Come on, baby, light my … tealight

I’d never done a mosaic on a curved surface until this little tealight holder. Surprisingly, it wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be. All I had to do was restrict myself to smaller, longer pieces and I was away to the races. The pattern reminds me a bit of a sound visualization. Or the line on a heart monitor. Take your pick.

Oh, and do you like the new photo style? I found a great white sheet at the thrift store to use as my background, and the sun came out just as I was taking this picture. Talk about good timing!

Brown and blue tealight holder


They call me mellow yellow…

Floral plate

It took me a long time to find inspiration for this plate, which is funny because I absolutely adore the plate itself (which was found at, yep, you guessed it, the thrift store down the road). I think it was the edges that threw me off – I didn’t want the design to be too busy and compete with the shape of the plate. In the end, the idea for the design came from some random magazine clipping I had pasted in my Book of Inspiration. I’m not sure what kind of flower it is, but it kinda reminds me of a thistle. Or a sort of floral-inspired microphone.

This plate was one of the ones snapped up at the Sandy Hill craft sale a few months ago. It was bought by a lovely couple as a Christmas gift for their daughter. I think it’s kind of fun to imagine the ‘lives’ of my mosaics after they leave my hands. Did she like it? Where did she put it? Is it being used to hold keys or candles or yummy little candies, or is it being displayed like art?


Like little mini colour wheels…

Citrusy coasters

As soon as I found these coasters at my neighbourhood thrift store, I knew what I was going to do with them. I had been wanting to do something ‘citrusy’ for quite some time, so when I saw that the coasters were already segmented into little wedges, visions of limes and oranges and grapefruits (and the odd sugar-plum) danced in my head. The only tough part was deciding on the colours. And the grout. I was actually originally planning on grouting them in a dark charcoal, but I’m super glad I talked myself into doing them white. It’s oh-so-much more citrusy. And I do love citrus.


The slimming power of vertical lines

Remember the ashtray I mosaicked? The one that was done using the little bits and pieces of cuts gone wrong? Well, those bad cuts were because of this vase. I don’t know what it was (likely a combination of my lack of technique and unrealistically thin strips of glass), but the glass just wouldn’t cut in a straight line. Every time I broke it, the glass would veer off at the end, leaving me with a dagger-sharp point rather than a right angle.

I remember when my partner came home with this vase I thought, “Good lord, what am I going to do with the top of that?” I was nervous just thinking about it. The initial plan was to cover everything in strips of glass, but thankfully my partner reined in my ambition and suggested I leave the top naked. I will admit to being completely skeptical until the moment I grouted it. Once I cleaned it up, however, I was glad for her voice of reason.

I think the finished product kind of reminds me of one of those wicker-covered wine jugs. Or am I crazy? (Uh, that’s a rhetorical question – no need to answer…)

blue stained glass mosaic vase


Don’t smoke in bed

I found this funky ashtray at a church rummage sale over in Vanier one weekend. I thought it would be nice to have an unusually small project, but working with such tiny pieces proved more finicky than I had anticipated. Luckily I didn’t have to cut any of them – they were the scraps from cuts that had gone awry.

mosaic candleholder


Playing with primary colours

This is, by far, my favourite mosaic I’ve done so far. Have I said that before? Well, it is (for the time being). I really really love it. There’s just something so simple about it. Clean and elementary.

Art-savvy readers will already have noted that it was inspired by the art of Piet Mondrian. However, art-savvy I am not. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t really know anything about art. Not history, not composition, not technique, not styles, nothing. In fact, I discovered Mondrian by way of an amazing British television show, Hustle. I don’t want to say too much about this one – I think it’s better left to speak for itself. Enjoy!

Mondrian lamp

Mondrian lamp - lit up


A lazy post…

OK, I’m going to kill 4 mosaics with one post. All these pieces were done on small plates I picked up the day before we went to get our dog, Dexter (yes, the one that ate the chokecherries).

We had rented a car because the shelter we were getting Dex from was located on the outskirts of Montreal. (Side note for anyone interested in adopting a dog: Animatch, the shelter where we got Dexter, does absolutely amazing work.) Since we rarely have a car in our possession (which is actually fine by us), we took the opportunity to go pick up some heavier pantry staples at the store. We also picked up a watermelon. A small word of advice: don’t put a watermelon in the trunk of your car. The sounds it makes rolling around back there make for a very nerve-wracking drive home. Hey, like I said, we’re not used to having a car, so these are the kinds of obvious details we stupidly overlook.

Anyway, these small plates were great because they were quick projects and were super easy to grout (woohoo!). The one seems to remind me of DNA for some reason. Maybe I was a geneticist in a former life. No, probably not.

Purple candle plate (square)

Red candle plate

Red candle plate

Purple candle plate 1


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