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Friday, September 2, 2011

Suncatchers and New Self Portrait

I reluctantly decided it was time to update my blog photo.  So after probably more than 50 attempts at a self portrait, here is the one that I chose.  My good friend said that the reason photographs after a certain age are never as flattering as we would like is because you can't see our personalities...the stuff that makes us sparkle in person.  Of course I would rather look like I did at 40 but hey, I'm alive and healthy and excited about what comes next and as they say, it's better than the alternative!

What I really came on here to post about was this gorgeous suncatcher I received from my friend, Peggy, aka PalsCreations on Etsy.   Our wonderful group, Piecemakers Mosaic Artists, recently did a suncatcher exchange where each of us made a suncatcher for the person above us on the list.  Peggy created this beautiful mixed media suncatcher for me.  The bird in the centre is done with glass and alcohol inks and the frame is mixed media under more glass.  Grout is used to tie the whole piece together.  I love it!  Thanks, Peggy!
Backlit hanging in my window
Without backlighting
And here's the one I did for Sandy (BeadedGlass on Etsy).
Stained glass on a clear glass backing with black grout.
To see more, go the the Piecemaker's blog here.  Lots to look at and very soon (as soon as everyone has received their suncatchers), you can see photos of everyone's contributions.  Can't wait!


  1. The suncatchers are really pretty! And I love your new photo. You look so warm and friendly with the prettiest blue eyes!

  2. Great photo and the sun catchers are awesome!

  3. Love your new photo!! You are a truly beautiful woman, Liz! You look so happy, your eyes are shining! How cool are both these sun catchers, too! I moseyed over to, incredible talent displayed on her blog! So, you buy the mosaics already formed out like that on the plastic canvas, do you remove or do you just grout over all?

  4. Thanks, Pat and Lesley! In answer to your question about the canvas, Pat, for that particular project, each person who was contributing did a small mosaic on some type of canvas (needlepoint and rug hooking canvas apparently works well). Then the coordinator (Amanda) will apply them all to the surfboard bench with thinset and grout the whole works.

  5. How fun! My two favorite things (besides chocolate)are birds and flowers! Both suncatchers are wonderful!


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