All posts by Tile Gypsy

Gluer of things, when my fingers aren't stuck to a camera or keyboard.

Glass on Glass Reboot

The new studio is still under construction so we moved a little desk into the corner of the porch/laundry room/back entrance for now.  Thanks, Robbie.

Studio Design Working in a small space is challenging and limits the amount of available materials but it also forces tidiness and focus which are really good things.

Glass on Glass Vintage Window Art Unfortunately – and fortunately – the earning a living and still unpacking things tend to get in the way of being a gypsy full time but I’m still having a blast getting there.

Glass on Glass Vintage Window Art The truth is … my dream progress is still happening behind the scenes and I’m quite proud of myself for making the time to create a new glass on glass vintage window project and filming the whole thing.

My little sis watched the video, she liked it, laughed a little and was even inspired to start creating her own peace so … I’m going to film the ending this weekend and hand it off to RJM to finish the edit and publish. I’ll keep you posted.

Have a great weekend!

Glass on Glass Vintage Window Art

Peace. simply-sugar-store




Granite and Slate Tile Trials

Started the interior design for the new studio-workshop build and I’ve decided to leave granite and slate behind. Going with porcelain tile and/or ceramic tile in the bathroom and kitchen. Ceramic tile is a little cheaper than porcelain but porcelain tile is denser, stronger, resists moisture and is said to be more stain resistant than ceramic.

Past renovations have confirmed that granite countertops are not my cup of tea. Way to many fingerprints and I bitched and moaned about how dirty the granite always looked even though I wiped them down 20 times a day. There’s no question that I could have picked a lighter granite, but until they offer a fingerprint resistant granite … pass.

I’m privy to the pros and cons of slate tile floors – from the brick and mortar & bungalow renovations and thought I loved it but … the bungalow bathroom has a black slate tile floor that wasn’t sealed – for some reason – and there’s nothing simple about taking care of an unsealed slate floor, especially in a small bathroom. Slate is a flaky, dusty stone, that absorbs moisture and scratches easily. Done and done. Whoosh.

Based on the unsealed black slate tile mistake, sans ripping it out and starting over, I’m getting ready to restore the floor.  First I have to fix a few grout lines that have chipped or discolored. Once the grout dries I’ll scrub the slate by hand, with a soft sponge and soapy bucket of Dawn detergent … followed by a layer of mineral oil with a foam brush.  After that dries – or soaks in – I’ll wipe it down with a soft damp cloth and then foam brush a layer of a color enhancing stone sealer, (every year) to deepen the color and make it easier to clean. It could happen. We’ll see.

Could have been worse. Onward.

“If you know it’s not right, don’t do it.”
― adapted Marcus Aurelius


If You Can’t Hide It, Decorate It

Unpacking continues and with it comes the decision to fix the injured mosaic pieces or toss them in the trash and not look back.   If only. ;-|

Have been meaning to rescue this damaged mosaic tile mirror multiple times and I’m really glad I did. Not to shabby.

Mosaic Tile Mirror -

Black and white tile makes me happy. Flowers too.

Mosaic Tile Mirror -