& Paper Crafts
to Know Me!
|The two mosaic trays I made were projects
from Casa Picasso
Pottery A paint your own pottery and mosaic studio just several blocks
away in Jersey Shore Arts Center in Ocean Grove|
|My latest Mosaic Tray in progress. I
have loved this china for years, but only had a few pieces, and can't
use it in the microwave because of the gold. What I love about this
pattern is that I can fill the entire surface in my own design with
the floral pattern. The plates just have a ring around the edge of
the plate with each color alternating, but I have separated them into
Valentine" box. I guess it needs to have a heart for it to be
an official valentine, but it was a Christmas gift for Trip's Aunt
Bobbie. I know she loves the ocean and I thought a pretty shell keepsake
box would be nice after a rough past few months.
||Left: A wooden
serving tray, made as a gift for my mother and father-in-law as an
anniversary gift. It is lined on the bottom with photos from their
wedding, their parents' weddings, sons' weddings, children & grandchildren,
all with mats in shades of blue. The photos were glued down and all
coated with Envirotex, an epoxy-like surface that dries clear, hard
This is what I'm calling
a Wish Box. I read about the practice of making a Baby Altar on
the website of Teresa Robertson,
who is a Birth Intuitive. She helps people who are struggling with
issues related to conception and/or adoption. From her website:
"The baby altar is a way to create physical space within your
home for an unborn child. It can also serve as a spiritual focus."
For years I have poured energy into creative projects of all kinds,
but it never occured to me to focus the energy I had built up in
hoping that I would someday be the mother of a daughter of my own
into a physical space. The Wish Box is lined with paper and pink
silk, embellished with new pink ribbon and vintage rose flower ribbon,
seed beads and pearls, antique laces, porcelain roses, scrapbook
stickers and baby charms.
The closed box. I didn't want the outside of the box to give away
the contents, as I don't want to necessarily share all of these feelings
with everyone who passes by.
Not scrapping, but a mosaic I made
at Casa Picasso, a ceramic and mosaic studio just a few blocks away
at the Neptune Performing Arts Center. I walked there one night
to a lovely party given by my friend Donna.