Peace Signs

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

It's been a wonderful year filled with mosaic and crafty joy for my business. For me personally I've had a few bumps but steadily moving towards my own goals has made me aware of how blessed I truly am to have a craft I believe in and enjoy so very much.

Work-in-progress - upcycled mosaic bowl waiting for grout
Thank you all for helping me through the highs and lows this year. I'm looking forward to a wonderfully exciting year in 2014.

As a special thank you, starting now: I'm offering new coupon codes each month for my shop on Etsy, EarthMotherMosaics. Use JAN10 to get 10% off any order for the entire month of January.

Happy New Year from EarthMotherMosaics!!



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Friday, December 27, 2013

Picture Day


Highlighted today is a mosaic peace sign.

This is being donated to a Silent Auction for Aiden's Army.

The 1st Silent Auction to help promote the awareness of DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma) and to aid families affected by this disease will be hosted on January 25, 2014.

Aidan’s Army was created in support of Aidan Dunion, a three year old boy from Douglassville, PA, who is in the battle for his life. DIPG affects the pons portion of the brainstem, rendering nervous system function impossible.

For all its difficulties, it presents an opportunity for all forms of cancer. It is one of the most resistant of all cancers to chemotherapy treatments; it affects primarily children (whose treatment has historically led to innovations in many other forms of cancer), and with a "dismal" prognosis, alternatives are few. Put together, these obstacles offer researchers a chance to revolutionize cancer research and prevention. It is even suggested that a cure to DIPG might result in a cure for almost every other type of cancer.

For this reason, the cure starts now.

I'm honored to be included in the auction for this wonderful cause.

An online fundraiser is also available if you'd like to contribute.

http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/aidan-s-army/96915

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

In The Studio

Busy with gifts but having a blast making them! I love to make mosaics. The more I make, the more I love it.

Everything requires grout now. I'm fairly sure I've shared some of these things here before, but I'm doing it again in case they were missed earlier.

First up are the crosses I've done. Not all are gifts. Some will get listed on Etsy.





And there's the owl that will get listed.


Some gifts my grandson made.


Some pendants for a few tweens and a little one.


The birthday gift for my son-in-law who has to share Christmas with his special day.


A wine bottle (can't wait to make another one of these!) using the way I dot paint as inspiration.


An elephant for my grandson.


A little ATC sized mosaic that combines dot painting and mosaic (first attempt). I want to make a few more of these and abandon them here and there and every where. They will be magnets when finished.


"Wedding Day"


A Day of the Dead Skull for my grandson's Aunt and Uncle.


And last, the only one that is grouted and ready to gift, the TARDIS.


There's one gift that will be late this year only because I needed to wait for a sale in order to get the materials needed. I'll share that when it arrives (which could be in 3-6 weeks).

Next Wednesday I'll share all gifts grouted! It's gonna be a messy week. But fun!! :)

I can also now share the 2 photos of the gifted items I made for the kind folks who donated money towards the fund raiser to get this new computer I'm using. Many thanks and lots and lots of love go out to each and every one of you who donated.

vase

magnet



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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Happy Holidays!

I wanted to reach out and wish everyone who sticks with me throughout the good and bad here on the blog the very Happiest of Holidays!


Also I'd like to remind those who shop with me to know that December 15th (today) is the cutoff for purchasing holiday items before Christmas.

I'm going to be busy with continued gift making and holiday preparations and wanted to give you all a "heads up" that I will be stepping back from the heavy promotion and daily blog posts for a few weeks.

I'll continue with "In The Studio" posts on Wednesday, just to share any new mosaics or other creative things going on at the crafts table.

The shops will be open and I'll continue to monitor any activity so if you do purchase something it will get attended to but perhaps a bit slower than normal.

Officially I'll be on holiday from December 16th-January 6th.

Wishing you much love for all your support and continued dedication,
Cindy

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Picture Day

We had our first official snow this past week here in PA. Temps dropped and so did the white stuff!






Photo credit courtesy of M.N. with my editing


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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Featured Shop - Chinook Design - Custom Quilts By Eva



Custom Baby Quilts

Unique handmade quilts: personalized crib blanket, baby bedding, owl pillow, wall hanging, child bedspread, pillow.



Custom Quilts By Eva at Chinook Design is my featured shop this week. Eva makes beautiful designs with her quilts and home decor items for everyone, any age. I especially love her holiday designs and the sets she makes for children.



What Eva Says:
"All parents want their child's environment to be a personalized, unique, harmonious, comfortable 'soft world'. We can build and provide them a wonderful, magic empire with lovely and custom-designed home furnishings.

In Hungary I dealt for five years with designing and producing unique nursery textiles. I love to create accessories for children's room 'dress' bringing joy in the spirits of residents living there."




Holiday decor in pillows, stockings, ornaments all made by Eva from Hungry.



Pillows for any time of year, any decor. These make very nice gifts too.



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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

In The Studio

The studio should be buzzing with activity but we've all taken a bit of break to enjoy the freshly fallen snow. I don't play in it, but I enjoy taking photos of it.


The creative muse enjoyed the break as it often takes a lot out of us both to make detailed mosaics. My brain stays well toasted after working on more than one mosaic as I have this time. But now I'm ready to get back to work!

Before the snow arrived, I made a mosaic for my daughter and son-in-law. Entitled "Wedding Day", it's waiting for grout. This is one reason I've been needing rest ... this was a challenge to create.

Here's the original photo taken by the wedding photographer on their special day in 2012 that inspired to mosaic.


And here is my mosaic, not yet grouted.

Wedding Day - 10 x 10 inch

Wedding Day - using Stained Glass, Broken China, Mirror
This mosaic will have a few different grout colors. The dress will be done in white, the skin will have flesh tones, their hair will be brown, the suit will be black and the background will be gray. I'll use black and white grout and acrylics. I have more control with a paint brush than I do with a grouting tool and paint gives the same effect once finished.

My Grandson and I were talking this morning about making the gifts we were supposed to work on last week. We need to make key chains for his teachers, bus drivers and his great-grandparents. I think I'll get everything ready after he gets home from school today and we'll make them. I'll share photos when they are finished.

My son-in-law (the one shown above) has a birthday on Christmas, poor thing, so I always try to make him a birthday present in addition to a holiday gift. This year I've been stumped as to what to make for him until I remembered they went to Hawaii for their honeymoon and he might like a glass-on-glass beach scene trivet. I'm going to use that as my motivation and go for it later today.

I've got a few people to make gifts for yet before I can rest the muse again but I am positive I'll have most if not all finished by the time we gather together for holiday gift giving. Nothing compares to giving a handmade gift. I love to give them and I love to receive them!

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Trendy Tuesday

This week I'm adding items to my wish list. It's a great time of year to dream. Enjoy, "Yes Please" my Trendy Tuesday Treasury.


Yes Please
Here's a few items from my shops that might be fun to add to your own wish list.

Butterfly Mosaic
Framed Art Print - Star Shine
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Monday, December 9, 2013

Promo Blast!

Mosaic Stained Glass Mirror // Wall Art // Abstract // Contemporary // Bold // Red Blue Yellow Green // Wall Decor // Mosaic Wall Art 

Mosaic Stained Glass Mirror, 10 x 10 Inches, "Finding The Joy"



Finding The Joy
I made this mirror in 2009, pulling scraps from my work table of glass tiles, stained glass, silver mirror and iridescent stained glass. Glass gems in blue placed on each corner was the only decision I made before starting this. The rest was created as I went (my favorite way to create!) making it abstract in design. Adding a "joy" word stone was how the name of this mosaic came about. 


Grouted and sealed for protection. Sides and back painted in black acrylic. Hanging hardware attached. Signed and dated. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Makes a great gift for yourself or someone special.


This is truly a one-of-a-kind piece of mosaic art. Perfect for any room in your home. If you like contemporary design, this makes a great addition to your collection. If you know someone who likes modern art this makes the perfect gift!


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Stay peaceful,