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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

In The Studio - Wednesday

I zipped through the 2nd mosaic I needed to do for the fund raiser donation reward this past week. It took 2 days!

End of day 1.

Working on an abstract this time was really easy for me. I am most comfortable using these colors and doing abstract designs, for sure.

End of day 2.
I'm probably going to grout both the beach scene and this one at the end of the week. I'll share photos when I do!

After I moved, some of my online friends reached out and asked if I needed anything, supplies wise, to get me back on my feet. Such sweet gestures and really appreciated, the first person said they had a few things in their garage they wanted to share with me and sent me a nice box filled with goodies. Some of which I used in the mosaics I just made.

It's always fun to get surprise packages in the mail!

Everything will get used eventually. Shortly after this one arrived, another online friend reminded me she owed me an exchange gift from many years ago and wanted to know if I needed anything in particular or if I wanted her to make me something? I told her honestly, I needed glue! I was finding some of my glass and dish shard stash, I found substrates and my tools. But I never found the glue! Somewhere there is a bottle floating around either in storage or is now long gone but it's not with me. After chatting with her for a bit through messages on Facebook, she sent me a message saying a box was on it's way. She lives in Canada. It took no time at all to get to me!

She handmade a cowl scarf in a favorite color for me last year when I was wearing a lot of scarves (it feels so good against my neck, I love it!), she sent me a mosaic she made, coloring book and pencils, note pads, a journal, small tags to use for gifts after coloring them and FOUR bottles of glue!!
I just can't tell you how blessed I feel. I am one lucky ducky to have online friends this giving. I've never, ever come across a sweeter bunch of people as the artists who create mosaics.

I'll share another post when I do some grouting!

Support Independent Artisans, Designers and Crafters for your gift-giving needs all throughout the year. Thank you!

Stay peaceful.
Cindy, Earth Mother Mosaics

Monday, March 20, 2017

Happy Spring Equinox!

Woohoo! Spring has sprung!! Although our temperatures are still slightly on the chilly side, it won't be long before we see beautiful flowers and lots of greenery. I'm excited!

I'm also excited to announce the reopening of my Etsy shop today. I've updated most of the photos and have put in the shop a good representation of what I do.

Visit Earth Mother Mosaics on Etsy and let me know what you think!

Enjoy your week. Be sure to visit on Wednesday when I share a post from "In The Studio".

Support Independent Artisans, Designers and Crafters for your gift-giving needs all throughout the year. Thank you!

Stay peaceful.
Cindy, Earth Mother Mosaics

Friday, March 17, 2017

In The Studio - Friday

Hello all! Have you missed me?

If you have missed me, chances are you've been wondering if I plan to continue with my mosaic business life or if I've retired completely.

Rest assured I will always have some sort of mosaic business, whether just doing custom work or selling online. As long as I can comfortably hold the tools and the mosaic muse stays with me, I'm continuing to do what I love!

While February was a slow month of mostly resting, getting over a nasty bug the entire household had and getting those awesome shelves that were put up recently in my room packed to the gills with boxes and mosaic supplies, March is starting out with a bang. I've completed one mosaic reward wall art piece (still not yet grouted) and will share the progress now.

I found my graphite paper (yay!) and used it to help draw a basic design on the 8 x 10 inch wood panel.

Then started looking through the glass.

Some of what is shown above made it into this piece, some did not.

I started with the palm tree and found some really cool dish shards that would work for fronds.

Switching sides, I worked on the rocks and water on the right side of this piece.

Filling in the sand and shadows was next.

Each day I did a little, some took hours, some took less. All-in-all, it took 7 days to complete, 8 hours in total.

I'm thinking gray or black grout. I want it to be intense. Either of those colors will make it so.

Good news on the Etsy shop! It is reopening in a few days! I decided to open it on the first day of Spring which is Monday, March 20th. I should start blogging 2-3 times a week at that point as well. Stay with me as I start anew once more.

For those who signed up for the newsletter, I'll be sending it out next week and then no more until the end of the year when things get busy on Etsy and discounts will be available around November, maybe. Most folks don't actually take advantage of the discounts I've offered each month in the past, so there is no need to make them until holiday time rolls around once more.

Meanwhile, stay with me here on the blog and see what the 2nd mosaic I'll be working on for the lucky person who donated money to my fund raiser last year. The 3rd one I had to do has been generously donated back to me to include in my Etsy shop and sell in that way getting even more money to add to the fund raiser.

For those who are also wondering about that, I'm very near my goal. Within the next few months, almost a year to the day that I started the gofundme campaign, I will have paid the debt completely. It is an amazing thing to have so much support when it's needed. I'm extremely blessed! I had a lot of help and I've been paying it myself now a little each month thanks in part to my social security retirement benefits. Grateful, humbled by the generous spirit I have encountered and amazed as I said, by the support.

Support Independent Artisans, Designers and Crafters for your gift-giving needs all throughout the year. Thank you!

Stay peaceful.
Cindy, Earth Mother Mosaics

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

In The Studio - Wednesday

A few weeks have passed since my last post and I'm not much more settled in than I was then, truthfully. I seem to be mostly in hibernation mode for the winter. I've been handing mosaics to the fam to be placed here and there. I'm grateful to have a place to share my mosaics and in a home that appreciates art so much. It's a wonderful thing!

The Mosaic Muse is sleeping peacefully, slowly stretching her wings, not yet ready to wake up.

The Camera Goddess is wide awake however. I've been taking photos of the area around me, mostly from the porches and am so pleased with the results. I LOVE it when the Goddess is awake!

The weather has been either cold and/or very wet from rain and my bones are just as happy staying in a warm space.

I've been considering what to do and how to do it in this room so I can maximize the space I have available to me. I won't be able to do much or what I see in my head until I've paid off the debt I started the fund raiser for. That will be close to summer time in May or June.

But I am still going to mosaic; as I already feel a slight tug to order more glue since it never made it here with me. I will be working on the fund raising rewards soon so that requires gathering a small amount of cash in the next few months to get the supplies I need to make those. I only need a few things which is great for the budget. I'll be using my bed, a box to hold the glass and other fun things I like to use when I mosaic and watch Netflix with a kitty purring at my feet.

Just because I don't have the dedicated studio space set up, doesn't mean I'm not dedicated to creating. I recently found my doodle pad and a pencil, so I am drawing a little bit. Woo-hoo!

Mostly I'm resting, still looking through boxes that line the hallway toward my room. Not even a small portion of boxes I showed here in the last post when I was packing up have made it to me yet. Those, I truly hope, made it to storage and weren't left behind.

I've had to give up a lot during this move. Just stuff, but still ... my stuff. Pretty sure those wonderful old mosaic stained glass windows I made were left behind due to time restraints and not having the room in cars and vans that were used to transport all of our belongings from one place to the other. My kids, bless their hearts, did what they could to get me in a safe environment and settled enough to be taken care of but I had to let go of so much. I'm in mourning, understandably, for the art I am missing and will be very surprised if I see most of what I am missing ever again.

Art ... so much art ... supplies, clothes. They tell me a lot is still in storage and safe but they don't know exactly what. When I ask about a specific thing, they don't really know if they saw the box, if it got into storage or if they had to leave it behind. I believe this is the Universe's way of telling me to truly start over, fresh, one must cut all ties of the past. Once I am at peace with the loss, I can continue to create new art and feel the renewed excitement once more.

The fam as a whole is now starting to get settled themselves here in our new home and blending in with the rhythm already established by family already living here and who opened their home up to us. What a blessing.

It's been a nice adventure so far, a welcome one. I like learning that I'm not the only elder, no longer alone in my dreams of an artist's life and finding kindred spirits in the young ones as well as the ones older than I am. We've all known each other since before my daughter had my grandson and got along really well. Now we are together every day and have started a few new traditions. One was creating a talking stick and a Gratitude Jar.

Photo credit: Siobhan Comisky
And with the New Year came some new opportunities, with a new job for my daughter's fiance, whom I refer to as The Big Man in his field of expertise --- something he's been struggling to find for almost a year since he was laid off. And night school is continuing for my daughter and of course she's still working too. It's a struggle for her ... makes it hard for her to raise a family, work and be in school, but she's done it so far and I'm very proud of her for it all.

We are all getting the nurturing we need. I only see bright skies ahead for everyone as a group and individually. I'm happy I have food to eat, companionship when I need it, quiet time when I need it, comfort of hot/cold running water. The basics are taken care of and the creative spark will continue soon once more, I'm positive.

Life is good!

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Stay peaceful.
Cindy, Earth Mother Mosaics

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

In The Studio - Wednesday

Hello 2017!! I'm happy to meet you!! I'm so glad the New Year is here!!!

We've moved and I'm slowly finding mosaics that were listed on Etsy. Some are still missing but I'm hoping to reopen my shop in February although originally I said January. I am not ready. Hopefully, no matter how many items are in it, I will be ready on February 6th. I will give a shout out to everyone here on the blog and social media sites to let everyone know when I return.

Here is a portion of what was packed.

Honestly, much is still missing or has been put in storage. I'm hoping I will be reunited with all of it eventually but it is likely some things got left behind. No matter how much you plan, some things, when they are out of your hands, have to be let go.

Above is what my room looked like as I was moving in. And the hall right outside the door has a long line of boxes as well. Most are now unpacked but have just been replaced with more to go through.

I love this window! The view is amazing.

taken from the porch under my window
The kitty is settling in.

Sadly, a few plastic trays that I put mosaics on did not make it.

But happily, the microwave plates I put stained glass on made it just fine. As did the hummingbird privacy panel.

The family is all together. Multi-generational, from both sides of my grandson's family. There are dogs, cats, young adults, new babies on the way, grandchildren and great grandchildren. I see a lot of memories to be made here. Lots of fun and happiness too! And PS ... isn't the wall color perfect?! They painted it especially for me, picking a color they thought I'd like. They did a great job, don't you think?

I'm not yet sure where the studio side of the room will be, how I'll set it up, or when it'll be set up. I do know although initially I was to be in a bigger room, the room I've been given is wonderful. Warm, welcoming and there is enough room to do what I love to do. I have no complaints!

As I figure things out here, I'll share with you all. I hope you'll come along on the journey as I discover new sights and inspiration along the country road.

Enjoy the moments.

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Stay peaceful,
Cindy, Earth Mother Mosaics

Friday, December 9, 2016

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!!

This is such a wonderful time of year. Busy, hectic, memorable.

For me this year, I'm not really in the holiday spirit but I'm okay with that. We are packing up for a move happening before the end of December. Everything is packed or pushed around waiting to be placed in boxes.

I'll be away from all of my online shops and a lot of social media activities on a regular basis starting this Sunday, December 11th and won't be back until January 4th. Please, if you're considering buying a mosaic from my shop as a holiday gift you have until December 11th to assure it'll be found (most of the mosaics from the shops are likely already boxed up) and shipped out in time for the holidays. After December 11, 2016, I won't be shipping anything out again until 2017.

I'll definitely need some time to find all the mosaics that have been lovingly packed once we get to our new home.

One small area on the studio side getting packed up about a week ago.

What time is normally reserved just for family, is now being split between daily life routines and sorting through treasures. I'm not making gifts this year, I just didn't have the time. Everyone I gift to, either lives with me or knows what's going on in my life. I don't think anyone expects a gift.

We're moving to a rural area within Bucks County, PA. I'll be in one large room for the moment with many windows and bright light streaming through. I'll have room to create and to live within the same space like I have now only twice as big with more space to spread out.

Part of the view I'll see from one window. I'm looking forward to taking many photos as the seasons change.
Another view I'll see often. Not too bad, huh?
We have a Green Man keeping watch over us.
There will be a kitty with me too.

This is Baby. We are fostering her for her Mom who has fallen on hard times. Hopefully she'll enjoy all the windows in my new room as much as I do. She should be entertained for hours watching birds flutter by from the trees.

Life couldn't get much better. I'm very blessed and grateful for family who offered their home and made room for us all. My daughter and her family will be with me too. We're moving in with Little Dude's other set of Grandparents, so he'll have his Mom-Mom, Pop-Pop and his Nana too, all under one roof. How cool is that?!

My daughter and fam will have a small room for the moment but it is only temporary. Our family will be building an apartment for them some time next year. We'll all be under one roof, in our own separate spots, in the comfort of support and like-minded people. It's a wonderful new adventure and I'm looking forward to it!

As for the fund raiser, you may remember I opened one to help with an old debt. My Social Security Retirement Benefits started at the end of last month and I'm now able to make payments on my own. It doesn't leave me with much but I don't need much at the moment. The debt should be paid off completely in April 2017. What a relief! I want to thank all those who contributed, and will be in contact with you all soon about your mosaic rewards. They won't get worked on until the new studio is set up and ready to go next year.

I'll be back, after January 4th, to share our moving adventures and some new photos of my new studio space as soon as I'm able.

Thank you all for supporting me through the all the highs and lows life throws our way. Amazingly enough, I exceeded my expectations with sales through Etsy since re-opening in September. I am positive next year will be a stellar year of many sales and much creativity. I hope you'll share it all with me when I write about my adventures here.

Have a very Happy Holiday and Happy New Year!

Support Independent Artisans, Designers and Crafters for your gift-giving needs all throughout the year. Thank you!

Stay peaceful,
Cindy, Earth Mother Mosaics

Monday, November 21, 2016

Let's Go Shopping!

This past month I've tried to show some of my favorites I've found on Etsy. It's been so much fun to share new shops, have these folks get to know each other and of course see what I do as well.

We are in the midst of a move and I'm packing a little bit every day (no studio time at the moment either) using the time I'd normally use for blog posts. Now until the end of the year, my posts will be hit or miss due to packing and I might not have internet access for a day, a week or a month.

Sadly, for the moment, dedicating time to virtual window shopping is at a minimum and writing posts may become more difficult within the next few weeks.

Having said that, I have made up a small collection of items from my own shop. I will definitely do more collections from other shops once more as soon as the dust settles after our move.

Click here to go to my shop. I will be stepping away from my shop briefly, not planning on putting it on vacation officially as I'd like to leave it open while we move. Do your holiday shopping now to assure you get your mosaic on time!

Let's connect!

Stop by and shop:
--- ETSY --- AFTCRA --- STORENVY ---

Support Independent Artisans, Designers and Crafters for your gift-giving needs all throughout the year. Thank you!

Stay peaceful,
Cindy, Earth Mother Mosaics