Christmas Commission 3, 4 and 5

I did 3 pet commissions of dogs this year. As most of you know, this is probably my favorite thing to create because I love dogs so much. I finished a horse portrait for the first time so I will show you that one in a couple of days and have 2 beautiful Himalayan cats to complete in January.

Here are Bailey and Bentley – a Doodle and a Yorkie mix

Here is another Bailey. This Bailey is a very sweet female Irish Setter doodle. I had never seen one of these but she has more of the beautiful red in her ears and in her beard.

And lastly, this is sweet Paisley, who is a Border Collie. She was laying down and giving her mom her sweet, come play with me look.

Christmas Commission Reveal 2

Here is another fun piece that I made for another mom. She is going to hang this above her kitchen bar between the kitchen and the family room. I worked with her son and granddaughter to come up with a pink dogwood branch. This piece is 12 inches high by 36 inches long.

This photo is with the light coming in behind it.

This is a not great photo of it without the light behind it.

Christmas Commission Reveals!

I am so excited to let you have a peak at some fun things that I created this year for clients to give as Christmas presents. I had a wide array of requests this year which made it extra fun to create these.

Today’s commission is a special lantern that I made for a mom. It is the 4 seasons of cardinals. Each side has the cardinal in their natural habitat for that season. If you know someone who might enjoy having one of these, here is the Link to purchase one. This is the small lantern. I can also do it on the large lantern for $109.99 with free shipping.

The Puppy Love continues!

Still working on pet portrait commissions. There is nothing better in my book than mosaics and dogs so it is a win win for me. I am offering a class in Mosaic Pet Portraits on February 3 and 4. This class is an intermediate level mosaic class. If you have ever wanted to do a pet portrait, check for the class under workshops on this website.

Here are some more pieces that I have completed. Here is Sawyer. Sawyer is a Tibetan Terrier.

This sweet love with the come hither look is Blue. Blue is a jug dog. I had never heard of that until his parents visited me at the Valle Country Fair in Valle Crucis.

And last but not least. Here are Gus and Sidney. These sweet babies have crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. They were the loving pets of some friends who were in Sheltie Rescue and had many foster pups over the years. But Gus and Sidney always ruled the house.

Yea! I can finally share what I have been working on.

This Christmas Season has been a fun filled time with lots of commissions. I have been dying to show you all the pieces I got to work on but couldn’t because most of them were Christmas presents. I still have 10 Pet Portraits and 3 other commissions to go. Here are some of the pet portraits.

Bentley is a Wheaton/Poodle mix, Buddy is a Yorkie, Lexie is a yellow Lab, Ruby is a Weimaraner, Sandie is a Yellow Lab, Leo is a darling mix maybe some Jack Russell/hound,

Ruby was a wonderful, loving Weimaraner who is very missed.


Santas and Snowmen Mosaic Ornament Class

On Thursday, November 30th, I had a great class for 20 fun loving, creative students. We made 2 mosaic Christmas ornaments each. It was so much fun to see what each of the students made. They were all wonderfully creative and different. Here are some of the ornaments that they made.

Here are the grouting instructions for those who wanted to grout their ornaments:

Grouting Instructions

Once your glue is dry, you will grout your project. You can buy grout at Lowes or Home Depot. You want to buy a sanded grout. The premixed is not as good as the dry. For glass on glass projects, I usually use the charcoal grout from Home Depot. Home Depot and Lowes both have charcoal but the Home Depot version is darker and closer to black.

Always wear a mask when mixing grout. You do not want to breathe the grout dust into your lungs.

Start with a smaller amount of water and add more as needed. You want it to be thick like peanut butter consistency. Once you have it at the right consistency, cover with a damp paper towel and let it sit for 10 minutes before using. There is a chemical reaction that has to happen in that time. When it finishes slacking during this 10 minutes, it will be almost cookie dough consistency. Stir it up again after the 10 minutes has passed. Once it is ready, spread it over your glass, filling all of the gaps. Let it sit for a few minutes until there is a haze over the grout. Then wipe it off with paper towels first. Then continue wiping gently until the majority of the grout is off of the glass. I will let it sit for about 15 – 20 minutes after this so it dries some. Then you can use a paintbrush to brush off the dry sandy grout. After a few hours, you can buff your glass with a soft cloth. If needed, I use Qtips dipped into a vinegar water mixture to clean the glass. I mix the vinegar and the water 50:50. This will shine and thoroughly clean the glass. Buff it well with a soft cloth.