/shop/lunarloungedesign

©2011 Barefoot Dwelling, Baumritter Chair, Price: $342.00

http://www.etsy.com/shop/BarefootDwelling

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©2011 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

This candle luminary was the last square plain glass holder I had to put stained glass on before I opened the Etsy shop again this month so it holds a special place in my heart. I used greens, white, yellow and a bit of amber in stained glass and covered it completely grouting in charcoal. I really think it looks awesome in the window with the sun coming through it. It is a perfect addition to a corner of a room with a candle in it and it makes a good housewarming gift, anniversary present, wedding gift, birthday surprise for yourself or someone special, or a Christmas gift. Because it’s handmade, it is made with lots of love!

Price: $41.25 includes shipping, handling and insurance. http://www.etsy.com/listing/82916053/stained-glass-mosaic-autumn-votive

Visit my Etsy shop for more stained glass candle luminaries and sun catchers.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/earthmothermosaics

☼-EarthMotherMosaics

©2011 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

In the Studio

Happy Wednesday! I’m still struggling with a cold; on the days when I feel fine I am very busy making up for the days when I don’t feel all that great. It is the way of this thing but I’m thankful for the good days and thankful for the bad ones too because I can rest when I need to. It has, however, made the work go a little slower in the studio.

Nice Business News: Recently I was interviewed for a blog post by a fellow mosaicist and good friend, Rayna Clark. It was a pleasure to do this with her and I am pleased with the outcome. Check it out and let us both know what you think:

http://raynaclarkmosaics.wordpress.com/2011/10/18/the-art-and-life-of-cindy-white-and-earth-mother-mosaics/

An item of mine was included in a Treasury this week. It’s called “Inner Peace” and I am honored to be featured in this colorful display. Click on the photo below and take a look at all the featured items.

Inner Peace by DivineOrders

Gazing Balls Update: I finally started putting mirror on one of the gazing balls! Woo-hoo!! I am using colorant in the thinset mortar to give it the same color as the grout when it is applied. In that way there is no white thinset visible. I like using colorant and tints a lot in the adhesive when I can. Although no one but me can see it, it gives me an indication of what the final piece will look like color-wise when I do. Often if I’m given a choice, I will decide then what colorant to use for the grout way before the piece has been completed. It doesn’t always work out; I’ve used black adhesive and white grout. That actually causes more problems which is how I learned to use acrylics in the grout. If I don’t want it black but the white isn’t working either, there’s always tints and acrylics to be found and used!

There is still a lot to do to get all of the gazing balls prepped and ready for glassing. Lots of mirror to cut. I’m still not sure there’s enough mirror here to cover all 10. I’ve been cutting what I have a few hours at a time and I still have a lot to cut.

just a little left to do on the first one ... nine more to go!

The customer sent me an invitation to mix the color needed for the grout. The color I made to put into the thinset adhesive is a dark red burgundy color matching nicely as you can see from the photo below. I’ll use the same colorant for the grout. Yay!

The other day when I worked on the one above, I noticed when I put it down to dry, it rolled a little bit and a few pieces of glass popped off a little too easily. I put them aside and will reapply them when I finish it.

My mistake: I used only one application of thinset for the entire day (it took approximately 8 hours to get the ball covered up to this point) and the thinset was getting dried out as the day progressed. I cover it up when I’m not using it with plastic wrap but the long hours of putting mirror on the ball, taking a few breaks to help feed myself, sit for a bit (I stand when I work) and help with the grandkids to do a few things in between it all was just way too long.

The pieces that came off were applied using the older adhesive. Anyone who uses mortar as an adhesive knows it’s best to mix it up, if you use the dry kind as I do, a little at a time. I was so positive I would work quickly and cover the whole ball in one day that I ended up mixing up too much and will have to go back and fix what fell off. Luckily it wasn’t too many pieces but I DO know better. I was a little over zealous and excitement got the better of me! It’s been a long wait to start getting the mirror on these. Mixing smaller batches is advisable, even if it only takes one day to cover it in mirror, making a few batches during that day would have been best. When I continue adding mirror to the balls I will make smaller amounts of the thinset at a time. After all, it’s better than having to reapply many pieces of mirror the next day. That is counter-productive!

two pieces popped off very close to the finished line of mosaic work --- obviously the adhesive was too dry to do its job properly after so many hours!

The good part is that there is enough time to rework what needs to be fixed and continue on with the prepping of the rest. I always say there’s something to learn every day and it really is true with this custom order!

I am thrilled to be getting through them one at a time at a pretty good pace and I’m very pleased with how they look. It is going well! I truly hope the customer likes them. I keep imagining what she’ll think when she opens the first box. I’ll probably ship them separately to prevent them from hitting each other in transit but I don’t know if that’s what I’ll do just yet. It’s still in the development stage. I know one thing is certain. It’s always exciting to open up a box with a mosaic in it! Can you imagine getting 10 of them?

What Else Is New?: Other than the above, I’ve been making daily picks of great mid-century modern/vintage/retro decorative items I’ve found on Etsy through my blog on tumblr, making Treasury’s on Etsy a few times during the week sharing them with the 123 Treasury Promo Team over on Etsy and on my Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/EarthMotherMosaics-Cindy-White/101853741152

Plus I’ve been making some new friends along the way. It’s always a joy to share what I find with others. I really enjoy browsing through the Etsy shops to find new items. Some of the vintage shops popping up have really cool things in them!!

I don’t always share all of the Treasury’s I make here but I do share them on Facebook. If you’d like to see them and don’t use Facebook or you don’t want to “like” my page on it, head on over to my Etsy shop profile. There’s a section on it that shows the Treasury’s I’ve made called Treasury lists.

http://www.etsy.com/people/earthmothermosaics

Have a good week and I hope you make it creative.

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©2011 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

This theme, a favorite as you may have guessed, has been chosen as the weekly one for “Eye for Design and Color” on Tumblr. Check out this totally cool Treasury and then click on over to Tumblr and follow the blog so you don’t miss anything!

Tumblr blog: http://earthmothermosaics.tumblr.com/

Mod Love Continue

To go to Etsy to see this Treasury, please click on the photo above. Comments are always welcome!

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©2011 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

Each of these beauties got a raw deal by me this week thanks to being in bed with a nasty cold for most of it. I do apologize to those that follow the tumblr posts but it wasn’t an easy week. However, today is a good day filled with all 7 delights in ceramic goodness. Please take some time to look at these individually and enjoy them. Each of these pieces are incredible works of art in their own right. Enjoy.

©2011 Prince Design UK, Ceramic bowl, Price: $59.00

  http://www.etsy.com/shop/PrinceDesignUK

©2011 Romy Kissel and Clare Backer Bies of Romy & Clare, Tea Set - Red Poppy Funky Tea Pot, Cream & Sugar, Price: $148.00

http://www.etsy.com/shop/romyandclare

©2011 lyn swan of clayswan, Tea for Two porcelain cups, Price: $46.00

 http://www.etsy.com/shop/clayswan

©2011 Diana Brower of Crop Circle Clay, Soup Mug, Price: $56.00

 http://www.etsy.com/shop/CropCircleClay

©2011 Kim Roberts of Kibster Vintage, Mid Century Modern Genie Lamp, Price: $60.00

 http://www.etsy.com/shop/kibster

©2011 Judy Freeman of July B. Freeman Pottery, Blue Morphos Butterfly Mug, Price: $22.00

 http://www.etsy.com/shop/JudyBFreeman

©2011 PhillipTaylorGallery Ceramic Arts, Alcohol Reduced Vase, Price: $160.00

http://www.etsy.com/shop/PhillipTaylorGallery

Please note, those that look for the daily posts on Facebook, I’ll be only sharing this weekly post on my page starting next week. Adding the photos daily was something I did manually and now that I’m becoming more involved with the custom order I have a little less time during the week to share posts. If you like these daily posts and want to see what I find every day, please follow me: http://earthmothermosaics.tumblr.com/

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©2011 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

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