Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Mommy Makes Mosaics!!!

I used to do broken china mosaics, years ago. I don't really know why I stopped, although it may have something to do with not having a place to set up my stuff and leave it there...a complaint I know many of you share...But, a friend asked me to teach her, and that started the ball rolling again...

Plus, while thrifting with Tiffany, I cam across this UGLY 1970's plastic molded mirror. It had an eagle on it, wings outstretched, right smack in the middle. But, it was a good size, and the shape, if I squinted your eyes so I couldn't see it's 1970's hideousness, was downright graceful. I could see it's potential. And potential it had, cuz here it is:

I put ledger paper over the mirror, cuz DANG! it's hard to take pictures of mirrors! Here's the top:

And the bottom:

The top details. Just look at her curviness!!!

Bottom detail:

Pretty much everything came from Thrift stores or yard sales. I love the porcelain roses, don't you? they were a boquet in a bowl I got at Goodwill for $6, I think. A hammer and a flathead screwdriver, and the popped right off! So did the leaves.

Here's another project. I started this one probably 5 or 6 years ago and finished it over the weekend, and i love it! Although, I may end up selling it:

It's a mailbox! And a teapot! I love the little red birds:

And the sweet brown spout:

On this one, I ran out of my grout, and when I went to get more, all Lowes had was white. WHITE-WHITE! Definitely not the color I was looking for, so I poured in a liitle brown acrylic paint. It turned more of a muddy lavendar, which isn't such a bad thing, but, again, not what I wanted. So, I stained it! With walnut ink! It worked pretty good. What do you think?

Thanks for looking!


Retro Cafe' Art Gallery said...

Those are INCREDIBLE Tammy!!!! I do hope you try with the dolls. That would be precious. And those roses are to die for!

Maison Douce said...

Wow, Tammy, I am truly impressed...!! I have always wanted to learn how to do mosaic, but I just can't bring myself to start another hobby..!! Wonderful job!

KatCollects said...

The mirror is beautiful! I would love to learn to do that some day. Can't wait for crafting day tomorrow.

Funky Junk Sisters said...

Beautiful things! You are very talented. We are doing a show in Puyallup, WA and we would like to have you join us. We are hand selecting our vendors and think that you fit perfectly. Let us know what you think.

The Funky Junk Sisters

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

wow!!! You did GREAT on those projects! I love the blue mirror so much. I have always wanted to try mosaics but never worked up the courage. I love yours SO much.

xo Heather

Birds of a Feather said...

Beautiful! I "used" to make these mirrors too...someday I'm sure I'll get the itch again!
xo Heidi

Becky said...

You are really good at making mosaics. That mirror is just beautiful. I tried a tray once and I didn't intend for it to look like a rooster was in the middle of it but it did when I finished. lol

The Chic Housewife said...

WOW! These are beautiful!!!
The Chic Housewife