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Monday, September 30, 2013

Promo Blast!

Good Morning, World!

It's Monday and so begins the new daily posts here on Art By EarthMotherMosaics. Before I share the chosen item from my Etsy shop, I'd like to remind you of what each days posts will be, just in case you missed it.


Monday: Promo Blast! (new items in my shop)

Tuesday: Theme Tuesday which has been changed to Trendy Tuesday (decor and other items I find appealing mostly relating to trends)
Wednesday: In The Studio (my mosaic and crafty fun)
Thursday: Featured Shop (both Etsy and Zibbet shops will be featured)
Friday: Picture Day (a new favorite photo, either mine or someone else's that I find in my search for pretty things)

I've been tweaking the blog to add pages to it. You can find them up at the top in the header. Once the week is finished, I'll archive these posts in those pages. If you're interested in seeing some of the archived posts or read my "About" section, feel free to click on them and enjoy!

Now, on with the show! The Etsy item I'm sharing in today's Promo Blast!, is a Flower Power Mosaic. One of my favorite designs to make when I mosaic.


Flower Power Mosaic Trivet
Mosaic Trivet Stained Glass Flower Power Tray Bohemian Hippie Decor Candle Holder Recycled Art Upcycled Tray China Mosaic Pique Assiette
A large 13 inch plastic gold tray has been given a face lift with some groovy Mosaic Flowers in Stained Glass, Mirror, Metallic Ceramic pieces and Glass globs. The Flower Power center is then surrounded by Broken China in Blue and White Chintz and bright Yellow with a wavy line of Mirror around it and Glass gems along the outside.
Caution: Not to be used with food. Chemicals in the grout and sealant could harm food placed on this tray.
This looks great sitting on a table, would make a great hostess gift and is perfect to give a large ray of sunshine whenever you need it. These flowers always make me happy. Give the gift of handmade art to those you love especially yourself!
 Support Independent Artisans, Designers and Crafters this holiday season and all year long. Thank you!

Stay peaceful,
Cindy, Earth Mother Mosaics



Thursday, September 26, 2013

Taking a Long Weekend

As the weather starts to get cooler I know I have to get in gear and head back to the organizing I abandoned a while ago.

While I love this time of year and may get some photos taken too, my focus has to be on making my space slightly less cluttered to allow the heat to do its thing when it's needed. Right now there's a large piece of furniture in front of it. That means I have to do some moving, pushing, lugging, grunting, swearing, yelling as things fall around me kind of work. And I'm not as strong as I used to be, so this might take time.

A few days of that and I should be ready to come back to the safety of my computer chair, mosaics and dot painting to start off the new schedule. And possibly sharing new photos of my accomplishments and some nature goodness too on the In the Studio post. Yay!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Stay peaceful,
Cindy, Earth Mother Mosaics

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Computer Update

Good day to you!

Yesterday, which was Tuesday for those who like to keep track, I did not have a post. What I did have was a long, long day fixing computer problems. Again it crashed during the night and I'm fairly sure it has something to do with an automated update that doesn't seem to want to update. The final decision was to take all the automated things off and do them myself each week until I get a new computer.

That brings me to the fund raiser for a new computer. While I have been asking for funds to help me keep my business running, I never explained why I've done it this way instead of taking out a business loan or some other avenue that most small businesses do. I am not really a small business. I'm a short, chubby Nana who likes to craft in her spare time. I have no collateral, no savings, no way to pay back a loan should a miracle occur and I actually was approved for one. The upswing with the economy has been great for many but I have not had anything change for me since the end of 2009. I make the most of what I have, don't dwell on what was taken away, nor do I sigh sadly about the missed opportunities because funding wasn't available. What I do is find a way, whether conventional or maybe not so conventional, to find what I need to get through the next 24 hours. Actually I often don't think much past the next hour. So much can change in 60 minutes!

Please don't misunderstand. It's a good idea to dream and plan and set goals and I do that often. I even meet some of them and add news ones to the list. One of the things on the list is to find a few sponsors to help me with costs of running my business, or the business I have envisioned I'd like to have. Finding a financial wizard who can handle funds for said business and who will, in return, accept free mosaics or other craft things I create for life. And the ever popular goal; getting backers and artist type people to gather together with me and find a place to share our art, play together a few times a week, sell what we do ... all in one bricks and mortar building.

After the computer crashed yesterday, all I could think of was how uncomfortable I am asking for money to get a new computer. It's my upbringing mostly to believe that if I can't figure out a way to get it myself, I can't have it. My Dad handed me a phone book (remember those big paper books with businesses and residence phone numbers in them?) when I was 12 and asked for a stereo for my birthday. He said: "get a job". And that was that. I found one and another and another and eventually got a stereo, a car, an apartment, a life by working for it. I wasn't given much because we didn't have much. My Dad was a full time artisan and had been for years by the time I was 12. He worked hard, long, long hours building furniture, repairing antiques and doing shows to sell his wonderful, handcrafted things (he's close to 80 years old and still does all these things - lots slower and with tons more pain in his hands and joints, but he does it). It's no wonder I decided my life would be happier if I continued to do what I do, no matter what the cost to me physically or emotionally. It's in my blood.

My life is very different now that I've reached 59. I have been out of work since the end of 2009 and stopped looking in 2011. I hadn't been on an interview although I applied for hundreds because what I did was no longer useful and I really didn't love what I did - I felt the odds of my being happy doing anything other than mosaics were slim to none. My savings ran out, unemployment stopped abruptly just when I needed it most. I had no where to go, a large bill to pay for back rent and utilities. My art was selling but not steadily. I keep my work priced on the low side except for a piece here and there that really took a lot of time, patience or materials to build and/or create. Truthfully, if I charged $1,000 for a piece of mosaic wall art and it actually sold, I'd have been closer to paying off the bills and would have made 1/2 of what I make during an entire year in selling my art. It's not a bad side business but it's the only funds I get. I'm happy to get it, grateful that I do and feel often very blessed to be able to do what I do at all! I keep the prices low because it's not all about money to me. I enjoy what I do and I want people to get a piece of mosaic art they love at a price they feel is fair. I do crafty things, not fine art pieces (I can honestly say I've only got maybe 5 pieces I'd consider labeling in that way and putting more than $500 on a piece of art makes me uncomfortable even if it's worth it to those who are buying it), and crafty things can be done by anyone who is crafty. If I taught myself, anyone can learn how to do a mosaic. What I find is that people who buy my work like it because they want to learn how to do it themselves. I love that! Everyone should experience the joy I have when creating. No matter if it's inspired by a stained glass candle holder or a dot painted cross. I'd love to have a central location to share my work and have people come to learn how to do it. Or just play on their own with things I provide plus a little experience along the way.

Because the Universe works as it does, during that time, the more I tried to get people to buy my work to help me defer the cost of living on my own, it seemed the more people were really not interested in what I had to sell. Sales dried up for a long, long time; folks claimed they were saving their money and weren't buying non-essentials. Or that they'd say they liked what I was selling but just couldn't afford the $25 I was charging for something that normally would've sold for $50. This is what I do, it's my work, my career, my living. But having to put a price on things I create from my heart and have my followers tell me it's not worth it, made me feel unworthy for about a minute. Maybe two. I understood what they were saying but it made it hard on me. This was/is what I was meant to do - I found my calling - hooray! I had never been told whether I'd be paid for it when I followed the inner voices that led me here. I know it isn't supposed to matter. What is supposed to matter is finding what makes my soul sing. I did that and am happy I did. I knew even then faced with eviction and no where to go at one point, that I was to continue with my crafts, every day, forever, no matter what. The rest would work itself out. And it has.

My daughter and her family scooped me up and brought me here where I am now living, in one room sharing space with stained glass, paints, clothes, too many dishes and the wonky computer plus just about everything from the 3 bedroom apt I could get into one room. Plus all my art - every piece I ever made that hasn't gone on to a new home. And I'm happy. I have my family here with me every day. My grandson and the cats. Life is different but really nothing to be upset about or sad. No complaints. I'm in a safe place, they feed me and keep me warm and/or cool. I'm loved. It's a wonderful life.


But my computer helps me share these thoughts. And my business is done online. When I asked my daughter's boyfriend for help yesterday to get back online before he left for work, it occurred to me that perhaps it was time to ask my family for help. I had mentioned things ... the fund raiser, the things they see online, the fact that my computer crashes every 2 weeks. They knew this. But I never asked for their help. I just reached out to the very giving community I have come to love in cyberspace and got a nice little nest egg for the next computer. I suppose since I like metaphors, this one would be that I reached for the 2013's version of a phone book to try to find what I needed. Just like I did when I was 12.

In asking Mark if his company has any plans to get rid of their old computers, as they sometimes do, he started looking into it when he got to work. The results weren't good and the chances of getting a laptop through that avenue was slim.

Once he spent some time chatting with co-workers, all tech savvy peeps, they suggested he build me a computer. I don't need a monitor, speakers, keyboard or mouse really although if I were to get the funds I asked for, I would get all those things. What I needed was a tower with a OS that didn't crash twice a month, sometimes more. I hope by the end of today, he should have info for me to figure out how much it will cost to build one himself. He built his here at home that he uses, so I know he can build me one too. I also know what he'll need financially is more than I have been gifted doing the fund raiser. It's more than I had when my troubles began, however.

FYI: I have planned to close the fund raiser at the end of this month and give him what I have towards the new build. I hope he will fund the rest because he knows how important it is to me. And of course I will try to find a way to pay him back as I make sales by sharing what I make online each day with a new computer, if he'll take it.

So ends the saga of the computer crisis. And life continues to be awesome!

The fund raiser is still open until the end of September and if you think you might like to donate a little bit or a lot, here's the link. http://www.gofundme.com/49qepk

If you want to donate but don't want to use their methods of payment, you can send it to my email address through PayPal or contact me directly for a mailing address if you'd prefer to send a check or money order, note that it is a donation for the computer somewhere important so I'll see it, at earthmothermosaics@yahoo.com and I'll be sure to keep it separate from the other funds in my accounts.


Now ... so that something besides my goofy grin is shown when I post today, I'll share a few things I did yesterday while watching updates and other fun things being run on the computer to fix it.

This is another dot painted ATC. 3.5 x 2.5 inches. Not sure of a title but I'm leaning towards "Circuits". You should be able to figure out why if you've read the above.


This piece below is 6.5 inches, called "Many Moons" was renewed and updated on Etsy this morning. Some smaller pieces of wall art will be brought back because I never know from week to week what I should do with all my art. Expect to see some you've seen before when I declared they were never heading back to Etsy. I don't know ... I change my mind often ... that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Mosaic Stained Glass Wall Art // Abstract // Moons // Wall Hanging // Recycled // Wall Decor // Mosaic Wall Art // White Blue Purple Green

AND ... I started some 4 x 4 inch coasters. Peace signs. Earth tones. Groovy.



Stay peaceful,
Cindy, Earth Mother Mosaics

Monday, September 23, 2013

Like A Well-Oiled Machine

Happy Monday!

My birthday weekend was amazing. There's nothing quite like quiet time for creativity, family and friends, good food, a new (to me) favorite seasonal beer (shown below) and cake!



I spent yesterday (my official birthday) gathering up ideas for new mosaics while doing some dot paintings on a few ATC cards. Each measure 3.5 x 2.5 inches and will be available in my shop very soon.

"Castle"

"Funky"

And I pulled out a few ceramic button sized pieces an online friend donated to me a few weeks ago and painted cool designs on them. I'm still not sure what I'll do with them now but they will go on a mosaic or some piece of art I've yet to create. That's how I roll. :)


Although I love it, it's that crazy time of year when balancing life and art becomes a bit more challenging for me. Those who have read some of my posts here know I help with the fam - watching the grandchildren and helping with general things like cooking and so on. We all live together in a big happy mess and I am so blessed and very grateful to be here!

But I also like to work on keeping my shops current and cohesive (a big problem for me because I have a very short attention span) and on new mosaics and other crafty things. I'm even considering adding another site to the list to share my things. I haven't gotten all of the ones I have up and running smoothly. I won't open another until I have those settled but I will do it - I like to try new sites and often find a new set of online friends to share new things with.

I'm bringing back the posts I used to do relating to Featured Shops that I find here and there to do what I can to share the love of new shops and favorite items I find in home decor and art. Those will start on October 3rd and run each week, either Wed or Thurs until the end of January. I'm looking forward to sharing some favorites I've found with you all here again.

Because I have to find balance where ever I can, like a well-oiled machine (hence my title for this post), each day will be dedicated to something specific, Monday through Friday. Weekends are devoted to my time in my crafty space. I try to do minimal marketing on those days. Keeping a subject for each day will help keep me focused on it and free up some time that I need for life around me. In theory ... I know only too well how, in keeping with the above mentioned metaphor, even a well-oiled machine needs to be shut off, tuned up and cleaned.

The posts this week should be pretty much staying the same with sharing what I've done each day in the studio and new things on Etsy.

Next week I'll be starting the new posts, dedicating each day to one specific thing. My line up is tentative and a few things will be new but below is how I hope it will go. Life happens, so it might change and my wonky computer is still wonky. So that may be a factor too.

Monday: Promo Blast! (new items in my shop)
Tuesday: Theme Tuesday (decor items I find appealing mostly relating to trends)
Wednesday: In The Studio (mosaic and crafty fun) 
Thursday: Featured Shop (both Etsy and Zibbet shops will be featured)
Friday: Picture Day (a new favorite photo, either mine or someone else's that I find in my search for pretty things)

During the holidays, there will some posts not included or switched around. I'll play that one by ear. Online shops go on vacation, etc. I do know fun happens here a lot, so I am open and willing to receive any and all things as they come!

Stay peaceful,
Cindy, Earth Mother Mosaics

Friday, September 20, 2013

Birthday Weekend!

It's my Birthday Weekend! Yay!!! Well, it hasn't started officially yet, but it's close!

I wanted to share what I do on the date of my birth every year. Because it is a "new year" for me as I'm one year older and beginning a whole year around the sun at this age until the next time, I use this day as my "New Year". I don't celebrate January 1st as the new year in the typical way, but traditionally we do still celebrate it and it IS a new calendar year. That's why I started giving myself a new set of goals, resolutions and dreams to shoot for starting on September 22nd instead of January 1st. It's a new year for me!

And of course the Autumnal Equinox is on September 22nd. The first official day of Fall. My favorite definition comes from thefreedictionary.com: "Astronomy: the point, lying in the constellation Virgo, at which the sun's ecliptic intersects the celestial equator". It's no wonder I like to design suns, moons and stars and my favorite colors are those we find in the fall season. I was born during a magical time of year.


Because I love any reason to celebrate and I'm so very grateful for all the love I receive all year round, I'm sending any folks who purchase an item starting today, September 20th through October 18th (expires at midnight PST) a $5.00 off "Thank You Coupon Code" for any item $60 or more on their next purchase. Once you make your purchase, you will receive an email with your special Coupon Code!




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As I was looking through a box filled with mosaic wall art, I found my old studio sign that I made in 2009! It made me see how far I've come in teaching myself how to mosaic and what tess I like to use the most. Much fell off around the outer edge but there is always something in the studio to replace the empty spaces with!




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Another gentle reminder of the fund raiser still going on to help me keep my online business going without too many hiccups or heartaches. If you can donate, please do. If you can't, it's okay; trust me I understand! Struggling with such a limited income myself makes it hard to be able to donate to all of the people who ask for one. Some are much more deserving or have a much more dire situation than I do.

In return for your donation if it's in the Reward Level Range ($25-$300), you will receive a mosaic made especially for you as a Thank You gift.

And now it's time to get this 59th Year into gear! Enjoy your weekend! Cheers!!


Stay peaceful,
Cindy, Earth Mother Mosaics

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Promo Thursday

I haven't done an official promo on one item in a while. I've been so busy sharing new things each day but I think a shout out for something that's not quite as new needs some TLC too.

So, without any further ado, I would like to share a Made To Order item quite popular in my Etsy shop.

Crescent Moon Stained Glass Mosaic Wall Hanging: Made To Order Custom Order - 10 inches

☮ This listing is for a MADE TO ORDER CUSTOM ORDER ONLY for one mosaic crescent moon wall hanging. We'll work together to create your custom made Crescent Moon in the colors you desire (limited to 3).


☮ Color choices (limited to 3 - a few examples are shown here of the 8 inch crescent moon) in stained glass and mirror will be discussed at time of order. The design of 3 swirls cannot be altered. Please note the design will be slightly different as each custom ordered mosaic is made at the time of request. All stained glass and mirror are hand cut by me. Keep in mind it may take 3-6 weeks to do a custom order. Please allow the time for the mosaic magic to happen!

A Certificate of Authenticity PDF will be sent through email once work is completed.


One of my favorite mosaic designs to create is shared once again here. I've dubbed this one "Vincent's Moon" when done in all blues because my family says it looks similar to Van Gogh's style and color choices for one of his most famous paintings.

A night sky with swirling clouds all in blue stained glass. All glass was hand cut to fit the design. Grouted in an awesome shade of plum and sealed, the sides are tiled in blue glass and the back is painted in black.

Ready for hanging with a felt pad at the base to protect your walls from getting scratched.




And a note about Studio News: I'm in the process of photographing all the dot painted crosses. This is time consuming and one reason why I thought it might be a good idea to bring back Promo Thursday! Here's a quick look at one just listed this morning.


Painted Cross Ornament // Small Wall Hanging // Dot Painting // Orange White Black // Wall Decor // Hand Painted // Cross // 4 x 2.5 Inches


Each one (I have 20 dot painted) is getting their special attention from me for the next few days. Yay!

Stay peaceful,
Cindy, Earth Mother Mosaics

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Colors of Autumn

How I love the colors of autumn. Fall leaves in oranges, reds, browns, golden yellow and green.

Today I'm dedicating a post to the fall inspired mosaics and photography. I have way too many to share in one post, honestly, but these are the best I have to offer in my Etsy shop today.

Mosaic Stained Glass Wall Art


Blank Note Card


Brown Blue Stained Glass Mosaic Candle Holder


Decorative Pillow Cover


Geometric Mosaic Wall Art

Head on over to EarthMotherMosaics to see an eclectic array of mosaics, home decor, recycled art and other awesome goodies such as jewelry both handmade and vintage, note cards, pillow covers as well as Bohemian Decor and Hippie Art. It's all groovy.

Stay peaceful,
Cindy, Earth Mother Mosaics

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Keeping It Fresh!

One of the things I like to do, to keep my online shops fresh is to update photos every so often. Sometimes I completely rephotograph an item in a different setting to get a fresh perspective on it.

I did this with the stained glass plate we've placed in the bathroom. When I originally took photos of this, I used my favorite white background because I wanted to see all the details closely. But placing things where they might "live" when they leave me is a good idea too. I like this photo a lot because it shows a bit of the tree that is so big and strong. "My" tree!

Stained Glass Mosaic Plate
I've been busy today with final touches on all the 4 x 3 inch dot painted crosses I did a few months ago. I put 3 layers of sealant (a mixture of PVA glue and water) on top and bottom of each and added bails to them with a big dollop of thinset.


I decided to use the bails after I tried to put a small screw eye at the top of one of them but it split the MDF immediately. Something I sort of anticipated so I wasn't surprised, just disappointed. I saw these being hung on a wall differently than how I am doing them now.


They are all drying and waiting for the next step which I'll do tomorrow. I'll put string and/or ribbon and maybe jute for hanging, take photos of each one and start editing photos. Once edited they'll get listed! Yay!

I also put bails on the back of "Possessed" today and covered the grout and sides with the same sealant I mentioned above. I took it outside this morning to take some photos and decided on the way I wanted it to hang.


This should be listed in a few days once I get some more photos of it. What a ride this one took me on! I'm ready for the next.

I worked on a large cross yesterday using scrap glass. I love making these kinds of mosaics. I have the next one waiting to do something with glass in greens and blues next. This is #7!


I'm slowing up in getting all 25 crosses completed now that I know I'm not attending a local church's craft fair in November as I had planned. Life got in the way and as it always does, family comes first. I would like to reach the goal, which was to get all 25 crafted either in a mosaic or painted by November. I now have the small ones to work on too. I've got 40 of those. 20 are done with dots, 3 have a mosaic on them. They might not all get completed by November but it would be kinda awesome if they did!

Time to get to work!


Stay peaceful,
Cindy, Earth Mother Mosaics

Monday, September 16, 2013

A Busy Family Week Ahead

I've a busy week ahead of me! My beautiful daughter is training for a new position within the food store she has worked in for years. What that means for me is that I get to spend quality time with my Grandson, preparing his breakfast and lunch, getting him ready for school and taking him to the bus stop. The hardest part is finding things to keep him occupied and out of mischief for the hours he's home with me. But we manage.

If there are a few days at the end of the week where I do not have a post or it's fairly small compared to the normal chatty posts I share, you may rest assured it's probably not the wonky computer, but more the fun time spent with my little dude and the exhaustion that often comes shortly after. I may just be a tired out Nana.

Speaking of the wonky computer, the fund raiser for a new one stalled out a bit after a few days. But that's okay. It's going to be around for a while. I know this isn't the most important cause to raise funds for, and in most cases if someone else were doing the asking, I would only contribute a small amount. But a small amount is fine too. It all adds up.

Honestly, I realized I am a bit too proud to do this, so it wasn't easy to come to the decision to go this route but I knew I had to do something. Doing the asking is not easy but I can do it because I love making mosaics and other crafty things to sell and I'd love to see my online business continue to thrive instead of crashing to a halt just because my computer won't turn on.

But life will go on and all things will work out the way they are supposed to. If I can't sell my mosaics online, I have a few local folks who offered to take my mosaics and sell them for me. That's a wonderful thing.

Some people immediately stepped up to donate that are involved in art or mosaics specifically this past week and one truly wonderful person who could be considered a "fan" of mine donated as well. She was the first one! This is such an awesome thing for me. Humbling. Gratitude doesn't even explain how I feel!

If you can donate, please do. Don't forget to share the link it can help a little bit too.
http://www.gofundme.com/49qepk

I was asked if this site takes PayPal and I believe it does for International folks but not sure it does for people within the USA. If you want to donate but not from this site because PayPal isn't offered, you may do so through my PayPal account using the email address: earthmothermosaics@yahoo.com and please, please, PLEASE make a note that it's a donation. If the donated amount fits one of the categories to receive a thank you mosaic in return, I'll be in touch once I reach the 1/2 way point with the goal. We can then discuss your gift further at that time. You will receive, no matter what, a huge virtual hug from me through an email, so keep an eye on that. If by some chance you don't get a response within 24 hours, send a message to cw.earthmothermosaics@gmail.com which is my secondary email and let me know. Sometimes yahoo is more wonky than my computer is.

My birthday is the same day as the Autumnal Equinox (Sept 22) and celebrating the fall colors and the cooler weather is a great way to start the new year. More on that at the end of the week, because I have a tradition that I may have shared last year, but will share again this year as the day gets closer.

In studio news:
I got the Mosaic Gingerbread House listed on Etsy. I know I've said this before, but isn't it cute?
Mosaic Gingerbread House Wall Hanging

And the newest edition to my Flower Power Mosaics has been listed too. I have to say when I gathered up the tess for this one, I knew it was going to look pretty groovy. What do you think?
Mosaic Flower Power Trivet

I've been adding pillows and note cards here and there throughout the week. I have so many still to list. I took a LOT of photos in 2012 and earlier this year that work for these. Here's the pillow that was listed today:
Decorative Pillow Cover

Over the weekend I worked on a cool midcentury modern, retro looking mosaic using the macro mini ceramic tiles that were gifted to me recently and some awesome black dish pieces.



I love the look of the simple yet fairly uniform squares in the centers and the black dishes cut in all sizes and shapes forming frames around each square. This measures 15 x 3 inches and was a discarded piece of drywall I found curbside. It isn't cut perfectly and I like it that way.

I found this and another piece similar to this size curbside and thought I'd be able to cut them a little more. I couldn't. My X-Acto knife needs a new blade. It wasn't long before I realized I'd have to leave these boards as they are and mosaic on them anyway.

Normally I prep before I work on a board, using primer and adding thinset to the sides to give it a more uniform look. Not this time. Late Friday night I pulled this board out of the pile, grabbed the tiles and continued until bedtime. Then, upon waking, I hoped out of bed before the sun had risen and worked on it until all the squares were finished. I was obsessed to get it finished. I went back to bed for a few hours, truly exhausted (those small tiles were placed into the squares using tweezers). But once again I went right back to add the black framing around it before coffee was in my system. Whew!

I have had some truly crazy artistic moments where the muse just wouldn't allow me to focus on anything else except my latest piece but I've never felt this crazed to get it finished. I saw myself working on it while I slept. Something grabbed hold of the muse, spun her around really fast and let go! I had no choice but to continue with it until it was completed. My hair was sticking straight up in the air, my daughter told me I looked so tired, like I had been up for 2 or 3 days straight, my eyes were puffy and red from straining to make sure all the ceramic pieces were lined up the way I wanted them. When I saw myself in the mirror, the first thing I thought of was that I looked like a crazy scientist. The doctor from "Back to the Future" movies came to mind and out loud I said: Great Scot!

What was left, after the dust settled, literally, was this:


This way?
Or this way?
I like the way it looks both virtually and horizontally and can't decide where the bails should go for hanging just yet. It may get listed without a hanger on it and I'll allow the customer to make the decision as to how they want it to hang.

If you look closely you'll see that the ceramic pieces are not grouted. Some are glazed, some aren't and I didn't want anything to take away from them which grout would on the ones not glazed. I did put grout around the inside edges covering the dish shards. Some of the tiles do have grout on them in that area because of that.

This mosaic is entitled "Possessed". I think it fits.

Stay peaceful,
Cindy, Earth Mother Mosaics