Usually this time of year I create a holiday themed mosaic. The end of this year was a bit crazy though, got a little sick, had to drive some art to some shows, broke a small bit of my foot, took a big trip and a class, plus holiday prep, whew! Just didn’t have time to do my normal mosaic.
So this year – I’ll post a holiday pic of one of the other loves of my life, my beloved 13 year old dog Ozwald and his annual photo with Santa. Christmas day he’ll get to enjoy one of his favorite things – gift bags filled with tissue paper! It is always such tremendous fun to watch him get so excited, shoving his face in bags, pawing at them and pulling out what is inside – but it is a lot of work to keep him out of bags that aren’t meant for him!
Hope your holiday time – for whichever holiday you celebrate – is fantastic and filled with love. ❤
Each year in December I like to make a holiday themed mosaic. This year, while trying to decide what to do, I stumbled on this amazing little wood bezel that had been floating around the workroom for a long while. Decided to use it and make a little micro-mosaic tree. The tiny bits of glass measure between 0.5 – 4mm wide with the total size of the piece being 2.2 cm x 4 cm. Originally I was going to put a pin on the back and make it into a broach, but the husband had a better suggestion. He said I should turn it into an ornament for the big tree and each year going forward create a new micro-mosaic ornament. In 20 years time, we’ll have a tree full of micro-mosaics!
Wishing you all a holiday filled with joy and a wonderful new year in 2019!! 😀
It is Small Business Saturday here in North America. The day after crazy Black Friday sales at every major retailer that unofficially signal the start of holiday shopping.
I’ve always been a hunter of unique gifts. Those one-of-a-kind, no one else will have it, super special items. Well they’re not found in the pile of mass produced stuff at a mall – only your local (or online!) small businesses have that.
So today, after your Friday full of big retailer shopping – go shop the small businesses you know. Find that unique one-of-kind gift for the special people in your life and support the little guys who create those pieces!
As a small suggestion 😉 head over to our site http://www.mercedesmosaics.com we’ve got a great selection of one-of-a-kind Pendants, Rings, Purse Hooks and Cufflinks that make beautiful gifts.
If you’re a USA based shopper, your dollar goes further with us as $1 CAD = $0.75 USD, it is like an instant discount!
The last few weeks I’ve not come up much for air – it’s been a time of intense work to get a new collection of jewelry done / photographed / uploaded to the website all in time for the holidays.
This year’s collection includes 49 new Pendants – 22 new Rings – and a limited run of 17 Purse Hooks. Wanted to add Bottle Stoppers, but deadlines & supply delivery didn’t match up – something for next year!
JR584 – Blue & Gold Ring
In addition to a classic mosaic look, many pieces are micro-mosaic. What is that? It is mosaic using very tiny pieces, often little rod shapes, to create a picture or design. It was a jewelry style popular during the Grand Tour of Europe period (17th – 19th centuries) yet those usually depicted popular landmarks. The rods in my pieces range mostly between 0.5mm – 2mm wide, interspersed with larger fun patterened millefiori. It’s been a neat new kind of mosaic to create and I’m excited to do more.
JH515 – Black & White MicroMosaic Purse Hook
For the purse hooks, decided to just do a limited edition run. I never used one before, but have started now and quite like it! Not only does it keep your purse up off the gross germ-y floor but apparently it is also good Feng Shui! There is a saying that “A purse on the floor is money out the door!” Putting it on the floor brings bad luck money-wise as it shows disrespect to your wealth. An interesting tidbit to learn!
Pictured below are a few of my favorite pieces from this collection. All the new pieces (and then some!) are for sale at http://www.mercedesmosaics.com & make excellent unique one-of-a-kind holiday gifts!
Last year around this time I created a little holiday themed mosaic, it was fun and nice to have decorating the house. So this year, decided to do it again and include a little nod to my French speaking in-law family. 🙂
Wishing you a joyous holiday (whichever one you celebrate) filled with loved ones and a bountiful new year!!