Tag Archive: retro

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. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace_symbols

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

Stay peaceful.

©2012 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

Retro Kitchen is the theme on tumblr this week but after finding so many awesome kitschy items, I had to devote a treasury to them too.

Stay peaceful.

©2012 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Stay peaceful.


©2011 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

Retro Mosaic Stained Glass Frame w/mirror

“Retro Mosaic Stained Glass Ceramic Polymer Clay Mid-Century Modern Crescent Moon Butterfly Frame with Mirror” as it’s item title describes is my Featured Item for the day. The last retro shaped mirror I’ve got as they are no longer being made (due to high costs of the MDF the wonderful online shop that used to make them had to stop making them) was covered in scraps of stained glass, glass gems and other goodies. I have one more frame that I made using these shapes when I had many of them. I had thought about listing it when I listed this one but I just can’t part with it. Knowing I might not be able to get these cool shapes any longer has made me want to hold onto at least one because they are so cool!

The funny thing about these mirrors is that it’s difficult to get a really good picture showing all the great features in it. I included more photos in my shop on Etsy that show more of the awesome things used to create this piece.

Retro Mosaic Stained Glass Frame w/Mirror

Retro, Groovy, Mod, Geometric, Hip and Cool!!

An assortment of stained glass, mirror, decorative glass, ceramic tiles and a polymer clay butterfly were used for this scrap stained glass mosaic. Grouted in charcoal, sides and back are painted in black glossy acrylic, signed and dated.

Some of the glass pieces in this frame are shaped like geometric crescent moons. The one piece at the top could be a full moon! Use your imagination, spend some time looking at it and you’ll see many fun things. A tree, butterfly, a tile in mother-of-pearl, just to name a few.

In truth, this mirror has a lot of little interesting pieces in it. The egg-shaped ceramic piece of a person in meditative pose was made by fellow Etsian beadfreaky (http://www.etsy.com/shop/beadfreaky). I LOVE using her beads in my mosaics!

Frame measures 11 3/4″ tall by 5 3/4″ wide. Mirror is included. D-ring attached to back.

This picture shows a lot of the detailed work on this frame

Price: $63.75 which includes shipping, insurance and handling.


I will be sharing another post later this afternoon/early evening with the 4 SOTD (Shops of the Day) from the Promoting Creative Friends Team on Etsy. I think I’ll be making 4 Treasury’s today featuring each shop again. Woo-hoo!

Tomorrow I’ll be posting the round up of Daily Design Picks. “Shabby Chic Holidays” is the theme on tumblr this week. I’m having so much fun finding items to share!

Believe it or not, the gazing balls are at the last leg of their journey here with me. I’ve gotten 3 completely covered in gold mirror waiting for grout, 7 have been completely prepped now and are ready for the same treatment. Today I’ll be starting in on the 4th one. They take about 1-1/2 days to make if I have a lot of interruptions during the day, which is likely. One took exactly a day to get the glass on which is a great thing! It depends on the momentum of the mosaicist too … some days I wait until the afternoon to get to the work table. It’s more important to play with my grandson some times. 🙂

Stay peaceful.

©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:


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.


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.


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


©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!


©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

Daily Design Picks Compilation

Each day, my dedicated blog “Eye for Design and Color” shows an item I’ve chosen that fits the design and/or color theme for the week. Most of these items are on Etsy but I try hard to find other sites that have the kind of things I’m looking for. I would like to encourage anyone who knows of another site similar to Etsy to let me know. I’d love to find some more sites to virtually peruse.

I have been doing this for about 2 weeks, and just decided to share them here. Every Saturday, I’ll be adding a post to show what I’ve picked for the week. Most are themed, many will be by color, all will be something that catches my eye.

Here are the picks for the last 2 weeks:

©2011 Vincent & Jessie Leman of Uncommon Handmade

This item sold yesterday. That’s awesome! Congrats to the new owner and to Uncommon Handmade.


Because this shop is a fav of mine, here’s more clocks entirely as cool as the one above:

©2011 Vincent & Jessie Leman of Uncommon Handmade

How fab are they?!

©2011 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics


©2011 The Art Planet


©2011 Robin Grattarola of atomiclivinhome


©2011 Dawn Stewart of TheSavvyShopper1


©2011 Chris Austin of kiwistudios


©2011 VintageZen


©2011 Willow Mietus of willowonthewater


©2011 Jackie Yarmo of JBirdHome


©2011 babylonsisters


©2011 SusabellaBrownstein


©2011 mothcushions


©2011 Lunar Lounge by Jonathan Sebastian


As you can see, I do have a soft spot for Vintage, Retro, Mod, Mid-Century design. But just as delightful to me are colors that are soothing to my senses. These too will be used as a theme.

When I started this a few weeks ago I wasn’t sure where I was headed with it but as the weeks progressed I saw that if you combine all the things I picked together (including my own mosaic retro frame), you can see a blending of designs. These all would look good in one room or many. They’d be great to give as gifts or an inexpensive way to spruce up a corner of a room in your home. Some of them, placed together in one room would look really cool too!

I love the Atomic design so much and found a lot more that I will share as I continue. Next week will be a soft color choice with a beach theme. For those living in areas where it gets cold and wintry, using these items in a room you spend time in will surely keep the memories of beach living fresh in your mind.

The weeks to come will have themes such as winter white, recycled art items and vintage EVERYTHING including cool retro delight. A true favorite!!

Enjoy the weekend!


©2011 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

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