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.