Archive for November, 2011


In the Studio

Due to having the flu and a head cold, I’m not working much in the studio this week. The gazing balls are coming along well, in spite of a halt in the momentum. I’m half way through #8 and will grout them all very soon.

While I was laying down I noticed the view from my sick bed. Mosaics! These photos aren’t very good but I wasn’t feeling well when I took them. The reason I am sharing is because of the iridescent glass shining in the darker light just before the sun goes down. Amazing.

In spite of being sick, I have been active again this week with tumblr and making treasury’s often. I have been sitting at the computer more this week because I can’t stand very long just yet. This bug really hit me hard. This morning I made one called “Just Breathe”.  It features two teammates from the 24/7 Treasury Team.

Yesterday I made 4 treasury’s (see previous post) and tomorrow I’ll do 4 more. Someone asked me recently why I promote so many other shops and not my own as passionately. In truth, I am very passionate about my art but I have found the folks that like it, have seen it often and pushing it in my social circle is considered spam in my eyes. While I don’t feel that I need to defend how I choose to spend my time on Etsy, I do think I need to explain how enjoyable it is for me to spend time virtual shopping and finding other great shops to feature in the treasury’s I make.

I like finding new items made by others and showing them to the people who know my style preferences and my art. Sharing items I find made or found by others makes me happy and also introduces my shop to new people in a round-about way. The folks who share the treasury’s they are in, introduce 16 shops plus the curator’s shop each time they do. It takes a while to have folks check out my shop and sometimes it doesn’t happen at all. However, every so often I’ll have a day filled with items from my shop being favorited by other Etsians who found me through a treasury I’ve either been lucky enough to be in or have curated. Some favorite the treasury itself, which is a great honor. In turn, their circles get to see what they have favorited. And around it goes. We all pay it forward in our own way. An item has been chosen for at least one treasury a week since I’ve opened my shop again on Oct 1st. I think my way of sharing and showing how awesome so many people are is the right thing for me to do. I love what I do and the way I do it.

On that note, I think a favorite quote from my favorite inspirational leader is in order:

“Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.”~Dr. Wayne Dyer

Stay peaceful.

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©2011 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

Stay peaceful.

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©2011 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

Beach Cottage decor is a favorite of mine and one I revisit often. It is the chosen theme for the week on tumblr using some of the awesome items I compiled in this treasury. Often an item sells during the week once a treasury has been created. If/when that happens, if I want to keep the treasury fresh, I’ll find more items to put into it and share it with my social networks. I hope you enjoy the combination of shabby chic, french country and beach decor as much as I do! Yummy.

Stay peaceful.

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©2011 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

Today, a new themed week for “Eye for Design and Color” would normally start on tumblr. This is a holiday week and a busy one for many of us.

What this means is that I’m taking the week off to spend more time with my family and spend less time on the computer. There will be no posts here on this blog or on tumblr for the full week.

I hadn’t originally thought I would do this and was going to try to continue with my normal schedule. With the deadline for the gazing balls looming and the extra fun with helping my daughter clean and cook for our Thanksgiving feast, my time will be limited.

Next Sunday, November 27th, the themes will continue again until the week of Christmas when the same practice will apply.

Monday, November 28th, all posts will resume here as they normally would, starting off with an Etsy Treasury.

I hope you all have a joyous and safe holiday week. Enjoy yourself!

Stay peaceful.

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©2011 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

This week my theme was what is called “eye candy”. I love the reds in each item here. All found at Etsy, the vintage to the handmade are all worthy of a few minutes of your time. If you like red, or know someone who does, take a look below. You can keep up with the daily featured item from “Eye for Design and Color” on my blog (tumblr). Each week is a new theme. Enjoy!

©2011 SewSampleShop, SALE - Red Pillow Cover - Decorative Cushion - Wine Silk Velvet - Holiday Decor Metallic 12X18 inch, Price: $25.00

SewSampleShop

©2011 dkpottery, Large Red Serving or Fruit Bowl stoneware Pottery, Price: $42.00

dkpottery

©2011 Badanbody, Candle: Fragrant Dark Red Cranberry Pomegranate Cinnamon & Clove Pillar Candle 3x4.5, Price: $12.00

Badanbody

©2011 ChicHippyVintage, Vintage PoPpY ReD Hall's Superior Quality Kitchenware TEaPoT .. A Treasury Item, Price: $28.00

ChicHippyVintage

©2011 LOOKINGforYESTERDAY, Vintage Red Retro Table and Chairs, Price: $295.00

LOOKINGforYESTERDAY

©2011 Sawdusty, Primitive 2 Drawer Toaster Cover / Apothecary Style / Kitchen Storage for 2 Slice Toaster / Barn Red / Color Choice / Farmhouse Favorite, Price: $40.00

Sawdusty

©2011 NewMoonStudio, Handmade Stoneware Red Dinnerware - 6 Pieces Set - MADE TO ORDER, Price: $162.00

NewMoonStudio

Stay peaceful.

☼-EarthMotherMosaics

©2011 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

Today’s Featured Item is one of my funky and way cool peace signs. This one has lots of retro dish shards in it; nice vintage pieces and some pretty stylin’ ceramic flowers and brown glass “globs” as we call them in the biz. 😉

Click on a photo above to take you to my Etsy shop to see more photos and a description.

I also have an observation. While I’ve been busy making tons of treasury’s for over a year, I have mentioned more than a few times how I won’t use a picture of an item if the photos are fuzzy, dark, not focused, etc. When I was deciding which item I should share today from my shop, I noticed this only had 11 views while all the other peace signs had more. After looking at the photos, especially the very first one, I knew why. It was this: Dramatic, yes. Eye appealing … no … I focused on the gathered cloth on the left side in this picture wondering why my eye kept going there. I wasn’t looking at the mosaic at all and the photo itself … well … it looked sort of out of focus to me.

I’ve taken more pictures this morning, using advice from a few others as to what they like to see when they first click on an item, which was an “in-your-face” shot first and then more subtle ones towards the end.

I’m never ashamed to say I am not perfect; my craft oozes with imperfections. That means I always have things to learn. I will never recommend someone use a white paper towel or white cloth (unless it’s a piece of vintage cloth in pristine condition) to photograph their jewelry like it was suggested by a few when I first started listing items. I did these photos today to show how they look:

paper towel background

white cloth background

Sometimes the above examples might work for your item. But it doesn’t work for mine in my opinion. While there’s really nothing wrong with them, my eye goes to what’s behind the pendant. I don’t focus on the pendant at all. I squint at the photos and think: “is that a paper towel???” and “that cloth should of at LEAST been ironed before being used”. Maybe I’m too critical, maybe I’m too picky, but I want the potential customer to need to buy my item more than they need to buy anyone else’s. The way to do that online, is by having a good photo and some observations and description of what it is.

Here is the photo I liked the best:

my favorite shot

Although the vase is a bit dusty … hahaha … it does give this pendant some visual details that I always look for when I shop. If I ever list this pendant, this shot will be taken again (with a less dusty vase) and used.

I have posted new photos of the mosaic peace sign on Etsy this morning. I hope it brings up the count for views and usages in treasury’s. And, in making a sale. But if it doesn’t, at least I know I’ve started to train my eye on what I feel is a good photo and what isn’t with my own items. I’m proud of myself for seeing there is always room to grow when listing items. And there are a few listed that will get new photos taken soon. I also think it’s a good idea to do this on a regular basis. As my perception changes, so do the photos I use. Growth is a wonderful thing!

This and other cool mosaics goodness can be found at http://www.etsy.com/shop/earthmothermosaics – stop in and look around. Enjoy!

Stay peaceful.

☼-EarthMotherMosaics

©2011 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

It’s a virtual shopping day which means 4 Treasury’s featuring an SOTD item in each one.

Home Decor for the Little One

Healing and Health

Collectibles for Little Girls and Big Girls Too

Stay peaceful.

☼-EarthMotherMosaics

©2011 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

In the Studio

Custom Order: Is coming along very well. I’m about 1/2 way finished now. Yay! As I finish each ball (not yet grouted) I place them inside a 12×12 box and set them aside. They are out of the way and won’t roll around.

the work area

I have learned through the years that creating triangles almost always causes a cut or two no matter how much I try to keep the edges from snagging or being too sharp. Every time I move these balls I find if I pick them up too quickly, I get hurt. Sometimes using mirror makes it difficult to grind without losing the foiling on the back. It is best to remind the people around these kinds of mosaics to handle with extreme care. Hopefully once grouted they will lose a little of their “bite”. But they are sharp right now. OwWWeeee.

some of the assembly line ... ready for grout

New Mosaics: I took myself away from the gazing balls for a day and spent it grouting all the mosaics I had waiting their turn very patiently. In one day I grouted 5 pieces. It doesn’t sound like a lot but it took me close to 10 hours to do them. 2 hours per piece is the average for me. Some are easy and quick to grout while others take many hours. Clean up, polishing and sealing takes time too.

Sometimes I like the look of what the grout does to pieces of glass that have creases in it or marks of some kind and I leave the grout in those pieces. Other times I will stare at one piece of glass perplexed as to HOW to get it clean enough to suit me. I have an entire drawer filled with tools, so I can’t use not having the right tool as an excuse. It’s more the way it looks … if it’s pleasing to the eye as it is or will it lose some appeal if I start digging and cleaning up spots that bug me. I put those aside and go back to them often. The candle luminary I just listed this morning was one of those. In the end, I left most of the grout on the pieces that bugged me. I like it!

I think all of them will get listed on Etsy this week or within the week. I wasn’t going to list wall art on Etsy again this time around; the piece below is an exception. It is a framed mirror but I covered the mirror with tempered glass. That means it’s no longer a frame nor is it a mirror. But it fits into the frame category in my mind, so that’s that. I could post it in the blogger shop but I think it’ll hang out on the Etsy shop for a bit and see how it goes.

purple tones candle luminary

The newest addition to the luminary family is all in pinks/purples. The same colors were used in the bowl below.

upcycled glass bowl

Love that grape!

Grouted the tray in white to give it a Shabby Chic look.

Upcycled Shabby Chic Porcelain Tray

The bowl below was a piece that was with my Great Aunt for years sitting in a corner collecting dust. When she passed away I got this (along with the glass bowl and porcelain tray above as well as lots of other treasures) and figured I’d add a mosaic to it at some point. When I picked it up out of the box a few years ago it fell apart. I tried really hard to glue it, fix it, give it TLC. After many applications of glue it stayed together. I used a green oil based paint on it and it didn’t stay on too well, puddling under the base of the bowl and left small round drops — very visible. I tried a few things to get rid of them but each time I tried something it just didn’t “take”. I didn’t want to sand it because it had some green around it that I wanted to keep. Leaving it alone was my decision. I covered the entire thing in dish shards and they fell off except for the center, I’m assuming because of the stain that was on the wood when it was first made or perhaps from polish my Aunt may have used on it. I put it aside for a while to give me time to think about what to do. I didn’t want to lose the wood to primer. On Monday I decided to take advantage of all the patinas it has acquired, quite by accident thanks to me, giving it many imperfections and leave them all. I covered the exposed wood with a tint of Burnt Umber and oil and allowed the green to come through the tint where it wanted to, puddled droplets on it’s undercarriage and all. I’m pleased with it. It’s not perfect but it has a lot of character. Just like me. 🙂

wooden bowl

no longer fresh and new but still beautiful to me

The last piece is the framed mirror that is now wall art. Crescent moon, swirls within a night blue sky that lightens as the bright sun wakes up to shine brightly. We’re to have gloomy skies for the next few days so hopefully when the sun comes out again and I can get some more photos taken because in the sun, this rocks. My eye starts at the top left swirl and goes down to the sun. I had trouble naming this one. Sometimes they “speak” to me as I work on them, but this one was more “vocal” about it’s color choices and design. A tentative name for this is: Night Into Day. What do you think?

The sides are covered in iridescent rust stained glass. The back will be painted in gray today, I think, and D-ring will be re-attached. These frames were constructed really well so it should hold this 3.6 lb piece of art without a problem.

Challenge Piece: This isn’t a mosaic … yet … but it might end up becoming a mixed media piece with mosaic somewhere in it or around it. Or it could end up in the garbage. This is grout that dried in an old container while I was busy wrangling grandchildren. When it plopped out in one piece I immediately saw a piece of art. When I look at it now, I see something magical around it, like faeries. Which means glitter, of course. 😉 So this won’t stay a dark piece for long. How to get what I see into reality … that’s the challenge. Check back here to see how it’s going because right now I see what I want to do but I don’t know exactly how to do it. I gladly accept the challenge!

this way?

or this way??? hmmmmm ...

Etsy News: Last week I talked about the teams I’m active with and I have more news in regards to that this week as well. I am very happy to announce that EarthMotherMosaics has been chosen as one of the 5 Featured Shops on the Promoting Creative Friends blog! Please check it out, and if you have an Etsy shop add your link to it. It’s a great team; I’m so pleased to be part of it!

http://pcfteam.blogspot.com/

Tomorrow is another virtual shopping day for me sharing the Shops of the Day through the PCF Team which means 4 more treasury’s for me to create! Woo-hoo!

Tumblr: Don’t forget to hop on over to “Eye for Design and Color”. This week my theme is red!

http://earthmothermosaics.tumblr.com/

Stay peaceful.

☼-EarthMotherMosaics

©2011 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

4 Treasury’s sharing a SOTD item in each. Click on the photo of each treasury to take you to it. Have fun!

Victorian Christmas

Daisies in Spring

Relax and Enjoy

Pink Pastels and Hearts

Stay peaceful.

☼-EarthMotherMosaics

©2011 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

Good Monday Morning To You All! 🙂

Finding gifts for the guys in your life is made a little easier this morning. This treasury is dedicated to gift ideas for the big boys. There are two items below from the same shop … I couldn’t decide which I liked more so I included them both! Enjoy!!

All For Him

Stay peaceful.

☼-EarthMotherMosaics

©2011 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

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