Archive for September, 2012

Mosaic Circle Wall Hanging, Abstract, Stained Glass and Mirror, Blue, Green, Pink – 8 inches
Price: $43.26

Measures 8 inches

Using stained glass in iridescent colors of green, blue, green, red, pink and purple, mirror textured tiles, hand cut pieces of both stained glass and mirror I’ve gotten a fine example of abstract art using a focal point. The round mirror was where I started with this one. There is a pretty blue glass tear drop piece from a broken necklace added, along with 3 blue glass gems. Grouted in a dark charcoal and sealed.

Ready to hang and painted.

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

Stay peaceful.

©2012 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics


In the Studio

It has been an interesting week between my birthday celebration, the sales events and working on mosaics! I made one sale on IndieMade and none on Etsy, proving to me once again that sales for my items are just as successful as doing what I always do without them. Promotion always works but offering sales do not! Interesting, right?!

Birthday flowers from my daughter! The Autumnal Equinox and my birthday happen at the same time. That is probably why my favorite colors to use in mosaics are these.

Sometimes it is best to just get busy and create and not worry so much about the shops and that’s where I’ve happily been since the weekend!

I do have an announcement about my blog posts too. I have decided not to do a treasury post each Monday any longer nor will I be doing many if any treasuries in the future. I have found something has changed drastically on the site in relation to treasuries and haven’t done too much research but can’t really seem to find anything that would cause the lack of views. I haven’t changed my formula for how I make them, what I pick as a theme or where I share them but the views went from over 300 to less than 75. I’ve noticed a decline in interest in my treasuries over the summer and thought it had something to do with the time of year. Then thought maybe it was the way I make them which is through Shmetsy Tools. I know Etsy is working on something similar to Shmetsy Tools (I’ve seen the threads about the Beta tests) but there shouldn’t be a drop in views no matter how they are made. I have chalked it up to disinterest or uninteresting treasuries on my part; perhaps the ones I’m doing are too similar in style now and not as fresh becoming the same-old-same-old thing. I need to take a break from them.

I have to figure out something else to do and I will eventually. I do like to share items I find and favorite, so some format will take it’s place, perhaps featuring 8 items and shop info on Monday of some favorites will be what I try next. In that way I’ll still be happy virtual shopping and will still share the love! I’ve also reduced doing the tumblr posts of Etsy decor items I find and favorite to twice a month instead of every week. Not many followers on that one, but enough to keep it going. Or perhaps I’ll do what was done for me this week; something I think I could enjoy because I know first hand what it feels like to be featured in someone else’s blog. It has happened a few times and I’m always thrilled to be found on Etsy, let alone featured on someone’s blog!

Such is the case here. I am honored to have my shop featured in a blog post this week! Kristen V of Kayma Boutique at Etsy, KaymaBoutique contacted me a few weeks ago and asked if I would allow her to do a post about my shop on her blog. It’s so nice to have folks take the time to do this for each other and it’s more than possible that is what I’ll do on Monday’s now. kayma boutique’s blog

Well, I actually managed to put the little 3-D elephant aside for a few days and work on other things. When I first start on something new, I have a horrible time getting my brain to switch gears if I haven’t completed what I’ve been working on before I try. Sometimes when I work on brightly colored items I feel like I need a break after a while and force myself to do something different. I get what could be considered a “color overload” and have trouble making the colors blend well. I know it’s time to put the mosaic piece aside when that happens and work on something else for a week or two.

The first thing I tried was a small piece of cement board measuring about 2.5 to 3 inches in diameter. It was a piece I didn’t cut exactly straight but I never toss anything out that has room for a mosaic on it! If nothing else, I can use it for a practice piece to get the juices flowing. Normally these are what I call “glue and slap” – some end up to be really awesome and some … not so much. I’m fairly sure I’ll be putting this one into the Art Abandonment Group pile once it is grouted, painted and a magnet attached to the back.

Then I was able to head on over to the 12 inch peace sign and have started a nice soft, muted earth colored palette. I should have this finished by this time next week and will list it soon.

Over on IndieMade, I’ll be switching out the jewelry over the weekend and keeping the newer pieces in for 3 months. I have 10 slots available to showcase jewelry and 3 galleries to share whatever I decide on. I think I might place the jewelry I can’t fit in these 10 slots in a gallery with contact info and pricing. I’ll make the announcement next week.

This is one that will be taken out of the showcase spot over the weekend.

I’m also adding more mosaics to Etsy! I have a few older pieces still to list and I’m going to add a Christmas Shop section to include the pieces I did manage to get made for the holidays. I still have time to make one or two more things I know, but the chances are good that I might not. Even using most of this year to think about what to make, I had some trouble figuring it all out. I am glad I have what I do have all made and ready! Maybe this will give me the shot in the arm I need once they are listed to make one or two more mosaics for that section.

Meanwhile, there are a few things in the shop now that would work great as gifts for that someone special! Below is a photo of the stained glass candle holder that I’ve used as a vase.

Some of the flowers are still with me! Here they are a few days later, in a mosaic stained glass candle holder in greens, yellows and white (which is available through Etsy).

I’m going to be sharing photos as soon as I can of the work-in-progress Upcycling Challenge piece I’m doing for Birds & Blooms Magazine. It’s still in my head right now … but it has to be sent to them by November, so it has to come out of my head and get started within the next week or so. I’m still so excited to have been chosen. I’m going to have so much fun making this mosaic!

Don’t forget to head on over to Facebook and “like” my page to get updated daily (hourly some days!) on all the events taking place for EarthMotherMosaics.

Stay peaceful.

©2012 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

Be at Peace.

©2012 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

This week has been amazing! Yesterday, the first day of autumn and my actual birthday was celebrated with friends around the world and family right here in PA. I am thrilled to say I could feel the loving vibrations throughout the entire day from everyone who wished me well. What an amazing feeling!!

Today is the last day of the week long sales events on Etsy and IndieMade. I made my first sale a few days ago on IndieMade and learned I had some major tweaking to do with the shipping costs but got it figured out and hopefully in the future it shouldn’t be a problem. Selling items on different sites means learning different things relating to each site. I’m happy that this customer hung in there with me as I figured things out and even happier that she took advantage of the BOGO offer!

These sales end at midnight tonight EST, so now is the time to get in on them. I rarely have COUPON CODES or BOGO SALES and may not do another one again for quite some time.

On Etsy, use COUPON CODE 58BDAY and get 10% off your order. Because this is a birthday celebration, mention reading this blog when checking out and get a special added surprise gift (even wrapped up all pretty with a bow!) with your order!

Mosaic Coasters, “Citrus Slices” – Set of 4, Tangerine and Lime, Summer Decor, Wedding, Anniversary, Graduation, Birthday, Useful Art
Price: $30.72

Oooh … what could it be???!!!

For one-of-a-kind mosaic jewelry, all handmade, head on over to IndieMade. Today until midnight, buy a pendant, get the chain/cording and another pendant FREE! Your free jewelry is wrapped up too. Isn’t it fun to get presents?!!

Mosaic Pendant – Copper Yellow, Brown and Blue-green – 1.5 x 1 inches
Price: $25.95

Purchase a mosaic belt buckle, get 2 pendants and a ring FOR FREE!

Mosaic Belt Buckle – Silver Oval – Beach Rock Star – 4 x 3 inches
Price: $55.95

These totally cool pendants or groovy rings could be your free gift!

Mention this blog post at check out (in the message area on PayPal) and get one blank note card with envelope for FREE! Woo-hoo!

Get a free blank note card w/envelope as well as the freebies included in the sale! Today only!!

Help me celebrate a new year of joy and excitement! Do some holiday shopping or just treat yourself.

Have an awesome day!!

Be at Peace.

©2012 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

©2012 SkyeArt, Bird Necklace and Scarf Organizer … Handmade bird rack to hold all of your scarves, necklaces, etc…. great gift
Price: $64.00

©2012 Hindsvik, Vintage Mid Century Mugs- Cups, Modern, Kitchen, Retro, 1950’s
Price: $28.00

©2012 VehtoShar, Beautiful Vintage RED TEA pot – Retro home decor or kitchen decor- Camping implement-
Price: $30.00

©2012 fabulousmess, Vintage 70s RED BIRD on A WIRE Art Wall Hanging Fabric Material
Price: $165.00

©2012 1001vintage, Vintage Red Desk Lamp – Kreo Lite 60s
Price: $92.00

©2012 riricreations, bird knobs, drawer pulls, 4 bird knobs in red
Price: $21.00

©2012 SwedishCountry, Cherry Red Pillow on Natural Muslin
Price: $22.00

Stay peaceful.

©2012 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

Mosaic Vase, Candle Holder, Stained Glass, Multicolored, Home Decor
Price: $50.61

The week long Birthday Celebration on both Etsy and IndieMade ends soon! Use COUPON CODE 58BDAY and get 10% off. Ends Sunday, September 23rd at midnight EST.

Approximately a little over 7 inches tall. Opening at the top is a little over 3 inches in diameter.

From top to bottom this vase is filled with hand cut pieces of stained glass in many colors and shapes; there’s even some mirror. Grouted in light charcoal and sealed.

Useful and decorative! The perfect combo!! Handmade with love and one of my favorite things to create.

DO NOT SUBMERGE IN WATER. They have been sealed to protect the grout from stained. The inside can be rinsed with warm soapy water and air dry. The outside can be wiped down with a damp cloth. Mild soap, if any, should be used.

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

Stay peaceful.

©2012 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

In the Studio

Lots to catch up on this week, so get comfy! This is going to be a long one!!

Beyond Borders Mosaic Auction for DWB/MSF ends Friday, Sept 21st! There’s only a few more days left for the online auction. This is for such a great cause. Known in the U.S. as Doctors Without Borders (DWB) and worldwide as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), DWB/MSF is an international medical humanitarian organization that provides aid in nearly 70 countries to people whose survival is threatened, providing medical aid to those most in need. Please, if you haven’t done so yet, head on over and bid, bid, bid! My mosaic, “Syncopation” is in the Abstracts section. Click on the photo below and it’ll take you to the online auction website directly.

Last time I wrote an “In the Studio” post, I mentioned not spending much time in the studio doing mosaic work but taking photos of attic pieces going into the vintage shop. This time, all camera activity has been set aside, the new shop is not yet ready and the muse is busy at work on mosaics, primarily a goofy looking elephant. Most photos of the vintage items aren’t all that great according to my critical eye, so it was time to put it all away for a bit and get back to the crafts table. It will happen when I am ready for it. I have lots of time and patience for such endeavors.

Week-to-week, the creative spark takes a turn and each item is different; some mixed media, altered art, photography, mosaics in stained glass and dish shards and still some painting might be done. I played with polymer clay as I mentioned I would and enjoyed it so very much! New charms for mosaics are the reward! Yay! I allow the spirit to move me. I have found as long as I get out of the way and don’t push in one direction or the other, super cool things begin to unfold. I’m blessed with a busy mind filled with ideas. I truly feel it’s a gift although sometimes my brain goes from idea to idea quicker than I can process it. That’s why I love to dream about my crafts because that seems to get them to stay put until I’m ready to work on them.

polymer clay pieces I made for use in mosaics (the little bits look just like candy!)

word charms for mosaics

5×5 inches
Mixed Media Art
Acrylics, Millefiori, Polymer Clay Heart expertly crafted by my cousin, Laura

“Green and Copper”
5×5 inches
Acrylics, Mica Powders, Poly Clay Flower crafted by me, Porcelain Tile (gifted), Lotus Charm, Millefiori & a piece of Mirror

“Mauve, Pearl and Bronze”
5×5 inches
Acrylics, Mica Powders, Vintage Mother-of-Pearl Buttons, Fused Glass circa 1985, Unglazed Ceramic Tile (purchased from the extremely talented beadfreaky at Etsy), Word Charm, Millefiori

At some point these 3 pieces will be placed either in frames or mounted on something else and placed in the shop for sale. I have more ideas for more and will share them as I make them, I’m sure. You can find lots of cool charms and beads for crafts through beadfreaky on Etsy:


This week I am celebrating my birthday which is officially on Saturday. I’ll be 58 and it will be the beginning of the New Year for me. Just as some celebrate Jan 1st as the first day of a new calendar year and many celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, I make new goals, dreams, wishes for my new year. Not as spectacular as those other things but just as important to me. “Resolutions”, if you will, are made during the week each year just before my birthday. I try to do what I can to accomplish them all before the next complete cycle around the sun. Many get added more than once onto the list, while others do indeed get crossed off! I believe more folks should try this. It’s all wrapped up with thoughts of renewal and new beginnings no matter when you celebrate your New Year, isn’t it? I have a really awesome list this year so far. It is mostly about more personal growth, learning more along the path of enlightenment and spirituality. I have come to a plateau with meditating and I’ve been unable to do yoga just yet, so adding yoga back into the daily routine and finding more ways to meditate, more often is on the list. And yes, the other things like: “lose 30 lbs”, “eat healthier” is on there too. It wouldn’t be a New Year without those on the list!


I mentioned in Monday’s post that I am having an Etsy sale but I’m also having a sale on IndieMade too. To recap: for one week only on Etsy use COUPON CODE 58BDAY to get 10% off. Expires at midnight on September 23rd. I don’t often use coupon’s or give discounts or even reduced prices on my mosaics so if you’re at all interested in making a purchase and getting a deal, now would be the time!

Over at IndieMade I’m doing a BOGO with a bit of a twist. If you purchase a mosaic belt buckle for $48 you’ll get 3 pendants FOR FREE with it. The one that’s $46 will get you the buckle, 2 pendants and a ring! Also, if you buy a pendant, you’ll get a pendant. FOR FREE. This too, is only happening this week. It’s a great time to start thinking about gifts for the holidays. Handmade jewelry, wearable art, is the best gift to give someone or great to treat yourself with!


The next bit of news is that I’ve been chosen as 1 of only 19 people to be part of an Upcycling Challenge for “Birds & Blooms” Magazine! The emphasis is on recycling/upcycling and I’m so very honored and excited to have been given the opportunity to make something for this challenge. The finished item is due in November with a description of how it was made, what was used, etc giving the reader the inspiration and directions to make it on their own. I LOVE that!! Everyone should try to make at least one mosaic! It is the one thing I miss most when I stopped teaching. The best part for me was seeing the uncertain face in the first hour during the class always changing into a proud smile of accomplishment by the last hour of the class. Awesome. The voting for the challenge will be done online by readers in January. More on that as the time gets closer and I will share what I’m working on when I get going on it. I know what I want to make, I just have to gather up the supplies and get going on it! They generously send each of us $50. Half can go for supplies and the other half goes for shipping. This works out well for me because I do not have an income, and because I love using items I have sitting around or things I make from other things (in other words, recycling), it really works out well!

Here are some updated photos of the 3-D project. She is coming along nicely. I’m working on the left ear, the underside of the ear, the front of her face, down her trunk and front leg. I fill in the drawings using silver and gold mirror and then cut up small pieces of stained glass and add it within the glass giving me the designs. Sometimes I need tweezers to hold the glass in place and often it takes a good long time to fill in one small section. I also have no real idea what colors I’ll use until I use them. Makes for a colorful adventure that way! I’m fairly sure once grouted, the tusks are going to be wine corks. I happen to have a few sitting around. 😉

“Luna Nuren” in the sun – left side as of 09/10/12

Another shiny, razzle-dazzle shot outside – look at her shine!

Left ear and side of head and trunk as of 09/16/12

The underside of the right ear as of 09/16/12

I’m adding bling on the left front foot.

Left ear (star in the middle in gold), head and trunk as of 09/18/12

Left side view. Glass and nippers as well as things like bottles to help prop up the mosaic while I am working on it.

For those of you wondering when I’ll be making something different, possibly adding things to the online shops? Here are a few things I’ve primed that are waiting for me to mosaic and list. The cat seems to be waiting impatiently for me to come join her for a nap! I have a box full yet to be primed and lots of glass plates, vases and a few candle holders to mosaic as well. Where ever my creativity decides to go, there is always something here ready for it. How blessed am I???!!!

I hope you don’t mind waiting a bit longer, sweet kitty for me to join you! This could take a while …

Just a few things waiting for me to work on.

Be at Peace.

©2012 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

My treasury is super special this week. It’s dedicated to the Etsy PCF Team’s thread “Mighty Monday 17” and I’m having a week long celebration leading up to my birthday on Saturday, September 21! Yay! Use Coupon Code 58BDAY and get 10% off. Ends Monday, September 24rd! Head on over to and do some holiday shopping! If you forget to use it, please message me and I’ll make the necessary adjustment!

Be at Peace.

©2012 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

Newly added note cards from my photographs of mosaics and my inspiration tree. I have 3 different designs to choose from, so I’m sharing all 3 listings here today.

Blank Note Cards – Flower Power – 5-1/2 x 4 inches
Price: $4.81

Blank Note Cards – 5-1/2 x 4 inches – Chakra Gazing Ball Mosaic
Price: $4.81

Blank Note Cards – 5-1/2 x 4 inches – Green
Price: $4.81

Note Cards featuring my original photography of nature and of my original mosaic art.

I enjoy taking photos of my mosaics and of nature, especially my favorite tree. Sometimes the “camera goddess” smiles down on me and allows me to express myself through photography in a way mosaic art cannot. Finding a balance between these two worlds has been a joy and sharing them here is very exciting.

~Two blank matte finish note cards with envelopes.

~Card size when folded is 5.5 x 4 inches and comes with a white envelope.

~Cards are placed in a plastic zip bag and shipped in a padded envelope.

******If you’d like to mix & match cards, please convo me.******

Be at Peace.

©2012 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

Be at Peace.

©2012 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

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