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Inconclusive Travel Plans

2012 Blast from the Past …

I’ve been in many places, but I’ve never been in Cahoots. Apparently, you can’t go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone.

I’ve also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there.

I have, however, been in Sane. They don’t have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my friends, family and work.

I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I’m not too much on physical activity anymore.

Primitive Road
“The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.” ― Pablo Picasso

I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go, and I try not to visit there too often.

I’ve been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm.

Sometimes I’m in Capable, and I go there more often as I’m getting older.

One of my favorite places to be is in Suspense! It really gets the adrenalin flowing and pumps up the old heart! At my age I need all the stimuli I can get!

I may have been in Continent, and I don’t remember what country I was in. It’s an age thing. They tell me it is very wet and damp there. 🙂 The end. Author unknown.

SAVE THE HUMANS. 

PEACE.

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How To Mosaic Tile in 3 Easy Steps

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Glue pieces of things to other things with the best adhesive.
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Let it dry for 24-36 hours.
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Grout on. Grout off, repeat again and again until it’s shiny and clean. Let dry & seal.

“The humblest tasks get beautified if loving hands do them.”  ― Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

mosaic tile picture frame with quote
didn’t grout and that’s okay. sold.

P.S. Regarding the vintage mosaic tile images that were used in this post. These images have no known origin and have been in a craft box of mine since birth. :-)Thank you.

Hi Dave. 🙂

10 Years Later

After Buddy passed in 2009, tilegypsy.com was born as a way to heal my broken heart … such a fine guy … so … Happy 10th Anniversary to us. 😉

Years earlier … my intention was to become a brick and mortar shop-keeper (I was) and tile artist (I am) who taught herself how to design websites (I did) and would live happily ever after until … the universe kept showing me the door … not once,  (I’m not a quitter) not twice, (pack-unpack) but 1/2 dozen times. Thanks for your patience, Robbie.

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The truth is … my intentions always show up – eventually – and I rarely turn my back on them … this time was different … the wretched (being kind) side of the human element literally forced me – with a good pummeling – to get off my butt and take a completely different path. Bravo. Mara Lee, take a bow, you rock!

What I’ve learned from this saga is simple … be very careful what you wish for … because … there’s no doubt that your intentions will show up and when they do there’s a very good chance – at the start – that they won’t look anything like you thought they would.  Insert patience of a saint here.  My suggestion after being force-fed enlightenment is  …  arm yourself with a case of Kleenex, Fiji water and plenty of snacks … that way you’ll have a better chance of riding the courage wave, until you reach the shore.  You can do it water boy;) #hidave

In memory of my sweet Budders.

Buddy the Wonder Cat
Buddy the Wonder Cat
Buddy the Wonder Cat
Buddy the Wonder Cat

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Buddy the Wonder Cat
Buddy the Wonder Cat
Buddy the Wonder Cat
Buddy the Wonder Cat

 

Buddy the Wonder Cat

Buddy the Wonder Cat
Buddy the Wonder Cat

Heart Art

From one artist to another … a blast from the past.

Someone stenciled this discarded heart-shaped piece of wood.

mdf heart shape

It was one of those thrift store finds that immediately got my attention and did not end up in storage. I cut and glued vintage china shards, pink iridescent tile, red mirror tile, silver tapestry tile, green glass gems, a couple of red glass hearts, red lips and finished it off with charcoal grout.

Mosaic Tile Heart
China Heart – sold

It sold the day it was finished. No regrets, except not keeping it. 😉

Charcoal was a good choice.

heart art
China Heart – Sold

Moving on … insert whooshing sound here. “D”

“One ought to hold on to one’s heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.”  ― Friedrich Nietzsche

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Great looking pics in two clicks, thanks to PicMonkey's photo editing tools

The right tools for the job.

Lighten up … cutting takes practice.

If one of your resolutions is to bring more creativity into your life, think Pique Assiette Mosaic Tile!

Due to its random nature, anyone can do it!

Really, you’re just gluing stuff to other stuff.  Besides, it can be a very cheap hobby … or not. Depends on how obsessed you become.

To get started, find a space to call your own and stock it with the right tile tools, materials and adhesives.

Start small and you’ll grow from there … believe me.

mosaic tile table
Viva Las Vegas – First Creation 1985

 Best mosaic tile tools …

#1 Wheeled Glass Nippers have a set of disc shaped wheels on spring-loaded handles. They should be used to cut glass, mirror, glass tiles, and the like in a manner similar to tile nippers. Replacement wheels are sold separately.

#2 Mosaic Tile Cutter are designed for cutting ceramic tiles, crockery and china. Better tile nippers have tungsten-carbide cutting edges and spring-loaded handles.

 

 

#3 Weldbond Adhesive, e6000 Adhesive, Mastic and Grout

Always good to have nearby:

  • Small Penny Hammer
  • Wire Cutter
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Self-closing tweezers (a little more expensive than regular tweezers but well worth the investment.) Make sure to keep them glue free!
  • Toothpicks or wooden skewers
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Paper Towel
  • SAFETY GLASSES
  • Now all you need is a base, tile and some found objects. Ta da.

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