Archive for May, 2012

In the Studio

The studio has been picking up steam. Sorting and organizing while far from finished, has given me the incentive I need to start work on a few items. I also made a few sales this week on Etsy which always gives me a boost to make something new to replace what was sold. I’m very grateful and blessed!

I worked on a belated birthday gift for my daughter this week. Coasters using tempered glass, acrylics and glitter. They need to be grouted but are ready whenever I am! I love how they turned out and so does she. Yay!

Waiting for grout.
Belated Birthday Gift, Set of Mosaic Coasters

Close up – coasters.
The tempered glass looks like icebergs floating on a purple sea.

Next I worked on my challenge piece for the group on flickr This challenge is called “Upcycle”. Right up my alley, right?!!

Mosaic Challenge Piece – pre-grout

A discarded 9 inch microwave plate is now a sun catcher!

Upcycled piece includes broken fused glass pieces (circa 1980’s), buttons and scrap stained glass.

Buttons, jewelry, small river rocks and stained glass.

I am never too bothered by things being covered with grout but cleaned up the buttons as best as I could. I like the results.

No sun makes it hard to show the glass but you can see light goes through some of the rocks on the top and bottom. I’m happy with it.

Grouted in light grey.

I worked on an item for the online shop too. It has been a productive week!

Calming colors of blues and greens are on this 6 inch sun catcher. Once grouted it will get listed for sale.

I sold 2 sun catchers this week plus the sweet cottage chic pique assiette tea pot. I’m very pleased but am now ready to get busy adding more items to the shop. That means it’s time to get the nippers, glass cutters, shards and tiles out once again and make a new mess! Yay!

Be at Peace.

©2012 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics


Be at Peace.

©2012 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

©2012 beautifuldetailswed
Beach Decor Cast Iron Fish Wall Hook – PICK YOUR COLOR
Price: $28.00

©2012 bonesvintage
1940’s Wooden Beach Chair Camping Stool Hickory Stripe Denim Seat
Price: $45.00

©2012 CeShoreTreasures
Starfish and Capiz Shell Tiny Lights Chandelier–Beach Cottage Decor-Coastal Decor
Price: $79.00

©2012 EdenCoveTreasures
Metal Lantern Upcycled Beach Cottage Style – Paris Trim – Paris Gray and Whitewashed
Price: $20.00

Starfish Burlap Pillow Cover – Starfish Decorations, Beach Cottage, Summer Party Decor
Price: $18.50

©2012 AvolieGlass
Blown Glass Vase Beach Cottage Decor – Ocean Sea Water Mint Seafoam Green Minimalist tagt
Price: $195.00

©2012 honeystreasures
Wood Table – Shabby Beach Cottage – Sofa or Buffet Table – Reclaimed Wood
Price: $800.00

NOTE: When checking on each site this morning to see if any of the above items have been sold, the link for the Starfish and Capiz Shell Tiny Lights Chandelier by CeShoreTreasures doesn’t seem to be working. Normally that means the item is no longer available but it could just be a temporary glitch. Here’s their direct shop link to have a look around!

Be at Peace.

©2012 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

Coasters, “Citrus Slices”, Mosaics, Tangerine and Lime, Home Decor, Wedding, Anniversary, Graduation, Birthday, Summer
Price: $30.72

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“A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.”~James Dent
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These are a personal favorite of mine. I seriously LOVE these coasters! They’ve been given the name of “Citrus Slices” because they look like big sliced off pieces of fruit. Perfect for placing a cool drink on them next to the hammock or beach chair on a warm, sunny day! Great addition to any picnic table.

As described by a customer who recently purchased a set:

“These are so cool, the picture doesn’t do them justice. They have such rich color that they almost look wet, and they have a neat depth to the design when you look at them from above. I LOVE them!!”~Terri M.

Using Lime and Tangerine acrylics, gold glitter and recycled tempered glass often known as crash glass, I’ve created the look of a juicy citrus slice. Grouted in white and sealed, these coasters are a great decorative accent for your kitchen or family room.

Fun gift idea and looks fantastic in the sun! Like real citrus fruits, these are lip smacking good!

Set of four, 4 inches round coasters, painted and felt feet placed on the bottom to protect your furniture and protects the coasters from scratching while not in use.

Signed, sealed and dated.

Do NOT submerge in water. To clean, simply wipe off the top with a damp cloth and mild detergent if necessary.

Shipping fees include shipping, insurance and handling to the US only. Please convo me for international shipping quotes.

Be at Peace.

©2012 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

In the Studio

It’s been unusual in the work space this week. I’m completely frazzled and overwhelmed because I’m sorting through lots of glass goodies, substrates, plastic dohickey’s and gizmos and gadgets. It is wonderful to have all these inspiring things around me … I just don’t know where to put them! My space is small. I’m on the prowl at the local thrift stores for shelving and other unique things to use to help store all of these wonderful things!

MDF and wooden pieces to be primed before they can get a mosaic on them.

When I re-organize and clean, the concept is the same as what most people do, I imagine. I pull everything completely out of a box, sort it (depending on what it is, it could be sorted by color or by some other great label I’ve given it) and figure out what to do with it once sorted. Sometimes it all goes back into the box I just emptied because I have no idea how to keep it sorted. Budget is tight and buying cool organizers with lots of bins, or glass containers, or even simple plastic boxes can’t be done. I have to use what is available to me, so that becomes the challenge.

Assorted decorative gems in glass jars on my windowsill. So pretty in the sunlight!

Shoe box sized plastic container filled with yummy stained glass. I’d like to sort them again once all are in containers by color for easier viewing and use.

Only a portion of the blue and white collection sit on the floor. Many shards of all kinds and colors, not just blue and white, are still in boxes waiting to be given a place within the room.

An unfinished mosaic wooden holder (probably for mail, plastic ware or paper napkins?) sitting on the floor on top of large dishes holds saucers and small souvenir plates, ashtrays and what-have-yous. I need to finish this holder …

Something wonderful happened when I was cleaning up this past week. I think of things along the clean-up process to do with things I’ve found to use in some future project. I’m sure others do that too. That made me know the muse was coming back to life. Sometimes I stop to create right then and there and then go back to cleaning. That could be why it’s taking me a while. 🙂

I discovered a slew of business cards and post cards now no longer current, with my mosaics on one side and out-of-date info on the back. I found close to a full medium sized box worth in all sizes. I tossed a small handful of the cards back into the box as I was trying to figure out what to do with them and I saw a flash of lovely colors! I knew I could use them for paper art!

I cut up some of the cards while watching something from a DVD on my computer that night and the next day I had a great selection of things to play with.

Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose

What transpired was a day filled with creativity instead of cleaning! Yay!

I have some patterns and design templates from a craft club I belonged to in the mid 1990’s in a few binders and found quite a few things that I could adapt for my mosaics. I found a lot of inspiration by looking through these. The pattern below was actually supposed to be a wing of an angel. I saw something different. 😉

The Groovy Chicken

It took a full 8 hours to do this with many stops and starts during the day but it was so much fun and I’m anxious to do more! I want to add a few more pieces in the background for feathers and egg shells. I also want to paint around the chicken and the egg too. Because it’s on card stock and not that sturdy, I might glue it to a piece of wood or MDF. Maybe I could make a mosaic in glass tiles around it giving it a finished frame look??

As you can see, my creative muse is back but only working part time. I’m fine with that. Life is hectic and the studio is in shambles. Whenever a little bit of fun comes creeping out to play, I am ready and go with it when I can! Woo-hoo!!

In other news: I’ve opened another online shop on this week. I was going to do a full fledged announcement and promote like crazy but the household has been sick with bugs of all kinds and I’ve been adding only a few things a day on the site. Continuing to do this daily until it has all the items in it I want to sell may take a while. I also am not sure I like the set up just yet so it will be a while before I feel settled in it. Once I am, the promotion and marketing will go into full swing.

I am pleased to have another avenue in which to share my art. I’ve stopped using because it just didn’t settle right in my heart that I had to charge so much in order to give them the commission they were asking for. It is a great website for those who have large pieces of fine art and can charge a few hundred dollars without blinking an eye. Someone said it’s where “real art collectors” go. I don’t know that I care about that. I like my mosaics to go to a home that appreciates them or to be given as a gift for someone special on a special day. “Fine art” doesn’t describe most of my work. After thinking about it for quite some time, I knew was not the right fit for me. My work got quite a few “hits” but not one person wrote to ask questions about the pieces nor did I make a sale. My shop on is not closed but it is empty. I always want at least 2 places on the web where I can sell my mosaics. That means is the right choice for me right now. I am always willing to try something new and have been through many transformations looking for something that fits me well.

Not all of the areas on the site have things in them yet, but check it out when you have the chance. Feedback is always welcome!

Be at Peace.

©2012 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

Be at Peace.

©2012 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

©2012 dejavulongbeach
RETRO BAR mid century modern furniture 50s tiki cabinet vintage mad men boomerang style home bar
Price: $1,295.00

©2012 NikoAndLily
Mid-Century Modern Circle Art Prints – Set of Four 5x7s (coastal)
Price: $39.95

©2012 krisruff
Mid-century Modern Red Orb Pillow Cover Cushion cover 16 x 16
Price: $30.00

©2012 etchedandsketched
Mid century modern art print-abstract atomic-8×10 poster art
Price: $14.00

©2012 MODchair
Stratis Sling, suspension Leather lounge chair, Handmade, Mid Century modern Design
Price: $2,250.00

©2012 nwfilm
Mid Century Modern Double Cone Wall Sconce- Wall Lamp Lighting Retro Atomic
Price: $115.00

©2012 lunarloungedesign
Leentu Lounge Chair Mid Century Modern Classic Design Eames Era Boomerang
Price: $500.00

Be at Peace.

©2012 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

Friday’s Featured Item

Mosaic, Peace Sign, Hippie, Vintage, Retro, Pique Assiette – Bright Orange – 8 inches, Graduation, Birthday
Price: $44.97

Mosaic, Peace Sign, Hippie, Vintage, Retro, Pique Assiette – Bright Orange – 8 inches, Graduation, Birthday

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(¸.•´(¸.•´ (¸.•¨¯`* ♥ “Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.”~Benjamin Franklin

Want to give a great one-of-a-kind gift to a boss or co-worker who is retiring? This is a most suitable gift. Giving the gift of art is a wonderful thing to do. Would look fantastic in a hallway or entryway as many of my mosaics do.

Collecting peace symbols has been an ongoing past time for many years. They haven’t been out of style since it was used by Pablo Picasso in 1949, according to Wikipedia.

Here’s the chance to own a unique one of your own, granted … not EVEN close to a Picasso … but still a nice piece of art, to add to the collection.

Measurements: 8 inches round.

I made this retro peace symbol using dish shards given to me by various people throughout the year.

It reminds me of something straight out of the late 1960’s! I lovingly have named this “Homage to the Queens of Retro”. The style is lovingly borrowed in grateful gratitude from a few wonderful mosaic artists who are the Queens of Retro. Their style surpasses many. I bow to them. I am not worthy.

This has yellow ceramic flowers, glitter tiles and brown iridescent glass gems on it as well as the vintage dish shards. Painted in a bright and happy orange sherbet color with D-ring attached for convenient hanging. Signed, sealed and dated.

Shipping fees include shipping, insurance and handling to the US only. Please convo me for international shipping quotes.

Be at Peace.

©2012 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

In the Studio

Another semi-quiet week here. The muse took my mojo and hasn’t really returned for very long.

I finished putting stained glass on the holiday themed candle holder and will probably grout it next week. I am happy with it and am pleased even with the lack of inspiration to get it completed, I managed it!

Once grouted this will get added to the very small pile for the holidays at the end of the year.

The work table is covered up at the moment. I’ve been saying for days that I want to start cleaning up the area and re-organize but honestly, there is a good chance I won’t do much. I am not motivated at all right now to do anything, feeling especially lazy and unproductive. I’m hoping once I start clearing off the table and sorting through some glass and dish shards, I’ll find the stirrings of creativity come back to life.

I am proud to announce that I am one of 4 Shops of the Day for the Promoting Creative Friends Team today! That is always such an honor and a great boost for my Etsy shop. The stats should be impressive by the end of the day. That’s awesome!

Last night after I decided to leave the computer for the evening, I realized I hadn’t added the daily design pick on tumblr! I do this every day; you’d think I’d remember it! That shows you how uninspired I am to do much promoting, networking or creating. Shame on me, just the same! In order to make sure I keep on the schedule as best as I can, I’ll add the one from yesterday this morning and do another one later on today. Those who wait for the compilation at the end of the week won’t see much of a difference. Those who follow each day, I’m sorry I forgot it!!

Be at Peace.

©2012 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

Be at Peace.

©2012 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

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