Thursday, December 3, 2009


"Antique Rose" fair, Sunday 6th Dec
17 North Rd Bassendean WA,

10am - 5pm.

Browse and purchase unique gifts in a beautiful unique environment. In the garden of you will find a variety of stalls selling gifts and crafts. Once you've finished your shopping you can relax and enjoy some refreshments overlooking the river.

Special childrens activities from 12 - 3pm. Let them enjoy complimentary face painting, balloon bending and bouncy castle. There will be bubbles to play with and a very special fairy to meet!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Shabby Chic Mosaic Treadle Sewing Machine Table and My Open Day

My new pride and joy is finally completed!

Wow, nothing like a deadline to get your butt into gear huh?!
This Sunday 18th October is "Kalamunda Open Studios" day in the gorgeous Perth Hills WA and I was hoping to be part of it. Unfortunately tho you have to have an "actual studio" and mine isn't classed as one so I've decided to have my very own "open porch day" like a garage sale but just have all my handmade jewellery, mosaics and other goodies
for sale. You can even enjoy the stunning views over the national park and city too while you browse.
So with the day quickly approaching I've been flat out making a few more pieces of jewellery, keyrings and at last finishing my gorgeous treadle machine. It's been sitting almost finished in my dining room for, I can't even remember how long but yesterday I finally finished it.

I love it, I'm so happy with it! I so wish I could keep this but there is no room in my teeny tiny home unfortunately so here it is, up for grabs for some lucky buyer. I'm going to really be sorry to see this go :-(

I picked up the treadle table about a year ago and couldn't wait to get started on it. I used heaps of beautiful vintage china and lots of glass in pinks, blue, green and white.
It was missing one of the drawers so I removed the other one and have replaced them with
"faux drawers" with a gorgeous glass heart knob on each.

The long centre front drawer still opens, I think it was used for needles etc and could be used to hide your keys etc.

The sides have been partly mosaiced but I left the decorative timber in between.

It is just to be used as a decorative "show off" piece so it no longer opens up, it's been created to be shown off in pride of place.
The base itself is beautiful too, quite an ornate base in great condition.

This truly is absolutely stunning and will be a beautiful addition to any home.
Measurements - 93cm long x 46cm wide x 78cm high
$1200 AUD

These are the latest in my mosaic jewellery line, mosaic bracelets
$45 AUD

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

For sale - Shabby Chic Mosaic Birdhouse

This is one of the most gorgeous birdhouses that has been made with love and care. (the other most gorgeous one is also listed hehe)

I had the birdhouses handmade for me by a very clever man that I met on Ebay and then I set to beautifying them.

I have used lots of lovely china and glass to adorn this very unique bird 'home', it's way too beautiful to be called just a house.

I topped it off with lovely porcelain china roses that have been upcycled from other ornaments and the little bird was made by CMKsculptures in the US.
I added some pretty pink acrylic bead fringing along the side edges and sat the whole thing on a beautiful pedistal adorned with flowers, pearls and a cute little glass lady bird.
I also added a sweet butterfly to the front and another little butterfly on the roof.

Measurements -34.5cm high (top of bird), 20cm at widest point, 15cm deepest point.

Please note that the 1st photo, the one with 4 images was taken before I added the pearls on the base and the butterfly on the front. The other photos show it completed.

If you would like more photos, please email me and I'l be more than happy to send your more photos.

Due to its size this cannot be posted plus the fact that I would be devastated if anything were to happen to it.
Pick up is from Gooseberry Hill WA.
Delivery may be arranged to some metro areas for a fee.

Come on a grab yourself a stunning piece for your home.

I have lots of other beautiful shabby chic mosaics and also mosaic and cameo jewellery for sale too.

$150 AUD

Monday, September 28, 2009

I'm obsessed with scrapbooking and need to refocus!

I'm afraid my mosaicing has been put on the backburner for a while since I started scrapbooking with my playgroup friends. What started out as something I was only going to do one evening a fortnight with my scrapbook buddies has become an obsession. It's totally taken me over, I had no idea it would be that addictive. I went all out, had to buy everything for my new found hobby. I've been printing off hundreds of photos (still thousands to go) all of my gorgeous son Joshua who just turned 3 1/2 last week.

It all started when one of the mums invited us over for a "Creative Memories" workshop party. I didn't buy much that night as I said it wouldn't be something I'd do very often. We then all agreed that we'd make a regular thing of it, just the bunch of us at someones house 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month while the Dads had the bubs.
It was just to get us all out of the house and do something socially but at the same time being productive. I thought it was a great idea as I could set those nights aside for scrapbooking and I would still have plenty of evenings left for mosaicing. BOY, was I wrong, that scrapbooking monster totally took me over and I've hardly mosaiced at all. If I wasn't scrapbooking I was either on the internet shopping for scrapbooking goodies or I was on Harvey Norman photo site getting my photos ordered ready for scrapbooking.

Alas, I need to get a grip, I need to refocus and get back into my mosaics. All being well with the weather on Saturday 3rd October, I will be having a stall at the Kalamunda Village Market. I had a few there through the autumn months but stopped during winter.
I have lots of beautiful creations to offer as well as a few new items including a couple of new mosaics, paintings and jewellery.

I have started another violin too, this one will be a lot different to my last violin. I've used pretty blues and pinks and instead of full on roses this one has more of a pansy theme, very pretty!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

The gorgeous Michelle of Ibreak4glass
sent me this award, thanks so much Michelle, you're a sweety!

I now have to list 5 things that I love, you will see that I am a woman of simple pleasures and it really doesn't take much to make me happy.

  • I love my little boy, he is the love of my life along with his Daddy, my wonderful hubby.
  • I love mosaicing, mind you that's been put on the backburner for a little while because of my new love listed next (if only I had an extra 10hrs a day!).
  • I love scrapbooking both on my own in the evenings and also with my scrapbooking friends from playgroup.
  • I love time to myself, I think I would go mad if I didn't get at least an hour (preferably 3 or 4 hrs but hey, I'll take what I can get) to myself each day.
  • I love going on camping holidays and day trips with my wonderful family
I could add a few more but I had to keep it to 5 and I thought my Faith goes without saying so I didn't add that to my list so there it is, short and sweet.

Now to share this wonderful award with 10 other Bloggers that I enjoy checking in on

Lavender Hill Studio
Mary Poppins

Enchanted Rose Studio
Teacups and Ponies
Pretty In Pink
Country Heart & Home
Pretty Vintage
Painting New Memories

Tozz's Corner

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Mixed media art on canvas, my new passion!

Have I been having fun with these canvases this week or what?! I've always wished I could paint, I envy all of those brilliant artists out there who can. But, I've found a way, it's kind of cheating but it's a lot of fun for the frustrated painter such as myself.
I went and bought myself some of these ready stretched canvases, got myself some acrylic paint, some lovely paper prints, buttons, cameos and the such and got started.
These are the first of my creations and I have plenty more up my sleeve that I will be working on over the next few weeks. The only thing is, I have 2 more violins that I have to mosaic, my treadle to finish, my mother in laws mirrored torso manequinn and more jewellery to make. Do you think I may be taking on a little too much?! All this plus a VERY active little 3 yr old?! Oh well, I guess it keeps me off the streets huh!
I've always been a crafty, creative person but lately I just can't stop myself. It seems the more I do the more I want to keep doing. It's like an addiction, it's all I talk about, it's all I do in my spare time. When I say 'spare' time, I mean time I should be house cleaning or sleeping etc lol, I think I'm turning into a bit of an insomniac too.
It's getting a little tricky tho as my son has decided that he's just about had enough with his afternoon nap eeeekkkkkk!!! I can get him to have a sleep on some days but mostly he'd rather play and get into my "pretty" things. He's so funny, he loves checking out all of my bling and beads etc that I have for my art and says "ooooh thaaaat's preeetttyyyy!". I think I have a little 'arteest' in the making.
Anyway, here's some photos of my latest creations, I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I've had in making them.
They all measure 30cm x 30cm (12" x 12")

Mixed media collage painting on canvas - Roses n Buttons Heart $45 AUD
Mixed media collage painting on canvas - Pansy n Buttons Heart $45 AUD Mixed media on painting on canvas - Tea For One $45 AUD
These will be listed on my website when I get a chance but in the meantime if you wish to purchase one please email me.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

More of my sister Lindas patchwork pretties

Well I may not have been making much lately apart from my mosaic jewellery but my sis sure has been busy.
These are her latest creations, the quilt and cushion covers are works in progress.
She's used lovely shades of pinks and greens for these, our favourite colours of course, in lovely
roses, florals and checks.
The quilt is pussy cats and hearts, all of the applique has been lovingly hand stitched. She is going to add a contrasting green edging before putting the the wadding and backing on. It's a nice size lap rug, she's made it a bit bigger than it's supposed to be for a bit more cuddly comfort.
The cushion covers are lovely too, she's actually made four of them, 2 of the pinks and 2 of the greens. These are hand appliqued with pretty, delicate hand stitched embroidery flower garlands around the hearts.
These pictures are so sweet.
Both of them have similar hand stitched embroidery garlands in the shape of a heart on calico. They match the cushion covers very nicely and would be a lovely addition to any country cottage home.

If you're interested in purchasing any of these please email me, they will soon be for sale on my website 'shabbygirlmosaics'

Monday, June 1, 2009

Mosaic rings and pendants.

These are my latest creations. I love to try something different and I'm so glad that I gave these a try. They're definately going to be a regular line of mine that's for sure. I loved making them and I love the end result even more.
I've used vintage china, glass, millefiori and jewellery findings all set into silver tone pewter bases. The rings are adjustable.
The pendants will be finished off with a black velvet cord which are on there way in the post.
The rings measure aprox 2.5cm x 2.5cm
Round pendants aprox 3cm
Heart pendants aprox 5cm x 3cm
Click on photo to see it in a larger size.
If you're interested in purchasing any of these please contact me via my website

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

My favourite mosaic tile maker in the universe is...

Carol Kent of CMKSculptures!!! She makes THE most STUNNING tiles, birds, cherubs, 3D roses, sculptures and mosaics.
I've bought a lot of stuff from her in the past and I have never been disapointed. I'm always so full of excitement when I know some goodies are on there way from Carol which is the state I'm in now as I've just put in another huge order (hope my hubby doesn't see the statement - gulp!)
I met her through Ebay when I bought my first lot from her back in March or April last year. Her service is always second to none, friendly, helpful, great communication and super fast delivery. I get most of my orders in just over a week, not bad for saying they travel over 15000 kms to get here from the US. She's also more than happy to try and oblige with custom orders, just let her know what it is you want and she'l do her very best to fulfill your wishes.
I love using her tiles and cherubs in my mosaics, I usually include something of Carols into my creations as they add a special little something to my pieces.
All of Carols tiles have a bright and glossy finish to them and they are grout friendly so no worries there.
You can find her beautiful creations here at Ebay, Etsy and Artfire and you can also check out all of her beautiful mosaics and other goodies here on Flickr
I hope you can make some time to go and check out Carols beautiful creations, happy browsing!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Bling keyrings / bag dangles

Just a quick little post to add my newest items.
These are sweet little keyrings or bag dangles. You can even use them on your mobile phone I guess, anywhere where you'd like a little bit of extra bling.

$15 AUD each

Another new thing I'm making is kilt pin brooches, this is my first and I have a few more lined up to make. These were a little trickier to make (my little fat fingers kept getting in the way lol)
but a lot of fun.
Very blingy with pretty clear stones and the rose lampwork are so pretty.

$30 AUD

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Linda's Pretties

My sister Linda has made some lovely quilts, clothe dolls and pomanders which I've just listed on my website shabbygirlmosaics
They are listed on the "Linda's Pretties" page.

As for me, I'm still to get any more of my treadle done as I've been busy updating my website and trying to get some things done around the house. I'll update with more photos of it when I manage to get some more done.
I also have a commision so that will slow me up a bit too. I have another one of the cast iron mirrors on a stand that a lady has asked me to do in greens so I'll have to get started on that in the next few days too.
I'm looking forward to it too but I have to go shopping for some green china, it's a colour that I love but don't have much luck in finding.
Wish me luck in my search!


Monday, May 4, 2009

Mosaic treadle sewing machine is almost finished

I started this a few months ago and have spent hours and hours on it but then I got side tracked with other things for the markets and haven't done anymore work on it for a while now. My challenge is to get it finished now that this months market is out the way. I intend to get it totally finished and listed on my website in the next week or two (that's my plan anyway lol)
All the hard work is done, I only have to do the edging and background (and grout of course - yuk!) so if I can just pull my finger out and get into it it will get done.
I will post here once it's listed on my website.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Morning tea open day expressions of interest

Thank you to everyone who visited my stall at the Kalamunda Markets yesterday.
I met some wonderful people including Linda from the
Craft Magazines forum which was great.
I also had an email tonight from a lovely lady whose friend saw me at the market yesterday and gave her my card. She emailed to say that she would like to visit my shop, now I don't have a shop but I have been thinking about having an open day so this got me thinking that maybe I should do it sooner rather than later.
I was thinking that if I can get a few ladies interested in coming along to my place I can set everything out on my front porch which overlooks our gorgeous city and you can enjoy a cup of tea and cake while you browse.
If you live in Perth WA and you would be interested in getting a few friends together please let me know and I'll get it organised.
Ideally I would like at least 1o ladies to come along so if you have friends, family, work colleagues, anyone, you can email me and I can send out some flyers.
Wow, Im on a roll, I have ideas coming lol, ohoh, I don't think I'm going to get much sleep tonight lol.
Come on Perth ladies in love with pretty shabby chic, get in touch!!

Friday, April 24, 2009

This weeks works in progress

I've been flat out this week finishing my mirrors, a cupboard, a couple of kitchen hooks and also some beaded bookmarks and hat pins.
I thought I'd make a few smaller, cheaper things for next weeks market. The bookmarks and hat pins are so sweet and will be retailing for between $15 and $20 so they will make a lovely affordable gift for mum or whoever or even yourself.
I also picked up a couple of cute decorative wire hooks, I've mosaiced one and will be doing the other one the same. It has a sweet little teapot tile handmade by CMKSculptures and finished with my favourite pink glass. It still needs to be grouted.
These will retail for $25 each.
The cupboard I've been working on is utterly shabbylicous. It's a gorgeous shade of green, rubbed back in places to give that lovely chippy look. I used a lot of china, and glass on this including the beautiful glass that I used on my violin. I also added some porcelain hearts from CMKSculptures (I must put in another order with Carol) I added some fresh water pearls, pink glass nuggets and pretty textured mirror as an added touch.
I'll be grouting this on Monday hopefully.
These and all my other shabby chic mosaics and pretties will be for sale at the Kalamunda Market next Saturday the 2nd May

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Kalamunda Village Market 2nd May 2009

I'll be having another market stall at the
Kalamunda markets on Saturday the 2nd May.
I'm in the process of making some more beautiful items that will be for sale.
I'm making some gorgeous mirrors including 2 heavy cast iron shabby mirrors on stands, absolutely stunning. The mirrors themselves retailed for $140 and I'l be selling them ar
ound the $170 mark with my mosaic detail added so I think that's a great price for something so unique and beautiful. I only have 2 of these mirrors and can't get anymore so if you're interested get there early or you'll miss out.
I'm also hoping to make some more girly fufu frames, I had a couple at my last stall and they were a hit, could have sold them a few times over. Just goes to show if you see something you like, snap it up before someone else does.
These are 2 of the mirrors that I've been working on. They're both at the 'to be grouted' stage.
This one is my favourite (looks so much nicer in person, photos never do them justice)
And I thought I'd do something in torquoise blue n whiteHope to see you there!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

My Shabby violin is finally finished! YAY!!

Tonight I finally finished my violin. I grouted it this afternoon with my trademark pink grout and added the final finishing touches to it tonight while watching Poirot.
It's had it's final polish and is ready to go to it's new home (wherever that may be). It's going to be so hard to part with this piece when I have to, I've put a lot of hard work and lots of love into it and I really have enjoyed creating it. It's my masterpiece.

Now I have some mirrors, a couple of mosaic pictures to do and maybe some of my teacup pincushions and faux cakes to make for my next market stall in 3 weeks. Better get cracking!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Shabby girl mosaics blog

Hi, my name is Tracey and I live in the beautiful Perth hills, Western Australia.

I'm a stay at home mum to an adorable little boy and wife to a very understanding gorgeous husband (mosaic widower). Since my little boy is gett
ing a bit bigger and into a better routine I've gotten my 'passion for smashin' back and I'm totally addicted! And I don't just mean the mosaicing itself but everything to do with mosaics. One of my favourite things is hunting down bargains to mosaic and beautiful china, jewellery and interesting little bits n pieces to mosaic with. My favourite hunting grounds are garage sales, swapmeets and the internet. I also love getting inspiration from all those amazing mosaic artists out there on the net and in books.

I've recently started my own website shabbygirlmosaics in the hope of helping to beautify the homes of others.
My website is a bit of a work in progress at the moment as I'
m doing the site myself, but you will find most of my goodies in the 'galleries' and if you're interesed in anything please feel free to email me on the 'contact me' page.

I really hope you get the chance to browse through my little shabby n chic website and that you can find something really pretty and unique for your home.

I've also started to sell my mosiacs and other pretties at markets, I've just done my 3rd market day and hope to have a regular stall at the Kalamunda Village Markets on the 1st Saturday of each month.

My current project, well I have a few on the go but this is one of my main ones, is a stunning shabby chic violin.

I used some beautiful English china, including Royal Albert and used some gorgeous metalic pink glass that was once a platter.
I then threaded pearls on all of the strings and added lots of bling to the chin rest.
I sat and decorated the bow last night, I wrapped ribbon around it, added a little gold heart on one end and some pretty artificial roses on the other for a lovely result (you can see it in the picture below sitting in front of the violin). I hope to finish all the tessera on the violin tonight.

Thanks for letting me share and I look forward to sharing my mosaic journey with whoever is interested.