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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Last Day for the 50/50 Mosaic Wall Art Sale on Etsy

It is the last day of the 50/50 Wall Art Sale! The chance to get 50% off wall art that was marked $50 and up ends tonight in my Etsy shop. Tomorrow I'll be taking all of these sale items out of the shop to make room for new inventory in the months to come.

Blowin' In The Wind

Peace, Patience and Happiness

Back To Basics #3

Out Of Africa
I'm still working on Buddha's Garden. Yesterday, I did quite a bit. It won't be long before it's ready for grout! Woo-hoo!




Stay peaceful,
Cindy, Earth Mother Mosaics

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

50/50 Mosaic Wall Art Sale Continues

Before I share some pretty mosaic wall art on sale in my shop, I'd like you to check out Buddha's Garden. Progress is going really well thanks in part to a jeweler's headset I got yesterday in the mail. It one of those with a light and magnifier so that small, detail work can be seen easier. I really picked up speed once the hindrance of lack of good light was no longer an issue. Lamps are something I always need more of and once natural light leaves my work space, I usually struggle with lamplight in the evening which is when I do my best work. Now I no longer have to be limited. It felt so good to keep going long after the sun had set for the day! I'm so pleased with how it looks so far.

Buddha's Garden - Work-In-Progress
The 50/50 Wall Art Sale is still happening on Etsy. Here are a few more pieces that will be leaving the shop soon towards another venue where prices will be increased unless someone decides to take advantage of this terrific sale. It runs from July 29-July 31 (ends midnight EST). Discounted prices are already applied, no coupon code necessary.

Amongst The Clouds

Star Shine

Lily
Stay peaceful,
Cindy, Earth Mother Mosaics


Monday, July 29, 2013

3 Day Wall Art Sale - 50% Off All Items $50 and Up

Woo-hoo! The sale has begun in my Etsy shop.

July 29 - July 31, all wall art $50 and up is now 50% off. No coupon code is necessary, each item in this sale has already been reduced for easy checkout. You will find the 50% SALE items in the Wall Art Section.

I'd really love to see these head out this week to a new home. Making fine art affordable is a joy. It takes a long time to make a mosaic, especially wall art. Reducing the price is my way of saying thanks to those who support my work and the arts.

The pieces on sale for the next few days will be leaving my shop on August 1st to make room for more inventory in the months to come on Etsy. Take advantage of this sale while you can, it's for 3 days only!

Head on over and take a look. Think of the gift of handmade art that could be given to yourself, to your family, to your friends and co-workers. And make it mosaics!

Support the arts, give the gift of one-of-a-kind mosaic art.


Many Moons - 6.5 Inches

Night Into Day - 10 x 12 Inches

Back To Basics #1 - 7-3/4 Inches

MEK - 9 Inches
Buddha's Garden is coming along really nicely. I added the tree, leaves and some detail on the background over the weekend.


Buddha's Garden - Work-In-Progress

Stay peaceful,
Cindy, Earth Mother Mosaics



Saturday, July 27, 2013

Etsy Shop Announcement

Next week, starting on Monday, July 29th and running until midnight EST Wednesday, July 31st, I'm going to have a Wall Art Sale in my shop on Etsy. I'm taking 50% off items that are $50 and up. No coupon code necessary, I'll be adjusting the items myself to make it easier to find which pieces are on sale. These big pieces are leaving my shop on August 1st. Possibly not returning because I'm making room for new inventory of smaller pieces.

What that means for you is awesome fine art mosaic pieces like the one below, will be available for 1/2 price! Shipping remains the same, however. Just because I'm giving a break on the artwork doesn't mean I'll skimp on wrapping it carefully and securely so that you will receive it one piece.

"Amongst The Clouds"
On Sale for 1/2 Price from July 29-July 31
Head on over to my shop today and check out the selection of Wall Art while you can to see what you might like to get during the sale or just to wave buh-bye!

I'll be having a few more sales in August of home decor items and large framed mirrors.

Stay tuned!

Stay peaceful,
Cindy, Earth Mother Mosaics

Friday, July 26, 2013

Buddha's Garden Mosaic Work-In-Progress

I don't have the best luck getting a good photo of this just yet, but I know once it's finished and sitting in the window the sun will give me some amazing photo ops!

Buddha's Garden - WIP
©EarthMotherMosaics - Cindy White
If you look at yesterday's blog post, you'll see I did quite a bit of work on this since then. I'm anxious to get back to it, which is a great feeling. I've been thinking about the grout color and have decided to cover it in white and then paint some areas with acrylics. I am a messy grouter and could never get the details in grout exactly as I'd like it. However, using one color and painting it is a great way to get the effects I'm looking for. I'm excited to see it completed!

I've been studying the stats from my Etsy shop and I'm thinking about taking the larger pieces of fine art off of the site. They get looked at once in a while, but mostly people like the smaller items to purchase. Although it isn't clear where I'll put them to sell online instead just yet, I'm looking around to see where I can sell the more serious art pieces and some of the larger not so serious pieces too.

This thinking came about after the CIJ Event when I noticed almost everyone loved and used in the treasuries the smaller items. After looking at what sells in my shop it is obvious most folks like the candle holders, small glass plates, peace signs, MDF shapes and so on. That's awesome and I'm always happy to have a sale so there is no complaining about any of it. I do think, though, that placing the larger wall art pieces including the larger mirror frames on another site perhaps dedicated to visual artists is the way to go and the next step in my ever evolving life.

I'm happy to have avenues to share my work online and believe with all my heart that if it weren't for so many sharing my items as they do in treasuries and favorites through Etsy, I wouldn't have as many sales as I do. I'm forever grateful for that! I don't think taking the larger pieces of art from Etsy will make any difference at all, which is why I'm going to do it.

I hope everyone has an awesome weekend. I plan to work on the mosaic as often as I can. Updated photos will be shared on my Facebook page and here next week.

Stay peaceful,
Cindy, Earth Mother Mosaics

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Happy Thursday!

For those who work for the weekend, you must be so glad to know that your week is just about over! Yay!

I have a different philosophy about the days, no matter when they are. Probably because I'm closer to "this side" of 60 than "that side" of 50, I see each day as a gift. I suppose the way I live my life is quite like that now. There are gifts all around me and they are free! In truth, waking up to enjoy another day is a gift. I try to make each 24 hour day count as often as I can even if I nap through it. It's all for a reason, which is normally to get myself healthier, or more fully awake to take care of the fam and have fun at the crafts table.

Speaking of having fun ... I am again working on the glass-on-glass mosaic. The summer cold has subsided a bit, thank goodness and life is getting back to normal.

Yesterday I was working on listings on Etsy and have been diligently studying tags, tweaking descriptions, moving photos around, changing some prices (some items were increased), adding free shipping to other things and so on. Suddenly, mid-afternoon, I pushed myself away from the computer and grabbed my nippers and the stained glass and went to it.

One hour of work - finished the breast plate and added the hand
Right now when I look at it, I only see a glob of glass and can't see the details I'm adding. I'm hoping after it's completed it will look close to what I imagined it would be. But even if it doesn't, I'm okay with that too. The most important thing is that I'm working with glass again and happy! (Plus, I can breath through my nose ... it's been a month since I've been able to do that!!!)

Another hour of work - added detail lines in glass under the hand, across chest and down the side
I'm fairly sure once I'm doing the glass on the background, I will see it all more clearly. Detail work is always hard to see until it's finished. It's challenging. Exactly what I wanted!

The newest item in my shop is a pair of wooden taper candle holders in a star shape that now has some mosaic magic. I really think these are cool.

Mosaic Star Candle Holders
Each day when I feel the muse with me, I spend a little less time on the listings and more time on the mosaic. All that means is that it will take a little longer to do it all, but I know I have plenty of time to accomplish it. That's the Zen thinking that arrives when I mosaic. Awesome.

Enjoy the weekend, enjoy the day.

Stay peaceful,
Cindy, Earth Mother Mosaics

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Last Day for the CIJ Etsy Sale Event

Just a reminder to those who have been following along, the Christmas in July Sale is finishing up today. It's been an awesome event for me; I sold 3 items and hadn't expected any sales. With the amount of views I have been having, I've been happy with that, knowing that at least a few folks took the time to check out my shop and my art.

I want to thank the Creative Trends Team for allowing me to be part of their event on Etsy. Although I'm an honorary member, I've felt like a long-time friend to more than a few of the nice people on the team. Thanks so much for making me feel welcome. It was not uncommon to find 10 treasuries a day with my items in them. I can only marvel at the dedication it takes to do that daily.

I'd also like to thank the CIJ Team for their help in creating another avenue to share my social media links, get a few treasuries made and to have been featured in too. It was fun to learn about new shops and find new favorite items to share.

Just a reminder, since the sale is not over just yet, if you plug in the coupon code CIJ10 at checkout when you buy anything from my shop, you will receive 10% off your purchase. PLUS we're giving a free bonus coupon code for the Black Friday/Cyber Monday event. Wouldn't it be great to get a discount when the shopping frenzy begins?!

I got the last two crosses grouted and will be listing them both soon. My favorites so far are #1 (green stained glass with the yellow brooch) and #5 (shown below with the vintage atomic dish shards). I've got 20 more to go in the 25 Crosses project. As it looks now, some will be duplicated with glass and dishes but they won't all look the same, that's for sure. I found some more broken jewelry I want to use on a few. That's always fun to add recycled elements to my mosaics.

Blue and white - #4

Vintage atomic dish tiles - #5
Starting on Monday, July 22nd, I'm taking 3 days away from blogging and a lot of online social activities to get my listings all taken care of and back to normal. Both Etsy and Zibbet need some attention and it's time to get them done.

I need a bit of a break too because although I thought I could handle promoting this awesome sales event, working on mosaics plus taking care of the fam with a summer cold which is still hanging on, I forgot that I am not Super Nana!! Rest is necessary once in a while to us mere mortals.

I'll be back on Thursday!

Stay peaceful,
Cindy, Earth Mother Mosaics




Friday, July 19, 2013

The Natural Look

This morning, even though the humidity was uncomfortable, I grabbed a box of mosaics and my camera and headed out in the heat. We have so much greenery around us at this time of year and I've been making the promise to myself that I'd use what's around us to get some natural photos of my art. Waking up to the thought this morning made me know that it was time.

I love every photo I took today and will be doing this more. Mosaics are so pretty in natural light. Here are a few. What do you think?




These updated photos will be added to the listings over the next few days. Perhaps by the time I get them all up, I'll head on out again with more. Yay for the natural look!

Stay peaceful,
Cindy, Earth Mother Mosaics



Thursday, July 18, 2013

CIJ Fun Days

This week has been a blur of activity online. Promoting and meeting new shops on Etsy and finding new items to love during the CIJ sale. It's been fun to do but very tiring. I'm okay with that though because I manage to introduce my shop and my mosaics to new folks along the way. For me, that is the best part of doing events like this. Not making sales, always a nice surprise and the ultimate goal of course, but connecting with new people. Discovering new shops and having others discover mine is one of the highlights of any online event. That means on any given day, according to Etsy's Stat page, I could have close to 500 people view my shop. Over the past 7 days over 1,000 items have been made a favorite. This astounds me. That means for every item that gets a heart, everyone in that heart's circle of friends on Etsy sees it too. Sheesh.

I made two treasuries today and wanted to share them here. One is for the Creative Trends Team and other is for the CIJ Team. I love making treasuries!





Everybody who has followed me on FB and on my blogs for more than a few days know that if I don't do something artful every day, I get grumpy. Well, I'm there ... I'm a big ole' harumphy Nana. It's been too long away from my Zen time with my muse and although she is okay with resting a little longer, I am not all that happy about it.

Yesterday I thought I'd spend some time no matter how late and work on the glass-on-glass project I started last week. I broke my glasses before I could start. That didn't just happen, I thought. I didn't just break what I need to help me see my mosaics, did I?! Oh yes, I did. My daughter glued them back together and although they are in one piece, they are a bit wonky and headaches have been a real added bonus.

With temperatures at 102 degrees today, it is not likely that I will be walking anywhere to get another pair. I use the dollar store near me for all my eye wear needs. I use these glasses for close up work, reading and computing. Pretty much what I do all day long in between kidlet wrangling.

Over the weekend I'm going to borrow the family car and head on over to the dollar store to get what I need. Meanwhile, the muse is resting and seems content. Sigh.

Did I share these? I glanced at previous posts and didn't see them. I put these dot painted items on the green bookcase to stay the other day and noticed how the dots came popping out at me. What a difference a background color can make! Wow! Way cool, right?!

Butterfly Wall Art
 Elephant Wall Art


Stay peaceful,
Cindy, Earth Mother Mosaics

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

ANNOUNCEMENT

~ANNOUNCEMENT!~

Good morning! We are half way through our CHRISTMAS IN JULY SALES EVENT on Etsy! Woo-hoo! For all my Facebook fans, today only, Wednesday, July 17th, you will receive FREE SHIPPING on ALL JEWELRY SETS (as seen here in this example), plus 10% off at checkout by using coupon code CIJ10 AND a bonus coupon code for our Black Friday/Cyber Monday Event. TODAY ONLY - FREE SHIPPING ON JEWELRY SETS (including vintage). Woooooooo!!!!!!!!!!! Let me know before you purchase so I can take the shipping off the listing. If you get so excited that you forget, I'll deduct the cost of shipping for you and refund it. Yay for free shipping!!

Mosaic Jewelry Set: 2 Pendants and Buckle
Stay peaceful,
Cindy, Earth Mother Mosaics




Tuesday, July 16, 2013

New Listings Coming Soon!

Although my actual mosaic time has been cut quite drastically by the current promotion happening on Etsy, I do still have some things to share and list.

The sweetest smile appeared on this elephant as I was cleaning off the grout and I noticed the placement of the flower on its head gave it not only an eye but a tiny hint of a smile. How cool is that?!

You all are getting a sneak peek at her cute grin since she's not yet listed. Isn't she cute?

I've changed my mind about not listing the crosses on my site. Originally I started with the plan to mosaic and/or paint all 25 MDF crosses and bring them with me in November when I do a church craft fair. After looking at the ones I've done so far, it can't hurt to list them and see if they sell. If they don't, they will go with me in November. Meanwhile, a few people have liked what I've done with them so far, which is why they are going to get listed. I'll share them as I get them on Etsy and Zibbet. Hopefully all of these will get listed tomorrow!

Believe it or not, I've still been having a lot of problems with this summer cold. Perhaps it's not as much of a surprise to anyone but me, but I've got a sinus infection that just won't go away. It's not all that bad; I can function, but it is quite bothersome, just the same. It has been hot, too, making it hard for me to go out for photo shoots with the mosaics as I had planned. I am guessing cooler weather will be a good time to do that since I am always physically bothered by the heat.

Not feeling all that well between the summer cold and the humidity makes it harder some days to keep up with everything going on around me. I try to share all the beautiful treasuries I'm in on my Facebook page and pin, tweet and every so often Wanelo gets updated with new items from my shop as well as those in treasuries. I think I'm doing fairly well with keeping up with it all but some days the 8-10 hours it takes to do it, makes me glad I don't have to work on a mosaic in addition to promoting unless I want to. Whew. It's exhausting.

My muse is not bugging me to go and do right now which means she knows I need to rest and do what I'm doing for others who have CIJ promotions going on (besides myself).

Today I'd like to share a Creative Trends Team item from ShopPretties Etsy shop. I'm diggin' this shop a lot! This team has an awesome amount of talent behind it. I'm thrilled to be associated with each and every one of them.

Murano glass pendant 
Nice, right?! I KNOW!! Gorgeous. Check out Deb's shop, she's got discounts during the CIJ Event running until July 21st. When you purchase something you'll get a bonus coupon code for Black Friday/Cyber Monday too! That rawks!!

Stay peaceful,
Cindy, Earth Mother Mosaics




Monday, July 15, 2013

The Etsy CIJ Sales Event Continues!

I hope everyone had a great weekend. It is going to be hot, hot, double-hot here in PA this week. Humidity is what gets us most. Because it's hard to breath out there, I'm staying in!

To help celebrate the Christmas in July Etsy Sale Event, running all week and ending July 21st, I'm sharing the coolest items I can find on Etsy from shops who are taking part in the CIJ Sales Event. This includes but is not limited to, the fine artisans of The Creative Trends team and the CIJ Team.

I'm thinking chilling thoughts all week long! Here's a photo I took in February, to help me remember what it was like only a few short months ago.


Doing a search for snowmen on Etsy, I found some delightful items. Here are a few:

needle-felted-snowman-snowmen
cij-on-sale-olde-frosty-winter-snowman

Tomorrow I'll share some items from the Creative Trends Team and make a treasury or two for them as well and the CIJ Team. Woo-hoo!

I'm enjoying getting to know everyone through this event. If nothing else, it is a wonderful way to meet the most incredibly creative folks on the planet! Awesome!!

I did a bit of grouting this weekend on 2 crosses and the funky elephant wall art too.



One more to cross is ready to grout and then I can start in on 5 more! Yippie-Skippie!


Isn't she cute?! I've painted the sides and back since this photo was taken and she'll be headed toward my shop very soon. I think it is so cool that she looks like she is smiling. Can you see it?

I got all the items that have been paid for so far from the auction and a few Etsy sales packed up and ready for mailing. I placed the custom ordered gazing ball next to them, so that the photo would have more than just a bunch of boxes to look at. I should have taken a photo of them sitting in the boxes before I wrapped them all up for a better photo. Oh well, I'm not used to having so many to mail out at one time! And FYI: I would never ship a mosaic exposed like this gazing ball is. It's not ready to go out just yet anyway, however, it is so pretty to look at. And this may seem like no big deal to anyone but me, but it took me 2-1/2 hours to wrap up the mosaics and get the postage printed, boxes sealed and so on. Wow, that's a lot of mosaics!

6 boxes of mosaics packed up and ready to head out sitting next to the shiny gazing ball.
Believe it or not, there may be a few more to pack up before the week is through. Hooray for being busy!


Stay peaceful,
Cindy, Earth Mother Mosaics